091919: Looking Down

Seems I’m always looking down when I’m out walking through the woods or climbing through the local quarry. Much to view down there – lichen, moss, fossils, rocks, etc. Kind of mundane sort of stuff!

But a closer look can often dispel that notion.

The images above triggered the next few – moss creeping over and around some Devonian fossils (a brachiopod followed by a couple of cephalopods).




A visit to the quarry gave me further good reason to keep looking down.



Along with finding all kinds of shapes and colors, I was able to find a very nice gastropod.


I’ll end today with these recent attempts at exploring more of this whole “fossil” thing..



Thanks for the visit.

0324: A Spring Break


Another walk starts off this week’s post. It was an overcast early Spring afternoon that got me up and away from the computer – a break from all the Florence images that have had me tied up lately. A need for nature not pixels! The lichen was a good start.


The garden showed me some things new…


…and some things old.


Some shapes reminded me of other shapes.

Some images reminded me of other images.


And that brought me back to the computer – which led to this mix.


Crustacean 1, La Specola


Crustacean 2, La Specola


Stairwell, Bardini Gardens


Tools of Mosaic Artist


Jupiter and Saturn, Orrery, Galileo Museum


Gastropod, Florence Museum of Natural History


Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa


San Miniato al Monte, Florence


Virgin with Child and Bicycles, Florence


Vasari’s Vision of Hell, Duomo, Florence


Thanks for the visit.

041103 – Brief Notes

Hunts Point_LR_12

The above work, titled Hunts Point, is one of four images of mine that will be in a show running from April 18 through May 26 at the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, New York. This is my first time showing with Carrie and I am delighted to have the opportunity. Urban is the name of the group photography show. Opening reception is set for Saturday, April 20 from 6 – 8 PM. All are welcome. Please join us.



Also, I sat for an interview yesterday with Ann Forbes Cooper for her radio program Between the Lines. Art and culture is the focus of her show and it will broadcast next Thursday, April 18 at 2 PM on WGXC (90.7 FM), community radio for Greene and Columbia Counties. OR go to their website and click on the LISTEN LIVE button. After it airs, I’ve been told that the interview will be archived. I should be able to provide a link for it next week. It was a pleasure sitting with Ann here in my studio, discussing my fossil work, what led me to it, and where might it take me from here.


In the midst of all that (and a lecture I’m giving tomorrow at Bard College’s Lifetime Learning Institute) I did find a way to get back to my Devonian Drawer series, this being the latest installment:



I’m looking forward to getting back outside. I hear fossils calling in the distance! In the meantime, as I ponder my upcoming show in Italy this Fall, I am constantly reminded of all things Italian (this time thanks to the local Thai restaurant and their interior accessorizing!):


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