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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year


    From our house to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy and safe new year.


    I plan to post some of my favorite books and activities from 2009 and my goals for 2010 very soon. In the meantime, thank you to all of you who read and post here. I love hearing from you, and you make me feel more connected to the world. But right now I have to make an appetizer for New Years Eve!


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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Crossing Another Off the List


    Ivory Billed Woodpecker
    vintage trading card

    OK, I didn't see an ivory billed woodpecker. If I had, I think all sorts of universities and birding groups would be here interviewing me, since the bird is so elusive and rare. What I did see on Christmas Day at my sister-in-law's house up in Door County was a pileated woodpecker, which looks rather similar to the bird on this old card.

    I've been saying I wanted to see one for several years. I'd wistfully comment that I wanted to see a pileated woodpecker and people (my aunt, the sister-in-law, whoever) always would tell me they had seen the bird. Ho hum. Where have I been? But a personal sighting eluded me. Two summers ago I thought I saw one at the top of a tree in Oregon, but I was a passenger in a car, and the look was too quick to be certain. On Christmas Day I was upstairs on the telephone to my aunt when I heard the group downstairs calling to me to look out the window, and there it was, a monster woodpecker with a red brush cut hanging on the suet feeder. Woody Woodpecker himself. I got a good look, and was well pleased.

    That was a really fine gift, seeing that woodpecker. I'm fifty-nine today, with lots of Christmases and birthdays under my belt, and it's getting harder and harder to see, hear, or taste anything very new. The Christmas Day sighting of this wonderful creature was about as good a gift as I could want.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Northern Lights


    5x7 inches
    watercolor on Yupo synthetic paper

    Christmas is over. We made it to my brother's house for Christmas Eve, despite cold rain and high winds. Dick had called his sister to cancel our plans to drive to Door County for Christmas Day, but when it was sunny and dry here in Janesville, not a blizzard as forecast, we called to ask if we could still come. The answer was affirmative, so we packed overnight bags, loaded up the cat bowl and headed out. The further north we drove, the cloudier it got, and the more the winds picked up. By Algoma Lake Michigan was a sort of ochre color, the high waves filled with sand. The water crashed dramatically over the jetty near the red light house, but it was so cold, wet and windy I didn't ask Dick to pull over so I could get a photo.

    We made the trip safely, but Dick's other sister and her husband slid off a side road into a tree, and their vehicle was wrecked. We ended up staying an extra day and giving them a ride back home on Sunday. By then the roads were clear and dry, and the trip was uneventful

    I had started this little watercolor before we left, then I finished it this morning. The inspiration was a desk calendar photo of northern lights, something we haven't seen in a few years.

    Cold Climes
    by Mary Brittnacher in the 2009 Wisconsin Poets Calendar

    I've lived my life in frosty air,
    Near firs and moss and hedgehog's lair.

    For me the seasons are a book;
    That tells a story wherever I look.

    Browns of springs show many hues;
    Flowers of summer are always news.

    Gold, red, and rust of fall,
    Never fail to give their all.

    Deep in winter I watch the birds;
    Sleeping woods speak silents words.

    Story same, story new,
    That rivers and wrens tell clearly and new.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Solstice

    5x7 inches, oil (sold)


    We have just passed the solstice, the darkest day of the year. I find myself attracted to painting images of sun. This is a little exercise I based on an exercise in a book I checked out of the library. I have been experimenting with using water mixable oils over acrylic under paintings. The biggest challenge is finding somewhere to put the paintings while they dry. For now, that's a disused bathroom in our basement. I painted this a couple weeks ago and it seems dry.


    Winter with its cold weather and darkness turns me into a brooder. I enjoyed making art this year, and have worked with paper collage, mixed media, watercolor, acrylic and oil. I've made it into some shows, won a few awards, sold a few pieces. One of my pieces that feature recycled materials was purchased as an "eco-friendly" award for a local business. Most mostly I have a growing stack of painting slowly filling up my closets (and bathrooms). A part of me asks, what is the point? I buy materials, pay out entry fees, take classes, and mostly it drains my bank account and fills up my storage space. Is the enjoyment I get from making art worth it?


