0312: Almost Spring

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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.

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Siena, Italy

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Vermont

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Lake Champlain, NY

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Paris

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Boboli Gardens, Florence,Italy

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Platte Clove NY

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Leonardo da Vinci birthplace, Vinci, Italy

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Cairo NY

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Lexington VA

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Opus 40, Saugerties NY

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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.

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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.

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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.

1218: Year End 2014

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With Christmas and New Years Day falling on Thursdays this year ( I usually post on Thursdays) this will be my last blog of the year. And, as it has become custom for me, I’d like to use this opportunity to post images that proved to be personal favorites of mine over the past year.

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Some of these images will be appearing in upcoming shows next year – the abstract/concrete above and my geological “thunderbolt” below.

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Seems that a series of circles and arcs caught my attention, thanks in part to some well-positioned gastropods.

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Last in this series of arcs is this image entitled “The Navigator” – a multiple exposure image of an astrolabe at the Vatican Museum in Rome.

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There is a pattern developing here – a pattern of patterns – from the Abstract/Concrete series…

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…to my Swarm series…

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… to the patterns in Nature – in this case rocks in the middle of Kaaterskill Creek.

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Local brachiopods

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A wonderful saxophone-shaped cephalopod

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Last, a quiet setting atop Platte Clove.

Best Wishes to all of you this Holiday Season.

And, as always, thank you for the visit.

1030: Mid Autumn

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A Sunday drive up Platte Clove on a day of ever changing weather led to these first few images. These three were taken in locations atop the Clove. There are numerous trailheads, endless streams, and, in general, wonderful views. Good weather or bad, it always seems beautiful up there.

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I’ve also been digging around in the neighboring quarry – trying to get as much time in as the weather will allow. On sunny days it’s a hard place to resist. And, while the view is plenty of reason to perch oneself up there, the amount of fossils under foot is incalculable.

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These last two fossil images come from a nearby dry stream bed. The fossils are firmly embedded in a very large rock (way too big to haul back to the studio). A few years ago I cracked through the top layers of the rock to expose them. So every season I try to stop by to say hello and see what exposure to the elements do to them visually.

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Certainly seems like a mix of images today. Here we have the results of spending a rainy day in the studio – an attempt to look at things in a different way.

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Thanks for the visit.

0306: Looking Forward to Spring

img_1252comp_02_LR_12Just got back from hanging my new show – opening this Saturday, March 8, 6 – 9 PM at the BAU Gallery, 506 Main Street in Beacon, NY. Entitled The Devonian Drawer, it’s the first time I am exhibiting these images at a much larger size – 24″x34″. And the effect is striking. So, if you have the opportunity, please stop by for the opening. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays noon ’til 6 PM. In Gallery One we will be having a members’ group show – Tasty is its name. So, this being my first outing with my new gallery, I’ll be curious to see what is conjured up. We have a great group of artists at BAU so I’m excited at the possibilities.

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This piece was selected for the latest Small Works Show at WAAM – also opening this Saturday. Perhaps Elisabetta or Stefano might recognize the subjects?

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And finally, some images I rediscovered from my stay last summer at the Platte Clove cabin – something to help awaken thoughts of warm weather and rebirth yet again.

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0801- Rocks and Trees

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Whenever I need a break from the computer, one of my favorite places to “reboot and recharge” is Kaaterskill Creek. It passes within a stone’s throw from my studio (every day is beautiful around here!). The creek has been a subject for artists for the past two centuries from Thomas Cole to the present. No surprise, then, that the creek can revive and refresh body, mind and soul. Yesterday was a bonus day. The local heron was paying a visit at the same time.

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A couple of brief notes:

This coming Tuesday, August 6 at 6 PM, I will be speaking at the Saugerties Public Library. The talk will be about what else – Art and Fossils. I’ll try to make it loose and informal. So if you are in the area stop in. I’ll have samples of my work and some of the fossils I have collected.

Something else I must share – my good friends at the Museum of Natural History in Florence have just announced my September show (I still get goosebumps!) This is posted on their website:

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I’m just back from my stay atop Platte Clove. I want to thank the Catskill Center once again for their Artist-in-Residency Program (AIR). It was an honor to be allowed to spend time there and I am most grateful. I have a few early images to share today.

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The cabin sits directly above Plattekill Falls, a 60 ft. tall beauty whose sounds of rushing, crashing water are a constant (and not unwelcome) companion. I was particularly struck by the creative energy the cabin seemed to engender. Perhaps it was the residue left by the many, talented artists who preceded me. I found myself absorbed creatively in a much different way. I couldn’t sit still! Everything I looked at or even thought about triggered lists of visual possibilities. And I was open to the fresh and new. I wish I could figure out how to bottle that up!

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I went up there expecting to photograph rocks. But I was certainly open to whatever “spoke” to me. It’s always a mistake, it seems, to be in new and different surroundings and focus too narrowly. You miss all else that the situation is offering. This time, for whatever reason (and I am sure there are many lurking about), the trees decided to speak up.

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The other thing that really struck me was the moss (images to come). And it seems I carried thoughts about it back to my studio. Upon my return, the first thing I noticed, in my rockpiles, was fresh moss on fossils, many of which I had only recently cracked open. So, after 385 million years hidden away, these fossils now have yet another weathering event to experience.

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_MG_2741_01 _LR_10Just a few brief notes today. The first two pics (above and below) were accepted into juried shows opening at the Woodstock Artists Assn. & Museum (WAAM) this Saturday, July 20, at 4 PM. A very nice selection of work was chosen, so that should make for two good shows.

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Good news regarding the Small Town Parade show at SPAF – The show has been extended through August 11. Weekend hours are 1-5 Saturdays and Sundays and weekdays are normal business hours.

We had a great opening night with a big crowd. Reviews have been glowing. More info at smalltownparade.com
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I will not be posting next week. Instead. I’ll be spending six nights (and days) in the cabin atop Platte Clove – all thanks to the Catskill Center and the Platte Clove Artists’ Residency program that they administer. I am excited at the possibilities – the Clove and surrounding area is stunningly beautiful. And I am most grateful to have been chosen for the program.

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The fossils in today’s images are, once again, from the surrounding area.

The Earth giveth – enjoy!

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