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  • Segullah 12:18 am on April 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Pen’s out of ink!! 

    Need a refill and a break from writing tonight…. get back hopefully tomorrow night!!

    Bless ya all!!  Have a great weekend!!

     
  • Segullah 10:40 pm on April 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    End of month!! 

    Not too much to write just now!!

    Busy doing end of month accounts…. you that fun sort of stuff!!  🙂  But I will get back to this tomorrow!!

    Bless ya!

     
  • Segullah 10:24 pm on April 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Bits and Pieces!!! 

    Well, praise the Lord, things at our place are beginning to fall into place.

    I’ve tidied up my office/study/work space, which happens also to be a pantry.  It’s such a wonderful feeling to have some harmony in your work area…. and places for everything.  I now can find papers.

    As I come into my little place here, it reminds me a bit of Dr Who, who travelled through time in a phone.  I don’t do time travel, but I do go all around the world from my pantry.

    And, BTW, the pantry does happen to be a decent size…. enough room for food, as well as books, desk and a computer.  I love this space!!  And it’s handy to the kitchen, so I can be in here while dinner’s cooking and things like that.

    But, don’t worry, I do leave the pantry, from time to time.  Like, I do need to go to town to buy food for my hungry crew quite often! 🙂  And yesterday, I went for a beaut walk in the bush, with my special buddy camera.  We saw lots of lovely sights, and came home with a memory card full of cool pics.  But, I did have one funny incident….

    …. I’d got to the stage where I’d just about used up the memory card, and I spotted this ladybeetle on this grass seed head.  Being near-sighted, I very often take my glasses off and pop them on top of my head,when I take macros.  I can see the view finder better that way… and I really do need new glasses.  So, I did that for the ladybeetle.

    This was exciting, because it was my very first ladybeetle with the new camera.  Well, after a number of shots, I ran out of memory, so I figured it must be enough and time to go home.  Well, I went to put my glasses on, but they weren’t there.  In all the excitement, they’d fallen off somewhere, and I hadn’t noticed.

    So, imagine me in the bush, as blind as a bat, groping around for a pair of spectacles.  I started to panic, thinking I’d have to ring for my daughter to come and rescue her mum.  However, I was saved that embarrassment.   After a few minutes searching for these glasses, I did end up finding them in the long grass.

    Well, I started to head home, but spotted some more good photo ops, so I sat down on the ground and went through my photos and deleted all the dud ones, which allowed me to take quite a few more good pics.

    It still amazes me about God’s creation, that how in just a simple walk in the bush, you can see so much of His wonderful handiwork.  We sure do have a God that cares!!

     
  • Segullah 12:06 pm on April 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Harmony at Home!!… is HEAVEN!! 

    Alright!! I know, I know….. I haven’t posted for a couple of days!!

    But hey, I’ve got a good reason….. I’ve been busy creating some harmony in this place!! And boy, it feels good!! Normally I’d try to get some organization in the place, but that sounds way too regimented. Harmony is a much better word….. sounds more creative to me.

    Would you believe, this is one of the lessons I learned from that Mondrian debate last week? The main thing that Mondrian guy was on about was harmony of shapes, textures and colours, and balance. So, I’ve been taking that lesson and applying it to life, and to our home! And hey!! It’s been a real revelation to me!!!

    Last week, as I was thinking about harmony, it struck me!!….. Harmony is all about grace! I’d been thinking of how I should get organized and get things in order, which seems very regimented…very legalistic!!

    So, as I see it, harmony is grace at work. When everyone is gracious to one another, the result is HARMONY!!

    Also, I found, striving to be organised, was very straight, clinical, restricting and stressful, whereas, harmony is creative, and beautiful, and liberating, and serene!!

    Just take a home that is well organized, and one that is harmonious. By looking at them both, they may seem very much the same. However, just some spend some time in each, and you’re sure to find a real difference!! That difference is atmosphere!!!

    One is grace, and the other is rules!! One has a “YES face”, and the other has a “NO face”! I sure know which one I’d sooner have!!

    So, I am so thankful for this lesson! Now I can look at our home in a much different light, and with the Lords help, create harmony!!

