The Wee Peeple Newsletter
February 2015 Issue 96
An old man and his Silver cat
Both wear Fungus as a hat
The Faeries said: "How 'bout that!
Now We shall wear the Mushroom Hat!
adapted from a poem by Katrina (smltwnwriter)
Mushrooms and Beaded Ladypins
made for the Women's Conference in March
A Day in Austin...
From time to time
the Dollmaker and certain other helplessly out-of-bounds characters she knows
will acknowledge the disquieting need to experience
an Art Museum.
Whether the beholding of what is currently Sanctioned as ART
results in befuddlement, shock, vertigo, or euphoria...
Whether we crave sudden Encounters with Unexpected Materials
or Long Moments scrutinizing Mystifying Techniques
or the Stun-factor when brutally Provoked by Undisguised Truths...
all of it- galvanizes the chemistry which causes us to make our own Art...
In the Downstairs Gallery
the present Exhibit at the Blanton is called
- a Collection of Art
All in some way relating to the Civil Rights Movement of the 60's.
(no photos allowed... darn!)
is where the Museum's Permanent Collection is on display...
Right down the street from the Capitol building!
and the snack bar serves wine!
Later, somewhere else in the city...
It was like entering Santa's Workshop!
The Austin Harmony Project
is a non-profit Organization on a Mission to
enrich the lives of adults with developmental disabilities
through Art, Music and Community
So, the Dollmaker studied the many wondrous works of Art for sale on the walls
of their expansive Gallery/Workspace/Gift shop/Thrift store
eventually choosing for her purchase:
a Star made of coiled paper strips.
(the Artist was eating lunch but did permit a photo)
A visit to the Skyline Print Shop
The Dollmaker dropped off The Stream Fabric Collage at this Austin print shop
where a high quality photo was taken and prints were made.
Prints! ...an exciting new direction...
In the Dark Ages, Before there was
Paintings were just a little... off.
Planes and Angles collided, Distance was perplexing and
Size was commensurate with Ego...
(who is the most Important Person in this picture?)
(HINT: The one who is almost as big as the Cathedral!)
(possibly because derisive laughter is so debilitating...)
began to scorn such presumptuously inaccurate visual inventions!
for them the problem was- How to represent Someone Important
without making him the size of a house.
It has been boldly proposed that
in essence, The Renaissance was about (a new)
and this is why DaVinci's iconic mural
has been proclaimed to be the definitive Painting of the Renaissance.
Here, the lines of the ceiling and walls direct the eye to a single point.
The head of the Most Important Person
is unquestionably at the focal point of the painting
without having to use the prop of Exaggerating his Size!
so Balance and Symmetry and Proportion might prevail, as it should.
The Mural is located in the refectory (which is a dining hall, btw) of
the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy
In fact, the lines in the room itself
seem to travel into the vanishing point of the painting!
Of course, since 1495
Humanity's "taste in art" has changed somewhat dramatically...
nevertheless, is Still Iconic!
Not only has it been studied, scrutinized and assigned legendary status worldwide
for it's mystical connection to the Holy Grail, but it's also
one of the Most Parodied Paintings in History!
And even the Texas Renaissance Festival had it's
Yes, Da Vinci's Painting of the Last Supper was Performed onstage!
Interactive Performance Art and Painting by Renaissance Man, Dave Sheppard
from 1989 through the 90's.
Egg Carton Solutions
Egg Cartons Hold Exotic Granny Goddesses Upright!
Owl Shamen and Granny Goddesses
getting ready for the Woman's Conference in March...
A Jolly Fossil Hunt
...and while under the influence of Stone and Stream...
and Stone Heads...
Geologists have a saying:
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