Monthly Archives: February 2013

On My Worktable Today : Blue Cells


Still working on my Below the Line project, Blue Cells are monoprints on acid-free tissue paper pulled from my Gelli plate, using acrylic paints and paste paints and collaged with cutouts from a stencil I made from white cartridge paper. … Continue reading

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Stone Figure: Loire, France


Caption, Anyone?

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Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Story Challenge: I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls


Every Friday authors gather around the virtual fireside of fellow WordPress blogger Rochelle Wisoff to share flash fiction stories of 100 words, prompted by a photograph, and exchange constructive criticism. Readers’ comments are also welcome. I Dreamt I Dwelt In … Continue reading

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On My Worktable Today


I spent a couple of days making stencils to use on my Gelli Plate. I made them from photos and diagrams of DNA, chromosomes, DNA Barcoding, double helices, human karyotype, all to do with my latest art project:  Below The … Continue reading

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Red Berry Fruit Cake


I know I keep writing about how I don’t like cooking, but sometimes, just sometimes, I might be found in the kitchen, tinkering. The results of my tinkerings are variable. The other day, for instance, I tried to make a savoury pancake for supper. I simmered the filling: onions, mushrooms, etc., in white wine. I then added what turned out to be far too much batter. I burnt its bottom in the frying pan. I burnt its top under the grill. The middle wouldn’t uncooked, so I put it in the microwave. For a very long time. Neither my husband nor I could chew a single bite! I reckon I’d have had more success chewing at the sole of my shoe. We cried laughing! And ate something with chips. Continue reading

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Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Story Challenge: Philosophy


Philosophy

“Homework! What’s missing from this photo. “

“How’re we supposed to figure that?” said Jake, flicking his copy to the floor.

“Clue: it’s abstract.” Continue reading

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On My Worktable Today


Continuing to develop my Below The Line theme, I’ve been making more prints with my Gelli plate this week. I used acid-free tissue paper and home-made paste paints. There’s a number of recipes for this kind of paint on the … Continue reading

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Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Story Challenge: Weapons


Every Friday authors from around the world gather around the virtual fireside of fellow WordPress blogger Rochelle Wisoff to share flash fiction stories of 100 words, all inspired – regardless of genre – by a common photograph, and exchange constructive criticism. Readers’ comments are also welcome.

This week’s photo has been provided by writer and blogateer Rick Voza. Here’s the story that Rick’s photo inspired:
Weapons

I shuffled closer.

“No nearer!” He was clutching a photo.

“May I?”

He shrugged, shoved it along the ledge.

“An airplane.”

“And?”

Got him! I played along. “Meals trolleys. Baggage truck, airplane …”

“…no personnel. Plus reflection of airplane. Reflection of camera lens. In a window. A photo of somebody taking a photo. Continue reading

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On My Worktable Today


These are the beginnings of some small encaustics. While I’ve been busy over the past few days a) writing my 100 word story for this week’s Friday Fictioneers challenge
b) reading other Fictioneers’ stories c) singing Bach and d) being a housewife, I was determined to make some small progress on my encaustics. Especially, I was determined to get started on my Gelli plate, which I’ve had for about 6 months and not found the time to use. Continue reading

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What Am I Singing Today?


Blute nur, du liebes Herz! from the St Matthew Passion by J S Bach
Written in 1727, the St Matthew Passion is an oratorio setting Chapters 26 & 27 of the Gospel according to Matthew to music. In this aria, the Virgin is beseeching God to spare Jesus from his approaching death on the cross. Moving stuff. Fabulous song. Fabulous rendition by Texan soprano Helen Donath. Continue reading

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