It was a beautiful day here in Tennessee today, nice Spring day. There was a tiny bit of misfortune on this Sunday drive however as our youngest has a stomach virus and couldn't go out on a drive. Mamma and her stayed home while Daddy and the oldest took on Cookeville for the Sunday drive. Now, it is sort of cheating as we all used to live right in Cookeville and we are normally travelling to Cookeville at least once per day, but it is still a beautiful Tennessee town with plenty to see. As you can see from the pictures, Cookeville has a train depot and as well as several other picturesque landmarks. While we were taking in some of the Cookeville sights we decided to make a run up toward Monterey to the Stamps Cemetery, otherwise known as the "Witches Cemetery". Legend has it that you can see pentagrams on the tombstones and that's because witches are buried there or some such thing. You can see in the pictures that there are stars carved into the tombstones, but I doubt these folks had much to do with the occult. The tombstones are very interesting though as you can see from the photos.
It was a rainy Saturday here in Tennessee today. That means a good day to make art! The Tingler girls make art constantly, they are an inspiration, children's art is so free and expressive. Unfortunately, the school system here has no art class, very sad. We are working to have more structured art "classes" at home. Art is very important for creative development and we are finding it is also helping them excel in math and the language arts at school. If you are in a similar situation, I encourage you to make time for art making at home. Plus, it is fun....here are some recent works they have made...
"Dethe Doethe Call"
Text Reads, "Remembre frendes grete and small for to be Ready whan dethe doethe call"
The imagery in this painting was inspired by this old Medieval quote. Of course the piece can be interpreted different ways, but one basic theme is the portrayal of the continuing battle between good and evil.
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So here's how I make stuff. I find a picture of something that interests me, I look at that picture.........and then I try to copy it exactly how I see it. Below you'll see my reference picture, which in this case is a bat, and then the finished piece, or my translation of the reference bat. Somewhere along the way something goes haywire in the translation....haha.