Monday, September 24, 2012

Perspective at 100

If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age. 

George Burns

An Impressive Horse Statue

I love to look at horses.  I think they are so beautiful (just don't ask me to ride one).  I love art made with horses in it.  This one was designed by one of the world's most famous artists.  We saw it back in January of 2010.  It was magnificent!  Want another view?

An Even Better View

Isn't he impressive!!!  I realized this morning that according to my visible stats, I've reached the 100 followers mark.  I want to say a big THANK YOU to each and every one of you!  I may have reached this impressive (to me at least) mark a little earlier but I don't have a way of checking all the the RSS feeds out there.  I am excited and humbled by this.  I realize that some of you have signed up just to get in on the prizes that I offer.  That's fine.  I've done that on a few blogs too and don't have a problem with it.  so far, I have made following my blog optional to be a winner so I like to think that the numbers are from people who have felt a connection with me in some little way from what they have been reading here.  

The Rule of Perspective

It was a cold and rainy day when we made the trek into the city to see the High Museum's Leonardo da Vinci exhibit.  The horse was in the courtyard and was the first thing we saw.
When I was in one of my first art classes in high school I'm sure that I learned this rule of perspective.  If you want the viewer to be able to relate to the size of an object in a picture you put a person in it.  These are two of my favorite people.  The others weren't there at the time.  I realize the picture is a little slanted but when I tried to straighten it I was loosing part of the horse's ear.  Apparently I have a tendency to hold my camera crooked.  It must be a eye dominance issue.

Sforza Monument Info with Raindrops

What I find even more impressive about this horse is that Leonardo designed it more than 500 years ago.   Now I hold no hope that what I have done or will do in my lifetime will be remembered 500 years from now.  Perhaps a few of my descendants will be alive and may have me on a list of ancestors somewhere but it's doubtful.  My quilts will survive me but I doubt they will last that long either.  Da Vinci is a name known worldwide now and it probably will be 500 years from now too.  If you want to know more about this project perhaps Google will help.  

What can I learn from this?  Leonardo worked on this project over a 17 year period.  It was never completed.  I have more than one quilt project that I can say that about.  I refuse to count exactly how many that can be said about.  I'll get them done one day!  Before I left the museum that day I purchased this magnet.

It's nice to know that I think like that too!  Great minds think alike, right? LOL  I've been trying to photograph all my quilts lately.  I have found that as I look them over this one needs a repair here, that one has a place where the binding didn't get stitched and more than a few need labels.  Maybe it will get done or not.

Back to all you 100+ wonderful followers.  I have a giveaway going on now that will end Sunday night.  When I announce the winner, next Monday, October 1, I will also announce a giveaway that will be just for you!  Thank you for being interested in my little corner of blog land.  I have several posts that I want to get done like the Easy Angle tutorial.  I have a lot more pictures of quilts that I have taken that I need to get edited.  If you haven't checked out my 'Quilts' page yet I have put some of them there.  I will continue to do so and want to post a story about each of them too.  They are not in any particular order as of yet.  In the mean time I am working on not one or two but THREE big post days, October 4, 8 & 10.  The buttons are in the sidebar.  So I'm staying busy just not able to do a lot of writing and editing yet.  I also have a quilt on the longarm that needs more attention and a few more waiting to follow it.  Maybe I need to get off the net now and get busy!

Take a minute to share your perspective on art or unfinished projects in the comments.

Thank you again for following my blog!!!

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  1. In the first 2 pictures the horse doesn't look very big, but your right you put people in it and wow that's a big horse. I must be a great artist also, I have a lot of "abandoned" artwork.

  2. That statue is magnificant. And I was shocked to see our family name as the name of this monument. I've never heard anything about it before. I guess it was fate that brought me to look at your blog tonight. I will look into more history of this. THANK you so much. I too love horses and tried unsuccessfully to draw them as a younster. Always wished I could own one. I did rent to ride at our local park and pretended it was my very own horse. lol. Silly the things we do as children.

    Also, congratulations on your 100 followers. That is certainly an accomplishment.

  3. What a fabulous and interesting post. Thanks SO much for linking up. And congrats on your milestone!


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