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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Bottle Shock



Chateau Montelena (the featured vineyard in this movie) was not on my radar, but few vineyards are, really. This movie is based upon the true story of a blind tasting competition in France in 1976, in which the tasters were surprised to find they actually liked California wines. Now, of course, that is old news, and we can buy Australian and South American wines which are excellent as well.

The movie is fairly good, and the setting was the actual vineyard, which lent interest to it. As usual, Alan Rickman was enjoyable to watch, as was Bill Pullman, and the young actors did a creditable job as well.

Flea Circus!



A video of our charming, but doomed, Flea Circus. Yesterday's performance was a benefit for Relay for Life. Video by Waeyla Tenk, thank you Waeyla!

Next Opera Season ....



Houston Grand Opera sent me a letter for our next season:

WED, OCT 28 - Donizetti: The Elixir of Love

SUN, NOV 1 - Wagner: Lohengrin

WED FEB 3 - Puccini : Tosca

WED FEB 10 - Britten: The Turn of the Screw

WED APR 28 - Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades

WED MAY 12 - Handel: Xerxes


Sounds interesting ...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Better Sneakers Drawing

My Study / Meditation Room



It looked so charming with the sago palm out the window. I do not always put the blind up, so it was a nice surprise to see it.

Wabeno, Wisconsin



This is an historic photo of a lumber mill in Wabeno, Wisconsin, where my mother's family worked as lumbermen.

I seem to be thinking of Wisconsin today, probably because of that post on Amazing Facts about the trash sculptures there.

Georgia O'Keeffe



The piece I have uploaded here is from the Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. O'Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, in 1887.

Taliesin



Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, in 1867. He began building this house in 1911, named Taliesin (Welsh, meaning "shining brow"), in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The better-known house is Taliesin West, but this one evolved over time, and he lived here most of his life.

I have not toured the house itself, which was closed to visitors when we went, but the Hillside Studio and Theatre are dramatic and moving to see. For more information, see the Wright in Wisconsin site.

Forevertron



Sculpture from trash, in Wisconsin (yes, my home state even has artists! It is not just a haven for lost cows). Read article here if you want to know more about Dr. Evermore's Forevertron in The Folk Art Messenger.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Strokes



A couple of months ago, I guess (time for me is EXTREMELY relative), I watched the TED video, "My Stroke of Insight", by Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain anatomist, about her stroke over ten years ago (remember, time not my forte). I chanced upon the book in paperback and bought it. I enjoyed reading it and found it helpful in terms of how strokes happen, and why someone might not be able to think of getting help or how to do that.

According to Dr. Taylor, our brains give us our experiences, and that by virtue of losing her left-brain function she gained access to the peaceful right brain and its ecstatic awareness of the oneness of life.

She recommends we learn to silence the brain chatter of our left brains and tune in to the other side, using the modality of our choosing.

OK This is Just Weird ....



This is Bernadette of Lourdes, who died in 1879. Her body has never decayed, or so they claim. This is one of the Top Ten Incorruptibles. TOP TEN? How many ARE there?

Go to Amazing Facts if you want to see more of these things. What occurs to me is, who sits around with corpses to see if they start to decay? Is this the usual practice amongst Catholics now? What if they are so nice they donate their organs to science?

A TSMGO Birthday Bash!




Thanks to Osprey Therian, Headburro Antfarm, Lucy Tornado, Salazar Jack, Ida Keen, Theodore Polonsky, Candide le May, and all their guests, for the most fun anyone could have for their online birthday bash! There were balloons, gigantic eggs that blew me sky high, a wanted poster, music and dancing, and of COURSE I repeated blew up the esmeralda carousel just for the hell of it. YAY! TY TY TY!

























To Satisfy Osprey's Curiosity ...



... here is a tour of our back yard, or back garden, in English terms. Above: the view when I step out our back door, including half-poodle, half-clown.

Our patio, such as it is, a concrete slab.



Looking back at the house ...


Looking to my right, at the fig tree and the Wasteland.


Gardenia bush and flower thingies.



Looking left (south) ... two views, above and below.


Below: straight ahead, the sago palm and the live oak, with dog.


Below: Here is the useless bit, to the north of the garage, where nothing has ever grown. Now that the neighbors have trimmed their trees, sun peeks in.


Below: Looking back across the lawn, playing fetch with Bear. Once you go down the pathway between the house and garage, the area is about 30 feet deep and 78 feet across.


Below: Bear decides to play HIS game, in which he says "Just try to grab the ball! You can do it!" He is of course, being sarcastic, as he is quite aware of our comparative relfex speeds.

iPhone Sneakers Painting



Still learning to paint with Finger Paint on the iPhone. Notice I cut off the toe of the rear sneaker (sure, I did that on purpose *NOT*).

