092117: Back to Work

Round Top, NY 2012

Septembers have usually been busy and exciting times for me. Shows, travel, and new projects have generally been the focus of my posts ever since I began this blog in 2011. As my regular viewers know, if its Thursday there’s a new story waiting. Unfortunately, other matters have intruded and, as a result, the past month or so has had me focused elsewhere.

Mushrooms 2011

Due to a misdiagnosis well over a year ago, my partner, Cindy, has been hit with Lyme disease with a vengeance. It’s been harrowing and disturbing. Fortunately, she is ever so slowly on the mend. And as she progresses I will be able to get back on schedule.

Coral on Canvas 2012

As a way to break back into some creative work, I’ve picked out images for today that were taken in previous Septembers – but never worked until now. So, in a way, these are fresh new pieces. Definitely an odd mix, and quite varied.

Tea Set, New Jersey 2012

And, yes, the sofa and chairs were covered in plastic too.

Parking Garage, Spoleto 2013

On this day four years ago my solo show opened at the Florence Museum of Natural History. It was a wonderful occasion and allowed us to travel the countryside in the days that followed.

San Gimignano 2013

In the shadows of this wonderful hill town, as the sun set, we finished a day of Tuscan fossil hunting. Some of what we found appear below.

Gastropods, Tuscany 2013

Sea Shell, Maine 2014

Maine 2014

Our view to the East. We fell in love with Maine on this trip and now return annually – not only for the local beauty but also to shoot the coastal rocks such as the image below.

Coastal Rock, Maine 2014

Bearded Rocks, Lake Champlain, Vermont 2015

Isle La Motte, home of the famous Chazy Reef geological site, is another favorite. An important annual event celebrated there is Teddy Roosevelt Day in honor of his visit in 1901. In fact, the annual celebration is being held this Saturday the 23rd with a full day of activities. If you are anywhere in the vicinity make plans to visit. As they say it’s fun for all ages!

For information and directions for this year’s event clock here – Teddy Rooesvelt Day.

Donald, Isle La Motte 2015

Our dear friend Donald posed following the historical recreation.

Gastropod, Isle La Motte 2015

Coral, Catskill, NY 2016

Sunset Over the Catskills 2011

A slightly different journey today. I hope you liked it. I’ll try to be back soon.

Thanks for the visit.

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040617: Busy Days

Several friends and regular viewers of this blog have written, asking about its seeming “disappearance.” “Where’s my Thursday fix Art?” Well, as I had written previously, output would be sporadic for a while as I proceed to move to my new studio. I’m happy to report that that time is near. But the process has left me without any fresh work to share.

I did, though, recently wade through many of my previous posts over the past several years looking for common threads. And one that I could clearly see had to do with design elements that unite the various projects of mine, however disparate the subject matter.

So, with all that in mind, and a strong desire to nudge myself back into the habit of a Thursday schedule, here is today’s selection. The first two images are different views of the rocks on the Maine shore, followed by a recent image of ice on a local creek bed.

Maine Beach

Lichen

Loose Geometry

Abstract/Concrete 1

Crinoid with Lichen

Old Wallpaper

Abstract/Concrete 2

Abstract/Concrete 3

Brachiopod

Quarry Rocks

Kaaterakill Creek Bed

Two new ones here – on top is from a pile of props ( tree bough, wooden table legs, and the face of an old gas pump) in the back of my car on the way to their new home. Artist as hoarder? Someday I’ll use them again!

I’ll be back again soon.

Thanks for the visit,

121516: Year End 2016

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The heat is cranked high in my studio right now. Snow is coming down so thick that it obliterates any view out the windows. And, like a substantial portion of the country, we are bracing for a “deep freeze.” Not unusual, given that its the final days of the year.

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As I normally do at this time, my post includes a selection of images from the entire year past – a sort of review, if you will. In this case they are a variety that reflect on experiences encountered and hints at directions to come.

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The first three images are products of the Maine coast. The shells (above), washed ashore last Summer, made me think of all the many fossils (seen below and 6 to 20 million years old) I encountered earlier at the Museum of Natural History in Florence, Italy.

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Perhaps one of the most exciting experiences of my career was the interaction with that museum and its staff. I could never fully or properly express my gratitude for the opportunity to access many of their vast collections and to meet such an amazing group of dedicated professionals.

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“Captured” is the title of the above image, shot in the storage rooms of the Mammals Section. It is also currently on display for the remainder of the month at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY as part of the 80th Annual Mohawk-Hudson Regional Exhibition.

