Thursday, August 21, 2014

Print Porfolio: Say What?!

Holy Smokes!  

I just realized that this time last year I already did the open call for the Annual Rainboeliza Print Portfolio Exchange. . . Do you know what the means??  Be on the lookout as it's coming in the next few days!!  What will this year's theme be and will there be any changes?  

Stay Tuned!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Art:Toe: Wear Your Luck

Friday's drawing is for a jackpot of a one hundred eighty million and a cash option of one hundred seven million.  If we would've played Tuesday, we would've been winners of a whole extra dollar moving us from two bucks to three.  Alas, the universe must have bigger and better things in store!

In other news, one of our fellow participants gave me this fine double rainbow t-shirt and lucky socks.  I've got pictures of me in it, but these cracked me up far more and I thought you'ed enjoy them too.

[ must I do this ? ? ? ]

[ if you insist . . .  ]

[ oh yeah!  Rockin' the double rainbow! ]

A Visit with Pollock

I recently made a trip to Long Island, NY to visit with my brother and help out with his little ones.  Conveniently, he only lives about a mile [or less] from the Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner house.  I've visited years before when I too lived on Long Island, but it was nice to take my cluster of folks there and educated them about art and artists.   

This time round they had little recorder devices to guide us, which was nice and helped keep everyone occupied.  From sitting on chairs in the lawn gazing at the lovely view, to strolling around the grounds, to a trip to the famous studio barn and the house, it was a lovely experience. 

If you haven't seen the Pollock movie, I highly recommend you do. Although it's not an entirely accurate account of his life, it does give a fairly good account and it's done pretty well - not to mention a good portion was filmed here on the lovely east end.  Anyway, when entering the barn that was once Pollock's studio and after his death Krasner's, they displayed a myriad of things used by the artist couple.  Four baskets of slippers line the wall from which to find a pair that would fit you.  In order to enter into the actual painting area where the remnants of Pollock's famous drip paintings could be found along with a foot print or two, one had to take precautions.  The studio had gone through several renovations, so it was no longer in the original state when Pollock used it, but still it was informative, fascinating, and and overall enjoyable experience.

Next up: A Visit with Krasner: The House!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Gardening: A Recent Harvest

There hasn't been a whole lot of time for the garden between vacation, recovery from vacation and family in town, but rest assured, we are starting to enjoy a slowly ripening crop of tomatoes and soon to add the the list: peppers as well as broccoli!  I haven't taken pictures yet, but my oh my, the broccoli is finally starting to crown!  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Arc-en-ciel: Artful Gardening

Rainbows and gardening.
It seems that of all the things on my brain lately,
this is the one thing that has brought me plenty of joy.
So, it is no surprise that I'm totally stoked about these:

[ from the Paulova Ceramics Shop on Etsy ]

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Gardening: Somewhere Else

My garden still has a lot of growing to do.  I'm not just talking about the growing season, but more in terms of quantity.  As in, I'd like to add more things to it such as kale, squash, herbs and definitely some blueberry bushes.  For now, I settled on picking at a local orchard - Brown's to be exact.  It always surprises me how much variety there can be with just one type of fruit.  Mmm, mmm, mmm, but all of them are so delicious both fresh and frozen!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Arc-en-ciel: Scream!

Ah, pure joy.  

This comes from a lovely blog I follow called Elsie Marley.  She is an amazing artist who sews, sews, sews! Lately she's been turning her kids drawings into wearables. I am so inspired by the clothes she makes, projects she takes on and oh so much more!  You should definitely take a moment to check her blog out!  Tons of freebees, tutorials and more!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lust a Small Space: Peace, Tea, Nature

I'm afraid I don't know the exact source of this image [sorry], but if there was a heaven, this time, space, place, moment would be mine.  Doesn't it have the feel of a purely blissful moment?  I can just imagine spending a summer into late fall here reading, exploring, creating, cooking, contemplating.  Oh how one can dream! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Arc-en-ciel: Like This

This little fox pretty much sums up how I've been feeling this week with the exception of a cheek that is twice it's normal size.  I started with a toothache on the right side of my mouth Monday. I thought maybe it was just the barometric pressure taking me for a ride (a few thunderstorms in which I saw my first rainbow since I visited Portland last September. . . Two double rainbows two nights in a row. . . What could it mean??) and so I switched to eating on the opposite side.  Tuesday came and all of a sudden my tooth on the left was quite painful to the chew.  I gave it over night and when the pain started being all the time I gave my dentist a ring.  It was Wednesday and they couldn't see me until next Tuesday - WHAT? Thursday arrived and the ole face started to swell, swell, swell.  I tried calling my dentist again, but to no avail.  It's a small practice and I believe they've gone on vacation.  Thus, I gave in and went to an urgent care dentist, against my best intuition, only to find they are in fact terrible.  I waited for hours for them to do things they didn't need to do and ultimately, they did nothing at all for my agony, but instead confirmed what I pretty much already knew.   To my disappointment, I must wait for Tuesday and hope they actually so something asap that very day.  Until then, a very puffy sad rainbow taking medicine.  Bah! 

Ah, and I threw this one in just because I enjoyed it.  
The shop also has some rainbow horses 
and hedge hogs that are ever so cute!

[ From the Hanako Shop on Etsy ]

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gardening: One Week

I find it amazing to see what can happen and grow and produce and even die all in one week!  Mother nature sure is awesome!  Though our first round of spinach is at it's end, a new batch is coming in, and just when I thought the sugar peas were through, they started to bloom once again.  The watermelon has more then tripled in size [it's a small breed, mind you], and the cucumbers are in full force.  Now, if we could just get our poor peppers to really sprout up and those tomatoes to turn red!

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