Chinese soldiers covered in egg.

Those 7000 statues in the Terracotta army were apparently lacquered and then painted and then covered in egg. Or it might have been egg paint. Depends on which sentence I understood correctly.

The most interesting part for me were the colors and how they got them:

The researchers thought animal glue might have served as a binder, but all of the data pointed to egg instead. The pigments, they found, were bone white, lead white, cerussite (which sparkles), quartz, cinnabar, malachite, charcoal black, copper salts, Chinese purple and azurite.

for Dielli

Beginning to read

Making the Impossible Possible

One thing it did is show me/reveal to me that R brought art back into my life and brought it into my life in a very personal way. He moved furniture around (composition) and insisted on painting our house (We did silver and white all over in our first house.) and bought me two pieces of art for Christmas. He let me/encouraged me to buy blue Depression glass, since I liked it.

Thank you, honey.

No-Regrets Music: Leaving a legacy

I spent the morning at an old friend’s grave
Flowers and ‘Amazing Grace’, he was a good man
He spent his whole life spinning his wheels
Never knowing how the real thing feels
He never took a chance or took the time to dance
And I stood there thinking, as I said goodbye
Today is the first day of the rest of my life

I’m gonna stop looking back and start moving on
Learn how to face my fears
Love with all of my heart, make my mark
I wanna leave something here
Go out on a ledge, without any net
That’s what I’m gonna be about
Yeah, I wanna be running
When the sand runs out

Cause people do it everyday
Promise themselves they’re gonna change
I’ve been there, but I’m changing from the inside out
That was then and this is now
I’m a new man, yeah, I’m a brand new man
And when they carve my stone, they’ll write these words
“Here lies a man who lived life for all that it’s worth”

I’m gonna stop looking back and start moving on
And learn how to face my fears
Love with all of my heart, make my mark
I wanna leave something here
Go out on a ledge, without any net
That’s what I’m gonna be about
Yeah, I wanna be running
When the sand runs out

The song is sung by Rascal Flatts. It was sung this morning in church by someone else. I really liked it. Think I’ll buy it from iTunes.

I also heard the following song in church today:

I don’t mind if you’ve got something nice to say about me
And I enjoy an accolade like the rest
You could take my picture and hang it in a gallery
Of all who’s who and so-n-so’s that used to be the best
At such’n’such … it wouldn’t matter much

I won’t lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights
We all need an ‘Atta boy’ or ‘Atta girl’
But in the end I’d like to hang my hat on more besides
The temporary trappings of this world

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy

I don’t have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthy list of all that I enjoy
It’s an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such will soon enough destroy

Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred
Just want to hear instead, “Well Done” good and faithful one…
Nicole Nordeman- Legacy

I got the words off Present Storm.

This is an art post, because music is art.

Thank you, God, for two great songs.

I also have come to really appreciate the following song in the last month as it has been sung at church. I like it a lot. Didn’t know MercyMe did it.

I wonder when we first bought into this
So satisfied with status quo
Have we convinced ourselves that this is all there is
Well all that is within me says we were meant to break free

Live like there’s no tomorrow
Love extravagantly
Lead a life to be followed
Goodbye ordinary
Goodbye ordinary

We were never meant to compromise
Settle for mediocrity
This life was never meant to be a waste of time
Well all that is within me says no more just existing

Live like there’s no tomorrow
Love extravagantly
Lead a life to be followed
Goodbye ordinary
Goodbye ordinary

No more complacency
No more just settling this time
Goodbye to atrophy
For we were meant to be alive

Live like there’s no tomorrow
Love extravagantly
Live like there’s no tomorrow
Love extravagantly
Lead a life to be followed
Oh, Goodbye ordinary
Goodbye ordinary

I grabbed the lyrics from Hugh Chou.

Art for Dielli

All of the following are images I found while searching for “why study art.”

2500 BC Sumerian necklace, gold leaves and lapis lazuli

Storage jar decorated with mountain goats, 3000s BC, Persia

Silver bull holding silver drinking cup, Persia, 3100-2900 BC

8th Century BC, King and goat?

Prancing Horse, 1350 BC, Egyptian This is a beautiful piece, but I have no idea how it would originally have been displayed. There is no flat bottom. The back feet seem to be on a ball so maybe part of the sculpture is missing. They eyes are garnets. I like the look of the piece.

