Blue Tail Comet Mandala Spiral by Margaret Almon

Blue Tail Comet Mandala by Margaret Almon

Blue Tail Comet Mandala by Margaret Almon. Glass and gold smalti on slate, 8 inches.

Cardinal Love: Small Deaths Exhibit by Kate Breakey at the Michener Art Museum

Cardinalis cardinalis.  Northern Cardinal (Male) II by Kate Breakey.

Cardinalis cardinalis. Northern Cardinal (Male) II by Kate Breakey, hand-painted silver gelatin print (1998). Michener Museum of Art, Doylestown, PA. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

Stratoz and I got ourselves to the Michener Art Museum Museum to see the exhibit of hand-painted photographs by Kate Breakey. The Small Deaths exhibit is there until July 12th, 2015.   The colors of the birds were intense and glowing.  I loved the orange beak of this cardinal.

Male Cardinal Suncatcher by Wayne Stratz.

Male Cardinal Suncatcher by Wayne Stratz.

Stratoz had just finished a stained glass cardinal commission.  It’s his Year of Birds, and the Breakey exhibit fit right in.

Kaleidoscope in Orange

Kaleidoscope Box

Kaleidoscope Box in Orange, circa 1970, Japan.

This Kaleidoscope has moved many places with me, and I don’t remember when it came into my possession. Looking at it now, I see the type as 1970’s, in the way time makes us able to classify collections, characteristics that are invisible to us as children.

Butterfly Porthole, Kaleidoscope from Japan, circa 1970.

Butterfly Porthole, Kaleidoscope from Japan, circa 1970.

The butterfly revealed by the orange circle was the most fascinating butterfly.  It had a window to the world.  The box has two of these portholes, on opposite sides.

Butterfly Kaleidoscope from Japan, circa 1970.

Butterfly Kaleidoscope from Japan, circa 1970.

The Kaleidoscope has the heft of a mailing tube, with a visible seam where the label wraps around.  The eyepiece is a hole cut from red cardboard, revealing the plastic underneath.  There are no objects orbiting around inside the case to create the patterns. This is a type called a Teleidoscope, which according to David Brewster, Scottish physicist and inventor of the Kaleidoscope, means the mirrors inside transform the world around you into art.

I remember pointing the Butterfly Kaleidscope at the world around me as a girl, and seeing transformation, and yet recognizing some of the forms and colors, even as they were reflected.

10 Second Rainbow

Rainbow Panel by Margaret Almon.

10 Second Rainbow #margaretalmonmosaics #sophiemilman #rainbow A video posted by Margaret Almon (@nutmegdesigns) on May 3, 2015 at 8:51am PDT

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Twister with Nasturtiums

Nasturtium Tropaeolum Majus Alaska

Stratoz and our photographer friend Paul Grecian have a tradition of going to Longwood Gardens during Spring Break.  I appreciate that Stratoz is always on the lookout for orange.  These fine variegated Nasturtiums have a sunny yellow orange with darker red orange gathering in the creases.  I looked up the etymology of Nasturtium and it’s […]

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Wordless Wednesday: Earth Spiral Mandala

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Timelapse Rainbow

In the studio with my favorite part of the rainbow ~ orange! A video posted by Margaret Almon (@nutmegdesigns) on Apr 21, 2015 at 1:26pm PDT

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