Monday, May 26, 2014

My Husband Will Not Become A Curling Champion

Today Arnfinn announced that he will definitely not begin to play curling.
This was after we had been scrubbing the terrace for quite a long time and his arms were getting tired.

He had sprayed the cleanser on the wooden boards, let it set for 15 minutes, then vigorously scrubbed with a long-handled broom. He did a great job, used a lot of muscles and pretty much got his work-out done for the day.

I had the good part this year. I got to hose off the dirt and keep the cleanser moist on the timber decking. I usually do it all by myself and was happy to share the load.

I love his blunt statements. He says the funniest things at times just out of the blue. He twists sentences and words around and they become strange, interesting and humorous outbursts.

My contribution to funny sayings today I have borrowed from S.Johns.
"If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you."

I sold these two paintings last week. They made me happy painting them. Now I hope someone else will enjoy their funny faces.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Believe in Fairies?

Do you believe in fairies?...If you believe, clap your hands!

J.M. Barrie

Boys who wouldn't grow up occupied the imagination of British writer J.M. Barrie (born May 9, 1860), making appearances in his work both before and after his iconic play, Peter Pan. 

The story about the Cottingley Fairies is fascinating. Is it possible that two young cousins, aged 10 and 15, actually saw and played with real fairies? The year was 1917 and Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths spent the summer posing and photographing each other and the fairies of the woodland near Bradford in England.  
Funny how the photographs caught attention from prominent people. A leading member of the theosophical society in Bradford, a broadcaster and historian, a physical researcher, a novelist, a clairvoyant. These men were all involved in what was called "a visible evidence of psychic phenomena".

One of the most eager supporters of the claim that the photographs portrayed real fairies, was author and spiritualist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, well-known as the creator of  the Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes. His article in the December 1920 issue of the Strand, included two of the five fairy photographs by the girls and an admonition to the readers to believe. It was Conan Doyle's hope, that if he could get people to believe in fairies, they would also accept other exceptional marvels.

The girls proclaimed ownership to real visitations with fairies. They were interviewed many times over the years, but always stuck to their story. In 1976 they agreed that "a rational person doesn't see fairies". Still, they claimed the photographs to be the real thing. It was not until 1983, that they admitted that four of the photographs had been faked (they disagreed on the fifth one), but even then, maintained that they really had seen the fairies.

It was difficult for two young girls to raise their voice and set things right, after a famous and brilliant man like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had believed their hoax. It took them 66 years to give in and were under a lot of pressure from journalists, both in newspapers and television. They did not think of fooling anyone, and were surprised that so many believed their photographic fun to be true.

Francis died in 1986, Elsie two years later. In 1998 a London auction sold prints of their photographs and other things, including a first edition of the Coming of the Fairies, a book by Conan Doyle for £21 620.


Photograph: Frances Griffiths with Fairies. Taken in 1917, first published in 1920 in the Strand Magazine.
Three water colors of some of my fairies.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Storms add Color to my Sunset Sky

I have been asked why I paint stormy weather.

How can a person with a positive attitude and usually a smile on her face, paint dark skies, clouds filled with water, thunderstorms, and nature that you can practically hear the wind blowing?

Simply put, I think weather is a beautiful thing. I love the colors of approaching storms. I enjoy walking the dog when rain kisses my face and wind pulls on my warm coat. I enjoy the challenge of painting the variety of nature.

I came across this saying today and wanted to share it with my readers,

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

Rabindranath Tagore

Influential Bengali poet and thinker Rabindranath Tagore (born May 6, 1861) was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. 

This saying is so true about life.

Today's water color is called "Late Spring".

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Lessons Learned From Little Women

Old Shirley Temple movies , black and white musicals with Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly, and swashbuckling adventures with Errol Flynn. If you haven't taken the time to sit down and enjoy some of these old treasures, I encourage you to do so. They are fun, full of humor, tender feelings, and amazing dance steps.

Today I came across an article  from the Huffington Post written by Claire Fallon. The writer has analyzed the wonderful old movie "Little Women" - the version starring Katherine Hepburn (another of my favorite old time actresses). She goes through 13 essential lessons this classic movie, adapted from a book by Louisa May Alcott, can teach us.

1. No matter how hard it may be, try to forgive.

2. Don’t give in to jealousy; there will always be someone with more than you of whom to feel envious. 

3. Giving is a greater joy than receiving. 

4. Fine feathers often hide not-so-fine birds, so focus on what's underneath rather than external elegance. 

5. Figure out what you’re good at and stick to it.

6. Everyone, even young ladies, should know how to support themselves.

7. And amuse themselves! Even without wireless Internet and cable TV.

8. Keeping house is hard work, but the results are worth it. 

9. Don’t get into debt for no good reason. 

10. Don’t obsess about dating. 

11. Love is a wonderful thing... 

12. ... So be careful who you give it to. Compatibility is more important in marriage than passion. 

13. Family should come first. 

Good advice here. I appreciate Claire Fallon pointing that out to me and other readers.


American actresses Jean Parker, Joan Bennett (1910 - 1990), Spring Byington (1886 - 1971), Frances Dee (1909 - 2004), and Katharine Hepburn (1907 - 2003) sew in character on set as the March women in a still from an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's book 'Little Women' directed by George Cukor, 1933. (Photo by RKO Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images) | RKO Pictures via Getty Images