Monday, October 27, 2008

My greatest achievement (and how it helps you!)

Time for another post.
This time it's a two parter.
Part the first involves my recent discovery which will no doubt win me the Nobel prize in thirty years or so (the best ideas always take a while to become generally acknowledged by academia-fortunately the arts are not so lumbering).
You, beloved reader, will however be able to take full advantages of its practical applications more or less immediately.
You won't be disappointed.

Part the second is merely me blowing my own horn once again. So I might as well start with that.
My big (24" tall) sumo wrestling toads (weighing in at a hefty 110 lbs) have been selected for the National Sculpture Society's 76 annual show where they will be on display in New York for a bunch of months, and then Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. I am of course extremely chuffed at this news.

Now for my life changing discovery. It has the potential to improve human existence the world over, starting with yours right now, so get ready for a raise in your standard of living.
Next time (and after you try it, every time) you take a nice hot bath, fill up a hot water bottle with the same hot water you are running the bath with. This rubber bladder can now be used as a very comfortable cushion behind your head or betwixt blades of shoulder.
Perfect for a bit of extended book reading, but it gets better...
Once you have finished your gripping adventure and returned with a thud to reality, you realize that your bathwater is just about stone cold. Hardly the perfect end to any great story.
Aha, simply retrieve and uncork your water bottle.
The water inside is still nice and piping hot, perfect for a last minute dousing before you emerge from the tub, all shiny, warm and clean.
Life will rarely feel better.
You and me can appreciate this at once, but it will still be 2038 before that Nobel prize shows up on my doorstep.
Where's Winston Churchill when you need him? (he did all his best thinking in the bath, so he'd have sped up the process a bit)
Luckily in the meantime I have little Binky's prizewinning achievements for consolation.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tiny Binky wins a prize!

I just got back from opening the mail. I'm delighted to learn of an award for tiny Binky, one of my very small bronze rabbits in an upcoming exhibition.
Apparently the other sculpture of mine in the show, an extremely tiny turtle, sold during the jurying-in process!

The Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. awarded Tiny Binky the Second place winner for sculpture in the 75th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Arts Miniatures.
At the Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, Maryland.
Find out about the show here, and see more tiny bunnies on the rabbits page of here.

Friday, October 3, 2008

My blog won an award! Brilliant!

Not just any old award, but one from a reader.
The Brillante weblog award!
Thanks Liz for my award, and now, in true reciprocal fashion and according to the rules, I name 7 more blogs I like to also receive this award (is this an award pyramid scheme?).
The rules are as follows:
You are allowed to display the Brillante Weblog Award on your blog - Link to the person you received your award from - Nominate at least seven other blogs - put links to those blogs on yours: Leave a message on the blogs of those you have nominated.
So here goes...
'I like drawing Z00 animals...90% elephants, 10% of the rest.'
Science blog
'Science news straight from the source'
'This is not a diary. This is an attempt to develop a philosophy of life.'
'Cartoons drawn on the back of business cards.'
Taught me a lot about drawing, and I love his painting too.
I am an artist- a landscape painter working in oil and pastel. I'll be posting small paintings for sale as well as showing work I am doing for shows and galleries.'
Wired Science blog
More sciency stuff. What could be more interesting than the world around us?

Unrelated, the Horseman's Haven truckstop style cafe near our house shares its parking with a Phillips 66 gas station (just park around the edges of the gas station basically).
Inside the eatery there is a sign stating that under no circumstances can you bring your firearms inside while you eat.
Outside I spotted a spent 9mm shell casing where we just parked.
That would be just feet away from the gas station.
Mmm. I'm picturing a wild west style shootout where the combatants are hiding behind either gas pumps or newspaper dispensers.