Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Eclipse is Coming

Hi everyone.  Its Sunday evening and tomorrow is the solar eclipse that is visible from much of the US.  Here in New Hampshire  we are only going to see the eclipse at 60%, but there are places in the US that will have a total solar eclipse.
The dark line shows the path of the eclipse and where the best viewing will be, and as you can see New Hampshire is way up on the right corner, far off from the total eclipse.  I am going to build one of those box pinhole cameras to view as much of the eclipse as we are going to have since I don't have any eclipse glasses and of course, you should never look right at the eclipse without eye protection.
Since tomorrow is a big day in astronomy, I have another page from night sky journal to show you.
To make my page I used a bit of paint, a sheet of old style computer paper (actually  12x12 printed paper not real vintage computer card), some stamps, a die cut, some stickers, some scrap paper and a little bit of sparkly paper tape. 
Blast off. 
I am planning on spending my last 3 days of vacation before I blast back into school having lots of fun me time. If I can spend  Monday in my happy place after I get home from my morning walk, life will be good. Going to miss my morning walks for sure once I get back to the classroom. I know I can walk after work but somehow that morning walk really gets me ready for the day.
And I also have some photos from my Finger lakes trip to show you. 
A little more glass perhaps from the Corning Glass Museum. Today I have photos of various (in no specific order) historic and cultural pieces.
Let's start with vintage scientific glass equipment.

 A section from a giant glass flask periodic table.
 A gorgeous stained glass screen.
 And window.
 And a close up.
And glass through the ages:

 This is a Roman goblet and horn shaped cup.
 Phoenician and Egyptian pieces
 And then some pieces that are relatively more modern than the ancient civilizations.

That's it for me today. Hope you have a wonderful start to your new week.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Twinkling Stars

Hi everyone.The weekend, already. This week FLEW right by.  For me, this past week has been the week of good intentions. Tuesday I was ready to go into school and set up my classroom when a friend text me and asked if I wanted to go to lunch, and since I don't see  my friend as often as I go to school, I decided to change my plans. And yesterday I was ready to go into school and set up my classroom when my husband called from his office to tell me his mom was sick. So I once again changed my plans and went up to stay with her until my sister-in-law arrived. Then it was off to the emergency room. Luckily my mother-in-law is doing much better, and they never diagnosed really anything except that her blood pressure was sky high and they sent her home with some meds and a doctor's appointment Monday morning.
I think I might just be skipping the classroom set up into our first teacher work day next Thursday.  I think the universe is trying to tell me something. :)
Do you remember the night sky journal I was working on? I haven't posted about it for awhile but I have another page to show you, which I am linking up to Jo's challenge of Poetry in Motion over at Art Journal Journey .
Here's the spread with this page.

My art has inspired me to read a space science classic.
This book has been on my shelf for years and yet I had never read it.  Until now. A nice geeky read to end my summer break. :)
And I've also been reading  this arty fictional book.
Christopher Moore (if you aren't familiar with him) writes comic fantasy (as Wikipedia calls it). This book is set in Paris during the heyday of Monet, Manet, Toulouse Lautrec, and other Impressionists. And then there's the fantasy character, the Colorman, who tried to sell them paints, especially the true blue or lapis lazuli. I'm enjoying it, but I haven't gotten far enough to see what or who the Colorman actually is and what magic he does, but I am curious to see.
And I'll leave you with this final photo I took one foggy morning while we were away in the Finger Lakes.
Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, August 18, 2017

More from the Corning Glass Museum

Happy Friday everyone. Today I am showing you more of the glass art from the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, New York (rather than any of my own art).
I showed you some earlier this week, and if you want to see it, here's the link: Glass Museum part 1.
This museum was huge, and although we spent  several hours there, we didn't see it all. I ended up taking photos of just some things I liked or found interesting. Here's some more from the large art glass exhibit. It was displayed in this very large stark white hall which made it all the more avant garde I think.
How about this glass bomb and some dynamite?

It's amazing the different colors, textures and shapes an artist can make with glass. Talk about a versatile medium.
And this one was really cool. Black glass rope, right?
Glass beads to make rope.  It must have taken forever to make this piece.
Fantastic textures.

Bird and then HUGE glass fruit, not that you can tell that it is that big here.  Each piece was definitely bigger than my hand.

There is a glass piece similar to this one at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

 And then we can move into the History of Glass gallery, which was even bigger. There was glass from the earliest human civilizations (that used glass) right up to modern glass. I think someone could spend an entire day just in the gallery. It was really quite complete as far as I could tell. I think I photograph maybe 1/10,000 of the items, and I still took well over 60 photos just in the gallery. I will wait to share those another day
Hope you enjoyed the views.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Hi everyone. Hope your day is good so far. It is chilly here in New Hampshire this morning. I guess it is a taste of back to school weather. (One more week and I go back. Lots of mixed feelings about that.:) )
So today I have a journal page for Art Journal Journey. Thanks Jo for the great theme of Poetry in Motion.  Today's page is made on a piece of cardboard with lots of layered tissue and book pages. I used some of the inner layer of napkin tissue this time. Some of the bright leaves on the top layer leaked through onto the inner layer while printing.  I like the delicate and just visible splash of color.
Then I added lots of ephemera elements to finish off my page.
So today I also have some more photos from my 4 day journey to New York's Finger Lakes. I'll be back tomorrow with some more glass, but today I have some photos from our hike in Watkins Glen State Park.  
A very popular trail there is this Gorge Trail. It is a historic trail that goes down along a river in the gorge the river has carved out. 
The trail is on the left side of the photo and it is covered with slate or cement and there are stairs up and down on the slopes. One set of stairs said it was built in 1908. This is not the rough hiking on dirt that we've done many other places.
To get in and out of the gorge there are stairs-over 800 of them.
The round trip trail itself is about 2.5 miles (4 km).
 Its my kind of hike beacuse the views are spectacular.

We had the perfect morning to do this hike, not too hot, and I am really glad we did. It had a lot of wow factor for sure! 
And who knows. Maybe the couple in my art today once hiked this trail too.
If you're interested you can find out more information at Watkins Glen State Park.
Thanks for stopping by.