Another Arty Adventure – I went to Leeds Art Gallery http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Leeds-Art-Gallery.aspx and had a look around the sculpture gallery where I found this wondrous thing:
The film on the left, Dawn Surf Jellybowl, is on display in the sculpture gallery, go down the stairs to see it, it is brilliant! A sculpture on film! The artist has used various materials to mark the film and created something that is very much like the inside of my head – all squiggly and blotchy and full of surfers. And this, I think, is why my mind so often goes off on such seemingly strange tangents…
Squiggly Kisses, Stephanie xxx
A bird! A bird! I saw a bird! It probably wasn’t this one, I didn’t have my camera with me when I saw a bird, but if it wasn’t this one then it was just like this one…
Here’s the painting I did of the bird, it’s called ‘A bird! A bird! I saw a bird!’ and it’s acrylic on A5 watercolour paper.
The black and white symbolise the bird, and the green is its energy, not grass, it was hopping about on concrete. I used a small brush to make quick energetic marks, just like the bird’s darting movement. It was a nice bird. I was very excited.
I’ve had other bird related experiences recently too. I fed the birds! This is because I gave into my bread cravings. I’ve recently worked out that eating bread makes me feel rubbish, but I wanted bread so much that I bought some anyway. I ate some. It made me feel rubbish. So I found some birds (they were at the top of the road, pigeons and seagulls) and fed them the bread I had left over. Here are some pigeons enjoying my bad food choice:
And then I got this stuck in my head!
So, there are some of my recent birdie adventures and art and some Mary Poppins.
Avian Kisses, Stephanie xxx
Today’s word is from page 1639 and it is tachisme, noun, a type of action painting evolved in France in which haphazard dabs and blots of colour are treated as a means of instinctive or unconscious expression. C20: French from tache, stain.
Here is some more information from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tachisme
Oh, that’s what I do! Only I tend to call it ‘abstract expressionism’ because I am not French, though merlot often is, and merlot fuels most of my painting. I have tried painting sober, but everything I paint sober looks like cat sick, which would be fine if I wanted to paint cat sick, but I don’t.
Here is a recent piece of tachisme Stephie Art:
It is titled ‘Vagina’, it’s a painting of how I feel about my vagina, which is why it is such lovely colours, because my vagina is lovely! It’s also a bit messy, because, y’know…
Ah yes… blatted, adjective Slang drunk. C20: of uncertain origin.
Uncertain origin? Well, I’m pretty sure it is something to do with entirely filling myself with wine…
Sometimes, my own genius astounds me. Yesterday evening was one of those times.
Settling down to watch a DVD (Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit) I decided to make myself a snack… popcorn. Popcorn, with Vegemite! Vegemite popcorn! It would be the greatest food ever created! And I was going to create it!
The popcorn was made as usual (Take ricecakes out of the tupperware you use to store ricecakes and make popcorn. Add popcorn kernels to tupperware. Microwave until popping stops or burning is smelt.) For the Vegemite coating I mixed a spoon of Vegemite with a smidgen of margarine and microwaved for just a moment, then mixed it in with the popcorn. Oh wow! How have I lived 38 years without Vegemite popcorn?! How much of my life has been wasted on other snacks?! Never, never again will I eat any other food!
Yes, it is good. Make Vegemite popcorn and your life will be complete. Truly. People say having kids or doing charitable works will make your life complete, but those people have not tasted Vegemite popcorn.
Popcorn kisses, Stephanie xxx
We haven’t had Word Of The Day for a while! Let’s have Word Of The Day!
And today’s word is sadiron, noun, a heavy iron pointed at both ends, for pressing clothes. C19: from SAD (in the obsolete sense: heavy) + IRON
Yes, ironing makes me very sad…
I went to a ‘Queer Vegan Brunch’! It was at Wharf Chambers and a fundraiser for ‘Leeds Queer Film Festival’ which sounds fun, and, food! Vegan food! You know how I like vegan food!
I had some sausages with a very odd consistency but nice taste, hash browns and interesting beans. And a cup of green tea. It was good!
And no one seemed to mind that I am mostly straight…
Queer Kisses, Stephanie xxx
Today’s word is from page 431: Decembrist, noun, Russian history a participant in the unsuccessful revolt against Tsar Nicolas I in Dec. 182.5 C19: translation of Russian dekabrist
Here is some information about the Decembrist revolt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decembrist_revolt We’re learning stuff today!
We are on page 1127 where we find obstreperous, adjective, noisy or rough, esp. in resisting restraint or control. C16: from Latin, from obstrepere, from ob- against + strepere to roar obstreperously adverb obstreperousness
Obstreperous is one of those words I know the meaning of but never use myself. I must improve my vocabulary!
Vintage Sci-Fi! I’ve been watching vintage sci-fi!
I was given a DVD box set of the first series of Blakes 7 a while back, and since then it’s been sat on my shelf while I worked my way through my DVD collection. Here it is…
I finally got around to watching it, and it was great! I am now officially a fan! Vila and Cally were my favourite characters, and I really appreciated the minimal girly screaming so often found in older tv series (there was a bit, but not from either of the two main female characters).
Now I’ll have to get my paws on the other three series. And I am pleased that a bit of Googling has revealed Vila will be in every episode!
In the meantime I am continuing with the vintage sci-fi theme and re-watching the original tv series of Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. You just can’t beat a bit of Arthur Dent…
Vintage Kisses, Stephanie xxx