Friday, December 6, 2019

Found Art Friday 295

Dear ones,
Here we are still mucking around The Department of Homeland Inspiration after nearly ten years! Especially favorable to appreciation of color during atmospheric riverweather is to also have items to share from our inbox:
from de Alma of the Oaks noting what was already always there
Bonnie Hotz who makes and sells pots, stops for another Big Sur walker on the trail

Also noticed by the one who makes vessels,  human and insect dwellings juxtaposed
Recently, we went to our old town to the south where friends congregated to celebrate a life well lived.
beautiful friend's beautiful door
And when the party was over, it wasn't really over; we were still dancing in our sleep like whirling dervishes, then this morning/mourning after candle expressed some of the energy of a life poured out vigorously entangled with gravity, some weeping sure, and yet still going and going, transformed into different forms ..... 
Departed one feels smiling abundantly over and under our conversations caused by his existence
Over the past few weeks ( I M P E A C H  WE BESEECH) - even amidst the gag volcanoes of sick idiocracy), Art Ranger is going to say hats off !!! to the note takers who recorded things in order to do their job, a measure of attentiveness, heightened perception, and mere record keeping. Eyes and ears for instance.
Here we share a different kind of note taking -  found another one of dad's travel sketchbooks:
quickly yet caringly, open - so open
when he knows what you like and you know what he's like too
We'll see you soon and thank you for visiting the Department of Homeland Inspiration:  a somewhat weekly blog about discovering the art right where you are.  Dare to share your findings here:
there ..... there ....

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Special Edition

Dear ones,
Where has The Department of Homeland Inspiration been for weeks? Not exactly Home on the Range yet studio and gallery ensconced. If you haven't already seen it, one of Art Ranger's recent artist-activist outcroppings was a live performance called: MAD 2GO
Shortly after the 2018 Supreme Court Hearings, this text began tumbling out of her like a mudflow  accumulating gravity though the passing storms of each passing day.
she got up on a soapbox about it!
Therapy Slippers
If you are in the Monterey/Salinas area, please check out the last week of our exhibition: MyBody MyVoice:
In honor of our month long blog negligence, we will share a bonus rant from years past that has re-populated our kitchenThe Ants .....
Next week Art Ranger shall continue with our mission at The Department which is to uncover the art that tumbles forth from everyday life - yours for instance, a crack in the sidewalk? share here:

Friday, October 11, 2019

Found Art Friday 294

Dear Ones,
We admire good posture, and the way that bird leg knees bend in opposite direction to our own to steady a different shape.  Art Ranger experiences this out on her radius of range.
One who Paints Itself is back
Amidst it  - all this external shaking, this locked in a toxic confetti snowglobe - a quake of quackery and theft.
arrives a Menopausal Chicken Sculpture,        

the last (quiet) egg?
we must seek out simple miracles
Some of us must believe
in believing
that someone can still make up their life from scratch
Okay, go for it!
we are sad about what this sculpture really is     and where it may go to not decompose
See how everybody fusses over you now?    ...   and what eyes are really about?
digesting static eccentricity
While all the plastic TV TEETH go clackety clackett y clack

bottoms are falling out, for instance,
Yes, please send to: items painted by birds, earthen fungi, ... you name it.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Found Art Friday 293

Dear ones,
It is genuinely very nice to find the Art Ranger's inbox ( with some somethings in it to stoke the nine year old blog campfire: 
spotted by Nicki Sucec in Seattle
We especially admire the map-filled RANGER font.  Hmmmmm ..... we can't help but put on a hat
about that.
And from Mandy of the of The Pastures of Heaven, a colorful devouring: nothing to be wasted in the bent blue dragonfly/active yellow jacket tangle:
Sometimes Found Art Friday is a collection gathered over time or theme, other times its gleaned from what is experienced on one particular day, such as this one caused by car check-up gifting us a pocket of time to loiter in a different neighborhood.  Much nicer than taking yourself to the doctor.
We humans get our stuff all over everything, and come to think of it, so do birds
  And then there's what ends up next to what:
thrift store flotsam and jetsam  -  Plus some eaves dropping.
In closing, of course, one from the series : repurposed artworks
Slippery Slope a Sliding
Well - our laptop now overheats regularly ..... poof ! ! !

