Monday, August 21, 2017

T Stands For Total Solar Eclipse

I was one of the lucky millions who got to see most of the total eclipse today (Monday, August 21, 2017).

I want to thank NASA and Wikipedia for this image.  Apparently, most of the U.S. and Canada got to see at least a partial solar eclipse, while at least half of South America was unaffected, and most of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia were already in darkness when the eclipse occurred.

Even though I had another post planned, I thought I would keep it brief today with

this image from that sort of reminded me of the solar eclipse.

Since most of my international friends didn't get to partake of this event, I'll turn things over to each of you.  I'm sure your tales will be even more relevant than mine.   Your post can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard (who also survived the eclipse) and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.   Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken at any time.

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Today I've created a tag for Tag TuesdayPlease be aware that none of the links open in a new window anymore.

Valerie asked us to use our scraps to create a tag, and these images came out of the waterlogged playing cards and Christmas envelopes I'd saved and dried out.  Even the background was recycled.  Only the thread was new.

It's easy to see I'm having a bit  of tension problem, although the back or bobbin side was sewing well. 

So I decided to sew the two postage stamps in place from the back (where the bobbin side of the sewing showed),

while the playing card was sewn from the front of the tag.  This is actually the back side of the playing card, so I have several of these angel images.

In my haste to make it right, I didn't realize I was sewing the Madonna and child upside down.  I assure you, though, these all came from my now less moldy basement and are truly scraps.

But of course, I couldn't stop there.  After all, it's been awhile since I've actually made any art.

I really want to join Jo from Let's Art Journal who is hosting Art Journal Journey, but I'm truly having trouble coming up with anything for her theme.  I understand the "Poetry" part, although I seem to be better with song lyrics that rhyme than I do poems.   It's the "Motion" part that is giving me fits.  Motion implies movement in some way, so, after some serious thinking, today I've created this entry that revolves around Angels. 

After all, angels have wings, and wings imply movement.

I used a page of vintage sheet music that I found in the basement for my background.  I dried it and added some of my handmade shimmering mists, using the colors that echoed the tag I created.

I cut and tore one of the playing card backs and added an angel to each of the lines to the song.

Some of the mists showed up better than others.

Other materials include a Sharpie and computer generated text.

In case you can't read the lyrics to the Christmas song,
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o're the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Thanks for joining me today at

Tag Tuesday

(Valerie's theme is scraps)

Art Journal Journey

(Jo's theme is Poetry in Motion)

I appreciate your visits and I hope to visit everyone soon who has recently left me a comment.  I just can't sit for long because I keep coughing and am still having trouble breathing.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Art at The Kansas African-American Museum (TKAAM)

As promised, here is the art I saw at TKAAM.

As you can see in the background, the lecture was quite well attended.  That's why I focused on the art and artifacts until some of the crowd thinned.

It was incredibly difficult to get good photos because everything was behind or under glass.  The glare from the lighting didn't help, either.

The musical instruments were fun to see, but what shocked me was I photo bombed my photo.  Yes, that's me in baggy jeans and over sized top.

Another glass case, this time showing even more of me and my camera strap that I never place around my neck.  I loved how it showed where the art was originally from.

Part of their permanent collection, I loved the bright colors and warm background of this painting.

It took awhile before I remembered to show the placards.  Yes, I'm that short!

 Lots of detail in this mixed media piece (above).

At first, I thought these were coffee beans,

Then realized they were shells, similar to ones I have in my collection of African beads.

I really liked this wooden statue.  Not sure why, because I'm not normally fond of tattoos.

I almost didn't show this photo, but I thought it was good from the standpoint that it showed the size of the museum.  And yes, that's me you see in the background.

I thought it was good from a mixed media and subject matter standpoint, too!

I'm not sure why I skipped around so much, but this is how they came from my camera.

I knew my foodie friend Sally would like this room, because she has her own mask collection.

So much art behind glass,

so little time to explore!

This makes me want to dance with these ladies.

It's AMAZING what can be achieved with a Sharpie!

I apologize everything is behind glass and very difficult to see.  I hope, though, you found this art enlightening, and enjoyed seeing these different artifacts as much as I did. 

