selling simplicity

i like this image, but after it was too late (in other words, after the sun had gone down), i realized it looked like an ad for an ayurvedic spa where they sell simplicity and healthfulness to harried suburbanites for a weekend of unsustainable peace and harmony. the line between inspiring creativity and effective marketing is a thin one. i’ll be back on my guard tomorrow. namaste.

beach stone and daisy

 

 

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fireworks

here’s my version of a fourth of july fireworks grand finale. interpreted in ferns. with no explosions. and no beer. and zero hot dogs. and bedtime around 9:30 pm. a truly happy 4th. may i wish the same for you. namely, a weekend spent exactly as you would wish.

ferns from my yard

saint paul, minnesota

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tesselations

these tiger moths tried unsuccessfully to escape through our basement patio door, and my son found them the next morning after they had exhausted themselves. there were only two of them, but i made this pattern by duplicating them and then duplicating them again. i am currently working on some wrapping paper patterns for the holidays, and so patterns are on my mind. i doubt i will include clymene moths as one of my patterns to celebrate “the most wonderful time of the year,”  but on the other hand, i hope this post might pique your interest in what a tesselated still blog pattern might be able to accomplish in the way of holiday wrapping paper. stay tuned!

haploa clymene moth pattern

saint paul, minnesota

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  • Carol says:

    I feel for the moths, however, this is beautiful and I can also see it as fabric with which to make Japanese Knot Bags.

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  • Dede says:

    I was thinking the same thing as Carol-great fabric!

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  • a wonderful pattern; your blog always inspires me!

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nsfw

in my research to find out what is going on here, i discovered that the cattail’s male parts and female parts grow together on the same stalk. the male parts grow above, and the pollen from their flowers falls downward onto the female’s seeds. so the upper male part in this photo has done its work and is going a little bit limp, and the female lower part has been fertilized and is getting a little plump. nowhere in my research was there mention of  champagne or cigarettes, but i do suddenly have this urge to play frank sinatra.

late june cattails

turtle lake, saint paul, minnesota

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  • LOL! Love it!

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  • Kendra says:

    Oh my! Your posts are so great! I’m always smiling after reading still. Thank you for your wit!

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  • Betsy says:

    Swans

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channeling mark rothko

i swear i had no ulterior motives when i put this collection of butterfly weed flowers together in this pattern. but i must have been aware of some prior influence, because as i tried to think of something to say about the photo, my first instinct was to google mark rothko. you can do it yourselves. just google “mark rothko orange and yellow.” if you ever doubted that there is  nothing new under the sun, the image of his painting should convince you. now if only i could go back in time and post this sometime in 1955, then claim that i was quite obviously the influence behind mark rothko’s orange and yellow painting. i could make art history!

butterfly weed (asclepias tuberosa)

lake johanna trail, arden hills, saint paul, minnesota

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  • I love channeling artists…especially Rothko! Great job!

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  • Dede says:

    You already are making art history!

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