Have a great day (or moment) and please don't hesitate to share your findings here:

Friday, September 13, 2019

Fround Art Friday 292

 Dear ones,

It's time isn't it  - to get back in the saddle, or even ride bareback and barefoot, and keep this blog going as an outcropping of The Department of Homeland Inspiration: it's a state of mind that you are invited to share.
Our friend Julie, who is a scholar of the unforseen spirits of sanskrit, poetry, and other accredited topics, noted this conglomeration in Paris, along the Seine. The Seine must indeed be a sieve of civilization :
Somehow, we want to eat a very healthy lunch after seeing this
Now from our own travels back and forth to the Homeland of our origin and inspiration,
Color ado, we collected a series called just clouds, (of course it's never just clouds).  Clouds there were so refreshing to enjoy as they metamorphosed themselves and the landscape, with the phenomenon called rain!!!!!!!!! 

see California seemed so static and achingly dry upon our return:
 Please send us your amazements, worries, or joyful simmering to:

Friday, July 26, 2019

Found Art Friday 291

And how again,

Dear ones,
Did we tell you we were out on the range? On recess, at large, on call, or in the between?
We do hope your own summer will give rise to images or a sidecar of thoughts to contribute to
Before un tethering from her desk chain, Art Ranger will share the following local moments:
Peaches in the Yard: the color of which make us wish to sing love songs in French
We are happy for the baby who shed this terrible bootie on the trail, very restrictive and headed toward painful shoes of the future; they shall not!
Are you kidding us? Passion Flower?  Talk about "a lot of moving parts"

Once again, and daily, why make art when you can just walk around?

We'll be back!  And thank you for visiting The Department of Homeland Inspiration.

....... As we try to distance ourselves .....
The Mueller Time hangover

Friday, July 12, 2019

Found Art Friday 290

Dear ones,
Alas, the artist has been at large and therefore full of gaps. The flowers grow past.  Let us therefore check in with some travel log:  For just barely a Friday minute, we were in a different geography or two:
Oakland, across from "The Lost and Found" (We love the new cladding)
San Francisco, "Chinatown" side street
corner fashions we certainly didn't know existed before
Back home again:
Where were we?
Gladly, Art Ranger's inbox was graced by Mandy of de Ville, a different kind of witnessing behind glass: 
 Accidentally walked through part of a web on my sliding glass door one day.

The maker returned to repair it after dark. 

Brave and fascinated am I from my safe side, admiring the artist at work.

Whereas, we humans seem so lacking in finesse, continuing to burn the place up.
Oh dear dear written hear = largest (thickest) non petstore snake ever witnessed, the photo doesn't do its heft the justice
We want to stay calm and cultivate as much woman warrior as possible, to try to be steady as we study: while processing horrors (current "events"), things we hear of while not directly experiencing hideousness, yet not wanting to not feel the horror, the horror, the horror. So where to store it, how to extrude it into art.
100s of pounds of plums this year, plum crazy this year, plum gorgeous things with their own skin biomes

 Just say OM and eat a plum and 
see how much better?

The Department of Homeland Inspiration is inspired by your homeland as much as our homeland - what is that anyhow? Home and land, where your head lands? Art Ranger looks forward to 
seeing your findings at :

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Found Art Friday 289

Dear ones,
The roller being so off the coaster, Art Ranger is distracted from her every day art finds again: how fake is real and how real is fake?  How are your breathing lessons .....  going?  .......  Relax your face, as the yogi says.
Repurposed Art Works - Revolting Revolving Doors
a sliding slippery slope with sloppy "steering"  - no side mirrors

 Nancy Pelosi's foot
Okay - When can she put her foot down ? ! !  Are high heels causing the problem?  What if we set her up with a pair of shitkickers ? ?  What if its "knickers" were so in a twist that (what's left of them) were just lopped off?  Yes, that figment calms the mind in this case.
held hostage
Just stop it! 
A subtle color study.
Now for some peaceful bathing in bee pollen. And, for some reassurances that humans can (and must) work together with nature. That it's possible and logical and lovely.  And last but not least,
shared by Mandy of the Village, this clever and patient bird inhabitant:

As the song says: "What the world needs now, is love sweet love .....
We would indeed love it if you sent us some imagery from your days or your daze here on earth: