Weekly Weather: Hurricane

For this round of Weekly Weather collages I decided to do another atlas as my base. However, the pages/signatures came apart from the binding so I’ll be doing each two page spread separately and when I come to the end of the year or when we start repeating the weather topics, I’ll bind them all together.

This weeks topic is Hurricane (is a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, a closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain. Depending on its location and strength, a tropical cyclone is referred to by names such as hurricane , typhoon, tropical storm, cyclonic storm, tropical depression, and simply cyclone. A hurricane is a storm that occurs in the Atlantic Ocean and northeastern Pacific Ocean, a typhoon occurs in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, and a cyclone occurs in the south Pacific or Indian Ocean.)

Because hurricanes happen primarily in the tropics, I chose a lot of palm tree scenes – with a few stormy seas thrown into the mix. A couple of upside-down sailboats and waves crashing over some birdhouses remind me that even as I live in a coastal area, every year without a hurricane means another sigh of relief of not having to evacuate and/or worry about flooding. Not so with my sister whose house has been flooded due to a storm. 

 

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Cast off art project

Last week I went to an altered books class and afterward I helped clean up. To my surprise I found the book below in the trash can.cast off ab 1

One of the students had worked on it for two hours — she tried making a window–cast off ab 2

 

Dyed pages with peach colored ink, added some pretty paper scraps…cast off ab 3

 

That included a feather and a transparency over an image of a house…cast off ab 4

 

She tried her hand at decorative folding and tearing…cast off ab 5

 

And decided in the end she hated it so much she tossed it away in the trash can and walked away. I fished it out, brought it home thinking I would finish it for her. But now, I think, I will leave it as is to remind myself to never give up on an art project. This book has lots of potential. The student-artist has lots of potential. But she seems to believe herself to have no talent and as such, throws her potential away. That saddens me.cast off ab 6

So, to the unknown student artist – you may not believe in your own talent but you’ve helped me to believe in mine. And for that, I thank you.

New Altered Book

The local library offered a free class on Altered Books this week – and being one to never turn down a free craft class – and even though I have at least two altered books waiting in the wings for me to do – I went to the class and started one anyway!

The book is a Reader’s Digest Condensed Book, Summer, 1956. The title of the over all book is Harry Black Teal. I chose that name because the first story in the book is called “Harry Black” and since most of the illustrations were various shades of blue and green, the theme will be the color teal with a masculine flair if I can manage it. (Being a girl, I find it difficult to think like a man.) The pages I’m showing today are just the ones I started on Monday night at the class and by no means are the finished product.

I’ll post updates as I work toward finishing it. 

 

Weekly Weather: Drought

For this round of Weekly Weather collages I decided to do another atlas as my base. However, the pages/signatures came apart from the binding so I’ll be doing each two page spread separately and when I come to the end of the year or when we start repeating the weather topics, I’ll bind them all together.

This week’s topic is Drought (a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall; a shortage of water resulting from this; synonyms: dry spell, lack of rain, shortage of water.)

For this week’s collage I used 3 pages, folding the middle page and elements on it. This resulted in a lot of surface to create and many different views. I was blessed to find plenty of drought images to cover the surface, which, like other weather types (sleet, hurricane, halo/sundog) are harder to find in magazines (my favorite source material). I could print images from the internet but I prefer the glossiness of printed pictures instead. As always, click on the image to bigify!!

 

Weekly Weather: SunShower

For this round of Weekly Weather collages I decided to do another atlas as my base. However, the pages/signatures came apart from the binding so I’ll be doing each two page spread separately and when I come to the end of the year or when we start repeating the weather topics, I’ll bind them all together. 

