Monday, April 28, 2014
Here's how I described it:
A woman's face, with a rather aloof expression, gazes out from this piece that I created with photographs I've taken of fabrics (including a scarf), hand-painted papers, torn papers, and some old scrapbook pages. I like the contrast of the overall warm look and her cool expression.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Photographs of ordinary objects such as metal, and paper that I've used to clean my paintbrush, come together here in this image that makes me think of ancient peoples and their gradual movement across the Earth. ©Carol Leigh
Friday, April 25, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
I particularly like the number five, for no apparent reason. Maybe it's because it's my birth month, or because it's an interesting shape, or because it's a yin/yang thing with straight lines and curves, or maybe I'm just weird . . .
So here we have yet another number, this time mixed with hand-painted papers, stained papers, paint splotches, my own marks, and textures.
Five. Number 2,479 in a (continuing) series . . . ©Carol Leigh
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
The stamp (1953) depicts a traditional way of Japanese fishing at night, using cormorants. The blue colors represent the night sky, the sea. I also cut up another stamp and glued the "bits" in the lower right, representing fish and echoing the red color of the stamp. White painted dots on blue-painted paper represent stars. Not bad! I surprise myself sometimes, and that's always a good thing. Wishing YOU a day of good surprises.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
In yesterday's post I mentioned a break-in. Our shed was forcibly entered and a LOT of birdseed went missing from a galvanized metal trashcan. We suspected raccoons.
At 3:20 this morning I hear something crashing around in the shed. I lay in bed wondering if the raccoon could remove the 4x4 piece of wood I'd wedged tightly between the garbage can lid and the handle.
Lots of thumps and thuds. Forty minutes later I hear a crash and a sound not unlike a garbage can lid crashing into the shed door. Then silence. Then I sleep.
Later this morning, around 6:45, I glance out the window to see the culprit emerging from the smaller of the two holes he's made in the shed roof. Slowly he pulls himself out, gazing groggily around. Takes him about 20 minutes to figure out how to jump from the roof to the trellis to the deck to his final getaway.
He runs across the yard slowly. It's hard to run with eight pounds of birdseed in one's stomach...
P.S. Photos hastily taken through a dirty window using a Lumix G2 at ISO 3200 before sunrise. Colors are wacky and light balance runs to a bluish green. Not unlike the raccoon, I was groggy and in a hurry!
Friday, April 11, 2014
Inside we keep typical sheddy things such as empty flower pots, lumber, rolls of chicken wire, and a small galvanized metal trashcan that holds a fair amount of birdseed.
We returned from vacation yesterday and this morning I wandered around the yard to see what was blooming, what was leafing out, etc.
I noticed a couple of largish holes in the shed roof. One of the holes was big enough to admit one, two, or maybe three raccoons. Uh-oh.
With a certain amount of trepidation I slowly opened the shed door. (Raccoons can be cranky when unexpectedly awakened from a mid-morning snooze.)
The trashcan lid tumbled out of the doorway and came to rest at my feet. Uh-oh again.
Even though the lid fits rather tightly, and even though there’s a metal loop that secures the lid even more, the raccoons managed to move the secondary metal bit, removed the lid, and have been gorging on birdseed. They also opened a large plastic bag of thistle (for the finches), which apparently exploded open as thistle now covers everything like black confetti.
Raccoons, so cute in TV commercials, a pain in the ass in real life!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Pima Air Museum in Tucson is a particularly wonderful place to shoot, which is where I took these four images. The dust adds to their patina. The bird poop doesn't, so I do my best to keep it out of the frame and get rid of the rest (at least most of it) in Photoshop.
Love the saturated colors and the overall simplicity of the shots. Ahhhhhh...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Here you see one of my favorite buildings in Reedsport on the Oregon coast (which, every time I visit I expect it to be torn down and gone). The second photo is a reflection I found in a skyscraper in downtown San Diego. The third is a window in Portland while on a walk with Linda H. The last shot was taken in a fabric/sewing store in Eugene, Oregon where the clerk kindly granted me permission to shoot. ©Carol Leigh
Monday, April 7, 2014
As you're reading this, I am on vacation! Yay! Enjoying some sun, some warm weather, and valued compatriots. No laptop with me so I shan't be posting photos to this blog until I return.
In the meantime, watch where you're going, look before you leap, and pick up your feet!
P.S. Hello to Ginny G. and Jan H., back in my old stomping grounds in and around Nevada City, CA . . .