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From the Ornithology Collection

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Florence street scene (with shrine)

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In the rear of the Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence sits this funerary monument of Galileo Galilei. Directly across, on the opposite wall, sits the burial monument of Michelangelo, who died the day that Galileo was born. dsc01037_01print15_lr_12

I have always been fascinated with Galileo and the role he played in both world history and the history of science. This fascination has led to the image above, part of my ongoing  “Galileo” series.

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Fossils and lichen share the spotlight in this image where these deeply grounded objects combine to suggest the astronomical.

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Some fossils.

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Some lichen.                                                                                                                   (currently on view through December at the Woodstock Artist Assocciation and Museum)

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And a trifecta – fossils, lichen, and moss all rolled into one.

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These last two favorites – tree remains.

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With the holidays upon us, I’ll be taking a break and will be back in January. Best wishes to all of you for the upcoming year.

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082516: Maine Moments

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If there were only just a few fossils to be found in Maine I’d have no need to go anywhere else to explore with my camera! Wherever I walk, from the shore to the lush woods, there is just so much to focus on. DSC01471_01_LR_12

With each successive annual trip I expect my enthusiasm to wane – only to be happily surprised by the contrary. The coastal rocks continue to mesmerize me, as does everything else.

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Among the shore rock formations are small pools of water left by the tides, made rich and colorful thanks to various chemical and biological brushstrokes.

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The designs in nature are everywhere. The ocean deposits a myriad of interesting subjects.

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Lichen on the rocks.

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Lichen in the forest that butts right up to the shore rocks.

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And, of course, fungi and various detritus on the forest floor.

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Beautiful sunsets, visiting geese in the hundreds, crab rolls, blueberry pie, and the ocean!

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My thanks to Eric and Betty for their hospitality.

Thanks for the visit.

1217: Year End 2015

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I can hardly believe that another year has already come and gone. The clocks tick at the same pace as always. The earth seems to rotate at the same speed (although I read somewhere recently that the increasing liquification of the world’s glaciers is having a measurable effect on that!).

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As is customary for me, this last post for the year revisits certain favorites of mine (out of the 600 to 700 fresh new images) that have appeared over this past year. While I have left out a lot, these seem to represent some of the directions and diversity that have occupied my time and efforts. They range from fossils and geology to the mushrooms and wallpaper images of recent months, as well as various other miscellany.

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Thank you for the visit today and thank you as always for your continued viewership. I’ll be back again after the first of the year. Please have a safe and happy holiday break.

1105: Abstract Maine

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The images of coastal rocks continue to hold my attention. This particular grouping takes it further. Hints at abstract expressionism seem to be pervasive.

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Much as I’d love to head back to the Maine coast to further explore those rocks, there is amazing subject matter here at home. The rock shown above came from Kaaterskill Creek. The last major storm overwhelmed an area of stream bank with such force as to loosen an area of rock slabs, this being a small fraction of upended rock.

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While it looks great to me on its own I chose to do a little experimenting with it. Sandwiching multiple variations, tricking the software into uses it was not designed for, all add up to a fresh and different take.

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The shapes of the images remind me of the stitched images from the Mars Rover.

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Just another attempt at reinterpreting the beauty that surrounds us!

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Another look at the beauty that surrounds us – more from my visits to Gary’s mushroom farm. Enjoy.

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Thanks for the visit.

1015: Bits of Autumn

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I couldn’t start this week’s post without a nod to the autumn colors, sometimes vibrant, sometimes soft. It is a riot of color outside my studio right now – there for all too short a time.

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As you know, I’ve been preoccupied with color lately, particularly as related to the rocks of coastal Maine.

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Here is the latest group of images from that library.

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I did manage to take advantage of the good weather and beautiful scenery with, among other activities, a trip to the local quarry. I hadn’t been there since early Spring and I was anxious to crack some rocks! Ii’s great therapy actually – and there is often a little prize to be found.

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These are a few of the “prizes” from that trip.

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More to come.

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I had to throw this last image in. I just got back from a visit with a friend and neighbor. Gary  has a farm down the road where he grows mushrooms (and sells to many of the finer restaurants in the area).  I have wanted to spend time there shooting the various, exotic mushrooms and today was the day. So, this is the first one I saw when I opened my library. There will be a fresh batch of mushrooms waiting in next week’s installment.

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Thanks for the visit.