Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Dinghy, Image C

Had a question the other day about “The Dinghy, Image C.”  They had seen it on one of my websites and wanted to know, “Why the C?”   Well, it’s a little complicated. Let me start at the beginning.

Here is the original photo.  It’s the dinghy for the marina down at Paris Landing State Park. It’s just a metal boat without a motor they would use to paddle around when they needed to get between the docks. This was just a quick snapshot and later, when I opened it on my computer, I realized I really got lucky with the composition. I think the original  looks pretty good as it is, but you know me … I just have to play with it.

So the first one I came up with looked like this.
"The Dinghy, Image A"

This later became known as “Image A.”  I really liked it, but I really wanted the blue to be just a little different shade. So while I was experimenting I came up with a completely different color …


"The Dinghy, Image B"

Which I also really loved and had to save it also for my permanent collection as “Image B.” Then of course, I was still looking for just the right blue and finally came up with

"The Dinghy, Image C"

Image C which has just the right shade of blue and a little golden brown also. So, in the end, I liked Image C the best, but I also really loved Image A & B, and kept them all.

Here is a little detail of one of the things I like so much.

It’s all those little squiggles of texture.

Hope you like it too!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Women and the Flag

You have to see this!

Wouldn't you love to win this canvas art print? 
You can sign up to win at the Paris/Henry County Heritage Center.  It's part of their display:

America the Beautiful
Women and the Flag

Here's the scoop:

Presented by:

The Paris-Henry County Heritage Center

Courtesy of the Putnam County Historical Society & Foundry School Museum

July the 1st through September the 14th, 2011
(Not much time left, better hurry!)

Exhibition Hours: 10:00 - 4:00 Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 - 2:00 Saturday.

Cavitt Place  ~ 614 N. Poplar Street, Paris, Tennessee ~ 731-642-1030
There is no admission charge.

This gorgeous collection of vintage Americana-themed imagery tells a nostalgic and passionate story of womanly involvement during war years, on the home front, to buoy their troops abroad.

This is a beautiful, inspiring exhibit.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Where's Murphy????

I've been trying to simplify my life lately and moved all the stuff from Murphy's blog, Cat Tales by Murphy, to this blog.  That seemed to help but then I forgot to post my latest on him.  This is from a few weeks ago when our grand daughters visited. 

This is Aubrey, the oldest of our granddaughters, sneaking up on Murphy first thing in the morning. Murphy usually flees the scene when our grandchildren arrive. One of their favorite past times is trying to find Murphy so they can hug on him and love him. He just doesn’t appreciate it.

This is Aubrey scratching Murphy’s ears. This is about 2 seconds before Murphy’s paw shoots out
and pops her on the arm … and he flees the scene.

This is Murphy hiding out on the porch where he thinks no one can see him.

Yes, Murphy is alive and doing well.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Things I Like

A door plaque at Anne's House.

Flags displayed so proudly.

And elephants in hidden gardens.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Anne's Rock Garden

When you think of a “rock garden” I know this is nothing like you would have imagined.

Folks around here have a thing about rocks - at least in my family. And my sister Anne (aka GammieAnne to her grandchildren) is the only one I know of who puts them so proudly on display. She also has an elephant in her yard. We’ll talk about that another time.

Real, bona-fide Kentucky Lake rocks.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

White Paper

If anyone places anything white on our floor, Murphy thinks it is his job to sit on it.

It doesn't make any difference what the white thing is ... a piece of paper, bed linens, my underwear .... just anything white.  And he always has the same pose or sits the same way, like he's trying to hatch it.

We used to have a dog that did the same thing.

Does anyone know why they do this?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Elvis At The Paris City Auditorium

I know you ask sometimes, “Where does she get these ideas?”  Well, this is how “Elvis at the Paris City Auditorium” came about.

During the North Poplar Street Yard Sale last month, my Aunt Jane took me on a tour though some back yards. There was a sign she wanted me to see at the old Paris City Auditorium. The sign had something to do with Elvis.

We traveled down the driveway of Carol & Kenny Doster. We passed this Peace Sign.

Then we passed this really big paw print.

Did you know Bigfoot lived on North Poplar??
Then we came upon the old Paris City Auditorium.

It was a little sad to see it this way. According to Visit Downtown Paris - “This building was used for everything from basketball games to concerts. In its hey day of the 50’s and 60’s, everyone from Elvis to Jerry Lee Lewis to Flatt and Scruggs performed there. There are a million memories and songs permeating that building!”

We went inside.
There was a little old ....

And some new ...
And then,
I saw this.
And ... well, I became inspired.
So, I took this photo ....

And turned it into this.

Then I added the Elvis sign I had seen inside....

and put it on the front porch to get this.

And then I really got carried away. It just needed a little more Elvis. I won’t keep you in suspense anymore. This is the final product.

Hope you like it. I’m adding it to my “Windows On The Square” series. Please contact me if you would like a print.