Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Monday, October 5, 2015
To celebrate the end of the harvest and All Hallows Eve, Celtic farmers carved scary faces into turnips and potatoes and placed them in windows and doors to frighten away evil spirits. The British carved large beets for the same purpose.
Immigrants brought this tradition to the United States. The pumpkin proved to be a superior jack o'lantern (although a carved beet, oozing red juice, has its own morbid appeal).
Follow this video link for jack o'lantern history from The History Channel:
Sunday, October 4, 2015
|don't be confused, it's a Jewish deli, not an Italian deli|
Friday, October 2, 2015
Oliver, your visual flaneur
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Their squawks were ear-shattering. Guess I'd squawk, too after twenty-three years in a cage. (Sorry, I didn't mean to end this blog post on a downer note, and no, don't ever invite me to the zoo.)
Friday, September 25, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
In my neighborhood, holiday pumpkins rapidly succumb to mischievous squirrels with the munchies.
Friday, September 11, 2015
1,800 (unofficial count) women dressed as "Rosie the Riveter" in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. The current record was set last year when 776 Rosies and Rosie lookalikes gathered at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, MI.
Women of all ages donned blue coveralls, red socks, and red bandannas with white polka dots and gathered in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most Rosies in one place at one time since World War II. The event took place one day after the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender that marked the end of World War II. The Rosies are credited with empowering young girls and redefining a woman’s role in the workplace.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
I managed to get outdoors today and drove to Farmers Market for a couple of hours. I found a sweet place to sketch behind two musicians. I could've been more comfortable with a chair instead of the cold, hard ground. Sometimes discomfort works. I rejected a couple of early sketches until I finally did these two. Each sketch has something I was satisfied with and wanted to keep.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Some of us participated in the Artist Days at Filoli Garden. These events are a wonderful opportunity to paint in the gardens after they are closed for the day. Not only are there no other visitors but the late afternoon light is perfect!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
|The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland|
Who wouldn't want to re-visit Children's Fairyland in Oakland years later as an adult? Our sketching group got that chance August 20 after hours. Everything was, of course, smaller but I can remember how happy a place it is. Especially for someone about three-feet tall. There was Lucky the dragon with his fearless smile, Willie the whale, the little boot that kids still walk through to enter this whimsical place. When I came upon a castle, I had to sketch it!
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Local animal inhabitants -- pronghorn sheep, foxes, deer, coyotes -- are being evicted as open range diminishes. Prolific rabbits and ground squirrels are threats to manicured gardens and are poisoned, which also kills the foxes, coyotes and birds of prey who eat the dying rodents. On this morning I was the only person walking here, and a chorus of ground squirrels popped out of holes and admonished me to go away.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
|Yes, it is an Elvis statue at the Kelvingrove.|
|The statue of the Duke of Wellington often has an orange traffic cone on his head.|
|The Kibble Palace in the Glasgow Botanic Garden.|