Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
The studio is clean, after my quarterly meeting with NCKAA, and I am ready to do some serious work in it - today! Yeah!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
the sun goes down -
with it arrives
another hot day.
a gentle breeze.
a relentless existence
til seasons change.
Yep, the one above lends itself to a painting, soon!
I have seen this wallpaper in my life - somewhere. It must have been the only wallpaper in the country at one time?
Friday, July 25, 2008
When I was about 12 or 13, (perhaps like many kids) I decided I wanted to change my first name. I wanted to be called "Dusty". I asked (or probably told) my parents to start calling me by this name. It didn't work for long, however, to make it into a joke to be remembered to this day, my dad decided to call my brother "Dirty" - get it? Dusty and Dirty? We humored him, by signing an Easter card with a pecan roll egg (I think it was) - from 'Dusty and Dirty'. That was kinda the end of being called Dusty, although I have often used it with the word Papillon - as I have always liked the movie with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, the protagonist in that tale being one who just had the need to escape and be free, therefore 'Dusty Papillon' - my pseudo name! Ha!
So - knowing that butterflies flit from flower to flower - and know it or not - I recently retired from teaching elementary school and was leaving my beloved Colorado to live in Kansas (BTW - middle of nowhere, where I like it alot!) AND returning to my first and foremost passion - ART - I use the title to mean just that. 'Dusting' off the butterfly, tongue in cheek - returning to practicing my craft, or dusting myself off, so to speak, to get back to a place in my life where I was happiest.
So now YOU know.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The "visual search lab" lets you put in key words of subject matter - photos including those items are displayed. For example, I put in "horse" and separately I put in "weimaraner". Try "wedding" those of you who shoot weddings, lots of ideas there. Also there is a BYO section where you can put in one of your own photos and they match it with similar photos. It's lots of fun, especially if you are like me, and it's way too hot to do much else right now. The IDEE blog is reading worthy also! Have fun!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
and one hubster is sure to love...here!
Actually I have been having fun at this site.
We continue do our remodeling of the kitchen today. Always the engineers. We can't wait to be done..if there is such a thing.
Monday, July 21, 2008
So if you are like me, struggling along, living in the middle of nowhere, and you aren't a queen (or king - or 'serf' for that matter) yet, you can be! Check it out!
Paintings and Quilts and Gardening Life with Melody Johnson at http://fibermania.blogspot.com
Drawings by France Belleville at http://wagonized.typepad.com/wagonized/
Someone else who lives in the Middle of Nowhere, DebSchmit, http://debschmit.blogspot.com
Sunday, July 20, 2008
the earth opens wide..
it welcomes the sun and rain.
Patiently, the harvester watches
as the crop evolves.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Rare, but it happens, when you have
been out of commission for awhile.
Lots to share! First a pastel, finished yesterday.
And then a pastel, started yesterday and finished today.
"Glads, Too" pastel on cardstock, 8' x 10" framed size
After that warm-up, I continued on. I have such great family photos, I decided to jump right in and get a portrait done of my (I guess it would be) 3rd cousin, Madeleine.
I will post it tomorrow. Have a few details to clean up on it. When you take photos of your work, you see all kinds of tweaking you need to do. Same goes with standing back from your work, which I am not good at..so I often use the photo I take as my "standing back".
Friday, July 18, 2008
Genn explains the workings of "renaissance" in these principles:
Suspicion of authority and conventional wisdom
Respect for intelligently filtered history
Aspiration to higher levels of achievement
Vision for renewed potential in all things
Tendency to invent private systems
Reinvention and perfection of former skills
Accepting the challenge of the difficult"
This is looking to the west...
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Took a quick ATV ride last night to check out a "burn" we could see on the horizon, never found it. We scared up a whitetail doe and twins in the stubble wheatfield to the south, they were just darn cute and very cool to watch. Their tails wag like a dog's tail! Electric fence is keeping those and other critters at bay around the sweet corn. We are going to have sooo much corn when it comes in. You should see me cringe, though, down around the pond, where hundreds of tiny Woodhouse toads are jumping out of the open cracks in the dry earth. Hasty Herman bit into another one last night before sundown. They are poisonous in case you haven't read my late rantings about them. Lots of wind and some rain at 3 AM. Sleep wasn't in the mix too much about that time.
P.S. Happy Birthday to my step-daughter, Leslie, who is 23 today! We are expecting her for a visit next week.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I used the time for sketching, too, so check out my sketch blog. Below are a few photos of my set-up and what the depot looks like.
Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. The ground we tread on has its own stories to tell. If you would like to also post this subject, please let me know. There are several of us (see my sidebar) and we would love to add your blog to our list.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Painting by James Burns, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Also, I have a friendship that I gleaned through blogging. Leann lives in Michigan, and paints daily in watercolor, makes prints and rubber stamps and does lots of mixed media fiber art. She also cooks and bakes, writes about the music concerts she attends and has a very colorful life!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sorry, for no “Where I Stand Sunday” this week, I was at the mercy of “dial-up” service where I happened to be…and you know how that goes, especially with me! Whew! It’s good to be back. I missed my blog – hope you did, too! I returned home last night. I have been away for 25 days. However, as my compatriot Dorothy Gale said, “There’s no place like home!”
I have spent a lot of time with my family over these several weeks. Our Annual ‘Gray’ Family Reunion was perfect, as usual, for catching up with relatives and just kicking back – “on the lake”. My aunt held a “Celebration of Life” ceremony, as 3 members of our clan passed away this year, my cousin Kay, and her mom and dad, Aunt Gwen and Uncle Harold. There was a short service for them at the guest house with lots of photos and memories shared and then a celebration for the three new babies born this year, my granddaughter Scarlett, and some cousins – Liberty and Maria…and there is another baby girl on the way in November….very special times! My stepson and his wife are also expecting a girl, in September. Lots of girls to increase our family numbers! It’s interesting to watch the formation of new ‘generations’ as well as watch others continue to mature and grow up. Seeing the same little kids each year, is like watching growth in time lapse photography.
A great table piece of fresh fruit served at the 'Celebration'.
Cousin Chase and his puppy Andre (the Giant - he is a bull mastiff pup), canoeing on the lake. Below are the "tweenies" (4th generation since this annual event started, 34 years ago) playing on the floor with my grandaughter, Scarlett (5th generation).
I guess between my brother and I - we took over a thousand photos!
I will be in a local show on Saturday in Downs, Ks., for their 'Celebration'. Check out a few of us at 'The Depot' from 9AM to 9PM. I may set up and 'plein air' paint, just so I get some painting done.