Crime time

The total eclipse happened. It was neat to see in my cereal box pinhole viewer, but because I didn’t see the totality, my life wasn’t changed.

Podcasts

I’ve begun listening to a few true crime podcasts. My favorite so far is True Crime Garage. It’s hosted by a guy named Nic and another guy who calls himself the Captain. Their research seems solid and they are personable. They begin each podcast by sampling a craft beer. It makes me want to try a few interesting beers, but I don’t think I like beer well enough to spend any money on one.

Another one I like is the Thinking Sideways Podcast. It features two guys in their 40s and a woman in her 30s. They aim to look into mysterious events-not necessarily only crimes. The content here isn’t as in-depth as in the True Crime Garage, but they are entertaining.

I was listening to one called Crawlspace which I think is pretty good. They turned me on to Nic and the Captain so I’ve all but forgotten about this one.  I should get back to it.

Night Time: Canadian True Crime and Mysteries is one I’ve tried, but it hasn’t gotten me hooked yet. Perhaps I prefer shows with more than one host. This one is a solo effort, but he does interview guests.

There’s one called Casefile True Crime that I haven’t listened to in a while. Serial Killers is supposed to be good, but I haven’t tried it yet.

The bottom line here is that I really like the true crime genre. This has eclipsed my interest in the paranormal-for the time being at least.

Art

After spending hours making wrapped loops, I have attained an intermediate skill level. Practice really does make you better! So I figure if I practice drawing, I can get better at that too. I’ve been drawing hands. I don’t know that I’ll ever be a drawing master, but I can get a little better. There’s not enough time to get good at everything. Writing should be my focus.

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Work

While I’m on the subject of writing, I’ll mention my last Science Node article. It was a simple overview of the Citizen CATE project. The project was the National Solar Observatory’s (NSO) effort to collect images of the recent total solar eclipse. Volunteers across the country used telescopes and other NSO provided equipment to get images of the eclipse. The goal was to create a 90-minute video of the event.

I’m moving on to the next story. I wanted to do something on data art, but the paper I found about it was published too long ago for my editor’s liking. Instead, I’m covering research that some people are doing in Switzerland on software that makes creating computer animation accessible for novices. I’m hoping I can get past the more difficult technical bits and write something interesting. Gotta read the paper tomorrow!

Harvey

The hurricane has devastated Houston and other parts of Texas. Could things get any worse on this planet? I’m going to try and stay away from the news and keep my head and heart up.

Lost My Mojo

For the last few weeks I've been getting my spiritual groove on. I was secure in the knowledge that I am at one with the universe and that my thoughts have the power to shape reality. I felt as if everything was fine because everything I see is only an illusion. I was feeling infinite and eternal with no beginning and no end. Something happened to make me lose those feelings.

Could it be that I subject myself to too much noise? I have been spending too much time on Twitter. I get free access to the Washington Post online edition with my IU credentials, so I've been spending too much time there. I listen a lot to the Thinking Sideways podcast. Maybe I've got too much of other peoples' stuff in my head.

I've been working on wrapped loops.

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I started a couple of collage collage projects. I hope to find some greater meaning through these works.

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I finished writing a piece for work that I'm proud of.

Now to take some time for myself. It's time to start meditating. It's time for silence.

Two Canvases from 7/4/16

It occurred to me that while the paint is drying on one canvas, I could begin another. That is what I have done.

These two pieces have a relationship.

Canvas 1

Canvas 1

Canvas 2. This one was a black canvas.

Canvas 2. This one was a black canvas.

They look better to me in real life than they do in the photos. As I look at them, a story is beginning to suggest itself. Something about morning, night, and water. I’m not sure what will happen next, but I’m looking forward to finishing them and moving to a completely different palette. I’m thinking reds and yellows.

I’m also getting closer to doing jewelry again. This sketch came up on Timehop from two years ago. I’m inspired to sketch some jewelry and then make it. That is progress.

Necklace sketches.

Necklace sketches.

Meditation Dream 

I knew I wanted to write today, so I thought about it and then got nervous.  I got myself a little worked up about what to write. Now I seem to be writing about the process of thinking and worrying about writing. Is it supposed to work this way?

Dreams are the New Reality

In one of my dreams last night, I was in some unknown location when a guy (I think he was Asian) asked me to meditate with him. I agreed to do so, and we sat down on the floor holding hands with eyes closed. The session was successful. The guy acquired lots of good energy from me, and I felt as if I helped him. The dream tells me that I'm on the right track in my spiritual pursuits.  I am sure now that when I dream, I go to real places. I visit other planes of existence. I may have thousands of lives.

Food

I bought some baby spinach the other day. I think I'll do a salad with strawberries. I need some almond slivers and red onion to add to it. I can either make my own vinaigrette or buy some.

Another food thought is to prep an onion or two and freeze them for later use. I think you can do that. What about garlic? I'll have to look it up.

I have sweet potatoes to cook as well as frozen salmon.

Yoga

I've been doing yoga fairly regularly. I think it has improved my gait, but it could be that I'm just at a good walking time of my nutty hormonal cycle. It seems to work for me to do a session at 9 pm most weeknights.

Jewelry

I've been spending a lot of time practicing wrapped loops. I'm getting better at it. I made a necklace for Linda, one of the residents at my dad's assisted living facility.  It's not perfect, but I'm happy with it. I thought the pendant was an angel, but I realized it must be a fairy after looking more closely at it.

Wire wrapped loop necklace with fairy pendant.

Not a Studio from 6/18/16

In the Cat Room

I don ‘t have an art studio. I have a cat room. I could easily use that as an excuse to not make art, but I have other excuses like not having enough time or not being good enough. I’m getting too old for these excuses. If I don’t get to work soon, I will run out of time.

This Blog

I started this blog to make myself get serious about making art. I want it to be a regular practice–something that nurtures my soul. I plan to share my exploration of mixed-media and art journaling techniques. Currently, I’m signed up for Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday and Tamara Laporte’s Life Book 2016. I’ve worked on some of the Inspiration Wednesday exercises, but I’ve done none of the Life Book lessons. It’s that thing about not having enough time.

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My table and supplies.

My assignment for today is to at least gesso the next two pages in my journal.

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The proverbial blank pages.

I’ll do some work in it tonight or tomorrow. I’ll post the final results toward the end of the week, or maybe sooner. The journal, by the way, is one I bought from Donna Downey’s store.

Writing this post is a big step in the right direction for me. Gotta keep the momentum going!

One more thing…

I was watching one of those tiny house shows today. It featured a woman looking to buy and move into a tiny house. She was an artist. I looked at her and thought, I want to be called an artist. I want to live the life of an artist. That is just too cool!

I Found the Answer from 7/24/16

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I worked on this one over the course of about three days. I used Sargent Art White, Grumbacher Red, Liquitex Basics Mars Black, and Liquitex Basics Cerulean Blue.  I added torn pages from a philosophy encyclopedia and a title from a book of sheet music. I used stencils that I bought at Michaels.

There were many iterations, and I was usually patient enough to let one layer dry before adding something new.  I find that if I walk away from something I like it better upon a second viewing.

My idea is to try a 10 x 10 canvas based on this palette.

 

 

 

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