Change

The latest challenge for our artists’ trading cards is clothing.   I got to thinking about how often we change our clothes, how much fashion depends on change, and how much spare change it takes to keep ourselves clothed.   Hence, I decided to make little atc sized change purses for my atc’s this time.   I’m not sure if they are done yet, they probably need a little more decoration.   This is how they look so far, I kind of like them simple.   (Some are face up, some face down.)   I’ll have to wait and see if they tell me if they want to be embellished or not.

Happy Birthday Leonardo!

Yes, it is Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, born in 1452, long before April 15th was declared tax day.   Let’s see, 1452, that would make him, um, very old if he were alive today.   OK, I can do the math, it would make him five hundred and fifty seven years old.   The man was a technological genius!   He was instrumental in getting us off the ground in so many ways.   Most of his designs were not feasible in his day, he had the ability to come up with ideas that wouldn’t work until long into the future.   Not just flight, but solar power, musical instruments, the calculator, a steam cannon, a bridge, among many others.   I wonder if his friends thought he was a major crackpot.     Anyway, what I revere him for most is his painting.   Think about it, people who know nothing of art history, but what are the few pictures they can identify?   Usually the first is Mona Lisa, an image you have seen altered more than any other.     Mona is everywhere, ever since Duchamp made it OK to paint a mustache and beard on her.   Then there is the image of The Last Supper, that picture in our heads is da Vinci’s.   Ever wonder why they are always on one side of the table?   That’s Leonardo’s fault.   Those two images most associated with the word “art”, and they are both Leonardo da Vinci paintings.   This dude epitomizes the words “Renaissance Man”.   So, go out and paint something, or sculpt something, or invent something.   Make Leonardo proud!

Where I stood..

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.

Rotating pentagrams

I did this piece for another swap, I really like it.   I   made it from one stamp and I rotated the stamp and changed color every time I printed it.   This is what one print of the stamp looks like:

I had a lot of fun making this one!

I got some serious blues in my diet last night, Mark and I checked out Debbie Davies at the Firefly club in Ann Arbor.   Great show, great guitar, really tight band!

Beads!

Yesterday I taught the ATC group how to make beads from triangles of pretty colored paper.   Maybe taught isn’t the right word, most everyone had either made beads this way in their childhood or seen it done, but they all wanted to make them and we had a wonderful time!

At first there was much concentration.   Many were quite adept at rolling the papers, perhaps they had had practice in their teenage years.

Julia is delighted to have her picture taken.

Pretty soon silliness ensues, as witnessed by Deb and Kate.

These are some of the pretty papers I brought for bead making.

These are some of the beads.   Orange.

Black and white beads made by Ingrid, she brought a phone book and used that for her beads.   Just think, you could make a necklace of all your friends’ phone numbers and never lose them!

Beautiful gold beads made by Deb.

More pretty beads.   I had a great time last night, I think everyone did!

A page for Kate

I have Kate’s book right now for a round robin altered book project.   I took the flag idea from Kate’s previous page, and made a page of flags flying in the stars.   I carved all the religious symbols as well as the stars, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

I did a lot of the carving on our last trip.   I am happiest with an X-Acto knife   and a piece of vinyl rubber in my hands.   It is very zen losing yourself in the curves and the lines, and this project has left me with some wonderful stamps to play with.   Thanks, Kate, for the opportunity.

Where I stood..

In front of a couple of early tulips that greet me when I walk over to our latest property to work.   It’s always fun to find out what the past owners have planted, and wonder what will come up where.

But I’ve no time for tulips, there is much scraping and painting to be done.

These are my tools, waiting patiently.

Meanwhile, Mark and Rex are making a closet. They’ve got the hole cut.

This is some wallpaper we found when we removed a cabinet in the kitchen.   I’m sure tenants won’t mind a patch of flowers in the middle of a navy blue polka-dot wall.   Hmmm, I guess we’ll have to figure something out.

The yard has gone a little wild, it will be a while before I get time to deal with this.

The previous owners left us an angle with a dirty face.   He watches us work with no word of criticism nor any encouraging compliment.

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.