    Most likely I need to market myself more. I have pieces in a local gallery and coffee shop, but this year nothing sold from those places. I did sell by simply showing people my work, one on one. I have not tried selling online, though I may do that. Of course selling isn't everything. I enjoy the company of other artists. I enjoy making and showing art. But I worry about if I am getting any better, and if my enthusiasm will become a financial burden for us.


    This uncertainty may be a function of too few sunlight hours. Maybe I should fret less and just go to the studio.


    OK, that's where I'll go, but first a poem from my desk calendar.


    Sunsets on My Farm
    by Candace Hennekens, 2009 Wisconsin Poets Calendar


    A flaming peach blazes
    through green needles,
    the pine bough marking
    summer solstice.
    As the crow flies


    fields of soybeans
    groves of trees
    an abandoned farm
    lying in the rays' path.
    As summer wanes


    the sun slips down
    to Westphal's farm,
    then Albert's place,
    drifting faster now
    past trees, barn, silo


    until the sun sets
    at winter solstice
    behind the old oak
    standing tall
    in the fence line.

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SPOON!





    Asian dinner utensils are awesome. I've always said that I want to be a ceramic engineer in Asia because the don't have to worry about metal marking problems (no knives at the table).   The table relies on the chopstick and the spoon, Designer Aïssa Logerot has come up with an evolutionarily design, combining the two. 

     
     


    I have to admit, that I do have some reservations about the design. It seems like the spoon might fall off the end of the chopsticks, and that long handles does not suit how porcelain spoons are handled. None-the-less, this is a pretty interesting design. 

    Via



    I'm going to take off for the Holiday, but I'll be back next week.

    Please, be safe, warm, and don't drink and drive. 
    I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday!

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SPOON!





    Asian dinner utensils are awesome. I've always said that I want to be a ceramic engineer in Asia because the don't have to worry about metal marking problems (no knives at the table).   The table relies on the chopstick and the spoon, Designer Aïssa Logerot has come up with an evolutionarily design, combining the two. 

     
     


    I have to admit, that I do have some reservations about the design. It seems like the spoon might fall off the end of the chopsticks, and that long handles does not suit how porcelain spoons are handled. None-the-less, this is a pretty interesting design. 

    Via



    I'm going to take off for the Holiday, but I'll be back next week.

    Please, be safe, warm, and don't drink and drive. 
    I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Oh Canada!

    I Love Canada!
    As you may know, I come from Maine. The joke there is that Maine is just un-annexed Canada. We love Hockey, French, and Doughnuts. All things Canadian. Now we have one more thing to love in Canada. That is Pottery Supply House in Oakville, Ontario.




    Why do we love PSH? Becuase they are now carrying the full line of Matt and Dave's Clays Products! Porcelain for the People and The Coup! How cool is that?!


    What is even cooler? PSH is doing something that I had a lot of requests to do but could not pull off. That is ship across to Canada! You will have to contact them to get the details, but this makes our clay available to all of our friends in the Great White North.


    Stop by and get some clay!


    Also, I wanted to let everyone know that Tee Shirts are now in and available at out online store!









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Oh Canada!

    I Love Canada!
    As you may know, I come from Maine. The joke there is that Maine is just un-annexed Canada. We love Hockey, French, and Doughnuts. All things Canadian. Now we have one more thing to love in Canada. That is Pottery Supply House in Oakville, Ontario.




    Why do we love PSH? Becuase they are now carrying the full line of Matt and Dave's Clays Products! Porcelain for the People and The Coup! How cool is that?!


    What is even cooler? PSH is doing something that I had a lot of requests to do but could not pull off. That is ship across to Canada! You will have to contact them to get the details, but this makes our clay available to all of our friends in the Great White North.


    Stop by and get some clay!


