Friday, January 22, 2010

Icicle Physics

Can anyone out there describe how this icicle could form? I couldn't figure out how to get a photo that doesn't include our window screen, but I hope you can see this unusual icicle that reminds me of the spoke of a snowflake or part of a spiderweb. It was hard to photograph ice on a grey sky, but I'm glad I didn't wait until the sun was higher or the sky was blue. By then it had melted.

Here is a bit of art journaling I did recently inspired by Teesha Moore. I painted the backrounds with acrylic paints then quickly chose magazine pictures that inspired me at the moment. I think they came out well.

The quotes in the page above:
"When you're stuck in a spiral, to change all aspects of the spin you need only to change one thing"
"When facing a challenge, if your first instinct is to think, I can't, it's time to retrain your brain. Next time say to yourself, I can--or at least, I'll try. You might surprise yourself."

I need to get these thoughts into my head, not only down on the page.


heather said...

i love the art collages you made so much. they really really speak to me too! that make me want to have an art party. and the icicle, what the?? did your husband have a good theory?

also, how's your back? i haven't been able to get you any pictures of stretches, but i could today. would you still like them?

Andrea said...

Actually, my back is considerably better. I've been staying out of the car and rarely sitting at all. I've also been trying to take long walks (2 hours today, I got lost on snowy trails) even though it's cold.

Andrea said...

Note on the icicle from a very smart friend of my husband.
"Heat from your roof melted the snow above it, which dripped right past the newly installed gutter guards and then, leaving the warmth of the roof, froze, drip by drip, into a row of icicles. At some point a patch of snow breaks loose and begins to slide off your roof, pivoting as it slides, row of icicles still attached, and stops before ... See More completely falling off the roof. The process of snow melting continues, and the icicles continue to grow, but since the icicles no longer point straight at the ground, they begin to appear crooked as the new ice forms. Lastly, as the pattern of melt and freeze continues each day, the snow that originally held the icicle section melts away, leaving the skeleton of denser ice in place."

heather said...

andrea, that is awesome your back feels better! and a two hour walk involving getting lost, is even more awesome!

oh, and that is exactly what i thought happened with the icicle, i jsut didn't want to appear like a know it all.