Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon
following the Spring Equinox. The date is obtained
from the Lunar Calendar Hebrew people use to
mark the Feast of The Passover.
With our present day Gregorian
calendar, the date moves around.
The mind is a glorious and wonderful machine. But sometimes it slips a cog or two and needs some common sense plugged in. A bit of wit or wisdom to lubricate its inner workings. Kick your shoes off...that's what this place here is for!
This is a picture from Andree in Vermont. When I was strolling through her blog at midnight and things were quiet, no mail coming in, no axes to grind, no phones ringing, nothing burning on the stove, no duties to do, I came across this. It took me WAY back to my childhood and my train set. My father had a table built for it, about ten inches deep, held up by pipe legs screwed into flanges underneath. It was made of plywood, and a fellow owed an oil bill he couldn't quite pay, so Dad had him build this table instead.
The table was covered over with two half-sheets of thick plywood, concealing the train and tracks and whatever inside, and this allowed its use as a ping-pong table. It got an awful lot of use...my brother became an expert on that table and could not be beaten. At festive occasions, that table was used to carry the weight of all the great potluck dinners we had with the neighbors and relatives. It bore all the Christmas presents when we moved into the basement of our uncompleted brick home, the one Mom designed.
But it held my train, too. And the tunnel I built for it: plywood and chicken wire and paper mache. And this picture brings all of that back, and more!
This is a sentiment that deserves sharing with all of you. Be good today. Do a good turn for a friend, a neighbor, the postman, the plumber, whomever you meet. Smile and say thank you. Ask about their day. Tell them about yours. Show you care. Anyone can do it, it costs nothing, and it pays you back in contentment and satisfaction.
That's how you have a good day. EVERY day.
This one I really love... it's a picture by Dot, from "Strolling Through Georgia", a blog you can link to from "Everything in Particular" if you head that way, or simply by using a pogostick:
The next four pictures are 4 photos I took to assemble the collage from which I made the painting.
The last picture is a detail of my working. It takes me a long, long time to do these. Rarely can I do one in a week--it often takes a month to six weeks. I literally paint over every stroke (often more than once with many shades and hues). Some people are much faster at it. I am very slow.
(I also worked on the sky picture BEFORE you see it here. It was just grey.) The lighthouse picture I used as a starter was from wall paper. (Top one for monthly challenge).
I have exhibited my work in shows for digital artwork on several occasions, but there are people who say that this is not art! I get confused, myself.
But a photograph can be art and a collage can be art, so why not a digitally painted collage? What is art? American Heritage defines "art" as:
"The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty; specifically, the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium."
I envisioned this , arranged it, and created it, from images I made for the purpose, and I declare it to be Art! (Click images to view larger.)
For a little midwinter fun break.
This is one of my cartoons which I did using an overlapping technique
I'd like to play with some more, sometime, if I ever have time.