having fun

having fun

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Wyoming continues

Moose at the end but first a few favorites - this was in Shoshoi, Wy. Loved the stuff.

The trees off the deck in the evening.

We went to the rehearsal of the Teton symphony rehearsal. Music was great and I played with new camera with 20x zoom.

You can almost read the music and might be the start of a quilt or collage.

Still in Teton Village, we didn't ride but many were waiting.

In the words of Portlandia, "put a bird on it". - somehow makes it art.

Drum roll, this morning a mama and baby appeared just beyond the deck. Neighbor has a salt lick, the main attraction. We enjoyed watching for a long time. Tom was almost late for golf.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Moving through August

Our trip from Star Valley Ranch and back, just not in any correct order. This marvelous sign can be found not from from the Thayne-Bedford road, not far from where we are staying. We have no clue.

- this painting was found on an old building in Shoshoi, Wy. Painted in 1979 by Bart Vroman. He apparently painted many pictures but most have been painted over.

Devil's Tower, a national monument. We walked around the base, 1.3 miles. We watched people climbing up and down.

Deadwood, SD - one day before the official opening of Sturgis. Thousands of motorcycles. I have many photos of my favorite bike.

Tom and I below Crazy Horse monument. One theory is that it will take 80 more years to complete.

We visited Mt Rushmore during the day and returned in the evening for the lighting ceremony. It was very moving and very patriotic.

Monday, July 30, 2012


We are visiting my brother and sister in law, not a bad part of our world.

View off deck, I watch for eagles .

View other direction, Ed and Carolyn work hard on this garden.

And this is George. He occasionally visits the house we are lucky enough to be staying in. New camera has a 20 zoom,

Tom got this great photo.

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Location:Star Valley Ranch, WY

Saturday, April 7, 2012


My latest quilt, Flowers in my hair and expectations has been juried into Rituals, an invitational special exhibit that will premier at the Long Beach International Quilt show this July. To read more about the exhibit - please check out http://dinnerateightartists.blogspot.com/

The wording was created in Photoshop and the fabric printed by spoonflower.com , an online fabric printing company.

The words on the top half are sort of blind expectations - all positive. The bottom portion - the darker fabric, lists some of the realities of this life together. The letters can be seen better in this close up.
The couple have been collaged using vintage kimono fabrics. It is my interpretation of the original photos taken almost 45 yrs ago. wow.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

working towards the end of March

The last week or so of the last week or so of March.

Tom has been working on a turned/carved project. A gal at work gave him a piece of wood - odd shaped. He created this hand with floating ring. The entire sculpture is about 4 inches tall -

Speaking of Tom, he is retiring at the end of this month. I had M and M's printed with messages and an image of him. Party is on the 25th. I have a reoccuring dream that people ate all the candy and didn't notice the printing - ( Tom thinks I am nuts)

Pam and I went to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) downtown Los Angeles, to see the display of this years costumes from current movies. After the Gallery show we went to the Scholarship Store , looking for bargains -

a dollar or so a yard.available in size 12 only.
Then we went to lunch at Bogota Louise - known for their macaroons and desserts.
We did have lunch. Had a fun day.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Not a usual ART day

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is working on a new installation - Levitated Mass, which involves moving a 340 ton granite boulder across southern California. It started in or near Riverside and will settle in the Wilshire district of LA. It moves at night and in the day time the rock and transporter are on view.

Link to more information:http://lacma.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/levitated-mass-transport-a-gawkers-guide/

Today I decided, spur of the moment, to go track it down. It was in Long Beach yesterday and moved over night, I had the cross streets. In this day of all things electronics I sure could have used my old Thomas Guide, which I had deemed out dated. Me and my cell phone and Tom at his computer at work got me to the location.
Proving that I found it
It is really big. I think I heard the mover/rig had 156 tires. The big rock is covered with white
plastic and can be seem below and above the carrier.
Size of rock vs. size of car
Signs to control the traffic and parking at night.
I wonder how many cars were towed!
I loved my little get away, gas consumption and all.
I fit it in between having new car alarm desensitized (which failed)
and trip to physical therapy. Yesterday was 4 months since my
back surgery, progressing.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Food and Art in L.A.

Just before the new year, my friend Pam and I made a trip into LA near the train station and Alvera Street. First we had lunch at Phillipe the Original/Home of the French Dipped Sandwich
www.philippes.com/ Pam had to have the pickled egg in addition to the sandwich, I love the cole slaw.

Then we hunted down the Charlie James Gallery www.cjamesgallery.com/ to see a solo show by one of our collective favorite artists - Elizabeth Higgins O'Connor. www.elisabethhigginsoconnor.com Years ago my son Brian was a ceramics student at Long Beach State. He called one day and said I had to some see the current senior show. I went and then I called Pam and said, you have to go see the current senior show - that is how we fell in love with Elizabeth. We collected student work and have tried to followed her progress.

Currant show is entitled - Dreadful Sorry Clementine - not sure why, check out gallery website and pdf of show catalog for more info. And I love the name of the show.

I felt my cane and his crutches blended well

Meet Pam. These wonderful creatures are larger than life.

Materials - to my mind they are - 2 x 4 wood, screws from a power drill, found fabric objects (bathroom mats), upholstery fabrics. corrugated cardboard, paint. But it is the way she puts it all together.

Pam and I were in love.

there is no eyeball, but rather the build up of the bone structure eluding to an eye. You could poke your finger into the eye (not that we did) but the eye ball was an illusion. Loved it!

I am including bad photos of Brian's recent work for Crafty Wonderland in Portland - these are extra vases he left here after Christmas. They are about 8 to 10 " tall. I love then.