Palm Springs Art Museum

3/3/16 (Thursday) in Banning, CA (Silent Valley Club Resort-ROD)

As you may have guessed, we’ve just been chillin’ here up in the mountains. Beautiful weather, great for walks around the campground (something we have done most nights). Besides household chores I’ve added the ½ hour to ¾ hour Zumba and Walking exercises to my morning routine. John has been golfing on Mondays. Such an energy boost. A little visiting with neighbors, along with the usual TV shows and reading completes our days.

Today we “drove into town” for several things: get gas, groceries and supper at Costco. The real fun (for me) was the Art Museum. Lovely experience, with John even enjoying pieces that were my favorites as well. Those favorites were the horses and the glass dress.  The glass sea shell piece is a Chihuly (Seattle artist),  They had several of his, but this was my favorite.

We’d heard that the museum was free on Thursdays, but found out when we arrived at 2 pm that it’s only from 4pm until 8pm. We didn’t want to wait until it would be getting dark, so we went ahead and paid the fee ($10.50/senior-62). I figured it was well worth it, especially since John pays $30 every time he goes golfing!

A sampling follows:


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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