Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
It hurts, too - parce que mon cerveau est en ébullition, I guess. I assume this is a side effect of the formation of new synapses...or possibly just un signe de l'implosion imminente. :)
Every now and then it seems that progress is being made and then my poor brain sets its heels in and devient très têtu. Il ne sera pas absorber any additional information, nor permettez-moi d'accéder anything I've worked so hard to learn. Mauvaise brain. Bad cerveau.
Hey! Wait a minute - it DID absorb something new today - our french teacher taught us the "mon cerveau est en ébullition" bit today! Hooray! Now....puis-je me souviens how to log off? :)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
...and apparently my key priority this quarter is...Mr. Wodehouse. Just look at his little eyes!
There's something very comforting in knowing that someone else has experienced the "dash/crash/zen sigh of acceptance" state of being...many, many times.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Rousseau, who had no training in the arts, served in the army and then worked for more than twenty years in the Paris Customs Office. Though his nickname in the arts community was "Le Douanier" (the Customs Officer), he never actually attained that lofty title in his workplace. He fell in love with painting and, at age 49, took early retirement from his position as tax collector to pursue art as his career.
Ridiculed by critics and many others in the arts community for his "naive" style, he never achieved renown during his life, and died in poverty. But he always had confidence in himself and in his work. Eventually, his paintings became accepted and even popular. Many of his numerous works were portraits and landscapes of areas near his home in Paris, but it was his paintings of jungles (such as "The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope (Le lion ayant faim se jette sur l'antilope)" ) that would become his most famous...despite the fact that he never left France, nor ever saw a jungle. Henri learned about the exotic animals and plants of distant lands through illustrated books, stories told by soldiers who had been stationed in foreign climes, and by visiting exhibits of taxidermied animals and glass houses filled with tropical plants in Paris.
[I don't have a problem with this. After all, there's a very good chance that Bruegel never had an entire passel of peasant wedding guests hold still while he captured them for posterity...or the opportunity to paint the Tower of Babel while on vacation. Nor do I think Bosch painted the myriad monsters, demons and angels (oh, and giraffe) from life. (Mind you, I'm not willing to lay any bets where Bosch is concerned - he was one hoopy frood). Just as I'm pretty sure J.K. Rowling never leaped up and down the shifting stairs of Hogwarts...though I (and just a few others) are plenty glad she wrote her imaginings about the place down to share 'em! ]
I find Henri's story - of giving up "security" to do something that he loved - to be an inspiration. A triumph of imagination over fear. Perhaps someday I'll find an avocation I love enough to make my vocation - and throw caution to the wind!
Or not. :)
A simple little pattern, but good fun and a great way to use up some of these single skein hand-spun yarns I seem to be accumulating...and the colours make me happy.
Speaking of colours and happiness, at long last, here are a couple of the results of my first attempts to dye yarn using the Majic Carpet dyes (as mentioned in my first post).
The ball at the left was the very first one I did. It reminds me of the heavily saturated colours, hot weather and rambunctious floribunda of early summer and has been named "Go-go Gauguin".
The same colours were used to dye the skein below, but I modified the water to dye ratio.
As with many attempts at imitation, some of the carefree vibrancy of the original has been diluted.
All in all, quite pleased with both trials...and am currently waiting for a KoolAid-dyed trial skein (ratio: three Cherry to one Grape) to cool off so that I can rinse and dry it.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Will take photos of dyed yarn tomorrow.
I'm going to try and base some of my yarn dying colours on this year's flowers. So far I've experimented with some red (on organic merino batting) and some more mixed (blue, yellow and green on Aubin farms three-ply yarn). Moderately pleased with results.
Have started taking oregano oil on the recommendation of a colleague who is trying to help with my dust allergy at work. It is possibly the worst thing I have subjected my taste buds to. At least in the top five. Must ask what it is that I've done to him that he should wish this gustatory horror on me..
Serves me right for taking health-related advice from IT guys... :)