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Whose birthday am I noting today?

July 7, 2015

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A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Robert A. Heinlein, born today in 1907.

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What is tattoo Tuesday about?

July 7, 2015

I missed posting on July 4th, but here are some patriotic tattoos — these are for you, Carol!

patriot-tattoos-04This one was a real commitment.

patriotic-tattoos-01I think this one is lovely.

patriotic-tattoos-03And I like the retro ones.

Happy belated Fourth!

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

July 3, 2015

just-a-whim-away-meme

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

June 26, 2015

cat starter kit

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What am I Lego-loving?

June 25, 2015

 

Oh, yes!  Lego-loving and food art, all in one! From Grant Thompson – “The King of Random”

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What am I amazed by?

June 24, 2015

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Artist Rogan Brown (previously) just completed work on his latest paper artwork titled Outbreak, a piece he describes as an exploration “of the microbiological sublime.” Over four months in the making, the work depicts an array of interconnected sculptures—entirely hand cut from paper—based on the smallest structures found within the human body: cells, microbes, pathogens, and neurons. Outbreak represents nearly four months of tedious planning, cutting and assembly. He shares about his process:

“I am inspired in part by the tradition of scientific drawing and model making, and particularly the work of artist-scientists such as Ernst Haeckel. But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed “scientific” preparatory drawings, these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.”

You can see more details over in his portfolio.

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paper-1From thisiscolossal.com

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Whose birthday am I noting?

June 21, 2015

Kent Maine-Headland-Winter

Rockwell Kent, born June 21, 1882

Rockwell Kent, artist, author, and political activist, had a long and varied career. During his lifetime, he worked as an architectural draftsman, illustrator, printmaker, painter, lobsterman, ship’s carpenter, and dairy farmer. Born in Tarrytown Heights, New York, he lived in Maine, Newfoundland, Alaska, Greenland, and the Adirondacks and explored the waters around Tierra del Fuego in a small boat. Kent’s paintings, lithographs, and woodcuts often portrayed the bleak and rugged aspects of nature; a reflection of his life in harsh climates.

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Kent had an unusually long and thorough training as an artist. He was a student at the Horace Mann School in New York City and subsequently studied architecture at Columbia University, toward the end of which he felt a strong inclination toward painting and took up the study of art under William Merritt Chase at the Shinnecock Hills School. He studied later at the New York School, under Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller, and finally as an apprentice to Abbott Thayer at Dublin, New Hampshire. Henri encouraged him to go to Monhegan Island where Kent painted on his own. He was absorbed in the awesome power of the environment; nature’s timeless energy and contrasting forces influenced his work throughout his lifetime. His early and lasting relationship with the sea was portrayed again and again in his work.

Biography from The Plattsburgh State Art Museum.

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