tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-53780921362417388532021-12-14T00:15:26.500-05:00Grumbach GirlThe blog of digital artist and photographer Tracey Grumbach of Nine Acres Designs, LLC. Join her to read about daily life including her art, her family, and her ongoing battle with healing from Chronic Lyme Disease.Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.comBlogger596125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-78931380182274485012019-08-20T17:00:00.000-04:002019-08-20T17:00:36.472-04:00Brave New World Exhibit at the World Trade Center in Baltimore <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mPKDQ27Iycs/XVxejb2K6eI/AAAAAAAAELM/47ZnSZSSOXkmwMy-l9c0P-P3zzH4bjHeACLcBGAs/s1600/Brave%2BNew%2BWorld%2B.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="900" data-original-width="1600" height="360" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mPKDQ27Iycs/XVxejb2K6eI/AAAAAAAAELM/47ZnSZSSOXkmwMy-l9c0P-P3zzH4bjHeACLcBGAs/s640/Brave%2BNew%2BWorld%2B.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Brave New World art exhibit by Tracey Grumbach at the World Trade Center in Baltimore</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The following press release was just sent to local Maryland news outlets and I am pretty excited about this opportunity!</div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>BALTIMORE, MD−August 20, 2019−Harford County artist, Tracey Grumbach, is currently showing 46 pieces of digital art in a solo art exhibit titled “Brave New World” at the World Trade Center in Baltimore. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The show runs through September 13, 2019.</b></div><b> </b><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><b> </b><div class="MsoNormal"><b>This is the largest collection of Mrs. Grumbach’s work shown to date and features work from several of her latest series including Faceless, The Beauty Myth, and Growth Mindset, which examine human nature and the influences of the technical age on the human psyche. </b></div><b> </b><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><b> </b><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Tracey Grumbach states, “This collection of art is my victory call because it was created over a period of several years out of a need to express myself during my battle with Chronic Lyme Disease. I felt silenced, not only from the effects of aphasia, which was caused by the disease damaging the language section of my brain, but also by the doctors and hospitals who didn’t believe I was suffering in such a severe way. Art was my way of reconnecting with a world that I didn’t trust anymore, thus the title of the exhibit, Brave New World.” </b></div><b> </b><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><b> </b><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Mrs. Grumbach’s artistic practice is focused on combining traditional collage with photography and digital art, creating a unique look that each of the other disciplines can’t achieve on their own. </b></div><b> </b><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><b> </b><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Mrs. Grumbach will also show her art in New York City at the prestigious LymeMIND Conference on October 19, 2019.</b></div><b> </b><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><b> </b><div class="MsoNormal"><b><u><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;">About Tracey Grumbach (www.nineacresdesigns.com)</span></u></b></div><b> </b><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;">Tracey Grumbach teaches art and photography classes at Harford Community College. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Her artwork has been seen in venues throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania, and has been published in national and international publications. She is also a member of Harford Artists’ Association.&nbsp;</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ArqHfiIwwdc/XVxfBHXeYeI/AAAAAAAAELU/JZdyGdXLRO0yoq0BlJfpDo6zNuuR6-vigCLcBGAs/s1600/Tracey%2BGrumbach-Brave%2BNew%2BWorld%2BExhibit.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="687" data-original-width="1600" height="274" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ArqHfiIwwdc/XVxfBHXeYeI/AAAAAAAAELU/JZdyGdXLRO0yoq0BlJfpDo6zNuuR6-vigCLcBGAs/s640/Tracey%2BGrumbach-Brave%2BNew%2BWorld%2BExhibit.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Tracey Grumbach in front of the Brave New World art exhibit at the World Trade Center in Baltimore</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span>If you happen to swing by the exhibit, take a picture of yourself in front of the art and send it to me to be entered for a chance to win a free print!</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">I am so thankful to God for these opportunities to get my art and my story out into the world.&nbsp; </span></span></div><style><!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --></style>Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-27216008480267975952019-03-16T09:20:00.000-04:002019-03-16T09:20:04.367-04:00Upcoming Events and ClassesAs April (and Spring...yay!) approaches, I thought I would update what is happening over here at Nine Acres Designs, LLC for the rest of the month and for April...it's a lot!<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lpTLpGnaOaE/XIuT7SbHrPI/AAAAAAAAEFs/A8SD8MAmoIMcD8EHMZ9ZpHNEtQmzPz-IgCLcBGAs/s1600/52812881_2014608821940672_8976290638559444992_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="639" data-original-width="960" height="426" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lpTLpGnaOaE/XIuT7SbHrPI/AAAAAAAAEFs/A8SD8MAmoIMcD8EHMZ9ZpHNEtQmzPz-IgCLcBGAs/s640/52812881_2014608821940672_8976290638559444992_n.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />First, on Saturday, March 23, we will have the second meeting of Harford Photography Field Trip group. Join us for this free, laid-back event open to all people interested in photography. The type of camera or your level of experience does not matter. We accept everyone from beginners to pro...and any camera from iPhone to DSLR. This month we are meeting at Kilgore Falls, Falling Branch Area of Rocks State Park located at 1026 Falling Branch Road, Pylesville, MD 21132. Come along with us to photograph the second largest waterfall in Maryland! There is a short hike to get to the waterfall which involves crossing a stream, so be sure to dress appropriately. Footwear that is waterproof and slip proof is highly recommended and you might want to bring a hiking stick to help steady you across the water. We will meet in the parking lot at the beginning of the trail to the waterfall at 8AM. I want to get the early morning light before the sun is too high, so this one is early! We had a blast last month at Eden Mill Nature Center, so come join the fun! Here is the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/362779157896228/" target="_blank">link to the Facebook Event page</a>.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rNgSMSyGFdk/XIzyFcKbkKI/AAAAAAAAEGc/ojw2wdKhkbgxYbUVcoZQBezSrzb-c-o0ACLcBGAs/s1600/52755283_2004449762956578_8380893959563509760_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="246" data-original-width="894" height="174" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rNgSMSyGFdk/XIzyFcKbkKI/AAAAAAAAEGc/ojw2wdKhkbgxYbUVcoZQBezSrzb-c-o0ACLcBGAs/s640/52755283_2004449762956578_8380893959563509760_n.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Then, on Saturday, March 30 from 1:00-4:00PM I will be participating again in the Human Library Event at Havre de Grace Library. I will be a book that you can check out for 10-15 minute time spans to ask me questions about Lyme or my experience with Lyme Disease.&nbsp; I had a blast last month doing this at Abingdon Library and every time slot was taken, so be sure to come early and sign up!<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kaGTMs7wELw/XIzu7IEhbBI/AAAAAAAAEGQ/cJAIQQIpLl8-ENiBfHyU92VdlvozTJqLwCLcBGAs/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2019-03-16%2Bat%2B8.41.07%2BAM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="76" data-original-width="340" height="142" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kaGTMs7wELw/XIzu7IEhbBI/AAAAAAAAEGQ/cJAIQQIpLl8-ENiBfHyU92VdlvozTJqLwCLcBGAs/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2019-03-16%2Bat%2B8.41.07%2BAM.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />On April 2, I will be a guest on the Podcast <a href="http://harfordcountyliving.com/hcl-radio/" target="_blank">Harford County Living</a> and speaking about my art along with the other guest, Sheldon Bair, the music director of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. I am looking forward to meeting the podcast host, Rich Bennett and talking with these two great men who have done so much in Harford County!<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--10W0xndKt4/XIuViskEWMI/AAAAAAAAEF4/NrtwuA5bzzkarfsxNQgCwiDqgi71e724QCLcBGAs/s1600/48368935_1913867332014822_3246744552765128704_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="540" data-original-width="960" height="360" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--10W0xndKt4/XIuViskEWMI/AAAAAAAAEF4/NrtwuA5bzzkarfsxNQgCwiDqgi71e724QCLcBGAs/s640/48368935_1913867332014822_3246744552765128704_n.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>Also, on Tuesday, April 2, I am offering a class through Harford Community College called Digital Photography 1. I have had so many people ask me to do an evening class to accommodate those who work during the day, so I have! Classes are on Tuesday evenings from 6PM-9PM for four weeks starting 4/2 and going to 4/23. The class is already half full so if you are interested, please register soon, either in person at Edgewood Hall at HCC or <a href="https://www.harford.edu/" target="_blank">online</a>. This hands-on class focuses on teaching you about your DSLR camera and all the basics of digital photography so you can stop taking all your photos on AUTO and start making creative decisions in your photography! I hope to see you there!