Monday, December 26, 2011

The World is Not Black and White

Following on my last Art Walk show, titled a Black and White Perspective, I will be presenting a new collection in February, titled, The World is Not Black and White (double entendre accepted). Mostly there will be autumnal pieces, with a few springtime pieces, and a few autumnal abstracts.
The first piece is titled a Zen Garden, with our very own garden illustrated. It is a peaceful setting in which we contemplate the beauty of nature most mornings and evenings, a splendid way to begin and end each day.

The next piece is titled the road to Fall:

The next piece is an abtract of Fall colors, based on an actual Fall scene:

The next piece is a springtime showing of that famous street in our favorite city, San Francisco, Lombard Street:

Next is another autumnal abstract, under that name:

A final piece displayed here (there are more for the actual showing) is titled, simply, Fallish.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Award Winner

An award . . . my first photo in the Fall collection below won an Editor's Choice award in the recent Charlotte Observer Photo contest of Autumnal pictures. The picture was created by stitching together three separate photos.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Blue Ridge Autumn

Spending just a few days in the Blue Ridge, in this case near Blowing Rock at a spot called Wildacres Retreat, I am again struck by the subtle beauty of the Blue Ridge in October.  There are flashes of dazzling color, but mostly the colors are muted and quite lovely. Here are a few I captured during our visit. The first is actually a panorama I created from three pictures.  The rest are as taken.
So, enjoy the silent majesty of Autumn.

I hope you enjoyed this Autumnal display.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Art Walk's Coming

I just finished creating a group of pictures that may appear in an Art Walk, or not, depending on how well I can figure out a little sizing problem. All pictures below were created with the notion that I would use a gallery wrap approach to the framing. I ordered the materials to complete the gallery wraps, printed the pictures and then discovered to my dismay, that I had printed them all using 16-inch wide canvas. See the gallery wrap materials assume a 17-inch wide canvas, so those materials will not work. So, now, I have these images, but still need to decide what to do about framing, stretching, or, more expensively, reprinting. But that's a future decision. Right now, I have these images.
The first is called, an Artful Buddha.

The next is a view of "The Guardians" a statue located in Brasilia, and photographed some 40 years ago.

Next up is a view of the Grand Canyon, or rather a tree at the edge of the Big Ditch.

Greece is the centerpiece of the next image, or more precisely a little village in a Greek isle.

From Greece to San Francisco, our fair city. Herb Caen, who used to write for the San Francisco Chronicle, referred to San Francisco as "Baghdad by the Bay", but that was 50 years ago, when something magical was attached to the notion of Baghdad, instead of people exploding themselves in marketplaces. But here's one view of that old Baghdad by the Bay.

Another of that fabled city's attractions is the bridge at the Golden Gate.

Strolling around the old town of Salem, North Carolina, is a charming experience. While so strolling, I came across a nice touch of light, shadow and texture in this next picture.

And finally, what could be nicer than a morning stroll along the shore?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fall Art Walk

Vertical and Horizontal Perspectives. That's how I'm billing my next Art Walk Show. I now have ready to go 8 pieces, four vertical shown below in an earlier posting (although I've eliminated a few) and four horizontal shown immediately below--scenes from the city.

The first is the Jackie O Lake in Manhattan's upper west side. It used to be a reservoir, now is a recreational park, quite beautiful, with classic Manhattan skyline effects, especially in the evening.
The pictures are all in the vicinity of 16 x 40 inches.

The second is a personal favorite of mine--a view from a 34th Street hotel in Manhattan. Manhattan at night. Hard to get enough of those views.

The next is a scene of Lady Liberty, that statue that has Governor Perry's britches all in a snit. But hell, he's a Texas Governor. What do they know about art or liberty?

The last piece is a sweet view from across the water of a village in Nova Scotia. It seems almost unreal, but real it is, and even lovelier in person.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Digital Art Wall Hangings

I like wall hangings as a different way to display art. We have several, although most are either quilts or very old Tibetan silk wall hangings. I have tried to create some digital art as wall hangings, so far wioth only limited success. It isn't the art per se. I have plenty of candidates. It is the physical process of creating something that can be affixed to hangers of some kind and that will display without curling--the curse of photo art on canvas. But while I am working on what I might term the "logistics" of wall hangings, it is good to display some candidates that I might use in an Art Walk, perhaps the next one. I'm not yet sure.
But here are some. They are all roughly 40 inches by anywhere between 12 inches and 17 inches.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Art Walks Upcoming

The last Art Walk, Floral Abstracts, seemed both appropriate and very successful, if the commentary by viewers can be believed.  Even kids with their parents were struck by the pictures.  For our next Art Walk, later this summer, I'm thinking maybe "Cloud Computing".  Here is a grouping of some images I have created of "artful clouds."