Friday, July 31, 2009

paste papers in a rainy day...

...for a rainy day!
Today was one of those days... It started with all good intentions, a schedule full of promise and then... my laptop didn't seem to be sitting straight! Actually it looked very crooked and then I realized it was wobbly!!! Well, my first thought was to remove whatever was there, underneath, and caused this phenomena; after checking and looking and wiping the surface, I discovered the swelling of the bottom of my beautiful Mac!!! The battery piece had bended, it was all swollen and deformed and layers of material were very scarily visible!!! I went to my friendly Apple store guru -I mean genius- and the diagnosis was indeed a terribly malfunctioned battery; they replaced it with a new one and I have been thrilled, happy and newly in love with Apple since then!!! While the diagnosis was made, a terrible storm caused a power surge, loss of internet connection and of course extra delay. Returning home I had to drive through "rivers" and then I had to deal with resetting the signal here; turn off all computers, unplug the cable box, unplug the router, wait, restart everything, etc., etc.
And then it was afternoon; outside still raining cats and dogs, inside me dwelling on the lost day and thinking of all the plans for my super creative day swerving down the flooded drains... I decided I could still save the day! I prepared my paste ( flour and water), mixed some acrylic colors, and voilĂ : a new batch of paste papers for future books!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

lawn finds...

after the rain!
Yesterday on my way to the mail box, I noticed small light colored dots on the intensely green grass. Couldn't believe my eyes: mushrooms -a variety of them- spread around as if someone had dropped glass and wooden beads on my loan! Superb shapes, wonderful textures, gracefully sculpted, some with glossy and some with matte surfaces. I had to bring them in and photograph them! What a gift... A big thank you to nature!!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

on a hot day!

Outside my window, at the birdbath...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

a week ago...

an afternoon walk in the streets of Amsterdam
There is something special about doors; I find intriguing how always my door fascination leads me to long unplanned walking adventures; almost always I have to force myself to call it a day, exhausted and at the same time so exhilarated by the stupendous "tales" my door hunting filled my camera, my memory, my dreams...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Russian colors!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Russian fairyland...

Church of Transfiguration (1713), Kizhi Island
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