<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PUs0Qw3p-Sk/XIuYQTEcfUI/AAAAAAAAEGE/2ehlCFznMf8oQa0g9NcmkyQrwGt5tYN0QCLcBGAs/s1600/50786124_1977199172348304_2467933335502979072_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="543" data-original-width="960" height="362" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PUs0Qw3p-Sk/XIuYQTEcfUI/AAAAAAAAEGE/2ehlCFznMf8oQa0g9NcmkyQrwGt5tYN0QCLcBGAs/s640/50786124_1977199172348304_2467933335502979072_n.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />If you'd rather take pictures on your iPhone instead of lugging around a large, heavy DSLR camera, I have a class for you too!&nbsp; Also beginning in April, on Mondays from 4/15-4/29 from 9:30-12:30, I am offering Secrets to Amazing iPhone Pictures! Learn to make the most out of your iPhone's camera app and also learn about two other photography apps, Hipstamatic, and CameraPlus2. I will teach you all the secrets and tricks to grabbing stellar images on your iPhone. (Only iPhones in this class...no androids or other type of smart phones!) You can register in person at Edgewood Hall at HCC or <a href="https://www.harford.edu/" target="_blank">online.</a><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;UPCOMING EVENTS:<br /><br />Also in April the television segment I taped in February will be released but I don't have a date just yet.<br /><br />Also, I am teaching night classes this summer at Harford Community College, so I will let you know when that schedule is finalized.&nbsp; Keep a look out for this!<br /><br />I am excited to say that more is in the works behind the scenes for this spring, but because dates are not finalized yet, I can't share them just yet! Some opportunities may include showing my art in the Big Apple, a possible publication opportunity, and other things! I hope everyone has a fantastic spring and I encourage you to keep being creative!<br /><br />Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-58604219980538926102019-02-26T06:00:00.000-05:002019-02-26T06:00:03.749-05:00'Living Well' Television Show AppearanceI am very excited to announce that on February 14th I had the wonderful opportunity to film a short segment for the television show,<a href="https://harfordcable.org/hcn_program/living-well-making-the-most-of-your-senior-years/" target="_blank"> Living Well</a>, on Harford Cable Network.&nbsp; I was very honored that my supervisor at Harford Community College recommended me for the job out of all the other continuing education instructors she could have recommended. After some discussion back and forth with the show's producer, Karen Frances, it was decided I would give a few short photography tips to viewers. Having never done anything like this before (besides my very brief stint on a reality game show a few years back) I was very nervous. But Karen and her cameraman were so patient, kind, and encouraging that although stressful, it ended up being a lot of fun and something I can check off the bucket list.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XrHkR-jz0_Q/XHQ9kNb3eeI/AAAAAAAAEFE/zVDwgWq6UBgPf1wiGlKVp-rw2Efj6pf5QCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1923web.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="508" data-original-width="800" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XrHkR-jz0_Q/XHQ9kNb3eeI/AAAAAAAAEFE/zVDwgWq6UBgPf1wiGlKVp-rw2Efj6pf5QCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1923web.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Receiving instruction from producer, Karen Frances. Image used with permission-Kim Slotnick</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><br />&nbsp;The show will be airing in April on Harford Cable Network, which is on Comcast Channel 21, Verizon Channel 31, and Armstrong Channel 7. It can also be seen online at HarfordCable.org throughout the month of April.<br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-h4FV3yxief8/XHQ9i8nbYjI/AAAAAAAAEE4/sqKSC2UGFewrgLqDLizaaQMJsdbqKGmfwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1919web.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="505" data-original-width="800" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-h4FV3yxief8/XHQ9i8nbYjI/AAAAAAAAEE4/sqKSC2UGFewrgLqDLizaaQMJsdbqKGmfwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1919web.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Waiting for the camera and lighting to be adjusted before taping. Image used with permission-Kim Slotnick</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Going into this, I didn't realize exactly how everything would work. In my mind we would be in a private room and do an interview-style question and answer session with the producer. However, the facts were that we were shooting in the lobby of Edgewood Hall at Harford Community College while students were walking in and out, staring and wondering what in the world was going on. The front registration desk was just a few feet away and so there was a lot of noise and action for me to block out and ignore during taping.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n0v9Q0-JXiw/XHQ9i9DJFoI/AAAAAAAAEFM/BgJZGXJT4HcmnFpPGZjk1LaNsgej_d9gwCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_1921%2Bweb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="497" data-original-width="800" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n0v9Q0-JXiw/XHQ9i9DJFoI/AAAAAAAAEFM/BgJZGXJT4HcmnFpPGZjk1LaNsgej_d9gwCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_1921%2Bweb.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Laughing at something the cameraman said to try and loosen me up! Image used with permission- Kim Slotnick</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Truth be told, I messed up a lot because I would go blank while staring into the camera. The producer and cameraman were so kind to let me do as many retakes as I needed. They encouraged me the whole time telling me I was doing a great job when in reality I felt like I was just stumbling all over myself and looking awkward and weird.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2fFnCNxJPA4/XHQ9jZloxVI/AAAAAAAAEFM/2mlLBX7ogCgcpuvIe3SOsxz2WkDZ3stvQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_1922web.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="508" data-original-width="800" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2fFnCNxJPA4/XHQ9jZloxVI/AAAAAAAAEFM/2mlLBX7ogCgcpuvIe3SOsxz2WkDZ3stvQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_1922web.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The amazing cameraman who kept me calm and was very patient! Image used with permission-Kim Slotnick</td></tr></tbody></table><br />In all I think I was "on set" for about an hour and twenty minutes. I don't even think the segment will be 2 minutes long. I have a new respect for the people in this industry who are in front (or behind) the camera every single day. They make it look so darn easy when in reality is very nerve wracking.<br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8D448pqVit4/XHQ9itGpADI/AAAAAAAAEFI/z0qXxViQcCkgsFPwTEnKe92tBkwrzG8mQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_1918%2Bweb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="501" data-original-width="800" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8D448pqVit4/XHQ9itGpADI/AAAAAAAAEFI/z0qXxViQcCkgsFPwTEnKe92tBkwrzG8mQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_1918%2Bweb.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Trying to gesture and smile during taping. Image used with permission-Kim Slotnick</td></tr></tbody></table><br />One of the things that was most difficult for me is to smile and gesture while talking. Normally, in a classroom while teaching, this is so natural for me. But for some reason, in front of the camera, it was very, very difficult! I know that they are planning on using some overlays of photography examples during my segment and honestly, I hope the photography is on the screen a lot longer than my face!<br /><br />I am not really anxious to see the final product. To be honest, I was mad at myself afterward because I felt like I could have done a better job for these wonderful people. My memory difficulties (a lasting effect from having Lyme Disesase) and my discomfort in front of the camera made me feel like I let everyone down. Hopefully the editors will be able to salvage something decent from clips they taped.<br /><br />What I learned from this whole experience is that I am NOT cut out for television...at least scripted television anyway. I am a lot more comfortable behind the camera rather than in front of it. I also learned there are some really great people left in this world...two of which were kind enough to walk me through this experience.<br /><br />Thank you to HCN, HCC, my supervisor, Lisha Sturgill; Marketing Support Specialist, Kim Slotnick (who took all these stills); HCN producer Karen Frances; and the HCN cameraman (I am so embarrassed I have forgotten his name!). You all made this a wonderful experience with so much grace and kindness. Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-55104930895744502622018-10-27T09:58:00.000-04:002018-10-27T09:58:29.841-04:00Getting Back Into the Groove<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4ntbvh39xA0/W9RtSSszsII/AAAAAAAAD_I/xlwD0Dm25gQmzjg6iPBi3MpcXZerROALQCLcBGAs/s1600/Orchids%2Bin%2BMy%2BDreams%2Bweb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="800" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4ntbvh39xA0/W9RtSSszsII/AAAAAAAAD_I/xlwD0Dm25gQmzjg6iPBi3MpcXZerROALQCLcBGAs/s1600/Orchids%2Bin%2BMy%2BDreams%2Bweb.jpg" /></a></div><br />It feels strange...the feel of the keys under my fingers typing this out. I'm out of practice and I feel rusty. It has been about 9 months since I have typed an update on my blog and I guess it is true what they say, especially of languages...if you don't use it you'll lose it. I didn't really abandon my blog on purpose. The flame of writing and posting just slowly dwindled into some hot coals that were barely visible anymore. I was burned out. I didn't feel like I had much to say anymore. It was time to take a self imposed hiatus from my blog.