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Spring / Summer 2012

Of course at one point, the idea was that updates would be generated seasonally (which is to say Quarterly). But of course, real life, can get busy at times. Still its a worthwhile goal to strive for, and it remains the plan going forward.

So stay tuned. . .

But what about the Summer you ask?

Summer was busy. Too busy for much in the way of Artwork to be made. In fact I spent a lot more time showing the stuff than making it. My first show was in San Anselmo at Hybrid II. I exhibited a modest number of works, including Sirens, Too Close, and This is the Line of Division. Next I had one of my works (Dryad, to be precise), on display at the Blue Line Gallery (located in Roseville, CA) as part of their Figuration and Fantasy show in June / July. This show ran concurrently with a large retrospective of the works of Maija Peeples-Bright who's work is even more colorful than my own (!). I was up there for the reception and also spent a nice hour or two at the California Railroad Museum. The size of Union Pacific No 4294 is not to be believed.

After, the Figuration and Fantasy show, it was time for the 2012 Summer Road Trip. A two week driving extravaganza through Northern California, Oregon and Washington with the final destination being the Canadian Rockies. In particular Banff and Waterton National Parks . On the way to Banff we made time for stops at Redwood National Park, Washington Park in Portland (loved the Japanese Garden) and the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in Seattle (Gotta love all that cool glasswork). But the majority of our time was spent exploring the plethora of parks in Alberta and B.C. Yoho, Mt Revelstoke, Banff, Kootenay, Jasper, the list goes on and on. Good clean fun (if a bit buggy at times). It was a treat to see such a large expanse of relatively unspoiled mountains that still had some (rapidly receding) glaciers. And naturally enough, plenty of photos were shot. . .


Some from before we left the U.S.A.


Swords & Spores

Swords & Spores

In Redwood N.P.

Concentric

Concentric

In Portland

Portrait in Glass

Portrait in Glass

In the Garden


And (just a few) of a whole lot of Photos from
the Great White North


Looking North

Looking North

Peyto Lake

Surprise

Surprise

In Banff N.P.

Mt Athabasca

Mt Athabasca

In Jasper N.P.



And then we got back. And I barely had enough time to get the photos off the SDHC cards and onto the Mac before I was sucked back into an orgy of printing and preparing for another Art Show. This time it was the 2012 Tiburon Art Festival. Right there in Booth 57. Mostly with matte canvas prints of various items available on my site, but with some smaller stuff as well. Saturday was a bit foggy and cold, Sunday was perfect. Sold a couple of things, met a lot of very nice art enthusiasts, and had a great time.


This autumn, I hope to actually catch up a bit and start working with all of the new photos I took to generate some interesting stuff. So the next update should have a whole lot more Artwork to look at.

But before there was Summer there was Spring. . .


Through most of the spring, the aforementioned page updates proceeded such that some time around June, almost all of the pages of this site were converted to the "Newer" format. As this went on some new bits of photography (mostly stuff from the 2011 Summer Road Trip to Nevada & Wyoming) and artwork (mid 2011 vintage) were added. The next big dollop of new Photos and Art will probably start appearing on this site in November, so stay tuned. But in addition to the usual busy work, a few new artworks were created, including

On the Range

On the Range

As well as . . .


September 26th 2011: No 1

September 26th 2011:  No 1

March 22nd 2012



March 22nd 2012

The big trip of the spring was of course a Spring Break journey to (wait for it) Arizona (again!?!). Yes, the family does like the desert. Our stops were the Painted Desert near Holbrook, Arizona and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Naturally this led to the usual profusion of photos, including . . .


Painted Desert

Painted Desert

Looking north

Pinyon

Pinyon

on the Kaibab trail

With Snow

With Snow

Near Yavapai point


It can be appreciated that our trip gave me a full range of weather conditions to shoot in.
All in all the trip was a great success.



Winter 2012

As of now, I've been with my new Web host ( Ipage , in case it's of interest) for just about one month. So far, so good. The various tools etc all seem to work well enough and the site is reasonably fast and looks as envisioned (at least on Safari & Firefox). As a bonus, the design appears (more or less) ipad ready (which saves me a TON of additional work). It also is easy to update, which should make the whole experience slightly less tedious for you, the viewer as time moves on. But, of course, as soon as it was up, I began to get feedback about making it more "laptop" friendly (above the fold, anyone?) so the work is never done and explains why the site is a bit schizophrenic currently, with two overall designs in evidence...


And all of this unseemly self-promotion does tend to take some time away from the fun. But don't fear. . .

Some new Artwork did manage to get made. . .

Including...

The Tower of Memory

The Tower of Memory

Which is the fourth entry in the Tower series
(along with . . . )


The Tower of the Sun

The Tower of the Sea

and


The Red Tower

And like, two of its fellows worked its way into the (newly created !!)

Top 25 Artworks set.

which collects those artworks that generate the most comments / views for me on Flickr.


Another new Artwork that got into the top 25 notably quickly is


The Scattering

The Scattering

which started life as a photograph of a window-display (inspiration can come from anywhere, hence the value of the S95. . .)

Other notable works include

The Oracle

The Oracle

Circumstances

Circumstances

and some riffs on two days spent in New Orleans
during the Solstice / Holidays.


Improvisation No 1

Improvisation No 1

Improvisation No 2

Improvisation No 2

Improvisation No 3

Improvisation No 3

The trip to New Orleans was part of a family Holiday cruise (on the Carnival Conquest) which also brought me and my camera to the western Caribbean. Naturally this led to some . . .

Photography

which is still being finalized & posted as I write this, but some examples include. . .


From El Castillo

From El Castillo

Xunantunich, Belize.

Malachite

Malachite

Xcaret, Mexico

Old Conch Shells

Old Conch Shells

Roatán island, Honduras.


and since it's winter, I've also been digging some odds and ends out of the (film) archives. Thank god for NeatImage


Queen of Heaven

Queen of Heaven

Seville, Spain.

Reflection

Reflection

The Alhambra,
Spain

Winding Wall

Winding Wall

Northumberland,
Great Britain.

Till next time, Stay Warm!

and U.S. residents remember to VOTE

(even if it hurts a bit. . . )



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