Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Artist's statement: I began this piece while thinking about the human urge to create art, as evidenced by drawings and paintings all the way back to the caves of Lascaux. I wanted to create a sense of the natural world and the artisit's exploration of it.
That last part is not stunning in it's originality, but I WAS thinking all around this caves of Lacaux thing and artmaking as an intrinsic part of who we are etc. while working on this. I love the earthy feeling and "cave wall ancient" looking colors juxtaposed with brighter shapes, so I will be doing more of this.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Thursday, November 24, 2005
A Prayer of Thanksgiving
for providing everything we need.
Thank You for grandparents
who prayed for us before we were born
as we pray for the grandchildren of our grandchildren.
Thank You for teaching us to love
by loving us,
for all the love You give and we share.
Thank You for surrounding us with the miracle of Your creation,
for the heavans
and the sparrows.
Thank You for laughter and others to laugh with,
for service and others to serve with.
Thank You for
health, sight, hearing,
hands to work
and hands to hold,
holidays and beauty,
books and music,
We are so blessed.
Thank you for being here,
watching, caring, helping.
Thank You for who You are.
A Thanksgiving Prayer
Samuel F. Pugh
O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Monday, November 21, 2005
In anticipation of selling everything off the shelves, the store had extra pallets of food stockpiled in the aisles, which was not so great considering the number of people in the store and the traffic jams it created. I did deep breathing exercises, practiced friendliness and patience, and persevered. I now have all the needed ingredients (and then some) for my much anticipated cooking and baking frenzy. I will work tomorrow, and then I am off until Nov 29th. Days and days, I am jubilant.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Preparation for this event starts early. Some people do Spring cleaning, I do pre-Thanksgiving cleaning. I have been climbing on ladders to dust ceiling fans, washing windows, polishing floors, and doing yard work. The mums peaked in October and aren't so wonderful now, so we spruced up the flowerbeds with some bright annuals here and there. The grass is freshly mown and the weeds have been whacked into temporary submission. I will be ironing my bright autumn colored table linens and my son will be pressed into furniture moving duty. The dogs will receive their baths this afternoon. Even though they will live in the yard for "the day", they will have lots of visitors. The weather has been glorious, sunny, and not too hot.
Jerry has been happily tinkering with his new smoker, which means that this year we will have one smoked turkey and one done on the rotisserie. I use chicken broth to make gravy, since there are no "pan drippings", and the stuffing will be in a casserole. Every family that comes will bring one or more side dishes, so my table that seats 12 will be pressed into service for a buffet, and the kitchen counters will hold the overflow. The picnic table and patio tables will be cleaned up, brought inside and dressed in linens, as will the folding banquet tables. Before the meal, we will gather around the buffet, hold hands, say a prayer, and thankfully remember our blessings. If it is a year when we have lost someone, then we take time to remember them and how our lives were made richer by their presence. After dinner, there will be football watching, video gaming, card playing, and outdoor or indoor games. Yahtzee and Balderdash seem to be perennial favorites. The activity will go on for hours. As the evening grows later, we will break out the food and share another meal.
I read once that if you have spare change in your car's ashtray, then you are wealthier than 80% of the world's population. Sobering thought. So share what you can whenever you can, and give thanks.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
A tiny point of clarification...unless we start bashing down walls, which we don't have the budget for, nothing we will be able to accomplish will look anything like the fantasy bathrooms I showed you. We have two full bathrooms in our house, neither especially big. We both like quick showers before work and long soaks after exercise or stressful days, so in our house we need both a shower and a tub. Our proposed solution, one bathroom with a shower, one bathroom with a nice tub. We are still exploring. No freakin' way do I want to pay 5 grand for a tub, no matter how many bells and whistles it has. AND I do not want a sink that looks like it came from a gas station. Negotiations continue.
If you like to look at this sort of thing, you can see more at the Kohler website.
Monday, November 14, 2005
We spent most of Saturday looking at bathroom galleries, bathtubs, books about bathrooms, and websites. I think I may have mentioned that we live in a house that is almost 50 years old, and some of it was badly redone, probably in the 80's. Yes, we are preparing to embark on that great adventure called "remodeling". Sticker shock aside, I am amazed to discover that after 29+ years of marriage, my husband and I agree on almost nothing when it comes to these decisions. So far, he doesn't like ANYTHING that isn't traditional. OK, so we won't be doing copper, granite or glass bowl sinks. How about something old fashioned then? Nope, he hates beadboard and doesn't like most of the pedestals. Who knew? I'm exhausted already and we haven't even started! Seriously, if anyone who has been through this adventure has any advice, let me know.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
It would have been nice to have some kind of reminder or request before receiving the "sorry you don't fit with us" message. So, will the artful quilters kick me off if I post something utilitarian?
Why can't we all just get along?
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Now, for the meme thing. Ok, I was a little intimidated by 20 things, but I think I can do this one. Saw it on Deb R.'s site and Lisa C.'s.
Three screen names:
Jen, jennyg, and Scrapmaker. I know, startling in their originality.
Three things you like about yourself:
My beautiful mind, my strong spirit, and my low-maintenance naturally curly hair (got to have at least one thing that's superficial.)
