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Friday, December 31, 2010

Rainbow Sunset, Painting & New Year

A while back we had another rainbow (albeit faint,) this time out front...


I've been working on a new painting. Details can be seen in my newsletter.

Happy New Year to all of my followers, readers and supporters.
My best to you & yours for 2011!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Backyard Sightings

3 cardinals and 2 goldfinches.

2 Carolina chickadees, tufted titmouse and a goldfinch.

On my siding the other night; a cranberry blossom worm moth. Thanks to Vernon Brou for the ID!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Answers to the Quiz

Click on any artist for more information.

Jackson Pollack.........Splatter/drip paintings
Vincent Van Gogh.....................Sunflowers
Damian Hirst.......................Stuffed Shark
Paul Cezanne......Master of Post-Impressionism
Claude Monet..........................Water Lilies
Roy Lichtenstein..............Comic Book Style Art
Paul Gauguin...................South Sea Islanders
Andres Serrano............................Piss Christ
Georges Seurat..............Inventor of Pointilism
Mark Rothko..............Color Field Painting
Gustav Klimt..............................The Kiss
Georgia O'Keeffe..............Floral Close Ups
Salvadore Dali...........................Surrealism
Frida Kahlo................................Unibrows
Jeff Koons......Giant Balloon Animal Sculptures
Henri Rousseau..............Colorful Junglescapes
Jean-Michel Basquiat.........Afro-Urban Graffiti
Pablo Picasso............................Cubist

Monday, December 20, 2010

Book, Quiz and Eclipse

I recently had a gander at "50 Modern Artists You Should Know" by Christiane Weidemann and Christine Nippe and put together this quiz for your enjoyment. Match the artist with the style or works they're famous for. For example; Andy Warhol.....Cambpell's Soup Cans

Jackson Pollack............Colorful Junglescapes
Vincent Van Gogh............Color Field Painting
Damian Hirst..................Afro-Urban Graffiti
Paul Cezanne...........................Stuffed Shark
Claude Monet...............Inventor of Pointilism
Roy Lichtenstein..................................Cubism
Paul Gauguin..................................Unibrows
Andres Serrano................Comic Book Style Art
Georges Seurat....Giant Balloon Animal Sculptures
Mark Rothko.......Master of Post-Impressionism
Gustav Klimt..................Splatter/drip paintings
Georgia O'Keeffe.............................Surrealism
Salvadore Dali..............................Water Lilies
Frida Kahlo........................................The Kiss
Jeff Koons......................................Sunflowers
Henri Rousseau..............................Piss Christ
Jean-Michel Basquiat.........South Sea Islanders
Pablo Picasso...........................Floral Close Ups

Feel free to leave a comment with your answers &/or guesses. Correct answers will be provided in a few days.

In astronomical news, there will be a total lunar eclipse in the early hours of Dec. 21st.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Camera at the Flatwoods & Legal News (Updated)

Last week I received a new Canon EOS Rebel T2i (18MP) as a gift from my wonderful husband, Charles. In the middle of some unseasonably cold weather, today it was up to 70F or so. We took the opportunity to pop over to the Flatwoods before the rains came.





Northern mockingbird. We also saw a woodpecker and a bunch of yellow-rumped warblers. We heard Carolina chickadees and a cardinal or two.


I'm really liking the new camera so far. It takes much better shots in low light, is a lot lighter than my older Canon & gives me almost 3x as many megapixels!

In legal news, on Wed. morning I was awarded a default judgment in my court case vs. Sean Bishop (who sold my works earlier this year through Potter Greenthumb's & never paid me.) Thanks to everyone in Abita Springs for their support and aid through this process. A special thanks to my witnesses (despite their testimony becoming unnecessary, after all.) I may never actually see the money, but winning my case is enough closure to allow me to move forward again.
(Update; Shortly afterwards, I was not displeased to learn that Sean had been arrested for some kind of altercation at his old shop.)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Another Foggy Morning, Astronomy and an Owl

After an unseasonably cold snap, as warmer temps moved in in the early hours, we reached the dew point, leading to yet another, lovely, foggy morning. I drove around our neighborhood some for these pictures.




These next 2 shots are of the bird feeding area of my backyard.



A large, grass spider web in our backyard, with the funnel clearly visible.

