Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Remembering the victims

I really thought that after one year, I would be able to post about this without crying, but when I went in on this Virginia Tech Site, the tears started to flow.

One of my mother's brothers was a VPI (Tech) alumni. He received an excellent education at Tech and went on to be a successful tax accountant. When we were children, he took my brother to all the Tech games. He was proud to be a Hokie and we felt like Hokies, too. Unfortunately, this beloved uncle died (much too young) before he could encourage us kids to go to Tech . Someone might say that I didn't actually lose anyone in the Virginia Tech Massacre, but they would be wrong. We all lost when this happened. Even the parents of the one that caused this. I feel so sorry for all the families involved. I show my remembrance by wearing the school colors whenever I can. It's the least I can do for Uncle Bud.

Well, that being said, I will continue in a somewhat lighter mode. I don't know if I have mentioned that my hubby plays bluegrass on Saturdays. For his birthday, my sister sent him an electric "upright" bass. He usually plays an electric rock bass, sitting down with a strap around his shoulder. He finally decided to break out the Pace Bass last weekend, but it wasn't easy standing up for 4 hours. This is the reason that we went shopping yesterday for a swivel bar stool for him to use when he plays. He got a really nice one and I will try to take a picture of him the next time he plays. While we were in the furniture store, he suggested an impulse item.....a new sofa!!! I love it. They even delivered it the same day. We picked out one that is slightly smaller than the one we had and it makes our living room look so much larger. The only problem is now, we need a new coffee table. You know how that goes.

Well, not much more to say, except keep doing art. Never be discouraged by comparing your abilities, or your style or anything else to other artists. I believe we are all artists. We are all individuals and this individuality can show through in our art. Don't make only what you think will "sell", make what you like. Try new techniques, and if you don't always have the proper tools, improvise. Who knows what you might come up with. You might invent the next "new thing". Whatever you do, the whole point I'm trying to make is, go ahead and do it!

Me, I'm going to go take the head off of an old Barbie doll and see if I can cut it in half. Wish me luck. Ta, Ta for now.


Kims Art said...

Oh, so true! If you put the head in a warm oven 175-250 it will not be so hard to cut, this also works for repositioning the arms, hands, and legs. It will be very hot, so be careful. when I put the oven up to 250 I leave the door open a little with a folded wash cloth. I use a box cutter, but I was just thinking you could use tubbing or pipe cutter.

Funky Art Queen said...

I love bluegrass. I think it is cool that your hubby plays. I have always admired musicians. Good advice about the art. It is easy to get discouraged if you see others beautiful works of art. Or to get distracted to something that you may not even enjoy doing but you do it because so and so did. We should stay true to ourselves!

suze said...

One more week. So what do you want for your birthday?

Susan said...

re: Suze

For my birthday, I want a magic
de-cluttering wand. All my spaces are spilling over. When will it arrive???

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

So sorry about your Uncle, that was so sad.

I love bluegrass music, I wish I could play the violin.
Can't wait to see what you do with the barbie, sounds fun!

Linda said...

Have fun with Barbie, the furniture and let us see what you do with her head. Thanks for the encouragement about everyone being an artist. It's just what I needed to hear today. Take care!