Variations on a Theme: Barn Art

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Driving along a Northern Michigan country road, I not only saw an adorable mailbox and whirligig, but I also saw a beautiful barn with a quilt block painted on it. Since I recently learned about barn quilts during a lecture at my quilt guild, I was thrilled to see one in person.cm-michigan-barn-quiltfotor

This wasn’t the first barn quilt I had ever seen though.

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Last summer I saw a barn with quilt blocks painted on it in Oregon, but I didn’t know at the time this was a movement in rural communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.  I just thought I was looking at a really cool thing for someone to do- which of course it is!

Stay tuned for more art on very large canvases- buildings!

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Variations on a Theme: Ode to the Simple Bench

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This picture says it all. Enjoy the view.

I am not sure I would have noticed this bench as part of the view if I hadn’t gotten into the habit of appreciating benches in my neighborhood.

A rush of affection for the person or more likely people who made that effort to provide a bench to the traveler came over me. Like the well laid trail I was walking on to get to this view – this bench felt like a kindness.

I’d like to share with you some other benches I noticed while visiting Northern California.

Park-Bench

Tilden Park, CA

Pulloff-Bench

Tilden Park, CA

Graffiti-Bench

Tilden Park, CA

Marble-Bench

UC Berkeley Campus

Berkeley-Benches

UC Berkeley Campus

Cory-Hall-Benches

UC Berkeley Campus

Rustic-Bench

Timber Cove Inn, Jenner CA

Metal-Bench

Sonoma, CA

Golden-Gate-Bridge-Bench

Marin Headlands, CA

highway-bench

Marin Headlands, CA

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Marin Headlands, CA

The benches were simple, roughly hewn and part of the beautiful view.