<br /><br />That doesn't mean that I've been idle, though. To the contrary, these past nine months have been filled with finishing my Project 365, applying and preparing for a new job, starting that job, traveling, parenting, and monitoring my health. Recently, since the completion of my project, I have been rather quiet online altogether, including my Facebook Page. I am finding that I am throwing myself into my teaching position 100% which doesn't leave me much time, if any at all, for in the studio. At first I didn't miss it that much because of the excitement of teaching at Harford Community College, but now I am starting to feel the flames lick the inside of my ribs again, fueling a desire to create and get back into the studio. I have a few more weeks left to teach and then I have a six week or so break for the winter holidays. I look forward to spending a lot of that time busy in my studio.<br /><br />For now, I still may not have a lot to say, but it does feel good to exercise my writing muscles again. Hopefully things will quiet down, fall into a more predictable schedule, and I can get back into writing and creating on a more steady basis.<br /><br />Have a wonderful day, y'all. I've missed you.<br /><br />T <br /><br /><br />Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-7064359152952190702018-01-27T16:36:00.000-05:002017-12-15T01:22:24.937-05:00Introduction to Mobile Artistry Workshop<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7UNN-gbbbb0/WisZULaJeoI/AAAAAAAAD4Y/fY3oh1y_O20UYAZvJ88LHXR9BPBw_KzHgCLcBGAs/s1600/Introduction%2Bto%2BMobile%2BArtistry%2BEvent%2BCover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="900" data-original-width="1600" height="360" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7UNN-gbbbb0/WisZULaJeoI/AAAAAAAAD4Y/fY3oh1y_O20UYAZvJ88LHXR9BPBw_KzHgCLcBGAs/s640/Introduction%2Bto%2BMobile%2BArtistry%2BEvent%2BCover.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Introduction to Mobile Artistry Workshop with instructor Tracey Grumbach, artist.</td></tr></tbody></table>I am so happy to announce that registration for my newest class, <a href="http://nineacresdesigns.zenfolio.com/mobile_artistry_workshop" target="_blank">Introduction to Mobile Artistry</a>, is now open! The class will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9AM-12:00PM at Arts By the Bay Gallery in beautiful Havre de Grace, MD. In this class I will be teaching how to use apps on your iOS device (iPhone or iPad ONLY) to create the three pieces above. I will provide the files and step-by-step instruction while giving you some insight into my artistic process, thought, and tricks. After completing this one day workshop, participants in Introduction to Mobile Artistry will be able to apply the knowledge learned to their own mobile photography to create art.<br /><br />Introduction to Mobile Artistry requires participants to have an iOS device and the list of required apps loaded onto their device prior to class. Cost of apps is NOT included in the registration fee and is the responsibility of the participant. A list of apps needed for Introduction to Mobile Artistry is listed on the <a href="http://nineacresdesigns.zenfolio.com/mobile_artistry_workshop" target="_blank">registration page</a>.<br /><br />The Introduction to Mobile Artistry class size is limited to 15 so please register early! Seats are filling up quickly! I am looking forward to meeting everyone and having a wonderful time creating art.&nbsp; <br /><br />For more information and registration for Introduction to Mobile Artistry, please visit my <a href="http://nineacresdesigns.zenfolio.com/mobile_artistry_workshop" target="_blank">Nine Acres Designs, LLC website Workshop page</a>.Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-24161077400956999892018-01-13T07:00:00.000-05:002018-01-13T07:00:34.614-05:00Using Vintage Photography in Mobile Art<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vfsJm6OQaUA/WlfFYvWzDXI/AAAAAAAAD7I/6v8FLETXO48wZPwkRn6Y2F2z_MqtwRGGwCLcBGAs/s1600/Larceny%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="534" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vfsJm6OQaUA/WlfFYvWzDXI/AAAAAAAAD7I/6v8FLETXO48wZPwkRn6Y2F2z_MqtwRGGwCLcBGAs/s1600/Larceny%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Larceny</td></tr></tbody></table>I have an obsession with looking through old mug shots. It's weird, I know, but over at <a href="https://www.flickr.com/commons" target="_blank">Flickr Commons</a> you can browse through vintage mug shots that were taken over in Europe and I have wasted plenty of time doing just that. Many of the mug shots come along with the story behind the person's arrest. I love reading the circumstances behind these mugshots. I noticed that many of the crimes had to do with larceny, theft of personal property. Many of the stories indicated that the perpetrator was either trying to steal to feed their family or themselves. I found myself feeling sorry for them. Many were orphans with no source of income. They just ran the streets and tried to get food when they could. So tragic and sad.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xiMeMcfcanM/WlfHo_5LCSI/AAAAAAAAD7g/iNE99zWSeecoFepBLNs1OGdS0YFQ5oqWwCLcBGAs/s1600/26752823775_c65b682dc8_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="871" data-original-width="636" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xiMeMcfcanM/WlfHo_5LCSI/AAAAAAAAD7g/iNE99zWSeecoFepBLNs1OGdS0YFQ5oqWwCLcBGAs/s200/26752823775_c65b682dc8_o.jpg" width="145" /></a><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Pwpta4P2Ivc/WlfHYMipGgI/AAAAAAAAD7U/5YLdgqRpubkVuqKsajtBFQAqwp7Nd11PQCEwYBhgL/s1600/16728018568_1ff870489a_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="808" data-original-width="597" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Pwpta4P2Ivc/WlfHYMipGgI/AAAAAAAAD7U/5YLdgqRpubkVuqKsajtBFQAqwp7Nd11PQCEwYBhgL/s200/16728018568_1ff870489a_o.jpg" width="147" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oL_5k9y0s1c/WlfHYh_BBEI/AAAAAAAAD7Y/RQbUD-mYbJky7OpfgSKVsnlGrSqkbVtTgCEwYBhgL/s1600/18447897895_630b8da378_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="832" data-original-width="608" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oL_5k9y0s1c/WlfHYh_BBEI/AAAAAAAAD7Y/RQbUD-mYbJky7OpfgSKVsnlGrSqkbVtTgCEwYBhgL/s200/18447897895_630b8da378_o.jpg" width="145" /></a><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NDRh8om9Bfc/WlfHZC4k0jI/AAAAAAAAD7c/VZ75bqSPomctpyVUd6n1ikxtMaJs1Ps6wCEwYBhgL/s1600/24138890482_d472a0b96d_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="891" data-original-width="660" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NDRh8om9Bfc/WlfHZC4k0jI/AAAAAAAAD7c/VZ75bqSPomctpyVUd6n1ikxtMaJs1Ps6wCEwYBhgL/s200/24138890482_d472a0b96d_o.jpg" width="148" /></a></div><br /><br />Anyway, I was inspired to create this digital collage art piece after browsing those images. I took 4 mugshots of 4 boys who were accused of larceny (thus, the title of this piece) and used various parts of the 4 faces to create a collaged face of a young man in Photoshop CC.&nbsp;<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-k2ad5TODvUM/WlfH8B0JkyI/AAAAAAAAD7o/OCO3W_AmrgksR3asRJbpOX14oMiQtI_AACLcBGAs/s1600/Larceny.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1068" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-k2ad5TODvUM/WlfH8B0JkyI/AAAAAAAAD7o/OCO3W_AmrgksR3asRJbpOX14oMiQtI_AACLcBGAs/s640/Larceny.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><br />Then, I imported the above image into my iPhone 6S Plus and used 4 different apps including Snapseed, Distressed FX, Trigraphy, and Fragment to create the vision I had in my head for this piece. I ended up with the piece below.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gkh364SRzNI/WlfI3-rFnMI/AAAAAAAAD70/3Xau1ttA9x8wGnHsxbcXCUVYKXDuduvKgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5244.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1068" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gkh364SRzNI/WlfI3-rFnMI/AAAAAAAAD70/3Xau1ttA9x8wGnHsxbcXCUVYKXDuduvKgCLcBGAs/s640/IMG_5244.JPG" width="427" /></a></div><br />I still wanted to add some moths to the background and add a triangle connecting the eyes and while I could have done this on my phone, I chose to import it back onto my computer and use Photoshop CC to do this. I added the vintage moth texture and then drew in the triangle, finishing the piece.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vfsJm6OQaUA/WlfFYvWzDXI/AAAAAAAAD7M/bOUuH2Qyum842G5TC1JBVx2VsxYMwJeAACEwYBhgL/s1600/Larceny%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="534" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vfsJm6OQaUA/WlfFYvWzDXI/AAAAAAAAD7M/bOUuH2Qyum842G5TC1JBVx2VsxYMwJeAACEwYBhgL/s1600/Larceny%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></div><br />I hope you liked this glimpse into artistic process! Have a wonderful day.<br /><br />xoTracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-7589831913334764922018-01-12T07:00:00.000-05:002018-01-12T07:00:56.758-05:00New Show Opening At Arts By the Bay Gallery on February 2!