Let the Sun Shine

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Today we are going to Muse about rainy weather.   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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Let the Sun Shine

windy

Windy

This last week has been windy, wet and gray.  We have had in excess of 10 inches of rain in our area and the forecast for the week to come is more of the same.  Gray days are unusual in Florida.  It affects people.

We have been moping around feeling lethargic.  We got the blahs baby!

It reminds me of college days.  Most of my childhood was spent in the sunshine . . . Florida, Arizona, California, Guam and Morocco (Casablanca).  All of those places were sunny.  As best as I remember I have only lived one place where it snowed and I was there for about a year.

So I say our weather reminds me of college days . . . Why?  Because I went off to the University of Washington in Seattle.  If you want damp and gray that is the place to be much of the year.

Unlike kids today who research and send off many applications for admission and then travel and visit campuses to see which ones are the best fit, I sent off a few applications and picked the University of Washington.  I did not visit any campuses.  I was living overseas.  I picked Seattle because  . . . I had never been there.  That is a pretty mature  reason don’t you think?  And, I had no relatives there.  I would be on my own.  Another good reason.  Ho hum!

So I arrived in Seattle.  In the fall it was gorgeous.  And I was amazed to find blackberries growing wild along the roadsides.  The weather was enchanting.

But weather changes.

I remember very few days from October to May when it was not wet and gray.  Usually it was not a steady rain, more a drizzle.  Everyday a drizzle.  One of my first purchases was a rain coat.  And then an umbrella.

Now,  kids are resilient.  We did not let the weather hold us back, but gray and wet does slow a person down.  My fifth floor view from the dorm looked out over the roofs of the neighborhood.  They were gray, dark and wet.

I say, “Let the sun shine”.

More to come

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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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I Did What?

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Today we are going to Muse about being more aware.   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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 Account Suspended

Today I was using my I-phone when I received a text message from my bank.

Text Message

Text Message

What!

I hate stuff like this.  What in the world!?!  My account . . . suspended!

Looks Legit

Fraud

Fraud

I clicked the blue link and up came a message saying that in order to comply with government regulations relating to banks, the bank was in the process of verifying customer information to guarantee the customer was the person he or she was purported to be.  Until the customer identity was verified, the account was suspended and no transactions would be accepted.

There was a link to a form on which I was to provide the necessary information:  name, address, card number, expiration date, security code, and pin.  I filled that out and pressed “send”.  I then received a message saying they would send me a number that I needed to send back confirming I was the party I was purported to be.

Well, I did not receive the number and I thought to myself, “Crumb, I’ve screwed this up”.

Fortunately, I was near the bank and I had time on my hands, so I thought I would just trot over there and get it fixed.

When I explained the transaction to the banker, she looked at me pleasantly and said, “The bank would never ask you for your pin number in a text message or an e-mail”.

Ali Kazam!  It was an Ahah! Moment.  Dumb, Dumb, Dumb!  I pride myself with not doing stupid, but I did it this time.

So my bank account is closed.  I have new checks and debit card on the way.  I have spent the afternoon going into accounts that use the old checking for payment and changing the listing to the new account I now have.  It is a major inconvenience.

I am telling you this so that if you receive a similar request for information you don’t repeat my mistake.  Report it to the bank and get on with your day.

On a happier note

Sunfest came to a close last night.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, Sunfest is an annual music/food/art festival held on the waterfront of West Palm Beach.  This year it went from Thursday through Sunday and ended in a large fireworks display as it does each year.  Nearly 190,000 people were expected over the four days, but I am not certain it hit that mark.  Sunday it rained and threatened rain so by evening the crowds were pretty thin.

Friends of ours live on the sixteenth floor of Trump Plaza which faces the water and overlooks the Festival.  They had a group of us over to enjoy the fireworks.  I took some photographs using my I-Phone to share with you.  Considering we were sixteen floors up and set back from the road a good distance and I was using a telephone camera, I think they are amazing.

Flagler drive

Flagler drive

This is looking down on the main passageway.  You can see the crowds are nearly nonexistent.  But it was still pretty.

