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We Moved South Because…

Of blizzards like this. 

 Nashville, TN January 21, 2016


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One of my favorites to follow is The Heritage Trust. Today the link to excavations in York, England is most interesting. I envy the Old World countries and their history. The United States is so young that finds might be less notable. You never know.

There are housing complexes and hospitals built on old dumps and landfills. Some are over sinkholes  and old battlegrounds. With so much construction going on, we are bound to find more Indian burial grounds. What else could be under your home?

See these photos for a world made unknown for so many years. 

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Black Santas on Christmas Eve

Caught in the Act

the camera caught a jam session in my house

they were quiet as a mouse

that tapping of feet

when I could not sleep

were Santas dancing

to the beat.


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The revived interest in encaustic for fine art has finally caught up with me. When you take a break from working in your medium the world does not stop. Encaustic wax is an ancient process. It may not interest you. Throwing wet clay on a wheel has not been appealing to me. But trying different things helps in all of your efforts.

It is important to work and study to be inspired outside of your chosen medium. Self-educating includes keeping up with the new materials and their uses. The art basics do not change regardless of medium. Strong patterns, contrasts, color, harmony may vary by the skill and temperament of each artist.

I am coming to this medium like all converts do: with all the curiosity and energy possible. I do not have the time to start at the beginning but want to see the possibilities. Even to try using wax in non-recommended ways. For example, there are some ‘no-no’ s.* I like to look for alternative methods.
*You can never use water based mediums with the wax. See Martha Stewart video in her TV archives and decide.

Take a class? Are you comfortable? Play with it. See what controls you have with a new process. No knowledge is wasted. Years from now you will glad to have tried it.

The photo is of two dolls in progress. The heads and arms are made with oven baked clay. They were painted with melted wax. A little powdered pigment was rubbed into their hats and rouged the faces. They are temporarily standing on fome cones. Eyes are touched with a skewer dipped into india ink. Crude but with attitude. What would you do with wax?

**next Blog University for how-to make the heads.


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There are so many opportunities online for recycling creativity. From the beginning of using apps, I have found Flipboard amazing!  Recently there was a mention of a contest in fashion design and it looked like a good idea.

The website http://www.constrvct.com is setup to post artwork onto line drawings of different dress patterns. Also the drawings include t-shirts and fitted pants. This company will make these dresses from the original  designs. How nice to have an original art piece on an outfit!

There is no cost for posting and it would be nice to win the contest. I think you will find a way to ‘like’ if you are so inspired.

I have tweeted the designs I made using encaustic wax art paintings. My encaustic sampler collection is on their website  (Le Artiste Boots).

Who knew?

There are so many avenues to let your light shine. Writing or doing any creative effort can be a solitary effort unless you put yourself out into the world.  Sharing is not as scary as one might think.

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Alan Waterfall

by Bettye Harwell

Two things reminded me of a summer weekend in Sudbury, MA. The first was receiving a photo card of Whitmore Falls taken by Patrick Zephyr, 2001. Thirty college and recent graduate students invited ourselves to our friend’s home in 1947 so that we could attend a Tanglewood concert.

We had come together from many colleges to participate in a YM-YW Students-in-Industry summer project.We lived in a Hartford Seminary, CT building with a professor from Bates College. With him was his wife and small daughter. Ten of us worked at the Underwood Typewriter Company where I was a ‘part straightener.’  Others worked in other industries. At night local leaders came and spoke to us about work and citizenship.   We shared housekeeping and cooking. After each dinner there were plays and hilarious activities planned by a committee.

A few days ago I was told that young people are getting back to typewriters. This was the second thing reminding me of the friendships that have endured from that summer. After being the city mouse visiting the open beauty of Massachussetts and seeing the Whitmore Falls, I paint all waterfalls from that memory.

Whitmore Falls

Whitmore Falls (Photo credit: thigpen.robert)

Who Knew?

Please check any Underwood typewriters carefully before buying. I might have been the part straightener. We have had good laughs about our lack of skills at demanding, routine factory work.

The card I received has a website:


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