Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Last Burst of Summer Color

  I loved the contrast of natural and artificial reds in this scene:


And these perfect little red and white petals:


And this eye-catching burst of glowing pastels:


And these demure little droplets:

Friday, October 29, 2010

Perfect Pair: Best Buds


Max, rescued cat, now 5 years old
Isabelle, rescued cat, now 5 years old

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Perfect contrast...

Of hard and soft,
light and dark,
forged and organic...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Vashon Wheels

Ya gotta love someone who embellishes her car thusly:




Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Perfect Pairs: Multiplication




Window of wine shop near Kirkland Marina
Building materials in Kirkland

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tall, dark and handsome!

I couldn't resist taking some photos of the mascot of this funky shop on Vashon Island.



I had to put my camera inside the giraffe to capture his heart:

 


Sunday, October 24, 2010

The perfect man cave?

This is some kinda crazy shop in Fremont.  A glimpse through the alley windows revealed this inexplicable mix of motorcycles, pinball machines and indoor graffitti.  And the kooky decal on the window...is she waterskiing???

Little urban mysteries like this get my imagination going...


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Misbegotten Romance

Once I started looking for quirky art in public places I started seeing it everywhere.  I keep my little camera tucked in my backpack so I can capture stuff like this...

Someone painstakingly attached these little plastic letters to a fence in Fremont.  I couldn't tell what the entire quote was, but I did make out "romance" and "misbegotten".


Friday, October 22, 2010

How much is that doggie?

I love this guerilla art...a bold yellow dog painted on newspaper and taped to an elecrical box in Greenwood.  The Flintstone-style bones are a fun touch!

Perfect Pairs: Catching Rays



Flowering tree in Kirkland
Housing construction site in Kirkland

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Perfect Pairs: One Piece Missing



Broken CD in Georgetown
Sidewalk drain in Kirkland

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Perfect Pairs: Negative & Positive Space



Broken wall in Kirkland
Glass bottle shard in Kirkland

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Perfect Pairs: Blue Orbs



Repurposed suncatcher in the Tacoma Museum of Glass
Ubiquitous sign around Seattle

Monday, October 18, 2010

Perfect Pairs: Black Flames



Wax-laden candlestick on Georgetown Garden Tour
Steel door in Georgetown

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Perfect Pairs: Sore Feet



Top of shoe near railroad tracks in Georgetown
Bottom of shoe near railroad tracks in Georgetown

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Perfect Pairs: Gnarled



Curly willow tree
Exposed retaining wall supports

Friday, October 15, 2010

Perfect Pairs: Brown & White




Birdhouse in Kirkland
Rusted rebar in Kirkland

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Perfect Pairs: Curlicues



Wrought iron near abandoned house in West Seattle
Metal shavings near dumpster in Fremont

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Perfect Pairs: Misguided Signs



Abandoned lot on Vashon Island
Stencilled plank in Georgetown

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Free Class: Día de los Muertos

Moi:  Join me at the Kirkland Library on Sunday, October 17 from 2-4pm for a free art class.


Gentle (Doubting) Reader:  Do you say "free"?

Moi:  Yes, I did.  Free...as in "no money required".

Gentle (Skeptical) Reader:  That's unheard of!  How can that be?  Ce n'est pas possible!  What kind of trickery is this??!!

Moi:  No trickery whatsoever.  It's a gift to you from the Friends of the (Kirkland) Library.

Gentle (Intrigued) Reader:  What will we do in class?

Moi:  You'll learn about the rich traditions of the Day of the Dead holiday and draw elaborate skulls.

Gentle (Worried) Reader:  Dead?  Skulls?  That sounds scary.

Moi:  Not at all!  It's a time to celebrate, not mourn...and the skulls are fantastical creations, full of flowers and vines and little paisley shapes and dots.

Gentle (Self-Doubting) Reader:  But I can't draw.

Moi:  Pssst...neither can I.  But that's the beauty of this class...you don't have to know how to draw.  And by the way, EVERYONE is an artist, whether they realize it or not.

Gentle (Inspired) Reader:  How do I sign up?

Moi:  Register on-line or by calling the Kirkland Library.

Gentle (Helpful) Reader:  Do I need to bring anything?

Moi:  Just your bad self.

Perfect Pairs: Birds Looking West



Actual bird near Manzanita, Oregon
Mosaic birds on Vashon Island

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Case of the Mondays, #5

I made a surprising discovery while looking at this page in the Office Cheesy Vendor Calendar.  When I was trying to match the greenish-brown background I was quite surprised to find the matching color on this particular strip.  I love the darker green, but not particularly the lighter, more yellow-y version.



Bonus assignment:  What is a hue that you like when it is dark, but not so much as its lighter version (or vice versa)?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Perfect Pairs: Monsters in Black & White



Happy robot dream poster in Greenwood
Crazy Mexican restaurant sign in Greenwood

PS:  I remember the X-Files episodes about chupacabras...it NEVER occurred to me to name a restaurant thusly