Friday, October 25, 2013

shades of brown

 
My world is drying out a bit,
shriveling up to settle in for the cold
we had snow last week,
it was beautiful driving up the gulch road with rock cliffs or steep hills on each side,
 lined with the feathery dried goldenrod and the red sumac all covered in white puffs,
sorry no photos of that, but plenty of these shades of brown I love.....
like caramelized sugar,
or the seafoam candy my grandma used used to make....
I may have to check the crayon box for names for brown...
"desert sand, Maize, tumbleweed"
 
 
 
 
 
like unbleached linen,
toasted marshmallows not burnt,
or just plain 'ole tan!




















And I am trying to be a good blogger and tie my art into the rest of these photos so here's some pages from my sketch book....



 
 



See ya next week!




Friday, October 18, 2013

The real me....

Here's the latest rocks...
as always inspired by nature...
If they're not in my etsy shop they will be soon...




The plate above that the rock is on was made by my daughter in high school. And these white rocks were collected by a little guy I used to work with when I was a Family Educator in Early Head Start. He lived by the creek and on one of my visits we walked the creek. I started to pick up a few white rocks, hard to find in the river here, and his Mom noticed, and asked if I liked white rocks. So I said yes, of course. The next time I went there, a week later they had  handfuls of tiny white rocks for me!









 I am throwing in some more photos from a day I had an appointment and stopped on my way home in a park all by myself to walk. I felt so guilty at first for taking an hour to myself, why is that? I had been looking at Vivienne's blog where she  takes a lot of self portraits, she does it as a way to learn to accept her own body image, and she takes some beautiful photos, offers classes and such, so she inspired me to try to take some self portraits. I played with them in photoshop to darken the edges; the Lomo effect.










I didn't get the self portrait that I wanted ... this one was going to be a nice serene shot of me sitting on this rock looking at the waterfall... but unfortunately I am not very coordinated, and as I was scurrying to get onto the rock after setting the self timer, I slipped, totally most embarrassing video moment almost caught on film, but the camera clicked a second after I pulled myself back up off my hands and knees. I had to go to work with wet mossy knees. The hour was still worth it!


shooting for serene
but not turning out as planned
this is the real me

there, you have my week... minus all the messy bits...well with just one messy bit...
(It is called falling ladies after all)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Jewel Weed

If you get into poison ivy this plant can help. you crush the stem and rub the liquid all over any itchy spots. I have never needed it but we would always stop on walks along dirt roads so I could touch the seed pods as a kid and watch them burst. Well, I still do it now if I have the chance. Also the bees love 'em so I took a bunch of photos this summer trying to get a perfect bee shot. Didn't happen....
 






 
 


 
Just the slightest touch
and the insides spring outside!
You'll do it again...


video
 
Here's my Jewel weed mandala...
 


 
 
 

Friday, October 4, 2013

a sketchbook and a fox.....

2 new purchases from Michaels...
a new guardian for my desk...
and a new sketchbook in gray...
 
 

 
watching over me
a new fellow explorer
his story unknown



you will probably see more of him
he's a keeper...


 
 
 




Not too much to say this week...
Busy, busy, busy,
glorious weather lately her in NY
I am on Day 5 of a juice fast
juicing fresh fruits and veggies 3 times a day with tea in between...
I am not hungry at all but I still daydream of food I am missing.
Lost 5 pounds already...
I plan to do it for 10 days...
all because I clicked on a free movie on the internet called "fat, sick and nearly dead"
The man who made it  is very inspiring...
Don't click on it unless you want to be taken in...
he's selling juicers but I didn't buy a juicer
I bought his inspiration instead...
free...
see you all next week...