Art in the Orchard

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Here are some more photos from our adventure to the “Art in the Orchard” exhibit today (http://www.parkhillorchard.com/art).  If you’re anywhere near the Western Massachusetts area, I highly suggest you come check it out.  It’s totally worth the trip.

The one above was my favorite, I think.  I’m kicking myself for not taking a photo of the title card, but it’s called “Living in Landscape” by Lyn Horan (http://www.carolynlyonshoran.com/).  I just found out that she’s an instructor at one of my favorite local artist retreats/studio communities, Snow Farm (http://www.snowfarm.org/instructor/items/lyn-horan.html).

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This one is amazing (and the reason I desperately to learn to weld).  And there’s the info on it (I actually remembered to photograph the card.

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The piano hanging from the tree was super cool, but the title, “Death of Music” made me sad.  He said that he was trying to represent censorship in music, but all I could think of was the loss of another instrument in the world (it might also be because my mom was a piano teacher when I was growing up).

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I sent my brother a couple pictures as we were leaving and he went to the exhibit later that afternoon and took some amazing photos.  Here’s his post of a photo of this one (with a rainbow that he was luckily enough to catch):  http://lorrinbaker.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/rainbow-and-horse-sculpture-art-in-the-orchard-easthampton-ma/.  These weren’t my favorite sculptures (they were called Ghost Horses in a installation titled “Herd” by Joe Landry) but I love the view with the clouds rolling in.  It actually started raining just as we finished picking our second basket of apples.  I think we must have gotten almost 1/2 a bushel.  The wife’s going to have a field day in the kitchen tomorrow while the boy and I are at church.

My favorite part of the day was this huge red frame created by a local frame shop, Eastmont Custom Framing.  (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eastmont-Custom-Framing-and-The-Elusie-Gallery/175553662476120)  They challenged people to photograph themselves in and around the frame and post the photos on their Facebook page.  We had a blast with that:

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Up, up, and away!

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Arabesque.

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The family.  🙂

My boy’s favorite part, he said, was getting this close to a chicken.  It’s the simple pleasures!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

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The theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge is “From Lines to Patterns” (http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/lines-patterns/).  Today we went to a pop-up sculpture garden in a nearby orchard called “Art in the Orchard” and had an amazing time.  (http://www.parkhillorchard.com/art)  I took this photo of a shed that was covered in mirrors on the outside and the inside was a huge, walk in pinhole camera obscura.  It was amazing.  I think this fits the theme with the lines on the reflected image from the seams of the mirrors (part of the cool part of the mirror panels was that they were all different sizes, seemingly “found mirrors”).  I took pictures of several of the little signs detailing info about the pieces and the artists, but am kicking myself for not getting this one.  All I can find about it on-line is that it’s called “Shed” by Maggie Nowinski (http://maggienowinski.com/)

Here are a couple of my favorites from this week’s collection:

Illuminating the Invisible posted a series of black and white photos from the Otago University campus and wrote about her experience in such a beautiful way: http://illuminatingtheinvisible24.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/from-lines-to-patterns/.

Women Who Think Too Much has a few, very different, entries.  One groups is of aerial photos, which I love.  This one is a pattern of palm branches and maybe some kind of starfish?  I can’t tell, but it’s beautiful (and reminiscent of a mandala).   http://womenwhothinktoomuch.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/weekly-photo-challenge-from-lines-to-patterns/

And these, from WryGrass, are of Fort Macon.  They really remind me of a fort that we had an amazing time exploring on our honeymoon in Puerto Rico (El Moro in Old San Juan).  I took several pictures with similar angles and viewpoints.  I love her perspective.  http://wrygrass.com/2013/09/21/weekly-photo-challenge-from-lines-to-patterns/

Hope you enjoy exploring some other photos from these week’s prompt.

A few more ICADs- on the home stretch

ImageI saw a “recipe” for making spray ink on a blog recently and decided to try it out.  Not only would it be a money saver, but it would also be a way to upcycle come spray bottles I already have and a new technique to try- TRIPLE WIN!  Here’s the blog with the really simple instructions:

http://crippledpapercrafter.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/good-luck-going-away-gift-and-homemade-spray-ink/

I started out all these cards with a little spray-ink from the first bottle I made.  The only glitch I found was that the spray-nozzle seemed to get clogged up after not too long.  I think I’ll have to clear it out with water pretty frequently.  When I started out, I didn’t have as much paint in the solution, but it wasn’t very dark on the page, so I guess the clogged sprayer is the price I pay for wanting more color.  I also used the tulle to make some texture on the card with a brush in the same color paint.