    Also, I wanted to let everyone know that Tee Shirts are now in and available at out online store!









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Monday, December 21, 2009

Ceramics=Civil Unrest

    We all know that ceramics are inherently political medium but a protester in Italy has taken this to a new level. This particular protester used a ceramic stature of Milan's Cathedral to express his displeasure with the Prime Minister. 





    ROME - An attacker hurled a statuette at Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, striking the leader in the face at the end of a rally on Sunday and leaving the stunned 73-year-old leader with a broken nose and bloodied mouth, authorities said.
    Police said the 42-year-old man accused of attacking Berlusconi as he signed autographs in Milan was immediately taken into custody. The Italian leader was rushed to a hospital where he was being held overnight.
    The attack occurred at a time when Berlusconi, one of Italy's wealthiest men, is embroiled in a sex scandal, a divorce case with his wife and public protests demanding his resignation. 


    Via MSNBC  


    I will admit to having a limited knowledge of Italian politics. That said, in my understanding Mr. Berlusconi's policies, practices and morals are somewhat questionable...


    So let's think of this less as an attack, and more of a Christmas Gift...In the face.



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Ceramics=Civil Unrest

    We all know that ceramics are inherently political medium but a protester in Italy has taken this to a new level. This particular protester used a ceramic stature of Milan's Cathedral to express his displeasure with the Prime Minister. 





    ROME - An attacker hurled a statuette at Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, striking the leader in the face at the end of a rally on Sunday and leaving the stunned 73-year-old leader with a broken nose and bloodied mouth, authorities said.
    Police said the 42-year-old man accused of attacking Berlusconi as he signed autographs in Milan was immediately taken into custody. The Italian leader was rushed to a hospital where he was being held overnight.
    The attack occurred at a time when Berlusconi, one of Italy's wealthiest men, is embroiled in a sex scandal, a divorce case with his wife and public protests demanding his resignation. 


    Via MSNBC  


    I will admit to having a limited knowledge of Italian politics. That said, in my understanding Mr. Berlusconi's policies, practices and morals are somewhat questionable...


    So let's think of this less as an attack, and more of a Christmas Gift...In the face.



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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sale! For Today and One Day Only!


     Act Quickly, this deal will be gone at Midnight!

    Matt and Dave's Clays


    The 1 Day Sale at our site is Live! 15% of a combo, Porcelain for the People and Stuck Up Slip for just $35

     

      We are offering a special deal with our High Temperature Porcelain for the People and Stuck Up Slip together for $35- Shipped! This is a 15% savings on both items. This is a pretty great deal and is only going to last for 24 hours. So get yourself some clay to put under your tree. We will get your clay shipped out just in time for Christmas.


    Go to our online store and select the item with the picture of Santa George you see at the top, to get the special sale price.


    http://www.mattanddavesclays.com/store/


    It's only going to last for 24 hours, so get it quick.


    Have a happy New Year.


    Matt and Dave

    http://www.mattanddavesclays.com/store/

     

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Sale! For Today and One Day Only!


     Act Quickly, this deal will be gone at Midnight!

    Matt and Dave's Clays


    The 1 Day Sale at our site is Live! 15% of a combo, Porcelain for the People and Stuck Up Slip for just $35

     

      We are offering a special deal with our High Temperature Porcelain for the People and Stuck Up Slip together for $35- Shipped! This is a 15% savings on both items. This is a pretty great deal and is only going to last for 24 hours. So get yourself some clay to put under your tree. We will get your clay shipped out just in time for Christmas.


    Go to our online store and select the item with the picture of Santa George you see at the top, to get the special sale price.


    http://www.mattanddavesclays.com/store/


    It's only going to last for 24 hours, so get it quick.


    Have a happy New Year.


    Matt and Dave

    http://www.mattanddavesclays.com/store/

     

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Light Bright.




     I'm feeling sort of guilty. I bought this item for the member of my family who's stocking I am stuffing this Christmas. Unfortunately for that person, They will not be receiving this particular item. I'm keeping it.

