Summer is Ending

Somehow in my crazy hectic schedule in trying to be on top of things, I wrote this post in advance and saw that it never posted. Although summer has just ended, I think it is still timely…

Summer is ending; time to say goodbye to carefree, playful days. I love the fall but I’m already missing my vacation spent on Ocracoke Island in NC and the whimsical days of feeling back to Nature, with beach combing, peaceful kayaking and relaxation.

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I came back to non-stop, pull-out-all-the-stops work to get a new website up and running. I was ahead of the game until a program I was using to upload 6,000 variations randomly just duplicated my 2,000 images, multiplying them to 19,000!! I deleted them from the server but also had to delete them from my WordPress site, which still recognizes them until they are permanently deleted from the Media Gallery. Ugh and another ugh!! I had to delete them manually. It only took @ 10 hours over the course of several days. Oh, I discovered this mess when I decided to do a little work on vacation. Big mistake. My Internet was slow b/c no one cares about going fast on an island and I knew I had a huge task to come back to. I can happily say I’m back to where I started. Never thought going backwards would be such a relief. Although, now I have an issue with the database remembering other items and preventing me from re-uploading fresh data, no matter how many times I delete. Funny that no one: StudioPress, WordPress, WooCommerce, BlueHost, web programmer or my web person has an answer. I just hope I can resolve soon.

At least now I can get a fresh start on the images alone to either do it correctly or find a way around the problem.

This all reminds me of the symbolic dichotomy that I think is represented by the Swiss Family Tree Robinson tree house.

Swiss Family Robinson movie set_AIE

I was always fascinated with what a convoluted yet totally cool maze-structure the fictional island family created but it was hard to determine where to go and how to get around their home. And yet, their tree house is supposed to be playful and carefree, devoid of stress. (I’m migrating my site to WordPress to avoid having to know code-to-be-able-to-edit stress. Ha….I wish it were so!) I was amazed by this fantasy tree house as a child and always wanted to live in such a structure, now I like a little more foundation with clear, easy routes (roots) to follow. This sculpture by Rob Heard summed this all up for me. I had been saving it for a while and now seems the perfect time to reveal:

Rob heard tree sculpture on Art is Everywher

It seems like your house, your work, your life can have many different facets that all twist and turn to form this beautiful place. This structure is both complex and always lively no matter how arduous it can be sometimes to get around. In other words, Life is good but “so complicated.” One of my favorite videos:

The Military Artist

Although Veterans’ Day has past, I did not get a chance to discuss or show my support in a blog post so I want to mention a few items of note in this one. We have so much to thank our Veterans for. I’m thinking of this as I travel to New Orleans for a family reunion. I think of my many blessings of family as Thanksgiving comes around and the incredible sacrifices military families have given with service and loss to their country — all for our gain and to preserve the American way of life and freedom.

I was glad to see the army has kept its long tradition of official artists to document ongoing wars and military history. Sgt. Martin J. Cervantez was profiled in the Washington Post recently for his painting and military service as one of the army’s official artists. Here is some of his work

Sgt Cervantez-combat artist via Washington Post, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Sgt Cervantez-combat artist via Washington Post

Cervantes-fiield sketches via Washington Post, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Cervantes-field sketches via Washington Post

Heading out-water color_Cervantez via Washington Post, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Heading out-water color_Cervantez via Washington Post

Huge Responsibility_Sgt Martin J. Cervantez via Washinton Post, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

A Huge Responsibility_oil by Sgt Martin J. Cervantez via Washinton Post

This last painting is interesting to me because the light on the military personnel’s shirt in the foreground is painted in such a way to suggest that the commander has a priestly robe – the duplicity of wearing both military garb and performing the role of making life and death decisions. I’m not sure if this is intentional, but it’s what I first thought of when I saw it.

Here is the link to all the galleries of the Army’s official military artists at the U.S. Center for Military History. Viewing the other artist’s works is well worth the click.

Here’s a previous post I wrote on Combat Art for Veteran’s Day last year and another post on The Art of Camouflage.

Another mention regarding Eric Grohe’s military mural, Liberty Remembers, the artist is described in this article as still being moved even though his public art is now 10 years old.

eric-grohe-mural via Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Liberty Remembers, mural by Eric Grohe via Bucyrus Telegraph Forum

Ocean City, Maryland has a new Veteran’s Day Mural by Carla Migliaccio.

Ocean-City_veterans mural via Shore News Today, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Ocean City Veterans Mural by Carla Migliaccio via Shore News Today

Since I haven’t added music here in a while, here’s a little Talking Heads, Life During Wartime, to Kick Start the Weekend. I always feel like I should be doing an aerobic exercise when listening to this music. As it turns out, I probably was when dancing to it in college but now,  just watching the video wears me out!