Cartooning and coloring

I’m slow, but steady:  finished the mosaic cartoon, then made myself a cheat-sheet of the colors to order:

I’m planning to take a 5-day mosaics class in Ravenna, Italy when I take my month-long trip next February.  Since I’ve been booted out of the job market, because of my age (age-ism!!!!%$@), I’ve been casting around for other money-making ways.  Our culture is set up for 9-5ers, but I have always chafed at being squoze into that pigeonhole.  Even in my 20s a friend remarked, “But you’ve never wanted to work full time.”

Good thing, that, because with my weird proclivity for getting tired easily, I cannot work full time on someone else’s schedule.

Mosaics could be It.  I remember now how I got into concrete sculpture–I wanted to do outdoor mosaics!  So, got distracted by learning how to create my own dang substrates upon which to embed said mosaics.

(Aside:  getting distracted like this is something the Big Mister and I call a “moose muffin.”  It’s not what you think, partly because they produce tootsie rolls and not muffins.  There is a lovely children’s book called If You Give a Moose a Muffin, that splains what happens if you start with one thing with a moose….  And of course, having lived around mooses for many years in Alaska, I am particularly fond of the vision of giving a moose a muffin and other stuff!)

Ahem.  Mosaics.   Yes, there I was.  (There’s a dance that goes with that trying to remember where I was.  I’ve been told that I resemble Eddie Izzard the fabulous comedian/commentator when he dances around trying to remember where he was!)  Any-way, mosaics have been an art form for at least a kajillion years and probably served as wayfinders before that.

I like rocks.  Stones.  Tiles.

Thanks, Mom, for believing in me yet again!

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sharon
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 10:48:33

    Can’t wait to read what you write while you’re in Europe. Amazing! Have a great time.


  2. lahgitana
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 11:27:18

    Thank you! It seems so far away, February does, but it will be here fast!

    How the heck will I write regularly while I’m abroad? Pretty sure I don’t want to haul my computer around and have to be concerned about it all the danged time!

    It would be too, too embarrassing to be in a place I’ve ached to be in and spend my time in internet cafes, emailing stories to myself! >:-D


  3. schlurpytalkin
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 22:28:48

    You most definitely will be posting while in Italy. You can take a moment a day to share because your trip will be amazing and your blog will serve as a wonderfully vibrant and immediate journal of your experiences. Besides, I need to be entertained and it’s all about me damnit! Now dance for me Ms. Izzard! Dance you mad mad bitch!


    • lahgitana
      Sep 16, 2011 @ 08:34:36

      Maybe if I dance a little, the internet cafes will charge me less. >:-D

      You are right, Mrs. Ploppy, about the blog being an immediate journal. I may have to carry a paper journal because I won’t be at the electronic version as much as my brain might demand.

      la la la


  4. IsobelandCat
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 12:17:33

    I do mosaics too!
    Some of my group went to Ravenna a few years ago. I couldn’t go, but the photos they brought back were amazing. I have them on a CD. Maybe I’ll share a few on my page.
    I wouldn’t plan on making a living from it tho’! It’s slow art, and people don’t want to pay for the time it takes..


  5. IsobelandCat
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 12:26:30

    It was organised by one of the group who worked in the travel business. Our mosaics teacher, who trained as a painter then spent eight years learning mosaics in Italy, went too.


  6. minlit
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 11:04:39

    1. Anyone who’s been compared to Eddie Izzard has to be ok.
    2. You can wordpress from a smartphone. I have it on my iphone, but I spend 104% of my time at my desk, so I never have call to use it!
    3. If in Ireland, let me know!


    • lahgitana
      Oct 26, 2011 @ 20:06:29

      1. Thank you! Stab, dance, swing eyes back and forth looking lost. “I’m covered in bees! I’m covered in bees!”
      2. Oooo, I have an unused smartphone: I wonder if it would work in Europe.
      3. Thank you–Ireland has been on my list for a very long time. Right back atcha–if you find your self in the Northwest US for some odd reason…


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