Outing & Craft Festival!

Hey Everyone!

We had a very productive, fun, and chilly weekend!

Saturday we had our combined company outing/picnic. We were out on the water by 10am kayaking from the dam down to the park. there were over 100 people signed up, and quite a few came. It took my wife and I about three and a half hours to make our way down. Here is my wife ad mom up in front:

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About half way down there are some pretty mean rapids. We made it through ok, others were not so lucky. I helped a couple in a canoe that flipped right in front of us, ans when I got back in my kayak I saw another guy behind me flip right over as well. Everyone was safe just a bit wet and maybe a bit cold. It wasn’t raining but the sun never did come out.

Later we had catered pulled pork and chicken, from a place a few miles away. It was delicious. We had six corn hole boards up and running as well as a few for washer toss, and disc golf. Before we left I won a $25 gift card to Olive Garden, so my wife and I will have to make a trip out there soon!

Sunday we woke up and got ready to go to the local craft festival. It is once a year and we always make it a point to go. This year was really fun but it was raining. Here is the guy that was making balloon animals:

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There were vendors from all over. Exhibiting things from art, to soups, and to guitars.

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Oh and they had a tiny petting zoo!

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On our way out we picked up 10 pounds of grass fed beef from a farm no more than 30 miles away from us, and some sugar coated almonds.

Once we got home I got my favorite purchase out!

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It is a CAO cigar box turned into a 3 string guitar. It is tuned to G D G. There are pickups in it so you can plug it in to an amplifier, and sounds ok if played acoustically. There is a neat story behind the one that I picked. The guy who makes these was asked to make a small Ukulele from a different CAO box, for the Master Blender of the CAO company. I guess the lady knew him personally and wanted it as a gift. For payment he was given two large boxes of cigar boxes. In one of those two boxes was this cigar box. He said he has never seen one like it before and it was the only one like it that he had made. He told me that the small Uke he made was in the Master Blenders office to this day. That is a neat backstory forΒ  the guitar. πŸ˜€

I finished Sunday off watching my beloved Cowboys do absolutely nothing against the Panthers. At least I had a beer to enjoy with it!

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I hope you have all had a great weekend, I know I did! I’ll be back again tomorrow, hope to see you then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Lets Get Artsy!

Hey Everyone!

Today I’m doing something different yet again. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite painters and want to showcase some of their work and leave short descriptions about the artist. Why not right?! I’m not a huge collector of art, but would like to be someday. I was able to attend an art auction while on our honeymoon a few years back and it was spectacular. So without further ado, lets get into it.

**Disclaimer, I don’t have deep ties with the paintings or messages I just like the imagery (Again, not much of an art guy)**

Lets start out with a couple everyone will have heard of. One of my all time favorite painters is Salvador Dali. Something about the way he saw the world, got me hooked. I mean c’mon look at these works below!

Dali was a Spanish, surrealist artist. This can clearly be seen in his paintings. They are meant to show the creative potential of the unconscious mind, hence why most everything is melty haha. If you want to know a few random facts about Dali follow this link here! Quick side note, when I was in high school I did a really nice rendition of one of his works of art. The sad thing is that once I turned it in, it got lost and I never saw it again! 😦

Next up another well known artist, Vincent van Gogh! Everyone has heard of and see his ,arguably, most famous painting, The Starry Night. His other works are just as beautiful.

van Gogh was a Dutch artist, known for his Post-Impressionist form. That and we all remember that he cut his dang ear off for a girl! Poor guy. To learn more about him check this link here! He had only painted for ten years before committing suicide, but had created over 2,000 works of art! That is impressive.

Changing gears here we have Blek le Rat. He was one of the very first graffiti artists in Paris. He has also been described as the ‘Father of Stencil Graffiti’ Check out some of his work below:

He began painting in 1981 painting stencils of rats on the walls of Paris streets, claiming that they were the only free animals in the city. Most graffiti artists paint with a message, and he was no different.Β  Each person should interpret it for themselves though. I think the same art will mean something different to each person who views it. For more on Blek le Rat check this link out!

His works heavily influenced this next guy. Banksy is his name and anonymity is his game. You may have heard of him, through his political graffiti art. He incorporates a bit of dark humor and satire into his paintings.

Much like Blek le Rat he does some stencil art on the streets. When he started out, in 1990, he did freehand graffiti. In the early 2000’s he switched to stencils because they were faster, and allowed him to get away easier with out sacrificing his messages. I just like the simplicity of the paintings, that have a much more powerful meaning. I don’t think we see eye to eye on the message but the respect is still there. For a few more facts about Banksy check out this link!

We are switching gears, one more time for the final artist. He was a Japanese artist names Katsushika Hokusai. He was a painter and a print maker. He had an obsession with Mount Fuji, as you can see in his art. He is also well known for The Great Wave print. Which I love.

 

Hokusai was influenced by the styling of Chinese painting. His actually date of birth is a mystery, but is stated as the 23rd day of the 9th month of the 10th year. During his life he went by over 30 different names. For more interesting facts on Katsushika Hokusai follow the link provided riiiiiiiiiight…..HERE!

So there you have it! Just a few of the artists that I think of when asked. Not that I was asked, but you know, when I am. πŸ˜€

I hope you have enjoyed this post, I’ll be back again tomorrow. I hope to see you then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€