Thanks so very much for joining me at TKAAM and their permanent collection.  If I go back, I'll photograph the art on the second floor.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

At The Kansas African American Museum

I prepared and scheduled this post late last Thursday night.  In light of what happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, this post takes on a very different feel as I read over it.  For those of you who live in countries other than the U.S., the town of Charlottesville was overrun with white supremacist and counter demonstrators engaged in open hand to hand combat for what some believed seemed like hours.  According to The Huffington Post:
The sounds of screams had mixed with the sounds of people coughing, their lungs full of mace. Tear gas canisters and rocks and full water bottles and bags of feces flew through the air. Blood stained the sidewalk.
The ugliness on display in Charlottesville should not surprise me, but unfortunately, it does.  If only we as human beings could respect both ourselves and others as we expect others to respect and treat us in turn.  I'm more than willing to listen to white supremacists, the avenging leftists, and the 3 per-centers spew their crap, because, as Americans, they have just as much right to express their views as I, but I won't stand for, or advocate violence.  So for now, I'm still going to show this post and hope no one firebombs my door or finds a way to put a virus on my computer.

We are headed to The Kansas African American Museum.  Please remember the links no longer open in a new window, so if you want to see the museum and return to this page, right click on the link.

Today I will share photos I took

back in early June.

I took this photo just outside the steps of the museum.  You can see the steps on the right.

The church, which is now the museum, is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It may be similar to the British National Trust, but I'm not sure.

The museum is primarily devoted to Black History.  However, this day, I was there to see a lecture on the similarities of Dwight David ("Ike") Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States and Barack ("Barry") Hussein Obama II, the 44th president of the United States.

After the lecture, I decided to take some photos, but everyone was reading the information.

I got very discouraged and headed to another room where I checked out the relics and African art on display.  I will share that tomorrow.  There were so many of these huge "billboards" (for lack of a better word), I apparently overlooked this one after I returned.  It showed information about Obama's mother before she and Obama's father were married.

The material they collected on both his mother and Obama was astounding.

However the focus of the lecture was on how similar a Republican (Conservative) president (Eisenhower) and a Democrat (Liberal) president (Obama) were so similar.  First, there was the Kansas connection.  As you can see, Obama's mother was born in Kansas and Eisenhower spent his childhood in Kansas.   Eisenhower's Presidential Library is also in Kansas.

Then there were other similarities, like how Eisenhower was responsible for starting NASA and how in 2010, Obama committed to increasing NASA funding by $6 billion (USD) over five years and completing the design of a new heavy-lift launch vehicle that begin construction that same year.  In response to concerns over job losses, Obama promised $40 million (USD) to help workers affected by the cancellation of the Space Shuttle program and Constellation program.

But possibly where the two were most comparable was that Eisenhower created the Civil Rights Act of 1957 which was a voting rights act.  Had it not been passed, Obama may never have been elected president, or even won the primary.

This carnival used to be a big deal in El Dorado, (a town 20 miles east of Wichita).  Kafir Corn was synonymous with a sorghum product.   

Obama's great aunt was one of the "fair maids."  However, it fell out of favor because of the negative connotations involved, as well as the fact that Kansas began growing wheat instead of sorghum, which is now grown mostly in southeast Kansas.  The sorghum is shown behind the faces of the queen and her maids.

I'll let you peruse the remainder of the photos at your discretion.  If Obama interests you, feel free to read about his early life onward.  Unfortunately, I missed a LOT of the information because there was so much to see and read.

Here was where I returned to the now thinning crowd to try to see more of Obama's life.  I know I missed a lot of his early life and heritage.

This tells about the time Obama went to Africa and what little he knew about his father shown in the the photos on the left.

By now, the museum was preparing to close and I was trying to finally get a photo of the Kansas connection when a woman stepped right in front of me.  I couldn't win, so gave up trying.

Before I left, I managed to get a picture of one of the beautiful stained glass windows that surround the building.

Thanks for joining me as we learned a bit about the previous President of the United States and how, although their political parties were different, the two men (Eisenhower and Obama) were alike in many ways, and that included their Kansas connection.