Monday, December 27, 2010


Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel -- on my tv screen in their not
so good movie "March of the Wooden Soldiers"

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Painting the dying Morning glory.
Buttermilk Pre-Hoilday not so Sweet "Coffee cake" baking.

Painting the dying Morning glory.
Buttermilk Pre-Hoilday not so Sweet "Coffee cake" baking.

Friday, November 26, 2010


'Being in Two Places at Once' - Yotsugi in the Evening,
Noveber, 2010."

PHOTO: Malgorzata Kawashima of course!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Landscape with Teapot by Malgorzata Kawashima,
of course!
Watercolor and watercolor pencils on paper. Created in the year 2001.

After the Visit to the Garden of One Hundred Flowers

I bought a souvenir -- the little ceramic frog that came with a poem and a stamp from the garden -- the One Hundred Flower Garden. It is all good luck -- the returning of money that one spends, the safe return home, and the return of one's youth. Play of words is good too - frog and to return are one and the same, in speech of course. Kaeru. I like that I don't have to try to be so educational here. Just say what comes to mind -- not as drastically as James Joyce, but still....Welcome home malg. Witaj... Długa to była podróż dla Ciebie, no i jeszcze sie nie kończy. Na szczęście!

Lanterns in Sargakyou

I was here for a very short time. Too short to write about it?
Maybe too short to write about the place on Earth -- the very spot, but not too short to brag about the feeling of being somewhere and then not being there. "Omiyage", "sachiko"... I can read those simple signs --- that's about it..., and the lanterns-- I took this picture, so I could remember to return here again ... maybe.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I am ready to write a story of my life.
I was born in Poland, 12 years after the World War II ended.
I am the younger of two children born to Helena and Staniław.
My brother Wiesław is the older child.
My story doesn't know yet where to begin.
CHAPTER ONE: Time Stops for Me
Our father owned one book: "Zegarmistrzostwo." It was a very thick book; it probably had over 1000 pages and maybe there was more than one volume of it in the wooden cabinet with sliding glass doors.

Our mother was a well read woman in contrast to Stasiek; Helena subscribed to "Przekrój".
Both of our parents were geniuses.

Zegarki Taty: wskazówki
Zegarki Taty
Zegarki Taty
Zegarki Taty
       Dla Kochanego Taty - "Mango"
Dziadek Władek i Babcia Antosia
Wnuczusie Emilunia i Lidzia
My photographic art 1977
My Father's Legacy
Polska bułka z serem
Time Stops For Me
Trasa Taty
Zegarek z wiśniowymi kamieniami
Zegarki Taty: tryby

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Orange Jasmine: photo by me; yesterday --- our tree.
to Orange Jasmine
*Elegant *
Happy *
green  * White
in *
crystal *
vase *
*blossoming tree ***
right before**

Sketch Tribute by malg

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Jasmines are blossoming again - and it is after
the rain...Not quite the same as in 1968, but
it feels equally charged;  charged with LIFE.
It is 2010, August fifteenth.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Yesterday was July 15, 2010, and the Myrtle blossoms
looked impressively luminous against the dark, stormy sky.
Photo: Malgorzata Kawashima 

Friday, July 9, 2010


"Afternoon at Sea"
 July 8, 2010; 12x9", watercolor & mixed media on paper
I had to edit this post, because I really started hating this painting; 
I have been color balancing this photo of it - trying to get the "real"
colors, and finally realized that it's just a sketch on old watercolor paper
 with yellowish/peachy tint. So I finally left it alone, but not before deleting the previous photo and replacing it with this one -- the original flash photo taken
 last night at the sight where this trouble maker seascape was completed.
I declare: seascapes are not easy subject to paint. The digital photo that this
troubled little watercolor sketch was made from is so beautiful. I am posting it at Cabbage Rules my Universe site.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Detail Number 2

Fritillaria Camschatcensis - Kuro Yuri - Black Lily of Kamchatka, 2010.  - my first ever miniature oil painting . Detail Number 2. Painted from a photo taken by me in Obihiro, Hokkaido - Japan in June 2008.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

My Little Owl Detail

My Little Owl went to Hollywood to participate in the "Book It" Show at the Pink Ghost. I think I have to pick him up soon.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Malgorzata's Art of Detail

"Passion Fruit",1988.  Detail. Watrcolor on Rice Paper.

"Passion Flower" 2010. Digital Photo.

"Crepe Myrtle in Crystal Vase", 2010. Detail.
Watercolor and Permanent Marker.

