I found the pattern for these lovely roses here.They look exactly like the roses on a scarf I wanna make
from the Lion Brand Yarn website, so good practice!!!
Just lemme know!!! I'll mail one to ya!
(I've got some black yarn if you want a rose that color.)
Someblossoms from a tree I saw in the running trail parking lot today! : .)
I think the b&w is the best version.
Speaking of running, what a horrible experience trying to exercise while detoxing!
(I was slow, slow, slow!)
A necessary evil as the 1/2 marathon is in 3 weeks!
I'm happy to say, I've lost 8 #s in the past 7 days, so its been worth it!
14 days of detox to go. I hope I survive!
O.M.G!!! Happppeeeee Mail all the way from Tasmania!!!
Take a gander at all these goodies!!!
Doncha just love the Everyone Poops bumper sticker?! heheheh!
And the cute kokeshi doll playing cards!
And the STAMPS!
And TIM TAMS! No, I am NOT sharing!!!
: .) : .) : .) : .) : .)
Thanks so much Sharmaine!!! I'm still smiling!!!
Tonite has been set aside for an undistracted New Moon viewing.
(Jacob's 6-pak, swoon! ; .)
I'm thinking about buying a new car. I wanna pay cash, so the price range for said automobile has to be pretty reasonable.
my wish list includes a Mini Cooper Super Sport or Audi A5 or an Infiniti or a Lexus. these cars are not within my price range. I don't think I can even consider a Hyundai Sonata (2011's are beautiful!)
I need to keep in mind maintenance costs, gas mileage, standard vs manual transmission, foreign vs American manufacturing...blah, blah, blah.
I dream of power and performance, kickdown linkage and cornering ability, NOS, slicks, and alcohol fuel (just kidding, where would I store a funny car?!). if I were able to buy an Audi I'd probably have to budget for speeding tickets, heheheheh!!!
after a little research, here's my first list of test drives...
Kia Soul - too boxy???
Honda Fit - not sure I want a car with such a big butt!
Honda Civic Coupe - ooooohhhhhh! way more sporty!
Hyundai Elantra Touring - maybe with the roof racks!!!
does the Soul come with the hamsters? if I get a Kia Sorento, do I get a robot and a life sized sock monkeywith a sense of fun?!
I'm not sure I'm ready to give up Good Little Car, he's only 13 years old!!! boo!!!
I did make it to the trail and the gym (yay for endorphins!) ok, now that is quite an accomplishment considering my attitude & lack of motivation lately. I guess my weekend was not a total bust!
I tried very hard Saturday to do some art. I couldn't even start anything. finally, around 7 pm I tried doodling at the suggestion of my friend Michael.
sometimes brainless acts of art help to get you back to the flow.
that lead to some paper bag flowers.
it took me 4 more hours on Sunday to make this:
I took these photos in the same light, in the same position, so go figure on the exposure. The bkgnd is actually the same color as the flowers. would you believe it took me about 2 hours to decide where to place those flowers??? ack! I know, that annoys me too!!! I can tell that you have absolutely no attachment to the placement of the flowers! why should I care so much?!
I also prototyped some ATCs. Made this one for ATC the Music, Wishlist by Pearl Jam. (Eddie!) We'll see if my Linda posts it! I wasn't entirely enamored of the piece, felt like it needed more development, but I wanted to get something done for Linda's blog.
I spent a good amount of time looking for things I know I own, but can't remember where I put 'em. I did find the yellow mini pom-poms : .)
you know that weird phenomenon (phenomena?) where you run out of or everything breaks at once?
I had a torchiere lamp forever and it finally died. I'd also like to say that considering where I work, I should have gotten rid of that torchiere lamp a long time ago. (my friend Bendy mentioned to me once that it was probably not smart to own something with "torch" in its name and he was right!!! many moths quickly went up in flames on account of that lamp, ick the stink!)
remember the shower door incident? and since I've had my huge boxy television forever, I was worried I'd have to replace that too and I don't want to have to buy a tv right now. annnnd, oh geez, my car!!!
is there an anti-jinx for typing that out loud? yikees!
besides I need new running shoes. I have my priorities : .)
then again, its funny I'd say that b/c as of yesterday, I had not worked out for 11 days. eleven days!!! (the not working out plan was not a good idea!)
this is only the third time since I was 16 that I've gone without consistently and regularly working out. the first time was in 2004 when I went to France for 13 days (we did do a lot of walking), the second was when I tore a disc (disk?) in my back in 2007 and couldn't work out for a few months, and the third was the current "incident" which was on account of my b-day a week and a half ago!
