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FROGGY WENT A COURTING AND HE DID RIDE

November 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

3. “O Miss Mousie are you within?”

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“O Miss Mousie are you within?”

“I just sat down to weave and spin.”

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4. He took Miss Mousie on his knee

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He took Miss mouse on his knee

He said “Miss Mousie will you marry me?”

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5. “Without my Uncle Rat’s consent”

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“Without my Uncle Rat’s consent

I would not marry the President.”

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6. Uncle Rat laughed till he bust his side

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Uncle Rat laughed till he bust his side

To think his niece would be a bride

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7. Where shall the wedding supper be? 

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Where shall the wedding supper be? 

Way down yonder in a hollow tree,

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8. The first guest was a bumble bee

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The first guest was a bumble bee

who played her fiddle on her knee

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9. The second guest was a purple moth

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The second guest was a purple moth

She spread out the table cloth

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10. Third guest was the black and white cow

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Third guest was the black and white cow

She tried to dance but she didn’t know how

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11. The next guest was a big grey cat

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The next guest was a big gray cat

The party didn’t last long after that

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12. There’s bread and jam upon the shelf

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There’s bread and jam upon the shelf

If you want any more you can sing it yourself

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FROGGY WENT A COURTING AND HE DID RIDE

October 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

FROG HE WENT A COURTING 1 _4537FROG HE WENT A COURTING 1 _4537 Froggy went a courting and he did ride

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Sword and Pistol by his side.

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Rode up to Miss Mousie's Door

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Rode up to Miss Mousie's door, 

Said "Miss Mousie, been here before

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Is it Mother's Day yet?

October 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It isn't that things haven't been happening in my part of the world. Nothing drastic, just time consuming, and complicated. I will try to get back into the blog business. I have all kinds of tips and ideas to share.

My quote of the day is from M.C. Escher:

"We adore chaos because we love to create order."

I can create chaos. Order is another order...

This spring and summer have been busy with projects. One was to make progress with a deal I have with my son, Kyle Torke, a writer, professor and poet, to illustrate the children's book he wrote. Another was to do all new watercolors for my 2018 calendar. Still not busy enough we did a little traveling. Several of the Eighth Tribe went to Alburquerque for the international Association of Pastel Artists.

The Eighth Tribe are showing their art  again:

BARBARA ALLEN BOAT_1667BARBARA ALLEN BOAT_1667 "Red Boat" by Barbara Allen

The Eighth Tribe, my artist friends and I, are showing at the Gunnison Gallery in Gunnison, Colorado through November. Anne Michel is the owner-artist of the gallery. Her enthusiasm and support are inspiring, and greatly appreciated. The opening is on the First Friday Walk, November 3, 2018, in the afternoon and early evening. I believe 5-8. A section of the tribe will be in attendance. If there is any way you can get there, please do join us. There's music as well. More information at wwwgunnisongallery.net

124 N. Main Street
Gunnison, CO 81230
970-641-6111

CAROL ANN_6193CAROL ANN_6193  "Yellow Poppies" Carol Ann Rasmussen

AMY DANIELS FIELD OF SNOW_5032AMY DANIELS FIELD OF SNOW_5032 "Snowy Field" Amy Daniels

LAURAE WELCH_8560LAURAE WELCH_8560

"Pawnee Buttes" Laurae Fortner Welch

 

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"School's Out" Lindy Palmer

 

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 "Thistle" Maryellen Miller

See you there.

Thanks for reading - and looking

Barb

 

 

 


2017

March 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

So much to do. So far to go. Even as I write this I realize I am behind in writing this blog, and might always be so. I am best at keeping caught up at Facebook, Barbara Torke Art, (I can post from my phone in a quick heartbeat). I am next best at www.barbtorkeinsights.blogspot.com (tips and art suggestions and information), and on to www.eighthtribecedaredge.blogspot.com (which is art of students and friends who show and work with me) and my poetry blog www.barbtorkepoetry.blogspot.com (sometimes with art, but mostly my second love - the written word). 

This website has more paintings and more information. You can buy prints here. You can find my history here in art work. You can get in touch with me here (which I enjoy immensely). I love to share. I want you to enjoy my work.

My art is not all kittens and warm puppies. Hidden below the surface is a real desire to keep our planet alive, and our society healthy - emotionally and physically. Does it show? I'm not sure. Look for it, though. It's subtle.

I don't want to go back to the traditional painting of the fifties (my 1950s), or the abstractions of the sixties - or anything between. You are welcome to join me on this journey. Maybe - little by little - We'll figure it out. 

Let's fight the good fight.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas.-12

January 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Twelve Drummers Drumming. The red headed woodpecker I remember as a kid. Not a lot of them but there they were, like that toothpick picker. Now the red-headed woodpecker is focused in the woodlands of the Tennessee area, or the middle Appalachian area. They are struggling like the rest of the bird species. A moment for a plea to take care of our planet. The Downy, the Pilated. We see these more, and the Flicker. If you've ever had one try to get to the inside of the metal sheeting on your roof or in the eaves, you know they are real drummers.

My true love marched to a different drummer, not the little drummer boy, or other drummers we know, but these red-headed woodpeckers, who are my favorite.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me;

Twelve drummers drumming,

12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING12 DRUMMERS DRUMMINGnumber 12 of the 12 days of Christmas Eleven pipers piping,

11 PIPERS PIPING11 PIPERS PIPINGeleventh of the twelve days of Christmas Ten lords a leaping,

10. TEN LORDS A-LEAPING10. TEN LORDS A-LEAPING Nine ladies dancing,

9. NINE LADIES DANCING9. NINE LADIES DANCING Eight maids a milking,

8. EIGHT MAIDS A- MILKING8. EIGHT MAIDS A- MILKING Seven swans a swimming,

7. SEVEN SWANS A- SWIMMING7. SEVEN SWANS A- SWIMMING Six Geese a laying,

6. SIX GEESE A-LAYING6. SIX GEESE A-LAYING Five Golden Rings,

5. FIVE GOLDEN RINGS5. FIVE GOLDEN RINGS Four Calling Birds,

4. FOUR CALLING BIRDS4. FOUR CALLING BIRDS Three French hens,

3. THREE FRENCH HENS3. THREE FRENCH HENS Two turtle doves,

2.TWO TURTLE DOVES2.TWO TURTLE DOVES And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

1. PARTRIDGE  IN A PEAR TREE1. PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE

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