Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Painted collage and actual collage (Chicago Art Institute, Part II)

Still Life (Centrifugal Expansion of Colors) by Gino Severini, 1916
Drawing-Collage by Joan Miro, 1933
These artworks resonated with me and reassured my instincts
for creating collage - especially using old photographs.  
Severini's corner snapshot was a monochromatic painting but Miro 
actually used photos and paper cut-outs to construct his playful piece.

A visit to a great museum usually keeps me inspired for days,,, weeks....

And from this evening's walk....

An océanesque-sky

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Before you....

Before you talk, listen.
Before you react, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
-Ernest Hemmingway

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 26th

My 47th birthday was a blessing...

The Spring Weather:  The calm after yesterday's storm.

 Me:  Happy, peaceful and grateful.

 The Cake:  Chocolate Cardamon

The Flowers:  Blue Star and the Wall Flower from Prairie Hill

The cards, calls and gifts were precious, abundant and deeply appreciated.

God kissed me with kindness this day.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Every now and then I need a big city!

Omphalos (Navel)

 Everyone takes a (hundred) selfies at the bean!
The Cloud Gate (aka The Bean)) was designed by
Anish Kapoor, who is friends with my boss.

A dream come true...
I have always wanted to visit the Art Institute of Chicago!

A Sunday on the La Grand Jatte by George Seurat
 This artwork has been on my must see bucket list for long time.

And of course, American Gothic!!

Here are some other artworks which I had to memorize for my Art History 
classes many years ago.  It's a thrill to encounter famous works in person. 



I adored the Joseph Cornell assemblage boxes!
 The Art Institute of Chicago is home to the world's largest and
 most comprehensive public collection of works by Joseph Cornell. 
Thirty-seven of the artist's boxes and collages were on display.

 Of course you could spend weeks inside this museum
 just to see and absorb it all.  

We went to the top of the Willis Tower
 and even stood out on the sky deck. 

108 stories, 1451 feet
I loved Chicago.  The food was great and the people were friendly.
The artwork and architecture was remarkable and for a major
city it was clean.  We also went to the navy pier on Lake Michigan -
how lovely this shore must be in the summer when the sailboats are
on the water.  If you've never had a Chicago pizza, then you have
been missing out!  

From our home in SW Oklahoma it was a 14 hour drive.  The drive was
not scenic but on the way home we stopped in Memphis, TN and had
the best BBQ and then encountered the worst traffic stand-still on the way
to Conway Arkansas.  A semi truck slammed on its side spilling all contents
and backing up traffic for 2 hours, so we missed a concert at the University
of Central Arkansas.  Greg composed a piece of music which was performed 
at the Euphonium Conference there.  We arrived 2 hours late, yet were
able to have dinner with our friends and performers.

Our spring break trip to Chicago was fantastic!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Early Spring

Spring Beauty
Dog-tooth Lily
I'm loving the early spring flowers poking out of the prairie now.

Henbit tossed into my stir fry. Henbit is in the mint family and can be 
consumed fresh or cooked as an edible herb.  It can also be used in teas. 
The stem, flowers, and leaves are edible and are very nutritious - 
high in iron, vitamins and fibre. You can add raw henbit to stir fries, 
salads, soups, wraps, or green smoothies.


I'm so thankful for the warm weather, I was able to 
take a two hour walk around the hill and lake... 

Sunday, March 15, 2015


~ Morning ~
I'm rooted and grounded in love,,,
My heart is full,,,

~ Afternoon ~

After doing yoga in the backyard, I laid in the sun for 
about an hour and then the big clouds moved in.
So I just watched the clouds move, shift and change...

I let my thoughts wander while looking at the sky:
We can shift and change like the clouds,,, 
our hearts and brains can change,
our bodies can change.

I believe in neuroplasticity, heart-changes, and bodies that heal.
I believe these areas can grow, improve and expand - this
takes shifts and steadfastness at the same time.

Clouds remind me of sheep in blue pastures. 
My prayers are being answered. 
I have never seen God, just as I have never
seen the wind, yet I feel the influence of both.

~ Evening ~

We were driving home from a shopping trip in OKC, 
and saw this marvelous sunset develop.  It started small -
baby blue & pink, and violet, then it shifted.
It was as if a paintbrush was dipped into the warm
colors and in a wild burst smeared across the blue canvas.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Yellow Signor

Yellow Signor,  Encaustic Collage on Panel
Dog-tooth Lily 
Spring is sure.  The dog-tooth lilies have popped up on the trail....

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cooking, creating and looking out the window a lot .....

 Snow is coming down sideways - a 40 mile per hour wind is driving this white beast through....
Do lavender owls exist?  They do in my world!

 Craving potato pancakes.  

1 large gold potato
1 medium sweet potato
1 egg, lightly beaten                                                                                                                                2-3 Tbsp finely minced onion
1 tbsp dill 
Salt & coarse pepper to taste
1 1/2 tbsp fine bread crumbs (Panko) or flour
2-3 tbsp oil for frying
Peel and grate potatoes and place in a bowl. Squeeze out excess juice.  Add the egg, dill, salt and pepper and mix. Sprinkle with flour and mix well. Form the potato mixture into eight flattened patties and fry in heated oil until golden, 3-4 minutes per side. Serve with chopped green onions and sour cream or yogurt.  Or fried-up sauerkraut, ha! 
I'm extremely pleased with how my first batch of fermented sauerkraut turned out.
Monday night I started my second batch of 6 pounds and now I have to patiently wait 5 weeks.
Maybe by then it will be spring time.

What are you doing? What are you cooking? How is your weather?