Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
They have just finished building a huge particle collider near France that is the largest (I believe, ever made) it is feared by some scientists that there is a chance it will create black holes in space time when it is used. It is being used to test for a theoretical partical called the The Higgs boson.
Much of this is beyond the brain of alex but I like the fact that they are trying to figure out how and why mass exists if most off the particles that make up mass are themselves without mass. I find this of interest.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Everything in Suffolk is much more dried-up than in Kent. Until the day we arrived there had been no rain for many weeks & various crops had failed. Near S’wold saw several fields of oats & barley being harvested which had grown only 1’ or 18” high. Ears nevertheless seemed normal. Wheat crop all over the world said to be heavy.
A bedstraw hawk-moth found in our back garden & mounted by Dr Collings¹. Evidently a straggler from the continent. Said to be the first seen in that locality for 50 years.
Little owl very common round here. Brown owl does not seem to exist.
Dr C. says the snake I caught was the “smooth snake”, non-poisonous & not very common.
Today hot again.
Gipsies beginning to arrive for the hop-picking. As soon as they have pitched their caravans the chickens are let loose & apparently can be depended on not to stray. The strips of tin for cloth-pegs are cut of biscuit boxes. Three people were on the job, one shaping the sticks, one cutting out the tin & another nailing it on. I should say one person doing all these jobs (also splitting the pegs after nailing) could make 10-15 pegs an hour.
Another white owl this evening.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Here is a bad photo of a drawing/ watercolor I made today...I am not sure who she is but I always figure out later who or why I made a piece. This is 22 x 30 on Fabriano paper. My camera is not made for close shots--- lens is too wide. I spent 8 hours so far on this piece.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The town I grew up in Texas was so small that they named the road after my family when we moved. I feel famous now.
the internet is really a great thing when you think about it. enjoy it while you can, one day Big Brother will snip the wire..hopefully my sponsor doesn't mind when I rant against big brother.
here is a video from you tube:
Monday, August 18, 2008
etching 5 art deco panels for a downtown space.
painting another book cover. queens painting--- I think
re-etching a 9 foot side glass panel for a nightclub because a polish guy jumped through the first piece.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The force goes into the flow
If you pick up the beat
You can forget about the heat
More than just survival
More than just a flash
More than just a dotted line
More than just a dash
It's a test of ultimate will
The heartbreak climb uphill
Got to pick up the pace
If you want to stay in the race
More than blind ambition
More than simple greed
More than a finish line
Must feed this burning need
In the long run...
From first to last
The peak is never passed
Something always fires the light that gets in your eyes
One moment's high, and glory rolls on by
Like a streak of lightning
That flashes and fades in the summer sky
Your meters may overload
You can rest at the side of the road
You can miss a stride
But nobody gets a free ride
More than high performance
More than just a spark
More than just the bottom line
Or a lucky shot in the dark
In the long run...
You can do a lot in a lifetime
If you don't burn out too fast
You can make the most of the distance
First you need endurance
First you've got to last...
This is vermeer's lady with a water pitcher. This is on permanent display at the Met. I look at it every sunday. It is one of the finest pieces in the entire Museum. I once painted a copy of this but it is lost somewhere. I think what makes this a great painting is its simplicity of form and color and mood..I think harmony is a good word for this work.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Eratosthenes knew that on the summer solstice at local noon in the Ancient Egyptian city of Swenet (known in Greek as Syene) on the Tropic of Cancer, the sun would appear at the zenith, directly overhead. He also knew, from measurement, that in his hometown of Alexandria, the angle of elevation of the Sun would be 1/50 of a full circle (7°12') south of the zenith at the same time. Assuming that Alexandria was due north of Syene he concluded that the distance from Alexandria to Syene must be 1/50 of the total circumference of the Earth. His estimated distance between the cities was 5000 stadia (about 500 geographical miles or 950 km). He rounded the result to a final value of 700 stadia per degree, which implies a circumference of 252,000 stadia. The exact size of the stadion he used is frequently argued. The common Attic stadion was about 185 m, which would imply a circumference of 46,620 km, i.e. 16.3% too large. However, if we assume that Eratosthenes used the "Egyptian stadion" of about 157.5 m, his measurement turns out to be 39,690 km, an error of less than 1%.
