Various New Year traditions have been celebrated for a long time — the earliest recorded celebration was in about 2000 B.C. in Mesopotamia, where the new year was celebrated in mid-March, around the time of the vernal equinox. Iranians and Balinese still celebrate the new year with the spring equinox. The Chinese New Year is based around the lunar cycles, and it can fall between late January and late February. In Europe, the Celtic New Year began on November 1st, after the harvest.The first time that New Year's Day was celebrated on January 1st was in 45 B.C., when Caesar redid the Roman calendar. I would have made NY Day on September 1. But that is the old "teacher" in me, I think. Fall is the time for "new beginnings". New shoes, new classes, new goals. There is a kind of "anticipation" in the air (at least up north).
Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Cool...windy...but lots of sunshine on the Gulf Coast today. While my grandson and his friend jumped waves, dug in the sand and did cartwheels in delirious happiness (they are from WI remember). I had time to plug my iPod Nano into Christmas carols and do a few little sketches. The surfers did their thing and kites were flying. Lovely day...started with brunch with friends at the Broken Egg on Siesta Key and they the afternoon at the beach.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I just thought real quick I'd show you one of Judi's architectural designs..similar to the one I am looking at on her video right now. Look at those shadows! Look at the wet juicy blends! Look at the design and composition! Yummy yummy yummy.
Although I have a list about a foot long tacked to the cupboard in the studio in full view of my drawing table....and none of the things on it says "architecture", still here I am again.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Today is St. Nicholas Day. St. Nicholas lived in the fourth century, and he was the archbishop of Myra in Lycia (which is now Turkey). There are all kinds of stories about him, but one of the most famous is that there was a poor man who could not afford a dowry for his three daughters, which meant they would have to be abandoned to prostitution. St. Nicholas didn't want to humiliate the man by giving him charity in public, so he left purses of gold in the man's house at night — according to one version of the story, he dropped them down the chimney, and in another, one of the daughters had set out her stockings to dry and the gold was put in them. And so St. Nicholas, the bringer of anonymous gifts, inspired Jolly Old St. Nick, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus. St. Nicholas Day is celebrated in many European countries and in American cities with German influence like Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. On the evening of December 5th, children put out their shoes, and on this morning, they wake up to find those shoes filled with small gifts from St. Nick — chocolates and cookies, fruit, marbles or other small toys.
note: this is a watercolor I did a few years ago of our north woods cabin in WI as I "imagined" it looked under snowfall (I have never been there when it snowed!) 11 x 15 on Arches 140# cold press. I read it is snowing like crazy up there today!!!
Friday, December 4, 2009
This year we decided one trip north...and one BIG holiday. SO, with the help of our 6 children and their spouses we had a whirlwind week up in Ill and WI!!
By now you all know that I love to journal my trips. Some trips have more opportunities than others!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Just 9 more hours of driving to go. SIGH. We are SO tired of living out of a suitcase that we are now getting grumpy! But the holiday was wonderful and I'll blog about that more tomorrow when I will have some photos to share and have slept one night in my own bed.
Meanwhile here's an interesting thought that my daughter has passed along to me for the holiday season. We often challenge each other on blogs (or in person) to accomplish certain things...paint silhouettes, or keep journals, or do portraits, etc. What about challanging ourselves to give a little something away each day? What a holiday challenge, don't you think?
Here's the website and it's called the 29 Day Giving Challenge. Remember this is about giving but not necessarily giving stuff...all the more challenging is to give of ourselves...our time, our love, our cheer, our art, our friendliness, etc. Read up and see. You can actually sign up and chat with other's about this or you could just do it on your own. It's just about being more intentional with your gifts. It's about calling that person you haven't seen for ages, hugging someone who really needs one but won't expect it, baking something for a shut in, etc etc. I love the idea and just thought I'd pass it along.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Lots and lots of fantastic history along this trail and even though it's too late in the season for much color...it still was very pretty with some leaves still clinging on in shades of vermillion and scarlet lake and aliz crimson...now and then a bright gamboge yellow tree would jump out and delight our eyes. We stopped to watch tumbling little brooks with waterfalls that would not have been visable if the leaves were still on. Serendipity. Among other historic facts about this "trace", Meriwether Lewis died along this trail when he was only 35 years old and we stopped to visit his grave site. I did a little journal entry here while we ate a picnic lunch under some cedar trees. We should get to West Chicago for our holiday tonight and I am in charge of baking THREE pies tomorrow morning!!! Happy Turkey Day.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Muse: a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Today was my day to think more "abstractly". Starting with the black and white photo and then moving back up to the top, you can see how Carol teaches the progression into an abstract painting.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
One nice thing about art groups is that they introduce you to some things you'd never expect to know about. The German Expressionist movement was considered the beginning of modern art. In this exhibit all but one of the pieces shown were "reproductions of originals". I thought that was interesting that the show would feature "studies". For instance the abstract above is a reproduction of a Kandinsky. It was done by Dr. Robert Young in 1910. I believe there is a horse and rider somewhere in the this painting if you can find it!!!
The painting being shown and discussed by the docent is a Karl Hoffer painting done in 1934 and is THE original painting.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I know, I know. You were thinking this would never get done!!! Well, hahaha.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Stopping at third base adds no more to the score than striking out. (E. Joseph Cossman)