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qFrnCyRxbwY/Wle9_Rb1LmI/AAAAAAAAD6c/moVU7xdB8GYrcGLITtfJ0OQW3xWHQR_wgCLcBGAs/s1600/February%2BGallery%2BPieces%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="300" data-original-width="800" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qFrnCyRxbwY/Wle9_Rb1LmI/AAAAAAAAD6c/moVU7xdB8GYrcGLITtfJ0OQW3xWHQR_wgCLcBGAs/s1600/February%2BGallery%2BPieces%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></div><br />I am pleased to announce that I will have five never-before-seen-in-print pieces matted, framed, and available for purchase at the new art show opening on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Arts By the Bay Gallery in Havre de Grace. The opening reception is that night from 7PM-9PM. Come on out and meet the artists of the gallery and be among the first to see the new art!<br /><br />If you have any interest in purchasing any of the five pieces shown here, please contact me ASAP using the "Email Me" section of the side bar. Now is the time to speak up if you want the opportunity to purchase these Limited Edition (ONLY 1 of EACH WILL EVER BE PRINTED) art pieces prior to framing. Please use the name of the piece in your correspondence so I can give you accurate details on size and price.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0yHduAht6QM/WlfAacR3LlI/AAAAAAAAD64/SBnj0iVBa-k9y3EsCCo6Nx0APP9On4NLwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5261.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="533" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0yHduAht6QM/WlfAacR3LlI/AAAAAAAAD64/SBnj0iVBa-k9y3EsCCo6Nx0APP9On4NLwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5261.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Love is So Short-Forgetting Is So Long</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8AaUuQfUhHo/Wle_74BgYTI/AAAAAAAAD68/5z9Ah6dJ3sgK3uIIwCBs4A0ksde0dUQmwCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_5260.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="600" data-original-width="800" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8AaUuQfUhHo/Wle_74BgYTI/AAAAAAAAD68/5z9Ah6dJ3sgK3uIIwCBs4A0ksde0dUQmwCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_5260.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">True Harvest of My Daily Life</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jCgc4wL1n3o/Wle_6dwVOzI/AAAAAAAAD68/s66r1NN1vUMU4xeatz3qCVBStw3BiwLcQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_5258.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="800" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jCgc4wL1n3o/Wle_6dwVOzI/AAAAAAAAD68/s66r1NN1vUMU4xeatz3qCVBStw3BiwLcQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_5258.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Duplicity</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BiQoyiRWON8/Wle_8jVl_WI/AAAAAAAAD68/AY9lvpSofA8ASd5DlqABD9QEFb5zJcOxQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_5262.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="533" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BiQoyiRWON8/Wle_8jVl_WI/AAAAAAAAD68/AY9lvpSofA8ASd5DlqABD9QEFb5zJcOxQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_5262.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Time's Relentless Melt</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kIJfM1IyACU/Wle_7nTbWKI/AAAAAAAAD68/XON8qjxNt1gDNXOFvrwGtHLNR4NRdNLeACEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_5259.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="600" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kIJfM1IyACU/Wle_7nTbWKI/AAAAAAAAD68/XON8qjxNt1gDNXOFvrwGtHLNR4NRdNLeACEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_5259.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Herd</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Hope to see you Friday, February 2, 2018 from 7PM-9PM! Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-54550803879557805592018-01-01T07:00:00.000-05:002018-01-01T07:00:04.148-05:00Hello, New Year 2018As 2017 passes into 2018, it is a time to reflect and a time to set goals. It has been a wonderful year in so many ways but also a difficult year.&nbsp; There has been a lot of changes, a lot of "new normals" for all of us, but one thing that hasn't changed is the incredible amount of love of family and friends.<br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PDyEl3ZUCM8/WklrOZ1cTvI/AAAAAAAAD5E/Zs4gVMgNVBgOP2cOZbOx6z8PLVaN2CZwgCLcBGAs/s1600/The%2BMill%2Bin%2BDarlington%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="533" data-original-width="800" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PDyEl3ZUCM8/WklrOZ1cTvI/AAAAAAAAD5E/Zs4gVMgNVBgOP2cOZbOx6z8PLVaN2CZwgCLcBGAs/s1600/The%2BMill%2Bin%2BDarlington%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Mill in Darlington</td></tr></tbody></table><br /> <style><!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --></style> <br /><div class="MsoNormal">LOOKING BACK-</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In August, Brenna, our oldest daughter, moved out into her own apartment (with a roommate) in Florida and began her studies at Full Sail University. She is in an accelerated program and will graduate in 20 months with a Bachelor of Science in Film. So far she has completed 24 credits already and is carrying a 4.0 GPA. She has adjusted to “adulting” quite well and we are very proud of her. It took me weeks and weeks to adjust to the sadness I felt when she left, but through it all I knew my pride in her would eventually overshadow the weight of her leaving. She has made it through her first hurricane, adjusted to living on her own, and is rocking her academic studies.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Just as I was adjusting to Brenna moving out, our oldest son, Tyler, moved out in October. He moved to Exton, Pennsylvania where he is living in his own apartment (with two roommates) and is attending Universal Technical Institute to become an auto mechanic. He will graduate in about 2 years as well and will have 10 certifications under his belt upon completion. He is in his third rotation of classes and is maintaining high scores. He is working at a nearby auto shop and is learning the trade not only in school, but also while earning money. He and his girlfriend, Leah, have been dating almost two years. We are so happy that he has found a career he is excited about and that he is happily settled into his routine.&nbsp; We could not be more proud of him! I felt another wave of sadness and emptiness when he moved out but as expected, we all adjusted to the new normal of a half empty nest.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Our twins are growing up! They recently turned 10 and are in 4<sup>th</sup> grade. They returned to public school this year after homeschooling for two years and both are both doing very well with the transition. Zachary is into sports and played his favorite, baseball, this spring. Then, he played rugby for the first time this summer. He had tons of fun and we enjoyed watching him. He is currently in rec basketball and loves that as well. Natalie found her love this year…singing. She joined Deer Creek Youth Choir back in January and has been active in the program since. She has sung in front of hundreds of people at colleges and churches around the state. Both twins were baptized this year and we couldn’t be prouder. They are amazing kids with unique personalities. It is fun to watch them grow into the young people they are meant to be.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">During all of these changes with our children, my husband was doing some transitioning of his own at work. His company went completely independent this summer and continues to grow my leaps and bounds. The growing pains this time around weren't nearly as stressful as in past years and I am thankful for his dedication and hard work every day to support us. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Y'all pretty much know how I've been through the year, but to summarize, I am still in treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease and co-infections although I just received the amazing news I will begin weaning off antibiotics in a few months. This past year I struggled with a jaw infection which I had surgery for and now I discovered I have the same infection on the other side of my jaw which will require surgery again in a few weeks.&nbsp; I continue to pursue art and was the Featured Artist at Arts By the Bay Gallery in May where I showed approximately 40 pieces of art.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>My art was published in two publications this year, one an international art magazine, Somerset Digital Studio, and the other a local magazine, Harford’s Heart. My work was also displayed digitally at the Ruderman Inclusion Summit in Boston, Massachusetts in November. In addition, I have been writing articles about living with Lyme Disease for The Mighty, an online magazine, and have had 4 articles published. In the coming year I look forward to teaching digital art classes! Praise be to God for all the wonderful blessings in my life. I am so thankful to Him for each and every thing.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N2rostAoIfc/WklsdcEVXSI/AAAAAAAAD5Q/YlsFrEJO2DEyamMws8DRC2LH9-WXaippwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4977.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1079" data-original-width="1166" height="592" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N2rostAoIfc/WklsdcEVXSI/AAAAAAAAD5Q/YlsFrEJO2DEyamMws8DRC2LH9-WXaippwCLcBGAs/s640/IMG_4977.JPG" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Top 9 images from my Instagram account from 2017</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;LOOKING FORWARD-</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">If you know me then you know I don't set resolutions per se, but I do choose a word to stand for the theme for the upcoming year. This year I am choosing the word "EXPLORE" for my theme. Some goals I want to set in relation to this theme is to explore more places (go places I have</div>n't been before), explore new ideas (take classes and read books to expand my knowledge in various areas including art) and explore more opportunities (look for new places to be published, new places to show my art, and new outlets to teach classes.). EXPLORE...I am so excited to make a large banner with this word and post it in my studio to remind me throughout the year to step out of my box, get out of my comfort zone, live life more.