This week's Sepia Saturday theme - "Ceramic decoration" is a 1920's photo from the Aalto University photo archive in the Finnish city of Helsinki. I found the moody lighting and shadows in the photo beautiful.
The subject of creativity was on my mind as I turned the corner to drive home to De Luz the other day. An artist at work on the street caught my eye as I drove by. Artistry is not the usual bill of fare in this part of town; the area is plagued by gang tagging and featured frequently in the Sheriff's log. The punchy bright colors being applied popped out dramatically in a sea of off-white and pastel colored homes and buildings. "I wonder what that is?" I thought. About a mile up the road I decided to u-turn and have another look.
Turned out the artist was Brett Stokes, Fallbrook's famous artist and he was painting a fence post. Usually he paints the sides of buildings and huge wall murals. He was working fast and during our little chat he covered a lot of the post. If you call this "Fence post decoration", you get my connection to this week's theme. Not sepia of course, but you can't have everything.
Here are two of Bret's wonderful murals from around our town.
|Santa Fe Crossing Main by Brett Stokes|
|The Old Ones by Brett Stokes|
I have very few pictures of people engaged in creative endeavors in my photo albums. My grandfather Hector, with his carvings, has appeared several times for Sepia Saturday and here he is again. His output was remarkable but also the creativity he demonstrated at his advanced age. Straight from his imagination into his carving tools poured his amusing riffs on people - Injuns, Mounties (RCMP for all know-nothing non-Canadians) and Cowboys. There was a mini-arkful of exotic animals among which elephants were a recurring theme. My particular favorites were the heavy-drinking men he gifted with red noses and the people with sparkly sequined buttons and eyes.
If I ever decide to try anything knit or crocheted again, I'll try to find a project like this one on-going at our library. All you have to do is a 5 x 7 piece and you can donate it anonymously. How much could you mess something like this up?
From the newsletter of Robert and Sarah Gen at Painters Post
here's a bit of inspiration from someone who'll never quit being creative.
Park your rocking chairs