    I thought about this long and hard, and It was Mrs. Rose who finally declared that this was the coolest piece of translucent porcelain in the house. Sorry to all the rest of the work, but she is right. A translucent porcelain Burger, Fries, and Cola, you'll be lighting my way to bed on Christmas Eve.

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Light Bright.




     I'm feeling sort of guilty. I bought this item for the member of my family who's stocking I am stuffing this Christmas. Unfortunately for that person, They will not be receiving this particular item. I'm keeping it.

    I thought about this long and hard, and It was Mrs. Rose who finally declared that this was the coolest piece of translucent porcelain in the house. Sorry to all the rest of the work, but she is right. A translucent porcelain Burger, Fries, and Cola, you'll be lighting my way to bed on Christmas Eve.

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Platform Boots


    12x12 inches
    watercolor on Yupo synthetic paper (available)

    At least a couple time a year I like to paint something in response to an online subject. Maury Kettell has a site called Watercolor Passion, and four times a year he posts a challenge. This one, which ends December 31, is "Shoes."

    My interpretation of the theme was to use my friend Rich Fletcher's photo of a big city shop window filled with platform shoes. I painted fast and loose with bright saturated colors. The nice think about Yupo, a synthetic plastic surface, is that the colors stay bright and are easy to lift. I had a good time lifting out the reflections on the window.

    Here's the link to the site:


    There's still time to submit a painting of your own if you'd like to give it a go.

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Get a Handle on Things




    I'm not one to Poo poo a paper cup, just because I'm a ceramics person. I do believe in function first, and sometimes function comes in the form of a paper cup. 

    That said, this handle sleeve is awesome. The site dosen't say what it is made out of, I suspect rubber. But it could be clay.

    None-the-less, it is a pretty fun and functional thingy.


    Site 


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Get a Handle on Things




    I'm not one to Poo poo a paper cup, just because I'm a ceramics person. I do believe in function first, and sometimes function comes in the form of a paper cup. 

    That said, this handle sleeve is awesome. The site dosen't say what it is made out of, I suspect rubber. But it could be clay.

    None-the-less, it is a pretty fun and functional thingy.


    Site 


    Via

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sledding Santa

    I decided not to put up a full-sized Christmas tree this year, but I did dig out some favorite ornaments and decorations. I bought a little wooden Santa Claus ages ago, and he has become a favorite. The old guy still has some child alive in his heart, apparently. Just so I could look at him more carefully, I decided to paint him in my sketchbook. Who knows, maybe he'll end up on a card some time.

    I had a good surprise yesterday when the English pen pal I started writing to in 1961 and hadn't heard much from for several years wrote me an email. When I was about ten I sent fifty cents in to some magazine and got back an address for a pen pal. This boy and I wrote a couple times, but didn't have too much in common. However, his mother started writing to me, and to my mother. I met the family in 1972 for the first time in London. Then over the years we met several more times. Through weddings, divorces, deaths and births we kept writing, though not so often in the 1990s. Then five years ago both my mom and the woman who had written so faithfully died in the same week. I didn't hear from the son and his family except for a Christmas card with signatures until yesterday. Now the boy I wrote to so long ago is a grandfather, and he promises to catch me up on their family via email.

    It's a wonderful world, eh?

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Christmas goes down the drain




    My alternative title was "I'm pretty sure you can't flush that, no matter how powerful your new toilet is"

    Or, "The Grinch had to work extra hard, when the Whos went Condo."



    At least the tree will stay watered.


    I have to say that I am shocked at how little Holiday Ceramics I have come across this year. If anyone has stumbled across some fun stuff. Please send it to me, I love hoilday stuff.



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Christmas goes down the drain




    My alternative title was "I'm pretty sure you can't flush that, no matter how powerful your new toilet is"

    Or, "The Grinch had to work extra hard, when the Whos went Condo."



    At least the tree will stay watered.


