Monday Musings — 27MAY24

There’s more great stuff (not political) here:

His statement:

I am from Portland, Oregon and I am an artist here in the Pacific Northwest. Most of my work is figurative in nature but extends into abstract expressionism with a focus on portraiture, faces and geometric shapes.

Here’s Geir Opdal:

This is my online museum and store.  You can wander from room to room and listen to conversation between paintings.  You may also buy a signed print or an original work.

Wolff Land is the geographical state of my imagination. In my mind it is an actual place where islands are limned in gold as the sea tongues up fantastic shores.
Sphinxes wade through clear golden water among huge fields of grass (Sphinxland), hybrid dream creatures have multi canvas adventures (Catspider) and sometimes faces of friends show up (Portraits). The stories are driven by movement and color: stars unfol)d in vertical clouds over a mountainside
of blue thistles (The Mermaid’s Feet), a man wanders through a falling down house as birds fly through his heart (Waltz). But always I try to paint the
impossible: Light—light of the sun on objects, on water, the light of stars, the light around an amazing event; the light of love.


And, finally, here’s something from me:

Monday Musings — 6MAY24

We all, probably, have heard the term “spang”. Here’s the definiton”

spang [ spang ]

adverb, Informal.

  1. directly; exactly:The bullet landed spang on target.

This next word is not actually in any dictionary. I made it up while half way between sleep, and wakefulness Sunday morning.

spangular [ spang-gyuh-ler ]


  1. Acting in a direct manner.
  2. Precisely

In a sentence: He spoke in a spangular way.

I don’t know, just some fun with words, I guess. LOL


Found out that there is a Wiki project solely for art. Spent some time perusing it, and it’s pretty useful.

Aim of the project

Our primary goal is to make world’s art accessible to anyone and anywhere. WikiArt already features some 250.000 artworks by 3.000 artists, localized on 8 languages. These artworks are in museums, universities, town halls, and other civic buildings of more than 100 countries. Most of this art is not on public view. With your active involvement, we are planning to cover the entire art history of the Earth, from cave artworks to modern private collections. We also provide you with tools for translation on as many languages as needed.

Has artist biographies, and a selection of their work, and a link to the Wikipedia article. It explains art movements/styles and has links (with portraits) of practitioners of the style.

What a great resource.

What about that box grater

18 uses for a box grater. Number 2 was the best in my estimate.

2. Brown Sugar

Even though I know that putting a citrus peel in the brown sugar keeps it soft, I inevitably end up with brown-sugar boulders that I attack with a knife, a scenario sure to one day end in heartbreak. And then I thought: box grater. It works.

Scott Nearing

A nice biography and remembrance of Scott Nearing, who along with his wife Helen, basically, started the back to the land movement. Read their books assiduously back when I was younger, still have my original copies of the “Good Life” books.

While I’m not able to garden like they did this spring, the wife and I have figured out how I can grow some herbs and veggies. Couldn’t do this life without her.

Thanks for reading. Love you all.

Happy May Day

Did you know the May Day is actually two different holidays in one? Well it is.

The tradition of May baskets and May poles come from the celebration of Beltane and Walpurgis, ancient “pagan” holidays to celebrate the beginning of summer.

It is, also, International Workers Day (ie. Labor Day). The US and other countries don’t celebrate it as such an that stems “from a resistance to emboldening worldwide working-class unity”.

Read more here :

So whether you’re a pagan, or a Wobblie; Happy May Day!