Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fire in the Sky

This is the first picture I took after getting home from the hospital.  Tom pointed out to me the way the morning light lit up the trees.
So very different from light at any other time of the day.  Add to that the trees still in shadow and you get really dramatic skylines.
I took these propped up against my house.  This trip to the hospital combined  with all my medical problems have made made for a more dramatic recovery.  I am really struggling to gain back my life this time and have decided that I need to take a break and just rest and recover, so I'm taking a few days off and will be back in week or so.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Frosted work in progress

Jeremy's car is down and out and Tom is helping with the repairs (actually doing most of the work). This has left us with a car and parts in the front yard just waiting to be frosted in the morning. I am fascinated by frost and the reflections and shadows that it produces so on this cold frosty morning I took advantage of the still car and parts to capture some of the delights that frost exhibits. The hairy tires, the twinkle of light caught, the ragged shadow, the landscape reflection in the melting frost as the cold and the new warmth of the day come together.
Until yesterday I hadn't taken any photos in a week and have missed capturing and focusing on this wonderful world we all inhabit. Even with being at home I am still struggling to recover (I've lost over 10 pounds in just the last couple of days, not healthy :c) but I am grateful for my ability to see and share in this world.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Home again AEDM day 9

Home again- Home again- jiggity jig            This little nursery rhyme keeps going through my head.  I am so glad to be home. The Internet at the hospital worked real well for the first days of my hospital stay, Monday night it started to get flaky, and Tuesday I got warnings about possible damage to my computer, so no more  Internet for me.  It did give me a chance to do some sketching.  I really needed the distraction and for me drawing is a real good distraction.   I am always amazed at how exhausting being discharged from the hospital is and how wonderful it is to be home.  There are so many things that are so much nicer at home.  Little things that in your day to day life you take for granted.  They would not let me shower at he hospital for fear of my getting my IV wet, so coming home and taking a nice long hot shower was sheer heaven.  I now have my familiar chair and my dogs at my feet.  Then add family and the familiar rhythms that go with daily life and wonderful, wonderful feelings.

Hope you enjoy seeing my little doodles,  Creative Every Day  has it right that fitting art and creativity in your life can greatly enhance your life.  I'm glad to have committed to do some art everyday even with difficulties to overcome and in overcoming the difficulties getting the blessing.                 Enjoy     ☺☺☺Johnina☺☺☺

Monday, November 7, 2011

AEDM Day 7- Red leaf- 400th post

Wow i was surprised when I looked at my stats for this blog to realize this is my 400th post.
I also realized today that when I signed up to do Art Every Day Month yesterday that since I am in the hospital I don't have access to my scanner so I could post my artwork.  However there are other types of artwork that I can create because I do have my computer and my photos. 
I had signed up to do a new note card swap on Swap-bot which was a scavenger hunt for three themes  on three cards.  The themes are leaves, red and nostalgia, so I went on a scavenger hunt through my photos to turn into cards.  I have a purchased Georgia O'Keefe (love her art) card with one of her leaf paintings on it which I will send, but in going through my photos I found this wonderful red leaf photo to edit.

I edited it to look more like a note card drawing and that edit is on the top of this post.

I also found this photo which fits the nostalgia theme, it was already edited, but one that I love.

Or maybe I'll send this one- which I also edited earlier but love the way it turned out.  What do you think?
When I get home I will be able to print them on textured or lightly patterned card stock to finish this art project.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Help Wanted- written inc #169

Carmi has come up with a wonderful theme this week and though I am a little late I still would like to post a blog on that theme.  The theme is bricks and mortar and as you can hopefully see I love older brick buildings and the architectural details that often accompany them.
The reason for the help wanted is because there is a local magazine that is looking for photos of local culture to publish.  The magazine Kitchen Drawer does an excellent job of promoting local events and businesses; in building a sense of community.  I have lived in the Griffin area for longer than I lived anywhere else in my life and have come to love living in the area and this town and would like to contribute to that sense of community.  The extra money might be nice but that is not the main reason for my wanting to contribute to this magazine. I have tried in this collage to not only show the building postcard style but to show the greater personality that only focusing on the details and different views can show, the collage does need some tweaking and for that I am asking for help.  I know the title needs fixing for sure but don't know exactly how to fix it. Suggestions from all on the whole collage would be appreciated. If you click on the photo you should be able to get a larger view. This would be printed on at an 8x10 size format for the magazine.
Thanks for visiting and any suggestions


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Congratulations Frog on a Pumpkin

Frog on a pumpkin has demonstrated that which I have read about the economy and that is that small businesses on blogs and the Internet are the ones that are growing and beginning to thrive.  They got to do a graveyard scene at the Playboy Mansion; while this is not a place I would visit, it is a great venue for them to show off their considerable talent. It seems odd that Internet craft and art  blogs sites are the ones that are taking off, until I thought about it. And I've come to the conclusion that since there is no longer the need to only go to craft and art fairs to get what you want; an Internet search will find it. If you can afford the shipping you can purchase from almost anywhere in the world. 
I need to stop getting distracted and work on getting my photography website up an growing.

☺☺☺Johnina ☺☺☺
PS please excuse any errors in this blog.  Being sick and in the hospital makes it hard to think.  I've spent an hour getting this one paragraph done (I keep hitting the wrong keys, too, thank goodness for spell check) and I'm now ready to go to sleep

Friday, November 4, 2011

In the hospital

My Mums that still greet me when I come home
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it”
I haven't posted much this week due to being quite ill.  In fact I am now in the hospital. 
There is no doubt I am very sick, but from what is in doubt. I've gotten dehydrated from the fever and I am sure once I get hydrated again I will be feeling much better.  It is amazing how cruddy just the dehydration can make you feel.  Then maybe they can figure out what is causing all this.  

I love the above quote and overcome I will.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Age, race, location- No problem

What a great gift we have in the Internet-common interest social sites and blogging where we can get to know other people without the usual ways we have of pre-judging others.  I have found that I have developed more friendships based  more on personality and common interests than the traditional way of meeting and getting know others.  My life has been greatly enriched by this.  On the Internet  there is an anonymity that fosters a diversity of friendships that would not happen face to face.  How often do we in the world surrounding us, dismiss possible friendships because that person is not in our age group or race or any other visual cues?  How many people would we have never  met just because of the distance in where we live?  On the Internet unless one's avatar is their photo there are not visual cues to eliminate possible friendships. Your judgement on possibilities of friendship needs to be based on your common interests and the personality that shines through on the blog or website that you are visiting.  As I get to know people on the Internet I find myself with much more variety in my friendships and am  therefore exposed to a greater variety of ideas and lifestyles. This definitely enriches my life.  The diversity added by the lack of distance provided by the Internet is an added bonus.  I also find that I am less judgemental in meeting and getting to know others in my home town.  I have gained in confidence in approaching others and talking with strangers through my Internet experiences.  I had someone quote to me "we are all more alike than we are different" and I am finding this more and more to be true; as I get to know more and more people.
Thank you