<br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Here's to a wonderful 2018! </div>Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-58154684959727061202017-12-15T01:20:00.000-05:002017-12-15T01:20:41.373-05:00I Stood Upon the Hills- Throwback Repost<div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 16px;">Throwback to December 15, 2011 when I posted this Longfellow poem along with this image I took in Maine. Beautiful words, beautiful landscape, beautiful memories. </span><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 13px;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NGWaUjj-nxI/WjNoD16Rw3I/AAAAAAAAD40/bFCnCHGbC6MZXtVntvFDpHf-PNkhNqIvQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_2777web.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="341" data-original-width="800" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NGWaUjj-nxI/WjNoD16Rw3I/AAAAAAAAD40/bFCnCHGbC6MZXtVntvFDpHf-PNkhNqIvQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_2777web.jpg" /></a></span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 13px;"></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">I stood upon the hills, when heaven's wide arch<br />Was glorious with the sun's returning march,<br />And woods were brightened, and soft gales<br />Went forth to kiss the sun-clad vales.<br />The clouds were far beneath me; bathed in light,<br />They gathered mid-way round the wooded height,<br />And, in their fading glory, shone<br />Like hosts in battle overthrown.<br />As many a pinnacle, with shifting glance.<br />Through the gray mist thrust up its shattered lance,<br />And rocking on the cliff was left<br />The dark pine blasted, bare, and cleft.<br />The veil of cloud was lifted, and below<br />Glowed the rich valley, and the river's flow<br />Was darkened by the forest's shade,<br />Or glistened in the white cascade;<br />Where upward, in the mellow blush of day,<br />The noisy bittern wheeled his spiral way.<br /><br />I heard the distant waters dash,<br />I saw the current whirl and flash,<br />And richly, by the blue lake's silver beach,<br />The woods were bending with a silent reach.<br />Then o'er the vale, with gentle swell,<br />The music of the village bell<br />Came sweetly to the echo-giving hills;<br />And the wild horn, whose voice the woodland fills,<br />Was ringing to the merry shout,<br />That faint and far the glen sent out,<br />Where, answering to the sudden shot, thin smoke,<br />Through thick-leaved branches, from the dingle broke.<br /><br />If thou art worn and hard beset<br />With sorrows, that thou wouldst forget,<br />If thou wouldst read a lesson, that will keep<br />Thy heart from fainting and thy soul from sleep,<br />Go to the woods and hills! No tears<br />Dim the sweet look that Nature wears.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: small;"><b>~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow</b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: collapse; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 13px;"><b><br /></b></span></div>Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-7905765623339856312017-10-19T08:24:00.000-04:002017-10-19T08:24:37.709-04:0050/365- Goodbye For Now...<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0UHKhw6fRAw/WeiU-_PMkBI/AAAAAAAAD4E/dJS6bF8fYBovlSr0gCuSLEkfrNBrQvW8wCLcBGAs/s1600/Fairy%2BDuster%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="800" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0UHKhw6fRAw/WeiU-_PMkBI/AAAAAAAAD4E/dJS6bF8fYBovlSr0gCuSLEkfrNBrQvW8wCLcBGAs/s1600/Fairy%2BDuster%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Fairy Duster Plant</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />Sometimes we all need a change. I know for me this has been an entire season of change. My oldest children have struck out on their own and my youngest have returned to public school after 2 years. Nothing feels quite right in the house and I have been struggling to find my place. So, in the interest of my health, both mental and physical, I am taking a break from blogging to revamp my life, my business, and my website.<br /><br />I am going to take some time to take long naps, read some good books, catch up on Masterpiece Theater, practice photography, and do some local traveling. I am in the process of applying to be a substitute teacher again. I am volunteering in the schools. I may take a few trips to visit family. I am going to go for long walks and a few bike rides. I will take time each day to enjoy my favorite season. I am not sure when I will be back to blogging, but I always return. <br /><br />I will still be posting on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/nineacresdesignsart/" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/nineacresdesigns/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and possibly <a href="https://twitter.com/9AcresDesigns" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, so if you'd like to stay in touch, please do. I am continuing with my project 365 over on these venues, so please connect if you enjoy that sort of thing.<br /><br />In the meantime, I will say goodbye for now. Have a wonderful Autumn and I will see you all soon.<br /><br />xoTracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-78875898953070446502017-10-18T07:00:00.000-04:002017-10-18T07:00:17.141-04:0049/365- Hospital for Sinners<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5yPMQew_DiM/Weap8EUeoMI/AAAAAAAAD30/DB1zZUyV2Qoh6Em_SttxnRrLRdWkqPgtgCLcBGAs/s1600/Hospital%2Bfor%2BSinners%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="600" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5yPMQew_DiM/Weap8EUeoMI/AAAAAAAAD30/DB1zZUyV2Qoh6Em_SttxnRrLRdWkqPgtgCLcBGAs/s1600/Hospital%2Bfor%2BSinners%2BWeb.jpg" /> </a>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;-Pauline Phillips</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div>Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-35873443897209046452017-10-17T07:00:00.000-04:002017-10-17T07:00:11.969-04:0048/365- The Road Home<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5h0pFzBV1to/WeUpcVjbdII/AAAAAAAAD3k/vtv3hk-R9ToLWr1WvOTjxNbj7ICumgCEwCLcBGAs/s1600/The%2BRoad%2BHome%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="road leading to a farm with silos" border="0" data-original-height="533" data-original-width="800" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5h0pFzBV1to/WeUpcVjbdII/AAAAAAAAD3k/vtv3hk-R9ToLWr1WvOTjxNbj7ICumgCEwCLcBGAs/s1600/The%2BRoad%2BHome%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table>Roads go ever ever on,<br />Under cloud and under star.<br />Yet feet that wandering have gone<br />Turn at last to home afar.<br />Eyes that fire and sword have seen,<br />And horror in the halls of stone<br />Look at last on meadows green,<br />And trees and hills they long have known.<br /><br />― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings<br /><br />----------<br /><br />This is lovingly dedicated to the beautiful family who lives at this local farm, the Troyer family.&nbsp; One of the family members, Rashelle, used to live across the street from me until she married into this family and now she is a farmer's wife and the mother to a toddler son.&nbsp;<br /><br />Have a fabulous Tuesday!<br /><br />xoTracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-29166024979951725202017-10-16T10:36:00.000-04:002017-10-16T10:36:55.830-04:0047/365- The People Said, A Weed<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1LRLokjCG2g/WeTDbA7fQFI/AAAAAAAAD3U/TpQFPGk-RFM6yYIepUATvAxI_ynIdcgZwCLcBGAs/s1600/The%2BPeople%2BSaid%2BA%2BWeed%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="600" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1LRLokjCG2g/WeTDbA7fQFI/AAAAAAAAD3U/TpQFPGk-RFM6yYIepUATvAxI_ynIdcgZwCLcBGAs/s1600/The%2BPeople%2BSaid%2BA%2BWeed%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></div><br />“Once in a golden hour <br />I cast to earth a seed. <br />Up there came a flower, <br />The people said, a weed.”<br /><br />―Alfred Tennyson<br /><br /><br />Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-67686994825360672912017-10-15T08:16:00.000-04:002017-10-15T08:22:24.631-04:0046/365-Book Worm<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KJC-akeKpbs/WeNQwENiJCI/AAAAAAAAD3E/3-Bmq0u3il8hYS-9r5-zq_KjVKLP52ZcgCLcBGAs/s1600/Book%2BWorm%2BWeb%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Baby reading a book" border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="800" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KJC-akeKpbs/WeNQwENiJCI/AAAAAAAAD3E/3-Bmq0u3il8hYS-9r5-zq_KjVKLP52ZcgCLcBGAs/s640/Book%2BWorm%2BWeb%2B2.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Digital Painting created using a reference photo by Wendie Strickler</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />"A room without books is like a body without a soul." <br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: 0px; margin-right: auto; text-align: left;"><tbody></tbody></table>― Marcus Tullius Cicero<br /><br />----------<br /><br />Happy Sunday to you all. This digital painting was created using a reference photo taken by a friend of mine, Wendie Strickler, of her beautiful baby girl. I was struck by the gorgeous light and the sweet, tender moment captured in her photo and so I transformed it into a digital painting, with her blessing. Thanks for letting me share, Wendy!<br /><br />xoTracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-53349153844063763592017-10-14T07:23:00.002-04:002017-10-14T07:23:32.641-04:0045/365- Leaf Study 3 & 4<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--NX6-jdxFSU/WeDcgAa61rI/AAAAAAAAD20/Z_x3YaHH9C8HfM7nv0KNwm1NUIKYQY7ZwCLcBGAs/s1600/Leaf%2BStudy%2B4.