A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
My wife had intended to have this puzzle finished by Christmas, but the previous one she worked on was one of the most difficult puzzles she had ever tried to put together. So here are the Twelve Days of Christmas in late January.
My wife finally completed another 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. She thinks this one is one of the two most difficult puzzles she has ever completed and she almost gave up when she started it. The colors are rather drab and similar but the final picture is quite amazing. My wife wonders if she is accomplishing anything by working on these puzzles and I tell her she is exemplifying perseverance and that puzzling takes her mind away from her various chronic pains and aches. In fact, I was reading in a WebMD piece on pain management today that working on crossword puzzles and, I assume jigsaw puzzles, can help alleviate pain. At any rate, I am extremely proud of her for finishing this difficult puzzle. The hard part is to take it apart after spending a couple of months off and on working on it. But at least she has this photo to remind her of it and she has a nice puzzle of the Twelve Days of Christmas that she intended to do before Christmas but which I assume she will work on next.
Step 2: Sort the pieces into 4 or 5 pie pans and then put the outside together. Every time my wife starts a new puzzle she says something like "I'll never be able to put this together. The pieces are all the same shape or color." and then the next thing I know, she finishes it.
I started buying my wife stuffed critters when she was so sick several years ago because they brought a smile to her face. So I have contined adding to her collection. These fierce critters guard the puzzle and keep my wife safe from harm.
Interesting guitar sculpture from St. George's great Art Around the Corner project. Unfortunately, I've misplaced the name of the sculptor and the name of this sculpture. If any of my St. George friends can help me out here, please comment. Thank you.
Dad was always looking for new ways to expand his creativity and use of different kinds of wood veneers. Making inlaid Christmas cards like this one was one way he did something new. Each piece in the card is cut out by hand, then glued to a background. Probably made some time in the 1950s.
Each year the original downtown area of St. George UT features about two dozen works of sculpture by various artists that remain on display and for sale. The sculpture posted here is Gary Lee Price's "Puffed Up Prince."
Each year the St. George UT annual Art Festival has become more competitive with countless applicants from a multi-state area. The resulting collection of booths contains painters, photographers, glass makers, weavers, potters, metal crafters, and virtually any form of creative arts you can think of. St. George has become widely known as an "arts" community with various art shows and public displays of art and sculpture throughout the year. The Kayenta residential community just north of St. George has become especially well known for the talented collection of artists who paint, do various forms of craftwork, and display their work in the Kayenta community.
Just a few examples of the kinds of craft work shown at the Art Festival. I don't feel that I can take photos of copyrighted paintings and photographs, so that excludes a large part of the Festival. But these colorful pieces of work are illustrative of the wide variety of wonderful creative works shown.
This photo is for my wood turning brother in law.
A Few of the 100+ booths at the St. George Art Festival. The D on the hill stands for "Dixie" since the St. George UT area was referred to as Utah's Dixie in the late 1800s when cotton was grown and a cotton mill processed the cotton crop. The name Dixie has stuck ever since and countless businesses, medical facilities, schools, and other local areas are prefaced with the name of Dixie.