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March 17, 2017

Painting Patterns

One of my favorite things to do....painting patterns in random, loose fashion.  Using as backgrounds, manipulating digitally, cutting up for postcards and collage. So far, using acrylic and ink...will bring out some stamps and maybe the gelli plate for more layers. I love to work on old calendars, especially those big, matte, screen-printed designs from Snow Graham, Paper Source, etc. And catalogs with lovely paper from Anthropologie are quite nice (except they sent a glossy one the last time...ugh.) But really anything will do. Then more playing with close-ups and filters for lots of design surprises.








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March 11, 2017

I'm reading....

these books right now.



The Little Book of Hygge (pronounced "Hooga"?) is subtitled Danish Secrets to Happy Living. The author and illustrator (charming little pictures) is Meik Wiking. Denmark holds the position of one of the happiest countries on Earth. Danes are often asked, "Why are Danes so happy?" The author studies happiness at a think tank titled appropriately Happiness Research Institute where they focus on well-being and quality of life and the causes and effects of human happiness.  

This struck home with me: "To many, (the Danes' happiness) is quite a mystery, as besides the horrific weather, Danes are also subject to some of the highest tax rates in the world. Interestingly, there is wide support for the welfare state. The support stems from an awareness of the fact that the welfare model turns our collective wealth into well-being. We are not paying taxes, we are investing in our society. We are purchasing quality of life. The key to understanding the high levels of well-being in Denmark is the welfare model's ability to reduced risk, uncertainty, and anxiety among its citizens and to prevent extreme unhappiness." (Emphasis mine.) 

Agree or disagree, it is surely something to ponder. Meanwhile, I will light a candle or two. ("No recipe for hygge is complete without candles.")

A big thanks to my friend Kay who gave me this book.



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February 21, 2017

Mixing metaphors

I wrote out a bunch of metaphors and sayings, cut them in half and mixed them up in a bowls, drew from each and matched new ones. My favorite was "The apple of my...anger."










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February 15, 2017

You're right! I never would have thought of that!

Day 44 in the Sonheim 365 class I am participating in. 
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February 3, 2017

Time for some updates



From the ridiculous collection of to-read books I have borrowed, bought, or shelved,  and with a reminder that, love it or hate it,  I am happiest reading 3 or 4 books at a time, I am currently immersed in these.



  •             
  I read this a thousand
  lifetimes  ago but
forgot how
  much I loved it.  
                       

  •            
                              I just love
                              Virgil Flowers;
                               I can't help it. 
                      
                  Reading and eating, two of my
                  favorite activities. Am I
                 the only one who loved
                 Homer Price and the
                Doughnut Machine? 


  •       
            True story of a sad
            Seattle crime and our
              collective failures
                   at treating mental illness.












Meanwhile...
1.  In the Studio 

Sonheim 365...using a non-art supply to make art.

Okay...not great.  Lesson relearned: DO NOT SPILL THE INDIAN EARTH. 



2.  Around the House

(Our new home is finally ready for prime time. Cars can go into the garage. All tubs and boxes are empty. Books are shelved. Art is on the wall. The studio's transformation from double car garage size to ... well, significantly smaller...is complete. There are only a teeny few piles left and I have hidden them well. )


3.  Find of the Day

this video





4.  The (Almost-) Daily Amazing

a regular (though not daily so sorry) feature on the home page of the websiteAll I have to say about this one is....it ain't called Amazing for nothin.'  Go see. 
 
                                                           Peter Crawley Is a Stitch. 


5.  Di's Five

Five favorite magazines:  Uppercase, Womankind, Daphne's Diary (which is a teeny on the two-sweet side but I do love the beauty of the page), Afar, Flow.
Almost all of these are ad-free and their websites and blogs are interesting, too. Granted, these magazines are those that appeal to broads like me, art-centered, independent, traveler. Also interesting: available in U.S. but originate elsewhere: Canada and various European locations.

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