%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="533" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--NX6-jdxFSU/WeDcgAa61rI/AAAAAAAAD20/Z_x3YaHH9C8HfM7nv0KNwm1NUIKYQY7ZwCLcBGAs/s1600/Leaf%2BStudy%2B4.%2BWeb.jpg" />&nbsp;</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tRACoV_2mI0/WeDcfMtvGGI/AAAAAAAAD2w/liXfuIPRi6smgroKl_Gh9PeOz1As8y5zwCLcBGAs/s1600/Leaf%2BStudy%2B3%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="533" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tRACoV_2mI0/WeDcfMtvGGI/AAAAAAAAD2w/liXfuIPRi6smgroKl_Gh9PeOz1As8y5zwCLcBGAs/s1600/Leaf%2BStudy%2B3%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></div><br />"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."<br /><br /><b>― L.M. Montgomery, <u>Anne of Green Gables&nbsp;</u></b><br /><b><u><br /></u></b>----------<br /><br />Have a wonderful Saturday.&nbsp; Enjoy the fall weather.<br /><br />xo<b><u><br /></u></b>Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-57695049269755946642017-10-13T09:02:00.000-04:002017-10-13T09:03:40.716-04:0044/365- Leaf Study 5 & 6- Of Yellow Leaves and Gossamer<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qRMRRqk7QnI/WeCxff7srcI/AAAAAAAAD2Y/-FMy21XUtv04fS06htIaepS-RDZs3QLswCLcBGAs/s1600/Leaf%2BStudy%2B5%2BWeb.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="534" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qRMRRqk7QnI/WeCxff7srcI/AAAAAAAAD2Y/-FMy21XUtv04fS06htIaepS-RDZs3QLswCLcBGAs/s1600/Leaf%2BStudy%2B5%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />“I sit beside the fire and think<br />Of all that I have seen<br />Of meadow flowers and butterflies<br />In summers that have been<br /><br />Of yellow leaves and gossamer<br />In autumns that there were<br />With morning mist and silver sun<br />And wind upon my hair<br /><br />I sit beside the fire and think<br />Of how the world will be<br />When winter comes without a spring<br />That I shall ever see"<br /><br /><b>― J.R.R. Tolkien; Excerpt from <u>Lord of the Rings </u></b><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oUUET8SBmSY/WeCxyex9MpI/AAAAAAAAD2c/eo9Y7_hxEfUpjJLKVEB7BVzqACuIFsJiQCLcBGAs/s1600/Leaf%2BStudy%2B6%2BWeb.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="533" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oUUET8SBmSY/WeCxyex9MpI/AAAAAAAAD2c/eo9Y7_hxEfUpjJLKVEB7BVzqACuIFsJiQCLcBGAs/s1600/Leaf%2BStudy%2B6%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></div><br />A few weeks back, while in Arizona, I had the opportunity to see an exhibit of photography by <a href="http://www.wynnbullockphotography.com/">Wynn Bullock</a> at the <a href="http://ccp.arizona.edu/" target="_blank">Center for Creative Photography at The University of Arizona</a>. Walking into the gallery I was overwhelmed by the fascinating collection of work by this pioneer in creative photography. As I walked from photograph to photograph, my brain filled with so many ideas and concepts of projects for my future. So much so that when I left I had a headache. True story. I was so mad I didn't have a notepad to write down the torrent of ideas and creativity that I felt flowing in that moment.<br /><br />Shooting in film, Bullock was a pioneer in using various techniques to add an otherworldly feel to his photographs.&nbsp; He used methods such as shooting through many layers of colored glass to create abstract color images. He also used a method by which he would expose the negative to various temperature changes to cause wrinkling and crinkling in the negative that then translated into a textured print upon processing. He also was a master of manipulating perspective and long exposure photography to create an otherworldly feel to common scenes. In addition, he would experiment using a negative overlaid with a positive image, blending them together to create a completely new scene. He was also a master of black and white photography.&nbsp; Truly, this man is an inspiration. Mind-blowing!<br /><br />As I walked through the exhibit, I became obsessed with figuring out how I could apply some of the techniques he used in today's modern digital photography and processing. While not exactly true to Bullock form, this second image was a nod to him as I experimented with the processing of this leaf. Inspired by his use of inverting (or using negatives), I decided to process this leaf two different ways, overlaying the inverted color scheme over the original in a multiplied layer. I then combined the two different layers, mirrored each other, back into a single image.&nbsp; My goal is not to replicate his work; no one can replace his genius.&nbsp; My goal was to take the creativity of experimentation he inspired within me and play with my images to create a new reality like he did. My goal is to get out of my box. Experiment. Try new things...even if they aren't quite "me." One of my favorite quotes from him is <br /><table border="0" cellspacing="0" id="ctl00_ctl00_cphBody_cphBody_ShowQuotes1_fvQuote_dlQuote" style="border-collapse: collapse; width: 100%;"><tbody><tr><td><div class="TCLW"><div id="PQLine"></div></div></td> </tr><tr> <td><a href="https://draft.blogger.com/null" name="437"></a> <br /><div class="TCLW"><span class="QuoteText">"Searching is everything - going beyond what you know. And the test of the search is really in the things themselves, the things you seek to understand. What is important is not what you think about them, but how they enlarge you.</span>" -Wynn Bullock</div><div class="TCLW"><br /></div><div class="TCLW">LOVE this quote...what is important is not what you think about them (the things you seek to understand), but how they enlarge you...HOW THEY ENLARGE you.&nbsp; LOVE IT.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="TCLW"><br /></div><div class="TCLW">Have a beautiful day...TGIF.</div><div class="TCLW"><br /></div><div class="TCLW">xo</div></td></tr></tbody></table>Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-49661048692546216572017-10-12T07:00:00.000-04:002017-10-12T07:43:11.445-04:0043/365- Leaf Study 2<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SnAd8972ic8/Wd4j_gD1RyI/AAAAAAAAD18/_VW57i0LUX4QEnV45BAhlNkHPm7F_ZkMwCLcBGAs/s1600/Leaf%2BStudy%2B2%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="800" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SnAd8972ic8/Wd4j_gD1RyI/AAAAAAAAD18/_VW57i0LUX4QEnV45BAhlNkHPm7F_ZkMwCLcBGAs/s1600/Leaf%2BStudy%2B2%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></div><br />“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” ― Humbert Wolfe<br /><br />-----------<br /><br />Try to have a wonderful Thursday, y'all. Send some good vibes and prayers into the world.<br /><br />xoTracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-70161812714054078012017-10-11T09:26:00.000-04:002017-10-11T09:26:46.147-04:0042/365- Leaf Study 1<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PhVh11SheWw/Wd4VkCLNDRI/AAAAAAAAD1o/VE5qTc3aAV4UKv2QXKbyTosOz7JkFl_ugCLcBGAs/s1600/Leaf%2BStudy%2B1%2BWeb.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="800" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PhVh11SheWw/Wd4VkCLNDRI/AAAAAAAAD1o/VE5qTc3aAV4UKv2QXKbyTosOz7JkFl_ugCLcBGAs/s1600/Leaf%2BStudy%2B1%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></div><br />"You know how this is:<br />if I look<br />at the crystal moon, at the red branch<br />of the slow autumn at my window,<br />if I touch<br />near the fire<br />the impalpable ash<br />or the wrinkled body of the log,<br />everything carries me to you,<br />as if everything that exists,<br />aromas, light, metals,<br />were little boats<br />that sail<br />toward those isles of yours that wait for me."<br /><br /><b>― Pablo Neruda; excerpt from <i>If You Forget Me</i></b><br /><br />------------<br /><br />Taking a break from the southwest pictures to celebrate my favorite season, autumn. I did a series of leaf studies and I am totally obsessed. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them for the bright fall colors, the imperfect perfection as they start to decay, and the different shapes and sizes. It has been a lot of fun collecting and photographing these beauties! Be on the lookout for these over the next week or so.<br /><br />Have a wonderful Wednesday. I can't believe the week is halfway over already. Time is flying.<br /><br />xo Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-3545270010101999002017-10-10T07:00:00.000-04:002017-10-10T07:00:19.189-04:0041/365- The Missing Pole and the Morning Newspaper<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vSWTpfNwXzM/WdvFRKG6ECI/AAAAAAAAD1U/cKUhns0UepgOS5AsE5e8aEQBvq5m-29IwCLcBGAs/s1600/The%2BMissing%2BPole%2Band%2Bthe%2BMorning%2BNewspaper%2BWeb.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="600" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vSWTpfNwXzM/WdvFRKG6ECI/AAAAAAAAD1U/cKUhns0UepgOS5AsE5e8aEQBvq5m-29IwCLcBGAs/s1600/The%2BMissing%2BPole%2Band%2Bthe%2BMorning%2BNewspaper%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Digital Art by Tracey Grumbach</td></tr></tbody></table>“Heaven, such as it is, is right here on earth. Behold: my revelation: I stand at the door in the morning, and lo, there is a newspaper, in sight like unto an emerald. And holy, holy, holy is the coffee, which was, and is, and is to come."<br /><br />-Sarah Vowell, Take the Cannoli<br /><br />----------<br /><br />Today is a bittersweet day. Tyler, my oldest son, is flying out of the nest and heading out to live in an apartment with some roommates while he attends school at Universal Technical Institute in Exton, PA. While I am so happy for him and am so proud to see him pursue his dreams, it leaves me with a knot in my stomach because I will miss him. He is the silliness in our household. He loves to make us all laugh and he is all the time lifting our moods. In the span of two months, I have watched my two oldest set out on their own and start a new chapter of their lives. After raising these kids for 18 years, guiding them along the way, it is not easy to let them go. The house feels incredibly empty and I am incredibly weepy, sad for myself but happy for him.