Speedy ran with me at lunch on Wednesday. not only was I really happy that evening (yay for endorphins!), but I slept 9.5 hours that night and had a really good day Thursday (kinda been in a slump since that fateful b-day/week).
well, until I had to decide whether or not to go to cycle class this evening.
if I learned anything on my little hiatus, its that I NEED my ENDORPHINS. so I forced myself to go to class, sweat buckets, and had a pretty swell time!!! LOL!!!
considering my good mood, I think I can do a 5 good things for today list:
1) perspective, endorphins, sweat!
2) compliments on my art from my newest bloggy pal! (thanks Penny! : .)
3) Pearl Jam concert series announcement!!! I love Eddie!!!
4) the new lamp I got for ten bucks at my favorite store Target, hee, hee, hee!!!
These are my pieces that my teacher Linda chose to put in the Student Art Show this quarter at school.
Did you know that collage isn't just gluing paper to paper? There are fundamentals involved!!! Elements and principles of design!!!
My Starry Night is supposed to be an example of "framing." Something in the foreground, or to the sides is supposed to "frame" the rest of the piece. I was hoping the cityscape "framed" the sky. According to Linda, it doesn't.
This was made by gessoing (is that a verb?), putting gesso on a magazine where I stapled the pages together to make a strong base. The cityscape, moon, and dots are newspaper, I used spray ink, and more gesso on top to make the starry swirls. Also included is a human being, given to fly : .)
I like this piece b/c its very textury.
If we were to critique the piece, we could ask these questions...(and I'm not gonna do this now b/c I'd like to sleep tonight, not tomorrow when I am supposed to be at work! : .)
A critique is an oral or written discussion strategy used to analyze, describe, and interpret works of art. Critiques help students hone their persuasive oral and writing, information-gathering, and justification skills.
Describe the work without using value words such as "beautiful" or "ugly":
What is the written description on the label or in the program about the work?
What is the title and who is (are) the artist(s)?
When and where was the work created?
Describe the elements of the work (i.e., line movement, light, space).
Describe the technical qualities of the work (i.e., tools, materials, instruments).
Describe the subject matter. What is it all about? Are there recognizable images?
Describe how the work is organized as a complete composition:
How is the work constructed or planned (i.e., acts, movements, lines)?
Identify some of the similarities throughout the work (i.e., repetition of lines, two songs in each act).
Identify some of the points of emphasis in the work (i.e., specific scene, figure, movement).
If the work has subjects or characters, what are the relationships between or among them?
Describe how the work makes you think or feel:
Describe the expressive qualities you find in the work. What expressive language would you use to describe the qualities (i.e., tragic, ugly, funny)?
Does the work remind you of other things you have experienced (i.e., analogy or metaphor)?
How does the work relate to other ideas or events in the world and/or in your other studies?
Judgment or Evaluation
Present your opinion of the work's success or failure:
What qualities of the work make you feel it is a success or failure?
Compare it with similar works that you think are good or bad.
What criteria can you list to help others judge this work?
How original is the work? Why do you feel this work is original or not original?
The next piece is attempting balance and repetition (as principles of design)...the use of a grid; shape and texture (as elements of design).
I used another (half of a) magazine, stapled together, and gesso'd. The black squares were made by using a playing card as a "stamp". The hearts are stamped and painted, torn and sewn with thread. I stapled the netting after mounting the hearts. The text was printed from Word and cut out and glued to the page.
Close up of one of the hearts.
I have some pieces from previous quarters to share, as well as work in progress for the current quarter, due next week, EEK!!! I have to find those other pieces and photograph 'em first!
Pinky & the Brain was one of my favorite cartoons! Sharmaine and Julie's comments reminded me of Pinky's responses to Brain's question that was my post title the other day. Here are some of the most classic: