Archive for August, 2008
Recently, while I was busy to show off my little clay army here, my favorite illustrator Monica Calvo found the latest funny video from the sequel Simon’s Cat:
Distinguish animation, every time I watch in dismay and with great pleasure!
If you happen not to be familiar with the previous two videos, I can remind them to you easily:
1. ‘Cat Man Do’
2. ‘Let Me In!’
They are very indicative of the cat’s temper…
And also these days I read this joke:
“I am absolutely not able to understand why women love cats.
Cats are independent creatures, they don’t obey and perform, not coming when you call them, they love to linger outside in the night and to come home only to be fed and cuddled.
After that they only want to be left to sleep in peace.
In other word: in cats women love something that they terribly hate in men… “
There is some truth in this… but also there are people, who just don’t like cats at all.
When he was a kid, he used to sing in the choir,
but nowadays he is dreaming for opera. Plays old gramophone records and sings with them.
He has read “The book for the opera” and knows all the Giuseppe Verdi’s librettos by heart. But he is too shy and prefers to sing only at home. When he feels bold, he opens the window.
The neighbors are not angry, because he actually sings very gently.
I guess there are subjects and things that just gets me obsessed from time to time and something is making me going on in the same direction.
About fifteen or sixteen years ago, when I became friends with the clay for the first time, who knows why, but I started to make fairy dwarfs and small wizards. Most of them I gave to a friends almost immediately, but still have half a score at home, which i considered not good enough for a present.
In the last few years I have less and less free time and the needed serenity to do such things, but having this site made me realize that cats have ensconced themselves in it permanently and comfortable and for now they don’t even think about leaving.
On paper or from clay, it seems to imply that they know well what am I in need for – exactly not-being-in-a-hurry, more home life, even a bit of laziness.
Here are two specimens, that I love much.
First this charming one. Because he is always thinking for food, I gave him a magnet – to be close to the refrigerator.
We can learn many things from the cats. I admire their natural strength and elegance and the amazing ability to relax. Anywhere. Anytime.
And here it is the little pensive wanderer, who misses adventures and new lands:
He read a lot about the places that want to visit. But home is taking him back and it is getting harder to break the habit and go on the road.
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He is also a big retro-fan and is born with the sense of good style. Always wanted to be a ship cat. He has heard that in the ship holds is full with rats, who knows the taste of rum and salt sea water. But he is not afraid, only curious to meet them.
Maybe many people feel the same, but my fingers just cannot stay without doing something.
Whatever thing I spot, I always start to think that it could be turned into something else, usually some kind of toy (although sometimes it happens to be also something useful).
In the Sea garden in Bourgas there are some trees (we have them in Sofia as well), but unfortunately I never can remember their name. They have leaves a bit like the maple, thorny little ball-shaped fruits (which are not good to eat) and beautiful light rind.
The pieces of rind are tempting, they look to me like ready to use slices of veneer. I have used them before to make freakish greetings (it works also with pine-tree rind)q but now during the short vacation I did this funny little house:
It has owners, although are a bit carelessly. It will be obviously windy there during the winter, but they just don’t care.
They love each other and are happy together. They have He-dog and She-cat.
They decided to live in Bourgas, by the sea. There they feel happier and free.
And if sometimes they feel a little bored, they listen to the music of the wind, who is playing with these sea shells:
… it seems that the shells are telling stories about all the amazing things and great secrets, hidden in the Big water…
Hmm, this one is more “looking like a cat” than being a cat indeed.
He is very positive, always smiling to the world.
He is never in a bad mood, likes the sun and enjoys the rain, too.
Respects typography, but from few days is trying to read all these Love Stories. Especially likes the one with the cake and the sugar.:-)
He is looking for Love and new friends, so he is wearing this heart everywhere – as a friendly sign and to be sure that this time he won’t be misunderstood.
This guy was also my first try with white clay from the sort that dries without baking. But I still prefer to work with the old natural brown clay.
After the mass Firefox download lately /fighting for a world record/, I decide that it is in fact a good moment to show you this:
I’ve made it about year and a half ago, but It was finished this January (and you can see it today, which is… yes, yes, I know the date, please, don’t remind me…)
There’s a magnet on the back, only… I didn’t weight very well the clay logo itself and now you can put it somewhere only if you use another magnet, bigger one. Next time – better try.
However, I am not so good as to invent it and design it like his author did, but still I believe it is not so bad.
Here’s what happened with this guy after dyeing. I’m not quite sure If I like it more now or before, but however, it’s too late to hesitate.
Indeed, it’s likeable now, in its own way somehow. It was year and a half lingering, till finally I decided to finish it. Not bad, actually?
The next few blog posts will be mainly with pictures. I brushed out the dust from what I’ve got to show and take the big decision of not! procrastinate! anymore!
In my defense will say only that I didn’t have good enough photos and it was a shame to upload crappy ones here. Then we lost the hard disk and the few good photos are gone so far.
But three days ago I have success with catching the best light – late sunset, which is adorable, but hardly impossible to see in north apartment. So I made quickly part of the photos that I wanted to.
For a start, here it is, a snail-optimist, fruit of co-operative work:
Actually, Michel is always jumping around while I am making something, and he is repeating that he cannot do such things even in his dreams.
In fact, he was totally awake when he made this snail, and I think he did it just great. My touch are only the horns with eyes and the coloring, but from all the little things at home, this snail is one of particularly special!
Few weeks ago I decided to do some tasty little loafs of bread, using the simplest recipe in the world. Flour, yeast, little spoon salt and another one sugar, some warm water and mix everything together. This is also wonderful mix for making pizza dough. I used full-corn flour sesame, poppy-seed, sunflower seed, some white cheese and sliced olives and finally, it came like this:
We’ve tried them together in the good company of some friends, and all we decided that this is actually very tasty. It also goes very well with beer…
Besides, recently during our stay in Bourgas I wanted to repeat the recipe, only with some slight modifications:
This time we didn’t have full-corn flour, so I used white one, and inside I put again white cheese, but also yellow one and two sorts of olives, black and green with almonds.
Well, I am not sure how they are making today the bread that you can buy in the store, but it becomes mouldy on the second day yet.
But anyway, the last two of our bread loafs we ate three days later and they were still soft and fresh.