Friday, March 20, 2009

UK Handmade magazine...

I just came across this online magazine...wish I could curl up in bed with it, but will have to sit at my pc and read it thoroughly tomorrow, it looks wonderful!
Here are a few links...
one...the winter 2008 issue of the magazine in pdf format,
two...the website,
three...the blog.

Enjoy!

p.s....here's where I came across the link, in the sidebar of this lovely blog.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

macroday illustration...


This one was tough. I actually knew the exact illustration I would use as soon as I read the challenge details, but choosing the right photo was hard. This illustration is artwork that was created for me by my friend Cathy Farrell. I was so amazed by what she did with this, it is my favorite piece of art. The subject is dark and light and thoughtful and intriguing all at once and the details are incredible. Initially, I photographed just one part of it in incandescent light. I liked how it came out, but decided to try it in daylight since I so much prefer the effects of natural light. I had so much fun focusing on all the details, and then I had a whole lot of photos to choose from! I chose this one, because it feels mysterious to me and I like the way the window light casts shadows in parts and totally washes out in other places, echoing the themes of the drawing itself.

If you want to see more of the photos that I took, there's a Flickr set of them here. More of Cathy's artwork can be seen here.

I also want to say thank you to those people who voted for my Tools entry and put it in third place!

Monday, March 16, 2009

images from my walk today....

...in the cemetery behind my house. I've been wanting warmer days and long walks with my camera, but I tend to get too distracted with everything else and forget. Even though today wasn't exactly warm, it was a great day for a walk. I had forgotten just how cold my fingers could get, though!

Lot's of browns and patina greens here. Not exactly spring colors, but I tend to gravitate towards these very earthy colors and textures.

Friday, March 13, 2009

spring inside and macro challenge...

I clipped some forsythia branches a few days ago, and brought them inside. They are so amazingly in bloom now! You can see the brown backyard outside through the screen, what a contrast! It feels a little strange, it is still winter, but it surely makes me feel good, too!




Forsythia is another flower that brings the motivation for change and transformation, similar to the effect of snowdrop. I think I am needing these energies around me now. I am too tired right now to expand on this, but hopefully will post an entry about the uses of flower essences soon. They've been life savers for me!

At the same time that I was photographing these rays of sunshine, I decided to attempt to photograph something that might fit the theme of 'the movies' for the MacroDay challenge this week. I'm very happy with the results. I submitted the first one through flickr, and wanted to share another one here as well (two, now). I love the way the dvd reflected the flowers and added it's own rainbow too.



Thursday, March 12, 2009

snowdrop saga...

The snowdrop flower signifies hope and joy and anticipation of a happy future. As a flower essence, it can help us to put the darkness behind us, let go of what we don't need anymore, and move on to a happier inner space that can lead us into a happier outer place in whatever way is appropriate for us.

What a wonderful way to usher in the coming spring and let go of the dark, cold days of winter! Which is probably why I find myself looking for my little patch of snowdrops sometime in February. They are the first indication that spring truly is on its way, after the beige and brown and white of winter.

At the end of February, since there were still a lot of dead, dry leaves in my front yard, I couldn't see them. I went outside and pushed away the leaves where they normally would be, and there were the shoots just coming up. Maybe they couldn't see much sunlight, and so they weren't in a hurry to blossom yet. A day or so later, though, they had made great progress. This is how they looked on March 1st...

...like little papooses all wrapped up!

If I could, I'd insert a photo of thick snow here, because they were underneath that within a day.


By last Thursday, the snow had mostly melted away...






















...and by Saturday this is how they looked.





















Ready to fly into spring, I think!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

moon, cloud, airplane...


You'll need to click the photo to see the airplane, it's there just above the cloud, a little to the right.

Friday, March 6, 2009

macroday tools...

My submission to Macroday of a macro photo of a tool that I made last night while waiting at the aikido dojo for my sons. I think it's nteresting that I used tools to make this, and now it becomes a tool itself.

More on creating stamps in another post to come.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

new guitar + art...


Nothing Else Exists by =Jioruji-Derako on deviantART



In Your Own Little World,
Nothing Else Exists
But That Which You Choose
To Allow Inside.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

noises...

Yes, I'm hearing beautiful drumming sounds coming from my basement...he's getting the hang of reading music and playing beats...it's good.