Although Eratosthenes' method was well founded, the accuracy of his calculation was inherently limited. The accuracy of Eratosthenes' measurement would have been reduced by the fact that Syene is slightly north of the Tropic of Cancer, is not directly south of Alexandria, and the Sun appears as a disk located at a finite distance from the Earth instead of as a point source of light at an infinite distance. There are other sources of experimental error: the greatest limitation to Eratosthenes' method was that, in antiquity, overland distance measurements were not reliable, especially for travel along the non-linear Nile which was traveled primarily by boat. So the accuracy of Eratosthenes' size of the earth is surprising.
Eratosthenes' experiment was highly regarded at the time, and his estimate of the Earth’s size was accepted for hundreds of years afterwards. His method was used by Posidonius about 150 years later.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I've been busted for things that I did, and I didn't do
I can't say I’m proud of all of the things that I’ve done
But I can say I’ve never intentionally hurt anyone
I've always been different with one foot over the line
Winding up somewhere one step ahead or behind
It ain't been so easy but I guess I shouldn't complain
I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane
Beautiful lady are you sure that you understand
The chances your taking loving a free living man
Are you really sure you really want what you see
Be careful of something that's just what you want it to be
I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane
Nobody knows if it's something to bless or to blame
So far I ain't found a rhyme or a reason to change
I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane
---this would have to be my theme song...
I had no time this summer to enjoy beach or kayak--it has been a work survival/ fest..painting fast enough to keep the wolves at bay. I found this picture on my computer today from last summer when I had time to go to the beach. This is one of my finer watercolors (I think)...I sold it last year. I was very much into the space of this watercolor, usually I have to fight to keep my ADD at bay. Here I zoned into the picture, I guess it is a kind of zen.
I am working on a large watercolor--22 x 30 inches. I am calling it "The Impossible River" a river that feeds itself and flows in circles. I like to be paint worlds I would like to see, worlds that I can only visit in my head..I guess that are fantasy scapes but the name fantasy has some bad connotations so I will stick to my strange world label...UNFINISHED
Very hot in the morning. In the afternoon sudden thunder-storm & very heavy rain. About 50 yards from the gate the road & pavement flooded a foot deep after only 1 1/2 hours rain.
Blackberries beginning to redden.
( I missed a few days on his journal so I am catching up)
I use this color all the time. Many of my artist friends hate it but then again they also think Sargent is a great artist. Burnt sienna is a color that is always welcome on my palette while Sargent is not allowed onto my bookshelf. I use Burnt Umber when I do my underpaintings. Generally pigments that are made from iron oxides etc are cheaper and not as expensive as other colors. If you are a computer hack you don not need to bother buying paint at all.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
1 ounce malibu rum
1 ounce white tequlia
creme de cacao (white)
Kahlua splash (optional)
add ice and shake
Hemingway would have been proud of this.
Monday, August 11, 2008
This morning all surfaces, even indoors, damp as a result of mist. A curious deposit all over my snuff-box, evidently residue of moisture acting on lacquer.
Very hot, but rain in afternoon.
Am told the men caught another snake this morning – definitely a grass snake this time. The man who saw them said they had tied a string round its neck & were trying to cut out its tongue with a knife, the idea being that after this it could not “sting.”¹
The first Beauty of Bath apples today.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Caught a large snake in the herbaceous border beside the drive. About 2’ 6” long, grey colour, black markings on belly but none on back except, on the neck, a mark resembling an arrow head (ñ) all down the back. Did not care to handle it too recklessly, so only picked it up by extreme tip of tail. Held thus it could nearly turn far enough to bite my hand, but not quite. Marx¹ interested at first, but after smelling it was frightened & ran away. The people here normally kill all snakes. As usual, the tongue referred to as “fangs”².
Notes by Peter Davison, from the Complete Works:
¹The Orwells’ dog.
