Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: Growth. Share a picture that means GROWTH to you! Here are a couple of my takes…

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing. – William Butler Yeats

If you’re a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. – Author Unknown

 

Here are some other examples of growth that I like:

  1. http://autumninbruges.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  2. http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-grow/
  3. http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  4. http://passiontocreate.ca/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  5. http://justsnaps.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  6. http://ohmsweetohmdotme.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  7. http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  8. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  9. http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth-project-365-day-250-2/
  10. http://bashert04.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

The challenge this week: Purple. Another color post! Subtle, waning purple of a sunset; vibrant purple of grapes or eggplant – what kind of purple caught your photographic eye?

Share a picture that means PURPLE to you!

Stepped out in my town, when you see me you know everything. Blue and purple, blue and purple, blue and purple, blue and purple. – D Pryde

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. – Alice Walker

Here are some other interpretations of “purple” that I like:

  1. http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  2. http://ahecticlife.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  3. http://shaanthz.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  4. http://emma1988paris.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  5. http://ronmayhewphotography.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  6. http://curlsnskirls.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  7. http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  8. http://thedailypost.me/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  9. http://gaylealstrom.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  10. http://mezzaphonicallyspeaking.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  11. http://lonelytravelog.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  12. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/

What does purple mean to you? 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

This week’s WordPress challenge for this week: Share a photo that makes you DREAM!

Welcome to Narnia!

“It is as hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia as it would be to tell you how the fruits of that country taste. Perhaps you will get some idea of it if you think like this. You may have been in a room in which there was a window that looked out on a lovely bay of the sea or a green valley that wound away among mountains. And in the wall of that room opposite to the window there may have been a looking-glass. And as you turned away from the window you suddenly caught sight of that sea or that valley, all over again, in the looking glass. And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time they were somehow different – deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard but very much want to know. The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

The Wizard of Oz – There’s no place like home (handmade journal cover)!

Dorothy: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road, follow follow follow follow follow the yellow brick road.

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Wicked Witch of the West: And now, my beauties, something with poison in it, I think. With poison in it, but attractive to the eye, and soothing to the smell.
[cackles]
Wicked Witch of the West: Poppies… Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep. Sleeeeep. Now they’ll sleeeeep!

*****

Dorothy: Oh, please! Please, sir! I’ve got to see the Wizard! The Good Witch of the North sent me!
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: Prove it!
Scarecrow: She’s wearing the ruby slippers she gave her.
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: Oh, so she is! Well, bust my buttons! Why didn’t you say that in the first place? That’s a horse of a different color! Come on in!

*****

Dorothy: Oh, but anyway, Toto, we’re home. Home! And this is my room, and you’re all here. And I’m not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all, and – oh, Auntie Em – there’s no place like home!

What kinds of things make you dream? 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

The Weekly Challenge: Movement. Share a picture that means MOVEMENT to you!

Because I’m an artist, I often have to show movement, without the object actually moving. It makes things more interesting to look at when it’s not static. Here are a couple of my paintings that express movement…

section of painting 1

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.  – Deepak Chopra

painting #1

section of painting 2

I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work. – Neil Armstrong

painting 2

What do you think? Do these paintings show movement to you?

Here are two other takes on “movement”: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/07/07/weekly-photo-challenge-movement-2/ and http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/07/08/weekly-photo-challenge-movement-3/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create #2

Have you ever just wanted to jump into a pile of leaves? This is a wall hanging I created last year. It was so much fun to do! (Can you tell I’m hoping for some cooler weather soon? 🙂

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

Albert Camus

(The challenge: Create.  The best part about creating something is being in the moment, relishing the creativity you’re experiencing, and letting your actions guide you to an end goal. Then you can step back and admire your work!

Share a picture that means CREATE to you!)

This wall hanging involved fabric, polymer clay, paint, pigment, and silk leaves. I started by painting the canvas, both the front and the sides. Then I attached the fabric to the canvas. Then I made a pattern for the leaves, mixed and conditioned the different colors of clay, cut the clay into the leaf shapes, then baked the clay. I then attached them to the canvas, along with the silk leaves. Finally I added the gold pigment around the leaves, then sprayed it with fixative so the pigment wouldn’t rub off.

