“When I can’t paint, I can draw, and this simple but very powerful tool gets me back to the very door of creativity.” (Pat Corbin Henson)
Sometimes when I find myself going ’round in circles, I look through my archives and play with the designs waiting in limbo. Rolling this drawing into a ‘bronze’ application on Irfanview provided a much-richer work of art with zero effort!
After tossing around options on the computer, I am usually eager to return to my pencil, which in turn preps me to return to my paints! Continue reading
Tropical drinks for everyone!
With the cold weather sweeping across the Northern Hemisphere, I wish that I could fly you to the tropics or somewhere – anywhere other than where you’re cold and miserable and enduring brutally-extreme temperatures. Galleriaredelius’ brilliant mind of a jewelry maker commented on yesterday’s post: “As for the music, how about this new interpretation of Fly me to the moon, by Anna Ternheim”
I wish that I could fly you to the moon, but my budget will not allow that kind of extravagance! I can, however, take you on a cyber-reality magic carpet ride! After all of the hard work and suffering that Barb sacrificed to help paint magic dust into this work of art, it needs a checkout flight at least every six months… and it’s been six months since the last one!
Connections are slow, so there won’t be a Rescue Command Center to coordinate emergency airlift itineraries to any of you who are snowbound and have cabin fever. The Magic Carpet is undergoing preflight tests and will soon be making a round-the-world swoop! Continue reading
“As you can see, I am immersing myself in color—I’ve held back from that until now; and I don’t regret it.” (Vincent van Gogh)
December often crams our lives with tasks and obligations that prevent us from taking a timeout for ourselves. We dart and dash from home to work to social gatherings and events, and we return home to unfinished tasks. Which balls do we drop while juggling too many, and what triggers us to throw on brakes and claim a timeout for ourselves?
Although my life is fairly uncomplicated, the past few weeks have kept me rolling with little time for art. Even though hurried, I am always calmed and grounded even if I only have ten minutes to apply a bit more color to a painting before dashing out the door. I am instantly focused and grateful that I have found an outlet that grounds me in hurried times. Continue reading
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Focus; “…For this challenge, get out there and take a picture demonstrating the concept of focus.”
Each week I photograph the progress on the compass design (painted on concrete floor) from several vantage points, so with pleasure I present the almost-finished design from many-different angles.
Because this is a floor, I keep asking myself, “Lisa! Are those little bitty details really important?” Continue reading
“I don’t want technology to take me so far that I don’t have to use my brain anymore. It’s like GPS taking over and losing your internal compass. It’s always got to be tactile, still organic.”
Years ago I worked in a design studio for a company that produced custom carpets for hotels, movie theaters, casinos and private businesses. Every so often we received an order for a hand-made rug, and the pattern had to be drawn on a huge canvas that was stretched to correct proportions in the warehouse. To my amusement, most of the younger designers were graphic art whizzes, but their drawing skills were horrid! I quickly became the hand-made rug specialist, and I would leave a note on my desk, “Gone to the briar patch! – ‘Brer Rabbit.’
How I loved the challenge of using my math and drawing skills to transfer a complicated design onto a giant canvas, then color code the areas to be filled in by another person!
I still enjoy using my internal compass to draw a complicated design on a forlorn concrete floor and watching the room slowly transform! These photos illustrate one of several projects that tested my drawing skills this week. Continue reading
The Daily Prompt states: Photographers, artists, poets: show us ORDERLY.
Would anyone care to guess what this (above) will be? It’s painted on the next section of the bodega floor and will help with navigational skills for the magic carpet!
Have a great weekend everyone! I’m heading out for a walk on the farm!
Today’s Daily Prompt states:
Tell us about the most surprising helping hand you’ve ever received.
Photographers, show us HANDS.
Hands? Do I ever have an assortment of images of hands!
Enjoy! Continue reading
Holy Piso, Batman, The Bodega Floor is Finished!
Yes, ‘Stage One” of the bodega floor is finished! The first coat of a non-yellowing “laca poliuretano para pisos” is now drying, and the floor will be ready for its first inspection tomorrow! My friend Sarah Dettman and her tour group of 20 will stop by the house to for a sample of my life here on the river.
