Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Glass

Hi everyone. Instead of showing you my art today, I am going to show you some art I saw on my long weekend to the Finger Lakes in New York state.
 One of the towns near where we were staying was Corning, New York. It is the world headquarters of Corning Glass, who are the innovators and makers of pyrex glassware, Corelle dishes, as well as fiber optics along with other industrial and scientific glass products. On the campus of their headquarters, they operate the Corning Glass Museum. Part of the museum shows innovations to glass over time, part of the museum is a huge collection glass pieces from various times in history, and part of the museum shows modern art made from glass.

It was an interesting museum but definitely way too large to see it all in one day. My favorite part was the modern glass art. I'm not that familiar with glass creations and I found it fascinating what glass artists can do.
Here's some of what I saw.

 This piece was made from stacked clear glass bars which had a layer of red glass on the bottom. All the bars were the same but I love how they play with the light to look solid red lower in the stack.


 The crows in this piece are not glass but the red flowers are. I think it has an amazing gothic feel.

Here's a close up:

 Too bad you can see my reflection here, but this piece looks like it has a cloud floating in it. 
 What's more interesting is if you look at it from the side. Its just layers of glass. I love what it did to the view of my husband standing on the other side.
 And the glass lynx.
This painting is a "glass" mosaic.
 And I'm not sure I like these snakey candlesticks. 


 This was my favorite piece. I love all the blue glass butterflies.
I have a lot more to show you from the glass museum another day.
But I do want to show you what arrived in the mail.
The postcard I won last week on Valerie's blog arrived already. Talk about a speedy trip from Germany.
 And no line through the stamp. Plus its a pretty flower.

Love this postage "stamped" image too Valerie.
That's all for me. Thanks for visiting.

Monday, August 14, 2017

T Stands for Tasting

Happy Tuesday everyone. T Day has arrived again. If you don't know about T Day its when we share some drink photos and stories (and often food and other adventure stories too).

Stop by Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog and join in the T Gang fun.

So this week I am going to share some photos from my long weekend adventure to the Finger Lakes Region in New York state.
This area is known for vineyards, and boy were there a lot of them.


There are areas where you could walk for 10 minutes and visit 10 different vineyards. We went to only one and went to a wine tasting. It was actually quite fun. 
My brother-in-law  bought a few bottles, and that's my husband holding the really big bottle of wine.  No, we didn't buy it because that bottle cost $500. I would have been afraid to pick it up.
And no, you don't get enough wine at one of these tastings to actually get tipsy (but probably if you went to several in a row you might), but we were being goofy and decided it would be fun to pretend we had too much to drink around these wine casts.
Ha-ha-silly me.
But we did got to a few breweries and taste some beer. I'm not a big drinker but I do enjoy a pint when the weather is warm.
The breweries would let you purchase a flight, which is 4 or 5 small glasses with samples of the beers you wanted to try. My husband and I split them each time.  We even shared with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law so we ended up having a sip or 2 usually.
This particular brewery's beers were not my favorite.
But I did really enjoy the beers at the Grist Iron brewery.
 This beer in the photo below was my absolute favorite: Fippeny Apple Graff Ale. I bought 2 growler sizer cans, so when I open these I better have a few friends to share with because these are huge cans with around 4 glasses in each.
 
But of course it's always nice to have an actual beer with dinner.
Cheers!
Thanks for visiting me today.

Home

Hi everyone.  I'm home from a little 4 day jaunt out to the Finger Lakes in the middle of New York state. 

I found this map on the internet to show you the area in green where the Finger Lakes are located. It's a big area, and we spent most of our time  that red triangular looking loop I added to the image . :)
They are called the Finger Lakes because they are long glacial scoured out lakes that look like fingers.
We visited only Seneca lake and Keuka Lake, so as you can see there is a lot we didn't explore. 
It was a beautiful area. We kept busy by visiting a few museums, taking a gorgeous gorge hike, doing some wine, beer and other alcoholic tastings, as well as a few other fun things. I have lots to show you in the near future once all my photos get unload and sorted.
But today I want to show you some art I had made before I left to link up to both Jo's fab poetry in motion  challenge at Art Journal Journey and also the use your scraps challenge over at Tag Tuesday.
First my silly poetry in motion piece based on a poem by Edward lear. He was certainly known for his fun and often nonsense poetry.
I chose this poem because I had a this strange urge to try drawing some parrots. Don't ask me where that idea came from, but I will say, I was pleased with the way they came out. I actually based my drawing more on scarlet macaws which are beautiful birds who pair for life.
Here's an internet photo (from Southwick Zoo) of what they really look like.

