I Followed a Feather Today – An Answer to Otto’s Post – Diversify and Become More Creative

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Following a suggestion from Otto’s post, I took a walk.  http://munchow.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/diversify-and-become-more-creative/

Check out two of my favorite dots, Otto and David. I think you will will be pleased, then go take a walk.

http://davidduchemin.com/2013/08/getting-unstuck/

A month ago I was painting 7 foot paintings about how I felt about the wars going on in this world, today. The paintings are waiting for me to come back to the studio. Meanwhile, I’ve been collecting dots, drawing trees, writing a little and following feathers down the street.

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Catching the fall breeze

The seagull’s

Feather didn’t stay

 

Jet Lag

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12:07 am – eyes pop open, wide awake

Must be about 5 am.

Wrong

It’s 12:07 am. I lie there

Composing a post for my blog

Then, another and another

What time is it?

Cell phone says 3:14 am

Take a screen shot

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Ha ha it came out all black

In England it is 4,5,6,  – eight hours difference

11 am. Time to get up.

So here I am at the computer composing a post for my blog

Wonder if I can stream Aintree Grand National? 

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/racing/grand-national-2014-what-makes-the-aintree-race-unique-9227683.html

Too early for that

I’m hungry!

Time for breakfast

Shall I go to the Farmers Market today?

 

Happy Thanksgiving !

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Just saw the David Hockney show and remembered some drawings I sketched on my iphone when the app Brushes came out. It was fun to do, like, when you are waiting in line or you have some time on your hands – just take out your cell phone , or ipad and draw with your fingers or your thumb. Hockney draws with his thumbs. Thumbs have more range of movement than fingers so he has more options when drawing, than if he used his fingers.  To all my American friends, on this Thanksgiving Day, Happy Turkey Day. Thank you for checking in sometimes.

Traffic – San Francisco

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Thinking about Richard  Guest’s post Realm of Dusk  http://thefutureispapiermache.wordpress.com/,  collage of photographs. Thinking about David Hockney’s exhibit, The Big Picture http://hockney.famsf.org/,  the way he experimented with different media. Thinking about Otto’s post  http://munchow.wordpress.com/philosophy,  trust in the creative process and find your own voice. And, thinking about a collaboration I did with Emily Hughes  http://journeyofaphotograph.com/2013/10/08/night-train-to-sapa/  And, Karen’s creative glimpses into her world http://drawandshoot.me/  (I think we were putting together our posts at the same time) I snapped some shots with my cell phone while driving to San Francisco during rush hour.  (Nope, I wasn’t driving.) This mélange is a quick capture of the traffic scene from 4 to 6 on November 14th 2013. Some images may be worth double clicking, like the abstract ones. The others? I was just clicking away with my cell phone. Just having fun playing around while spending a couple of hours in traffic !

A Small Incident Between an American and a Russian

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Last night I couldn’t find my iphone. It must be in the other room. It’s in the car. Using my husband’s phone call it. Someone answered my phone, but I didn’t understand the voice. I apologized for calling the wrong number. I called my cell phone again. This time both of us had a hard time understanding the other one. ‘Come pick up the phone at 8:30 tonight.’ I’m not going to go out to meet some stranger at night. ‘No, I can’t come. I can come tomorrow.’ The person said 8:30 tomorrow morning and gave me a meeting place, a hotel in the city. I was to call my iphone when I got there. No name was given to me. Afterwards, I worried. There was no code lock on my cell. Anyone could read everything. What if they rack up a lot of calls?  What if they want a big reward for it’s return. What personal information was on my phone? I called my son and asked him what to do. He offered to call and see if it was all legit. He called the person who had my phone saying he was going to cut off the phone with my carrier. Calling back and he told me not to worry. ‘It’s a language difficulty. Your phone is with a visiting Russian family.’

This morning my husband drove me down to the hotel. (Thank goodness Manchester United wasn’t playing soccer on TV at that time.) He waited outside while I went in and called my cell phone. In a few minutes, a beautiful small woman came up to me smiling as she handed me my white iphone, the old model. Her eleven year old grandson had found it on the street. Very excited he hoped he could keep it. She said, ‘no, it didn’t belong to him. Someone needs it. All their information is on it. We will wait.’ My response to her was, ‘ I’ve learned a lesson. I’ll lock my phone with a code from now on. ‘Oh, no, don’t do that! Then you won’t get your phone back. I have found 5 phones in LA. If the owner doesn’t call, I call one of their contacts and ask them do you know this person? I have their cell phone.’

After big hugs and thank you’s, I left this lovely woman thinking, we read and hear about so many troubles in the world, but you know, basically people are good. A few hours later I received a text message from her grandson thanking me for my small reward.

Thank you, Daniel. You are the best!

What would you all do? Cancel your phone or leave it connected ? Do you keep your cell phone locked?

Inspiration for Abstract Art Comes When You Least Expect it

So I woke up to an image on my phone. Someone had been mugged, badly roughed up. It’s my brother! Now he is a tough guy. A tough guy who races automobiles. Jeeze, he’s been in an accident. No word, just a photograph he must have taken the picture of himself with his phone so at least he is conscious. Turns out, you know those electric powered scooters with big wheels? You stand on them and lean forward or backward to make them go. Guess he tried out a Segway and hit a transition in the road. Broke two ribs and really roughed up his eye. Being the artist in the family I  immediately uploaded the photo and did a little touchup in Lightroom. Pretty cool colors. Maybe he’ll send me another when the eye is yellow green. Go back to NASCAR racing. It’s safer.