Archive for the ‘Hobbies’ Category

Tie-Fighter!

November 10, 2016

The Star Wars Tie-Fighter . . .

X-Wing Fighter!

October 8, 2016

In my next installment of fun origami projects, here are the directions for completing the Star Wars X-Wing Fighter.  Happy folding!

Fun Fact Friday!

September 16, 2016

The fun fact for today . . . did you know that 150,000 gallons of water pour over the Niagara Falls per second?

To add some more fun facts to the mix (courtesy of the October 2016 issue of Runner’s World) that will tie in with running as well as the upcoming Niagara Falls International Marathon (October 30, 2016).

  • .32 = the average amount of water, in gallons, that a runner sweats out per hour.
  • 4:19 = the median time it takes to finish a marathon.
  • 1.38 = the approximate amount of sweat, in gallons, that a runner perspires in the course of running a marathon.
  • 721 = the number of finishers at the 2015 Niagara Falls International Marathon.
  • 995 = the number of gallons sweated out at the 2015 Niagara Falls International Marathon.
  • 151 = the number of years the race needs to be held before marathon runners sweat out one second’s worth of  Niagara Falls’ output.

The Falcon!

September 9, 2016

Happy Friday!  As we head into the weekend, if you are in need of an idea about what to do, here is another origami project you could tackle.  Since I seem to be on a Star Wars kick lately, why not feature some of the origami versions of the assorted flying ships.  Let’s start with the Millenium Falcon (courtesy of Shu Sugamata).  Happy folding!

The Dark Side!

August 9, 2016

Last month I shared the video for creating an origami Yoda.  Well this month, how about a little Darth Vader (courtesy of Tadashi Mori)?  Happy folding!

Do, or Do Not. There is No Try!

July 9, 2016

The weekend has arrived and if you are looking for something fun to do this weekend (and for all of the Star Wars fans out there) here is an origami Yoda (courtesy of Fumiaki Kawahata).

to try your hand at. Happy folding!

Somewhere Over the Emerald City!

July 5, 2016

ZentangleNewThe world is full of talented artists.  Any (and every) where I travel I can usually find an artist or artwork that tugs at my heart to the point that I ask two simple questions: “Is this available for purchase?” And “How much are you asking?”  As an art collector, I already personally know my fair share of talented artists, including my cousin, Susan Olsen  (I’ve been privileged enough to collect a few of her fabulous works already).  Here we have a wonderful colorized Zentangle  creation by Sue entitled “Somewhere Over the Emerald City” that I acquired last spring.  It is a watercolor, measuring approx. 11″x 13,” done on Cold Press watercolor paper, using Grumbacher watercolors, Bic Markers, Micron Pen, graphite and white Uniball pen.  I live nearly 1,000 miles (or more) from Sue, but thanks to the internet, and Sue’s blog, seeing her latest masterpiece is really quite easy . . . then a quick IM of the two questions . . . and the rest is history!  Thanks Sue, keep up the good work!

Cloudburst!

June 21, 2016

Westfall-cloudburstHere is the next installment of an art purchase (one of several) that I made at this year’s  Tulsa’s Nature Works Wildlife Art Show and Sale.  This piece, an original oil by Christopher Westfall, is entitled “Cloudburst,” was painted in 2015, and measures 21 x 24 (with the frame).  The NatureWorks show this year was as good as ever with many quality artists including several that have been on my wishlist for quite some time: Matthew Higginbotham, Jerry Ricketson, and Kenny McKenna.   This year I was able to remove Matthew and Jerry from the list.  It was extremely satisfying as a collector to finally acquire a painting from an artist(s) that I have been following and hoping to someday collect.    An unintended consequence of attending any art show/sale, I always find an new artist whose work tugs at my heart.  This year it was Virginia Stroud and I was able to acquire her original acrylic entitled “Pure Strength.”

Pure Strength!

June 7, 2016

Stroud PaintingHere is the next installment of an art purchase (one of several pieces) that I made at this year’s Tulsa’s Nature Works Wildlife Art Show and Sale.  I discovered yet another artist that, for whatever reason, had not yet been on my radar screen (Virginia Stroud) and I completely fell in love with one of her paintings as well (pictured here — bison, of course).  This piece, an original acrylic, is entitled “Pure Strength,” was painted in 2016, and measures 38 x 16 (with the frame). There are several artists at this show every year that I have secretly been wanting to collect and just haven’t taken the plunge: Matthew Higginbotham, Jerry Ricketson, and Kenny McKenna (to name just a few) . . . at least until now.   This year, I was able to acquire a painting by both Higginbotham as well as Ricketson.    It was extremely satisfying as a collector to finally acquire a painting from a couple of artists that I have been following.  And, I was also able to pick up another painting by Christopher Westfall.  All in all, a successful weekend of collecting art.

Evening Calm!

May 8, 2016

Evening CalmHere is the next installment of an art purchase (one of several) that I made at this year’s  Tulsa’s NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show and Sale.  I’ve been wanting to collect a painting by Jerry Ricketson for quite some time and was finally able to acquire one.  This piece, an original oil, is entitled “Evening Calm,” was painted in 2015, and measures 25 x 21 (with the frame).  It was extremely satisfying as a collector to finally acquire a painting from an artist that I have been following and hoping to someday collect.  Hopefully, the first of many more.  I was also able to pick up a painting by  Matthew Higginbotham, another painting by Christopher Westfall, as well as a piece by Virginia Stroud.