And my tag is really an assortment of pieces that I put together. It's made with some scraps off my work table which include  some tape, a TH found relative, some stamped words and a metal frame, as well as a lot of painting and doodling.
That's all for me this post.
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and the new week promises to be a good one.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Art and Nature

Hi everyone. Today I have a couple of pieces of art to show you. First of all I have a new journal page for Art Journal Journey. This month Jo is our hostess and her wonderful theme is Poetry in Motion.
Its a mixed media page made on some cleaned up paint brush paper, with 2 TH images (the couple  image I colored) and a piece of printed acetate.  I also stenciled and painted the hearts and then added the typed up poem from Kenneth Rexroth.
And I also made a  tag for Tag Tuesday. The latest challenge is use your scraps, which is a great way to clean off the bits and bobs on my work table. This challenge couldn't come at a better time because I need to do that table cleaning. :)
And I thought I'd share some nature photos with you that I've taken recently. 
Its getting to be that time of year when those crazy mushrooms start appearing.
 This next one was probably 9 inches across, but since I saw it on one of my walks I had no way to measure it for the photo.
 And tis the season for summer insects,
  and sweet ripening blackberries
 as well as Queens Anne lace blooming.
 And finally I've started seeing some of these newts lately, trying to cross the road. I always help them out and move them off the pavement so they don' get squished by a car going by.
So I'm off tomorrow evening for a long weekend adventure to the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Have a great rest of your week and weekend, and I'll be back Sunday or Monday.

Monday, August 7, 2017

T Stands for a Change of Plans

Its Tuesday and you know what that means. It is T Day.
Time to share drink related posts-and you can have food and other activities too.
Stop by Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to see what the T Gang has been up to.
So for my T day post I am sharing an adventure my husband and I had last Friday evening.
This is a painting of Lake Winnipesaukee which is also known as the Big Lake. There are 8 towns located on the Big Lake. The Big Lake is about 15-20 minutes away from my house and is also a HUGE tourist destination, especially people from Massachusetts, and other states. We often go boating on the lake, but this year we haven't yet done so. We talked about going out Friday afternoon since my husband gets out of work at noon on Friday's in the summer.  But because of the threat of thunderstorms we decided not to go.
Of course the storms never came so later in the afternoon we decided to drive over to Meredith Bay and go to a restaurant we enjoy. Our house is south of Alton Bay which is on the right bottom side of this photo. 
 This is about the closest you will get to a tropical beach restaurant in New Hampshire.
There's lots of outdoor seating on the sand covered patio. If you come by boat there are docks to tie up to, and if you drive, like we did, there's a parking lot for your car.


 The restaurant is right on the lake, and you can see it was a nice late afternoon.
So we got a table and looked through the menu. The Town Docks has some pretty wild drinks, including one of my favorites which is this Watermelon Bowl for 2. This one looks like the bartender had a few too many of these before they made ours.
And  we also ordered fried pineapple for an appetizer while we decided what to order for dinner.
And while we were slurping and chatting and deciding what to have for dinner, I looked up and noticed some dark clouds coming from the northwest. So I checked the radar on my phone.
Ut oh. I think we were going to be in trouble.
And within a minute the rain started, rather lightly at first, and then within the next minute, it got heavier, and then heavier still. Then there was a rumble of thunder, and everyone grabbed their meals and dashed for the covered areas.  
We managed to get a corner on a covered bar so we could finish our watermelon bowl.
I think the only the ducks liked it.
They took advantage of the empty area to search for scraps before slipping back into the lake. :)
Of course the shower lasted about  10 minutes, and then the sky started to lighten. But by then the deck was empty, the tables were all wet  and the mood had changed. 
So my husband and I decided to skip dinner and head on out.
Sometimes the best made plans just aren't meant to be I guess.
Have a Happy T day everyone.