Sunday, February 25, 2018

Wolves in the Wild


I'm once again joining Rike at Rike's Art this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme Animals A to Z.  I'm really LOVING this theme, as I suspect many of you can tell.

Today we are visiting wolves in the wild.

All words were computer generated, then colored around using dye ink and a silver gel pen.


I have many images of wolves, and it was hard to narrow them down to just a few.

For this page I began in my large art journal.  I colored the page using blue craft paint that I spread around using a faux credit card.  I decided how many wolves I could show, then did a dry run before gluing everything down.

Thanks for joining me today at Art Journal Journey.  And thanks for your visit and continued support of my art.  Rike, Susi, and I hope to see you at AJJ, too.   There's still time for you to join us.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ziggy


I'm once again joining Rike at Rike's Art this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme Animals A to Z.  I think you can tell I love this theme.

Today it's time to meet this adorable animal named

Ziggy.

Ziggy was abandoned

and left to fend for himself before he was rescued.  I've never heard of a Zonkey before, which is a cross between a donkey and a zebra, but he is such a pretty animal, I am so thankful he was rescued and now lives with his donkey "cousins."

It may seem like I'm cheating on this page, but I found it in a calendar of rescued animals.  The only thing I did was glue the entire calendar page to my large art journal and cut out the the title and facts about Ziggy.  He was such a gentle looking and unique animal, I simply couldn't leave him out this month in which animals are showcased.

I appreciate you joining me today at Art Journal Journey.  I am very grateful for your continued support of my art, minimal as it may have been today!  Thank you beyond words.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday Smiles 260


By now, many of you know I have a ton of photos from the History Museum I visited for Smithsonian Day.  If you want to see a link to this wonderful museum, here it is.  It's now time to share a few of these photos each Friday, along with some funny stories, quotes, verse, or jokes I found when I was cleaning my office.  By now you know I'm here for Annie's Friday Smiles.

I'll begin with the quotes, funny stories, and jokes.


The four most beautiful words in our common language: 
I told you so.
                                               ~Gore Vidal


I bought one of those tapes to teach you Spanish in your sleep. During the night, the tape skipped.  Now I can only stutter in Spanish.
                                                ~Steven Wright


How can you ever be late for anything in London? They have 
a huge clock right in the middle 
of the town.
                                                 ~Jimmy Kimmel


Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter?
A: Pumpkin pi

At the mall, a woman's five-year-old grandson joined the other children in line waiting to sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap. When it was his turn, the little boy didn’t move; he just stared.
“Don’t you want to sit on the 
bunny’s lap?” the grandmother asked.
“No!” he shouted. “There’s 
a man in his mouth!”

Q: What goes up and never comes down?
A: Your age!


I recently decided to sell my vacuum cleaner as all it was doing was gathering dust.


250 lbs here on Earth is 94.5 lbs on Mercury.  No, I’m not fat. I’m just not on the right planet.


The best thing about the good old days is that we were neither good nor old.


If I have to choose between a husband and shoes, I choose shoes. They tend to last longer and are easier to replace.


Hillary Clinton died and went to heaven. As she stood in front of Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates, she saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. She asked, "What are all those clocks?"
Saint Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock.
Every time you lie, the hands on your clock will move.
"Oh," said Hillary, "whose clock is that?"
"That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved indicating that she never told a lie."
"Whose clock is that?"
"That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have only moved twice telling us that Abe only told 2 lies in his entire life."
"Where's Bill's clock?" Hillary asked.
"Bill's clock is in Jesus' office. He's using it as a ceiling fan." 

and my favorite this week:

The problem with math puns is that calculus jokes are all derivative, trigonometry jokes are too graphic, algebra jokes are usually formulaic, and arithmetic jokes are pretty basic. But I guess the occasional statistics joke is an outlier.

(For those of you who don't know, I was a math and statistics major as a college undergrad)

Now let's finish the third floor at the History Museum where we will visit the last four rooms of this "typical" Wichita cottage.

This is where we left off last time.

Want to see what it looked like when I took photos the last time I was at this museum?

Now you know why I love my "new" camera.

I managed to get a bit redundant here, but at least you can make out the hallway leading to the various rooms.


I got a bit carried away taking photos of this room.  You'll see more later, too.  But for now, I was fascinated with the design of the  beautiful hardwood floors.



This has to be the ugliest wallpaper I have ever seen.

The second ugliest wallpaper is in what I believe is the parlor.








Could this be the gas and electric light fixture the History Museum talked about (see last week's entry)?

Back in the library, I was having trouble getting everything to focus.



Next I was off to the dining area.

I couldn't believe how dark this room was.

The final room was the bedroom.

There was a small writing table and a dressing area, too.  Now that you have seen all the rooms in the Wichita cottage, it is time to move to the next floor.

Next time we'll head here which is the fourth floor and I'll finish sharing photos of this museum.  Sadly, I didn't get far on this floor before my batteries died.

Thanks for joining me today in this History Museum.  And please visit Annie and her lovely smiles today.  Feel free to join in with your smile, too.  A smile to start the weekend is always a good thing.

Since next Friday is the second day of the month and I will have a Second on the 2nd to share, I will miss Friday Smiles, but will stop by to say hello to all the Friday Smilers.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

African Elephant


I'm once again joining Rike at Rike's Art this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme Animals A to Z.

Today we are

honoring the African Elephant.






I've seen first hand (when our zoo rescued five African elephants) how sweet and gentle they are and how they all live in such peaceful harmony. 

For this page, I began in my large art journal.  I laid down a ledger sheet I colored to emulate the colors found in the focal image.  I cut the focal image using my deckle scissors and added it to the page once the water soluble crayons were dry.  I included the facts I found as well as four small images of elephants I took from a book.

Thanks for joining me today at Art Journal Journey.  I am very grateful for your continued support of my art, too.