Vendors

Vendors

There were vendors.

And there were fireworks.

Looking toward Palm Beach

Looking toward Palm Beach

Large display

Large display

the color Red

the color Red

A burst of white

A burst of white

Live, it was quite impressive.

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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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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A Confluence of Happening

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Today we are going to Muse about things coming together.   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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The Artist

The Artist

A Confluence of Happening

Years ago when I lived in Phoenix, my then-wife decided to become an architectural interior designer.  She took a sabbatical from her teaching position and enrolled in the College of Architecture at Arizona State University.

One day she told me about a class she was going to take, a class on painting with watercolor.  It was taught every other year and was not published in the catalog of classes.  Only by word-of-mouth did she learn about it.  The course was created with students of architecture in mind, with the goal of teaching them to be loose and fluid when illustrating their design concepts.

Though it was targeted toward students of architecture it was open to public.  My then-wife thought it was something I would enjoy, something we could do together.  It was a night class and she urged me to enroll with her.  So, I did.

Great decision!

By this time I had a degree in fine art.  I had worked toward my Master of Fine Art.  I had taught high school art for three years.   Although I was corporately employed at the time, painting was not new to me.

Hands down, this was the most valuable course I ever took.  The instructor, Robert S. Oliver, was a wonderful teacher.  His classes followed a pattern.  First, he would demonstrate the technique.  Then he would have us students try to duplicate it.  This would take about an hour and a half.  Then all the work was hung up for everyone to  see and he conducted a group critique.

I can’t tell you how many art classes I took where the instructor walked around and made a few isolated comments, if that.  But never a demonstration or real involvement.  Oliver  taught!  He was great.

He was influenced by the California Regional Watercolor artists.  If you want to see their work, there is a good web site Californiawatercolor.com.

There are several books on the movement.  This one is excellent:

The California Style

The California Style

But to move on, several weeks ago I was trolling the web when I decided to look up Robert Oliver.  I learned he died in 2010, aged 91.  I guess I should not have been surprised.  I just had not thought about it.

But . . . he had published some books along the way.  I never knew that!  So I ordered The Sketch in Color, now out of print, but still to be found.

The Sketch in Color

The Sketch in Color

If you have a mind to sketch, you might see if you can get this book.

Pens, Paints and paraphernalia

Pens, Paints and paraphernalia

True to the great teacher he was, Robert Oliver covers it all:  lead pencils, colored pencils, markers, quill pens, ball point pens, calligraphy pens, transparent watercolor, opaque watercolor, brushes, colored ink, types of paper and types of strokes.  It is a fun and instructive book.

So it got me fired up about doing some sketching again.  I’ve sort of let it slide.

A Confluence of Happening

On a different subject, we just cleaned out our garage.  Had a huge sale.  Got rid of a lot of stuff.  While I was being the great yard merchant I kept looking at two portable chairs we bought about ten years ago.  We thought we would use them at out-door concerts and events.  The truth is we have never used them.  They were like new and I was getting rid of them.  Hmmm!

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Chair

After a while, I thought to myself, “That might work for sketching”.  So, I kept them.  One of my moments of genius.

So recently I’ve packed up my sketch stuff,

Sketch Stuff

Sketch Stuff

and my chair and had a go of it.  The chair is great.  Even has a beverage holder.  I am the envy of all the local fishermen who line the intercostal waterway.

And I’m having fun with the sketches.

Neighbors House

Neighbors House

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

 Mar A Lago

Mar A Lago

Howleys

Howleys

more to come

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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.

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.

           CLICK ON:  thomas-tribby.pixels.com

 

 Works available

Along North County Road

Along North County Road

Click to see

Society of Four Arts

Society of Four Arts

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Inlet

Inlet

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For information about these or other works of art, please feel free to contact us:

 

 

 

 

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Now, Don’t Be Egging Me On

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Today we are going to Muse about Humpty Dumpty.   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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Now, Don’t Be Egging Me On

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220px-denslows_humpty_dumpty_1904.jpg

On the subject of nursery rhymes:  hmmm!

