Friday, July 28, 2017
The WAG , I did some research and thought we need to do this! I have coveted a big gallery experience for them and kinda thought they might be a bit young. The youngest, 5, did indeed think so as there wasn't a lot of colour in his palette and there were a lot of sketches which were hung at an adult's eye level. :[ But we all enjoyed it so very much and learnt LOTS!
Incidentally this is where understanding comes in. Picasso was a master class artist and could do remarkably life like portraits by the time he was 14 years old. But his intense passion was to do more than paint likenesses. He wanted to paint what HE saw and what HE felt. Above is a portrait of him, his wife, and his son. Can you see three faces? He spent most of his 91 years trying to unlearn the traditions and learn to paint like a child. That resonates with me because if I want I can just use my camera to record images. Portraying what I see and feel is an whole 'nother matter altogether.
The kids centre was wonderful. In fact some adults tried things as well. Framed glass was available to trace one's friends and make art. Josh did Jolina and Eliana did me!
Picasso was very prolific and worked in many mediums. Jolina liked the pottery and plates best as they had more colour. I had known that he also did collage, my and Eliana's favourite!
Interestingly enough creativity overlaps into many areas of our life. I am trying to find creative ways to clothe myself. I bought some fashion books as well as art books. I was amazed by Timeless Beauty which uses art as examples of how to create beautiful profiles and silhouettes! It will spend as much time in the art room as it will my sewing room and closet! And Mona Winks is a delightfully short but entertaining explanation of various museums which favour the certain eras. You kinda feel like you are there and he is a hoot!
I have learned that grey is a good neutral for me and silver is such a great accessory. I had thought glitter and metallics were for the young girly girls. No! It adds such highlights to our aging bodies. I am a believer and I may not be a girly girl but I can sure be a senior with sparkle! Now to find the perfect purse so I can spark some creativity! The museum silk scarves were way beyond my budget, even with creative refiguring! lol
Garden wise we have been trying to get everything lovely for next year and the new owners. This year the blooms have been remarkable both on the trees and shrubs as well as the perennials. This has been more practical instruction as I observe the length of time for the trees to reach maturity as well asthe expansion tendencies of shrubs and perennials. I'm taking note of favourites, (green /white variegation's) and pleasing groupings. Maintenance levels are also dully noted! And I don't think we'll be having any vines other than clematis. The Rooster is right! If they were once well behaved, they have left that stage far behind! I am kinda excited to leave this one in good shape and turn to making another creation.
Instruction is always good, even constructive criticism. It just helps us be that much more creative!
Monday, July 10, 2017
Summer should be spent in a comfy chair, on a deck by cool running water with some nice cold lemonade close at hand.
Not the case here by any means as we clock up the miles scouring the highways and byways and then returning to tackle the near and far corners of our current yard.
As a young fiancee, my Rooster promised me a new house! It just hasn't been something I have held him to but he can't help mentioning that it may take 50 years but... We'll see. Way too many options but I do know what we like and how we actually do life. So from 3 plans to a few tweaks on the favourite and then will be the tally!
Since the actual house plan went fairly smoothly I began to think about the outside. I did take a landscape course way back when. I have managed to save the best resources and went to hunt them from the depths of the book closet! Oh, FUN!!! This will give us lots of things to talk about during those cold winter months. The trick will be to contain our enthusiasm to match our energy and resources!
My very favourite book is Outside the Not so Big House. I am putting all kinds of sticky notes on the page edges! I do like the 'not so big' concept. The Rooster is particularly interested in the maintenance aspect! lol
While our house is sold we will maintain the yard until we have our own place secured. So we have been making sure all the grass is cut and trimmed. Sadly the young trees that were to protect the big barn roof didn't survive the winter/spring turn over, except one (?), but everything else is lush and almost too bountiful.
Remember the blue coop? That was from that landscape course brainstorming! And it is off in a far corner! :/
ColorBreeze, might have something to add. She bases her concept on Albert Munsell's colour tree which totally resonates with me as I like his colours.
At the bridal shower we attended over the weekend they had props for taking fun photos. The girls picked their favourite beauty bundles!