Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
If you would like to go with us on a tour sometime we will go again if we can get at least 20 people. We are hoping that the release of the New Celtic Video will make that happen. It is a project that I have been working on for 6 years off and on. It is finally at the home stretch. One more final edit. I have done all I can do of the color correction and editing and I am sending it off to a Capital City Video our neighbor and friends business.
It was such a magical time. Running off to Ireland having never used a video camera in my life. Film 30 hours of film on the edges of the earth in the Celtic Lands....ferry journeys and ancient empty places. I have been truly blessed in my life. Then came the frustrations and hard work of editing.
I have been working for 5 days on this cover. It takes time to learn to make your vision a reality. Each project is a massive learning curve. Photoshop has so much power. I learned to add golden glows and Celtic knots that look like watermarks.
Now I am dreaming of Spain! Does anyone have any idea's for going to Barcelona? Christmas would be fun!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I received a copy of "Artful Blogging" today. I thought Why!? I am not in this zine.
So I quickly thumbed through to see if I was and look what I found!!!
1960 Mom and Me in London
There is a sadness in her face. She had Bi Polar and lost her beloved Mother when she was 18 and a new mother with me.
At 2 she went into a deppression and manic state from her grief. Leaving me with my Grandparents. And later being taken to the State Hospital for a year. When she remarried my step father and I was 6 years old she wanted to take me with her. It took 4 years of court battles to get custody of me. Another leaving those I loved happened.
This photo was about 9 months after I came to live with her. I remember England being such a shock. Mini dress girls on bikes, foggy weather. Men in tight pants with gold strips in them. And most of all a very strange Santa Claus! (Father Christmas) And yet I got the most amazing education. Visiting great Manor houses and art museums. Experiencing a new culture and learning history on the land we came from. We lived in a little house in Ipswich a Tudor town. The house was fully furnished with English Country style. A little old lady rented it too us. Feather Beds and coal stoves. The milk man, bread man, flower man came to the door. And little English children sang on your doorstep at Christmas to get large English penny's to give to the poor. Chintz curtains and mothers smooth romantic Frank Sinatra music crooning out of her record player. Beautiful English Gardens with fountains and Gnomes in people personal yards. And finally a real Welsh teacher who made us learn poetry and paint. He was so sever and yet I got an amazing education out of him...the Head Master!
Whilst Mods were part of the 60s fashion revolution, Rockers were left out of it. Their liking for the purity of 50s style Rock music and a rebellious look from a decade ago meant they were outcasts.
Mods and Rockers did not get on. Rockers thought Mods were effeminate, stuck-up or snobbish. It was a common jibe that they "couldn't tell the birds from the blokes". Mods thought Rockers were old-fashioned, dirty, greasy and uncouth. However, there was not an all out war between the two tribes.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I have been busy getting my truck camper ready to sell. Do you remember it from before?
It just isn't my style. My husband and I like Van RV's. The camper doesn't have enough windows. We are looking for a Sprinter Van now to replace our old RV by Road Trek.
I will post the photo's of my class and the things I painted in Misty's class when things slow down. I met such wonderful women and a few men. I even had one in my class. I had a man in my doll class this summer too! It was so neat to have a chance to teach both men and women.
Between a big wonderful concert my husband is launching with his Fernando Sor music this weekend. And then we have a funeral for John's Dad on Monday in LA . So you see I have my hands full.