Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Art of the Tea Party

This morning I am up early to finish the final preparations for a tea party. Every since my granddaughter was born more than three years ago, I have talked about having high tea with her grand ma ma. Well, the day has finally arrived. Today will be the first high tea.

In preparation I have discovered a whole tea culture. There is a plethora of web sites and blogs dealing with nothing but tea and tea parties. I had no idea. Anything and everything you would or could ever want or need to know about tea is out there, from recipes for cucumber sandwiches to what kind of tea to serve with different foods. We are keeping things relatively simple, some quiche and strawberries, scones and tea sandwiches, and of course tea cake.

I have discovered there is an art to tea parties. If you have a story you would like to share with me about your experience with the art of tea, please send me your comments.

Keep an eye out for photos of the party. It should be fun!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Garden Artists

Yesterday was one of those rare spring days in Oregon, when it is warm enough and not pouring rain, to get into the garden and do a bit of spring cleaning. I spent the day weeding my flower beds and taking inventory of the plants that survived the past winter months. My back is complaining today.

I relish the time I have in the garden for it gives me time to think about things. Growth and renewal, plans for the future, what to fix for dinner. I found myself thinking about art and how gardeners are artists that paint with flowers. A bit of red here, a little white there.

So tell me, do you paint with plants in your garden? If so do you plan your painting or, do as I do and just let it happen?

This is a colored pencil painting I did several years ago of the Mohawk River (Earnest) Covered Bridge in spring time.

Monday, March 24, 2008

A bit of Eostre Trivia

For countless centuries, around the first full moon of Spring, Europeans have held a festival in honour of Eostre, spirit of the dawn. She symbolises fertility and fecundity, qualities that were desperately important to the ancients. They remain essential to us all today. Without the birth of new creatures and the rebirth of plants after winter, everyone would soon starve. Eostre had a husband, Lepus, who took the form of a hare. According to legend, Eostre granted him the ability to lay eggs. Over time, the hare became even more emasculated. He is now the Easter Bunny. But even in the Southern Hemisphere where the seasons are reversed, the goddess, clearly, still holds her power.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Are Easter Eggs Art?

Why we dye, or color, and decorate eggs is not certain. In ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Persia eggs were dyed for spring festivals. In medieval Europe, beautifully decorated eggs were given as gifts.

What is certain is that many of us dye or decorate eggs. I want to know if you express your creativity in the process, or is it just one dunk of the egg and your done?

I once went through a long process of blowing the egg, this was accomplished by piercing the ends with a pin being careful not to break it and then blowing in one hole and the insides came out the other. I think I had to sacrifice allot of eggs in the process. I next used oil paint and water to marbleize the eggs. They were quite beautiful when finished.

Of the many eggs I have decorated through the years those blown eggs are the ones that I remember the most. I thought at the time they were true works of art!

So, tell me about your egg art. Or, if you have one send a picture of your masterpiece.

Friday, March 21, 2008

About "Luckless"

When I started this blog yesterday I chose to add a drawing I did a few years ago of a friend of mine . She was playing the roll of "Luckless" in a high school play. I just loved the expression con-vied with the hands in the reference photo. I have completed two drawings of Kena one in color and the one I posted in graphite, which happens to be my first love as a form of self expression.

I started drawing at a very early age after seeing some of my mothers drawings of horses. I loved the way the horses came alive in the simple graphite renderings.

My graphite drawings were primarily still life till, one day I was asked by my students to teach them to draw portraits. For years I told myself I could not draw people. I needed to overcome that fear and learn to draw portraits.
I will share my journey of portrait drawing at a later date.

FYI: The header on my blog has a section of my son's portrait.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

My New Blog

Ta-da! I have just created my blog.
I used Blogger and it was very easy.

Now I need more time to brows around and learn about more of the cool stuff I can do.

Drawing is in Graphite the title is "Luckless"