omg!omg!omg! mint mornin'. I got to ride with
the lady that smells like Candy. Licked an ice cube at Dino's. Met a hairy man
by a tree. Candy lady's mini me picked me up and cuddled me. Nice lady with
glasses said I was cute. OMG! I am dead feckin' cute.
Betty is a wire haired Patterdale Terrier, a rescue dog that was found lonely, hungry and tired, with half her fur missing a few months ago. She was lovingly fostered by Lavena and then adopted by Chris and Karen. She has won the hearts of many. Her owners are currently overseas and have left her in the care of Mrs. B.
This is Betty's Story
Dear Dog Diary
Mrs B is very nice. I have her completely under my control hah! And I had a grand poop in Nancy's back room. So far I have had an early morning walk, scratched, sniffed and humped the cushion.
Life is grand but just not the same without my mancurian family xxx
In fact, coloring books for all ages have become more popular than ever, with about 12 million sold in the United States last year, according to new data from Nielsen BookScan. Only one million were sold in 2014. The trend of more adults turning to coloring in an effort to de-stress has contributed to this rise.
This Sociologist, Frank Furedi, in his article on the subject calls it The McDonaldisation of the Mind. It's worth a read.
To take a few examples... Lucy Mucklow and Angela Porter's Color Me Stress-Free: 100 Coloring Templates to Unplug and Unwind (Zen Coloring Book) is advertised as 'the perfect book for stressed-out adults who want to reconnect, simply and easily, with their inner creativity'.
It's a harmless fad, people have fun with it, but I agree with some of the comments by Frank Furedi.
"But whatever their calming effect, they are clearly an inferior alternative to art therapy. The colouring-in of mass-produced designs probably won’t challenge your creative powers. Free drawing, making your own art and design, is far more likely to engage and enhance your imaginative insight."
While a harmless fun fad there is just NO comparison to the power that comes from creating your own work. I know not everyone is an artist, BUT there are some amazing ways to create and get longer lasting theraputic benefits.
Was Van Gogh really mad? Did his madness drive his art? And did he really cut off his ear and give it to a prostitute? These are the key questions in On The Verge of Insanity at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. And the answers are: yes (sometimes); no (not really) and yes (well, almost).
I never did buy into the myth that his art was driven by his madness. I particularly agree with this quote: "‘A lot of people think his art was a product of his illness,’ says the show’s curator, Nienke Bakker. ‘He painted in spite of his illness.’
Of course she’s quite right. Vincent’s illness wasn’t the cause of his artistic genius, any more than George Best’s boozing caused his balletic genius with a football."
I came home from the exhibit inspired and like many learning artists who want to connect, understand and learn how an artist uses paint I did a version of The Zouave.
Obviously I didn't get the colours right and I learned I just can't use paint the same way, or colour, but it was a fun learning exercise which made me appreciate his work all the more technically.
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and sit with Betty in my tea room writing my journal and so wishing there really were comic book heroes to save us all, wouldn't that be marvel-ous!
We so desperately need the good souls to keep lighting the way, which is hard to do when our hearts are breaking and our souls are beaten by the constant onslaught of poisonous hatred. I can but find solace in my art, and try to help in my small way. LINKS Amnesty International Human Rights Watch American Civil Liberties Union International Red Cross Directory of Organisations Supporting Victims of Terrorism
Without fail each story peta pixel puts out the whinging/purist/elitist comments start and I wonder if someone needs to send waaambulance. Unfortunately one has to sift through them to get the gems of thoughtful critique/concerns or opinions.
Prisma is a new camera app that transforms your photos to look like paintings by famous artists. It goes beyond the film simulation filters that are widely available these days to offer a surprisingly realistic painting filter. The app says it uses a combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence to work its magic.
One of the complaints was if you wanted your pictures to look like paintings then pick up a paint brush and paint the image.
People are having fun, and not everyone can paint, or wants to paint. For my part I can easily pick up a brush and paint BUT painting is a whole different medium and process. My needs with a camera in hand is not the same as my needs with a paintbrush.
While some are getting in a right tizzy over the TOS rules
"you hereby grant to Prisma a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you stylize on or through the Service"
they are no different than many social platforms that host your images. Without that permission they would not be able to display your copyright images.
I have never seen one of these before, let alone get a chance to see it up close. It was outside my garage this afternoon and thank goodness I had enough juice left in my phone and managed to get a few shots. What a magnificent looking moth with a wingspan the size of my hand.
The cecropia moth, Hyalophora cecropia Linnaeus, is among the most spectacular of the North American Lepidoptera. It is a member of the Saturniidae, a family of moths prized by collectors and nature lovers alike for their large size and extremely showy appearance.
No fanciful tales or stories here, no dear readers the truth is I am actually SPINNING yarn onto sticks with an ingenious transportable thingymajig my husband concocted with bits and bobs in the garage.
He saw long it was taking me to wrap yarn around bamboo sticks and thought this yarntwister thingymajig would be easier on my hands AND faster. Takes two people to use it, but it's wonderful and I am thinking I would
love to do a large installation now that I have a fast and easy way to do them.
Another way to wrap sticks
A dear friend picked up a wonderful vintage embroidery from a garage sale and thought I would like it. So I wrapped a Harry Lauder branch with variegated yarn to hang the embroidery up with. Alas the Yarntwisting
thingmajig doesn't work for twisty branches. Isn't too hard doing small twisty branches by hand though.