0324: A Spring Break

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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.

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The garden showed me some things new…

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…and some things old.

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Some shapes reminded me of other shapes.

Some images reminded me of other images.

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

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Crustacean 1, La Specola

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Crustacean 2, La Specola

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Stairwell, Bardini Gardens

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Tools of Mosaic Artist

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Jupiter and Saturn, Orrery, Galileo Museum

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Gastropod, Florence Museum of Natural History

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Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa

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San Miniato al Monte, Florence

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Virgin with Child and Bicycles, Florence

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Vasari’s Vision of Hell, Duomo, Florence

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Thanks for the visit.

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0625: Busy Days

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These days I always have more than enough to do in the studio. It’s a joy and a blessing to spend my days this way. And I am happily engaged. The return to drawing is providing  more and more thoughts and ideas – new things to try – different approaches to familiar landscapes, if you will.

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It will ebb and flow in its usual way. For now, though, it’s proving to be stimulating – a great start to Summer.

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Yesterday morning delivered a bright sun and a cool breeze, And it made me think about the neighboring quarry. In the past, weekly visits were often †he norm. But lately, like I said, I’ve been busy. I’ve only been up there a few times since Winter’s passing. I was overdue for a visit. So I went. Everything else could wait. The picture above shows only a small number of the rocks that came back with me – plenty of discoveries to come. For now, here are a few early ones:

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I’ll leave you today with something completely different – from another series I am working on.

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Thanks for the visit.

 

0123: Plodding Along

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Winter sunrise through my bedroom window this morning. It’s during those early morning hours, with temperatures as low as they have been, that I find it particularly challenging to break free from my warm and cozy bed to face the day! That’s more a simple observation than it is a complaint (or even an irritant, for that matter). During the worst that Winter offers, I live in a warm home. Unfortunately, that is not the case for far too many.

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I’ve been busy lately with applications and proposals for the upcoming year – a task that has me sitting at the computer (right next to my indispensable portable heater) – trolling through my photo libraries and previous posts, looking at fresh combinations of images to piece together.

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Early results are promising. These two images sprung from a series of scientific devices I photographed at the Vatican Museum.

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This trolling managed to also take me through my recent Italian images, giving a second look at some of the more offbeat images I had already passed on. Here are a couple that require a closer look:

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In keeping with my Street Shrine series I couldn’t pass up this version of the Madonna – a childlike pencil scribble – the simplified version, if you will.

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And then there was this street sign – I’m not exactly sure what it represents. But I’m sure it means something to someone.

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This next group of four images are the result of nervous energy, I am sure. While waiting to give a talk at the Natural History Museum, my back-and-forth pacing in the back rooms led to these:

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I’ll finish off today’s post with a few more images from my sessions at the Museum of the Earth and PRI‘s immense collection:

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Thanks as always for the visit.

1212: Beacon This Weekend

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I’m happy to report that these two images from my Street Shrines series was accepted into a juried show opening this Saturday, December 14 (6-9 PM) at the BAU Gallery in Beacon, NY. It is my first opportunity to show work there and I look forward to the event. The title of the show is Saints & Sinners – seemed like a good fit!

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I dropped the work off last weekend – my first visit to Beacon in a long time – and was I ever impressed. A lot of fine galleries with terrific art. It is also their monthly Second Saturday gallery walk. So if you are in the area please drop by.

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Like the rest of the eastern states, we here in the Hudson Valley felt the shiver of early winter the past few days. The snow and ice provided opportunity, as it almost always does, for fresh shooting prospects. I’m not quite ready for the cold just yet so I ventured only as far as my various piles of fossils and props that surround my studio.

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These slabs are all full of fossils and, when reduced to simple shapes, now look more like some cemetery in a dream…while metal springs, like the bare tree branches, pick up a nice coat.

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I also took the opportunity to throw a few prints from my “rejects” stack out into the snow and rain – don’t know where this might lead – but it has possibility. The fossil, by the way, is a rugose coral – one that I have used a number of times.

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The cold weather is also helpful in keeping me in the studio – and that is allowing me to chip away at all of my recent images from Italy. Not much in common with these new ones. They just caught my eye:

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Stairs, Spoleto

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Street Stall Stitching, Florence

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Construction, Uffizi

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Orrery, Vatican Museum

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And one last image from a recent stroll through the town of Hudson – sculpture from industry!

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Thanks for visiting.

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