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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Detail from a painting with the word “If” hidden in it


6.a supposition; uncertain possibility: The future is full of ifs.

posted by viv at 6:04 am  

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mercury Comes Into View

I got all shivery when I saw this first image of Mercury taken from its own orbit. Photographs taken in outer space just put it all in perspective for me.

Here’s an ancient depiction of the god Mercury from a bakery in Pompeii. This puts it all in another kind of perspective. Look at that, um, loaf!

posted by viv at 11:17 am  

Friday, March 25, 2011

Lao Tzu

Do you have the patience to wait

until the mud settles and the water is clear?

Can you remain unmoving

until the right action arises by itself?

(Lao Tzu)

posted by viv at 11:39 am  

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Contraption for Keeping the Egg Aloft

posted by viv at 4:36 am  

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Found Object #3

Flourescent Orange Vs! Found on Holland Ave., Somerville, MA

I couldn’t resist bringing these Vs home and arranging them on a piece of black construction paper. I guess it really doesn’t take much to amuse me…



posted by viv at 3:38 am  

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pool Cam

This is a photo of the actual bronze lion’s head I mentioned here. In order to take this photograph I had to wrap my camera in a towel and carry it up over my head while I climbed into the pool and then walked into the middle to get my shot.

Here are 2 more photos I took while I was there:

posted by viv at 3:31 am  

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Print from Found Object #2

Tongue Depressor Man

Tongue Depressor Man in his City of Circles

I made this before drinking my first cup of coffee, which sits steaming before me now (Yum!). I’ll add more to this with charcoal, graphite, and silver pen. It’s a small piece — only 6″ x 6″. I like to work small. It feels like the visual art equivalent of a poem. A world I can tuck between the pages of a book.

posted by viv at 6:19 am  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Found Object #2

I am fond of basic shapes – circles, rectangles – so this caught my eye. The irregular shape at the top reminds me of a spoon handle or “Tongue Depressor Man” — as I see the silhouette of a long-necked bald man atop a tongue depressor; he has a big pointy nose. I found this on A Street near Fort Point Channel among the trash and detritus deposited on the sidewalk by a melting snowbank. Tomorrow morning, if I am up early enough, I hope to use this in a printmaking project.

posted by viv at 5:58 am  

Friday, March 4, 2011

Map of Nameless Waters

posted by viv at 2:25 pm  

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Found Objects #1: Lucky Stars

Hubcap Cover, Plastic Red Star / found on Summer Street Bridge / 2.22.2011

Luck favors the prepared mind.

posted by viv at 6:32 am  
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