²It was an ancient belief that a poisonous snake injects its poison by means of a forked tongue and not, as is the case, through two fangs. So Shakespeare in Richard II, 3.20 – 22.
Guard it, I pray thee, with a lurking adder
Whose double tongue may with a mortal touch
Throw death upon thy sovereign’s enemies.
See also 11.8.38.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I was walking home from the art store today and I found this napkin on the street. I was so interested in the shape of it that I picked it up and took it home. yes, I washed my hands after...I still think it is pretty amazing, I will let you comment on what you think you see. I have my own ideas as to what it looks like. I did not change it or photoshop it. It went right from my art store bag to my scanner.
Here is my Nassau Book Cover...it was emailed to me with some color saturation issues...It is an illustration, not a fine art painting so I have to make a lot of adjustments to that end..dali and picasso did illustration so I have no problem with it. Things I wont do--- draw super heroes, paint your poodle, work for the evil mouse company. This original is for sale, I would like to replace the happy couple with a spirit or ghost or skeleton--take her back into Gardega land
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
|My grandma passed away recently--she was a great lady and a huge fan of my artwork and used to send me money for art supplies when she had no money to spare. |
Anna J. Gardega
| CONWAY | Anna Julia ''Nannie'' Gardega, 84, widow of the late Capt. Alexander Gardega, passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, July 24, 2008.|
Anna was born April 9, 1924 in Astoria, New York, a daughter of the late George and Anna Allmon. Anna spent her younger years on Long Island where her parents owned a local service station. After her three children were grown, she and her husband moved to Cleburne, Texas. They spent 10 years on a small ranch before making their final home Conway.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, George Allmon and Thomas Allmon.
She is survived by her two sisters, Vera Fox and husband, Al, of Chatanooga, Tenn., and Thelma Petrone and husband, Jimmy, of Highlands, N.C.; two sons, Alexander Walter Gardega and wife, Edwina, and Thomas Gardega, both of Long Island, N.Y.; one daughter, Mary Ann O'Brien and husband, Timothy, of Conway, a sister-in-law, Annie Travers of Fort Lauderdale, Fla; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Dulieu, Alexander Gardega Jr., Rachel McInnes, Marcus Gardega, Jonathan Gardega, Melissa O'Brien - Holt, T.J. O'Brien, and Lacey McQuigg; and three great-grandchildren, O'Brien Holt, Ryan McInnes and Meghan McInnes.
Anna was the beloved wife of a sailor for 56 years, a loving mother, grandmother, and a woman very passionate about nature. The family would like to extend their heart-felt gratitude to the care givers of Agape Hospice and the Kingdom Hall witnesses for their wonderful care and love over the last year and half.
Funeral arrangements and services will be announced by Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
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So Aldrin is trying to set up a lottery that would allow even nonmillionaires to propel themselves out of this world.
As for space sex - a freaky fantasy for some space tourists - the 78-year-old says they should go for it.
"You could do it for four minutes maybe," he estimates. How, we don't want to know. "I trained for spacewalking under water, so yeah, I think it is possible," he said with a wink.
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"What does 'White Tie' mean?" they twittered. "Is it like Diddy's white party? Do I wear a tie?"
Sure enough, all three showed up in white so as not to offend their host's nonexistent dress code.
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"Oooh, she made a best-dressed list; whoop-ti-doo. Michelle should stop trying to emulate Jackie O and choose an American designer to establish her own way of dressing," the ex-model snarled to us. "Since her husband is talking about change, she should change the way she dresses."
And she'll put her money where her pouty potty mouth is.
"I'd be happy to assist if they had the balls to call me."
A high-gloss Dem convention
OK! mag and Us Weekly are sending about twice as many staffers to the DNC as to its Republican counterpart, we've been told.
So if the number of gossip-mag hounds covering your party is any indication, Obama is beating out McCain for the most popular kid in school, 2 to 1.
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Is porn star Heather Hunter going mainstream? She was overheard telling the Plumm's Noel Ashman that in addition to her book "Insatiable," she and Treach - from "Naughty by Nature" - are producing a new all-girl doo-wop group.
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