<br /><br />I will be in Exton today attending school orientation and helping Tyler move into his new digs.&nbsp; Hug your children tightly today. They grow up so darn fast.<br /><br />xoTracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-80368463513708731602017-10-09T12:00:00.000-04:002017-10-09T12:00:03.021-04:00Spirit of the Heart Award- Dedicated to All of You!<br />Yesterday Brian, the twins, and I went to Sibley Hospital in Washington D.C. to hear <a href="https://medicine.duke.edu/faculty/neil-lee-spector-md" target="_blank">Dr. Neil Spector</a> speak. He was incredible! His story is one of perseverance and hope and I was so thankful to be able to attend his lecture. He not only talked about his own battle with Lyme, which caused him to have a heart transplant, but he also discussed how his experience and research in oncology is closely related to Lyme and the treatment of the borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. It truly was fascinating! I was so happy to shake his hand and thank him for all his hard work in bringing this issue to light and his help in pushing current research forward for Lyme Disease. I was gifted his book, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Gone-Heartbeat-Physicians-Search-Healing/dp/1936946424" target="_blank">Gone In a Heartbeat: A Physician's Search for True Healing</a>, by the amazing director of Harford Lyme Advocates, Janet Jensen, and started reading it immediately after the lecture yesterday. It is captivating and I highly recommend it to anyone with a chronic illness or who takes care of someone with a chronic illness. He truly is an inspiration with his will to live and his compassion as a healer.<br /><br />One of the best moments of the day for me was after the presentation when I turned to see my own Lyme doctor in attendance! How wonderful is it that the man taking care of me is taking his personal time to seek further viewpoints and theories behind this tricky disease? It made my heart soar to know he is still seeking education and understanding from his colleagues even though he himself has written a book about beating Lyme Disease. Awesome.<br /><br />In addition, <a href="https://natcaplyme.org/" target="_blank">NatCapLyme Association</a> honored me with their Spirit of the Heart Award to recognize my work in raising awareness of and funds for Lyme Disease and other tick borne illnesses in Harford County and beyond. It is my honor and pleasure to give back by supporting research, education, and legislation for this horrible disease. I want to dedicate the Spirit of the Heart Award to everyone who has supported me in my efforts with my Ticked Off events over the last three years! I could not have done this without the undying help from family, friends, fellow artists, and patrons! We are getting the word out and making a difference! This award is for all of you! Thank you! Here are a few pictures from the event:<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bK5_mFMvcQU/WdthkiFjqeI/AAAAAAAAD0k/LHvSGhhkHG8XRKGBX0d6TqFTCl1YsEPaACEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_3524.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1281" data-original-width="1600" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bK5_mFMvcQU/WdthkiFjqeI/AAAAAAAAD0k/LHvSGhhkHG8XRKGBX0d6TqFTCl1YsEPaACEwYBhgL/s400/IMG_3524.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dr. Neil Spector- a unique voice for the Lyme community</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Bn_MlXh_rEI/WdthlGK-gFI/AAAAAAAAD0o/ywVPHLGK9ck3S9LGDL20AWK8v1F8PSAjwCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_3530.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="650" data-original-width="650" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Bn_MlXh_rEI/WdthlGK-gFI/AAAAAAAAD0o/ywVPHLGK9ck3S9LGDL20AWK8v1F8PSAjwCEwYBhgL/s400/IMG_3530.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Monte Skall of NatCapLyme giving me the Spirit of the Heart Award</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VXSFINn2p38/WdthlxvH2jI/AAAAAAAAD0w/ZuP1gmLBTU06KYmEijF4ZrXxTitMm9EewCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_3531.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="533" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VXSFINn2p38/WdthlxvH2jI/AAAAAAAAD0w/ZuP1gmLBTU06KYmEijF4ZrXxTitMm9EewCEwYBhgL/s400/IMG_3531.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d98GRtdqM2Y/Wdtrzcz9iyI/AAAAAAAAD1A/CTiTqy34wXIqdmyLKj1XrdHbo7E_KQl_ACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_3535.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d98GRtdqM2Y/Wdtrzcz9iyI/AAAAAAAAD1A/CTiTqy34wXIqdmyLKj1XrdHbo7E_KQl_ACLcBGAs/s400/IMG_3535.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Spirit of the Heart Award from NatCapLyme</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k7hGZ5kE_hI/WdthZ8bu1YI/AAAAAAAAD0w/jciOw5PjuJ8MK_hM2fqm6pzD_bkMOOldQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_3525.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k7hGZ5kE_hI/WdthZ8bu1YI/AAAAAAAAD0w/jciOw5PjuJ8MK_hM2fqm6pzD_bkMOOldQCEwYBhgL/s400/IMG_3525.JPG" width="300" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Susan Green, Esq. </td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table>Susan Green is the amazing lawyer who has helped and continues to help push through legislation to protect Lyme patients in Maryland and Virginia. She had the honor of introducing Dr. Neil Spector prior to his presentation.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-90bq_nbhH4U/WdthfNcbRXI/AAAAAAAAD0w/NTRN2BdsMEMotcuPCtfmAX6SaZiChNPYgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_3526.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="300" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-90bq_nbhH4U/WdthfNcbRXI/AAAAAAAAD0w/NTRN2BdsMEMotcuPCtfmAX6SaZiChNPYgCEwYBhgL/s400/IMG_3526.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />One of the many slides Dr. Neil Spector had in his presentation explaining the similarities between cancer and Lyme Disease.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JP9JQdG-UGE/WdtsHGj18fI/AAAAAAAAD1E/ymukTTEbXdoc8jFexZNfGfmRTf_hkXUlQCLcBGAs/s1600/FullSizeRender.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1143" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JP9JQdG-UGE/WdtsHGj18fI/AAAAAAAAD1E/ymukTTEbXdoc8jFexZNfGfmRTf_hkXUlQCLcBGAs/s400/FullSizeRender.jpg" width="285" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dr. Neil Spector's Book</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />Again, thank you all for your continuing support in raising awareness and research funds for Lyme Disease.<br /><br />xoTracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-82128526403237043202017-10-09T08:04:00.002-04:002017-10-09T08:04:57.767-04:0040/365- Arizona Inn 1<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZTU9aKOLqTI/WdoXg9nSQeI/AAAAAAAADzQ/GEYP9s03z7Y6uOVsCdBft_I0Z5AxU-WGgCLcBGAs/s1600/Arizona%2BInn%2B1%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Arizon Inn at sunset in Tucson Arizona" border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="600" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZTU9aKOLqTI/WdoXg9nSQeI/AAAAAAAADzQ/GEYP9s03z7Y6uOVsCdBft_I0Z5AxU-WGgCLcBGAs/s1600/Arizona%2BInn%2B1%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">One of the unique buildings of the Arizona Inn at dusk</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Privacy, quiet, and sunshine. -Arizona Inn<br /><br />-----------<br /><br />Brian and I had the pleasure of staying at this historical Inn in Tucson when we were there. It is a gorgeous, unique hotel that was built in the 1930s and is still family owned today. We absolutely loved our stay there and would love to go back one day. The service, the restaurant, and the history of the place was truly amazing. If you are ever in Tucson, consider staying here. The Arizona Inn has been the highlight of several recent blog posts including <a href="http://traceface72.blogspot.com/2017/10/39365-sun-setting-over-arizona-inn.html" target="_blank">Sun Setting Over Arizona Inn</a>, <a href="http://traceface72.blogspot.com/2017/10/38365-arizona-bicycle.html" target="_blank">Arizona Bicycle</a>, <a href="http://traceface72.blogspot.com/2017/10/35365-evening-at-pool.html" target="_blank">Evening at the Pool</a>, and <a href="http://traceface72.blogspot.com/2017/10/34365-in-shadow-of-sun-king.html" target="_blank">In the Shadow of the Sun King</a>. It will also be the the feature of several upcoming posts. I took tons of photos here because I loved the unique set up and architecture. I also loved the Arizona Inn's signature salmon and blue colors. So much to love!<br /><br />Be sure to check back on the blog today at noon for a special post about my visit to Washington D.C. yesterday! Photos and commentary about the award ceremony and the presentation by Dr. Neil Spector will be featured on that post!<br /><br />Stay dry today, y'all.&nbsp; Have a fantastic Monday!<br /><br />xo Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-44368112811570528592017-10-08T07:00:00.000-04:002017-10-08T07:00:00.175-04:0039/365- Sun Setting Over Arizona Inn<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4rMZ7mBwCqo/WdlntENaRqI/AAAAAAAADy4/ttwPmLxUQS8oh8pUzjp5ffLYaE45PEfKwCLcBGAs/s1600/Sun%2BSetting%2BOver%2BArizona%2BInn%2BWeb.