Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Well, I'm in!

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.


-- William Dement, in Newsweek, 1959

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Negative Space: White on Black

After destroying two squares from my Zentangle Kit (a gift from Okami) by trying to tangle inside the heart, I decided to try it the other way around.  Working the negative space proved to be the ticket.
Valentine's Tangle for my hubby

For a change-up I painted a page in my Strathmore art journal with black gesso and using the pens mentioned below, I created another negative piece.  I'm not sure I like it as well, however, because you can see the strokes made with the pen more than you can with the black pen on white paper. 
Uniball Signo and Uniball Signo Angelic on black gesso
It was fun trying it out, though!  I have a couple more pages fully gesso'd and will be playing some more.  Then I think I'll borrow BiffyBean's technique of painting with black gesso on colored paper and then using the white gel pens over that.  See what I mean here.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tidbit for you

It hurts to find out that what you wanted doesn't match what you dreamed it would be.  -- Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive Comic, 09-07-04

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Birthday, Arizona!


Arizona turns 99 years old today!


Happy Birthday!
 And Happy Valentine's Day, too!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

More Zentangles

So here are a few more of my "arty" creations.  I must say that having something like this to do while listening to stressful news helps me to cope.  I used to knit and crochet (9-11-01 resulted in well over 20 afghans crocheted) but since carpal tunnel set in I was left without my usual method of meditation.  This is a wonderful replacement.
Created during the first days of the Egyptian Crisis


Now with RED!
Of course, now I see patterns everywhere.  These photos were taken in front of my house.  The City of Phoenix, after moving our water lines from the alley (next to the sewer lines) to the front street, decided that it was time to fix the street.  It was last treated about 15 years ago.  So, in preparation of the slurry seal, they covered the deeper cracks with a tar-ish material.

The City of Phoenix gets into the act.



And for some weird reason, I think of Zentangles when I look at it.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Another nibble

My bounce-around life had taught me that dreams were dangerous things - they look solid in your mind, but you just try to reach for them. It's like gathering clouds. 
-- Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky, 2006

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Under the Influence

Last Wednesday, Ground Hog's Day no less, there was a New Moon.  I've written before about how this particular point in the lunar cycle gets me off my duff and sends me into a cleaning fit.  That post is here.

Today, Hubby and I moved everything off the back patio.  We have a bulk trash pickup in a couple of weeks and the set out time started yesterday.  OUT to the alley went a whole bunch of stuff that did not weather the elements well last year.  I even threw out some items that still work or needs a wee bit of fixing.  Why? 

Living in our multi-cultural city is a type of person that will drive an old battered pickup truck up and down the alleys during bulk trash set out days.  They pick up these items, fix them or use them for other things, and then they drive them down into the deeper parts of Mexico to sell or to give to their families.  The best of the best recycling I can think of. 

So, now we have to go out there, sweep off the black widow webs and egg sacs, and put the furniture back.  We spend a lot of time sitting out there on weekend spring mornings and most summer (pre-monsoon) evenings.   Gracie, the dog, and Minerva, the cat, enjoy it when we sit out there, too.  It's like we've all discovered a new room to the house!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groundhog's Day

"The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears."       ~Bill Vaughn
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly "see its shadow" and retreat back into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks.
Unless you happen to live in Phoenix, Arizona.  **sigh**

And you thought this was going to be about the movie, huh?