craft activity, nativity pop-up card

This post is for children. Should you find yourself with a house full of children I suggest this fun time activity. They will need their usual art supplies, plus card stock, lots of that to draw and cut and experiment with undisciplined abandon, the usual,  scissors, glue, coloring pencils, pens, or crayons, regular child's imagination. The post is lengthy with photos in an attempt to avoid words.

The idea is concentric bands that stand up. They must be made. When the paper bands are folded in half lengthwise then the length of the smashed band must fit the shortest dimension of the card.

The paper bands are divided in three for six equal sections each to make a hexagram.  I'm using a string instead of measuring. 


It is a shard of pottery used for practice. I had it wrong all along. When I notice the tiny black line denoting the bottom of her chin and understood it as such I became excited because the artist arrived at a solution so similar to one I painted myself. I saw my own earlier picture where before I had seen something more like Matisse, more unusual, but no, it conformed to canon and the little black line is the tell. 

mid tones

Of course the Oregon shooter is Photoshopped, or the like. It is an essential step of photography, post processing. Whereas regular people upload directly from their cameras photographs that are already compressed by the camera in order to be reasonably manageable to Instagram and to Facebook and similar sites, photographers on the other hand run all of their photographs through post processing on their home computers to get the most out of them by their own artistic eye and not by successful algorithms, before uploading or printing or both. Just as with film photography requires a developing lab that employs their personal photo developing art. Unless it is automatic. In Photoshop when using RAW format files with all the available information that can expand the full dynamic range, uncompressed files, there are two levels of post processing available, not just one level as with JPG and other compressed file formats. Yes, of course photographs are post processed to arrive at the proper tonality and this is especially important with races of people to get the skin tones just right, for blacks, to get the detail within skin tones so they don't process to blobs, and with whites for the same reason so they do wash out to ghost. With both in a photo, or with questionable correctible light, then mid tones reign supreme to balance the needs of both extremes, or, for printing, so the photograph is the most clear.

This is especially important for politicized race-obsessed American media. This man is British with mixed race parents, however, it's vitally important the media depict the man as "white supremacist" even while they contrive new races to maintain their racial insistence, "White-Hispanic" brand spanking shining neologism (itself dependent upon a contrived and objectionable ethnonym) applied to Zimmerman. It was important the tales be told and repeated just so.

At this point it can be safely assumed American media is lying to you, and for the best of  reasoning they can muster. Here, the Daily Mail did not do what all American media did do.


Alexis de Tocqueville

The original Alexis de Tocqueville is memory holed at a paid site. 


It is the largest horse in the world. The photo posted on another website. This drawing was posted immediately after so readers of that website would already be familiar with the image.

Here's the dealio, Amelio. The Artist who draws in this style, Guillaume Azoulay, would use a dynamic horse, one that is running, not one that is standing, it must be moving, one with a wild mane and long luxurious tail, the musculature would be accentuated by line but not entirely realistically. The anatomy of the face would be technically incorrect. See examples of his early work, dancers and horses with oddly delineated musculature seemingly caught in a web.


Photographed through a screened door. Had I opened the door for a clear shot the bird would have flown off.

It's sticking its face in the petunia.


Another basket


Back to the petunias


I don't see many hummingbirds around here although the place is on their migration route to the mountains immediately west. This is a rare thing. They don't hang around downtown. Nevertheless I do want something to be available even as the flowers fade in the fall. I want there to be enough to satisfy travelers. Individual birds repeat specific migration patterns. If some come around they might come again another season.

This is the first feeder I made. It's among the most crude and ridiculous. Others are here on this site, use that box up there if you like for "hummingbird feeder" There are nine of them. I think.

western fires strange orange sunset #2