First up is Sun Shower. Don’t know what sun shower is? I call it ‘liquid sunshine’ – its where the sun is shining and raining at the same time! Here’s my interpretation of liquid sunshine…

 

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Weekly Weather: Choose Your Own

This week’s Weekly Weather topic is “Choose Your Own.” I chose “Hot” because while making the other collage for Hot I ran across some really cool fire images and wanted to do a separate spread for that. This is also the last post on the original Weekly Weather calendar that started in Spring 2016. Next week starts the new scheduled posts. I’m looking forward to new Weekly Weather collages!!!

To remind you, I altered an atlas with the weather-themed collages. To see the other entries, please click on the page “Weekly Weather Challenge.” (I will eventually update the page with all the links!)  Click on the badge below to find out about how to join the challenge!

Choose Your Own – Hot, full 2-page spreadchoose

 

Choose Your Own – Hot, left pagechoose left

 

Choose Your Own – Hot, right page choose right

Choose Your Own – Hot – right page detail – I love this dragon. It came from an advertisement for hvac units.choose right detail

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The Poetry of Tree Girl

When I looked back at the posts, some of the poetry was hard to see and I didn’t separate it properly for posting. When my mom first looked at the book she read the poetry as all one poem – and she said it didn’t make sense to her. Hmmm. She’s right. Lesson definitely learned! Anyway to that end, here are the poems used, on the days they were posted. Enjoy the magic of Emily Dickinson!

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Part 2 & 3

We grow accustomed to the Dark –
When light is put away –
As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp
To witness her Goodbye –

A Moment – We uncertain step
For newness of the night –
Then – fit our Vision to the Dark –
And meet the Road – erect –

And so of larger – Darknesses –
Those Evenings of the Brain –
When not a Moon disclose a sign –
Or Star – come out – within –

The Bravest – grope a little –
And sometimes hit a Tree
Directly in the Forehead –
But as they learn to see –

Either the Darkness alters –
Or something in the sight
Adjusts itself to Midnight –
And Life steps almost straight.

 

Part 4

I robbed the Woods—
The trusting Woods.
The unsuspecting Trees
Brought out their Burs and mosses
My fantasy to please.
I scanned their trinkets curious—I grasped—I bore away—
What will the solemn Hemlock—
What will the Oak tree say?

 

 
Part 4 & 5

The Trees like Tassels—hit—and swung—
There seemed to rise a Tune
From Miniature Creatures
Accompanying the Sun—

Far Psalteries of Summer—
Enamoring the Ear
They never yet did satisfy—
Remotest—when most fair

The Sun shone whole at intervals—
Then Half—then utter hid—
As if Himself were optional
And had Estates of Cloud

Sufficient to enfold Him
Eternally from view—
Except it were a whim of His
To let the Orchards grow—

A Bird sat careless on the fence—
One gossipped in the Lane
On silver matters charmed a Snake
Just winding round a Stone—

Bright Flowers slit a Calyx
And soared upon a Stem
Like Hindered Flags—Sweet hoisted—
With Spices—in the Hem—

‘Twas more—I cannot mention—
How mean—to those that see—
Vandyke’s Delineation
Of Nature’s—Summer Day!

 
Part 6

Nature—sometimes sears a Sapling—
Sometimes—scalps a Tree—
Her Green People recollect it
When they do not die—

Fainter Leaves—to Further Seasons—
Dumbly testify—
We—who have the Souls—
Die oftener—Not so vitally—

 
Part 7

“Heaven”—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—”Heaven” is—to Me!

The Color, on the Cruising Cloud—
The interdicted Land—
Behind the Hill—the House behind—
There—Paradise—is found!

Her teasing Purples—Afternoons—
The credulous—decoy—
Enamored—of the Conjuror—
That spurned us—Yesterday!

 

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Before you thought of spring,
Except as a surmise,
You see, God bless his suddenness,
A fellow in the skies
Of independent hues,
A little weather-worn,
Inspiriting habiliments
Of indigo and brown.

With specimens of song,
As if for you to choose,
Discretion in the interval,
With gay delays he goes
To some superior tree
Without a single leaf,
And shouts for joy to nobody
But his seraphic self!

 

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