Friday, November 21, 2014

Geometric Friday

Believe it or not, this started out with a line of weave poles (agility poles that the dogs weave through) and then suddenly I was here.  Well, it is geometric, so it works, right? And, I learned some new tricks in the process ... now the real trick will be to remember what they are ...  It is fun to be old:) 

Happy Weekend ... stay in shape (Geometrically speaking :)

Weekend Reflection

My world through a knob on my kitchen cabinet :)
See the blue sky ... it is cold, but it is a clear crisp day in Illinois.  Say a prayer for the people in Buffalo, New York. Their world is being buried in snow (7 feet so far) and their roofs are collapsing in on them because of the weight of the snow.  Scary and sad!

Feline Art Friday

Many views ...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Good Fences

An awesome fence in a Chicago neighborhood ...

From this side you can see that it is protecting someones personal garden ... 
Oh, to have a garden ... it is all cold and bare now and it has just begun.  There are 110 days until Spring :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NF DAM Digital Art Meme

I had just taken this picture when Monica posted her Simple painting last week.  I thought of it immediately and decided now was a good time to use it.  This is not a painting, but an airplane flying parallel to a frontal line of clouds.  

By cropping and running it through a filter or two, I turned it into an art canvas ... then

Duplicate layers and adjusted opacity ...

Playing with color ...

Distort filters ...

And this is where I end this week ... next week, textures :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday

We have had many flocks of birds flying through  in the last week.  Winter, a hard cold winter, came sooner than anyone including the wildlife would have expected so they are traveling under difficult conditions.  My heart goes out to them and I wish them all a safe trip to warmer country ... though at the moment even the southern states are having freezing weather.  That said, I don't have pictures of the migrating birds, but instead I have a picture of our Western Red Tail who stays here year around and for the most part stays outside.  In this case though, because this bird has had a serious injury and the cold effects him more than he can tolerate, he is now inside.  I took these pictures before this week to illustrate the importance of adequate food for the outside birds ... they must have food to maintain their body temperatures  or they will die of exposure (hypothermia).  For our birds that usually means an increase in their diet.  We determine their food portions by their weight.  Based on a healthy winter weight, we increase their food if their weight falls because that tells us they are not getting enough food to tolerate the cold temperatures.   

One fiesty male Western Red Tail

Getting on the scale.  They are weighed and their weight is recorded before each feeding.  Wild birds don't have this luxury, so we just have to make sure there is plenty of food and water out for them when the temperatures drop.  Hope you and all of your bird friends are doing well ...


FYI ... the Western Red Tails live west of the Rockies.  They are darker in color and smaller than the Red Tails in the Midwest, but they are otherwise the same in their habits and behaviors.

Our World Tuesday

Last Sunday I was invited by a friend to attend a fund raising concert of drums.  I had no idea what to expect, but I do know that I love percussion and was excited to go.  A bit of background is required to understand the significance of this concert.  

The Concert was put on by the Motherland Rhythm Community in support of the Benkadi Project. 

Fourteen years ago two woman named Helen Bond and
Amy Lusk went to Guinea, West Africa to learn about the music of African drums.  Helen has gone there every year since. They not only came home with a love and understanding of the Medusa Drum music, through the music, they learned to know, 
understand and love the people of Guinea.  Their hearts were struck by the poverty and the overwhelming needs of their new friends so they made a commitment to help in whatever way possible.  Thus they started the Benkadi project (Benkadi means, to live together is good).

Over the years they have built a school, repaired wells in several communities and their latest project is to provide clean water to the people of Guinea. In Guinea, people often drink from polluted streams and wells causing serious and recurring illness and sometimes death.  The Benkadi Project provides the materials and training to build environmentally friendly biosand filters for families in Guinea.  

Here in our area Helen teaches the magic of the African drum music  in classes open to the community.  She also teaches at Lake Forest College and gives programs at schools and community functions.  They are already starting a new project building a peanut shucking machine that is a staple product in Guinea.   Though this is a simplified explanation, these projects are ongoing.  More information can be obtained at : 

The concert was cross cultural.  The emphasis was on the drums, but also included Latin dancing, Middle East Belly Dancing, Indian drums and mantras, and a very talented clarinet player accompanied by a base player and a guitarist performed by students from Lake Forest College.  All in all it was and exciting, informative and entertaining evening.

The Medusa drummers including the teachers and the students from the community.

Students from Lake Forest College.

 Student playing ancient hand carved drums ... 


Latin dancing

Middle East Belly Dancing

Clarinet Ensemble

Playing the Indian Mridangam an ancient two-headed hand drum with a wooden shell from the jackfruit tree (they were originally made of clay).  They are played while singing mantras and used to spread the word of God.

The Professional Medusa Drum Group

 I video taped soundtracks but they were mostly too long and Google wouldn't upload them, but I think you can get the idea of what was happening at this concert.  Once again, if any of this interests you, you can get more information at the website I posted above. 

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mandarin Orange Monday

Mandarin Orange Monday

I call this Spilled Milk ... I started with a scanned background which I dabbled with using the distort filter and of course orangifying it.  Then I added the milk (which I also orangified) .  Why Spilled Milk? Who knows, just a whim:)

See the pup?

Alas ... the kitty comes for the milk :)  That is it for today.  Not my best effort, but it will have to do.  Have a great MOM!

(I am not sure if this is what you meant by a "scanned image" Lori ... but if it is, I am first :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Geometric Friday


Don't ask ... the power went off while I was doing it and by the time I got back to it, I had forgotten what I had done ... but it was geometric, so I stopped while I was ahead  :)


Weekend Reflection

Here's the thing ... when you go to get your eye's checked it always comes down to picking out new frames, but your eyes have been dilated so you really can't see ... do you really want to pick out new frames when you really can't see?  Now is when I am completely at the mercy of my FH, who can see and is there with me.  So I try on frames,  look at the blurred vision in the mirror and then he tells me if I look good in them.  Well, after all, he is the one who will have to look at them, right? But, do we always agree on what looks good?  No!  I do have to say though, that so far he has done well by me ... Thanks FH :)

Have a great weekend, everyone ...