The marbelicious Q-bo projectis "3D surface of RUGIADA (the Italian word for dew) is inspired by the fresh and light water drops that rest, early in the morning, on the leaves of the plants. Irregular rings of different size, spread over the entire surface, create a harmonious and animated texture on the slabs." Via Yatzer.
It is that time again that the colors in my yard make my brain swirl out of control. Also going on here ... lots of cutting grapes out of the neighbors yard ;0. Moving peonies. Making new beds and amending them.
These two images were in my head this morning when I woke up. I dream in illustrations about what is on my mind. Scary, huh?
No, I haven't been fired. But after years of coloring my hair, I have decided to go natural. I was going gray in my 30's. Mainly colored because I didn't want my son to be embarrassed by having a "grandmother" looking mother while he was in school. He is a senior now and really doesn't care anymore. But I keep hearing stories of the highly qualified "gray" unemployed being completely ignored during job interviews. That scares me. For them. For me. I am only half-way grown out, and keep telling myself I can color it again, if need be. But part of me, the rebellious me, says, why should I have to "brown" to be a valuable employee?
I am starting the new semester, a "whole" semester studying CSS (cascading style sheets). I have had some great weekend classes but really need more than a weekend. Away from work and home to focus and learn. I am very excited. So wish me luck.
My very talented photographer friend, Robin Layton, is having a show in Seattle! Her blog to see what she has been up to. If you missed her show in Los Angeles, meet us in Seattle. ;) Hope to see you there. My friend Faith from Texas is be coming to Seattle that day. I can't wait to take her to Robin's show then maybe do First Thursday.
My blogging effort is waning. Not enough time or energy the last week. So much going on at work that I come home exhausted and prepare for bed. ;0
Yesterday, with great expectations of going to the beach in search of driftwood ... woke up at 3a to a down pour which lasted all morning. It just seemed like the perfect day to stay horizontal, in front of movies and reading a big bunch of "passed-on" magazines. Which I did. All day. Then a little bejeweled and This American Life podcast, talking to my friend about her new logo. Taking the dogs in and out to potty ... the baby doesn't want to go outside when it is raining ... I forecast a painful winter for all of us, especially my carpet.
This looks neat. BF Goodrich's Nation of Go - Interactive (video) "Like to drive? Share your favorite trips and trails with other automotive enthusiasts with BF Goodrich's new app and online community."
I have been writing a Mondo Beyondo list since I first read about it on Andrea Scher's blog, Superhero Journal many years ago. I would always get to about no. 40 and leave it. Start another some other time later, get to no. 50, drift off ... you know the drill. They have gone beyond making list, now there is an online class offered by Andrea Scher and Jen Lemen, I think would be great to attend.
I had sent out a link to many a Mondo Beyondo list out there in blogland to my brainstorming group. We talked about our dreams, our wants, assessing ourselves and our assets for the next meeting. Then after not reading many blog lately, today I saw that Susan (Visual~Voice) had made one as well. Just do it, I said ... don't stop at 40 or 50. Don't get half way through then run off to make the bed or feed a dog. Commit this afternoon to finishing that one little task. So here is my first draft. I don't think there is ever a final draft, it is always growing, moving, changing, just like us.
We had our brainstorming meeting on Saturday morning. Mom made a big breakfast of frittata, lots of bacon, Anne brought poppy-seed muffins, homemade grape juice, banana bread. We talked about personal mission plans. Assessing our assets. We all have a project or two to complete before our next meeting. Mom cooking breakfast. Benjamin Franklin's Personal Mission Statement. Erma Bombeck. Write a business mission statement, how to write it.
Have more flying dreams more sit-down family dinners have one night for soup and game night (with kids) (doing this more) make a list of weekly meals be more organized be less sensitive enjoy each day, all day look forward to getting up at 430a talk and listen more to my son spend more moments in a day seeing and noting the beauty take more flower pictures publish my “in a vase” flower book watch less tv spend more time in my studio make a business plan for my new idea personal mission statement finish my logo register my company name and website find manufacturer start my Christmas cards early organize my address book that I lost from the last computer learn CSS and remember what I have learned! (signing up for a whole semester! write my self-assessment clean and organize all files on my computer and keep it that way get rid of the 100’s of zip disk laying around cancel storage unit make a quilt before Christmas be happy and content purchase that new mac I need quit biting nails pay closer attention to my peonies (moved them in a new bed and bought more) walk around my neighbor more go walking in a remote locations looking for exotic seedpods write my son a little love book give away clothes and shoes I am not wearing get a couple of freelance illustration gigs (to keep up my illustrator skills) design someone a logo make more flower postcards find an investor consultant get my passport renewed work on art every day for 1.5 hours look into a show in Edmonds Make 10 pieces of art some kind of art paintings assemblage Start and finish the painting M and I want to paint together use all of my blank canvases before buying new ones Write more letters have the grape arbor mended
take more day trips around Eastern Washington
create my own font (or a couple)
and give them away
make more photoshop brush sets
and give those away
paint a painting a week
finish the family movie project I got from my dad
call my sister more often
go to Texas more
make more backgrounds and don't forget your camera when you leave home
make many more "Ringa" rings
keep sketching Ringa ideas make other kinds of rings get ready for artfest jewelry class so I can be prepared
clean our my sewing room make something, anything with all of that fabric I have there
don't get discouraged and hide inside of my television
encourage my son to follow his dreams... experiment in his art,
make good grades...
