Posts from the ‘Art’ Category

“As the purse is emptied the heart is filled.” – Victor Hugo


13 days and counting down…
Help-Portrait Date for ♥’Hamsters Helping Bellingham ♥ is December 11, 2010.

 

“No person was ever honored for what he received.  Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
– Calvin Coolidge

In this case, the honor given would be that you have helped someone receive a gift that will honor them and make them feel special. Your donation will help many hearts feel warmth this holiday season by supporting a one-day environment that will inspire both photographer and portrait subject. The gift recipients, for many years to come will have a picture or two that will remind them of that special day when someone did something for them, “Just because….” Nothing is asked of them in return but that they enjoy the day and be treated by the volunteers – and all involved – with the respect they deserve . Everyone involved in the project, Help-Portrait / ‘Hamsters Helping Bellingham, will still receive the gift of happiness from them. To me that seems a reciprocal honor. What could be better?

Give a little, feel great about helping a worthy cause!

All purchases made for the event are accounted for by receipt and detailed expense report, then sent to the non-profit group Help-Portrait (H-P), who will then receive/gather, review and approve all receipts and reimburse the original purchasers with monies from the donation fund for each H-P group. Again, I will mention that ours is Hamsters Helping Bellingham!

SO, as you can see, this will literally come out of the local event coordinator(s)’s pocket, namely ME, and anyone who kindly fronts  money or products – believing in this event – for necessary items, if donations are not made. Donations “in kind” are still being debated amongst H-P and their legal team, so hopefully there will be civic-minded, huge-hearted, caring individuals that will donate in-kind type items and services on a wing and a prayer, “Just because…”

p.s. If you live in the Bellingham/Whatcom co. area and would like to volunteer just let me know. I can be contacted at help.portrait.cbr@gmail.com. There are many positions open: greeters, photographers, print/editing station operators, runners/liaisons between print/editing stations and photographer, hospitality hosts, etc. Any and all help is appreciated!

Donations of all sorts of photographic and computer items are needed too. Just write to the email address listed above, if you want to help out and become one of the ‘Hamsters Helping Bellingham!

p.p.s It will make you feel all warm and fuzzy to help out. I promise!

Blink and You’ll Miss It


One weekend, this past Summer, my husband and I decided to just get out and head along the Mt. Baker Highway. Since we both are looking for work, we end up spending too much time online; we needed to see some scenery and get fresh air.

It is amazing the things you see, in the most unassuming of places, such as Glacier, Washington. I managed to catch a few snaps before we had to head back toward home and our online work searches (well, and blogs, too). All in all, a refreshing day for us.

My apologies for no pictures of trees and woodland animals, but I wanted to post these. I was like a little kid when I saw the creativity that sat at the opening of such a small town – if you blink, you miss Glacier on your way to Mt. Baker.

Hidden treasures, inspiring ones for your own freedom of self-expression and creativity, can be around any corner when you go out adventuring – or even just taking a break from boredom and unemployment.

Keep your eyes open and be willing to say, “Stop the car,” – to yourself or others – if you wish to take in life and really absorb it…enjoy it. It is your right; even if it is just to admire a fence made out of old snow skis and a hair salon set-up in a vintage Airstream trailer in a tiny blip of a town.

“I guess when you turn off the main road, you have to be prepared to see some funny houses.” – Stephen King, author (1947 – )

All Photographs ©Carol A. Bourns

Once Upon a Time …


Everybody was young, once upon a time; playing, hoping, dreaming. They figured for themselves a future that became their reality (if they were lucky and determined), maybe something to keep on their perpetual “to-do” list, or a weight to wear daily as their mantle of self-disappointment.

This is just something that I have been thinking about ….

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently
Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900.)

How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams with its illusions, aspirations, dreams! Book of Beginnings, Story without End, Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend!” –  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (18071882)

…and I will leave you with this: “If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.” James Russell Lowell

This Little Piggy Went to Market ….


Yes, I am still editing well over 100 photographs from my excursion to the local farmers’ market, but trust me that the wait for the pics will be worth it. Part of the fun – and frustration – of creating a new post is the decision making: Should I write a little story around the pictures? Create links to vendors’ web pages AND additional photographs? Just the vendors’ pages? Should I break up the post into several posts/entries? Maybe I should just create a pictorial post with links to the vendors at the bottom of the page. Hmmm, decisions. decisions; but I did want to give a “shout out”, before I create my Market Masterpiece, to everyone there.

Bless the vendors at the Bellingham Farmers’ Market (BFM)! They are AWESOME! Everyone there made me smile. I came back home on a manic high. It seemed that everyone there loved talking to the potential consumer about their endeavors and stewardship of food, art, beautiful crafts, etc. That made it exciting for me; I left the market feeling more alive than when I entered it.

We all need connections like this in our lives; good food, wonderful crafts and art, great people pursuing their dream, community, and conversation. Next Saturday, around 9 a.m. close your computer, turn off your television, grab your family (maybe a friend), hop on or in your favorite form of transportation (heck, walk if you are close enough) and head to your local farmers’ market! You will be happy and have a smile after you join your community, even if it is just to have look … and a nibble! Don’t forget to take a big bag to carry all your goodies home with you. Maybe head to a park afterward and have a picnic. Buy local and fresh. You will appreciate your purchases much, much more if you get to meet the people who bring the food to your table and make the arts and crafts for your home.You might even make a new friend (or ten) along the way.

