Art two ways

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And there it is, a completed piece…or so you thought,

then someone else finds an additional meaning tucked inside!

It is like blackout poetry in reverse, here you are adding into the lines you are given instead of eliminating from the lines. This was part of a kids art program and is displayed in the mill. It just goes to show that sometimes you need a fresh set of eyes to see what other possibilities exist!

Have a great weekend and be open to new possibilities!

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Raindrops

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…………………………………………………………………..Raindrops 

………………………………………………….The way they slide off the leaves,

………………………………………………….rap on the roofs,

………………………………………………….and gather, little gangs of them,

………………………………………………….on windowpanes;

 

………………………………………………….the way they hang from the pointed leaves,

………………………………………………  …their liquid bellies swaying to and fro,

……………………… ………………………….before they spill to the arms of earth;

 

…………………………………………………..and how they drop

…………………………………………………..from a child’s eye,

…………………………………………………..or line the paths

……………………………………… ………….of a petaled cheek;

 

……………………………………………..  ….This is my study now,

…………………………………………………..to watch

…………………………………………………. and see

…………………………………………………..just how it is

…………………………………….. …………..they hold the light.

………………………………………………………………………… Janice Winokur

Remembering from the other side

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In this old graveyard flags are still placed on the graves of soldiers from long past conflicts, names are worn away on some stones leaving a gap in the story that earned the flag. And so it goes over and over, new conflicts we can’t seem to solve more wisely, instead ending up in battles and wars that seem to just lead to the next.

And each generation is left remembering from the other side.

Summer approaches

This weekend, regardless of the actual weather, marks the unofficial start of summer. Grills come out, hammocks are hung, people start to search for the beach towels. This recipe is an easy side dish that can be done in the oven or on a grill, and is so tasty.

Take a couple of summer squash, and / or zucchini for additional color.

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Slice into 1/8th of an inch pieces and toss in 2TB of olive oil with a dash of salt and pepper

Place on well oiled foil

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If you want, top with grated romano, pecorino or parmesan cheese, your choice.

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Bake in 400 degree oven until cheese is golden and slices are sizzling, or on grill until same point. Then enjoy!

They don’t serve up beautifully as they are thin slices, but they are so good. Two of the size shown will make 4 servings, though not huge ones.

Re-framing it

 

railcar thru windowUnexpectedly I am spending my day at home awaiting a repairman for something beyond our at home DIY skills. This is changing the entire layout of my day, but not necessarily in a bad way, it is just all in how I use the time as it is. Depending on what the repair entails it could very well change the layout of my whole week! So, since life has tossed up a detour sign in my path I am going to work on those things that I have on my “I’m a-gonna” list.

Such as…

using my Wacom bamboo and getting better at it

wading through old image files and culling the herd

dusting and window washing (notice that is at the bottom of the list!)

This way even though I can’t get out on a hike, to the studio… or really anywhere I can still make progress in some direction. Not too many years ago, possibly even sooner than that, I would have spit and spluttered about the inconvenience of  having MY day disrupted. It meant I was having my day wasted and “nothing” would get done.  I would have taken it as a personal affront, which I can now look back on and chuckle at a bit embarassedly. Being annoyed or getting angry didn’t change the situation, it just made it seem to be unending. I had to keep in mind whatever the situation was, it was finite, and I just needed to change how I was going to deal with it. It didn’t change the situation, just my irritability over it. I just had to re-frame it, and sometimes I succeed better than others. It is an ongoing process after all.

 

Stuffed

I bet “Eeewww!!” is one of the words that comes to mind when you look at this photo. It did to mine.

Look at all that stuff.
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And this is floating in a canal, it has all drifted along to this lock and is backing up. In some ways it looks like a hidden picture game you might see in a child’s magazine:”find the ball”, “find the tire”.

But it is not as enjoyable to play.

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I recently read the following books and the above images speak to their topics.

Publication1They each share similar themes, just from slightly different angles. Mainly though, they are about how much waste is created all done the line. Neither one is a “this is the answer” book however, they are just focusing our attention on the issue. Consuming less is the easiest part of the problem to tackle, but is a drop in the bucket. Most of us have no idea of the amount of use and waste of resources that go into the simplest of products. That is just a fact not a judgement. I remember as a kid being able to return the milk containers to the store, then suddenly that was no longer available and milk came in the cardboard containers, then the current lightweight plastic ones. Sure they are listed as recyclable, but into what and at what use of energy and products to make into something new. It is a very difficult issue, as we have tied the economy to consumption equaling success.  It can be a bit depressing to read books like this as they can leave you feeling like nothing you do will make a difference. But, if many people sharply change their behavior , then it does. This is one of those “no silver bullet” issues, all I can do is use less, buy less, and find a non dump use for things that I no longer want. Consumption is still an illness, as it was decades ago when our grandparents were children, it is just an illness that affects everyone and one we bring on ourselves. I don’t think humans can engineer their way out of it either, technology can’t fix it. Much like mucking out a horse stall it is human eyes that sees it needs to be done and hopefully pitches in and does it. It isn’t supposed to be fun, it is about just buckling down and doing it. Time will tell if avoidance or action will win out, humans tend to avoid as it is easier than tackling icky issues, but who knows, maybe I will be pleasantly surprised. I would like that!