I know, I know. As one of the first bloggers I started to read a hundred years ago, Mighty Girl Maggie wrote "No One Cares What You Had For Lunch". Well, maybe not, but I made it my art today by way of taking a photo and playing with it in Instagram. (I heart Instagram, makes a really simple cell pic. so much more interesting and gives 'em depth!)
Fresh cantalope, sliced ham, brie, and an asparagus croquette sauteed in butter and olive oil.
Tonight I went to an awards ceremony where my advisor for the art club at school was being recognized. I nominated her for outstanding advisor...and she won! Professor Lauzon has been a wonderful advisor and the art club has been lucky to have her. So, my art today is US!
I happened to recieve an unexpected award while I was there too! That's us holding our inscribed Jefferson Cup awards...we soon filled those with punch and cheered to each other!
No, we werent the only people there.
Everyone else was eating gourmet cupcakes...we were taking self-portraits!
I hope everyone has been having a great holiday season so far! I know I certainly have. I was just washing and puting away a gift I recieved from my mother-in-law er...Santa, when I realized just how much I loved looking at it; a new place setting of Fiestaware; a new color for my collection.
Fiestaware stole my heart the first time I dined on a piece. The first time I remember using it was at my Aunt Teeney's house, she has an enourmous collection. At that moment I knew when I was in charge of my life (whatever that means) I would have them as my dishes. So, when I moved out the first thing my mom gave me for my apartment was Fiesta and some toilet paper, but that's a different story.
I love the weight, the thickness, the COLORS, the durability, and even the way it wears in, more lovely after years than the first day. If you haven't experienced it, a piece of Fiesta will show slight fork marks from meals past. I love remembering the parties, meals, and gatherings found in those tine marks.
The simplicity of Fiesta, with the vibrant colors are what makes them ART for me! Aren't they pretty? A few pieces from my collection.
All day I have been thinking about Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It's still a little bit away, but it has been on my mind all day today! Have you ever been to a Día de los Muertos get together? When I lived in New Mexico I attended a feast at a friends house for Día de los Muertos. It was beautiful, fun, and quite special. The family had come to America years ago by the hard work and cunning of the patriarch. Now, quite settled they had an altar year round for loved ones lost, and for all the lost souls who died attempting to cross the border and were never heard from again.
During Día de los Muertos the family's altar was overflowing and adorned with food, gifts, letters, and special trinkets that were or would have been special to those who couldn't be with us. Another beautiful thing they did, aside from cooking a special menu, chosen especially for the family's aunt who had recently passed, was to set an extra place at the table for her. Full plate, napkin, cutlery and the works.
Thank you J. Ramirez and family for the inspiration.
Today, I made a little ink and watercolor Día de los Muertos skull drawing.