Monday, April 2, 2018

Would have been Dad's 89th birthday today. Monday- new kit & good news

Monday again! Last week we had a couple of good things happen so hoping for more of that trend this week. First, let me thank you for all the lovely comments about the last kits. So happy you enjoyed them. I did notice a big blunder to the Easter Greeting TOU today as I was making changes to the form for this next kit. I accidentally left the words "CU4CU" at the top of the form which I'd copied from another kit from the past. Easter Greeting is not CU. Anyway, let me catch you up on what happened last week.

I showed Dad's house multiple times last week. Got my brother to understand my concern about an offer we'd received where we would hold the deed to the house and allow the investor to go ahead and start renovation; the deal being he'd pay us so much per month it took him to complete work in addition to the offered price - at the end of his work. Thom made a counter offer that would let us sell the house as is, be paid, and be done with it. The offer was accepted and the contract is now with our attorney. If he thinks all is well then we will close the end of this month. Got EOBs (explanations of benefits) from Medicare and Anthem and it appears they paid all for Dad's last hospital visit. Think that's the last of medical bills. Also got someone out here to give us a quote on repairing a crack in our fiberglass bath tub. Didn't know if they would need to go under the house and cut out flooring to make repair and then replace that or if we'd have to get a new tub made that would fit over the old. We expected it to cost big bucks. As it turned out, it wasn't as bad as we thought. The supporting fibers under the crack were fine. The man was able to do a repair from the surface that didn't take long at all. Smelled horrible and I had to go away for a few hours. Four hours and $85 later, the tub was ready for use and you can't tell there was a repair. Next up - new gutters - the kind you don't have to clean. Now that one will be pricey.

Today we start a new kit called Deco Divas. My starting point was some Poser tubes by Natalia NZ. I just couldn't resist the images of beautiful women dressed in late 20s and 30s styles. These 3D renders are amazingly lifelike. I'm sure most of you are familiar with the style called Art Deco? If not, here is a link where you can learn about it:
The style started in 1900 and ended about 1945 with a revival in the 1960s. It is similar in some ways to Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Styles. When I can't decide which of these periods something belongs to, I resort to a quick cheat (not always accurate): if the item is ornate, curvy and of a nature theme, it's probably Art Nouveau. If simple lines but nature related, probably Arts & Crafts. And if the forms are strongly geometric and/or abstract, then it's probably Art Deco. But as I said, this is not necessarily true. For instance, there are fashion prints of shepherdess type outfits that are Deco. Not geometric at all.
Like this:
No wonder people get confused! Plus the time lines overlap. What you may be most familiar with in Art Deco is something art historians refer to as Streamline Moderne, the American version of Art Deco which is less elaborate and sleeker than the European version. Like the Empire State building. What you will see in this kit are images and forms you will mostly likely associate with The Great Gatsby. At least, that's the plan.

BTW the picture in the frame is actually a flair. And the border at the bottom was planned as a paper header.

1 comment:

KM Miller said...

Wishing you happy memories of your dad on his birthday.

Hope your Resurrection Sunday was lovely, relaxing and full of promise.

Thank you for the different artsy periods. I always have a hard time with that. Your description for each is a great way to sort the styles.

Have a great week.