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April 14, 2012

You are correct ~ it isn’t ‘really’ a word. Leastways, neither Google, or Dictionary.com, or Webster or any other ‘respectable’ source recognizes it as a word. And yet ~ it exists ~ I have living proof (well, photographic proof at any rate).  See? It’s alive and well and intermittently checking in ~ across my all white window and bed coverings.

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Some people might call it ‘sterile’ ~ my all-white bedding and window coverings ~ and sometimes, on those typical days when the familiar soggy gray blanket lays draped across the sky, I have had occasion to wonder if I might like to give a duvet cover in, say, a sunny yellow a try. But then, one of those rare and wonderful mornings in the Pacific Northwest takes place ~ when that unique alchemy of sunshine and fresh green shoots and crystal blue skies and the pristine canvas of my white bedroom come together in a dazzling display. And I gotta tell ya ~ it’s a sight that, for some mystical, elusive reason, lifts my spirit and feeds my soul and makes me so happy I’ve followed my plain and simple instincts ~ at least when it comes to my choice of window and bed coverings.

Good M*oh*rning!

April 12, 2012

This is what I woke up to this morning….

Testing panorama capability

I decided to test the MS version of the panorama-making software I recently uploaded and lo and behold – this is what I got! And at the same time, I discovered Windows Live Writer, which apparently is allowing me to play with a range of fonts not available on the WordPress site. If this works, it’s very exciting as it seems to be incredibly user-friendly.

I’ve got more on the ‘to-do’ list today than I care to enumerate so I best move on – but suffice it to say, I’m more than excited!

Who’s This ^

March 19, 2012

Czech artist, T. F. Simon, “Vilma Reading A Book”, 1912. From Wikipedia: “Tavik Frantisek Simon…was born in Železnice (known at that time as Eisenstadtl) near Jičín. As a student at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, he received a stipend that allowed him to travel to Italy, Belgium, England and France. He had his first solo exhibition in Prague in 1905, and a Paris exhibition in 1906. His extensive travels would eventually also bring him to New York City, London, the Netherlands, Spain, Morocco, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), India, and Japan, images of all of which appear in his work…After spending 1905–1913 based in Paris, Simon returned to Prague and became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. In 1917 he became a founding member of the Hollar Association of Czech Graphic Artists, which he later chaired…Many of his most notable images are of Prague, New York, and Paris, but also include portraiture and self-portraiture and images of the Czech and Slovak countryside. Šimon’s style was strongly influenced by the French Impressionists and, perhaps through them, by Japanese printmaking techniques, in particular color aquatints with soft ground etching. Šimon was also a master of the mezzotint but completed very few prints in this difficult medium, most of them being female nudes in subtle tones of black…He died in Prague in 1942. Largely ignored during the Communist era in Czechoslovakia, his work has received greater attention in recent years.”