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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sunday Postcard Art - Dark Marie

I had no idea what this weeks prompt meant when I first read it, but took a stab at the fact (no pun intended) that it might be Marie Antoinette taking a walk on the dark side. I was right.

Marie Antoinette is not my thing at all, so this was indeed a challenge.

This piece started with an actual painting of Marie herself. I added in various elements, including my own drawing. The original painting features a bust where Poe is in my version. I thought that Poe would be the perfect accompaniment to her darkly decorated room.

See other versions of Marie's dark side at SPA.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday - American Freedom Train

I have had this card since 1976 (click to enlarge). I was in the 8th grade and my class visited the American Freedom Train. And though I don't remember much about the exhibits, aside from the historic documents, and a few other things, I've always remembered the trip, the train, and what it all stood for.

The card depicts the train, along with Washington's handwritten notes on the first printed draft of the Constitution.

I recently did some research and discovered that there were actually two Freedom Trains in the US at different points in time.

The Freedom Train was a special exhibit train that toured the US in the later half of the 1940s. A similar train called the American Freedom Train toured the country for the United States BiCentennial celebration in 1975–1976. Both trains were painted in special red, white and blue color schemes, and both toured the 48 contiguous states with displays of Americana and related historical artifacts. The trains took different routes around the US, but both stopped for public displays in each.

I loved history, but even at that, I know that today as an adult, I could appreciate what the Freedom Train stands for even more than I did back then. We could use another one now.

To read more visit Wikipedia page for Freedom Train.

To see other participants cards visit here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Some quiet time would be nice...

Just for a day or two, that's all I ask.

My blogs have taken a back burner to life. I haven't had time to sit and write. I haven't had time for much of anything except the day to day.

After a short bout with rain on Sunday the weather turned beautiful. A few morning clouds here and there, a little drizzle, but mostly bright autumn sunshine. Humidity you could cut with a knife, but we try to ignore that as best as we can. All too soon it will be gray and wet. Indefinitely. I'll take what I can get while I can get it.

Unfortunately the nice weather doesn't keep the stress at bay, and hubby and I are both stressed.

Not only has there been his work (or lack of) for the past couple of weeks, there's been my work, and the frustration with the lack of actual training. Don't get me wrong, it's not brain surgery, and I'm an intelligent woman, but...Even in the smallest of jobs I've held in my lifetime there's been training. And don't get me started on the state of how things are organized. Efficient? At the present time, not in the least. 

To my dismay (and I think I could really say horror) I found out that staff meetings are held at 7 am on Saturday mornings. 7 am? Who the heck is up at 7 am on a Saturday (willingly)? If you are, and you enjoy it, don't talk to me. They'll be lucky if I'm dressed. I may just jump out of bed, grab my coffee, and show up in my pj's and bunny slippers (if I had bunny slippers).

Home isn't even peaceful and quiet. Our local phone company is installing fiber optics and work crews have been in our neighborhood for weeks. They start in at 8 am. The drone of machinery is constant. There's no place to go to get away from it. They've been in and around our driveway for the past week, and the work was only supposed to take a couple of days.

Then there's our neighbor. She called yesterday in a tizzy because the new phone box they're installing is on her property. She told hubby that she's going to call the county and put a stop to this.

We went out to look at the box and it's in the same exact place that the other one was, which is actually on our side of the property line. It's larger, but it's in the same exact spot. The box services both houses, so it seems natural (to me) that it should be on the property line itself. In the middle. It's not like it's in anyone's way where it's located anyway.

Of course that said, she's been convinced for a long time that the property line isn't correct. We had this disagreement with her a couple of years ago when we came home to find a fence being erected right down the middle of the driveway. We managed to stop it at the time, but it looks like it's up for debate once again.

I think we're going to have to save up for a survey (wish we knew someone). For whatever reason the previous owner had the markers removed, and until we have offfical markers back in place this argument will remain.

Life is never dull is it?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Postcard Art - Autumn

My piece uses a silhouette, stamping, and drawing.

See other autumn posts at SPA.

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