Crepe Myrtle in Crystal Vase
2010. Detail.
Watercolor and Permanent Marker on paper.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Time Travel - 1927

Grandma Karolina and Grandpa Franciszek were both born in the year 1896.
The men wore funny bathing suits then, and cars looked like horse carriages.
I don't have any photos of my own from that era. I can only imagine what my grandparents lived like. But I have an idea about the car that was made in America in 1927, the year that my mom Helena was born: I am presenting here my very own sketch of 1927 Chevrolet Peddler Wagon.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

1892 Story

When I look at B&W images, they take me back in time. I time travel to 1892. I choose this year randomly; I haven’t a clear idea what was the World like at that time. Perhaps it is just a starting point for my new illustrated story. If you, my dear reader, would like to follow this intent, please tune in . I shall not disappoint you, or at least that is my intention now -- June 15, 2010.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Drgonfly in the Sky. June 8, 2010, South Florida.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My New Collage is Now for Sale

"Anglaise" - Collage without Words, May 2010.
This is my first summer collage of 2010 that was created by me,
Malgorzata Kawashima -- the artist.
I might sound funny, but I don't think of myself as an artist. Artists are people who work in their studios every day making a living. And I...I don't have a studio per se. Yes, I have a space called "Art Room," but I am never there. And maybe it is so, because there is too many things there that put my mind in a state of clutter, and make me believe that I am a hoarder of some sort. Pablo Picasso (I read about it in a book) had many tables in his house that were set up with his stuff. He could sit at any of them (the tables), at any time of the day or night and start working. It is not so in my world, and maybe I would like it to be that way. And I am not the master of the Art Room: my cats are. Nevertheless, I have managed to always create something, using my patio or garden, various coffee shops or diners, cars, trains and planes -- sketching in my sketch books or on random papers, napkins, receipts and so on. To make this story short, I am presenting my collage without words. And it is for sale in my Shop on Etsy.

Friday, May 28, 2010


Gardenia is pretty and it smells good.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


She wasn't one of the unlucky ones that ended up in the garage. Lilac Lady enjoyed relatively comfortable existence since her creation in 1997. For a while She was displayed in the living room by the main entrance. She was even entered once in the prestigious art competition (Hortt 39.) She was never exposed to the heat and humidity of the summer air; She spent her life in Florida in an air conditioned environment. She exists because of her creator's love for lilac blossoms. And now she is for sale. How tragic! I hope she will forgive me. Who knows, maybe her new predicament will lead to a more fulfilling existence.

"Lilac Lady" Image and words © 2010 Malgorzata Kawashima. All rights reserved.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


I was wandering why people read books. And some people like what they read so much that they announce it to the world and try to excite others into reading that same book. Great, but what about the people, who don't listen and don't read. And also don't look. I looked today at some visual art --- my own creations from years back -- 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991.....1999. They were abandoned, in the garage. Why didn't I let them be seen? Why didn’t I look at them for decades? I don't exactly know. Rediscovered, they shine some incredible truth about one person's love for life.

To be continued...

Monday, May 3, 2010


Creeping mimosa field somewhere in the middle of Florida.
Florida is a flower paradise --
Ponce de Leon didn't name it Florida for nothing.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Every year in Spring Cynoglossum amabile presents 
its blue blossoms to the universe.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I like Phlox


Tuesday, April 20, 2010


I thought of writing something about
my experiences at a certain bread place,
where there is plenty of table space to
do homework, write stories, etc.
As I was placing my order, the girl asked me whether I wanted chips, bread, or apple with my sandwich. I told her to repeat my choices, because I wasn’t sure what they were. Then I asked "why more bread, doesn't the sandwich already come with bread?" And I chose apple.
After I paid, I got a familiar plastic device.
When my device started glowing, I went to the pick-up
counter to get my food. I was told by a young guy
that my sandwich was still on the grill,
so I left and sat down at my booth.
A few minutes later the guy came to inform me that my sandwich was ready -- this seemed comical.
He realized it and asked me: "Do you want me to bring your sandwich?" -- I said: "Yes."
The whole time I felt fine, but after I ate, I suddenly became sleepy and I ended up falling slightly asleep
at the table, with my head resting on my hands. And that's how this story ends.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Wild Flower -- white and bright pink.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


The Calices Are Losing Color :  April 16, 2010.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

SANDPAPER VINE: The Story Continues

The flowers are complex: the calice (chalice) bears a bud
that opens as a very impressive, intensly colored 
( blue, purple or blue-purple) violet/pansy-like flower
that drops within two days, leaving the star-like
calice to slowly fade from lilac-blue to hazy- gray.

The leaves of the Sandpaper Vine are very rough on both
sides, like a sandpaper, even when they are young and green.
The flowers of the Sandpaper Vine come in racemes ( like
grapes). This raceme/bunch is the first "historic" one.
 - Our vine is in bloom for the first time, since it was
 planted five years ago. It grows in a clay pot outsde
of the family room window.


Petrea Volubilis aka Sndpaper Vine is a very 
 beautiful plant to watch when in bloom.
The leaves of Petrea V. are very rough on
both sides, like a sandpaper! So, naturally,
 I thought they can be used like a sandpaper,
especially when dry ( no trace marks of green).
And that is the utilitarian aspect of Petrea Volubilis!

I tried to sand an old piece of  wood with a dry leaf, and it worked.

Sandpaper Vine: the leaves are very rough, like a sandpaper!


Blue and blue-purple double flowers. Pretty and interesting.
Yes, this is the mysterious Sandpaper Vine.

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