Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Just Cattin' Around

ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. Our Host, Mrs. Nesbitt hails from Great Britain. Says Mrs. Nesbitt: "Some have been with us from the very first round, others have joined in along the way! What fun! Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture! ABC Wednesday is now entering a 3rd year of fun! I'll raise a glass to you all!". We started with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter is, "C".

Not an ordinary cat! I will publicly confess that I do (for the most part) love graffiti art, or spray art. I like graffiti art that is creative, has some punch and a sense of design. Not the lame stick letters that are cryptic. And, this cat 'a la graffiti' is something that brings a smile to my face. I hope it does for you too.

I used to have a stereotypical perception of graffiti art. A few years ago, on a flight back from Phoenix to Albuquerque, the young man sitting next to me was intrigued by the fact that I sat there with an art journal; writing and putting in thumbnail sketches. He had his own art journal, but in it contained designs and concepts for his style of art. Graffiti art. Granted, some of this art takes place on property that it shouldn't. I'm not encouraging that. But here is a genre of art that requires large 'canvases'. Why not provide public space for these installations to take place? It can change from time to time since this style of art is not meant to be permanent. Anyway, it was certainly an event that changed how I viewed something. Now, I 'get it'.

Chevy pick up trucks. I am passionately obsessed with OLD Chevy pick up trucks. Preferably 1952 and earlier. This one is about 1952. It lives in the village of Arroyo Seco which is north of Taos. You have to pass through this village on the way to the Taos ski area. It is one of my all time favorite trucks. It is the truck that belongs to the Village Mercantile store and it is a working vehicle! They use it to haul trash to the dump. I have a kazillion shots of this truck. And, I'm still not done photographing it!

Copper. Simple and beautiful. This was a rather genius way to dress up a fence by cutting up a copper pipe and smashing one end of it, drilling a hole and tying it to the fence. It turned a rather uneventful fence into a work of art. Genius. Nothing but genius.

Right across the street from where that copper fence is a Bed and Breakfast (this is in Jemez and the B&B is called, Casa Blanca"). This is one of the guest cottages at this B&B. Very secluded. Very peaceful. Very romantic. If you live in the nearby metro area, I recommend that you consider this as a get away. One day here will get you quite the slice of heaven!

19 comments:

Leslie: said...

Several great choices for our C-day today. I'm intrigued by that old truck, too! :D

RuneE said...

I liked that copper fence - and in a few year it will be green! I just hope no animals start to lick on it - its poisonous.

anthonynorth said...

Graffiti art can be quite beautiful.

foto CHIP Sweden said...

I like all your C-words - have a nice week!

Babooshka said...

Caught up in a lot of c's. I'm with you on the graffiti, but now and again something surprises me.

Joy said...

Clever graffiti raises a smile. I also like taking pictures of rusty things but they are usually no longer working unlike your truck. The copper will be interesting as it ages.

Mara said...

I love the graffiti cat! I once saw an artist at work, he had quite some way to go in the tunnel he was graffitiing (?), but it looked really good!

Sylvia K said...

Fun choices for C Day! Like the copper fence!

Janie said...

The cat graffiti is very clever. We used to have an old truck about like the one you pictured. Memories...

jay said...

We do have public areas where graffiti is allowed over here - not too many, but there are some. In particular I know of an underpass in the city which is painted up with new graffiti designs every couple of years. It tends to have a theme, but grafitti it definitely is. I quite like it too, in it's place. And of course we have the famous 'Banksy' exhibit on at the moment in Bristol.

Love the copper fence! Does it tinkle in the wind? And the Chevy truck .. it's older than I am! Just...

Carol said...

You have some great Cs here, and an interesting post. It was a gift to meet the young man with the graffiti art. How nice to awaken to another's point of view. I also enjoyed the previous post about the meditations.

kikamz said...

I agree.. the copper fence is just genius! love all your C's! tried a hand at graffiti before and enjoyed it! had no chance to continue it though. i don't have any space to work on.

Rose said...

Love the graffiti cat! That would be a good idea to provide public spaces for true graffiti art. Thanks for sharing these interesting C's!

Roger Owen Green said...

"But the cat came back the very next day..." er, sorry, I have a five-year old...good thematic choices.

Mrsupole said...

The cat looks 3-D for some reason. I like the copper idea, it is recycling at it's best.

God bless.

Regina said...

Very nice post!

Q said...

Wonderful Cs!
I am inspired by the copper on the fence.
It just reminds me to keep doing my art.....
Sherry

smith kaich jones said...

This is a post to read & savor & re-read. Really wonderful. You are cookin' with gas, as they say. :)

And I just noticed my word verification starts with a C. Coincidence? I think not.

:) Debi

Tumblewords: said...

Great choice of C's. Several underpasses here have graffiti murals - they can be eye-catching, for sure. I like the style!

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