Be Kind to Trees?

Down my street it seems there’s a tree lover.

Treestocking
This winter’s fashion for deciduous trees?

I don’t know whether it’s as cozy as more traditional winter gear; it’s certainly more fun.

Treestocking
Bertie’s not quite sure what to make of it.

A Grand Day Out

Paris in the sunshine.

And another sandwich gone missing!

Van Gogh’s Best Bed

Bertie and I went to the Art Institute Chicago today. A breathtaking collection of art. The AIC must have had incredibly rich patrons to acquire a whole roomful of Monets,  alongside Gauguins, Picassos, Miros,  – and I didn’t even go to see the old masters. My only quibble is that some American artists like Hopper and Pollock are underrepresented.

Bertie loves Van Gogh.

You can see Bertie felt quite at home.

The Scribbler

Bertie scribbled
Feeling scribbly today?

I  just found this adorable online scribble tool. You do a quick doodle, and then it scribbles it in. You can adjust colour and randomness. Addictive.

Scribbled rose
Make your very own valentine’s rose.
Scribble abstract
Just a random scribble…

Scepticism in the Nursery

Wise owl
Is the owl really wise?

From my childhood I remember “The animal fair” by Alice and Martin Provensen. Beautiful illustrations,  cute stories and rhymes. One my favourites questioned stereotypes.

“…And though the owl is known as wise,

he’s never won a spelling prize.”

So who really knows? Bertie doesn’t.

Bertie

Which Witch?

Witch with flaming cat
Another rare sight: a flying witch

How do I know it’s a witch?

See the flaming cat on the broomstick? Only witches have cats like that. Bertie could have told you that. Speaking of which. Why do curled up dogs and cats always look so cozy and warm?

Bertie cozy
Makes you want to curl up yourself, doesn’t it?

Just can’t bring myself to close the flame painter.

Mating Flight of the Phoenix

Bertie the blog-dog , abstract in Flame
Bertie the blog-dog as abstract art.

Lazy sunday. I spent all day playing with my new app, the Flame painter. Wow. This is art. Not the results, but the pure joy of playing with colours. I encourage everyone to try the free online version. Peter Blaškovič other simulations are also worth a look.

Flame - Rose
A splash of spring.
Flame 1
Just playing with lines.

Mating flight of the phoenix

Rare sight: the mating flight of the phoenix.

The male circles, showing off his magnificent fire-tail to impress the female above. If she descends, he’s in with a chance. Rarely seen, phoenixes in mating plumage are thought to bring luck, and the male display seen from below is probably the origin of the “angel” myth and shape.