    I have to say that I am shocked at how little Holiday Ceramics I have come across this year. If anyone has stumbled across some fun stuff. Please send it to me, I love hoilday stuff.



    Via








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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

This is bad...

    I know that bad people will do bad things, but this kind of thing is going to make it harder for pottery classes in schools in the future.

    12 Year old Girl assaulted with Pottery Tool
     Matt McKinney 



    Asheboro, NC -- Sheriff's deputies are investigating the assault of a 12-year-old middle school girl on a bus Tuesday afternoon.
    Investigators say 18-year-old Jeremy Johnson, a student at Southwestern Randolph High School, had taken a pottery tool from the school without the teacher's knowledge.
    Witnesses say that during an argument the suspect threw the tool at the 12-year-old striking her in the lip. The victim's father, Darrell Sanders, spoke only to WFMY News 2 about the incident.
    "She had the pottery tool sticking through her upper lip through the bone down through the roof of her mouth," he said.
    Randolph County Schools Spokesperson Dremia Meier said the school bus driver did not respond properly.
    "We have specific policies in place. Any bus driver should call 911 immediately in any emergency. In this case that did not happen," she said.
    Sanders said, "When she let my daughter off the school bus with a knife in her face, not knowing if anybody was home, that was the ultimate straw there."
    The driver has been placed on administrative leave pending the school district's internal investigation.
    Footage from a school bus camera is being used in the Randolph County Sheriff's Office's investigation.

    Sanders and his wife took their daughter to Randolph Hospital where she had to receive stitches in the damaged area.  She was keep overnight for observation and is recovering at home.
    Johnson is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and is being held at the Randolph County Jail under $100,000 bond. 
    Randolph County school officials say he has been suspended.


    If you are a school teacher, keep an eye on your tools... sheesh.

    I have to admit that I am shocked that this kid was only suspended and not out right expelled.  The video story almost completely focuses on the bus driver, who admittedly did not follow protocol, and not on how this little thug need to be put on an ice flow.  Sheeseh, the girl was 12 and this punk is 18. Tell me that he does not have a future in and out of prison.

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This is bad...

    I know that bad people will do bad things, but this kind of thing is going to make it harder for pottery classes in schools in the future.

    12 Year old Girl assaulted with Pottery Tool
     Matt McKinney 



    Asheboro, NC -- Sheriff's deputies are investigating the assault of a 12-year-old middle school girl on a bus Tuesday afternoon.
    Investigators say 18-year-old Jeremy Johnson, a student at Southwestern Randolph High School, had taken a pottery tool from the school without the teacher's knowledge.
    Witnesses say that during an argument the suspect threw the tool at the 12-year-old striking her in the lip. The victim's father, Darrell Sanders, spoke only to WFMY News 2 about the incident.
    "She had the pottery tool sticking through her upper lip through the bone down through the roof of her mouth," he said.
    Randolph County Schools Spokesperson Dremia Meier said the school bus driver did not respond properly.
    "We have specific policies in place. Any bus driver should call 911 immediately in any emergency. In this case that did not happen," she said.
    Sanders said, "When she let my daughter off the school bus with a knife in her face, not knowing if anybody was home, that was the ultimate straw there."
    The driver has been placed on administrative leave pending the school district's internal investigation.
    Footage from a school bus camera is being used in the Randolph County Sheriff's Office's investigation.

    Sanders and his wife took their daughter to Randolph Hospital where she had to receive stitches in the damaged area.  She was keep overnight for observation and is recovering at home.
    Johnson is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and is being held at the Randolph County Jail under $100,000 bond. 
    Randolph County school officials say he has been suspended.


    If you are a school teacher, keep an eye on your tools... sheesh.

