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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Medusa... with doll parts

I've been having a summer slow down. I just haven't been able to come up with blog subjects that are interesting and noteworthy... until this afternoon.
My daughter in law, Robbin, sent me this photo that she took at the Exploratorium in San Francisco today. She took the Beans (my grandchildren) to see all the wonderful things there are to see in this amazing place.
This is the photo she sent me.

Scary isn't it? Just one of the most bizarre thing you've ever seen? It's completely made up of doll parts... feet, hands, body parts and a couple of very wicked eyeballs. Even the beam of light coming in from the window adds to the strange feeling of the piece. It's called Medusa and the artist is Freya Jobbins.
I will be going to the Art Is You workshop in Petaluma this fall, with my sister, and one of the classes that we are going to take is called Wild Things. The teacher, Clarissa Callesen, will show us how to make strange dolls from old stuffed animals and doll parts. My daughter in law thought that "Medusa" would inspire us for this class. It certainly does.

Then, my oldest son spent last week in Las Vegas. He sent this photo of the downtown casinos and the fire that was burning on the hills outside of town on Mt. Charleston. I think this is a really good photo and wanted to share it with you.
 I would love to see Las Vegas again. We've only been there once, many years ago. It was 118 degrees in the shade. Now, that's "fry an egg on the sidewalk" weather. We saw Arnold Schwarzenegger‎ at Lake Mead, asked him for an autograph (for our boys) and he refused. He said he didn't sign autographs on vacation. I've never forgotten that. I didn't vote for him when he ran for governor. Maybe that was my way of saying, "What would it have hurt to give us an autograph for our boys." There were other reasons I didn't vote for him, but that incident has always stuck in my craw. This was before the Terminator, before Maria and before politics. He was just starting out. He was bodybuilding and had been in a few movies. There was no one around. He had three bodyguards with him, on an empty dock. What would it have hurt?
Las Vegas is bigger and has more amazing casinos now. It kind of looks like Disneyland doesn't it?
Some day we will go down there again, in Fall or Winter, and then the ol' Prospector and I could continue into Arizona and drive to the town of Williams, where you can get on a train and go on a tour of the Grand Canyon. Just another trip to add to our "bucket" list.
Hope your weekend was a relaxing one. Take care.


  1. That Medusa is fascinating! I kept looking at it (almost "mesmerized") to see what each part was made from! The artist has a very creative mind!
    And the class you've signed up for sounds fascinating. I'll be waiting to see and hear about your creation!

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  3. oo think i will choose vegas...ha....in the MET in NYC there is a face made of womens shoes, def interesting....that one is rather disturbing...ha...

  4. Oh my Goodness that is some thing else, what a crazy thing all dolls parts. The photo of Las Vegas is quite nice. Hope you do get to go there again. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  5. I just showed my neice the Medusa and she immediately pointed to the 'bum' chin! What a crazy peice...thinking outside of the box indeed!
    As far as Arnie goes, sounds like he's ALWAYS been too big for his breeches! What a rat.
    Great atmosphere in your son's photo, looks like the photography bug runs through your family!

  6. Yikes...the Medusa is rather scary looking! What an imaginative artist! I agree that the picture taken in Vegas is very interesting. What a bank of smoke! I haven't been to Vegas in many years...would be fun to see the new casinos.

  7. Well that sure isn't a face you see everyday ... very interesting though. Lol

  8. Well that sure isn't a face you see everyday ... very interesting though. Lol

  9. I find 'Medusa' a little frightening!
    Love that pic of Vegas; probably because I love visiting Vegas. 2 reasons; my son lives there and I like to gamble. (I don't overdo it, but I do have fun playing slots.) I think you should go to Vegas, but a bit of advice...the strip is overrun with young folks and all the hype that comes with being 20-something. We've decided to stay in 'old Vegas' downtown, and just sightsee down on the strip from now on. It's more our speed.

  10. That's one creepy creation and one that could induce nightmares!
    I hope your class creation will be more friendly!


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