Where I stood, with art supplies!

art feet

Today was workshop day!!   These are my feet with Lynn’s feet and my art and Lynn’s art and Karate and Ninja whabblers from Kate.

Jane

See Jane.   See Jane play with art supplies.   Jane is happy.

lynn

See Lynn.   Lynn is explaining life to Kate.

Ruth Jackie

See Ruth and Jackie play with art supplies.

table stuff

see a table full of art supplies.   We had big fun!

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.

A fine day out

ric and mark

Our friend Ric was in town yesterday, and he expressed an interest in going downtown.

hitsville

What to do?   He’s already seen a lot of what we have to offer over the years, but he hadn’t seen Hitsville, U.S.A.   We took an amazing tour, and learned a lot.   Berry Gordy started Motown with $800 borrowed from his parents.   It wasn’t really borrowed from his parents, all 8 of the children worked, and $10 a week from each child’s wages went into a fund for anyone to borrow who had a great idea.   Berry asked for $1000, but the family felt his idea was worth $800, so that’s what he used to start the Motown empire.   He paid the family back within a year at 6% interest.   I’d been to the museum before, but it still amazes me to think all that went through that little white house on Grand Boulevard.

woodbridge pub

Then a bite at the Woodbridge Pub, lovely food and atmosphere.     I had a wonderful lentil salad, and a Stroh’s in memory of my father.

blue bunnies

I’ve always had a soft spot for blue bunnies.train station

We showed Ric our dilapidated train station.

beep

Beep , indeed.

funktion

Then we headed for Ann Arbor to see Funktion at the Top of the Park.

611.5

We checked out a couple of Ann Arbor historical buildings, a little more intact than the Detroit buildings.

greek revival

A lovely day.   Back to work.

Spirit artist trading cards

This month the theme for artist trading cards is Spirit.   I tried to think about team spirit, spirit airlines, Spirit of St. Louis, alcoholic spirits, and all other sorts of spirits, but I kept returning to Dickens.   I decided to draw an image inspired by this passage from “A Christmas Carol”:

It was a strange figure — like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man, viewed through some supernatural medium, which gave him the appearance of having receded from the view, and being diminished to a child’s proportions. Its hair, which hung about its neck and down its back, was white as if with age; and yet the face had not a wrinkle in it, and the tenderest bloom was on the skin. The arms were very long and muscular; the hands the same, as if its hold were of uncommon strength. Its legs and feet, most delicately formed, were, like those upper members, bare. It wore a tunic of the purest white, and round its waist was bound a lustrous belt, the sheen of which was beautiful. It held a branch of fresh green holly in its hand; and, in singular contradiction of that wintry emblem, had its dress trimmed with summer flowers. But the strangest thing about it was, that from the crown of its head there sprung a bright clear jet of light, by which all this was visible; and which was doubtless the occasion of its using, in its duller moments, a great extinguisher for a cap, which it now held under its arm.

ATC ghost-christmas past

ATC's ghost of christmas past

Self portrait

One of our challenges in the fabric art group Running With Scissors was to do a small self portrait quilt.   This is my offering.   I started by taking a photo of myself, upping the contrast, then I transferred the image to a silk screen.   I printed many little me images and cut them apart, then rearranged them with felt behind them until I was satisfied.   Add a little floss, a few buttons, and this is what you get.

self portrait quilt

The finished piece is 12″x18″, here are a few close-ups:

self portrait close 1

self portrait close 2

self portrait close 3

Where I stood, working and playing

shoes

Party shoes meet work shoes.mark makes a garden

Mark and I rototilled a space behind one of our houses to make a community garden for the tenants.     A garage and workshop used to stand in this space, so there was lots of rubble under the ground.   Even after running the rototiller, I couldn’t put a shovel in the earth without hitting rock.

rubble 1

This is the pile of bricks and rubble pulled out of the garden.

garden 1

And this is the garden.   I put in a few plants, but to my delight the residents immediately planted the rest.

garden 2

It will be a happy garden.   That was the work, Wednesday night was play, we saw Shemekia Copeland at the ark.   What a great show for blues lovers, Shemekia’s voice is amazing and she’s got a great band.   Last night we watched a lot of local bands take the stage at the Power Center in tribute to the Beatles.   It was part of Summerfest in Ann Arbor, a great night.   Lots of work, lots of play.   Maybe I’ll go back to bed now.

Learn something new

macaw

This is a macaw, one of the largest of the parrot family.   These are majestic South American birds, nesting in dead palm trees, flying over the forests, and shrieking above the trees.   Unfortunately for this particular macaw, her father lost a bet to his brother while she was still an egg.   Because of the bet, he had to name his first daughter Polly.   Polly had convinced most her friends to call her Paula, but every time she sees her uncle he still says “Polly wanna cracker” to her.     She does her best to stay away from Uncle Egbert.

elephant seal

Meet Sherman the elephant seal.   Sherman’s nose is large for a reason.   He can inflate his nose to make his mating roar louder.   Sherman loves roaring.   He is over 6000 pounds, can hold his breath for twelve minutes, and he can dive 600 feet.

marbled newt

Jackson is a marbled newt.   He winters in the water, but summers in the wetland vegetation.   He is six inches long, which seems small, but in reality he is bigger than all the other European newts.   Jackson is often mistaken for a salamander, do not make that mistake.   It upsets him horribly.

Where I stood, in Livonia

feet with orange

Walking the nature trails of Rotary Park in Livonia.   Someone walked before me, with lots of spray paint.

fish

blue dude

kolo91

pink circle

orange star

your butt

spiral

question

pink heart

happy face

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.