Sunday, March 19, 2023

Monday Murals: Two Sides, One Building


I continue to have trouble leaving comments on some blogs.  I keep getting "Failed to Publish." If you don't hear from me right away (and sometimes never), that is why!!  It is mainly on blogs with embedded comments and less so on those with pop-up comments.  It is incredibly frustrating.

It's time once again to join Sami at Sami's Colourful World and her Monday Murals.  Even though it's still Sunday in my world, please be aware that Sami's mural link goes live at 11:01 a.m. my time today.  

This mural is on the north side of Reverie Roasters at 114 North Madison in Wichita, Kansas (USA).  It is obviously an Avenue Art Days project.

The mural extends around the front of the building.  At first, it reminded me of a Banksy, but on closer inspection, it didn't have the traditional Banksy feel to it.  I DO believe the child is a stencil, though.  The artist on the entire project is Mika Holtzinger.  This mural was created in 2018.
Holtzinger is an art teacher at Wichita Heights High School in Wichita, Kansas. Besides teaching art classes, she designs public art projects, illustrates children's books, and collaborates with wildlife organizations, like the Honey Bee Conservancy in New York City.
If you enjoy murals from around the world, please don't forget to visit Monday Murals at Sami's Colourful World.  Thanks for visiting Bleubeard and me today, too.  

Friday, March 17, 2023

Friday Smiles 504: A trip toThe Spice Mercant


It's once again time to join Friday Smiles, hosted by Annie (at A Stitch in Time). Let's visit Annie and the other wonderful ladies who also share their smiles each Friday. Today I'm taking you out and about.

Those of you who visit on Tuesday know once a month for a year, I receive a free lb. of coffee as a result of my contribution to PBS (Public Broadcasting Station). PBS has no advertising and the station, as well as all the shows are purchased with contributions by viewers like me.

The last time I was there, I took photos of their spices and herbs.

Since T Stands For Tuesday requires a drink reference, after scouring all the photos I took, it appears there isn't a mug, cup, or coffee bean in sight.

That's when I decided to share these images with you lovely ladies at Friday Smiles.  I know Kate likes to bake and preserve various fruit.  
That's why I thought my readers, lurkers, and followers might enjoy these photos. 

Although there are prepared bags of spices and herbs, they also have herbs and spices in the jars against the wall.  They weigh them there and I will show that next time.  There are more jars to the left of the scales out of camera range.

Now for a few funnies.  Please tell me when you get tired of Metzger's animal humor. 









  I will end on this note.  I know this is exactly how both the fur babies see themselves.

Thanks for dropping by today.  Enjoy your weekend. PLEASE visit Annie and don't forget to start your weekend with a smile. 


Thursday, March 16, 2023

Spy vs. Spy


I'm still having trouble leaving comments on some blogs.  I keep getting "Failed to Publish." If you don't hear from me right away (and sometimes never), that is why!!  It is mainly on blogs with embedded comments and less so on those with pop-up comments.  It is very frustrating.  

Today I have another page for Valerie's theme Anything Goes at Art Journal Journey.

This reminds me of the Mad Magazine that I never read, but heard they did a Spy vs. Spy in each issue.  If anybody knows for sure, please let me know.  Since we have a couple of faces, tonight I'll also be joining Nicole and her Friday Face Off

I know there's a name for this technique where one side of the page is cut from the other side, but for the life of me, I can't remember what it's called.  If you know what it's called, please let me know in comments.

Spy vs. Spy is the name of this spread.

Did anyone else take Laly's free four day course?  Although I enjoyed watching her create her spread, the really important tip I got from her lesson was you have to shake your Posca pen before you write with it.  I had NO idea until I watched her do it.  I think I've been wasting the pens I purchased because the oily part comes out first and the "color" is weak.

The background of this spread is 140 lb. black cardstock, the focal image is from a magazine, the words were computer generated and cut to follow the letters.  The focal image was outlined with black and white Posca pens.

Thanks for dropping by today.  Bleubeard and I hope you enjoy your weekend.  While you're here, please visit Art Journal Journey and Friday Face Off.


Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Sand between my toes


 I have another page for Valerie, our host this month at Art Journal Journey. Her theme is Anything Goes.  

 I named this Sand between my toes.  

I have a few detail shots to share.

Unfortunately, my new scanner doesn't seem to have as much depth as my previous scanner.  That's when I decided to photograph the page, which was an even worse disaster since the lighting was quite poor.

This page started with a polka dot background to which I added six images taken from various cruise magazines advertising the Caribbean.  I added dye ink around each image before gluing them to the page.  Finally, I added the feet that were actually paperclips.

Thanks for dropping by today to share a bit of time with Bleubeard and me.  We are eternally grateful.  We also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey with your Anything Goes journal entry.

Monday, March 13, 2023

T Stands For Let's Eat Pi


It's time for T Tuesday.

  I'll begin in my dining room with this green depression glass cup and an ATC to get everyone in the mood and excited for the swap in July.  Now let's head to the kitchen.

I was at Aldi on Saturday and decided I wanted to get a pie for Pi Day.  However, my Aldi is not known for its baked pastries.  On the other hand, their 16 inch pizza pies looked good.  I laid the U.S. quarter next to the pizza so you can see the huge size.  This is not a frozen, but fresh pizza with a definite shelf life.  This is their 5 cheese pizza.  I decided to add some of my colby-jack cheese to the top, but when I placed the pie in the oven, the cheese chunks bounced and shifted to the back of the pie. 

It's obvious which cheese was the one I added and how it shifted when I placed the pie in the oven.  The metal to the left is my pizza cutter.  Although the crust looks under cooked, I assure you it wasn't.  To be honest, I liked this pie better than the make, take, and bake pie I normally get across town.  I want to thank C.J. for reminding me to celebrate Pi Day.  After all, it's a math thing!

Speaking of math, I've almost got your partners chosen.  I just have to hear back from a couple of participants before I can finalize your partners.  The good news is, I was so delighted we had so many options because there are only five T Tuesday participants (so far) who opted to make an ATC. 
Although you probably already know the drill, please share a drink related post.  It can be gifts you received, photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, mail art, junk mail, catalogs, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, handmade cards, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, a favorite mug, cup and saucer, teapot, coffee pot, or even a wine glass. Regardless, please join us by linking below.  Bleubeard and I will gladly visit, as will other T participants.  Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Bleubeard would like to remind you that old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday and not just this year.  Please remember to visit your fellow T participants.