Hot Hot Hot

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Today we are going to Muse about heat.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Hot Hot Hot

heat-wave-map

heat-wave-map

It’s the dog days of summer and ever so hot.  All over the country heat records are being broken.  I think it is evidence of “climate change”.  Here, in Florida, each day seems to be a couple of degrees hotter than last year but the humidity is the real problem.

I listened to an interview of a scientist on National Public Radio last week.  He was asked if  a recent hurricane was caused by climate change.  His response went something like this: “It is not possible to say that any particular event, hurricane, drought, flood, etc is caused by climate change.  These events occur as a natural part of weather.  But we know that climate change exists because there is clear evidence that the severity of these events is increasing.  There are more days of higher temperature.  There are more severe rains, leading to flooding and destruction.  There are more extremes and that is a result of the planet being hotter.”

That makes sense to me.

Croquet

 

National Croquet Center

National Croquet Center

So . . . the hot hot hot takes a toll when we are on the croquet lawns.  There is no shade.

Jeanette and I will be playing as the team “Pretty Nearly Perfect” in the final match of the National Croquet Center Golf Croquet Summer League on Tuesday.  Teams are divided into those which play on Tuesday and those which play on Wednesday.  The first five weeks play determines the winner of each group.  Jeanette and I are the Wednesday Championship Flight Winner.

Tuesday we will play against the Tuesday Night Championship Flight Winners and one of us will be League Champion and the other Runner-up.  Wish us luck.

Fortunately, the matches start at 6PM and the heat has lost some of the intensity.

Off to Mexico

SMA Street Scene with Church

SMA Street Scene with Church

At the end of the week we will wing our way down to Mexico with Teddy in tow.  So you won’t hear from me for a while.  Beating the heat.  Be well.

More to come

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1.  Click on this link: thomas-tribby.pixels.com
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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 Works available

Along North County Road

Along North County Road

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Society of Four Arts

Society of Four Arts

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Inlet

Inlet

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Return to Monotype

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Today we are going to Muse about making art.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Return to Monotype

Today we are going to art class.  I am going to show you how I make a Monotype.

A Monotype is an artwork created by transferring an image to paper, normally with the use of a press.  Unlike a painting or a drawing in which paint, ink, charcoal or other material is applied directly to the surface, in a monotype the ink is applied to a one surface and transferred to another.  The result is a mirror image of the original design.

The resulting work is one of a kind.  It is possible to make very similar pieces but each will have differences.  That is the reason it is called a  monotype, meaning one.

Some artists create the artwork by building the image on a flat smooth surface, called a plate, and running it through a press in a single printing.  I tend to build my work in layers.  I run it through the press for each color.

So lets look at the process.

Press

The press

The press

I used to have a large etching press.  It was a great piece of equipment but it was too large for my present work space.  So I down sized.

uber press

uber press

Now I use this Uber Press which is portable and can handle work 24″ X 36″, which is larger than I need.

Some people use a hand-held Baren.

Baren

Baren

Baren instructions

Baren instructions

Equipment

equipment

equipment

This is where the action takes place.

On the glass palette is an ink knife used to mix ink and brayers used to roll out the ink and apply it to the plate which will be used in the printing.  There is also a couple of tubes of ink.  The yellow pages are used to wipe the ink knife clean.  I just tear off and  discard the dirty page.  Works great!  The paint thinner is needed for cleaning up oil based inks.   Water based inks are available that don’t need solvents.

My process is to draw a design on the back side of a plastic sheet, called a plate.  Here is a recent example.

Monotype sketch

Monotype sketch

Next I apply ink to the plate. The plate is then placed on the press.

This plate is not inked, but this shows where it would be placed.  Since I use multiple passes through the press, I have to be certain the paper  and plate are in the same place each time it goes through the process.  The blue tape lines are guides.  The plate is lined up on the inner lines.  Paper is then placed on top lined up with the outer blue tape lines.

Plate on press

Plate on press

Paper is lined up on the outer blue guides

Paper is lined up on the outer blue guide

And this is then covered with a blanket which protects the paper and helps create an even pressure when the work goes thought the press.

Blanket covers the paper and plate

The triangles are guides for advancing the bed of the press during the printing process.  The uber press prints by rolling over the plate back and forth at the middle of the table.  It only affects a narrow strip, so the bed of the press must be manually advanced.  This is done by advancing the bed to the next triangle guide and repeating the process until the print is fully worked over.