See you next Saturday, my beloved BFM!

Photos ©Carol A. Bourns, 2010

If you want to visit the vendors’ websites without having to dig through my posts, look to the “This Little Piggy…” link on the sidebar here. I am compiling a list as I go along.

All Photos ©Carol Bourns-Roberts, 2010

May Inspiration and a Notebook Always Travel with You


Photo from Library Marginalia*

Have you ever had a great idea or liked a quote enough that you thought to yourself, ” I have to remember that for later.” or “I must jot that down.”? I know I have many, many times…then forgotten the quote or lost the idea. Many an art project concept or bit of writing was lost due to my leaky memory.

Well, I have taken to carrying a small notebook with me (along with my camera) wherever I go. The notebook is not very large, just the size of a postcard, but it fits in my purse and does the job. It may appear a little boring on the outside, but inside, it holds my thoughts and future projects. Yes, I know my fancy, schmancy smartphone could do the job, and even take a picture to go along with the entry to boot, but it just isn’t the same. Maybe I am a bit old-fashioned, I don’t think there is any “app” that will change that fact.

Just yesterday, on a drive around Whatcom County, WA, I pulled “Crazy Notebook, Jr.” out of my bag and entered three or four things that inspired me and the name of places I want to revisit or photograph (with different light). It is a GREAT place to keep business cards of places I love, so I can search for related websites when I return home. No more saying, “I will remember that for later.”  If anything else, there is always a place to jot down a grocery or to-do list, but hopefully, that will be kept to a minimum.

There may be a fancier notebook in my future though, I have been eyeing a few at Gifts for Book Lovers. Remember, notebooks come in many designs, colors, and sizes.  I have been virtual window shopping at The Daily Planner just to get a few ideas for my next one. Maybe a proper Moleskine ♥ – the laser-engraved ones at “Engrave Your Book” are pretty nifty – but I would like one that I can refill, which would be fantastic.


Photo: Engrave Your Notebook

Right now, though, “Crazy Notebook, Jr.” will do just fine while I am reigniting my creativity. It is all about baby steps.

…and remember, notebooks aren’t always for writing or drawing:


Artist Journal: Unlikely Moose, Live Journal

* Anne Welsh at Library Marginalia has written a thoughtful piece about journaling and what it means in this day and age of the blog.

Shadow Box Art and The Art of Finding Patience


For years, I have been interested in shadow box art. (Please note that I said art and not display. They are two different things in my book. Though, sometimes, a display unintentionally becomes art.) Maybe it came from the dioramas made in grade school; maybe from my love of collecting odd knick-knacks and bits of visual art that I found fascinating. Who knows?

As I progressed to college, Joseph Cornell entered my vision. He was a curious, quiet man, a bachelor, who lived with his mother, and created wondrous assemblages, like those I dream of creating. His boxes remind me of finding treasures hidden away in attics, antique stores and junk shops. They are strong, yet quaint.

A few of my graduation year projects involved using shadow boxes and boxes of all sorts, but in a less decorative or narrative style than Cornell’s. I focused on lighted triptychs and “finding hidden pasts”, using words and images in a different manner than he did. There was a simple message that I wanted to express and I believed too many visual segues would distract from that message.

Lately, though, my interest in these little assemblages has been reignited. Each a seemingly-homegrown object d’art – layers upon layers to ponder and sometimes, it would appear, just capricious fairy tales, per se – created with such detail and devotion. Ahh, the patience. Do I have the patience, I wonder? Yes, I am tenacious, but patient…?

I get easily distracted from one project to another. *Oh, look, a squirrel!* There are so many things that I want to try and do, the list is endless; so much to create…read…experience. Do I have the patience required to sit down and pull the pieces together and lay them out, assemble them and finish the “labor of love” without the piece looking thrown together? Will I just set it down for “later” and never return to it until years later, if ever? Maybe, I am still that little girl that would hurriedly finish a paint by numbers project, just to get it done, bored with it already. Or, am I still the little girl that could sit for hours, creating and hand-sewing outfits for her dolls? That is my challenge to myself. We shall see.

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…and just because we all appreciate old photographs:
Joseph Cornell Family in his Youth with His Family

Want to Learn more about Joseph Cornell. recycled art and assemblage?:

“Shadow boxes become poetic theaters or settings wherein are metamorphosed the element of a childhood pastime.” – Joseph Cornell’

Richard Haymes

Audrey Graffiti Art


Now, this is my kind of graffiti. I usually frown upon destruction of personal property, though I appreciate good graffiti art, but this little gem caught my eye, a year or so back. Audrey!, Napa, California
Originally, I was there for a scooter club meeting. I waited for a few members to arrive; nice people, good environment!–but AUDREY demands attention. The club members were friends from the start; such nice people. The Napa Valley is a great place!

One of my favorite places in the Napa Valley is Hall Wines. (There is a link to a scooter enthusiast here, but I am not telling.) The Rutherford location is exquisite! Definitely, take a tour of the caves if you can. The artwork on the property is a fun touch.The views and the house are breathtaking.

My friend, John Curnutt, is a great, wine consultant!.
(Plus, he is a scooter rider, too!)

If you are visiting Napa County, definitely check out:
Scarlett’s Country Inn
Gott’s Roadside (click on St. Helena, for the cool, local spot)
Napa Valley Scooter Club

!Audrey Photo ©Carol A. Bourns, 2007