     
    • mommabeart 10:59 pm on April 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful thought…Absolutely CORRECT too . Oh that we could all have a home that is in harmony and maybe take it one step farther…. a land that lives in harmony, with God of course. I believe that it is because we have been ‘set free’ that we can even talk about true harmony.

  • Segullah 10:18 pm on April 23, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Precious Little Things! 

    It’s been a day or two since I’ve written anything… reason being, catching up on some work. Anyhow, after all the writing last week, I was just about written out. 🙂

    So today I decided not to write until I was done!!

    Now, yesterday!? As it was a lovely, mild day, I decided it was a good opportunity for a walk in the bush. Where I live, there’s a fair bit of bush around. And as I write this, I remember where we lived when I was little, there was a lot of bush out the back of our place. I recall going out and picking the wildflowers and bringing them home to Mum.

    And guess what I did yesterday in the bush? I went chasing wildflowers. I’ve only just realised this connection, and how far this love has gone back. Anyhow, now, instead of picking them, I shoot them… with my camera of course!!

    What I love about photographing them is the double surprise I get. Actually finding this precious little flowers is buzz, so I get down on the ground and take their pic. But coming home with the catch, is just as amazing. On downloading them, it is truly amazing what I find. As these tiny beauties are blown up on the screen, there before my eyes, in implicit detail is the awesome handiwork of our Master Designer. Nothing is overlooked by Him.

    wildflowers

    Isn’t it so astounding how the Maker of the whole universe, and the one Who holds all those galaxies in place, is also the one Who puts the intricate details into the tiniest of flowers… flowers that most people wouldn’t even notice. So why should he make such a fuss over something that is not even see, and that is here today and gone tomorrow? Why take the time on something that is so fleeting?

    But that is how BIG our God is!!! Nothing in all creation escapes His notice. And so neither do we!! And even more so, since we are the most cherished of all His creation. It reminds me of what Jesus said:

    “If God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

    “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

    “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:30-34, NLT)

     
    • mommabeart 11:30 pm on April 23, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Right on!!! Thank you…missed you while you were busy 🙂

  • Segullah 9:10 pm on April 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    My New Bathroom Tiles!! 

    Move over Mondrian!!!

    Bathroom tiles

    Why can’t the BATHROOM be a place for GOOD ART??!!

    We can spend lots of time and money decorating our living rooms, but never really think about that other place where we spend lots of idle…. and sometimes not so idle…. moments.

    Shouldn’t it be there that we need something inspiring to feast our eyes on??

    When I was a kid, I’d spend ages in the bathtub… still do!! One thing I used to like to do was to study the bathroom tiles. As I did, I’d find all sorts of shapes. I remember that one of those shapes was a chicken, and every night I’d watch this chicken… well lots of chickens, because there were lots of tiles.

    Now, would you believe that at the motel we stayed at last week, there on the bathroom wall were the same chickens.

    Well, I would much sooner look at something else other than chickens…. or plain white tiles, which seems to be the trend these days. So, I reckon this would be pretty cool!!

    However, there would be only ONE problem with that….. complaints from the rest of the family, because you stay in the bathroom too long!! 🙂

     
    • mommabeart 10:49 pm on April 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I hung oil paintings in my bathroom…everyone criticized, like I care :-),they looked “FINE”

  • Segullah 10:42 pm on April 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Friend or Foe?? 

    This continues on from the last post….

    friend or foe

    Make friends of your anemones!! 🙂 ( Sorry, I pinched my friend’s line!)

    This is a sea anemone with an anemone or clown fish. It became famous with Nemo.

    For most fishes, swimming too close to a sea anemone means death. The anemone fires tiny poison darts to paralyse the victim and then eats it. However, clown fishes are covered in a slime containing chemicals that prevent the anemone’s tentacles from firing.

    Clown fish can therefore live among sea anemone tentacles – a mutually beneficial arrangement. The anemone repels the fishes’ enemies, and the clown fishes attack anemone-eating creatures such as butterfly fish.

    Hey, isn’t it neat how God has arranged all that?? The word for all that is “symbiosis”, which means the association of two different organisms living attached to one another or one as tenant of the other.

