Friday, September 28, 2012

Glacier National Park

Poppies - Glacier National Park
Me on my bike - Hwy to the Sun
This past July we took two weeks and rode out to the Tetons, Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies.  Of course we had had to take the scenic Highway to the Sun ride   The road is a 50 mile, paved two-lane highway that bisects Glacier National Park east and west.  It spans the width of the Park, crossing the Continental Divide at 6,646 foot-high Logan Pass.  We stayed at the Lodge in Columbia Falls, Montana and they had beautiful gardens.  I must of taken 200 pictures of their gardens.

Our bikes - Hwy to the Sun

Friday, September 21, 2012

Moko-the art of the Maori tribal tattoo

 Moko - the art of tatto - it has always been part of the Maori world in New Zealand.  It is about beauty, and belonging.  No two facial moko are ever alike.  It is usually gendered.  A women's facial adornment was usually the darkening of the lips and the design was on the chin continuing to the throat.  Most of the facial tattoos we saw were in the tourist areas, we did run into a few elderly women who had the facial tattoos.   I was amazed at the skill of the Maori artists, swirling curves of black on shoulders, thighs, lower back, arms, upper feet, it goes on and on.

This little girl was one of many in her school and her tattoo is only temporary.  I thought it would be fun to show you the progression of the painting!

New Zealand - Maori Student - it's only paint!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

New Website, New Facebook Page exciting!

Wow I have my new website up and I'm liking it.  I had to purchase new software for the website so there is a bit of a learning curve but I am getting there.  I have some exciting new goals for the end of 2012 and the start of 2013.  Having my website, my blog and my new artist facebook page all linked together is just the beginning.