That’s Random

That’s Random

Hello, little crystal being. I love you. Yes, I do!

Herkimer Diamond
Herkimer NH.

“In crystal, we have pure evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and although in spite of everything we cannot understand the life of crystals – it is still a living being.”
(Nikola Tesla, 1900) #

Silk and lace dress c. 1890
I would totally wear this dress!
My crystal, mirrored tray lit by a radiant sunbeam. Photo MLM 2020

Did you know humans are intuitively drawn to sparkly things because they represent water to our primitive minds? Nothing is more basic to human survival than locating a crystal, clear pool. So gather up those diamonds it’s all part of your evolutionary instincts. #

Someone drew this image by hand. In ink!
Marked 1972/Derek Riley That’s way before Illustrator software.
The mirrored 2 sides and then mirrored up and down 2 halves show minor differences. Look at the feet. No cut-and-paste job here.

Crayons for Christmas!

Nothing was ever more exciting than getting a brand new 64 Crayola Crayon Box for Christmas-
In my own personal stocking meaning, Santa meant this gift was just for me! I was not expected to share my treasure with my brothers and sister.
(Who disrespected crayons and shot them out of GI Joe cannons and stuck them up runny noses!)

This Crayola Crayon 64 model had a
‘built-in sharpener.’ It was extremely,
crayon cutting edge. I definitely imprinted on this first exciting encounter with art technology.
(“But-I can say no more…”
The Beatles- The Movie HELP! )
But-I can say no more…”

I remember lifting the crisp cardboard, yellow and green, rectangular box top and thrilling to every Crayola Crayon color name:
The Exotics like- Prussian Blue, Aquamarine, Sepia, Mulberry, Mahogany, Thistle, Terracotta, Cornflower, and Periwinkle. Or the comfortingly descriptive: Lemon yellow, Forest Green, Orange, Plum, Sky Blue, Grey, Black, and exquisitely subtle White.

Then there were the angst-driven Crayola Crayon color choices: Blue Violet or Violet Blue? Red Violet or Violet Red? This kind of power to choose the precise shade and hue, of that elusive moment you want to capture in Art, has always been the stuff of dreams.

Can Spring-Green best capture the brilliant sunlight even if it is a pine tree? Are carnations always Carnation Pink? That seems unduly limiting. What color is Orchid? There are millions of orchids loose in the world. I don’t think one color crayon can possibly reflect them all. That’s how I learned about blending hues and shading.

I was most intrigued by the shiny, metallic minerals. A Copper crayon that was obviously real copper, right? And precious Silver and Gold? I used my metallic crayon coinage sparingly.

Santa knew if I had squandered my last year’s crayons. The tiny stubs must last until Next Christmas so I could look for a brand new Crayola Crayon 64 box with a ‘built-in sharpener in my next year’s stocking.#

A computer/hand-drawn Illustration I did for my Mary Lee Mattison Graphic Design Studio.
Get it? One side is all organic and colorful the other side liner and precise. One’s creative and the other technical. They are dancing in harmony.


I could be a human library all by myself!
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “Meaning of Life”.
Did you ever think there was something really big going on that humans have no clue about?

(I do not own this image.) That’s a smile- People can be so freakin’ clever!

Giraffe Art

Back to Home

I’d make room for this-
Somewhere on this wonderous planet
this Midcentury Modern
vanity lives. And I want it!

I see a lot of wooden, fruit crates on my Antiques and Thrifting adventures. They all have such colorful graphics trying to catch the buyer’s eye.

Not sure what O-fine-O means but this graphic caught my eye.
The orange on black maybe?
How can you miss seeing
this crate?
EUREKA! Indeed.
This is the one I would be drawn to. I love the
screened-in colored sky.
These wouldn’t be cheap to print! Plus it has a primitive, Scottish castle and
I’m sure that is Mount Fuji

in the background.#

It was Entertainment

Nobody ever slept on TV shows when I was a kid (Couldn’t waste Ponderosa sponsor dollars watching Hass and Little Joe snooze.) or did anything mundane. Laura Petrie never rolled over and told Rob to forget the homemade waffles and just grab a bowl of cereal. Gidget wouldn’t tell Moon Doggie and the gang she can’t go to the beach because she had her period.

Can you picture Donna Reed shaking her head and walking away from a sink full of dirty dishes telling everyone to just make their own sandwiches for supper? Or June Cleaver telling Ward, “Whew…You’re smelling a little gamey,” after a round of catch with Wally and the Bev…

Or one of Charlie’s pristine Angels saying “I’ll just jump in the shower and shave my legs and I’m on my way.” Only TV’s Lucy ever appeared ‘disheveled’ but that was purposely clownish. None of these TV programs were set at my house with my family. But they were not supposed to be real, were they? It was purely entertainment.#

Booked solid on a Saturday afternoon.

Do you suppose they all have dates tonight?

Not a pair of slacks in sight.

Looks like the early…60s?

No, later. That’s a green and yellow miniskirt!

There was a time when those lucky enough to have a Saturday night date paraded their hair in curlers all over town usually covered by a too-big or too-small scarf. It took all afternoon for the hair to dry before the advent of high-tech portable hairdryers.

Remember the ones? With the plastic blow-up bonnet. I remember when turning the hairdryer on jammed the tv with noisy static. The vacuum cleaner did that too. I wonder why?

My Mother had her hair done every Tuesday. On that first day, she was stunning with every hair in place. By the next Tuesday, her hair was going flat and I could see where she had tucked in some wayward hair with a bobby pin or two.#

Donna Reed (in her white, buttoned-up, full-skirted shirtdress) does all the work. (Just look at all the stuff she is using!) In the background, Dr. Alex Stone gives Jeff and Kitten some sagely advice.#

I read that the first time a tv husband and wife ever shared a bed was on The Brady Bunch (of all the squeaky-clean programs.) If you think about it Rob and Laura always had twin beds. You never saw Ward and June in the bedroom. Actually, most tv show sets didn’t even have a bedroom and certainly not a bathroom unless there is some funny
bubble bath storyline

How can this not be Magic? ‘Idol Rock’
Brimham Moor, North Yorkshire, England
Booked solid on a Saturday!
Suppose they all have Saturday night dates?
Not a pair of slacks insight
Sounds like a joke: A spider, a flamingo, and a snake walk into a bar...

1906 Elbert Hubbard. June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915
Interesting man. American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher.
How many dozens and dozens of hours did it take to make this splendid gown so that this fine Victorian lady, in 1887, could have her tea?

1887- Tea Gown- Blue Velvet and Green Satin. Custom-made for a well-to-do Victorian Lady.

-Think of all the specialized teams that worked together on this very Tea Gown. From concept, through sketches, into fabric choices, making the original pattern pieces, then cutting out and sewing the pieces together (and the fabric had to line up to the complicated design at every, tiny seam!) all fitted to exacting measurements. (Had to fit just right!) Then came the fine, hand stitching, delicate detailing, and finally the hem was done precisely for the height of the matching shoes the lady would be wearing with the gown. All done in a timely manner, of course.#