I bought this sea monkey home a while ago. I hatched the eggs. They grew and on the third day they all died. Disappointed, I put the home away in the corner of the room. About a week ago, I was cleaning and saw the bowl sitting and thought, "how gross, just a bowl of dead sea monkeys. Throw that away". I looked at it right before i poured it down the drain, and to my surprise, something was alive in there. The more research i did, I found out that the first batch often dies. The right thing to do is just leave them alone. There is one male in a tank of about 7. He has already hooked up with two female sea monkeys that we know of. Unfortunately, when sea monkeys are the only pet you have left, you end up learning facts about them that you probably didn't really need/ want to know, like... sea monkeys have been known to mate for up to a week or more, straight. or neat things like, when they reach full adulthood, they have three eyes.
One of my favorite parts about my apartment building, is my neighbor Bookish Lady. Every so often, I slide little pieces of projects that I'm working on under her door, and she slides some under my door for me. This morning I left for work and found this print at my feet. What a fun surprise to start off my day! www.bookishlady.com
This was a commissioned piece I did a while back for an anniversary gift from a guy to his wife. I had met with him, gotten pictures of her and visited his house. We were both pretty certain I was going to do a portrait of his wife as the gift. As I was leaving their house i noticed this leaning tower of pisa lamp they had on the table. He laughed and said it was funny I asked about it, because they had gotten it on their honeymoon. The birds are a silkscreen. I asked because I too had been to Pisa and had also bought a leaning tower of Pisa lamp. I had it in high school, college and after. This was the piece i created for them. He picked out the word 'three', it was how many children they wanted and were just beginning to try and start their family. They now have one child. Sometimes my mind sees something and breaks that image down to it's simplest form. Both in line and color. That image then begins to take on a somewhat cartoon like look. I saw the leaning tower of pisa piece like that and the stonehenge rendering. I think the new commission may also fit into this series in terms of look, style, color and line.
Found this print of a ball of twine by Roy Lichtenstein, and it made me feel like i was on the right track.
i once received this e-mail from a collector i had done two portraits for:
I thought I'd let you know, not that it means anything, but David Lichtenstein (yes, son of) and his wife, Jennifer, came for dinner the other night and raved about the two portraits that you did of us. I should see them again in the next few days - I'll give them your web site.
(blah, blah, blah)
Back to the portraits, almost everyone visiting the house comments on them.
Anyway, have a terrific new year.
Our best - *******
NOT THAT IT NEANS ANYTHING! I think that message alone made my year last year.
Some of my most fun commissions come in the strangest forms. This one- KANSAS. I've tried about a hundred ideas for this one. It really has been fun. But nothing really great yet. I sat down today to get to know Kansas a little better, and guess what I found. World's Largest Ball of Twine! Cawker City, KS
Frank Stoeber started this ball of twine on his farm in 1953. By 1957 it weighed 5,000 pounds, stood 8 feet high, and had 1,175,180 feet of twine on it. Stoeber gave the ball to Cawker City in 1961 before his death in 1974.
-17,980 pounds Almost 9 TON !!! -40 foot circumference -Over 7,827,737 feet of sisal twine -1,444 Miles
The Best Game Ever Invented, was invented Friday night at a house party in the neighborhood of Adams Morgan, Washington DC. It is the sister game to the infamous trivia game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
A bunch of people were outside mingling at a house party in Adams Morgan. No one knew each other and so I thought I'd break the ice by singing 'Greatest Love of All'. Always a crowd pleaser, people started talking and singing along. You could hear people mumbling...houston...whit.... And then, louder than anyone else, one guy yells in total confidence CELINE DION!
This guy tried to convince me that Celine Dion sang 'Greatest Love of All' before Whitney Houston.
I was pretty sure I was right. Like 99.99999%. There was doubt in my mind that Celine Dion may be older than i thought....that was my only concern. Or maybe it was some big Canadian hit before Whitney busted it out in 1978.
This led to the question, and the creation of the most fun game in the world...Which came first, Celine Dion or ______ ? In this case it was, Which came first, Celine Dion or Whitney Houston?
Guy at party- convinced Celine Dion. Me- Good old Whitney Houston.
Who was fight? Me, Of course. Celine Dion, Born March 30, 1968. Whitney Houston, Aug 9 1963.
Play! i'll start.... which came first? Celine Dion or the toaster oven?
I was raised with storytelling. I lived overseas most of my life and didn't really get to spend much time with relatives and family. Instead memories of my family survive through stories told to me and my brother over the years. Like that Christmas Nana used lipstick to write the names on each gift, and it got all over everyones clothes. Or the time grandpa spilled his plate of food on his lap, and everyone was so scared he was going to get upset, but instead he grabbed his drink and poured it on himself too, and everyone laughed.
In reading my friends blog, I was saddened to learn the great folk singer and storyteller, Bruce U. "Utah" Phillips, had died at the age of 73. I had the opportunity to see Utah Phillips years ago when I lived out in Utah. You should listen to his voice!
last year i had the great opportunity to go to NY and stay at the Chelsea Hotel. One night I stopped in the restaurant next door, El Quijote, to have a drink. Behind the bar they had all these statues and pictures of Don Quijote. While there i drew four drawing. This painting is one of them.