    Isn’t our relationship with God a bit like that?? He protects those who believe in Him, but horrible wrath and judgment is on those who refuse to believe. We can run to our God and hide in Him for safety.

    ” You are my hiding place;You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7, NKJ)

    ” You are my hiding place and my shield;I hope in Your word.” (Psalm 119:114, NKJ)

    (Also, see today’s post in my other blog!)

     
  • Segullah 9:30 pm on April 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Symbiosis – Living in Harmony! 

    Harmony

    This pic was a double-whammy!  A double lesson for me!!
    Firstly, it’s a pic I’d taken from an aquarium a number of years ago.  I didn’t really like it!  I was wanting to get a clear pic of the Clown or Anemone Fish, made famous by the movie, “Finding Nemo”.  I wanted my own picture of Nemo.  So this one disappointed me.  I did take other pics that were clearer, but nowhere near what I was after.

    Well, with this modern art debate, I decided to look through my photos to see if I could find anything from nature that resembled modern art.  When I spotted this, the colours and the shapes grabbed me.  I thought, this is art done by the Master Designer Himself….  “Modern Art” by “the Ancient of Days”!!!

    So really, modern art is NOT that modern!!!  It’s been around since the world was created!  Our God is the Master in artistry and design.  “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV)   As He blends shapes, patterns and colours together, they produce a harmony that delights the eye.

    Which brings me to the other thing it taught me… and that is from the “Nemo” himself, and the sea anemone.   But…..

    …. it will have to wait ’til the next post!!  Keep watching this spot!!  🙂

     
  • Segullah 11:38 pm on April 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Continuation of the “Bathroom Tile” Debate!! :-) 

    Here is what my friend replied when I said I still thought my bathroom tile job would be just as good as Mondrian’s painting:

    Well, I see I still have quite a bit of work left to do with you!!! :O)

    Though, in a sense what Mondrian did was celebrate your tile job – he was saying it was art. Anytime you create something aesthetically pleasing, you are making art. “Art” isn’t just serious stuff, or stuffy stuff. It is everywhere.

    But in a sense modern art is like music. Music doesn’t just take the sounds of nature and represent them. Music shapes and molds the elements of sound that make what we hear beautiful – and we accept music that has no counterpart in nature as beautiful with no problem at all. So modern art takes the elements of sight and molds them and shapes them into new harmonies and rhythms – without trying to imitate something else.

    Now, I am talking about GOOD modern art…. honest and true modern art. I think you are entirely right that there are a LOT of so called “artists” who ARE just putting people on, doing outrageous things just for the sake of being outrageous. That isn’t art.

    But again, you have to see pieces like the Mondrian in context, and its importance in the development of art.

    And, really, it’s not that I am a huge Mondrian fan!

    What makes him interesting for me is when I pair what he did with a photo like mine of the duck – and see the similarities… the little patch of the blue of the duck’s feather off and to the left, and the splash of color of his beak off to the right. To me, that was interesting – and not just a photo of a duck. It becomes a duck AND a study of visual relationships. And because of that, I could see BOTH what Mondrian was trying to do, AND what God does in playing with color and relationships in a way I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. I thought that was cool!

    Oh… and someone pointed out how surprisingly “painterly” Mondrian’s work was in the flesh. So on the one hand, it is easy to dismiss it as “Just lines and squares” but if you take the time to get drawn into it, there really is a lot more going on…. sort of like the wildflowers at the park!

    For YEARS I was the guy who would walk by and NOT EVEN NOTICE THEY WERE THERE!!!!!!! Seriously!!!! I didn’t even know spring wildflowers existed until Dani pointed them out to me!

    So I guess what I am trying to say is… well, give it a chance!

    Who knows… you may be richer for the experience! (And you certainly don’t have anything to lose!)

    …actually, as I am writing I am smiling to myself because I am SO the voice of experience!!! I have always been the kind of guy who says, “That’s lame,” or “I would NEVER be interested in that!” and now, all these years later – after being DRAGGED into experiencing things I NEVER would have chosen to on my own – I finding I really ENJOY them!

    I LIKE wildflowers!!! How lame is that?!!!

    I LIKE classical music… boring stuffy, classical music.

    I LIKE poetry. Well, some of it!