Intricate model of boat and servants, 1350 BC, Egypt

Elaborate gold ornament, 1350 BC, Egypt

A scarab beetle necklace There is a gold base, a green beetle, and a gold bar across, probably to secure the beetle.

An ostracon, which archaeologists believe was used to teach artists how to make a face well. 1350 BC, Egypt It is a piece of plaster with drawing on it.

This is an ivory relief from 450 BC, Greece. However, it shows the way the art was moving for Dielli. Or maybe it just shows more realism. I don’t know.

Here is a similar relief. This one, however, has the five colors of paint they think were original to the piece based on paint fragments.


Stumbles: Pics, History, Random

Rooms painted to be 3D, very weird.

Vincent Van Gogh Gallery

Bone Chandelier in Prague

Watermelon carvings

Some truly funky pictures

World Beard and Moustache Championship returns to North Am. in 2009. Go look at some of those growths!

7 Quick Tips on how to make your wife happy

How to write a Curriculum vita.

How to cure your food cravings

online graph paper including dot paper

Walking around the world in 14 years

10 Things you didn’t know about Hitler

Museum of Hoaxes

Resources for medieval studies

Ancient history resources

Nautical Pompeii Found in Pisa… archaeological finds are fascinating. Pics.

Did you know Stonehenge has been rebuilt in the last 100 years? It didn’t look like this in 1850. This site has pics.

“Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa, men have named you.”

Mona Lisa is so famous, there are at least two country western songs with her in it. The above is one line; the other is part of one of my favorite songs: “There’s only one Mona Lisa, one leaning tower of Pisa, one Paris, and there’s only one you.”

There is a cool new art show out in San Francisco. (Wonder if I could get cheap tickets? Maybe I could go out and see it while R is there for MacWorld.)

The founder of Lumiere Technology invented a new camera that takes pics of things we can’t see… It shows that Mona Lisa does have eyebrows, that her hand is in the position it is because she is holding up a blanket, that her dress has lace, that the background used to be vivid, and that she wasn’t sickly… among other things. Live Science has it.

You can also read about Mona Lisa’s changing smile, see the left eyebrow, and enjoy some of Da Vinci’s best ideas, including pics.

Homeschool Art

Classical art that brings homeschooling to mind is what I was told this site would be.

The only one that I think is reminiscent of homeschooling is this one. I like The Reading Lesson particularly because it appears that two of the children are boys. I homeschool boys.

I dislike this picture intensely. Children’s Pastimes presents a boy reading, a girl playing with laundry, and a girl playing with a doll house. I had a doll house. Nothing wrong with it. But I still didn’t like it.

I found the art via Kim’s Play Place.

Adopting Art

I love the idea. I like art. I’ve spent a lot of money collecting pieces that I like. (And some not so much money doing the same.)

So I saw Mirabilis’ post on art adoption and went to read the original CSMonitor story. It sounds incredible. Artists put their work on-line for adoption. All you have to do is convince the artist you love it. I’m articulate. Maybe I could find a new artist to love. And the puppy in the article, adorable. The idea of a Madonna picture, I love it. (I would like to own religious art, but other than the masters have never found any that appeals to me and I can’t afford masters.)

So I went to the Fine Art Adoption Network. Maybe you have to check in often. Some of the art looks amateurish, though it is by invite only, so it can’t be.

I like the idea though. And I may pass it on to my students, many of whom are single parents trying to go to college while working full-time. They might find a piece they liked. Or maybe I can have them look through the works and describe them for their descriptive paper. That would be fun and different.

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Art and New Chips

Cobalt green, an unpopular color in artist’s palettes, is being studied to see if it can help make faster chips. It’s useful because it doesn’t need to be suspended at room temperature. The BBC has more information, some of it too technical for my interest level.

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New Glass

This weekend I went to an antique shop in Lubbock, Grand Central Station Antiques on Ave Q. I found a lot of cool things, but I bought three Depression Era glass pieces, all elegant glass. (Depression glass= the free stuff they gave away with purchases. Elegant glass= the stuff you had to buy.)

