Sunday, November 20, 2022

The rules -- use them if they work.

Our Eiffel Tower on the
front lawn.
Let the holidays begin!

My printer asked me why I always get three birthday cards.
I said "the rule of three, I'm an artist."  What does that mean?
It's much too long to go into here, but it basically means uneven
numbers work better in art than even ones. A landscape is either
2/3s sky or 2/3s land.  Rule of three.  A painting of flowers
should have 1, 3, 5, 7 etc. flowers in it.

Now I read the worst thing you can do in writing is use exclamation
marks.  Okay. If you're writing a serious essay fine. But if you're
writing your friend or lover to say, "I love you."  How much better
it looks as "I love you!" The exclamation mark was created for a
reason.  And as an enthusiastically positive person -- I love it!
Yes it can be used very negatively as in -- "You're kidding me right? !!!!!!!!!!"

Next is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asking on Instagram is it too early to
decorate for the holidays? Is it? My worry would be that your tree would
dry out.  Or you might be tired of those decorations when the holiday

But lights.  We have them on all year -- and they are mainly on our
little Eiffel Tower on the front lawn, which if you know me is
symbolic of our passionate love of Paris!!!! France!!!! (See the
multiples can also be positive.) 

Have a loving your rules day.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

I love the little Eiffel Tower ❣️❣️❣️ And exclamation marks 😂❣️❣️❣️ We have a few lights around a window that are there all year. We start putting them on when it gets dark early and soon our outside decorated tree will be turned on too. The neighbour who walks a dog in the dark loves it. We don’t have street lights here.

Barbara Muir said...

Wow Evelyn,

No street lights. We have lights on our front porch railing during the
holidays usually -- but since COVID we've had the Eiffel tower up, and lights
along the front porch banisters every night. People do say that they cheer them


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