    I LIKE Thomas Hardy.

    I LOVE the Lord…

    …all of that is SO not me!!!!!! …or wouldn’t have been if it had not been for someone opening my eyes to something I didn’t think I was interested in seeing… or had already decided wasn’t for me.

    Yeah, you may never really LIKE Mondrian or other modern art…. but admit to the possibility, be open to the possibility… that you MAY. Just don’t shut the door on it with an “I already know I don’t like it.”

    I hate to say it, but you are almost as bad as my kids!!! :O) They are all the time deciding they don’t like something before they even try it – and so never DO try it.

    But I guess that is just human nature.

    So…

    …what do you think of Matisse?!!! :O)

    I am sorry of I am giving you hard time!!!!! :O) It’s just that comparing Mondrian to bathroom tiles…. well…. it’s just not right!!! :O)

    …though he probably WOULD do a pretty cool bathroom!!!!

    And here’s what I replied:

    “Hey, what I’m saying, is that my bathroom would be beautiful, and just as good at Mondrian’s painting!!

    “I appreciate design, and seeing my Mum was artistic and because I’ve grown up with it, it has become an everyday, natural thing that I don’t take a lot of notice of. But I DO notice when it’s not there. As you say, it’s all about harmony, and by nature, harmony blends in and doesn’t draw attention to itself.

    “Anyhow, harmony is what I’ve been thinking about today. I’m realising, as a focused type person, I prefer to focus in on things. That’s why I like detail. But the danger of being TOO focused is that other things get out of balance, and so does the harmony. And I’m sorry to say, that becomes evident in the house. The mess seems to mount up around me and I don’t see it. Then I wonder why I’m frustrated, and it’s because things aren’t in harmony.

    “So, as you say, I have some lessons to learn. I need to take time to get unfocused and look around. Sort of opposite to lots of other people… they don’t stop to see the little things. Hey, I seem to look at trees, but don’t see the forest!!!

    “So I guess I need to go for a fly and get a bird’s eye view!! Look at the BIG picture!! Isn’t is neat how God does both. My prayer is that He will increase, deepen, expand and enhance my vision!!!

    “Well, that’s my profundity for the day!!! “

     
    • mommabeart 1:11 am on April 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Wow…still at it! I must say I tend to rally on Paul’s side…its the artist in me too. But…I do enjoy the debate too. 🙂 What a pair…I love the two of you BETTER than the chatter….what fun huh?

    • jeanetteb1 1:34 am on April 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, gee!! I thought, you at least would be on my side!! I’ll just have to educate you too!! Bless ya! 🙂

    • mommabeart 4:49 am on April 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I agree that the Creator is the Ultimate designer…

  • Segullah 11:07 pm on April 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    That is ART??… more like Bathroom Tiles to me!! 

    Mondrian

    A friend of mine posted this pic by Piet Mondrian on his Flickr page to give us a lesson in modern art.

    I commented and said, “Yeah, well!! And they call that art!! 🙂 Looks like bathroom tiles to me!! And how much did he get paid for it?? Wouldn’t like to pay him to tile MY bathroom!! :-)”

    … which has caused much discussion, and I think even upset some. But I commented again and said, it still looks like how I’d tile my bathroom.

    Anyhow, my friend wrote and said:

    I guess I am going to have to give you a lesson in art history!

    I read your further comment on the Mondrian sample. Now, it’s not that I am an expert on art, and modern art especially, but I have read a few things and they have caught my attention. Probably because my reaction to something like a painting by Mondrian was the same as yours, “That is ART?” I am sure most people think that.

    Or they see a painting by Jackson Pollock (the guy who squirted paint from ketchup bottles or whatever onto a canvas stretched out on the floor), “I could that!!!”

    And the truth is that we COULD do that – it’s just that we didn’t think of it. Sure, AFTER someone has done something completely original, completely un-thought of before, it’s easy to say, “I could do that!”

    And if we HAD thought of it before Pollock, or Mondrian – WE’D be the famous artists!

    So the first thing I would ask you to do is to look past the idea that the Mondrian painting just looks like tiles. As long as that’s all you see – that’s all you will see!

