Thursday, January 7, 2016


Artists League 30th anniversary Show will be about Nudes.

I don't like themed art shows.  It's not that I can't think of something to do.  I think it has more to do with doing something that is out of my stream of consciousness.  I know, I know, I am supposed to stretch myself.  Yet, we are told to build a body of work, to have a cohesive body of work.  So I work on that and believe me, I have enough trouble doing that.  So now you want me to make something to fit your parameters. 

Nude animals, nude hands legs feet, partial nudity, abstract nudity, or nudity of spirit. (I don't know what nudity of spirit is I just threw that in there); these are all possibilities.  Really however, you are talking about nudes.  I know that nudity doesn't have to be lascivious or erotic. I know the human body is beautiful. Maybe I am prudish.  I don't really think so.  Well, maybe.  

I know I could adjust some of my "people" with their colors and patterns and fit them into your definition of "Nudity" but that is not the way I want them seen, it is not my intention.  I think it is important that one's work be seen within it's intention.  

Well, so there it is.  I am a bit prudish, inflexible with my intention, and a little bit contrary.  

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Hippifying my Blue Jeans

I have this pair of GAP jeans.  I think they are about 20 years old.  They have molded to my body and weirdly they still fit.  But they have been really showing their age the the thighs are going.  One side more than the other.  I had saved some old jeans that I didn't like for patches and today was the day.  I haven't embroidered on jeans in quite a while .

This was a little t-shirt I embroidered.  I was a senior in High School.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Running as Fast as I can

I feel like I am chasing technology.  What with phones, computers and even TVs.  

My Mom has sort of been wanting a smart phone.  She has an older style phone.  She gets envious that I can text, take pictures, surf the web, etc and she can't do that.  HOWEVER, I asked her who she would do that with other than me.  She is 81.  She didn't know because many of her friends use their cell phones as she does, emergency.  She never has it on.  She has had the phone for 7 or 8 years and still doesn't know how to retrieve messages.  We have showed her numerous times.  How the heck is she going to learn an IPhone?  Of course you realize I would have to teach her.  I have had IPhone's for a long time and I like them but I don't use it to its full advantage.  I don't know all the special things it does.  I set it up to do Apple Pay but I have yet to use it.  Running to keep up there.

I had to get a new laptop a year ago, That forced me into Windows 8 and then Windows 10. The first time I turned on Windows 8, I cried.  I admit it, tears actually rolled down my cheeks.  I thought, I will never figure this out.  Thank goodness I bought a laptop with a touch screen or I really would have been in trouble.  The "hovering" thing to get the start screen to start up was absolutely horrible.  I learned it, I got it, I figured it out....then....My Mom's computer died.  I had to teach her.  That was a struggle and trust me, there were lots of tears.  Thank goodness for Windows 10, it solved some of that crazy stuff.  Mom learned it, I learned it and we are back on an even keel...pretty much.  Although sometimes, "I swear I didn't push anything" she says and the screen has somehow done something really weird.  

My husband wanted to get a new receiver as ours decided that it was no longer going to do surround sound.  He ordered a new one and installed it over the holidays, our present to each other.  I am so glad he understands all that because I would be bald from pulling my hair out.  This is the back of the unit.
 seriously, if that isn't gobbledygook I don't know what is.  After searching the internet and a couple of days, we finally have all the components talking to each other and the sound working for all of them but trust me it wasn't easy.

So don't ask me how to do anything because truly I am going as fast as I can to keep up.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Costco is a great store

Costco is a great store.  They have many things that you just don't see in a regular store.  I have picked up some cool little gadgets.  One of them was a set of LED battery operated spotlights.  They are perfect for doing an indoor show.  The batteries last a long time and they really give off a lot of light.  I almost always have someone ask me where I got them.  I couldn't find the exact ones I got at Costco but I found these on Amazon and I ordered another set.

 Theses are by ritelite.

I was cleaning out my pantry today and I found a couple of food items that we saw at Costco that seemed like a good idea, Black Bean Spaghetti.  This isn't the exact brand, but same idea.
Explore Asia Organic Black Bean Spaghetti, 7.05-Ounce PouchWe used it for a few meals and not really our thing.  I hate to throw food away but it just wasn't for us.
Of course one of my favorite purchases at Costco is wine.  I found a delightful French Reisling that we had for Thanksgiving and the last time we were in Costco, I picked up a couple of bottles, 2012 Trimbach.  2012 Trimbach Riesling (Elsewhere $20)It received a 90 from Wine Spectator.  I concur, not too sweet, lovely acidity perfect!

Happy Shopping

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Crazy thinking

Showering for some reason always seems to open my mind up and I never know where it will go.  Sometimes I have some really creative ideas and sometimes they are just weird.  This morning was a weird line of thought.

I started thinking about when and if my Mom moved in with us and whether or not I would have to take her to church.  Would I go and sit with her or just wait in the car?  Really, I thought, I would have to go in with her.  I don't attend church and I haven't for 40 years or so.  I am pretty much an atheist or at the very least on the hairy edge of atheism and agnosticism.  I imagined the Pastor asking me if I believed that Jesus Christ was my savior and I would have to say a definitive no.  Then he asked me if I believed in Heaven.  Again, no, I don't.  Then he asked do you believe in a soul.  Now here is where I began to digress into a off the wall train of thought.  I said."Well, if I did believe in a soul then wouldn't all living creatures have a soul?  Wouldn't not just mammals but all creatures have a soul?"  I mean what makes mammals special...just because we are one?

What if humans where not mammals?  What if we laid eggs?  I thought well wouldn't that solve some issues today, because then if you didn't want your egg, you could just give it to someone else to sit on and keep warm.  Really, you wouldn't even have to do that because you could just keep it in an egg warmer.  You could really take this right on down into crazy town if you wanted.  Just keep extrapolating....

So all that in the shower today.....