Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

I hope you didn’t expect to see the Chippendales or some hunky athletes who are sculpted!  These beauties are from a sculpture garden in Skokie, Illinois, but I’m not sure you’d like to have them in your yard.  However, they more than qualify for the Oddball Photo Challenge, making them beautiful in my eyes.

For the next week, I’ll have very little internet, so apologies in advance for lack of communication and reading.  I appreciate your understanding!

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A second Friday the thirteenth, which mean another lucky day for me.  🙂  As I’m not superstitious, I enjoy the day and as thirteen was my number for many years of competitive softball, it has good memories and connotations.  Of course, the other good thing today is the Friday part, meaning it’s time for another round of “Let’s play Weekly Photo Challenge.”  What will the theme be this week?  And the answer is…..”Wall.”  Wow!  This could be a difficult one, but I’m expecting lots of interesting entries.  I’m off to see what I might conjure up (and conjuring may be what’s needed!)

As luck would have it, this is what I first came across–three photos of a “wall” decorated five years ago by our younger daughter (now with one more year of art school) and a friend.  It was so much fun watching the expressions of commuters coming off the train and other people walking past.

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Hard to believe it’s already Friday once again, but this Friday is a special one–it’s the last Friday (at least for a week or so), that the temperatures will scream “Winter!!!”  Starting tomorrow (Saturday), spring will arrive, trailing her mid-40’s or higher (Fahrenheit, of course) days and nights with double digits adorning them.  She will be so very welcome.  Even if winter makes a sally or two here and there, I’m happy knowing spring will ultimately prevail.

This week’s challenge falls right into the anticipation of spring and its glorious colors:  “Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?”  A sunset sprang to mind immediately, but I thought I’d try to go somewhere different.  Here’s where I went and I hope you enjoy the journey with me.

This week’s photo challenge is “Silhouette.”  This silhouette is from the Chihuly exhibit in Phoenix early this year.  It was spectacular during the day, then completely different at night when the desert plants turned into silhouettes against the lighted sculptures.


There are altogether too many possibilities for this week’s photo challenge theme, “Work of Art.”  I choose two, this first in San Francisco’s Chinatown last September.

I must add that as I’m traveling much of the time until next week, I won’t be able to get to many other blogs this week, but I’ll do my best.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.


This is our homemade entree for Easter dinner:  ravioli stuffed with artichoke filling, served with an heirloom Italian walnut sauce.  It’s actually a work of Janet, not of art.  🙂


OK, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is really Smooth Objects, but my post is Chihuly-smooth.  I’ve posted about Chihuly’s installation at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden before, but these are new photos of smooth glass in vibrant colors.  They’re not just smooth, they’re soothing. 

So just imagine you’re there and can run your hands along these beauties and you’ll feel both “smooth” and soothed.

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Tea on Tuesday

Posted: April 1, 2014 in Art, Tea time
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As I write this on Monday, I’m at the library for the free internet.  Ours decided to go down sometime during the time I was riding my bike to the library (for fun and exercise) this morning.  After many futile attempts to figure out what was wrong, our internet provider, who shall remain nameless, said they could have a technician out tomorrow (or today as you read this), between 11 am and noon.  Hopefully that’s not an April Fool’s joke!

Driven by my desire to blog daily, I went back to the library, by car this time, to catch up a bit and get this post ready.  Then it’s back to the house to enjoy some disconnected time with a good book and some…tea.  

This is a teapot I’ve seen before. Since it’s in an enclosed glass cabinet, it’s difficult to get great photos, but I think its superb beauty and elegance shine through anyway.

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Art in the family

Posted: March 27, 2014 in Art, Family
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Our younger daughter is a print maker in the making and she’s making them pretty well.  Here are a few of the things she’s done recently. I have to add that if there are any that catch your fancy, they’re all for sale for about $25 or less plus postage. But feel free just to enjoy them and give her any feedback you like via the comment section.  I’ll make sure she sees them.  Her blog is found at

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Weather allowing, at about 8 am CST this morning, we’ll be in the air on our way to Miami and, from there, to San José , Costa Rica. We’ll be staying near Manuel Antonio in the rain forest area, a completely new place and experience for me. I hope to have lots of photos to share. In the meantime, enjoy some more spectacular Chihuly from Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and understand that I may not be able to reply to comments for some time. But please do comment. I enjoy hearing from you.


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I promised I’d show you some more Chihuly glass and here’s the first bit, with many more to come.  Every piece looked wonderful as we walked through in the afternoon and then, as night fell and the sculpture were illuminated, we were enchanted all over again and marveled anew at each piece.  Impossible to decide which we liked better.  The lush beauty of his work stands in stark contrast to the sharp, spare beauty of the desert and its prickly plants.  But they play off one another so well, each enhancing the other.  Thankfully, there’s no need to choose.  Simply choose to enjoy.