Three things you don't like about yourself:
My weight, (a life-long struggle), my general lack of coordination, and my hot flashes.
Three parts of your heritage:
Irish, Scottish, and Cherokee. (It's my understanding that nearly everyone born in Kentucky has some Cherokee. For me it was my great-grandmother.)
Three things that scare me:
Being old and alone because I am the last one left alive out of all my friends and family, snakes, and being trapped in a small space.
Three of my every day essentials:
coffee, reading, people I love
Three things I am wearing right now:
A black v-neck tunic with 3/4 sleeves, a jade disc necklace, and super comfortable "easy spirit" shoes.
Three of my favorite songs: (Only three?)
"I Heard It Through The Grapevine", Marvin Gaye
"The Four Seasons" Vivaldi (ok that's a whole album, but without the disc in front of me I don't know the names of the different sections)
"Running on Empty" Jackson Browne
Three things you want in a relationship:
Honesty, a "give and take" , laughter
Two truths and a lie:
I have been to New Zealand
I have been to Jamaica
I have been to Africa
Three things I can't live without:
books, art, friendship
Three places I want to go on vacation:
Italy, Australia, England
Three things I can't do:
Sing on key, dance with grace, play tennis
Three kids names:
Andrew Scott, Kimberly Danielle, Elizabeth Marie
I used two of these names.
Three things I want to do before I die:
Retire from the day job and become a full time artist.
See my son happy and settled into a life that is fulfilling for him.
Attend my (as yet unknown) granddaughter's wedding.
Three celeb crushes:
Well I have to think back since I don't have any now. Paul Newman in the early 70's, Tom Selleck in the 80s, and probably any handsome actor with a southern accent.
Three favorite musicians (only three?):
James Galway (flautist), Alison Krause (bluegrass), Paul McCartny (needs no explanation). I also like Ray Charles and Bonnie Raitt, but I didn't want to be a copycat.
Three physical things that appeal to you about the opposite sex:
nice eyes, good teeth, masculine looking arms and hands
Three of my favorite hobbies:
Reading, making things, net surfing
Three things I want to do really badly right now:
Sleep, go on vacation to someplace that has a fall season, eat some really good chocolate
Three careers you're considering/have considered:
Writer, teacher, artist. Since I ended up working in a library as my day job, I clearly didn't have the discipline to do any of those other things for a living. However, after I retire, I fully intend to be a full time artist and it won't matter if I make a living at it. No pressure, just the joy of creating. In the meantime, "artist" is still part of how I define myself.
Three ways you are stereotypically a boy:
I don't like shopping for clothes.
I don't cry easily.
I like watching football on TV.
Three ways you are sterotypically a girl:
I don't like bugs.
I am soft spoken.
I love flowers.
Three people I would like to see post this meme.
Anybody that wants to, feel free. I think these are interesting things to think about and fairly easy to come up with.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
American, 1917 - 2000
The paintings of Jacob Lawrence express his lifelong concern for human dignity, freedom, and his own social consciousness. His images portray the everyday reality, the struggles and successes of African American life. Using art as an instrument of protest, Lawrence aligned himself with the American school of social realism and Mexican muralist tradition.
Lawrence's subject matter and painting style remained relatively consistent through his career. His subjects range from street scenes to the lives of important African Americans to powerful narrative series--chronicles of the afflictions endured by African Americans. He portrays these diverse subjects in a quasi-representational style that combines vivid, often discordant tempera colors with a flattened, fragmented treatment of form and space. The artist's intent is to convey his feelings about the subjects portrayed. As Lawrence said, "My pictures express my life and experience. I paint the things I know about and the things I have experienced."
[This is an excerpt from the interactive companion to the videodisc American Art from the National Gallery of Art.]
To see more work and learn more about this exceptional artist, explore the links here.
Friday, November 04, 2005
One of the preeminent artists of his generation, Mark Rothko is closely identified with the New York School, a circle of painters that emerged during the 1940s as a new collective voice in American art. During a career that spanned five decades, he created a new and impassioned form of abstract painting. Rothko's work is characterized by rigorous attention to formal elements such as color, shape, balance, depth, composition, and scale; yet, he refused to consider his paintings solely in these terms. He explained:
It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.
Taken from the intro of this great website from the National Gallery of Art. Take a tour, read a bio, see some of the work. When we think of Rothko, we think of these large fields of color for which he is so famous. Equally facinating is reading about his development towards this style and seeing some of the earlier works.
|Your Element is Earth|
Your power color: yellow
Your energy: balancing
Your season: changing of seasons
Dedicated and responsible, you are a rock to your friends.
You are skilled at working out even the most difficult problems.
Low key and calm, you are happiest when you are around loved ones.
Ambitious and goal oriented, you have long term plans to be successful.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
The guest artist was Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, and they showed some of her amazing work.
She creates her quilts slowly, doing much of the work by hand, and the spirit and story emerge gradually as they tell her what they need to be. I LOVE Dr. Mazloomi's work and am so impressed by all she has done and is doing. Treat yourself and spend some time at her website.
This got me to thinking about how much I favor machine work over hand work, and how I am sometimes too impatient to let things evolve as they need to. Quiltmaking is not supposed to be a race, and sometimes I need to remind myself of that.