It reminds me of leaves twirling slowly down, walking through crunchy leaves on a cool day, making a pile of leaves to jump in, playing tag in a maze that was made of leaves (you couldn’t step over a “wall” to tag someone, you had to be in the same “section” they were), the smell of burning leaves or simply the smell of fall, leaf tours to see the beautiful colors, etc.

What does it make you think of? 🙂 Please add your ideas to the comments.

I will post the recipe from yesterday’s create challenge tomorrow.

Yesterday’s “create challenge”: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/06/22/weekly-photo-challenge-create/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

The photo challenge from WordPress: “Create.  The best part about creating something is being in the moment, relishing the creativity you’re experiencing, and letting your actions guide you to an end goal. Then you can step back and admire your work!

Have you snapped a picture of something you’ve created, or something someone else has created?  

Share a picture that means CREATE to you!”

Create each day anew. – Morihei Ueshiba

Creating and creativity are huge in my life. When I saw the challenge, I decided to create something beautiful so I could take a picture of it.

I started with an idea, I made up a recipe for a loaf of bread. I used a couple of kinds of flours, cinnamon apple oatmeal, cinnamon apple sauce, water, salt, and yeast. Here is the post for the actual recipe: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/06/25/apple-cinnamon-oat-bread-machine/

Then I created edible natural dyes from water, blueberries, tumeric, coffee and vinegar.

Once the bread was baked and the dyes made, I painted the bread. I kept it simple and childlike: a house near some berry bushes, under the sun.

What do you think of my creation? Did you create anything today? I’d like to hear about it in the comments. 🙂

Here are a few other weekly challenges I did:

Edible Art: The Grapevine Bread

This was the sunken in bread I made yesterday. It tastes great, but looks a little sad. Click here for the Cottage Cheese Hemp Bread recipe: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/06/10/cottage-cheese-hemp-bread-machine/

Here is how it looks today.

“All sorrows are less with bread.”
Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author. (1547-1616)

Doesn’t the sunken in area look better with a grapevine around it? 🙂

So, how does one “paint” bread? On this bread I used both store bought and natural edible paint. The green color is a Wilton product for cake decorating. The purple color comes from blueberries.

I’ve never made natural dye before. Normally it’s done using a stove, but I don’t have a stove. So, I decided to try it in the microwave. You start off with one part (frozen) blueberries to two parts water. Add a little bit of salt to help “set” the paint. The idea is to cook it down until it resembles the texture of a rather thick paint. Then let it cool down before you paint with it.

I kept crushing the berries with a fork to get as much color as possible. It’s probably best to remove the skins, but I left them in. Once it’s ready, take a new (never used with regular paint), clean brush and use it to paint the design.

What do you think? Have you had to “rescue” any of your breads? Have you ever used “natural” dyes? If so, how did you make them? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

The Tree, Edible Art

I looked at the sourdough onion bread. (See recipe in my last post: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/05/25/sourdough-onion-bread-machine-recipe). It looked back at me. It had fallen on it’s head when I was trying to take it out of the pan. It wasn’t badly damaged (and the flavor wasn’t affected)… just a little crinkly. What should I do?

It was time for the “food artist” to appear. Ta da! To the rescue! 🙂

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Two of my passions in life right now are baking home-made bread, and being an artist with different kinds of media. I first learned about “bread painting” a couple of months ago here: http://cheftessbakeresse.blogspot.com/p/decorative-and-painted-bread-craft.html

I took out the (edible) paints and started figuring out what to paint. I really looked at the bread and the shape of the crinkles and the folds. At first I was going to do some vines, leaves, and/or flowers… but then a tree started showing itself in the curves and crinkles! I began to paint and got more excited as I went along. I love texture and layers, and the bread texture brought out more of the trunk bark, branches and the leaves.

The crinkly bread.

The slight disaster turned into an edible work of art. I was able to give this bread to friends who had been away for several months as a welcome home gift. All of us were happy with the result! What do you think of it?

“Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.”  – Nikolai Berdyaev

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