If anyone decides to go to Artomatic, you would be a fool to miss out on Britishink on floor 12. It is a mock tattoo parlor where work is actually being done. I cannot tell you how super cute this place is. I have not been out to their studio on H st yet, but am soon to check it out. In other news, R2 School for Fish arrived along with a new ten gallon tank. But because mom can't follow directions, the Corcoran Factory suffered a great loss sunday night, May 18th. Blackie died of ammonia poisoning. Thankfully, snorkel survived. My friend DEBT won a bike race last year and won a trip to ride in London. But because a car crashed into his leg and he broke his femur, he couldn't go. Now he is healed, and he still gets to go to London. Wed. he leaves and I am so happy for him. I gave him a few stickers to put up and a camera to borrow. I can't wait to see what he adds to city. While he was at my house today he got ahold of one of my mary statues. DEBT seems to write on everything. I tried to set rules like, don't write on things that are wood. Or things that are permanent to the structure of the home. But nothing seems to really stop him. The great thing is that they no matter what he draws on, it's always better when he's done. This in my new Mary.
While awaiting the delivery of my R2 fish school, I have been looking for a new home for Blackie and Snorkel to begin training in. I have decided to take on the challenge of teaching Blackie to do a soccer move by rolling the soccer ball around Snorkel (my snail) and then into the goal. In searching, I have found some very fun fish tanks... I found this one on Petco.com for 19.99. I used to have a gumball fish tank in college. One of the fish who lived in that bowl was named Mercutio, who did die a painful and tragic death. I have learned from experience not to name fish after historical figures that have died terrible deaths. Your fish's life and death will mirror these people's lives. This one is 49.95 on shop.com. Or this fun picture frame fish tank that hangs on your wall. For sale at Aquariumsdirect.com. 349.99. If you want to see something super super fun, i recommend checking out fishnflush.com. Promise.
And so the other day one of my most special friends gave me one of the best gifts i have ever received... The worlds largest wall! Well almost...After months and months of searching for the perfect spot for a DECOY mural that will blow your socks off...we finally have it. It's totally visible from the red line heading toward shady grove, which is pretty neat in my book. Something really fun to look forward to this summer!
DECOY along with DC51 paintings hanging at Capitol Hemp. ICH LIEBE DICH- RELAX ICH LIEBE DICH- HIP In the foreground, along with three portraits of Blackie in his tank and one of Napoleon. Check it out. capitolhemp.com
OWEL called me a FIZGIG when i first met. He said it meant a happy, energetic giggly little girl. When i looked it up on dictionary.reference.com it said it was- 1. a type of firework that makes a loud hissing sound.
I liked urbandictionary.com's definition better-
1. a ditzy-ass white gurl!
and then it goes on to list- Jessica Simpson
I really haven't stopped laughing since. I find jessica funny...and Nicks reaction is priceless...this still makes me laugh...
I think it's really funny that in the end she says she just read it wrong.
To see the Sloth Bears at the National Zoo! Guaranteed Fun. Sloth bears have shaggy, dusty-black coats, pale, short-haired muzzles, and long, curved claws that they use to excavate ants and termites. A cream-colored "V" or "Y" usually marks their chests. Sloth bears' nostrils can close, protecting the animals from dust or insects when raiding termite nests or bee hives. A gap in their teeth enables them to suck up ants, termites, and other insects. Not to be confused with a normal sloth, like the one pictured here.
The Sloth Bear does not move as slowly as a sloth, and can easily outrun a human. One theory has it that early explorers saw these bears lying upside down in trees and gave them their common name for the similarity to the way a sloth hangs in trees. Another claims that the Sloth Bear gets its name because its normal walk is more of a meandering shuffle. The shaggy coat, light-coloured muzzle and long claws are common qualities of a sloth. The Sloth Bear primarily eats ants and termites, breaking into termite mounds with large powerful claws and eating the occupants. It may also eat honey, eggs, birds, flowers, tubers, fruits, grains and meat. The animal's fondness for honey has caused it to be nicknamed the Honey bear; it has been known to scale the occasional tree to knock down a bee honeycomb, which it will then enjoy on the ground below.
FUN FACTS: -The Hindi word for bear—bhalu. Baloo, the "sleepy old grey bear" of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, is commonly identified as a Sloth Bear, as Baloo is native to the forests of India. In the Walt Disney Company's 1967 animated adapation of the book, Baloo's design somewhat resembles a grey-colored version of a grizzly bear, but has the distinctive longer claws of the Sloth Bear.
-In the first episode of season 2 of wildboyz, Steve-O fought a Sloth Bear. Went shopping at the outlets in Leesburg today with Relax and Unjuanted. My intent was to buy a pair of Juicy Couture Semi-precious Oversized Sunglasses. I wanted the ones with the plastic frame and the Juicy Couture logo on the left temple with a cutout heart on the frame. Super cute! But they didn't have any. On the way back we got something to eat. Who still eats at Long John Silver's? I haven't been to one since college. The place smelled like grease. One good thing Long John Silver's still has: free pirate hats! In other news, Relax has stared painting again! This means super super cute and fun paintings.