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Found in Translation



The film "Queen Margot" is from 1994, but I had not seen it before. It is based upon the life of Marguerite de Valois, daughter of Catherine de Medici, during the period of The Wars of Religion in Europe. The French reigning family was Catholic and the opposition Protestant. One of the historical events is the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, during which, in one night, the Catholics slaughtered 6,000 Protestants in Paris alone.

A bloody but moving and sensual film. There was an earlier film by the same title, so history translated to literature (Alexandre Dumas' work "La Reine Margot") which translated to two films, and finally got translated into my brain images. The color red features quite prominently, a deep blood red. Certain musical passages stayed with me, along with the imagery of the film itself.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Portrait of Osprey



Finger Paint portrait of Osprey at the Eleanor Airship Theatre, nighttime.

It was really hard to do fine lines with my finger and get them where I wanted to place them, but it was delicious fun to do it.

iPhone Sketching



Osprey posted on David Hockney's iPhone paintings and a site in SL where they are displayed. I am SO happy to see this, because, though I had not really searched for "paint" in the app store, I did so after viewing this post, and I found "Finger Paint", a 99 cent app, which is really great for sketching on site in color.

Historically, I have always had trouble carrying loads of sketching materials on vacation, and I have tried a lot of different materials to sketch outdoors, including pencil, colored pencils, watercolors, acrylics, and pen and ink.

The versatility of this medium makes it ideal for me. The user can change the size of the brush and the opacity; there is a palette of colors which are very nicely chosen, plus one can create new colors and add them. The paintings can be saved to the photos camera roll, or deleted, or sent via email.

I always carry the iPhone anyway, so next week, I can sketch the Grand Canyon electronically! (I will surely take photos as well, and I found another app, ArtistsTouch ($2.99), which works from photos in the photo library, creating a faint outline of the main areas so that one may paint on top of them.

Another of Osprey's glorious finds!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cymatics










Hans Jenny's film made into three videos, explaining how sound creates the world.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Mezla III



In terms of alchemy, mezla is the First Matter in its downward motion. It is the downflowing energy of the Universe, which moves in a spiral manner. The spiral energies are related to Akasha, the Fifth Element, and they spiral from the Center of the Universe down / outward to create the entire manifest universe.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Dr. Paul Famer Slide Show



This is a slide show that accompanies Dr. Farmer's audio on (USA) National Public Radio's regular program "This I Believe". The video embedding size was too wide for this blog, but now it is fixed, so you can see the slides completely. If you are interested in getting involved with Partners in Health, please visit their website.

Americans Who Tell The Truth



In searching for a biography of Paul Farmer, I found this artist's website,
Americans Who Tell The Truth. I admire this painter, Robert Shetterly, for his noble and beautiful work!

Here is the quotation that appears with this portrait:
“If access to health care is considered a human right, who is considered human enough to have that right?”

Keeping Up With Things



No, I do not follow the Linden Blog, nor do I read the Second Life forums (fora?). I am a lazy avatar, and I could not care less what they are doing, as long as my personal experience of Second Life continues to improve (and it certainly has).

Connect to the Linden Blog, or to the User Fora (heh) if you like. Let me know what you find out.

Osprey is always aghast at my lack of information about developments in our shared virtual world. She is, of course, brilliant, well-informed, and experimental*. I am not really any of these things. I just play.

If they had a virtual world for my sort it would be named Creative Hedonism.

*Osprey is also highly creative, fun, and full of ideas, by the way

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Snails' Pace


I went inworld with the intention of rehearsing the flea circus. Then Osprey IM'd saying she had accidentally entered the Giant Snail Race, so I popped over there. I bought a Vezpa, which was not terribly stable. Then Sal rode on the back, sidesaddle (!).

Finally we rode on his airship, the Aeonghus, until ... I saw every building de-rez, until I was standing in midair, alone, wearing my helmet. I relogged, and saw one Giant Snail make it to the finish line. Osprey meanwhile had quit the race, and gone home to rest.



































































Food Face!



These are just the latest face paintings by James Kuhn, via Amazing Facts blog. They vary in quality, but the good ones are FANTABULOUS!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Teton Pass, First Pass



PURPLE, AIN'T IT? Dun weary! Will change. 24"H x 36"W.

Poet Yesterday



I met my sister Anne at a restaurant and took her photo for my phone. She is looking quite svelte these days!

Adolescence in a Painting



Yes, it is in that awkward phase! More to go to make it sing its best. "Snake River I", 30"H x 40"W.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Flying Theatre in Progress



Osprey has modified our airship theatre in Phobos to accommodate a poop deck gift shop. Items will be on sale there that are reminiscent of shows, for the sentimental and the silly.

The always awe-inspiring theatre now has even more grace. The seats are fewer, but the shows will be more frequent. We are doing this for lag prevention.