Monthly Archives: August 2021

Monday Morning Wisdom #325

Monday Morning Wisdom #325

. . . the power of the spoken word is in the power of the word spoken.

~ Ibram X. Kendi, describing Professor Ama Mazama in How to be an Antiracist

From the Creator’s Heart #322

Proverbs 15:1

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Shade

In the Shade

More 2021picoftheweek.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Landscape with the Flight into Egypt
Landscape with the Flight into Egypt by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569) is considered the greatest Flemish painter of the 16th century. He is especially known for his landscapes and his depictions of peasant life. Some of his work also included religious themes.

Hunters in the Snow
Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
The Census at Bethlehem
The Census at Bethlehem by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Here is a quick overview of his work:

In 1551 or 1552, he traveled to Italy, as was customary for northern European artists of the time, since Italy was the artistic center of Europe. During his travels he was exposed to landscapes so different from his home in the low country. His observations of the mountains are skillfully captured in his subsequent landscape paintings. (See the top two paintings above.)

His paintings often include many figures, each unique and none prettified.

The Wedding Dance
The Wedding Dance by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Children's Games
Children’s Games by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
The Beekeepers
Beekeepers by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
The Peasant Wedding
The Peasant Wedding by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
The Peasant Dance
The Peasant Dance by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

What does it say about me that my favorite paintings of Bruegel’s are the ones that remind me of Hieronymus Bosch, one of Bruegel’s influences?

The Triumph of Death
The Triumph of Death by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
The Fall of the Rebel Angels
The Fall of the Rebel Angels by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Bruegel was an apprentice of Pieter Coecke van Aelst, and married Coecke’s daughter, Mayken, in 1563. They had two sons, Jan and Pieter, who also became painters. The sons are known as Pieter Bruegel the Younger (to distinguish him from his father) and Jan Bruegel the Elder (to distinguish him from his son, also a painter).

A video about a show of Bruegel’s work in 2018 in Vienna:

Creative Juice #257

Creative Juice #257

Lots of artsy stuff this week.

Video of the Week #320: Central Park’s Sordid History


I LOVE Central Park, but I didn’t know its history. We need to think carefully before we displace people.

Wordless Wednesday/ Flower of the Day: Canal Path with Lantana

Canal path with lantana

More FOTD.

Fun with Homemade Foam Stamps


Last week I read an article by Alice Hendon about making foam stamps. I have long been a fan of Nathalie Kalbach, who designs rubber and foam stamps, and who posts her wonderful creations on her website. So when I read Alice’s article, she made the process seem so simple, I thought maybe I could do it. I knew I had an inkpad somewhere, but I couldn’t find it, so I visited Amazon and ordered this adorable set of inexpensive inkpads. (I have supplied the link purely for your information; I am not an Amazon affiliate, so I do not earn any commission.)

Ink pads
Over the weekend, Greg asked me to make a hobby supply run for him to Michael’s. While I was there, I picked up a foam sheet, and I happened to see a cute set of rubber stamps, so I bought them too. (Not an affiliate of Michael’s either.) When I got home, it was time to try them out.
Fun with rubber stamps
Yesterday I looked on YouTube to see if I could find the Sarahbeme video Alice mentioned in her article. I think this is the one:

After watching that, I was ready to try making my own stamps. I liked the angular stamp Sarah made first, so I made one like that, the same size as my stamp pad.

Step 1

Then I thought I needed some round shapes, so I cut out two circles, then cut them into quarters. I used the green ink pad and layered it on top of what I had so far:

Step 2

Then I cut some wavy lines, inked them with blue, and put them over the top:

step 3

Eh. I think that may have been too much. But it was fun to try, and I will definitely use them again, and make more. Next, I’d like to make a scallop design similar to ones I’ve seen on Nathalie’s site. I’ll definitely post more when I make more.

And if you try making your own foam stamps, let me know!

Monday Morning Wisdom #324

Monday Morning Wisdom #324

When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something, to do something. Our children and their children will ask us: ‘What did you do? What did you say?’

~ John Lewis

From the Creator’s Heart #321