Black Holes

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Black Holes are fascinating and terrifying.   This Black Hole Is Really Taking Its Time Eating a Poor Star http://playground.knitdogproductions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/IO9BlackHole.mp4   In November of 2014, observers spotted a burst of light that they thought was a supernova but when astrophysicist Anna Payne started analyzing the data she noticed that the burst was reoccurring every 114 days. In other words, it wasn’t a supernova. It was something else. Click Here for the whole article.     Not 100% sure what a black hole actually is? Check out this informative article from NASA, which includes a nifty Guide to Black Hole Safety. Click Here for the full article.   But what if you did fall into a black hole?       And now that you know a little more about them, you might be happy to know that they are actually alot easier to create...

More Orchid and a bit of Buzzing…

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  I can’t lie, I have not been very productive this week. So many things in the air but the last two nights I just haven’t had the will to do any work. I haven’t been at a total standstill but close. Here is some progress on the orchid…     I’m starting to like the direction this is going. The extra time and effort is really starting to pay off. I think I might make some prints on wood of this after it is done. I also messed around with this idea a little more…     This was a little less successful. Some has to do with the way the markers lay on the substrate, some of it was the design not really working. The first drafts were more simple and clean and worked much better. My daughter colored one too but she was really unhappy with how the marker looked too and asked me not to post it. She chose a really nice color scheme...

Art History: Penitent Magdalene by Donatello

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  Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, not the Ninja Turtle, was a Renaissance era Italian Sculptor. He worked in a variety of materials including stone, bronze wood and clay. It is believed he started his art training as a goldsmith. His work mostly focused on religious figures and iconography. One of his most well known sculptures is a fascinating bronze depiction of David but I have always been taken by his Magdalene.     The Penitent Magdalene is a poplar wood sculpture of Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene is an interesting figure in the bible. Our understanding of her is now questioned and, in my opinion, Donatello seems to humanize her in a way that many don’t. She was a “woman of sin” (prostitute) who was tremendously beautiful but possessed by demons. Jesus cast out those demons and she went on to become one of his most ardent followers. The Bible...

Another New Project!

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  “I’ve got one idea that I’m especially psyched out of my mind about. Ya’ know, it’s one of those ideas where you’re just like, YES!”    – Miles Finch, Elf (2003)   Ok so now I’m juggling a few different things at the same time. It is great to have ideas but it is awfully hard to actually complete anything. The orchid is coming along but very slowly. I’m going to try to focus on this for a minute and get it done. What is it? Well here is a hint…  

Quick Pics (01.18.21)

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Rogue

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  I was fortunate to have a techy dad. As far back as I can remember we always had a computer. I remember inserting the big ol’ floppy disk to load MS-DOS and then loading whatever game I wanted to play. The day we upgraded to two disk drives was huge and you cannot imagine how mind blowing it was when we got our first hard drive. Anyway, I loved Frogger and Dig Dug but my favorite was a text-based dungeon crawler, Rogue. My mom and I would fight over who would get to play next. I spent hours getting slaughtered by snakes, emus and kestrels. The internet being what it is, I was able to track down a playable version of the game…   (Click Here)   I have already sunk another 3 to 4 hours into Rogue since finding it and I still get slaughtered on a regular basis. While I’m tripping down memory lane, this site brought back some memories…   (Click...

A New Buildable

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    Starting up a new buildable. I’m trying to make this one a little more simple. Grim turned out to be a little difficult to build so I’m using that one as a guide for difficulty. I am going to try to make this simple but fun. Lots of parts and options but not to difficult or discouraging. Stay tuned.

Art History: Jenny Saville

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Human perception of the body is so acute and knowledgeable that the smallest hint of a body can trigger recognition. —Jenny Saville I just realized that alot of these are going to start with, “When I was in college…” but here goes. In college I hung out with a girl who was a stereotypical, 100% Artist. That was her thing. Still is actually. She went on to attend a really great grad school and she is a working artist but that is beside the point. During our time hanging out she acquired a book that was more holy to her than the Bible. It was a heavy hardcover book about the Sensations Art Exhibit. She carried that thing around with her everywhere she went. I can honestly say I never saw most of the pages because she wouldn’t let it out of her reach for more than a few minutes. The freshest, most amazing artists working at the time were featured in those pages and...