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Looking for the right piece of art

Posted in Art and Culture, Gallery, Stuff with tags , , , , on June 7, 2012 by Val McCall

Over the past eight months, my first floor has gone through a much-needed overhaul. Actually, my entire house has got a face lift over the past few years. It began with a dream for a kitchen that worked and an insatiable desire for no clutter. Having five kids, I have all manner of clutter and stuff. Someone moves and if there’s that certain “something” that they can’t convince their significant “other” to allow in the door … Where do you think it lands? In my basement or my garage or my third floor/attic/drop off point for all things homeless.

The Blue Meanies | Photo credit Wikipedia

So I turned into Momzilla, or as I often threatened my children when they were small, a “Blue Meanie” like the ones in the 1968 Beatles movie, “Yellow Submarine.” I got a dumpster and dumped anything that wasn’t nailed down; I did keep my other half.

We gutted half the first floor; created the much sought after “open concept” between the kitchen and dining room and went from a typical 1940s-1950s, Betty Crocker kitchen to a modern sleek design. Lots of stainless steel, granite and a minimal design in cabinetry.

I have tons of artwork to display but I began in earnest to search for something modern as a focal point for a new wall gallery. The color pallette is neutral so I needed something large with a punch of color and then to surround it with some neat black and white photos in various frames and sizes. I’m thinking Andy Warhol but I don’t want a picture of Campbell’s Soup or Marilyn Monroe.

And then it hit me. I have some great photos of my kids and my grandchildren; especially the ones they post on Facebook. I found one that I couldn’t have posed better myself. I passed the photo through some neat photo tools I have on my MacAirBook Pro and voila.

“IMK” Sasha 2012

I’m not going to say what the title “IMK” stands for. I’m going to let them figure that out the next time they’re here. Combining this with some neat photos of their parents and cousins in modern, traditional and ornate frames, and add some of my classical artwork, I’ll have a unique gallery; one that I plan to repeat in the living room and elsewhere.


Blogging, WordPress and the Social Media Revolution.

Posted in Blogging, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2012 by Val McCall

I started toying with blogging in 2003. I was fascinated with the idea of talking to no one in particular but possibly everyone who just might, for some inexplicable reason, surf the Internet and find me. That “everyone” was enticing. The fact that it was free and I was free to have my say, of sorts, was equally enticing. And once someone left a comment for me — even a spammer, well, that was it.

I didn’t keep my blog up. Busy work schedule, retiring and then trying to go back to school, vacations, family events and any number of reasons got in the way of me logging onto the Internet, signing into my blog and posting something. My other voice of reason couldn’t let go of the idea that while I could sit in my favorite chair and write about whatever entered my head at any given moment, I couldn’t do that on the Internet. What would one of those 5 people who decided to “follow” my blog think?

In 2007, that all changed and I began blogging in earnest. My focus was politics and the 2008 presidential campaign. I found a new tool for my blog — political activism; grassroots call-out to the masses to rally together and storm the Bastille in the name of sweet justice. Like Woodstock goers who now revisit the area of the infamous 1968 rockfest and stay at a local bed and breakfast, take a bike tour or visit the Center for Photography at Woodstock, hoping to find a photo of themselves at the rockfest hanging on the wall (or maybe not), the Bastille is now home to many shops and caf├ęs, a beautiful subway station and an opera house; a real tourist attraction.

Place de La Bastille | National Geographic

I also found some sexy and engaging Internet tools, Twitter, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, YouTube and a lot more. I was in heaven.

As much as I enjoyed the blog platform that I was using, I needed to go to the next level and that’s when I found WordPress 2.0. Actually, WP found me. Friends who read my blog kept asking me when was I going to make the switch to WP 2.0. So, in 2009, I did.

Besides a host of wonderful themes created by fellow users, recommended links, tags and photos, widgets and the ability to connect to other social media tools, the “Freshly Pressed” section has become a favorite place for me. When I log onto WP, instead of going straight to one of my blogs, I check out what others are writing about. I discover new recipes, breath-taking photos, wonderful posts that make me laugh or think a little deeper, and most important, relationships with others through their postings on blogs that I follow.

Today, I found this YouTube video in one of the recommended links. It’s called, “Social Media Revolution.” How fitting for an old radical activist like me. Enjoy.