0108: A New Year Begins

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I needed to start this first post of the New Year (Happy New Year, by the way) with a blur of summer color – something to help me cope with the deep freeze that is currently plaguing much of the country. A small thing – especially given what others have to endure.

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Three hundred seventy two years ago today, in 1642, the brilliant Italian scientist Galileo Galilei died in his home in Florence, Italy. He had been sentenced to house arrest in 1633 by the Catholic Church for the crime of “vehement suspicion of heresy.” His “heresy” was the scientific conclusion that the Earth revolves around the Sun and not vice versa. Thirteen years, the last thirteen years of his life, were spent under house arrest – all because his thoughts and ideas were different than others.

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I have to wonder, as we start a new year, how much we have evolved.

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I’m trying to get back into the swing of things after a couple of weeks away. And I started with a return to my Devonian Drawer. It seemed to be time to revisit this project after a long hiatus. More to come hopefully.

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These seven images are all brachiopod fossils, or rather parts of brachiopods in some cases. Over 12,000 fossil species are recognized, thus the visual variety. And these are all roughly 385 million years old. I wonder what the Roman Inquisition would have done with that information.

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A couple of final notes – These two pieces, from my “Abstract/Concrete” series, have been chosen for an upcoming show at the GCCA Gallery in Catskill, NY. The show, entitled “EXTREME SURFACES,” is opening this Saturday. The reception will be held next Saturday January 17, 5pm – 7pm.

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The image below, entitled “The Navigator” has been chosen for the annual show at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson NY. The reception is scheduled for the same time as the GCCA show – 5pm – 7pm on the 17th as well. If you are in the area please drop by one or both venues.

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Thanks for the visit. Here’s one last image from warmer days.

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022113 – Just Another Week

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Two recent images start this post – the one above entitled “Sortie” is part of a juried show opening this Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, NY. and sponsored by the Columbia County Council on the Arts.

IMG_7810_2b_LR_12This image, entitled “Louvre Widow”, has been selected to be part of another juried show opening next Friday, March 1, at the Shirt Factory Gallery in Glens Falls, NY. If you are in those areas at those times please stop by.

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_MG_1977_01_LR_12I always carry a camera or two with me wherever I go, at least most of the time. You never know when that perfect light just might hit that perfect subject! Sure, that’s what could happen. Most of the time, though, the process usually works much differently. And lately, as a visually dreary and unexceptional winter drags on, finding anything visually stimulating out there can be a challenge.

_MG_2006_01_LR_10What a pleasure it was to run across this site a few days ago. My cameras had been sitting in their respective cases for far too long. And this opportunity to satisfy that need to shoot could not be overlooked.

_MG_1967_01_LR_10A simple exercise – an old factory building in its final days – just exploring the graphic possibilities.

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An exercise for the eyes and the mind.

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