I got a Louie Glass Harpo pitcher, cobalt blue. The woman told me that the Groucho one is red. (It is.) And the Chico one is green. (It isn’t.) The Chico one is a different bubble look, but is cobalt blue. There IS a green one. It’s a different edition Harpo pitcher, according to the internet, and is beautiful.

I also purchased an L.E.Smith Cobalt Vase No. 1900. It is short, like most vases of the time, but very pretty and very blue. (Short = 8 inches, plus ou moins)

My final purchase was a Rite Blue Pitcher from the 1930s. I’ve never seen it in a Depression Glass catalog, so it must be elegant glass. It is heavy and pretty with a swirl pattern in the glass and then a diamond pattern. So if you look at it from the side, it seems to be lines going at a diagonal with a bit of a curve, but straight on you can see the diamonds.

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Books I’ve Read

Voodoo Science by Robert L. Park. Park is a physicist and writes about things that were happening when I was younger and less aware. Cold Fusion. Ever wonder about it? Read it here. Also, leukemia caused by electromagnetic currents in houses (and microwaves). This came up in a house buying incident of a friend. Turns out it’s not true.

Cold Fusion by Peak. Couldn’t find it on Amazon. But it’s got the whole history of cold fusion in way more detail.

How to Read a Painting by Peter De Rynck. Beautiful medieval pictures examined, shown in detail. Lots of pictures, some words. Some inaccuracies about what the Bible says, which led me to question some of his other points. But a beautiful book. A joy to behold.

Houston Glass Show

I found out about this show only by chance two weeks before it came to town. (Next to the last weekend in August.) If I had known beforehand, I might have been able to save up some money. As it was I spent about $200 there and my mother spent $500 of my 43rd birthday money there.

I got the 80 oz Hazel Atlas ribbed water pitcher to go with my 42 oz one. I only paid $85 with tax. I love it.

I also bought a Victory sandwich plate for $95 dollars with tax. I didn’t own any Victory and I wanted some. However, unless it is a pitcher, I don’t think I’ll buy other pieces now.

My mom bought me a Cambridge cobalt bowl pitcher for $200 pre-tax. There were several for sale and this one was the cheapest.

She also bought me a Cambridge turquoise night water pitcher. It is petite and precious. That was $80.

Finally, she bought me a MacBeth Evans cobalt blue pitcher with four glasses for $200 after tax.

Things I did not buy which I wish I had:

A Heisey Cathedral Vase for $750. Very rare. Very beautiful.

another MacBeth Evans cobalt blue pitcher for $65.

Next year I will go better prepared, with more money.

It was fun.

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The only Picasso I have ever liked was for sale at Costco Fine Art. “La Folie.”

Now it is gone. And I did not buy it.

Someone did, though. I know they will enjoy it.

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Do you know more than you thought? Design

Ever owned or seen one of those black leathery-vinyl chairs with the silver hoops that loops and is very hard to get out of, especially when you are pregnant? Those are the work of Alvar Aalto in 1936. Of course, it was the depression, so you wanted light and airy (read easy to assemble without expensive goods).

Ever seen what I think of as the 60s sofa in a chair? You know, two tufted squares of foam on a curvy x stand? Apparently that’s from the flapper era. Van der Rohe created the chair and ottoman in 1926. So I guess it wasn’t really “modern” then. It’s almost an antique now.

Remember those all of one piece plastic chairs which have arms that come up and a little half inch pad of vinyl cushion in the bottom? And the similarly shaped one piece plastic tables? That’s the work of Saarinen. Was it my destiny to be born in the era of uncomfortable and ugly furniture?

How about the square leather and metal chair? Also impossible to get out of pregnant? (We owned both of these chairs when I was pregnant. And got rid of them then too.) That was the work of Breuer.

Every school child of the 60s knows the Eames chair. It was the model for uncomfortable child seating at numerous tables. Yuck.

Anyway, I thought it was interesting that I know the work of many 20th century designers, even though I do not particularly care for their work or style.

Of course, I love Phyfe and even American Empire styling. So, I don’t think I’m going to love metal, vinyl, and plastic. I much prefer fabric and wood, even to leather. So, for my own place, I probably wouldn’t have leather unless it was on top of a table. However, since I share, I’ll probably eventually have leather furniture.

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