Friday, March 25, 2011

Who's Afraid of Color?

Not me!! I love color. I adore color. Color makes me happy. When my husband and I bought our house five years ago I painted the dining room Benjamin Moore's Habanero Pepper 1306, shown below.


 In the living room I used Apples and Pears 395 also by Benjamin Moore, shown in the photo below.


Since you can see the living room from the dining room, and visa versa, I made the two paint colors work by incorporating each of the colors in the other room. The living room has this art piece that I made years ago, as well as red curtains and a red entertainment center that I made while in college. The dining room brings the green in through the leaves in the curtains. It's fun and it's bright and cheerful, but it's time for a change!


I'll be painting my dining room Reflecting Pool SW6286 by Sherwin Williams. And what is so exciting is that is looks awesome next to my Apples and Pears painted living room! I won't need to change out the curtains in the dining room because there is a leaf in the fabric that is green with an undertone of blue, so it works with Reflecting Pool which is blue with an undertone of green! I'll probably remove the quilt and put up an art wall collage instead, as well as finally replace the horrid light fixture! Woo hoo!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pysanky

Yesterday I had the pleasure and privilege of learning the ancient art of decorating pysanka (singular), pysanky (plural). This is the Ukrainian way of decorating eggs. This art form was passed down from mother to daughter and had many symbols and superstitions attached to them. One superstition that is particularly humorous says that single girls would never give their boyfriends pysanky that had no designs on the top and bottom because that would mean that the boy would lose his hair.
Once Christianity came to the area, the egg became a strong symbol of life at Easter signifying our rebirth through Jesus' death and third day resurrection. Everyone in the household received a pysanka for Easter. Some of the other uses that I found interesting were:
*One or two were given to the priest.
*One or two were placed on the graves of family members.
*Several were saved to be placed in the coffin of loved ones who might die during the year.

 Here are some of the steps:

 You use a stylus, a cake of beeswax (the black rectangle), and a candle.

You heat the stylus over the candle and push the small tip into the beeswax which gets drawn up into the reservoir. Then you heat again and "write" with the tip of the stylus onto the egg.

Once you have your design ready you place the egg into the lightest color of dye. You continue this process of "writing" and dying until your last color.

 I wish I had a picture of the egg after the last step before the wax came off, because it looked UGLY! You're thinking there is no possible way this has been successful, but you persevere. You heat the egg and start wiping the wax off and the above is what you get!

I am hooked!! I plan on buying a kit and continuing this art form in my home!

It's fun to be creative, and Alison at Stuff and Nonsense features a lot of really talented people on Fridays Unfolded.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My First Post!

I love photography. I would never say I'm anywhere near to being a professional. I'm just an avid user of the camera. In the distant past, I used a SLR 35mm Nikkormat, built in the 70's (like me). I shot my sister's wedding nine years ago. I also shot portraits of several of my coworkers or their family members. One of these days I'll scan a couple of those and post them.
Today I have become addicted to the camera on my iPhone! It's amazing what you can do with a camera on a phone, not to mention the great editing capabilities!

Taken in Brooklyn, NY


Taken in downtown Austin on a photo-walk I participated in.

Texas State Capital. Also taken on the photo-walk.