be kind ...
and honest person (reinforce this everyday)
make my flower/poster ideas
make greeting cards (might be too late on this one ... seems saturated)
make something from handmade paper
learn to play the violin (well, this is a mondo beyondo list) visit the PNW coast etch some bottles learn flash (again) and make some fun little animations for me
wear some makeup everyday
and brush my hair (that was a little lofty idea)
sew some of the clothes I want make
with the patterns I have and love
drive to Montana
sell some of my extra books on amazon
decide what to do with my extra dishes
check my oil every 3,000 miles
think of my carbon footprint every day and try to make it smaller
Laurie Hassold, "blurs the boundaries between art, science, literature and psychology, by focusing on how these disciplines each negotiate the split between mind and body". More images at Track 16 Gallery.
I was so excited yesterday when I heard the tease on "Blue Dementia" on kuow. I didn't hear about what it was, but I was sure they finally had a name for what I have been suffering! Alas, it is not a medical condition.
Thank you Costanza for honoring me with the Honest Scrap award. I am sorry it took me so long to put this response together! But here we go.
You are meant to tell 10 honest things about yourself and nominate 7 fellow bloggers.
1. I have been coloring my hair for 20+ years and have decided to go gray (or whatever color lies underneath). I am rather excited about the new look.
2. I have a hard time deleting and organizing emails, and with 5 email accounts ... you do the math
3. I drink at least one coke per day
4. I have a mantra I say every day driving to work, my car time is my alone, quiet time.
5. I am feeling my age and sometimes I see it in other peoples' eyes
6. I try and note one beautiful thing in nature per day. The other day it was the morning light leaving a light blue reflection on dark lake water. Or hearing a new bird song and being delighted. Picking up a seedpod and examining it. Slow down and take in the beauty for a couple of minutes each day.
7. I feel less interesting, and less interested lately
8. I have way too many drafts waiting to be published in blogger. I stack up all kinds of things to blog about then just don't have the time like I once had to put into this blog.
9. I consider deleting this blog but think it is the only thing that keeps me grounded, sane and reminds me of my many gifts
10. My life is not as fun as it once was. I need to remember that I have a great sense of humor. As my friend told me the other day ... the younger, newer people in our lives don't realize how funny we are (or use to be) because in our seriousness now and don't let our humor surface.
The 7 bloggers I send this along to: Rita, Scott, Faith, Tara, a new blogger friend, Bill, Gary, maybe Kathy will get back on her blog ;) I will pop over and tell you all later today.
Laid Off Camp via current's "Thank you, Recession". Some friends and I gathered last week for a brainstorming session for those laid off, ones who think they might be laid off. It was good to put our big brains together. We are meeting again next week at my house.
This time between summer blossoms, changing leaves and pumpkin carving always seems a little bleak for me. The realization that no new poppy bloom will make me swoon and run for my camera. The anticipation of peonies and sweet peas. Seeking a big whiff of honeysuckle on a warm summer night. Magical nights with the yard lite up with tea candles on the perimeter of the yard, sparkling and conjuring up ideas of fairies living it up in the overgrown grapes. (Grapes, that need much looking after right now ... harvest and grapes to be cooked up for juice.) I didn't get enough of it this summer but then I say that about this time every year. I want the days to slow down.
The hydrangeas have fallen to the ground with the recent heavy rains.
I have a new hydrangea to plant, peonies to move very soon.
So there is still much to be done. But not the excitement of a new flower blooming. Now is the time to watch the miracle of them sowing their seeds. Loving them now in a different, more motherly way of cleaning and preparing for winter bed.
I know it isn't really a work of art, but I shot some 'arty' photos, does that count? How can I resist the "chair" challenge at Inspire me Thursday when I am a miniature chair collector. Love them. 80+ to date. I can't have two chairs, so I always hate to break up a set when I see them at antique stores or garage sales. I don't collect rocking chairs, tables, day beds or sofas. Only 1 chair of a certain size.