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    Museum Wanderings

    "A sentence should contain no unnecessary words,
    a paragraph no unnecessary sentences,
    for the same reason that a drawing
    should have no unnecessary lines
    and a machine no unnecessary parts."
    ~William Strunk, Jr.

    my younger daughter's note reads,"they look like stripes of chocklet"

    The girls and I visited the beautiful Dallas Museum of Art, where we wandered amidst the paintings and sculptures and wound up in the hands-on material bar. At the bar, rather than singapore slings, a random selection of materials to create sculptures. Tape, hole punches, corrugated cardboard, squares of canvas, raffia, paper, etc. The limited array of options forced us to use our imaginations! There was a wall of materials where you add sticky notes with your thoughts, white materials on spools to add to the weaving-in-process, textured tables to create rubbings, and lovely natural light.

    Tell me about your field trips this week!



    "Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow,
    it only saps today of its joy."
    ~Leo Buscaglia

    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, golden heavy bodied acrylics


    Art Journal: Renewed Rev 1.1

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men."
    ~ Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, golden heavy bodied acrylics

    Yummy saturated color.

    More from this journal at Watermelon + Swirlie + Boxes.

    Here's an older series of three posts from 43 Folders, Making Time to Make (for creatives).


    Orange + Green

    "One of the most delightful things about a garden
    is the anticipation it provides."
    ~ W.E. Johns

    the first tomatoes of the season

    My older daughter and husband built this triangular structure and planted an upside-down tomato garden with 12 hybrid varieties. She loves tomatoes, so the watering, measuring, charting and graphing will pay off in tomatoes.

    the daylillies are blooming, with superhero blooms

    "The gardener's work is never at end;
    it begins with the year, and continues to the next:
    he prepares the ground, and then he sows it;
    after that he plants, and then he gathers the fruits...."
    ~John Evelyn

    weathered pottery, a gem amidst an old barn under construction

    mail art from hanna's postcard swap

    watercolored mandala art

    What color combinations inspire you this week?


    Art Journal: Falling Rev 1.1

    “A good heavy book holds you down.
    It's an anchor that keeps you from getting up
    and having another gin and tonic.”
    ~Roy Blount, Jr.


    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, golden heavy bodied acrylics

    Squares of paint, a bit of collage, fun stuff like photographs of my mandalas, math formula notes found in a used book from the 1950s, maps, fabric. More from this journal at Tea Party + Watermelon.


    Three Little Accordian Books

    "My spelling is Wobbly.
    It's good spelling but it Wobbles,
    and the letters get in the wrong places."
    ~A. A. Milne

    Three folded books of groovy mandalas. Each section is roughly the size of an ATC. Drawn in Sakura glaze pens, which don't have the sharpest of nibs but compensate with a dreamy flow and a definitive texture. Check out Accordian Book: Quotes.


    Constructive Photography

    “I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.”
    ~ Stanley Kubrick

    Our school is expanding into the barn, so I wandered around a bit when things were quiet. The mid-morning light through high windows allowed some interesting shots. Not perfect lighting, to be sure. I found the angles of wood, old bricks and the remaining few odds and ends from the barn interesting.

    It's one of the few times I've gone somewhere specifically to photograph, rather than taking photos while exploring or doing something else. I might take a tripod next time?

    Two years ago we visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in Western Pennsylvania. The girls still talk about the house, for it is unforgettable. Enjoy this digital movie of Fallingwater by artist Cristóbal Vila. Just a few minutes in length, simply amazing.


    Art Journal: Boxes

    "My own nature hovers between neurotic and paranoid.
    I've developed the habit of mentally listing things
    that make me optimistic about the future.
    I do it every day."
    ~Martha Beck

    18x24" watercolor paper, golden heavy bodied acrylics.


    I love when I can stop without feeling the need to mess with the entire page...