Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Week 12--Grass

It's the lazy days of summer. What better way to spend a day than lazing in a hammock reading a breezy novel, spreading out a tablecloth for a picnic, picking daisies in a field and making daisy chains?
How about creating some art?

First, we have lovely memories from Sarah who wrote:

"I remember a meadow where I used to drive amongst in the morning at a house I worked at. I took many pictures, but they have been lost in old cell phones and now all I can do is bring you the meadow in my mind with its giant rolls of hay in the morning light as I first turned into the driveway. A bittersweet memory that I love. That 'grass' in the meadow stretching endlessly will live in this girl's memory forever. No cell phone needed."

by Sarah
Just imagine if Sarah had all of her photographs still!

Then from Freebird, whose son likes to cut the grass, old school, with a push mower. She did this beadwork for him:
by Freebird
Freebird also shared some fond memories on her blog post, so be sure to check it out!

For our official response:

Digital composition
by Cheryl
Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out what else these artists are up to, as they are a creative bunch! 
Until next time....

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

This Turf is SO D

Living in Arizona gives us a slightly different perspective on things. For starters, there's no denying it's hot out.
Now, there's an understatement.
Visions of picnics, putting your feet up and sipping an ice cold lemonade float through the mind and quickly evaporate. Wouldn't it be nice to sink bare feet into a nice, cool patch of grass?
We'll just have to do our best imagining and think where we could even FIND a patch of grass--our yard is covered in leaves and stone.
But it's pretty amazing where you will find "Grass," our topic for today!
Cows thrive on it:
 From Dobson Farm
Sports guys play on it:

From Korineum Golf Resort
Children consume it (cereals are forms of grass):
Fruit Loops
From theatlantic.com
Try it with Vanilla ice cream!
And then there's the whole bru-ha-ha over marijuana:
From krwg.org
I'm going to keep politics out of it, but the fact is medicinal pot is legal here in Arizona.
While I ponder all these possibilities, I'm going to go back to dreaming of sinking my toes in somebody's nice cool lawn.

AHH! That's what I'm talking about! 
BTW: we learned that SO D (gotta have that space in the middle and it's pronounced "SO DEE," means "so decent." 

Show us your "Grass" twinchies!
Send them to 1xeritas@gmail.com by 2PM Arizona time, August 25, 2015
Include your blog-link, if you'd like. 
See "The Rules" for more details.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Week 11--China

This week's prompt offered many different ways to go, whether it be China with a big "C" or small. A LOT of choices!

Sarah got right to work and sent this from Michigan:
Chinese Character for
by Sarah Antoinette

Freebird drew inspiration from a photograph of a teacup for her lovely beadwork:

China Tea
by Freebird

And our official response:
Chinese Flower
by Cheryl
We are thrilled the artists are still working through the dog days of summer and vibrantly creating. Thank you to all the participants, the thinkers and the appreciators that get to see what's going on. Please check out what are artists are up to and tell them we sent you!
Until next time...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dim Sum Yum!

The topic this week is Capital "C" "China," or small "c" china. We just love words that have different meanings! That alone offers many choices for the direction of inspiration to go. This encompasses a lot of territory: depending on the choices of measurement, China is the second largest country on the planet. It is the most populous country, counting over a BILLION more people than the United States (that just boggles the mind, doesn't it?)
So, it's BIG!

This is a small architectural project that you can find across China:

And a modern discovery from ancient China:

Terracotta Warriors
Another Chinese treasure is their panda bears. These are on loan to the National Zoo from China.
Baby Bao Bao is now almost two; she will go to China when she turns four.

Mei Xiang and Bao Bao
National Zoo
There is the annual spectacle of Chinese New Year and the dance of the dragon:

Who doesn't like Chinese food? What's not to like about taking tea with some Dim Sum? Like an English tea, the daily ritual can be a little snack to a meal unto itself:

Dim Sum
Which brings us to small "c" china, such as porcelain tea cups:

Royal Albert Provincial Flowers
For sale on Ebay by
We collect floral teacups with black backgrounds. You wouldn't know it as they are packed away for the duration of our kitchen remodeling. But we can still DRAW inspiration from them!

Send us YOUR China or china art! Maybe a twinchie of both! Give it a try!

Submit your two by two inch artwork to:
1xeritas@gmail.com by 2PM Tuesday, August 11, 2015. All submissions will be posted later that day.
Any questions can be submitted to the same e-ddress. Check the pages for "The Rules."