Sunday, January 20, 2008

Cosmic Pizza

Another kaleidescopic image, this time using a picture of beach gravel from

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Playin' with food, part II

I took one of my veggie pictures and put it in KrazyDad's Kaleidescope Maker.
Cool, huh?
You should try making one.

A bounty of veggie, painty goodness

The other day, I did a fun art project with Mrs. W's class. Printmaking with veggies and fruits. I am going to be doing this at the arboretum soon, so this was a good test-run.

The assortment of cut produce in a colorful pile was so attractive.

Once the kids got going, it was messy and I was too busy supervising them to take pictures. And afterwards, I had to leave in a bit of a hurry, but I did snap just a few shots of some of the prints. They may not look that great, but the kids really enjoyed making them.

When the printing was done, the paint-covered veggies were a work of art unto themselves.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Taking the plunge, so to speak

I had been thinking about taking water aerobics for a long time, maybe a year. I bought a bathing suit last August, intending to start in September. Then I got sick. Then I got busy. Then the holidays rolled around. Now I'm out of excuses. So, I finally have done what so many well-intentioned people do at this time of year. I've joined a gym. (the YMCA.)

Today was my first class. It was an interesting experience. It was pretty fun. Not a terribly strenuous workout, but for me, that's probably a good thing. There were a couple dozen people in the pool. Mostly ladies, all older than me. There were 2 men. I could tell that many of them had been doing this, together, for some time. I had a little trouble following what they were doing. The instructor was out of the pool, and it was hard to hear what she was saying. I tried to see what the other people were doing, but the movements are not easy to make out under the water. But a few of the ladies helped me out a little. Everyone was very friendly. In fact, toward the end of class, at some signal that I apparently missed, everybody broke ranks and started giving each other "10." It was like when you drink a toast to someone and you have to clink everybody's glass. Or like in church when you greet the people on all sides of you. They all introduced themselves to me. I don't know how I'll ever be able to learn all those names. There were 2 Carols, a Sandy, a Julie, a nice Scottish lady... I'll never remember who's who. Well, hopefully I will eventually, because if I'm going to be seeing these ladies on a regular basis, naked, even, it would be nice to know their names.

Yeah, I kinda hadn't really thought about it before I signed up, but there was the whole locker room experience that I had to deal with. The showers were all communal. People (well, ladies) were going to be seeing me naked. And vice versa. And yet, when the time came, I managed to do what I needed to do with no fuss or fanfare. I was just another tush, another pair of boobies. (And there was quite an assortment!)
This seems do-able. I hope to be able to work out about 3 times a week. Hopefully I'll stick with it, and maybe make a few new friends while I'm at it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

They used my artwork

And made it very, very PINK.

But at least they used it. Click here to see 3 of the original drawings up-close and colored in.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Something to look forward to

Never mind that the holidays have only just ended, and Jerry was off the week between Christmas and New Year's. We didn't really do anything or go anywhere. And, work will be very busy and therefore stressful for him for the next couple of months, so he's already talking about wanting to get away somewhere this spring. So I decided to look for a place.

Look at this place!

It's only a couple of hours' drive, and this time it will be just the two of us. I'm really looking forward to this!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

The tree with the flowers

This is the tree in my parents' front yard that inspired my current header image. I also posted about it here. It's an evergreen pear, Pyrus kawakami, originally planted in 1967 when we first moved in. It had character, but it was rather oddly shaped and probably not very healthy. My mom didn't like it any more, and she had it removed just recently.

This photo is of one of the tree's spindly branches. I've always found them very attractive. (The flowers don't smell good though, and it doesn't make fruit, just in case you were wondering.)

The leaves turn very colorful. I painted these back in 1976. Even though my parents' tree is gone, there are still plenty of these trees all over the place, and I still love to collect the leaves.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Working on the blog template

In addition to taking down the holiday header picture, I am finally doing a little housecleaning in the sidebar area of this blog. You may see some things come and go, or maybe change colors, until I decide I'm satisfied.

Now I want brownies.

Zucchini Brownies

Friday, January 04, 2008

Window shopping at Carruth Studios

It started the other day, when I saw a picture online of a guy with his Christmas gift: a sculpture of a slice of bread with a face. Intrigued, I followed the link to the Carruth Studio, and was rewarded with an online catalog of wonderful, whimsical creations.

These are just a few of the many pieces that caught my eye.