Weekly Photo Challenge: Color Your World: Asparagus

This week’s challenge comes from Tourmaline and is called Color Your World. The color for this week is asparagus. As a vegetable, this just happens to be a favorite with my family, especially when drizzled with butter and baked with garlic and mozzarella. And as a color, asparagus also shows up quite often, especially in the felts of the keys.

Hammer Magnets (15)

Piano hammers serve many useful purposes in my arts and crafts. These particular hammers have been made into refrigerator magnets.

Hammers also may become “heads” for my conductors and musicians…

…or “flowers” in a Piano Bouquet. This set was yellowed using a color wash, to resemble the variety of rhododendron known as the yellow hammer.

Yellow Hammers (5)
Piano Bouquet

Thanks again to Cee Neuner for her amazing directory, “For the Love of Challenges.” For the record, Cee’s directory lists not only photo challenges, but also writing and music challenges as well, and they are grouped by category. It’s very well organized.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color Your World: Aquamarine

This week’s challenge comes from Tourmaline and is called Color Your World. The color for this week is aquamarine.

Cup of Tea blue (2)

The image above is called “Cup of Music,” and is made entirely from piano parts: washer, bushing, regulating (eyelet) screw, and damper spoon, all mounted on a block of wood from inside the piano.

Below is a piece that goes by two names. To most of the world it is “Ocean Sounds,” but in Florida it is called “Beach Blues.” This is a special hometown name that bears significance to the folks who live here.

Beach (1)

Thanks again to Cee Neuner for her amazing directory, “For the Love of Challenges.” For the record, Cee’s directory lists not only photo challenges, but also writing and music challenges as well, and they are grouped by category. It’s very well organized.

Weekly Photo Challenge: All Lined Up

This week’s challenge comes from LifeLessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown, and is called All Lined Up. The challenge was posted on Monday, May 27. I don’t know how long it will run, but feel free to jump in with your own contribution whenever, for all you have to do is share a link to your post in the comments section of her post, at the link above.

Click the photos to enlarge and read the captions.

Some of this week’s photos are of completed projects, while others are of “raw materials,” but in every case, they are All Lined Up.


Thanks again to Cee Neuner for her amazing directory, “For the Love of Challenges.” For the record, Cee’s directory lists not only photo challenges, but also writing and music challenges as well, and they are grouped by category. It’s very well organized.

Weekly Photo Challenge: May Colors and Letters

This week’s challenge comes from Citysonnet and is called May Colors and Letters, where for the month of May, each day is assigned a particular color or letter, and the sky is the limit as to our individual interpretation. Today, May 21st, the theme is Green Melody, so I have decided to share photos of some of the things I’ve made that happen to be green.

piano hammer key chain
an aqua key chain (personalized)

The hammers I find in the pianos come in a variety of colors: red, fuschia or pink, purple, royal blue, teal… and green… two different shades of green, in fact. To distinguish them, I simply call them green and aqua.

 

Christmas sign made from piano parts
Merry & Bright Christmas signs made entirely from piano parts

This one may be out of season, but it is the color for the day. πŸ™‚ I got the idea for this sign while browsing the stencil section of the local craft store. When I saw a stencil of a string of Christmas lights, right away I knew I could make that with hammers and a section of piano wire. It’s mounted to a piece of wood that also came from an old piano. And yes, I did purchase a stencil to add the lettering. πŸ™‚


Thanks again to Cee Neuner for her amazing directory, “For the Love of Challenges.” For the record, Cee’s directory lists not only photo challenges, but also writing and music challenges as well, and they are grouped by category. It’s very well organized.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Connection

This week’s challenge comes from Little Pieces of Me, where for the month of May the theme of her Go on a Photo Adventure challenge is CONNECTION.

I recently made a few new connections in Slidell, Louisiana, when my two sons and I drove out there to meet a retired piano tuner, his daughter, and her son. We also brought back with us three old pianos and as many boxes of old piano action parts as we could fit in the truck without making one of my sons walk back home again! πŸ™‚

Slidell Pianos (2)

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What a joy it was to spend the day with these beautiful people! Our lives are forever changed by this happy connection.

 


Thanks again to Cee Neuner for her amazing directory, “For the Love of Challenges.” For the record, Cee’s directory lists not only photo challenges, but also writing and music challenges as well, and they are grouped by category. It’s very well organized.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Less Is More

This week’s challenge comes from Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #43: Less Is More. I hope I’ve linked back to the correct blog. Anyway, I love what this photographer had to say on the subject. Allow me to share two quotes from her post, and I invite you to click over to her site to read the rest….

β€œA designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

 

 

 

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β€œSimplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”   – Leonardo da Vinci


Thanks again to Cee Neuner for her amazing directory, “For the Love of Challenges.” For the record, Cee’s directory lists not only photo challenges, but also writing and music challenges as well, and they are grouped by category. It’s very well organized.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vanishing Point

This week’s challenge is Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Vanishing Point hosted by Cee Neuner from Cee N Photography.

