Why Is He Laying His Finger Aside Of His Nose?

Most of us are familiar with the Christmas line, "laying his finger aside of his nose, and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose". So went St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus, but what's with touching the nose? I recently found myself in possession of a mini gnome figurine holding a peculiar gesture that, really, looks as if he's about to pick a bogey! Wanting to know the meaning of touching the nose began to pick at my curiosity. This mysterious little gnome holds the distinct position of being about to touch his left forefinger to the side of his nose, a tap-of-the-nose-gesture quite a bit like the old tale tells of Santa in action. So what's with this nosy business; What does it mean to place a finger aside of the nose?

 In body language and literature, throughout time nose touching seems to represent sniffing out the trouble of hidden things and/or smelling the truth of a situation, as in Santa Claus knowing if you've been bad or good... for goodness sake! Thin…

Curio Box Assemblage Art Filled With Natural and Man Made / Comparative Nature

Found objects combine within a lidded curio box to create unique small wall art that compares one thing to another in form under the general theme of motion, including spirals, whether it be natural or man-made... a comparative nature sure to offer viewers with much to contemplate. The background is a collage of reproduction vintage mail, postmarks, and stamps. The piece is wired for easy hanging and has protective bumpers on the back.
Purchase Information  Work title: Comparative Nature
Artist: Tree Pruitt
Size: 7 7/8" tall x 12" wide x 2" deep.
Medium: Assemblage curio box
Year: 2015/16
There are many objects in this curio collection box including...
*Upper Left:
Paper Wasp nest,
Petoskey fossil stone,
Garden snail shell,
Green insect (Nezara viridula, or green vegetable bug),
Raw Azurite stone fragment
Fragment of antique China with gold accents and scalloped edge
*Lower Left:
Miniature framed mirror,
Chrysanthemum flower carved from an Ash wood stick,
Turritella (towe…

Bicycle Frames and Wood Art Print by Tree Pruitt

This photograph shows bicycle frames displayed against various wood grain textures in black and white for a dramatic modern impact with an abstract flavor. From a local shop display widow, this is a scene that I pass on my daily walk that I just couldn't walk by again without capturing!

Prints are available via my DeviantArt space, and they will have a Modernist digital "texture" that I personally enjoy. Have a look! Click HERE.

Artist in Residence Wall Art Assemblage for Artists

Is art where YOU live? Artist In Residence is the title of this quirky assemblage of found objects that combine with an original painting to create unique small wall art featuring a haunting mime face pencil headed character drawing inside a scene that's topped with a front door overhang from an old dollhouse. Various art supply tools are placed inside the background, including paint brush heads and pencils. The piece is wired for easy hanging and has protective bumpers.
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This piece began with a small acrylic painting that was mounted inside a shoe box lid. The lid was brushed with black paint and clear varathane varnish. Then strips of painted paper from another project were glued into place along with vintage metal paper clips, a portion of an old wood ruler, pencils, paint brush heads, and strips of old cedar from a wood barn.

Though a serious piece of artwork, I hope that the fun I had creating it shows through with some whimsy. Thank you for taking the time to rea…

Bobo the Kokomo Baseketball Clown in Crown Point Cemetery; a short story

Curios are things out of the ordinary that raise our curiosity thus causing the thinker jelly to jiggle. Sometimes a curio can be placed on a shelf to admire at any time, but other curios can only be collected through photos and memories. My trek outdoors today provided one such ephemeral curio as I took my footpath to cut through Crown Point Cemetery in Kokomo, Indiana. I often pass the cemetery via automobile but, this was the first time I'd entered the site on foot. From the road most of the headstones look modern with some old sculptural gems in the mix. Even though I was aware that the site had been basically created because of the Civil War, I had no idea how many very old headstones have either been replaced or had a modern one added as a double; it doesn't look old and decrepit from the street. I don't really know why I should care about graves of the dead at all, but I do respectfully care and, it hurts to see them in decay, but this cemetery seems in very good h…