Sunday, June 25, 2017

Day 1795: Cutest flower girls ever!

farm life, collages, photo & digital

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Years & years ago, 55 to be exact, there was a wedding.
And in that wedding were the cutest flower girls ever. Ever!

Alans & Carmen

Cousin Katha's daughters were 4 and 2, and perfect!

Alana went first, so Carmen could follow her example.
Their job, to drop rose petals every so often.

Carmen forgot that part & when she noticed ...
she dropped a whole tiny fist full in one place.
My Dad & I were waiting our turn & had a perfect view.
He let out with a huge laugh.
I think it was his favorite memory.

When I was hunting up these photos ...
I found a swatch of the bridesmaid & flower girls dress fabric.

antique gold satin

And yes, they did have color photography back then, but ...
we were on a budget, so opted for sepia.
The wedding cost $400. 
I designed the bridal & bridesmaid gowns & flower girl dresses.

Ruth Shoemaker made them all from just my drawings!
As members, we were able to use the church free.
The Minister fee was $50, the license $5. 

The reception was cake & lemonade in the church basement.

Simpler times, but even then it was a bargain.

A smile for Sunday ...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Day 1794: It's time ...

Socal, collages, photo & digital

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* Please note: I have asked permission to borrow 
from Bob Cherone's FB post, he said yes.

. . .

Demura sensei just painted one eye of the Daruma doll.
A hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll, but more than a toy,
it is regarded as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. 

photo by Bob Cherone

So starting Monday, all classes will be held at 
the new Genbu-kai Honbu dojo!
848 N. Parton Street, Santa Ana, CA 90701
  Monday, June 26, 2017 
the new dojo will be OPEN for classes!
Our old tatami ... patched & worn after years of training ...

now replaced with beautiful new traditional tatami from Japan.
I love that they saved some of the very worn wood panels
from the old honbu dojo, to frame the new shinzen.

photo by Bob Cherone

I'd be remiss not to mention the many who volunteered, 
worked, spent their time to make this new home possible.
• First and most important, Demura sensei 
who wanted a permanent home for his students.
Daryoush Shahidzadeh who scoured Santa Ana properties
to find a potential "honbu dojo" that met Demura sensei's list.
• Bob Cherone, Remodeling Contractor at Primoremodel
who donated countless hours rebuilding our new dojo.
• Dave Hines, Industrial Designer, Product Development
for his stellar design expertise and renderings.
• And an army of dojo volunteers, too many to name all, 
but I am going to try to mention as many as I can, 
please forgive any omissions. 
Bob Cherone, Jess Seiffert, Bill Bessert, Roy Center,
Daryoush Shahidzadeh, Jesse Cemme, Michael Keating, 
Michael Cavanaugh, Robert Vasquez, Javier Toledo
Jared Stanton, Tina Forsythe,  Sean Demura
On behalf of all of us ... Arigatou gozaimasu.

See you at the dojo!

This tradition of painting the Daruma eyes ...
is symbolic in Japanese culture. 
The doll is a representation of Daruma (Bodhidharma) 

provided by Bob Cherone

who founded the Zen Buddhism around the 5th century.
The story goes, Daruma meditated against a wall for 9 years 
and as a result his arms and legs fell off from atrophy. 
This is why the doll does not have arms and legs.
There is a weight placed in the bottom of the doll 
so when it falls over it stands right back up every time. 
This is symbolic of the saying  ...

 Nana Karobi Ya Oki  (Fall down 7 times, get up 8).
The facial hair is typically in the form of crane and tortoise 
which represents longevity. and the proverb: 
"Crane lives 1,000 years, tortoise 10,000 years".
A new Daruma doll comes without the eyes painted 

Daruma doll (達磨 daruma)

as legend holds that Daruma meditated for those 9 years 
with his eyes open. When starting a new goal, 
one eye is painted in while making a wish. 
By looking at only the one eye painted, 

one is reminded of the goal they wished for. 
Once that goal is realized, 

the second eye is painted in to represent the accomplishment. 
This tradition led to the Japanese phrase for 
"Both Eyes Open" representing realization

Susanoo slaying Yamato-no-Orochi

A smile for Saturday ...

Friday, June 23, 2017

Day 1793: Mail art marathon.

bowler hat, collages, old photo & digital

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Thursday was week 3 of the 4 week series ...

 featuring mixed media techniques in mail art, 
postcards, cards, envelopes, stamp people & a portfolio.

A demo in a few techniques and stamp people, 
using postage stamps & junk mail collage for bodies.
Experimentation and exaggeration was the goal.

by Bette, Karen, Lauren & Betty

Some worked on long 6X 24 heavy paper for stamp people.

journal spread by Bette

Some artists worked in their journal ...

journal spread by Jan

journal spread by Carrol

journal page by Sandra

and there were postcards ...

by Peggy

by Connie

by Lauren

by Irene

by Connie

and cards & envelopes ...

Arlfred Hitchcock card & envelope by Irene
by Peggy

by Lauren

by Betty

by Betty

by Karen

I apologize, I didn't get everyone's work, 
three hours went by quickly & there was so much going on.

. . .

Next Thursday, June 29th is the last of the 4 class series.
We will make a magic book, using mixed media skills.
Information & sign up here.

A smile for Friday ...