The other night we were settled into our respective easy chairs watching some dreadful police show, one in which the victims were chopped up and reassembled like Frankenstein.  Really!  Where does this stuff come from?

In the dialog an officer referred to Humpty Dumpty.  He suggested he was not an egg.

How is that!?  What comes to your mind when you think of the nursery rhyme?

Images of Humpty Dumpty

Images of Humpty Dumpty

These look pretty egg-like.  They sort of fit my concept of old HD.

But

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Actually the verse doesn’t tell us too much about HD.  There is not a lot to go on.

Colchester Cannon

Colchester Cannon

So I did some checking to learn more. Wikipedia suggests an alternate reality.  It states that  “Humpty Dumpty was a “tortoise” siege engine, an armoured frame, used unsuccessfully to approach the walls of the Parliamentary held city of Gloucester in 1643 during the Siege of Gloucester in the English Civil War.”

“. . . the Colchester tourist board attributed the origin of the rhyme to a cannon recorded as used from the church of St Mary-at-the-Wall by the Royalist defenders in the siege of 1648.[20] In 1648, Colchester was a walled town with a castle and several churches and was protected by the city wall. The story given was that a large cannon, which . . .  was colloquially called Humpty Dumpty, was strategically placed on the wall. A shot from a Parliamentary cannon succeeded in damaging the wall beneath Humpty Dumpty which caused the cannon to tumble to the ground. The Royalists (or Cavaliers, “all the King’s men”) attempted to raise Humpty Dumpty on to another part of the wall, but the cannon was so heavy that “All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again”.

Somehow I like the children’s version better.

A note of caution, don’t check out the meaning of Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary.

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.

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.

           CLICK ON:  thomas-tribby.pixels.com

 

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Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida

These are available at

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Horse blue on lavender

Horse blue on lavender

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Kittens

Kittens

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Passage

Passage

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Distraction

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Today we are going to Muse about distraction.   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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Distracted

Distracted

distraction | dəˈstrakSH(ə)n 

 noun a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.

In my case recently, there have been a series of distractions and as a result you have not heard from me in several weeks.  None of my “distractions” was of a serious nature.  They were things like unexpected car repairs, extended croquet tournaments, a business trip.  That sort of thing.

Upcoming Show Opening

Next week, Thursday April 12th, Armand Bolling Fine Art, 103 South US Highway 1, Suite F-1, Jupiter FL 33477 will host a reception 6-9 PM for a One Man show of my work.  We will be showing a selection of my figurative work.  It is not often that a large number of the works are shown together, so I am excited about it.

Several of the works were in Charleston, SC at the Ellis-Nicholson Gallery.  They have shown my work for six years.  I needed to take the gallery some replacement pieces and pick up work for the show. It is an 1100 mile drive up and back.  Distraction!

Jeanette came along with me.  We drove up on a Thursday.  Picked up the paintings on a Friday and drove back Saturday.

Charleston was gorgeous while we were there.  The weather was cool and the sky cloudless.

Not a cloud in the sky

Not a cloud in the sky

Really nice.  We spent our free time in the historic old city center.  Like everywhere now, it was teaming with tourists.  The Charleston City market is always interesting to see.  It is a collection of small businesses selling items, many focused on local crafts or regional items.

Charleston City Market

Charleston City Market

 

And, of course, there is a pretty good candy store.

candy store

candy store

And, of course, there are carriage rides for tourists.

tourists

tourists

tourists

tourists

We are back now and caught up it the “end of season” social happenings.  Last week we were involved with three dinners.  This coming week is scheduled to be equally busy.

Distraction!

more to come

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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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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.

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.

           CLICK ON:  thomas-tribby.pixels.com

 

 Works available

Along North County Road

Along North County Road

Click to see

Society of Four Arts

Society of Four Arts

Click to see

Inlet

Inlet

Click to See

For information about these or other works of art, please feel free to contact us:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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