    I have to admit that I am shocked that this kid was only suspended and not out right expelled.  The video story almost completely focuses on the bus driver, who admittedly did not follow protocol, and not on how this little thug need to be put on an ice flow.  Sheeseh, the girl was 12 and this punk is 18. Tell me that he does not have a future in and out of prison.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

The China Syndrome



    These pieces by Chilean/British Artist Livia Marin were shown at The House of Propellers in London earlier this fall, under the name "Broken Things" 

    From the Gallery Site:
    “Broken Things” highlights the meticulous work of Livia Marin, a process–oriented approach, which appropriates mass-produced and mass-consumed objects, turning them into precious and uniquely, handcrafted art objects. For this exhibition, Marin finely sculpts everyday objects – cups, bowls jars and plates – modeled with ruptures, splits and crevices. The fractures represent fatality and loss, but in repairing and keeping the object she stresses the relationship of care and continuation. Surreality and repetition are important procedures in the artist's work, creating a mechanization of the intimate relationship we have with objects of everyday use. 



    What also fills these pieces with a unique essence is a printed ‘Willow Pattern’. This Willow Pattern, copied from fine hand-painted Chinese pottery was manufactured in the UK using transfer prints signaling a transformation to industrial mass–production. Marin plays with the dignity and uniqueness of the original –but also with its dissemination into universal consciousness via industrialization. In the artists own words “I see my work as situated within a more formal Minimalist agenda. Equally, however, I would want to extend that agenda to include the more ‘impure’ aspects of things that have been handled and used bearing a trace of a social history.”





     I don't think that quite does the work justice. Maybe it is just me, but I was having a discussion with a friend this weekend about work that is smarter than the person making it. I don't know this person so I am painting with a broad brush, but that statement does nothing for me.

    It is a loaded discussion that I don't want to go into right now. Maybe I need to do another post on the weakness of Artist's statements. But you all know that you have encountered it. It is so infuriating, but that is life.



    House of Propellers



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The China Syndrome



    These pieces by Chilean/British Artist Livia Marin were shown at The House of Propellers in London earlier this fall, under the name "Broken Things" 

    From the Gallery Site:
    “Broken Things” highlights the meticulous work of Livia Marin, a process–oriented approach, which appropriates mass-produced and mass-consumed objects, turning them into precious and uniquely, handcrafted art objects. For this exhibition, Marin finely sculpts everyday objects – cups, bowls jars and plates – modeled with ruptures, splits and crevices. The fractures represent fatality and loss, but in repairing and keeping the object she stresses the relationship of care and continuation. Surreality and repetition are important procedures in the artist's work, creating a mechanization of the intimate relationship we have with objects of everyday use. 



    What also fills these pieces with a unique essence is a printed ‘Willow Pattern’. This Willow Pattern, copied from fine hand-painted Chinese pottery was manufactured in the UK using transfer prints signaling a transformation to industrial mass–production. Marin plays with the dignity and uniqueness of the original –but also with its dissemination into universal consciousness via industrialization. In the artists own words “I see my work as situated within a more formal Minimalist agenda. Equally, however, I would want to extend that agenda to include the more ‘impure’ aspects of things that have been handled and used bearing a trace of a social history.”





     I don't think that quite does the work justice. Maybe it is just me, but I was having a discussion with a friend this weekend about work that is smarter than the person making it. I don't know this person so I am painting with a broad brush, but that statement does nothing for me.

    It is a loaded discussion that I don't want to go into right now. Maybe I need to do another post on the weakness of Artist's statements. But you all know that you have encountered it. It is so infuriating, but that is life.



    House of Propellers



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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Beautiful Days

    Winter in Wisconsin can be dark and gloomy, but the cold snap in the aftermath of our recent snowstorm is beautiful snowy trees. Mornings are especially pretty, with combinations of sun and shadow on the frosted branches of maples, oaks and conifers. The only hitch is that the weight of so much snow has been breaking off branches, and in some cases taking down power lines.


    My eye craves color in all this white. This poinsettia from our local FFA is as bright as a cardinal.


    Sometimes the color comes from little things, like these colored glass bottles from a local resale shop. Note to self - try a painting of these sparkly things.


