Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Bloggers Art Gallery

Lovely Kezzie of England has arranged a multi-blogger post for today. The theme is art in our homes. Here are the participants:


Let me start by saying Kezzie is one of the nicest people I've know. She's a teacher who cares about others and gives of herself. Her kind and charming personality appeal to me and will to you as well. You should follow her.

The catalyst for my blog, started a decade ago, was a desire to explore my uncommon gender identity. I have always been female in my head but socially fettered into a male role by parents and others. Being prevented from living authentically in the past, I try to experience now what I couldn't then. This blog catalogs my efforts to wear pretty clothes, experiment with femininity and enjoy traditionally female activities.

Years ago I created two spectacular blog-posts which I memorialized with professional photographs hanging in my house. The first is my attempt to re-create a high school prom; the second is my best shot at being a mermaid.


(Photography by Michi Rezin)

Among my passions is the sport of baseball. To celebrate it, I collect baseballs with team emblems on them from every stadium I visit. Over time the collection grew to the point where I wanted to display it so I found an attractive wooden bowl and put the balls in it. The bowl and balls are visible in my house so anyone can pick a ball up and toss it around. I like that -- interactive art is cool!



And finally, if you expand the definition of art to include sculpture that moves at 140 mph, here is my final entry -- my pride and joy, a red BMW S1000R motorcycle. It's not only pretty to look at but can transport you on magical journeys through the realms of physics.



Thanks for visiting! I look forward to seeing everyone else's art.



33 comments:

  1. The professional photographs of you in a blue prom dress and a blue mermaid costume are both beautiful. Great looks. I like the BMW too and sure it can be considered art. I sure wouldn't mind having one;).

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    1. Thank you, Ivana! Many years ago the Guggenheim art museum in New York City put on a popular exhibit called "The Art of the Motorcycle." Yes, they're art!

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  2. I loved seeing those photos of you again, Ally! The joy in your face is indescribable. I'm glad you have them framed and in your home where you can look at them all the time.

    I love the bowl of baseballs (Vizzini would be digging in that constantly), and of COURSE your bike is a work of art!

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. Yes, my early experiences, recorded on the blog, were magnificently joyful for me.

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  3. You recreated the mermaid scene and the perfect prom scene perfectly! I love you in turquoise!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  4. Those photos of you are absolutely amazing. I'm loving the simplicity of the bowl of baseballs. And of course your bike is a work of art. It's all in the eye of the beholder! xxx

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  5. I love that you collect baseballs! That my family's favorite sport, we're partial to the Cubs. My husband and I also love the Twins, and because my husband is from Milwaukee he also have a thing for the Brewers. We love minor league as well, go St. Paul Saints!

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    1. I went to Wrigley and got a Cubs ball! Baseball is fun.

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  6. Your bike is fantastic...I have enjoyed the artwork on some of the bikes I've seen at a meet local to me. Arilx

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    1. Thanks, Aril. The bike gives me great pleasure.

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  7. What a cool link up and a perfect view into the different facets of Ally. The baseball bowl is really cool.

    Still love your mermaid shoot!

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    1. Thanks, buddy. I have more facets than a diamond!

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  8. You look way better than I would look in that prom dress and mermaid outfit. I love the baseball collection and the motorcycle art.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog.
    Julia

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  9. An interesting post! I like how yours doesn't feature a single painting or print and is arty in different ways - I love that you think of the bike as sculpture!

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  10. I knew you'd do something cool with this! The ball of baseballs is really clever! So cool that you can move the art around and play with them- more like Installation! Your photos of you are so beautiful! That picture of you as a mermaid is such a beautiful one!!! You look luminescent! Thank you so much for joiin in!x

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  11. P.S. That was a really nice thing you said about me. I am not that nice and kind all the time- I wish I were- I get it wrong a lot of the time and wrack myself with guilt about it!

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  12. This post is a stellar reminder that we are each living forms of art unto ourselves. Some may be more original or avante garde than others, but ultimately, originality is a gift we are each blessed to have and, hopefully, run with throughout our days.

    These wonderful images are concrete proof of some of the ways that you are doing just that, my friend. Bravo!

    Autumn Zenith ­čží Witchcrafted Life

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  13. Love the participatory baseballs - and the bike looks cool. Your happiness shines through in the photographs

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  14. These are great, Shybiker! Thanks for sharing your photos! The collection of Baseballs is pretty awesome! The blue in your first photo is stunning! Cerulean blue is always gorgeous. :)

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  15. You look beautiful in the blue dress and cute as a mermaid!

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  16. Love all of these Ally but especially the mermaid photo - still one of my favorites of you! So glad you got to share your art with other bloggers. The blogger art gallery was a great idea!

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  17. Oh wow, stunning photographs of you, Ally! I really love the tail in the mermaid photo - is it a full tail?!

    I really like the bowl of balls too. Having never really had the opportunity to play baseball, I have a thing about the stitching and style of the balls. Also a big fan of interactive art too (that#s what my degree was in!) :)

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  18. Now this is nice art to have in the house. I love your first two photos. You look so pretty. I remember the mermaid photo.
    I noticed there aren't many Ally photos on your blog anymore. I have been reading all of the previous posts and noticed this.
    Greetje

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    1. Thanks for noticing, Greetje; it hasn't been by choice. The pandemic caused a loss of privacy for me which means I'm not able to do those photo-shoots. I hope to return to them soon.

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