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I had printed this little poem/blessing on a card with my new printer when I was testing it out a couple weeks ago.  It had come to my attention when I saw a blogger post a request from Jan to let people know that it was actually her work, rather than the work of someone else it was mistakenly being attributed to.  Here’s that post:

http://masterbard.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/because-i-love/

And here’s a link to one of Jan’s blogs:

http://paintedprayerbook.com/

I love Jan’s work and am going to a retreat being sponsored by my church that she’s leading in the fall.  I can’t wait.  I used the washi tape prompt on this one for just a little more color, but I didn’t want to do too much to it because I think the words are just beautiful as they are.ImageImage

These last two I just made for fun.  The Dr. Seuss quote is one of my wife’s favorites so I’m going to put it in a little frame for her office (and the rainbow wording is a big theme for us, for obvious reasons).  I tried using some “floating medium” I had around but couldn’t really figure out what it did.  I have to check out some tutorials and try it again when I have some more time and patience.

The last one is just a quote that popped into my head with the combo of the “ocean” and “bicycle” prompts.  I kind of messed up the bicycle wheel, but it’s only an index card, after all.  After the spray clogged, I just took the cap off and started flicking and wiping the straw on the card.  I made a little washi tape fish and then put on the reverse of the fish for good measure.  (Who’s ever seen an ocean with only one fish?)

Here are a few other ICAD posts from some of my other favorite bloggers:

http://pixelknitsponderings.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/index-card-a-day-2013-week-6/  – She used some spray-inks this week, too.  I love all the techniques she tried, especially her scrap washi heart (I need to start my own scrap-washi collection, now.)

http://defineyourjoy.com/2013/07/14/this-weeks-index-cards-2/ – I know I’ve already linked to Natasha’s cards but I just love them and her daughter is still doing them right along with her.  She was just published in Altered Arts Magazine, which is the coolest thing in the world.  (She totally deserves it.)

http://imperfectimpulses.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/idle-impulses/  – And here’s another blog I recently started following.  I especially love his art journal stuff and I’ve watched a bunch of his tutorials on YouTube.  They’re not only fun to watch, they teach great techniques.  Here’s his YouTube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjU04ybwhaF0OyvQp-4Y1Eg

Thanks for looking.  Two more weeks of ICAD… what will be my next “challenge”???

Index Card A Day (ICAD) Summer Challenge!

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I’ve been seeing blogs about the ICAD “project” and am excited to be hopping on board.  It’s June 1st and I’m going to commit to doing 7 a week (I like the idea of not putting the pressure on to do one a day).  I have lists of quotes and sayings that I’ve been collecting over the years to include in cards and crafts, and they’re all in different places (my computer, my phone, random notebooks).  So, in order to make this a project that I’ll really use for years to come, I’m going to put the sayings on these index cards and keep them in an “inspiration box” (which I also get to decorate).

So… there’s my first one (above).  It was a quickie because it’s been a LONG day but I wanted to start off on the 1st.  I actually just used the three markers I happened to have in a cup on my nightstand.  They were totally random (1 regular Sharpie, 1 thin tipped Sharpie, and one almost dried out marker from an old set my boy had).

Here’s a package full of index cards (I happened to have had all blank ones, 3×5, laying around).

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And here are some other bloggers who have talked about doing the challenge or have started it today, as well:

http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/icad/icad-faq.html  – Here’s the actual “challenge” from Daisy Yellow.  I follow her on Bloglovin and Facebook and LOVE her stuff.

http://sitscrapandrelax.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/icad-1/  – This one is so pretty and she said that it was “easy” (for her, maybe).  I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with (and I was so glad to find this blog).

http://livegrownourishcreate.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/making-a-start-icad-2013/  – Another new blog for me to follow.  I love that the whole family is getting in on it.  I’m going to see if I can convince the boy to make some with me.

http://defineyourjoy.com/2013/06/01/icad-begins-and-learning-from-my-daughter/  – This is another one that got her daughter in on the action.  I definitely have to get the boy to help me out (even if I have to bribe him).

And if YOU have quotes and sayings that you like… please put them in a comment below.  I’m always looking for inspiration.  (What crafter isn’t?!?)

Thanks for looking!