Dissipating fog late in the morning.

In astronomical news, the Geminid meteor shower is Dec. 13-14.

In art news, my Barred Owl was "Daily Nature Photo" at The Nature Conservancy's website on Dec. 8th.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

After the Storm

A little while back we had a lot of rains & even some heavy storms, with tornados touching down in Louisiana and Mississippi. Fortunately they missed us, and after all of the wet weather, we were treated to a lovely sunset. These were taken from my driveway.





Saturday, December 4, 2010

Renn Faire & Art News (Updated)

Last weekend we went to the Louisiana Rennaisance Festival in Hammond (or the Village of Albright, depending on how you look at it.) It's always a good time & we ran into people we know (all of whom were part of the cast, now that I think about it.) At any rate, here's a photo of the entrance & parts of the entertaining joust show...

At the entrance (the Queen's above the center arch.)

Sir William, the knight representing the left half of the audience and a cheating scallywag!

"Our" knight, Sir Victor, who was victorious by the end of the event.






In art news...

Slidell Art League's Christmas at the Depot show opened yesterday. Unfortuntately I didn't make it out there, as it seems a recent head cold's developing into bronchitis or some such (I've got meds, though, so I should be a-okay soon enough.) I have a couple of pieces in the show, so feel free to go on down and have a look (the hrs of operation are available via the link, above.) (Update, Dec. 3, 2010; My Pied-Billed Grebe photo won 3rd Place.)

My abstract, Supernova, is also up and available in the Gulf Coast charity art auction. 50% of the sale price goes directly to the Louisiana Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Rescue Program, a volunteer organization based out of Audubon Aquarium of the America in New Orleans. If you're not able to buy the painting yourself, please feel free to help me spread the word by stumbling, "liking," tweeting, e-mailing, etc. the page around. The auction's over in less than a month & I really hope to be able to "help the cause" with Supernova's sale. (Update, Dec. 20, 2010; The work didn't sell.)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Book Review; Birdscapes

I recently read "Birdscapes; Birds in Our Imagination and Experience" by Jeremy Mynott. Published by Princeton University Press, who provided me with the well-made, hardcover book for this review. It comes in at 367 pages, 66 of which are appendices and notes about the main text. The font is fairly small, but diagrams and illustrations break up the text.
Including references from mythology to modern culture, the main thrust of the book addresses how & why we think the way we do about birds in numerous contexts, from their appearance and attitude to the sound of their songs.
It was an interesting read, but may be somewhat confusing to non-birders. Written by an Englishman, he references birds like robins--but English robins are nothing like the robins we know in the U.S. He also tends to use "birder-speak" that may be common across the pond, but is definitely not the language used by your typical, American birder.
Despite the potential for some confustion, it was a well-thought out book, written in an easy, conversational style and would certainly be a nice gift for any naturalists or birders on your list.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Few Birds

A few birds seen in our yard recently...

Male Eastern towhee, a large member of the sparrow family. Unfortunately his back is turned to us here, so his lovely, burnt-orange sides are barely noticeable.

A male downy woodpecker, North America's smallest, seen here once every year & a half or so (so I'm glad I got a few pictures this time.)

The first handful of Wintering American goldfinches arrived in the past couple of weeks.

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fog at the Flatwoods, Pt. II + Art

Despite the title of this post, I've posted all of the fog shots that I'm going to in Pt. I. Here are other shots I took while I was there, including some after the fog lifted. WARNING (to those who don't like them); Spiders ahead!

The invasive yet lovely Chinese tallow.

Macro of dew on a plant. Click for detailed view.

I was into dewy macros that morning.

A clump of cut grass that appealed to me.

After the fog lifted, a couple shots of paths in the area.




Boardwalk and dew-covered web.

These grass spider webs are all over down here, but you don't see them unless they're covered in dew, like this one. Click for detailed view.

This dew-draped web (a featured image in the Ovation community photographer's group,) is the last non-spider image in this post.

Spider with pray (possibly an argiope aurantia.)

Mystery spider in dew-draped web.

Green lynx spider. I recommend clicking for the detailed view.

In art news, after work tonight I'll be going straight to the Madisonville Marketplace for their Winter Show opening reception (6-9pm.) Hope to see you there!
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