But I woke early this morning to the sound of a helicopter overhead, one of those continuous drones for at least 20 minutes that said that something must have happened. I checked the news to find that the local train had hit a car and sent it flying into a nearby house, though with minimal damage as far as I can see.

This photo was taken by Action News' helicopter...


It is an intersection where there are no gates for the crossing, because it is such a wide intersection, it wouldn't be possible or useful to have gates that would do any good. The commenters on the article that I found wrote about people trying to beat the train at that crossing, but I was hearing that it was also very icy this morning and I think that maybe the driver just couldn't stop. The train pulls into the station there, so it is going very, very slowly. I'm sure it could have been a lot worse otherwise. Hopefully the driver is ok, there's not much info except that he or she was taken to a nearby hospital.

Monday, March 2, 2009

a link to my son's blog...

This is George...well, he doesn't actually look like this most days...or any days...but he likes to play with Photoshop...




(lets balance this out a little bit)...



and his new-ish blog...Shards of a Broken Infinity.

musical beginnings...

Just a quick post here of the results of today and yesterday, before I head out into the cold and snow to get food for us.

Mike setting up his just bought used drum set in our basement...


...and George yesterday checking out his new lefty electric guitar and amp...just a really short 25 seconds...



More to come!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

one more (#3) for today...

Who is this?

my etching experiment....

In between lots of interruptions and distractions...good ones, but still...(see last post), I did manage to get a piece of copper etched and patinaed. I didn't go to great lengths to do it perfectly. I wanted to try different types of resists, stamps both commercial and homemade, as well as writing with a Sharpie so I could see how it all worked out. It wasn't exactly my first try, I did one piece a little while ago using salt water and a battery. It's pretty time consuming and I was more drawn towards using the PCB etchant solution from Radio Shack when I finally found it, so here it is:

This is the piece with the stamping and writing on it. Probably all needs to be more sharp, but I do also want to try to get a more scrumbly look at some point...


Here is one part after etching and cleaning...



and the same one after liver of sulfur patina and heating with a butane torch...


and the one with my favorite new stamp...




It's a start, and I'm so very happy to actually have done it and gotten some finished pieces of copper that I can play with. Next time I want to make the etching deeper, I wasn't sure how long to keep it in for at first, and wanted a baseline result to begin with. I also want to carve some more stamps of my own designs and see how that works, too.

I have so very many ideas...I write them all down and hope for a decent stretch of uninterrupted time to actually accomplish some of what's in my head! I do love this life, with all it's twists and turns, and I so much love being able to create what I love. This is just a beginning! Soon there'll be lots of drumming and electric guitar happening...maybe it'll give me more time to create...or less :-) ...we'll see!

music...


We are on a mission to find the 'perfect' drum set for my 16 yr old son lately. He's been doing tons of research and has changed course from wanting an electronic set to wanting an acoustic set now. He was worried about the noise of the acoustic set and that we might all get upset with hearing banging all the time :-)...I think it will be great....and I'm glad the warmer weather is coming, I can take lots of walks.

Perfect means a good quality set that he can build on to, as well as fitting into a limited budget. We are going to see a used set tomorrow that I think may be the one for us. Meanwhile, my older son is going to get an electric guitar and amp, so who knows where this all will lead us!

On that note, I thought I'd put up another video from Evelyn Glennie that I think shows a wonderful way of looking at sound and all the possibilities in that realm. It's a short clip and fascinating! My previous post about her, with two videos and her jewelry is here. Here's a link to some of her jewelry (or jewellery ;-)) as well.





Oh...and I forgot to mention, but I think it's worth saying, how they've gotten so enthusiastic about music lately. The funny thing is, I tried to be very non-technological at home when they were young, hoping for lots of art and music without the distraction of tv, etc. What happened, though, was that they got into video games at some point, built their own computers for gaming, and recently got the game Rockband 2, which comes with a 'guitar' and 'drum set' that are made for the video game only and not real, stand alone instruments. It was this that led them to research 'real' instruments and get really enthused about music and playing. So, just in case anyone worries that video games will preclude anything else in life, they are an example of the opposite. I did get a very negative response from one local music store owner...and I do understand the prejudice since it does seem that the two are not compatible, but it really just depends on the people involved. Sometimes what seems like a not so good thing actually becomes a stepping stone to opening up a new way of seeing the world!