    It's hard to see here, but this little artificial tree is flocked almost solid white, art imitating nature. I like the combination of little white lights and big colored ball lights. I made a dozen or so paper cranes from origami paper to use as extra decorations.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

A Cut Above


    Hi All,


    Sorry, I've been exceptionally busy this week. So I haven't any time to put into posts. I'll try to do better next week.


    In the mean time enjoy this Guillotine Christmas ornament.


    Beats the pants off that pickle, I'll tell you what.
    (if you got that joke your name is Dan or Corey)


    Via


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A Cut Above


    Hi All,


    Sorry, I've been exceptionally busy this week. So I haven't any time to put into posts. I'll try to do better next week.


    In the mean time enjoy this Guillotine Christmas ornament.


    Beats the pants off that pickle, I'll tell you what.
    (if you got that joke your name is Dan or Corey)


    Via


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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cold Morning, Warm Buns


    Last night we wedged the backdoor shut so no frigid air would seep in, kept the cabinet doors open under the sink so the pipes wouldn't freeze, and brought the cat to bed for a little extra heat. We were lucky because our furnace never quit runningt. Quite a few people in town lost power yesterday when snow laden branches fell on power lines.

    This morning it was below zero, and I decided to warm it up with a recipe clipped from the Janesville Gazette. This thing is a dieter's nightmare, but it sure smelled and tasted good this morning with snow blanketing the outside world.

    Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls
    recipe provided by Judy Stoney

    12 cinnamon rolls, uncooked and frozen (I got mine at the U Bake store)
    1 cup butter - yup, two whole sticks
    1 cup brown sugar, packed
    1 small box butterscotch pudding
    1 small bag chopped pecans - optional but I love them

    Directions: Place the frozen rolls in a 9x13 inch baking pan. Set aside.

    In a saucepan, melt the butter, add the brown sugar and stir. Stir in the dry pudding mix. Stir in the pecans. Pour this mixture over the frozen rolls in the pan. Let the rolls sit on the counter overnight. I covered mine loosely with foil.

    In the morning preheat the oven to 350 degree. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes. Let rest five minutes then tip out onto a platter. Or do what I did and leave them in the pan and dig them out with a spatula (one less thing to wash).

    Happy eating!

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Why yes, I guess you could look at it that way.




    I'm not the greatest speller, but at least I have spell check to rely on. Unfortunately for the ceramicists and the tattoo artist, you really need to triple check, because that shit is permanent.


    Luckily this one was done on purpose by James Victore who refers to himself as a dinner plate pirate.


    It also makes me glad that I was not a girl, because my "girl name" was Virginia...


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Why yes, I guess you could look at it that way.




    I'm not the greatest speller, but at least I have spell check to rely on. Unfortunately for the ceramicists and the tattoo artist, you really need to triple check, because that shit is permanent.


    Luckily this one was done on purpose by James Victore who refers to himself as a dinner plate pirate.


    It also makes me glad that I was not a girl, because my "girl name" was Virginia...


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    Via

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snow Day

    This was what we saw out the dining room window before bed last night. Local weather forecasters called this storm a "beast." Our beast, little Bucky cat spent a good part of the evening in the cellar hiding from the snow thunder.

    The scene this morning was a study in black and white. I was awakened a couple times during the night. Once when the cat climbed into bed for some warmth and security. Once by snow plows on the street, and again at 5:30 a.m. when the school district's new automated calling system announced that school is cancelled. Trouble is, I have been retired for three years. Plus, when the test call came two days ago I called the central office to remind them to remove me from their list. They assured me they would, but apparently the new system still has some kinks to work out.

    We live on a hill, which makes winter weather tricky. We can step out the door and be lulled into thinking the weather is fair enough, forgetting the shelter the hill provides from wind. There's no pulling out of our driveway on these days and heading up the hill. We've had hours of entertainment watching other people try it though.

    So, it's a day to stay in and read, or paint or work on cards. I didn't put up a big tree, but several small ones provide a little color on a day that has me humming "A Hazy Shade of Winter."

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