Archive for April, 2013

Apples make me smile

Posted in art, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 27, 2013 by almostfinnish


“Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.”

                                                                                         Oscar Wilde

I don’t cook but I’ve been buying cookbooks lately.

Yes odd…but I did find that they do have some fun and intriguing facts. I’m all for new ideas these days. They have interesting ways to add fun and food to your next get together with family or friends or even just at home with the fam. My family would be very surprised if I showed up with a dish. I do have a bit of quiet adventure stirring inside of me these days with a touch of spontaneity and humor so this might be the change we have all been looking for. 

The latest book that I bought is called the Complete Party Planner (yes it is a cookbook) by Annabel Karmel and this is where I began. The above picture is just a snack I threw together with apples and marshmallows. Called ‘Apple Smiles’. Simple and easy I like that. This book has over 120 ideas.

I’d like to mention another book that caught my attention the first purchase and my catalyst to this whole cooking endeavor called ‘Apples’  by Robert Berkley. Ever since I have been in search for the  perfect apple. I can’t  believe there are so many different names for so many different apples. This will be a delight. I guess you can compare apple to apples.


It’s only a paper moon

Posted in art, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2013 by almostfinnish

I was hoping to say something profound while I collected my thoughts here.


But I got nothing.

They say…

good artists borrow

and great artists steal.

I’ve been intrigued by some old postcard photographs from the 1900’s called ‘Paper Moon.’  They use an acronym RPPC meaning real photo postcard that originated during the dates between 1904-1918. There are a lot of these images taken with kids or couples; families and friends as they would get their picture taken with this life-size paper moon in the background. These photographs are still around and people collect them. The photographs are sepia maybe black and white or both I’m not too sure.  I like old photography to begin with the cameras, the color and the serious faces. I like the whole studio effects and the flatness and how desolate things can look.


I just love this idea and feel the need to explore this topic some more. I just want to bring myself back to that era. In the process maybe bring a good original idea back to life with a new contemporary perspective or modern-day version. I’m in the planning stage to do a painting with this theme. I already have the person and image in mind I just need to get the moon and person sketched out together on canvas. I know some photographs will follow in the mix. How hard could it be to make a paper moon? What does it look like it’s made out of is it wood, fiber glass or foam core?


Of course I have to finish my painting in process before I start another…not.

I have so many paintings in process again.  Three that I can think of off the top of my head but I know there are a couple more tucked away.” The fine art of finishing a painting.” Some will need some serious time to get done and I don’t have any serious time at the moment. So they will have to wait until summertime when the days are long.  I thought if I worked smaller it would go faster but it’s just as much work to do a small painting as a big painting. So my creative process is divided but it is aways in play.

What’s next on your plate?

I have to laugh. I wasn’t very hungry the other night but my son made sure he let mt know that I couldn’t leave the table until I finished everything on my plate.

I stopped saying that.

*Just a note the flags are at half mast around here but it seems like they are always at half mast these days.

Awaken to my first robin(s)

Posted in art with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2013 by almostfinnish

It is definitely spring here I saw my first robin this year well actually I saw my first eight or nine it was a whole migration of robins and a very hearty bunch of birds at that. I never seen so many before.

My life as an artist has been so minimal these days that I haven’t been able to write about anything. I don’t want to write about a bunch of stuff that doesn’t pertain to the creative process which I know. Athough I am doing a disservice to myself and what wakens me as an artist to not speak. Knowing sometimes it is the struggles in between that create great art.

The United States is at a very interesting time…and the media here is not reporting much. The world has a lot of goings on and their plans are already in the making. I read…and I am not surprised more fascinated as it all makes perfect sense as it is slowly unveiled like a novel. I love a good book! Murder, mystery, deceit, scandals, protagonists and antagonist the whole ca-bash.

A must read…The U.S. military shift comes as the so-called BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – seek to create a monetary system to rival and even surpass the West. While it received little U.S. media attention, last week at its fifth annual summit the BRICS group unveiled what it said was a new development bank aimed at breaking the monopoly held by Western-backed institutions. Read more at

Another article about Cyprus-Style “Bail-Ins” Are Proposed In The New 2013 Canadian Government Budget!
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So life goes on and I know that God/Jesus Christ is in control and his plan is playing out. whatever happens to the United State will be nothing that I can stop delay maybe…but not stop.