Kohler & Campbell (9bw)

This was an old piano before it came home. My son and I were just deciding how to extricate it from its place in the back of a garage. While he summed up the situation, I lifted the fallboard a bit to examine the keys.

Ivory Ornaments bw

A bunch of keys have been cleaned, cut, sanded, and are now ready to be painted, lettered, and made into Christmas ornaments.

Key Tiles bw

Many small letter tiles have been cut from piano key extensions, sanded, painted, sanded again for a distressed look, and hand lettered. They will be added to a large Keyed Up, a set of piano keys used to store none other than keys!

 

Action bw

This last photo is an action waiting to be removed, disassembled, cleaned, and put to use.


Thanks again to Cee Neuner for her amazing directory, “For the Love of Challenges.” For the record, Cee’s directory lists not only photo challenges, but also writing and music challenges as well, and they are grouped by category. It’s very well organized.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Worship

This week’s challenge is “Worship” hosted by Frank from Dutch Goes the Photo. My photos for this week’s challenge would not win any contests or strike awe in the viewer, but they do capture true worship in action, not the shadow of a place where worship once took place, however romantic that haunting scene may now appear.

You know, the funny thing is, I’ve been involved in church music for most of my life, but I’ve been hard pressed to find a photo of someone seated at the piano during an actual worship service. I have a growing collection of photos of church buildings, but almost no representatives of the worship that takes place on the inside, and particularly at the piano bench. I suppose that’s because it’s hard to take pictures while worshiping, and especially while playing. πŸ™‚ But here’s one that someone else took and gave to me, taken from close to the back of the sanctuary. It’s rather small, I know, but this tiny frame holds some huge memories for yours truly.

music ministry

Nearly 1,000 miles separate me from that congregation now, but as I look at the photo, I can hear the music coming from the baby grand piano, blending nicely with the crisp tones of Jimmy’s trumpet. As the song of praise draws to its dramatic conclusion, a chorus of amens echoes throughout the pews, then the pastor rises to the pulpit to continue the service with a message from God’s Word.

Below is another example of piano worship. This one was taken just last summer, when my daughter and I went to Mexico to visit some dear, sweet missionary friends, Tom and Jean Zartman, in Monterrey. Mary and I sang a duet, and she played a piano solo in the Sunday morning service, which meets in the lower floor of a dance studio. As you see, it’s not the building that matters, but the people. This church—this congregation—meets three times throughout the week, in three different places. But they are the same church. This serves to remind me that the church is not a building, but a body of believers who join together to worship the Lord Jesus Christ and sing His praises.

Where will you worship this coming Sunday?

Young lady playing solo on keyboard

 

Thanks again to Cee Neuner for her amazing directory, “For the Love of Challenges.” For the record, Cee’s directory lists not only photo challenges, but also writing and music challenges as well, and they are grouped by category. It’s very well organized.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pull Up a Seat

This week’s challenge is “Pull Up a Seat, Week 14” hosted by XingfuMama. I just “happen” to have a few photos of people—and a fur baby—seated at the piano. What a coincidence! πŸ™‚

These two handsome prodigies are soon to be 21 and 22 years old. And yes, they are none other than my piano movers, whom you’ve seen featured in other stories.

two young boys sitting at the piano

The cat looks like I feel sometimes: “That’s too hard. I think I’ll go sip a cup of tea and enjoy a good book instead.”

Cat at Piano

In this third photo is yours truly, back when I had the privilege of playing the piano at a nursing home in Virginia.

06 Chesapeake Place

Thanks again to Cee Neuner for her amazing directory, “For the Love of Challenges.” For the record, Cee’s directory lists not only photo challenges, but also writing and music challenges as well, and they are grouped by category. It’s very well organized.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vertical

What I like most about things vertical is that they remind me to look up.

Luke 21:28bΒ  Look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draws near.

piano key extensions in an arrow formation
Fermata

This week’s challenge is hosted by Travel with Intent, and the theme is VERTICAL. This is another no-brainer in the realm of old pianos, as an alternate way to describe upright pianos is to call them verticals.

However, since I’ve used a good many photos of my pianos already, I decided this week to show other examples of “vertical,” such as the arrangement of key extensions above. It’s been given a name, “Fermata,” although it only slightly bears a resemblance to the musical symbol. The only trouble with this piece is that it has yet to be finished. It’s only in the planning stage. Maybe someday…. One day I arranged the pieces on the table and took a picture of them, trying to decide if I actually wanted to create a work with this design. What do you think? Feel free to leave your comments or suggestions below.

This next photo is my piano moving team: Matthew, Bobby, and Dolly. Dolly does most of the heavy lifting, but she and I couldn’t do anything without Matthew and Bobby.

two young men standing on a piano dolly
workers at play

Thanks again to Cee Neuner for her amazing directory, “For the Love of Challenges.” For the record, Cee’s directory lists not only photo challenges, but also writing and music challenges as well, and they are grouped by category. It’s very well organized.