365-Day Project, Art, Creativity, Mystery, Photography

Day 329/365 – You Can’t Fool a Second Grader

Life is too short not to experiment. – Jamelia

I learned something today: you cannot fool a second grader. Remember that yesterday’s mystery picture was taken in the second grade classroom, and today I showed the picture to the class. So guess what … not only did these kids know exactly what the subject was, they knew exactly where it was. I proceeded to show them previous “what is it?!?” pictures, and they correctly guessed a large majority of those, too … even the cat picture! (One of the kids noticed that paw print right away.) I found it very enlightening that these younger minds see things that we adults do not (well, at least not as easily). Before I divulge the identity of that mystery subject, let’s get to today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture, which is ready for your guessing pleasure. Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

2013_11_25_9999_4-2

What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 328)

C-Through The Lens guessed, “Painted fish scales?” Not painted fish scales. Susan thought, “It does look like scales…but is it the middle of a sunflower?” Not the middle of a sunflower. I should have told both of you that you were close! Gail asked, “bee honey?” not bee honey. Kan’s perspective, “Textured upholstery?” Not textured upholstery. Brenda mused, “Looks painted again. And a little like artichoke leaves, but orange.” Alas, not artichoke leaves, but that’s an interesting perspective. 😉 “Is it on a canvas?” Brenda asked. Not on canvas, but … on something else … “Cloth? It looked woven…” It’s not cloth but it is woven. “Tricky! No idea”

So what was it? Those second graders knew – and enthusiastically guessed (in unison), “Snake scales!” “From that book!” One of the boys runs off to the corner by the lamp and grabs the book, “Here it is!” 😀

Yes, what you saw were snake scales, or rather a picture of snakes on a book cover (paper, which is the woven part).

P.S. Brenda gets an honorary ding ding for guessing that it’s woven. 😉

2013_11_22_9999_8-2

365-Day Project, Art, Creativity, Mystery, Photography

Day 324/365 – The Muse Fairy

You should treat a muse like a fairy. – Paulo Coelho

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture is ready for your guessing pleasure. Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

2013_11_20_9999_5-2

What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 323)

Brenda started off the guessing game with, “stained glass?” Not stained glass. “Hmm, snowy bird wing?” Not that either (but what a cool vision). “Blueberry pie plate after eating?” Not the mere fragments of a blueberry pie. Mmmm blueberry pie …   “Hmm, the finger nails of the ice queen?” Brrrr, not the finger nails of the ice queen. SueBee guessed, “Colored sugar on a mirror?” Not colored sugar on a mirror, but sweet perspective. 😉 Kan said, “It looks like some sort of stone.” Not a stone. Jude mused, “frosty leaf?” Not a frosty leaf. And Heather just wasn’t sure …

So what was it? What you saw was a watercolor painting/paper. Did you know that there are metallic watercolors now? Awesome effects. 😀

2013_11_19_9999_9-2

365-Day Project, Art, Photography

Day 107 – Teach the World

I’d like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves

I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I’d like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company

I’d like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land

That’s the song I hear
Let the world sing today
A song of peace
That echoes on
And never goes away

I’d like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves

I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I’d like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company

Songwriters: B. BACKER, B. DAVIS, R. COOK, R. GREENAWAY

Today a simple message of peace, a song that reminds me of childhood and a nice, cold Coca-Cola, of times didn’t seem so out of control. Peace, love, and hope to all.

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture was inspired by pure desperation, as I could not figure out what subject to photograph (call that lack of inspiration!). I even photographed something entirely different, but didn’t like the composition, color, or feel. So here we are with this subject instead. Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

20130417-2013_04_17_5090

What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 106)

Not a lot of guesses for yesterday’s picture, it looked like an old tablecloth to one, and an old straw hat or purse to another. What you saw was a section of paper made with fibers and stitched with some sort of string (probably raffia). Finally I found a use for one! 🙂

20130415-2013_04_15_5064