0312: Almost Spring


We hit fifty degrees yesterday – what a welcome relief! Spring is near. For whatever reason, my thoughts turned to the trees that are soon to bloom. So I put together a group of tree images for the post today. No fossils this time. Hopefully melting snow will uncover some and provide me with fresh new fossil pics. Until then please enjoy what Mother Nature surrounds us with. (More on Mother Nature at the end of this post).

Today’s opening image is from an olive grove near the town of Assisi.



Siena, Italy






Lake Champlain, NY






Boboli Gardens, Florence,Italy



Platte Clove NY



Leonardo da Vinci birthplace, Vinci, Italy



Cairo NY



Lexington VA



Opus 40, Saugerties NY



These four color images are possible late additions to my upcoming show at Marist College. The opening is set for April 1st, 5-7pm. More on that in days to come. For now I thought they would be a good counterpoint to all the black and white.








This last one is part of an entirely different project. I had to include it since I just finished it and I think it holds much promise.


A final note – regarding Mother Nature. I was knocked out by a video that a friend posted on Facebook yesterday, so much so that I needed to share it with you. It comes from the website Nature is Speaking. There are eight brief two minute videos beautifully shot with voiceovers – very powerful statements that need to be considered. Perhaps a donation might be in order.

Thanks for the visit.

0425 – Read All About It

img_5543_01_lr_10-1Regular readers of this blog probably remember this trilobite image, the result of a visit last Summer to Ithaca. Well, I’m happy to say that it now graces the front page of the Almanac section of this week’s Woodstock Times. It accompanies a two page profile about me written by Mikhail Horowitz. The article clearly shows not only how wonderful a writer Mik is, but also just how well he understands this “fossil” thing! Thank you, Mik, for such a thoughtful and perceptive article. (As of this writing, the article had yet to post. It will probably show up tomorrow (Fri.) and is already on the newspaper racks.)


IMG_9475_01_LR_10Prints of the images above and below will be auctioned off on Saturday, May 4, at Opus 40 in Saugerties,NY. Hungry For Music is the non-profit organization behind this fund raiser, the goal of which is “Providing the gift of music to underserved children with a hunger to play.” Thirty area artists (myself included) are donating art for a silent auction with the money raised going to the purchase of musical instruments for those children.


Musical Visions: Instruments Altered by Artists.

4-7 PM Saturday, May 4 at OPUS 40.

Come for the auction, the food, and the music

A most worthy cause in my book.


And now time for some fossils. One of the first things I realized once the good weather arrived was how remiss I was last Fall regarding leaf clean-up. So the other day I got out the blower and uncovered the many mounds of fossil-laden rocks I have created all around my little cabin studio in the woods.

IMG_9641_01_LR_12Different light, different moods make these once used subjects fresh all over again. The above cephalopod mold is more than 7″ long and 3″ wide. And the following image is an impression of a very large brachiopod (not local, but instead dragged here from up north during the last Ice Age).

IMG_9587_01_LR_10The remainder are various brachiopods, all local, all found within a few miles of my studio.

IMG_9650_01_LR_10 IMG_9671_01_LR_12 IMG_9663_01_LR_10 IMG_9574_01_LR_12And finally, this glyphic image, the result of the cracked rock cutting across a brachiopod, seems like it just escaped a cave wall at Lascaux.

IMG_9659_01_LR_10Thank you as always for visiting this site. More images at www.artmurphy.com

Subscribe at my homepage  https://artandfossils.wordpress.com