Sunday, July 31, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Betty's Dog Diary: Bathtub Betty

Dear Doggie Diary
Bathtime, are you KIDDING ME!
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I had one last week.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Betty's Dog Diary: At the Computer

Dear Doggie Diary
Mrs.B is nice an' all and I can put up with Mr.B (he gives me snacks) BUT sniff! sniff! You better bring home a MEGA treat to make up for this. WUF!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Betty's Dog Diary: Mother makes a Mither

Dear Doggie Diary
Why does she keeping looking at my backside and going ewwwww!
Let's Play
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Betty's Dog Diary: The Sting

Dear Doggie Diary
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Mophead Hank isn't as tough as he thinks.
Iv'e got all the balls. har! har! har!

Want to chase chickens
Want cuddles
Want treats

Monday, July 25, 2016

Betty's Dog Diary: I am Bitch, Hear Me ROAR

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Dear Dog Diary
Betty visits Talitha
Part One
What the hell is that!
smells like a dog
What the hell is that thing!
It's a huge walking mop
Candy lady keeps calling it Hank.
I bark to keep it away from me.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Betty's Dog Diary: Corner Cone Treat

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Dear Dog Diary
ice headache! Itchy mitherin' arse! Chasies in garden with humans! It's a dogs life and proper reet good. Dam this itchy arse!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Betty's Dog Diary. OMG!

Dear Dog Diary
 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.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Betty's Dog Diary: It's a Dog's Life

Dear Dog Diary
Felt the wind in my fur and was 
Queen of the World 
Chewed a Bone

Betty's Story

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Betty"s Dog Diary: Bathtime for Betty

Dear Dog Diary
 I don't understand why I need a bath and I don't trust Mr. B unless he is next to the fridge. I wagged my tail at him yesterday.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Betty's Dog Diary

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
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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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Coloring Book Obsession: Not Here

Hey I am not knocking it, people enjoy them and it is good to de-stress BUT I go to the art mag section of book stores now and they have taken over. 

The pros and cons of a coloring books obsession

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.

Hey, grown-ups: put down the colouring pens!

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.

Knitting or joining a knitting group

Health Benefits of YarnCrafting

How Taking Photographs can Improve Your  Mental Health

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Painting and Drawing

What is Art Therapy

Monday, July 18, 2016

Getting to see the Real Van Gogh

I was lucky enough to see a huge exhibit of his work in Philadelphia Van Gogh:Face to Face in 2000. It was so inspiring. 

BBC Arts - The real Van Gogh: A genius not driven by madness but crippled by it - BBC

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. 

Why Reproducing Art is an Important Learning Tool for Artists

Friday, July 15, 2016

Finding Solace in Art

I don't need to repeat the news, it's pretty awful/gruesome in so many ways in so many places and for so many people. 
It's overwhelming.
It's hard to know what to do, how to help, how to channel that anguish. 
I feel like this

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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!
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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.

Amnesty International 
Human Rights Watch
American Civil Liberties Union
International Red Cross
Directory of Organisations Supporting Victims of Terrorism

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Peta Pixel and the Chorus of Whingers, Purists and Elitists

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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 Gives Your Photos the Look of Famous Paintings

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 had FUN, enough said

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Cecropia Silkmoth

photography by corrine bayraktaroglu
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. 

cecropia moth - Hyalophora cecropia Linnaeus

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.

photography by corrine bayraktaroglu

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Spinning a Good Yarn in the Studio

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.
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