    Now, what I find interesting is the question, What makes a painting, or a photograph, or an illustration GOOD. And then even deeper than that, what makes one thing beautiful, and another not. I am sure there are a LOT of things that go into that, but one part would be visual harmony, and rhythm and balance…. the idea of why it is you put a focal point right smack dab in the center of an image it is a whole different feel than if you move it up and the the right. That CHANGES things.

    So whenever you are creating any kind of image, you are always playing around with that – consciously or not.

    Or you should be!!!

    So in the history of painting there was a period where the idea was to make the paining disappear. Looking at a painting was supposed to be like looking out a window. The painter used all his skills to create the illusion of something existing in three dimensions beyond the canvas.

    But the the modern artists came along – guys like Manet and Monet and Renoir, and they said, “What a minute! The painting surface itself is kind of interesting! The globs of paint, the colors mixing together, the strokes left by the brush…. that’s kind of cool!” (Can’t you just hear Monet saying, “Hey, that’s kind of cool!” Not likely, huh.)

    But they still were painting flowers and haystacks and young girls without too many clothes on.

    But then some other artists came along and said, “Okay, let’s cut with the foolery! Instead of trying to copy what’s beautiful – like a flower – let’s cut to the chase and just make something beautiful on it’s own!

    I have an art book that gives a great example of all of this. It shows two paintings, one is like a landscape, with a mountain and a lake and all that; the other a modern painting, something like the Mondrian. And then it asks, “Which is more real?”

    Your first instinct is to say the picture of the mountain and the lake.

    But really, the opposite is true. The picture of the mountain is an illusion – the mountain isn’t really there, obviously.

    But the modern painting is what it is. It’s not not trying to be anything else.

    Now…. a person might say the LIKE the painting of the mountain better…. because they like mountains and lakes and stuff… but I think it is interesting exploring WHY. What makes a mountain beautiful???

    And paintings like the Mondrian help to figure that out.

    You could even say that it’s more about coming to understand the harmony and rhythm God built into his creation, and in that way is just as valid, just as revealing of God’s nature and character as beautiful landscape.

    So it’s not just tiles!!!!! :O) :O)

    To which I replied:

    “Hey, you know, you could call my bathroom modern art!! ‘Cause if I tiled my bathroom I’d do it something like Mondrian…. but I never thought of it as art. But when you think of it, the tiles are arranged artistically, instead of the boring squares side my side.

    “And decorating the house…. which I want to do sometime…. is like modern art. I have a picture in my mind of exactly what I want, even down to the way I want to paint the walls. So really, the house is my canvas. And it’s all about design, which I use in everyday life, and in my work… like designing business cards and flyers and with Phil making signs. It’s all modern art and is what I do all the time. And because it’s everyday, practical stuff and doesn’t make me go “Oooo!! Ahhh!!”, I can’t relate to putting it in a painting that would sell for thousands of dollars. Know what I mean??

    “But I guess, not everyone can design. But design is all part of being creative and artistic.

    “But God is the Master Designer, and His world is amazingly artistic and harmonious. So I don’t need to look at paintings like Mondrain’s to get a buzz!! I could bet a bigger buzz looking at my bathroom tiles…. one day when I do them.

    “But when I look at a painting, I like to look at special, unique skill, that goes way beyond my bathroom wall!!! Something that depicts “living” art….. something that depicts the beauty of God’s creation.

    “Anyhow, now one day, I will have to tile the bathroom wall and take pics of it, eh? Then sell the photographs!! 🙂

    “So that’s my thought…. and I think some artists have themselves on, and have everyone else on too!! It’s a bit like ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’!!!

    “So, that’s my thoughts on modern art!!!!”

    Yet the debate continues!!…..

    …..Stay tuned and I will post the next installment!!……

     
    • mommabeart 1:03 am on April 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Wow…Jeanette, Paul…my mouth is still “open” I could hear the debate in my head…so nice to chat with friends, it makes even God smile.

    • jeanetteb1 1:32 am on April 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, Momma!!

      Glad you enjoyed it!! I did too!!

    • Nancy Wylie 2:39 pm on April 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I wanted to reply to to you Jeanette, but didn’t have what is takes to write all my thoughts out, but Paul and you said it pretty darn well! Toche!

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