1008: Rocks and More

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Today I begin with an image I have shown previously. It’s always been a favorite of mine. I’m pleased to say that a large print of it will appear in a pop-up show this Friday, October 10, in the Towbin Museum Wing of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. The opening (6pm-8pm) will coincide with the Preview Party for this year’s Benefit Auction. The show will remain up through the final day of auction on the 17th.

In a related matter there will be a panel discussion on the following Friday (October 16, 7pm) entitled Connections: Enduring Themes in the Art of the Hudson Valley Region. Panel members will include Daniel Belasco (Curator of the Samuel Dorsky Museum), Jason Rosenfeld (Co-creator of “River Crossings” and Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History Marymount Manhattan College) and Norm Magnusson (artist and independent curator).

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I continue to work on my files from Maine. I’m beginning to think that I could spend endless amounts of time exploring the coastal rocks up there.

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Another set of rocks appear in these two images. Pretty interesting landscapes in fact. Turns out they are both images from Mars. I’ve been spending some time lately browsing the various NASA libraries – another variation on what I’m finding endlessly fascinating these days.

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In many cases, image files of considerable size can be downloaded and examined more closely. The next image, color enhanced, comes from a recently released composite picture of Pluto taken by the New Horizons spacecraft. More amazing things thanks to the scientists at NASA.Pluto_crop a_LR_12

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Back to earth once again, puttering around the studio led to these recent images. First, a fuzzy visitor making its way around fossil coral.

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I also brought out my old (Devonian) Drawer. It’s been hiding on a shelf somewhere so I thought I’d put it to use once again. The first image contains a few objects that were part of an exercise that eventually led to the image below – containing a rather large cephalopod, a 387 million year old marine invertebrate that I popped out of a rock a few years ago.

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Thanks for the visit.

0716: What the Rain Brought

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Thanks to the recent rains (and other various conditions present) the signal went out that it was mushroom time. Seemed like everywhere I looked I saw them – all different types and shapes. And while I know very little about mushrooms (hell, I don’t even like eating them!), I must confess that they can be very interesting subjects. I have a few new fossil images at the end of this post. In the meantime I’d like to share these mushrooms with you. I found all of them at home and at my studio. No searching was involved.

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I found this one growing in a mulch pile. These first five images are the same mushroom – the above image at the mulch pile and the others back in the studio.

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Here are some of the others.

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And now, some new fossil images.

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I know you have probably heard by now about Pluto and the New Horizons spacecraft and its adventures. I can’t find the words to adequately describe the brilliance and commitment of those at NASA who were responsible for this feat. They are the same brilliant minds, the staff at NASA, who are constantly threatened by ignorant elected officials in Congress. Their crime – the desire to turn their attention to issues of climate change.

So, as we formally say hello to Pluto (above) and its moon Charon (below), let’s hope that good sense might prevail here at home.

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Thanks for the visit.