Monday, July 29, 2013

Big or Little?


I hope he doesn't fall!


Starting to see a pattern.


These photos are the creative work of an amazing 14-year-old young man named Zev Hoover. Here he is on Good Morning America.



I love the whimsicality of his pictures. You can see them on Flickr. He's also figured out a way to save on travel. Just mail yourself wherever you want to go.


But if you really want to fly, no problem.


Check out Zev's blog to see how he did the following picture.


Zev's Mom helped by drawing the legs and feet.


Uh, oh!


This picture made me laugh because it's completely different.


Giraffe #263 is the return address label and envelope-flap sticker from a letter I received. I wonder if one of Zev's little people was hiding inside?


Friday, July 26, 2013

Pierre Bonnard

My last post ended with Two Poodles, a painting by Pierre Bonnard, here in a self portrait c. 1889.

Tempera on canvas

Pierre Bonnard, 1867-1947, was a French painter and printmaker. I love the bright pink paper that draws one's eye to the letter.

The Letter, c. 1906

Bonnard is known for his intense use of color, as can be seen in this painting. I wonder if the little dog will get coffee, too?

Le Café, 1915

And this bright painting, View of Cannet.


Pierre Bonnard drew his subject and made notes on colors, rather than painting from life. Then he painted in his studio. The following are a few of his sketches for the painting, The Bowl of Milk.





The Bowl of Milk, c. 1919

I'm partial to vague paintings of buildings, like the ones seen in The Window.

The Window, 1925

One of Bonnard's lithographs is Les Parisiennes. Look at it before reading the description.

Les Parisiennes, 1893

Description: "Two fashionably dressed women on a street in Paris, France; among the bustle in the background is a man wearing a top hat."

Giraffe #262 is about as difficult to decipher as Bonnard's lithograph. It's a photo of a non-stick bath applique that came unstuck.


The edited version looks like a giraffe, right?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Silhouette Me Some More

Doing the Giraffe Silhouettes posts made me curious to find other Silhouettes. Is this one a mystery to you?


I love leafless trees.

Image by Wing-Chi Poon

This one in a warm tone is beautiful.

Image by Wing-Chi Poon

These melting icicles look a bit like tentacles.

Image by Wing-Chi Poon

Silhouette of a boat ride at sunrise on the Ganges, Varanasi.

Image by orvalrochefort

Chobe River Front, Botswana.

Image by Joachim Huberisitic

The shapes of the buildings and the clouds create a wonderful artistic shot.

Image by Deutsche Fotothek

An interesting juxtaposition.

Image by JaGa

The lacy Eiffel Tower.

Image by Kadellar

I'll be showing more Silhouettes in the future. Meanwhile, this Silhouetted painting, "Two Poodles," is a preview of my next subject.


Giraffe 261 joins other animal Silhouette friends.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Rainbow Day

In the cold of Antarctica, Deception Island, South Shetland Islands, we find this beautiful Rainbow.

Image by Jerzy Strzelecki

I decided to stay warm and make Rainbow cookies. Not this poor little fish, who has his yellow and green in the wrong place. Better eat him quickly before he notices.

Image by Selena N. B. H.

These are very bright and the colors are in the right order.

Image by joyosity

A Rainbow sandwich. That looks yummy.

Image by joyosity

Image by joyosity

I used gel food coloring to make Rainbow-colored cookies. The gel food coloring makes the colors very bright.



The only problem with the cookie recipe is that it contained some oil. You can see it glistening on the unbaked cookie. I'll use a different recipe next time.


I cut the large cookie in half, to make it a proper Rainbow.


And in quarters, to do a few artistic arrangements.




For the frosting, I used a buttercream recipe. Love the colors.


Individual cookie Rainbow.


Cookie color wheel.


Cookie Rainbow.


I added the gel coloring to the frosting with a toothpick and wiped it clean on a paper towel. In doing so, I created Giraffe #260. (In case you're not sure which one it is, she's the flamboyantly-fluffy red critter on the left.)