Hubble reveals artistry of the cosmos

The Hubble telescope has been capturing some amazing, inspiring images from the far reaches of the cosmos. The colors, the patterns, the textures are not to be believed! Here are just a few of my favorite images, but if you want to see more — and, of course, you do! — click here to view the entire gallery of pictures.

A Giant Hubble Mosaic of the Crab Nebula
Source: Hubblesite.org


Source: Hubblesite.org

Spitzer and Hubble Create Colorful Masterpiece
Source: Hubblesite.org

Jet in Carina
Source: Hubblesite.org

A Perfect Storm of Turbulent Gases in the Omega/Swan Nebula (M17)
Source: Hubblesite.org

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Dali-licious

I am finally tending to the photos from my May visit to Paris. Among the many places I visited was the Dali Museum in Montmartre. A place tucked away from the crowds around the church in a space behind the Place du Tertre, Le Monde Fantasmagorique de Dali is a must-see if you’re a Dali fan, or if you just like to expand your mind a bit. I’ve always been a huge fan of “The Persistence of Memory,” Dali’s melting clocks painting housed at the MOMA in New York City. So, imagine my delight when I discovered these “soft watches” in bronze there:

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Unfortunately, the actual "Persistence of Memory" bronze was in dark shadows, so didn't photograph well without flash. But this one isn't too shabby!

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Almost looks like you could climb up on it and take a nap. Way to pass some time, right?

Of course, I had to snap a shot of this collage print:

I adore the EGGS in this piece ... along with the vibrant red and blue.

I adore the EGGS in this piece ... along with the vibrant red and blue.

And for a mind-bending activity, try this one:

The skull image in the polished metal tube is a reflection of the painting "stretched" around the tube. COOL!

The skull image in the polished metal tube is a reflection of the painting "stretched" around the tube. TOO COOL!

My pieces in “The Stampers’ Sampler”

I was recently honored and excited to find out that three of my creations were published in the June/July 2009 issue of  The Stampers’ Sampler, an awesome, artful bi-monthly magazine from Stampington & Company out of Laguna Hills, CA. The pieces appeared on p. 48 in the “Different Point of View” section. Talk about inspiration to continue this pursuit!!!!

And here they are (ah, the beauty of kraft paper!):

This piece uses an assortment of ribbons, along with stamps from Stampin' Up, Hero Arts & Printworks.

This piece uses an assortment of ribbons, along with stamps from Stampin' Up!, Hero Arts & Printworks.

This piece incorporates rub-ons, rhinestones and stamps from Stampin' Up!, Penny Black & Paper Inspirations.

This piece incorporates rub-ons, rhinestones and stamps from Stampin' Up!, Penny Black & Paper Inspirations.

An inspiration from my trip to Vietnam, the buddha rules (stamp from Stamp Francisco)! Other stamps include Stampin' Up!, Hero Arts & All NIght Media.

An inspiration from my trip to Vietnam, the Buddha rules! (Stamp from Stamp Francisco.) Other stamps include Stampin' Up!, Hero Arts & All Night Media.

Going to seed isn’t so bad

While I was exercising my passport in Paris, my purple Salvia out front went to seed. Zut alors! I discovered today, however, that wasn’t such a bad thing. Here, 4 goldfinches find sustenance in the Salvia seed (say that 10 times fast!). There were 2 other females and another male, but I couldn’t fit them all in the picture. A gleeful find, indeed. Will this inspire an art creation? You bet! Just look at that yellow …

Goldfinches find the Salvia that's gone to seed

Goldfinches find the Salvia that's gone to seed