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- ‘Senior Splendor’
- The ‘No Matter What’ Deal…
- I Dance with Flowers
- Full Moon Blooms Rare Night Lillies
- A Dance that Turns Snow into Flowers
- Monet lights a fire under my ass!
- My Heart Attack and Conversation with God
- Off to the Fat Farm – Back in 3 Weeks with a New Improved Model!
- Uptight Bunny, Hidden Alien & Floral Floss.
- Bertha and Hank Make Progress in Counseling and Dead Trees
Category Archives: Abstract
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As I wrote about on my ‘About’ section, my art reflects my moods. I’ve been drawn to soft but dramatic, fiery red, contrasting color macro florals. I can’t even look at them now. These days, I feel a resurgence of defiance and contrariness – is there such a word? – there is now! So, I’m attracted to my abstracts and will show some of them, until of course, I shift moods.
I’ve heard from many people that, in general, they just don’t get it – can’t understand (or like) abstracts. I was one of those people – never could see the message until I worked in fine arts photography. In my work, one of the greatest blessings is the ability of ‘not’ having to think, but rather to create from another sense, a far less critical, more spontaneous place or pure creativity. This sixth sense has far less rules, no limitations – unless of course I choose to accept someone’s rules – which I DON’T! I shoot what I feel. It’s all about feeling -whatever it is I feel, I feel it. It’s the normal everyday things that go unnoticed – there is such great beauty everywhere I look – when I blur my brain and really see with my heart.
Back to my point and explain this ‘blur’ thing – I look at things and somewhat blur my eyes so as not to destroy the image with my brain. I just see the shapes, the texture and color. And I stay with the subject until it speaks to me – until I see what it is that it wants to tell me. OK, you think I’m nuts – well, who isn’t? I just admit it.
So, abstract, to me, is the ultimate creative outlet – absolutely no boundaries! My titles often provide a glimpse into what I see. But what I see isn’t important – it’s what you see. And no one is right and no one is wrong – everyone wins with abstract, unless you are some snobby art critic that thinks they know something – which they don’t. They can only compare – there is no freshness, no uniqueness – just repetition of the same old crap.
The art doesn’t need to say anything – it just is what it is. I work an object till it tells me what to reveal and then I feel it – no more, no less. So, love it. Hate it. It’s all good because it’s only your opinion and that only counts, for you. My work, is my opinion. I hope you like and if not, well, you know my opinion.
Let me know your opinion sometime. (email info at ‘ABOUT’ section of the website).
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My sweetheart, Sandy, just got back from from vacation and brought me an amazing crystal. Of course when I got it home, I had to set it up in the studio, draw the blackout shades and see what the crystal had to tell me as I blasted light thru it. The crystal spoke to me in many ways. Of course everyone will see something different, but the shapes and colors intrigued me. I hope that you like these images and if you do, please forward this blog post and/or website link. Thank you for helping me grow.
So, my brother Charlie, and his sweet fiance Jaydee came up fromSo Cal to visit Whidbey Island (WA), where they plan to get married in early September. Jaydee LOVES flowers of all kinds, so I invited them up to my studio/home to show them how I work in macro. We went into the garden where she picked a flower. We went into the studio, where I placed the flower in a bud vase against an all black cloth backdrop, set up my camera, turned off the lights, grabbed my remote control shutter release with my teeth to allow me to position small hand-held lights and thus began ‘The Dance.’
I love this process, as I can see real time how my movements, timing, shutter speed, shadows etc., effect the image and best of all, the flower provide the light as I back-light, allowing the flower to show it’s true colors, from within. Keep in mind, these were shot very quickly (over about an hour or so as it was a demo) … but I think they came out all right. I will print and matte their favorite as a little pre-wedding gift. Their real gift will be thousands of real flowers that I’ve planted and nurtured at my mother’s house, the site of their upcoming wedding. Let me know what you think.