Thursday, May 24, 2018

Latest work: Wall Texture #14

Latest work incorporating found textures here on Whidbey Island. Woo hoo!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Simple versus fussy


Simple and severe versus light and fluffy. Two different bicycle photos and two different styles.

While walking around Old Town Albuquerque, I liked the starkness of a bicycle against a plain adobe wall. Although there's not much in the picture, there's a lot of movement via diagonal lines.

The base of the picture is a diagonal line leading our eye right to left and back, echoed by the slight diagonal line of the bike.

Then there's the top of the adobe wall that angles downward.

The parallel lines on the roof bit lead our eye one way and then another via diagonal lines.

And then there's the sign/signpost, the one vertical, solid element that holds everything together.

A deceptively simple composition that has a lot going on.

But not as much going on as the busy, colorful, floral-decorated bike in front of an antique shop in Port Gamble, Washington.

Here, too, are lots of diagonal lines, but because of the busy subject matter, we don't notice much movement in this shot. Our eyes become fixated with all the flowers on the bike, and we tend to just quickly glance around the frame and then come right back to the bike.

It's National Bicycle Month. A perfect month to find, ride, and photograph bikes.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

It's National Bike Month! Celebrate in style!

I love this postage stamp, so built my picture revolving around the elegant (yet absurd) gentleman "riding" his bicycle.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Two from early spring . . .


A wander through Washington's Skagit Valley in March with no real destination in mind. My favorite kind of day.

This barn was just the best! I've since returned and have taken more photos so that I can do a series.

And then a pretty tree, beyond which some daffodil fields were in full bloom. The original version was rather boring, so I turned it into something akin to a Polaroid image.

A good day. A couple good photos. And the company was good as well.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Latest work: "Four Circles" collage

India ink on brown paper forms the base of this collage, to which I added another sheet of rice paper that I stained with brown walnut ink and then scribbled on using more India ink. Down in the lower right corner are papers from antique Japanese books and an oval Japanese signature stamp. The four round circles were cut from an overall design on some special paper I purchased in Kyoto, Japan.

Sent to my friend Linda a few weeks ago.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Latest work: "Panama Postal Collage"

Hand-painted gelatin print on Fabriano paper, crafted in Italy by the Fabriano mill. The postage stamp (issued in 1965) depicts a Panamanian azulejo, or blue-grey tanager (Thraupis episcopis). The vintage dark green postage stamp from Panama was issued sometime between 1904 and 1924. I found the “Par Avion” sticker in a junk store in Washington State’s Skagit Valley.

Sent to my friend June a few weeks ago.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

They got mail . . .


I asked three people in my Photomotivation Facebook group if they'd like to receive something from me, a little piece of art. They (perhaps foolishly) said yes and so here's what I sent them.

Each received a painted or collaged note card, with a message from me about the picture as well as a personal greeting.

Why? It made me feel good. It encouraged me to make something specific, tangible, physical. And I knew they'd enjoy getting a piece of snail mail. Snail mail that wasn't an advertisement.

Also, while in a waiting room a few months ago, I met a woman who lives on Orcas Island. She makes things. She suggested I get away from the computer, to make physical art. I listened.

We've corresponded. I've sent her papers and she's sent me some. She lives off the grid. Her envelopes and their contents smell like wood smoke.

Seemingly chance encounters that lead to something more that lead to something more.

Happy weekend, all!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

From the passenger seat of a parked car

This restaurant had some very cool light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. Very cool.

Sitting outside in the car, I looked over at the restaurant's exterior wall and had a different view of the lights, through a large window. It helped that the exterior wall was a complementary deep orange color that framed the blue.

I like the triangular shadowing up top, and how its slight diagonal tilt echoes the dark diagonal line lower left.

How lazy can I get? I'm sitting in a car, looking out the window. Click. Works for me!

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

First from Santa Fe . . .

This window, on some sort of innocuous governmental building on a side street in Santa Fe, caught my eye. It looked sort of funky, out of place on an austere, beige building.

It looked old on new. So I reversed the concept.

Now it looks new(ish) on old. Yet it's still rustic enough that it looks okay.

There are hundreds of photos for me to sift through, and it's going to take a long time to become comfortable with all the various little bits and pieces I photographed before I can begin bringing them together in new and different ways.

It's overwhelming at the moment. But this, too, shall pass. May we all have such small problems!

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!

Photographed near the Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, California.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Live and in person . . .




A visit to Santa Fe, partly to see how my pictures look displayed in the new pavilion of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

They purchased five pictures, but we could only see four of them; the fifth is temporarily hidden behind a construction panel (but you can see it below).

My pictures are just a small part of all the art that appears throughout the new pavilion, and I'm flattered to be in such fine company -- all the artwork is bold, colorful, and striking.

It was fun seeing the pictures all together and to see them so big! Having Chris, Rich, and CJ there, too, made it even better.

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