Sunday, August 29, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pythia

Priestess of the Delphic Oracle,
she breathed in vapors that issued from the rocks
and prophesied.

Friday, August 27, 2010

forest peripheralite

You never get a fix on its first perimeter of defense, but he does you.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Afanasy Nikitin

15th century Russian explorer of India, sailed down the Volga to Astrahan, was set upon by men and storms. losing wares, provisions - whole ships. Persia, then to India where three years were spent traveling, observing, writing. All this 25 years before da Gama.

He marveled at foreign ways and customs and wrote about as many as he came across in "Voyage Beyond Three Seas." These were simple descriptions of what people wore and ate; their habits, their beliefs. Sometimes the matter-of-fact was wrapped in fable, to wit:

"At Alland there lives the ghuggu, a bird; it flies at night, crying 'ghuggu' whenever it settles on a house-top, someone dies in the house; and when anyone tries to kill it, it begins to spit fire. As for monkeys, they live in the woods; and they have a monkey prince who leads an army. And when anyone harms them, they complain to their prince, who sets his army upon the offender. Then the monkeys fall upon that town and destroy the houses and kill the people. They are said to have a very large army and to speak a tongue of their own."

Six years on the road. Died short of Smolensk.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

esteemator

sizes you up in order to gauge
the amount of respect you deserve

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Banquo

Doubts evil can speak truth,
ghost plays musical chairs,
fathers a line of kings.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Nabbed

Police say several distinguishing characteristics aided them in their apprehension of the suspect.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

p.o.'d steward

Was so mad at all of us he bailed at 30,000 feet.
Never did get my peanuts.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sunday, August 08, 2010

stone girl

She's a new type, only about 30 percent Sculpey. The rest is stone. Unfortunately, these come off much better in your hand than they do scanned and loaded onto the computer. The less defined eye is actually very well defined. But it's so deep it blurs when scanned.

I've made a couple dozen of these so far. Some have faces on both sides of the stone. In searching out worthy stones, I zero in on those that have natural cavities into which I can shape the clay. After baking in the stone, the face is popped out and J-B Welded back in. When it's set, more clay is added to help blend it into the stone, baked again, then painted.

You can't really do anything with them. They're too heavy for jewelry and their backs are irregular. They sure are a lot of fun to make, though.

More of these to come.

festival reveler

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Wednesday, August 04, 2010