Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's good to laugh at yourself....and a great reason to start blipping!

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And I had the opportunity to really have a good chuckle this morning after realizing that the skinny page I had made for Frieda on Vienna - well, it was a a V city but, not quite Austria - but VENICE!  Hmmm... is this a new form of dyslexia?  Or just another brain cramp?   Luckily, there is still time  as I have until the end of January to finish her page.   Here's a glimpse of what I've managed to accomplish this far (again thanks to the public domain for these images...)  Now not only have I had the motivation to do some arm chair travelling through Vienna, I now had a great history lesson on Venice this morning!



Above  are the very beginning of the pages I created digitally.  I have  printed them onto fabric and will now begin embellishing them with machine and hand stitching.... and perhaps some  gold to reflect a the ornate "byzantine"  feel.   I wanted to also add some Renaissance art , since Venice to me is a city that played a central role in the history of the Renaissance period.  As well, whenever I think of Venice, I think immediately of the canals and the byzantine and gothic architecture.  Venice was one of my mother's favorite European cities and she had a beautifully ornate and carved jewelry chest she brought home from a trip she and my Dad took in the early 1970's. 



They say there are no accidents.  I think that's true in this case.  Yesterday,  and before I discovered my goofy mistake  I went for a visit  to Frieda's blog and was inspired by her daily BLIPS.   So much so, that I decided to start BLIPPING myself!  Daily.  Starting today.  Had I not visited Frieda's blog, like you, I too would be asking myself...what the b l i p  is a blip?   The answer lies buried in Frieda's blog or if you are in a hurry - here's a link for you! 

 Let me know if you start to BLIP?  I think it's an extraordinary way for anyone to tighten up on their photography skills plus it provides a good excuse to stop, breathe, appreciate nature and enjoy the moment. 

For me, I am very close to purchasing a new DSLR camera and so, this will also give me an added reason to be even more snap happy..

Onto my  blip today - dedicated to Frieda of course.  It   is taken at the edge of our property which  backs onto the coulees with a very very  very distant view of the Rocky Mountains.

Thank you Frieda - had I not discovered your  daily blipping, I would have probably stayed indoors today, and missed the beautiful sunshine and crispness on a fresh winter's day and the many benefits of some exercise and nature at its coolest!

Blip  1 - The Coulees - Lethbridge, Alberta -facing west - in the distance, the west side of Lethbridge and the Rocky Mountains - Jan 11 - temperature  - minus 21C

12 comments:

Terri Kahrs said...

You're too funny, Trudi! We're traveling the world with you and eagerly following wherever you go! Lol! Love the idea of a blip! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Netty said...

Looking terrific already, looking forward to seeing them completed as they will be totally fab. Great picture as well. Annette x

Lisa said...

venice...vienna..i bet no one would've noticed..we all have our heads in too many places at once! LOL

you've got a mighty fine view out your back.. wow! i run with my iphone and often snap photos i would have missed otherwise..it's good to be prepared for the unexpected...

Leslie said...

Oh my gosh Trudi, how funny! I love the digital beginning of your Venice pages, but I have to say your first pages are fabulous. I just love your work!

Michele said...

-21! I am speechless....

Shannon said...

Happy New Year Trudi!! I hope that you had a great holiday season and a safe, happy New Years Eve. Hope you spent it with your girls and I hope all is well with you on your end of the world.

I saw that you will be in the up and coming Somerset Apprentice, congrats on that my friend. You not only deserve it but you should be teaching with as talented as you are. I have to buy a few of your skinny, stitch pieces. I can't tell you how much I love those.

You take care and hopefully we will chat soon.

Healing Woman said...

Sounds like serendipity to me! Venice is an amazing place-you can never go there just once. She beckons you to return again and again. I love your digital and will love the fabric stitching even better.

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Good morning, Trudi! I had another spectacular visit with you this morning. I didn't realize I had gotten so behind on you and there was lots to see and read. Once again, I will leave with a million "I wanna's" flittering about in my head. I wanna blip. I wanna take a Nick Bantock workshop. I wanna finish my butterfly. Actually, I wanna know how to start my butterfly. I wanna make a fabric piece inspired by you. I wanna go get Evelyn's new kit. I wanna, I wanna, I wanna. It's good to want - that's what keeps us going I guess, wanting things, wanting to do things. As always, you leave no doubt in my mind as to why you are still my idol, my "I wanna be just like her with a little me thrown in".

It's gonna be a good year, Trudi. I can feel it.

marsha

Venice, Vienna - both worthy to be featured a good piece of Trudi art!

friedaquilter said...

I would have been very happy with the Vienna pages, Trudi, but here you are, already busy with Venice!
So wonderful to hear you've become a blipper too. Let me know your blipper name and I'll say hello there!

Lenna Young Andrews said...

Trudi : ) what a story! i am sure Frieda will love your pages. She is the one who introduced me to blipfoto and I have really been loving it and taking more photos and learning about photo shop ever since. You can see my main blip page here. Please say hi and I will find yours!

: ) lenna

Taluula said...

Trudi, I am so loving your new digital pieces, they are as always, so beautifully executed and I shall watch with interest as they develop. I really need to be brave and at least try to print onto fabric!!!

Oh yes, and what a view from your corner of the world. Bravo.