Sunday, August 26, 2012

Change Name to "JOYCE ALICE"

As you can see by my new heading, I'll be changing the name of this blog from "PaintSpatterChatter" to "JoyceAlice" --- at least, that's the plan   :)    Hopefully that name will be available.  If not, I'll try for some variant of that, such as "Joyce Alice 2"  or  "Joyce Alice 3", etc.   I plan to do this in a couple of days.

I'm not sure what will happen to my 2 followers....  whether Blogger will drag those links along with the change or not.  Hopefully it will.

Anyway, we'll see what will happen!

after Sargent "J Caroll Beckwith"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Life Without Limits

Checked this book out from the library after I saw his video on YouTube.

Here is a quote from page 19:

"There's a wonderful truth that's so central to living.  I find it extraordinary that schools do not teach it.  The essential truth is this:  Each of us has some gift -- a talent, a skill, a craft, a knack --- that give us pleasure and engages us, and the path to our happiness often lies within that gift.
     If you are still searching, still trying to figure out where you fit in and what fulfills you, I suggest you do a self-assessment.  Sit down with a pen and paper or at a computer and make a list of your favorite activities.  What do you find yourself drawn to do?  What can you spend hours doing, losing track of time and place, and still want to do again and again?  Now, what is it that other people see in you?  Do they compliment your talent for organization or your analytical skills?  If you're not really sure what others see in you, ask your family and friends what they think you are best at.
     These are the clues to finding your life's path, a path that lies secreted within you.  We all arrive on this earth naked and full of promise.  We come packed with presents waiting to be opened.  When you find something that so fully engages you that you would do it for free all day every day, then you are on course.  When you find someone who is willing to pay you for it, then you have a career."

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Insomnia !

Couldn't sleep last night, so I got up and did some stuff on my computer.  Today I came across this blog entry --- very appropriate!  This guy got up and did some painting in gouache, check out this post, it's interesting...

Click here to go to post:

Roz Wound Up

Monday, August 13, 2012

Pro Life Candidates for Primary Election Tomorrow

Here is a copy of the PCRTL newsletter for anyone who is interested in the pro-life candidates for the primary elections tomorrow:

If you want to see the Florida Right to Life candidate endorsements, go to and click on the PAC candidate endorsement link on their website.

Here is the link


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Avocados & Cards

The avocados on our tree in the back yard are ripening one by one, and they are good eating!  The skin is thinner than the ones available at the local Publix, and harder to peel off, but they taste great and so fresh!  We also have a lot of limes on the lime tree, but I haven't picked any yet...

Here are my new photo greeting cards all lined up, ready for me to take pix of and get them listed on etsy.  I have just re-named my Paint Spatter shop so they should be up by next week some time.  The brown Kraft envelopes arrived a couple of days ago, and they are VERY nice --- nice thick substantial paper.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

National Gallery of Art

Here are some pix of the National Gallery of Art, where we spent most of our time while we were in DC for 3 days.

In the center of the building on the main floor is a huge rotunda, with tall vaulted ceiling and large round fountain in the center:

N & I took a tour to start with, as we were a more than a little bewildered by it all.  The docent took us hither and yon, showing us about 10 or 12 works only, but discussing them at length.  Actually I was hoping more for a broad overview of the museum, to help us find our way around; but it was very interesting.
Here is a pic from the Chinese porcelain room.  The docent was rather contemptuous of it --- it seems the museum was reluctant to display the porcelain, but had to because it was part of the terms of acquiring a lot of master works they wanted very badly.  Actually I thought the porcelain was beautiful.
Maybe some day critical judgments will swing around and it will be appreciated (ha):

And here is a very old chalice.  I forget exactly what it is and why it is so important... but it's a beautiful thing, isn't it?

Here is one of Degas' little ballet dancer statues (or maybe it is his only one, I'm not sure).  I snapped it hurriedly as we followed the docent through some sculpture galleries, but never got a chance to go back and look at it closer.  There's just too much to look at everything as well as you'd like.

And last but not least here are 4 paintings by Vermeer.  I was very much surprised to see how SMALL they are --- he must have painted them with very small brushes.

And this was the highlight of the tour and the prize masterpiece of the museum:  Leonardo da Vinci's Ginevra.  It is the only painting by da Vinci in the Western Hemisphere, and the NGA is very proud of it.  It is a very lovely thing...

You can see all these paintings, of course, and read about them, online.  Just google "National Gallery of Art".  I think you can even download printable images from the NGA somewhere on their site --- all these paintings are in the public domain.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Washington DC

Here are some more pix from our (not-so-recent) trip to DC:
Our three days in our nation's capital left me with an impression of heavy, solid buildings and monuments; lots of Greco-Roman type architecture with massive columns and carved reliefs; and a lot of construction going on everywhere.  The people we ran into were all very pleasant and helpful --- DC seems to be a pretty friendly city.

This building is the Smithsonian Center; it's called "the Castle".  It has info about the Smithsonian museums.  This is where we went to first, to try to figure out where to go and what to see.

And here is the building where we spent most of our time, the National Gallery of Art.  I lucked out --- they just happened to be having an exhibition of George Bellows, one of my favorite artists.  So I was able to see many of his paintings up close and personal --- a wonderful opportunity.  You weren't allowed to take pix of his paintings, though, so the only pix I have of George Bellows work is the 2 paintings owned by the NGA itself, in their regular collection.