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="600" data-original-width="800" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4rMZ7mBwCqo/WdlntENaRqI/AAAAAAAADy4/ttwPmLxUQS8oh8pUzjp5ffLYaE45PEfKwCLcBGAs/s1600/Sun%2BSetting%2BOver%2BArizona%2BInn%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Digital Art featuring the Arizona Inn in Tucson </td></tr></tbody></table><br />“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.” <b>― Roman Payn</b><br /><br />----------<br /><br />&nbsp;Happy Sunday, y'all. I am heading down to Johns Hopkins Sibley Hospital in Washington D.C. today to hear <a href="https://natcaplyme.org/events/neil-spector-m-d-presents-to-natcaplyme/" target="_blank">Dr. Neil Spector</a> speak about his experience with being a Lyme patient and the treatments he has been researching. It should be an informative presentation and I am very much looking forward to it.<br /><br />Have a great day!<br /><br />xoTracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-5656464314394749652017-10-07T07:04:00.000-04:002017-10-07T07:04:03.606-04:0038/365- Arizona Bicycle<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hXhgjGHiOYk/Wdi0DDoVJaI/AAAAAAAADyo/costWsfU1Usq77J1WS0rw3Si1ZIFnqBewCLcBGAs/s1600/Arizona%2BBicycle%2BWeb.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="533" data-original-width="800" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hXhgjGHiOYk/Wdi0DDoVJaI/AAAAAAAADyo/costWsfU1Usq77J1WS0rw3Si1ZIFnqBewCLcBGAs/s1600/Arizona%2BBicycle%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Arizona Bicycle by Tracey Grumbach</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />“A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.”<br /><br /><b>― Edward Abbey, <u>Desert Solitaire&nbsp;</u></b><br /><br />----------<br /><br />&nbsp;Just a reminder that today I am working my shift at <a href="http://www.artsbythebaygallery.com/">Arts By the Bay Gallery</a> in Havre de Grace from 11:00 AM until 2:30 PM. Please stop in and say hello! I will be hanging <a href="http://traceface72.blogspot.com/2017/02/bass-harbor-head-lighthouse-tracey.html">Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse</a> today to replace a framed piece that sold last week. Also, if you are interested in picking up the current edition of <a href="http://traceface72.blogspot.com/2017/10/34365-in-shadow-of-sun-king.html">Harford's Heart Magazine</a> which features my art, we have those for FREE at Arts By the Bay and I would be happy to give you one and discuss either the interview or the art that is featured. I'd be happy to see you! <br /><br />Happy Saturday!Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com02200 E Elm St, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA32.2425331 -110.939475799999976.7204986000000027 -152.24806979999997 57.764567600000007 -69.630881799999969tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-39694841130612517672017-10-06T07:50:00.000-04:002017-10-06T07:50:12.848-04:0037/365- Through Time and Space<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W5C7qfJweNM/WdbEgmhWRjI/AAAAAAAADyY/t7CENo4z5-EHawmlx0TUUv9jlvMHvXwygCLcBGAs/s1600/Through%2BTime%2Band%2BSpace%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="600" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W5C7qfJweNM/WdbEgmhWRjI/AAAAAAAADyY/t7CENo4z5-EHawmlx0TUUv9jlvMHvXwygCLcBGAs/s1600/Through%2BTime%2Band%2BSpace%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Digital Art by Tracey Grumbach</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />“Whoever said that loss gets easier with time was a liar. Here's what really happens: The spaces between the times you miss them grow longer. Then, when you do remember to miss them again, it's still with a stabbing pain to the heart. And you have guilt. Guilt because it's been too long since you missed them last.”<br /><br /><b>― Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, <u>The 13th Sign</u></b><br /><br />&nbsp;---------- <br /><br />I turned and saw him standing there next to my brother with his arms held out to me, arms formed in a downward but wide open V, palms facing me, inviting me to him. I ran, stunned at his presence, and threw myself into his embrace. After a long hug, I looked up into his face, his countenance younger than when he left, his expression soft and calm.<br /><br />"How is this possible?&nbsp; How are you here?" I blurted out to him, heart pounding both with excitement and a knowing dread.<br />"I've been working." came his simple reply with a slight smile on his lips.&nbsp; He looked around at the crowd of people milling around about us and he said, "I can't stay here. There are too many people." He patted me on the back with his huge hands as if telling me it was time to step away from his embrace<br /><br />"But," I started to protest as I stepped backward from him.<br /><br />He turned and without hesitation, walked away from me. He turned once, several steps into his retreat and said, "I'll see you soon."<br /><br />And then he was gone and I opened my eyes.<br /><br />Thank you for visiting me, Dad, through time and space. I am so thankful to have had this brief time with you. It has been a while.<br /><br />-----------<br /><br />For those who don't know, my father passed away suddenly in 2014. This is the first "encounter" I've had with him since the year he died when I had two similar incidents.<br /><br />xo<br /><br />-----------<br /><br />About this digital art-<br /><br />Flying home on the plane from Arizona I was thinking about time and space and how, when you fly west to east, it is a bit like time traveling. At least it is as close to time traveling as we will probably ever get here on earth. As I was contemplating this idea, I was staring out onto the wing of my "time machine" watching the light from the setting sun flicker on the wings. The sky turned cotton candy pink and blue and the moon reflected off the shiny silver of the wing. It was captivating. So, I created this digital art piece to remember that stunning moment, the moment I traveled through time and through space.&nbsp; Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5378092136241738853.post-79930592791419995182017-10-05T07:00:00.000-04:002017-10-05T07:00:23.167-04:0036/365- Mother Mary<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OdBVER53ny0/WdT82VukgvI/AAAAAAAADx4/9T6iK8TGMSYwR7UfO_JF-fJzFD7hNE5AQCLcBGAs/s1600/Mother%2BMary%2BWeb.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="grotto hill Virgin Mary shrine next to Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson Arizona" border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="600" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OdBVER53ny0/WdT82VukgvI/AAAAAAAADx4/9T6iK8TGMSYwR7UfO_JF-fJzFD7hNE5AQCLcBGAs/s1600/Mother%2BMary%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Digital Art by Tracey Grumbach</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />"Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen."<br />&nbsp;-Traditional Catholic Prayer<br />-------------<br /><br />On one of our outings in Tucson, Brian and I had the privilege of visiting <a href="http://www.sanxaviermission.org/">Mission San Xavier del Bac</a>. It is an amazing Catholic mission that dates back in history to the 1600's and the current building dates back to the 1700's. The mission is still in operation today, serving the community that surrounds it. I will have more information and pictures about the mission building at a later date, but the reason I mention it is because next to the mission is a hill of ancient volcanic rock where, carved out of the hill, there is a shrine to Mary, Mother of God. This is the focus of today's digital art.<br /><br />Before we explored the mission building, Brian and I took a walk around <a href="http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/3898935.jpg" target="_blank">Grotto Hill</a>, the volcanic outcropping to the east of the San Xavier del Bac Mission. The hill is topped with a white cross and on the north side of the hill, we discovered this replica of the Grotto of Lourdes. The shrine to the Virgin Mary was constructed in 1908 and was oversaw by Bishop Granjon.&nbsp; It is a quiet and peaceful place where one is inspired to reflect. In the near distance, the beautiful desert mountains surround the hill and the amazing white mission church structure gleams in the desert sun. No wonder it is called the White Dove of the Desert.<br /><br />I was honored and awed to be able to visit such a beautiful and sacred site full of history. I look forward to posting more digital art from this place soon.<br /><br />------------<br /><br />Be sure to check out the <a href="http://traceface72.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-events.html" target="_blank">Upcoming Events page</a> as I have added some dates where I will be showing art at the <a href="http://www.ssorchestra.org/" target="_blank">Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra</a> in December, March, and May. It is such a fun night filled with music and art so I highly recommend y'all to mark it on your calendars and come on out to Bel Air High School.<br /><br />Also, I will be working at <a href="http://www.artsbythebaygallery.com/" target="_blank">Arts By the Bay</a> this Saturday from 11:00AM- 2:30PM. Come on out and visit me so we can chat about art or Lyme. I will also be bringing in <a href="http://traceface72.blogspot.com/2017/02/bass-harbor-head-lighthouse-tracey.html" target="_blank">Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse</a> to hang in replacement of Long Shadows of Empirical Knowledge, which has sold. If you are interested in this framed piece, please stop in early Saturday to purchase it!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DsdN1IPcbhk/WdUIvXHpSjI/AAAAAAAADyI/8pMdb1T3E9A5FYnRviUECAi1kP1QLaN9wCLcBGAs/s1600/Bass%2BHarbor%2BHead%2BLighthouse%2BWeb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="533" data-original-width="800" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DsdN1IPcbhk/WdUIvXHpSjI/AAAAAAAADyI/8pMdb1T3E9A5FYnRviUECAi1kP1QLaN9wCLcBGAs/s1600/Bass%2BHarbor%2BHead%2BLighthouse%2BWeb.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br />Tracey Grumbachhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06368808960946526693noreply@blogger.com0