Your moment of Monday Zen: “Outer Space”
As an artist, it’s a real treat to watch other people create, whether it be a sketch, painting or sculpture. I am in love with the “process” or seeing how they do it. The abundance of internet sites and mobile apps have made it easy for me to watch hundreds of talented people show their skills. (Thank goodness for Vimeo and YouTube as well as Instagram.) But what about the masters of the past? All we have left of their legacy is artwork hidden away in museums or private collections. Usually I can find a low res scan of “The Starry Night” on some poster website otherwise I need to hop on a plane and head to the MOMA in New York. And even then, I highly doubt security is going to let me get TOO close to the original.
So I present Google Art Project.
I can’t tell you how awesome this site is for me. Google has over 32000+ pieces of artwork available to zoom in at high resolution INCLUDING my favorites like Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and Monet’s Footbridge. Having studied many of these works in grueling Art History classes, let me tell you, an old slide projector doesn’t hold a candle to this type of viewing. Being able to see the paint strokes, parts of the canvases, the direction and impasto, it is amazing.
What a wonderful way to preserve the past.
I have been reprimanded many times by friends and family to UPDATE YOUR BLOG! But seriously, summer is so short and I find myself craving the outdoors rather than stuck behind a computer. As do the daughters. “Owside? OWSIDDDEE???”
Also, I’ve taken at least a thousand photos in the last month and I can’t even begin editing them all. But with the thunderstorms of South Dakota, the peace of Canada, mixed with my garden in all it’s glory, I thought I would do a quick post with some of my favorite nature photos. So, here we go!
If you like everything prehistoric, which I do, this is your place. The Black Hills Institute in Hill City, SD has a large collection of cast replica dinosaur bones, fossils, fish and sea creatures as well as minerals and rocks all in one place. And while it isn’t very big, I found we spent a ton of time there just LOOKING at everything. My daughters loved digging up bones in the sand table. It keeps the little kids busy while you get to stroll around museum. Also kudos to the staff for choosing great music to listen to as well. It was surreal listening to Nora Jones while looking at a T-rex! This is also the place that I think I took the most photos.
The weather was turning wonderful on Day 4 so we decided to surprise my daughter with a trip to Pirate’s Cove. This was right up her alley. She likes pirates about as much as she likes princesses and who can pass up mini-golf!? Also, whomever does the landscaping on this needs to come to my house. This was the “prettiest” mini golf course I have ever seen, the flowers and trees around this are perfect. I am pleased to say I got a hole-in-one on number 7 but I also took an 8 on a par 2 so I’m hoping they just cancel each other out. I’m not telling you my daughter’s score, she TOTALLY is a cheater.
If you read my previous post, you know that I bribed my daughter with ice cream to finish the cave. And I wasn’t lying. If you go to Custer you need to stop at Bobcats and get ice cream or rhubarb pie or both. Seriously, how can you not stop at this place.
Alright, HERE are some cave photos. Although it’s funny, without any scale to go off of, they are a little abstract and lackluster. In person, the cave itself is amazing and again, I will say my photos don’t do it justice. The scenic tour we went on took about an hour and 15 minutes with stairs going up and down multiple stories. My 3 year old got a little tired so I had to bribe her halfway with ice cream as her treat for completing the cave. Once you start the tour, there really is no going back! Also Jewel Cave is different from Wind in the fact that it is VERY wet. We were “rained” on multiple times and you had to really watch your step on the the stairs so you didn’t slip. Halfway through the tour, our park ranger turns off all the artificial light and we are completely blind. I’ve never seen “darkness” like this in my life. It’s like your eyes are just straining for ANY small light source. Totally cool.