It’s not fair to let them see this floor before all of you in the cheering section! The only problem is that Barb is not here for a celebratory test drive on the magic carpet! Continue reading
Painting late into the night and into the wee hours of the morning, I realized that a new month sneaked up on me! The good luck first words of the day, Rabbit Rabbit, ran through my head! How many of you practice that tradition on the first day of each month?
This cute black and white rabbit roams the grounds of Hacienda Guachala in Cayambe Ecuador. It hip hops along the GPS point of latitude zero – how magical is that?!
Today is also May Day, and many schools will hold activities in celebration of the outdoors. I will never forget when I worked in a design studio for a UK company, and one of our very-reserved supervisors broke out in an impromptu Morris dance! I will forever treasure that memory! Continue reading
My trail is about to take me out of town for a few days, so enjoy this final postcard from Barb! See you when I’m back on Wednesday! Z
Dear fans of “Zeebra’s Designs and Destination.”
WOW!!!!! I must say I am not only amazed but also totally overwhelmed with the response that Lisa has received on her WordPress Blog concerning the Zeebra’s Flying Carpet’s Post Cards.
Thank you everyone for the encouraging comments and well wishes through all of our journey on the “Carpet”. What fun we had. Lisa has such a great spirit, (as you all have seen) energy and love that it’s easy to catch it from her…..and that I did.
I left Ecuador with a lot of fond memories and a little sadness at having to leave Lisa and “The Riverhouse.” However I will cherish all of those memories, new friends, not only from the towns we visited, but Lisa’s Blog as well. Continue reading
Approaching the midnight hour, I’m wading through photos from the past three weeks of Barb’s visit. At times this rural life on Ecuador’s Pacific coast seems like a blend between outdoor survival school and an arts camp! Barb learned how to blend washes of transparent color on a painting, how to combine colors, create tromp l’oeil/fool-the-eye effects and how to use geometry to transfer a sketch to a larger surface.
She’s learned that the river birds chatter throughout the night, that mosquitoes will find you, (so will curious snakes and frogs!) and that the equatorial sun bites fast! In addition to shelling fresh peas from the garden, Barbara also experienced a unique vegetable that the locals call ‘achojcha.’
Barb now understands that perfection in art often robs a painting of its freshness and spontaneity. She also understands the need for breaks from intense painting sessions. A few days ago we took a break and watched my friends harvest a shrimp pond near the Riverhouse. Continue reading
The last few days were busy ones as Barb and I worked on several projects. Barbara is a spark plug of energy, and I dubbed her Hummingbird years ago! She zips back and forth, requires many little feedings, recharges her batteries and continues to flit from task to task! Although she might crash late at night, she’s cheerfully awake at dawn and resumes her high-energy embrace of each day!
While working on the bodega floor, I suggested that we halt work and switch to a painting for her home in the Republic of Panama. No subject could trump the hummingbird theme, so after looking at many images, we combined several to create a hybrid hummingbird! Continue reading
As Barbara and I enjoyed our unique breakfast while test driving the magic carpet, I stated, “Probably no one else in this country is having this for breakfast.”
Barbara replied, “Probably no one else in the whole-wide world is having this for breakfast!”
It looks like pizza, and is sort of tastes like pizza, but, it’s a very fast way to convert left-over quinoa into a fairly-healthy breakfast.
Mix left-over quinoa with one (beaten) egg, a dash of salt, then add enough flour to hold it together. Press into a slightly-oiled pan and cook on medium heat until browned on the bottom. Flip it to the other side and brown for another five minutes. Flip back, add warmed tomato sauce (i used leftovers from yesterday’s creole sauce) and top with mozzarella. Cook on low heat until mozzarella is melted.
Z (See Quinouli Frittata for another breakfast option)
A long day of painting can be quite exhausting, and Barbara clocked out and went to sleep hours ago! Her batteries will be recharged in the morning, and mine will be dragging! I think you’ll be pleased with the progress on the bodega floor. Enjoy the photos! Continue reading