0625: Busy Days

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These days I always have more than enough to do in the studio. It’s a joy and a blessing to spend my days this way. And I am happily engaged. The return to drawing is providing  more and more thoughts and ideas – new things to try – different approaches to familiar landscapes, if you will.

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It will ebb and flow in its usual way. For now, though, it’s proving to be stimulating – a great start to Summer.

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Yesterday morning delivered a bright sun and a cool breeze, And it made me think about the neighboring quarry. In the past, weekly visits were often †he norm. But lately, like I said, I’ve been busy. I’ve only been up there a few times since Winter’s passing. I was overdue for a visit. So I went. Everything else could wait. The picture above shows only a small number of the rocks that came back with me – plenty of discoveries to come. For now, here are a few early ones:

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I’ll leave you today with something completely different – from another series I am working on.

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Thanks for the visit.

 

0618: Convergence

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Since I took my last show down a number of weeks ago I have been able to explore some ideas that have been sitting on the back burner, so to speak. My long dormant desire to draw has once again been reignited.

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It seems quite logical to have occurred at this point in time. My new photographic work (for the past year or two) has focused on creating lush, textural prints – often looking like the results of some non-photographic processes.

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The drawing, at this point, is quite exhilarating and I try to split my days between shooting and drawing. Needless to say, with the two efforts happening side by side, there are opportunities for  points of confluence to begin appearing.

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One such intersection point fits nicely with my recent efforts to find different backgrounds for my fossil images. Today’s images are some early results.

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Thanks for the visit.

 

 

0611: Early Mornings

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Some mornings, despite my best efforts, I can find myself struggling with “brain fog.” Nothing major, mind you, perhaps I should rather call it “a slow start to the day.” Over time, I have discovered ways to lift that fog and get rolling. One such solution is a head clearing walk down to Kaaterskill Creek, with or without camera, to forget everything else for a while as I take in the beauty of the surroundings.

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Yesterday, instead of climbing down to the creek, I chose instead to view it from the bridge above. Within a matter of minutes the fog began lifting as I found a little visual game with which to amuse myself  – a short series of images, each of which shows something of the creek.

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By the time I got back to the studio I was ready to take on the day wide awake and clear headed. The fossil images that follow this exercise are the products of the remainder of the day.

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And now the fossils:

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One final note – Two juried shows are opening on Saturday (the 13th) at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM). I’m happy to say that I have a piece in each of them:

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“Abstract/Concrete_0530″ (upstairs)

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“Fisher Sidebar” (downstairs)

Saturday 4-6pm

Drop by if you are in the area.

Thanks for today’s visit.

0604: Rocks and Brachs

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Sometimes the brachiopods I find have a delicate beauty. Others, and there are thousands of variations, seem to have the gnarly look of creatures remote and primordial. Both descriptions are appropriate. There are few other objects that better fit that slot, especially given that the earliest brachiopods appeared roughly a half a billion years ago! These shown today are merely 385 million years old. The lead picture of today’s post is a rock (about the size of my fist) that I dug up at the nearby quarry – from a section where the shaley rock is brittle and seldom contains much in the way of brachiopods (a few gastropods can sometimes be found there and not much else).

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But this fist-sized rock was packed with large brachs, obviously part of a dense bed that provided them with their final resting place. I began photographing the outermost fossils and then proceeded to play a game of Paleozoic Jenga – slowly and carefully peeling away the outer surfaces in hopes of further discoveries. And I was not disappointed. Here are some of the findings from within:

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And this was the pile that remained.

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This next set is made up of old and new finds – all of which sit on new and different backgrounds that I am currently experimenting with.

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I leave you today with a zen moment. A dense fog from a hilltop aerie in Umbria.

Thanks for the visit.

0528: The Joys of Technology

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This morning I got up and drove a few miles down a peaceful country road to my studio as I do every day. But somewhere between I seemed to have taken a wrong turn and landed in Technology Hell! Don’t know how it happened. Maybe some retrograde planets. Maybe some form of karmic retribution. Or just maybe it simply happened to be my turn.

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We all have those days, hopefully not too often. But between the phone company, power company and other assorted interests, my “quiet country road” turned into a parking lot for loud, oversized heavy equipment. And all I wanted was to be somewhere else.

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Fortunately, my photo library was there for me and I was able to calm down by revisiting wonderful places I have seen. So here today is my calmative. From the top are three images from the Adirondacks, Umbria, and Spoleto. The result of my “deep exhale” follows.

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Tuscany

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Fisk Quarry, Isle La Motte, Vermont

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Paris

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Chaco Canyon. New Mexico

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Eastern Montana

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 Florence

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Florence

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Notre Dame, Paris

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Eiffel Tower, Paris

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Rome

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Ithaca, New York

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It worked. I am quiet and content now!

Hopefully, you enjoyed it as well.

Thanks for the visit.

 

0521: Color

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It must be the effect of Spring on me this year – the riot of color, its richness and variety – that brought on this change. I often like to deal with warm, muted colors or even, more simply, black and white. But this week’s images, aided in a few cases by some interesting backgrounds, seem to embrace the color present.

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Favorite fossils I have found (two of many many). Above, the rock holds impressions of a gastropod and a crinoid stem. Below is a solid piece of honeycomb coral. Both are roughly 385 million years ago. They each sit on darkslides from an old wooden 8×10 film holder – a near fossil in the eyes of many!

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This being the start of the Memorial Day Weekend, I wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday weekend. Pause, at least for a moment, to consider the meaning and intention of Memorial Day. It is to honor those who have served – not the policymakers but rather those who face the consequences of policy.

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I leave you with probably one of my last film images from my old beaten up view camera – a memorable Memorial Day celebration twelve years ago with dear friends.

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Thanks for the visit.

0514: Backgrounds

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I’m always looking for different backgrounds to match up with the fossils I find. Sometimes it’s a rock background. Sometimes it’s a rusty metal plate. Today it’s the cover of an antique tin box. This first group of images show some of that exploration.

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This gastropod has become a recent favorite of mine. It’s shape seems to be so particularly appealing as a design object as well as an element of deep time. In the image below it’s a Devonian bindi on the head of Ganesh.

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And what’s left for today is a small assortment from recently travelled paths:

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Quarry Wall

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At the Car Wash

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Mall Skylights

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Fisher Center Interior

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Leger’s Cornet

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All those recent cornet images had me thinking about an earlier project I did at the old, crumbling Burden Iron Works, with all its pipes and Rube Goldberg-esque machinery. So here are a couple from that structure that is no longer. It was torn down several years ago.

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Thanks for the visit.