Saturday, January 18, 2014

arlington colloquy carefree

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.    Voltaire

My friend's flight was delayed for a couple of hours so rather than sit in the cell phone lot I stayed home.  I still have an hour before she lands so I might as well get this banged out for anybody who stops by in the morning (or tonight for that matter!).  Dinner is all ready, just have to stick it in when I get home.  She will be tired so I am glad I didn't plan on going out-  besides by the time we would get anywhere they are wiping down the tables and mopping the floors!  

How 'bout some amazing paintings?

To see one of Jason de Graaf’s paintings is to be tricked into believing they are real. His hyper-realistic worlds are painstaking illusions, created with his delicate brush strokes and resulting in the appearance of a high definition photograph. Much of his work revolves around reflection: from shiny metal orbs, to polished crystal skulls; each of his images is unbelievably real.

 Last August during a two week residency in Northern California, San Francisco based artist Claudia Bicen created a contemplative art project in the forest exploring the relationship between transience and well-being. Bicen found sites in the woods and meticulously depicted local faces on tree stumps and logs deep in the forest. Inspired by Japanese philosophy, the portraits were left untreated and vulnerable to the elements-allowing for a delicate process of decay and eventual absorption into the earth.

An because we have talked about painting on wood, how about a SQUIRREL carving on wood?

I might be a bit sparse in posting the next few days-  it's kind of rude to sit on the computer all day in front of a guest.  Maybe I'll have some adventures to report!   

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