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Day 11 + 12 :: Your Khakis?

January 12, 2015

Khaki is a color, a light shade of yellow-brown.
Khaki is a loanword incorporated from Hindustani meaning “soil-colored” and,
is originally derived from the Persian: Khâk, literally meaning “soil”. 

It came to English via the British Indian Army. (more)
Khaki has been used by many armies around the world for uniforms, including camouflage.

They are often referred to as KHAKIS.

Looking good in your Khakis? by Lisa Rivas

The invention of Khaki dye is attributed to John Haller, a trained European weaver.
He erected a little factory in Mangalore, India with 21 hand-looms of European construction and a dye house.
The Khaki cloth now known all over the world was first manufactured in Mangalore.
Khaki-colour dye was patented in 1884.


 Khakis became popular as US military wear during World War II,
replacing the coarse material used in fatigues in World War I. 
By this time, Khakis had come to symbolize adventure, a concept wholly embraced by Hollywood. 
Not only was it popular in tinsel town, it was also a staple on college campuses.

Days 9 & 10 …a commitment,

January 10, 2015

I have had this little notebook for awhile, just making tentative marks.
Now, since making the commitment of a drawing-a-day,
I have been elaborating on them in more of an intuitive way.

…and they are now turning into fantasies!

Is it Marsala? by Lisa Rivas

Commitment is the glue that bonds you to your goals. ~Unknown


Yes, it’s MARSALA :: Pantone’s color of the Year

 

New Growth by Lisa Rivas

Stems with new growth, a cheer in winter

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The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. ~Lao Tzu

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Making Keys by Lisa Rivas

The Syrup Key

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Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

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Days 4, 5 & 6 – A flock!

January 6, 2015

Upon arising, I looked out the window and there were many birds in the cold leafless view.

Red Hearts inTree by Lisa Rivas

I stepped out to the backyard and,

Red-Flock by Lisa Rivas 1-4-15

I turned my sketchbook…

Red-Life by Lisa Rivas  1-5-15


This is …rather a garden for ever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight. ~ Kahlil Gibran


Day 2 & 3 – Awesome blue!

January 4, 2015

Here is the most awesome blue graphite stick, I love indigo blue and this one is extra large…
One should have fun when drawing!

Amazing - Blue Graphite StickBlue Spiral - 2 - Lisa RivasEveryday I try something new. If not, it is an exercise of seeing and translating it to the page.

I saw this French film (Park Benches) last night, where there was a wonderful circular pond.
People could sail their tiny toy boats, 
it was not only for children, but for grown ups too. 

Boat Pond in France - 3It was so very charming, almost dreamlike!


When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea,
or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond,
a flickering candle or children playing in the park? — Ralph Marston