As I mentioned earlier, I work in layers usually one or two colors at a time.  Here is an earlier work that shows the process.  First a sketch is made.

Completed sketch

Completed sketch

Then the plate is inked.

Inking the plate

Inking the plate

Ready to print

Ready to print

Three colors, yellow ochre, cadmium red and cadmium yellow are on the plate.  The white area has no ink.  It is the bare plate.

The inked plate is run through the press and we have this

Monotype after first pass through the press

Monotype after first pass through the press

At this point the ink is cleaned from the plate and a new area is inked

Second Stage of inking

Second Stage of inking

The monotype goes through a second printing adding the new color

Monotype after second pass through the press

Monotype after second pass through the press

Again the plate is cleaned and new ink is applied.

Third Stage of inking

Third Stage of inking

A third pass through the press and “voila!” we have a completed piece.

Still Life on an Ochre Table

Still Life on an Ochre Table

The sketch of the Bikini Babe went through three passes as well:
1.  Full plate covered to create a tonal background;
2.  Dark lines to outline the figure;
3.  Reds and yellows.

This is the finished monotype

Bikini Babe

Bikini Babe

more to come

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2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
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4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

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Spring Palms

Spring Palms

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Tropical Ballet

Tropical Ballet

Snag

Snag

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Rafiki Tiki

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Today we are going to Muse about a local spot you have likely never tried.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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EAT YOUR HEART OUT!

Rafiki Tiki

Rafiki Tiki

Searching for a quiet place, next to the water, not overrun with people, a place with good food and reasonable prices, a place that is laid back and reminds you of Key West?  Hmmm!  We have one right here in Palm Beach County . . . at the Riviera Beach Marina Village waterfront . . the Rafiki Tiki.

I did this painting in the 90’s.  The Marina Village is north of the Palm Beach harbor complex about where the cruise ship on the left is shown, across from Peanut Island.

Jeanette and I went  there for lunch last week and we found the Rafiki Tiki.

Rafiki Tiki

Rafiki Tiki

It sits facing the Bahamas Paradise Cruise line  ship that sails out of our harbor.

Grand Celebration

Grand Celebration

Rafiki Tiki is a cute place.  Nice bar

Nice Bar

Nice Bar

Terrific Setting

Pretty Terrific

Pretty Terrific

Beautiful Setting

Beautiful Setting

And as you can see, it was definitely NOT overrun with people.  A few people walked by:

Tourists walking by

walking by

Walking by

Walking by

Inside the restaurant there were several tables of diners, but it was not crowded.

Looking Out

Looking Out

Patrons

Patrons

This was all very pleasant.

But the best was the food!.  We both had the Fish and Chips

Pescado con papas

Pescado con papas

fresh and moist.  The best Fish and Chips I have ever had . . . hands down!

Twelve Bucks

More to come

Fine Art America, a Pixel.com company

Pixel.com is now offering Throw Pillows, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Shower Curtains, Duvet Covers and more with reproductions of my artwork.  If you want to check them out, here are the steps:
1.  Click on this link: thomas-tribby.pixels.com
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

Pixel.com is producing reproductions of my artwork.  The work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Impressions of Florida

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Pussycat

Pussycat

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Amore

Amore

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AAAhhh Sue Boo Ko

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Today we are going to Muse about Osso buco and Panna cotta.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Diner Party

Diner Party

AAAhhh Sue Boo Ko

Jeanette sets a pretty table and cooks a splendid dinner.  That is what we did Saturday with a small group of our friends.

First we sent out the invitation.

Dinner Invitation

Dinner Invitation

Then several days in advance Jeanette planned the menu:

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Osso buco with Saffron Risotto, onions and snap peas

Blood Orange Panna Cotta

Coffee, Cappuccino, Wine

Saturday we completed the food preparation.  Some of it had been done in advance.

Dinner under way

Dinner under way

These were the veal shanks ready for then sauce and the reheating.

Veal Shanks

Veal Shanks

The table was set.

The Table was set

The Table was set

Set Table

Set Table

And the living room was uncluttered.

Living Room

Living Room

We had Lillian and Nery over to help.

Getting ready

Getting ready

Even Teddy participated

Even Teddy participated

We were set.  All we needed were the guests.  They arrived at the appointed time and we had a very pleasant evening with good company, conversation and food.

Several guests were unfamiliar with the dessert, Blood Orange Panna Cotta.  They really liked it.  So I will share the recipe with you.  I got it years ago from weight watchers so you know it is not fattening.

