whereon thou standest is holy ground — Live & Learn

One viewer who did not dismiss Millet was Vincent van Gogh. In 1875, he visited a large auction show of the artist’s late pastels. Van Gogh, who had not yet fully embraced his own artistic vocation, was smitten. When he entered the room, he later wrote his brother Theo, “I felt something akin to: Put […]

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Interview with Patricia Grace Blogger/Artist

I’m thrilled to talk Mosaics today with Patricia Grace from Grace to Survive, http://www.patriciagrace@wordpress.com. The Dove is my favorite, the details are amazing. Be sure and stop by Patricia’s blog for more great art and photographs.

Can you share more information about yourself and the process leading to art.

Were you creative as a child? Staying in the lines while coloring or getting A’s in art class? 

I did receive A’s in Art! It was the one place to unfold. In grade school a sculpture made from strips of thinly planed wood hung on our living room wall.

In high-school it felt like my ‘safe’ place and I was there as much as possible. Jewelry making was especially memorable, filing the silver for a ring and figuring out the design.

In college many courses were enjoyed but my favorite was once again sculpture.

What was the catalyst for you to start working with mosaics? 

The catalyst was taking a ceramics course in the city. After the course I loved having my hands in wet clay so a kiln and potter’s wheel was purchased. But making glaze properly is difficult. The glaze on my bowls dripped onto the kiln shelves and stuck. Being someone who hates waste, and remembering during summer camp as a child how much fun is was making trivets from tile, I decided to try a mosaic.

After breaking all the bowls on the garage floor the fun began and I never stopped. Birds, flowers, dogs, cats, butterflies, whatever I could imagine I made. After the broken bowls ran out, I made my own tile rolling the clay out with an over-sized rolling pin. Since the tiles lay flat, the glaze stayed where it was supposed to.

I’ve love the stepping-stones you’ve made, what other items do you make with mosaics?

The outdoor tiles, stones and rocks are the very latest projects. Before that the items were decorative, either framed or free-form to be hung on a wall.

You have a nice work area, is this your corner to unwind?

The studio, also doubling as a bedroom when the grand-kids stay, is definitely my corner to unwind. In there I lose myself and time passes quickly with great satisfaction. All worries float away. Suppressed feelings sometimes rise with the release of tears falling onto my work which adds to the freedom experienced.

It is my place where there are no mistakes, no one telling me what to do and no expectations from others especially from myself. What is created comes from a place not often heard from deep within.

What other hobbies do you have or learning? 

I love growing flowers and photographing them, and taking photos in general, especially close-ups. An entire world exists that cannot be seen until you enter that small world. Many delightful surprises show up on the computer that my eyes did not pick up through the camera.

Other hobbies include cooking, crocheting, making greeting cards with my photos, and flower arranging.

What advice would you share for someone just starting to learn the art?

Mine came from a childhood memory then morphed into a more adult version. I’d say take something you loved doing and do it again, or delve into something new you never tried but secretly wanted to. And remember, there is no wrong way, there is your way. It is your true expression which is always right…and feels so good.

The grouting process


Thank you Patricia for sharing insight on your art. It was a pleasure talking with you.


Interview With Photographer/ Blogger Cindy Knoke

Cindy Knoke has traveled the world, to the most unusual off the beaten path places you can imagine. Her photography is a window to the world. I ask Cindy a few questions to learn her photography background and how she plans for the monumental trips.

At what age did you pick up your first camera? Did the world look different thru the lens?

My first camera was a silly Swinger Polaroid camera which I got at around age 6. It had a jingle associated with it which I loved and remember verbatim today, “Meet the Swinger. Polaroid Swinger. Only 19 dollars and 95! Swing it up. It says Yes! Take the shot. Rip it off.” This was the essence of my photographic knowledge!! Laughing……. Here’s the jingle starring Ali McGraw:


I had family members growing up who were talented photographers but I never even thought to be one of them and never had any cameras. In adulthood, my husband, Jim, was our photographer and had good cameras. I used to buy those throw away cheap plastic cameras at drugstores for trips since I liked taking different photos than he did.

When we retired, we started dedicated chunks of travel time. Jim looked at my photos from the cheap camera, compared them to his, said, that I had something “special,” and gave me his camera a Canon, and showed me the basics on how to work it. That was my introduction to photography and it has been a serious joy in my life ever since. Jim is the person who encouraged and guided me to it for which I remain very grateful. He still encourages me to this day. I am not a trained photographer by any means, definitely self-taught and a hobbyist, not a professional.

What type of camera and software do you use now? 

I use two cameras a Sony HX400 and a Sony RX10 V. I use the 400 the most due to its variable zoom up 1200mm equivalent. I also have a Sony underwater camera which I hopefully will have a chance to use during our upcoming trip to the Cook Islands.

What software package do you use for editing?

I use Sony Play Memories Home and Windows Photos.

You travel extensively, how do you plan for each trip?
Jim and I discuss, propose, and agree on where we want to go. We use the internet to do all the research and planning.I propose an itinerary and Jim tweaks it. I We devise the modes of transport together although Jim takes the principle role here. I book the accommodations and Jim books the transport. Half of the fun we have in traveling is in the planning. When we are not traveling, we are planning!


How do you get access to the amazing Cathedral’s and the intricacies of others visited. 

We use the internet extensively. We research online before we go, and while we are traveling.Whilst  traveling research for each specific locale is key to finding unusual places.  Blogs are excellent travel resources leading us to interesting out of the way places.  Travel is so much more  fun when you plan a trip according to your particular interests, and internet resources allow everyone to do this!

Thank you bloggers!! Your posts improve my travel, and my life too, of course! Bloggers Rock!



You can’t miss Cindy’s blog cindyknoke.wordpress.com.  You won’t forget the great places she’s been.