Blood Orange Panna Cotta

servings 9
Ingredients

3.75 cups fresh orange juice from about 18 blood oranges
2 2/3 teaspoons unsweetened gelatin
18 packets Splenda
1/3 cup sugar
10.5 Tbsp orange zest
1 cup Nonfat plain greek yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup evaporated whole milk
cardoman seeds

Instructions:

Pour 1 1/2 cup juice in a medium saucepan: sprinkle gelatin over.  Let stand 15 minutes

Stir gelatin mixture over low heat until the gelatin dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes

Add 18 packets of Splenda and 7.5 teaspoons orange peel.  Stir until Splenda dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes longer.

Strain into medium bowl, pressing on solids.  Discard the solids left in the strainer.

Cool juice mixture 10 minutes.

Whisk yogurt, evaporated milk, and lemon juice into the orange juice mixture until smooth.  Divide among nine small goblets.

Chill until set, at least 4 hours ahead.

Stir 2 cups orange juice, 1/3 cup sugar, 3 teaspoons orange peel and cardamon in medium sauce pan over low heat until sugar dissolves.  Increase heat and boil until reduces to 9 tablespoons, 16 to 17 minutes.

Strain syrup into small bowl:  chill

Spoon some syrup over each Panna cotta and serve.

More to come

Fine Art America, a Pixel.com company

Pixel.com is now offering Throw Pillows, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Shower Curtains, Duvet Covers and more with reproductions of my artwork.  If you want to check them out, here are the steps:
1.  Click on this link: thomas-tribby.pixels.com
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

Pixel.com is producing reproductions of my artwork.  The work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

           CLICK ON:  thomas-tribby.pixels.com

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Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida

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Awestruck

Awestruck

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Joyful

Joyful

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Southern Bridge

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Today we are going to Muse about change.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Southern Bridge

Southern Bridge

Southern Bridge

Down the street from where I live stood the Southern Boulevard Bridge, a drawbridge.  It was one of three drawbridges that connect Palm Beach to the mainland.  The other two have formal names, but locally they are referred to as the “North Bridge” and the “Middle Bridge”.  So that is the set: North, Middle and South.

These are pretty substantial bridges:

North Bridge

North Bridge

Middle Bridge

Middle Bridge

You can see by comparison the South Bridge was pretty dated.  It had to go. Too bad, I rather liked the scale of it and had used it as a subject in several painting.

Intra Coastal Connection

IntraCoastal Connection

Drawbridge

Drawbridge

Fishermen on Southern

Fishermen on Southern

You have probably seen it many times.  When the Trumpet comes to town it is the road he takes to Mar a Lago.

So the plan is to build a temporary bridge next to the old bridge.  Then tear down the old bridge and build a new bridge and then tear down the temporary bridge.  Should take several years.

The process is underway.

Road Closed Here

Road Closed Here

This is where the entrance to the old bridge was.  To the left is the new temporary road.  The structure behind the yellow machinery is the temporary bridge.  The bridge does not tilt open;  the road bed between the vertical supports is raised in a horizontal position to the top of the structure when the bridge opens.

Mar a Lago

Mar a Lago

You can see the east end of the bridge has been removed.  That is Trump’s club, Mar a Lago in the distance.

Old Deck

Old Deck

The old deck is hauled away some place.

It is going to be a while

It is going to be a while

So this is what is happening in our neighborhood.  We are going to deal with this for some time.

On a different note, I’ll show you something interesting, a mystery.

Look at this photo:

Looking East

Looking East

I took this at the beach the other day.  Do you see anything interesting?  In the water, up by the horizon?

line in the water

line in the water

Here is a close-up.  That is the wake of a boat that went by about ten minute before.  Not a large boat.  Why is that still there?  It is a mystery.

More to come

Fine Art America, a Pixel.com company

Pixel.com is now offering Throw Pillows, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Shower Curtains, Duvet Covers and more with reproductions of my artwork.  If you want to check them out, here are the steps:
1.  Click on this link: thomas-tribby.pixels.com
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

Pixel.com is producing reproductions of my artwork.  The work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

           CLICK ON:  thomas-tribby.pixels.com

If you like Musings, take a moment and click the subscription button on the side-bar to the right so you will be notified by e-mail when I make a new post.

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Books by Thomas L. Tribby Available
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Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida

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Afternoon Mooring

Afternoon Mooring

Harbor Boats

Harbor Boats

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Intracoastal Mooring

Intracoastal Mooring

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