Monthly Archives: November 2017

Four Corners Of Apples And Pears – Featured Art Print

This print has a fall feel and look to it, so I use it to say goodbye to Autumn. It seems that as soon as Thanksgiving is over, we are full speed into winter and Christmas. All of the decorations change into a festive winter look and the fall colors are no longer seen.

It was a year ago this last weekend that mother nature called and our daughter gave birth to our first grandchild (granddaughter). Our son-in-law and daughter had hosted their typical large Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends with our daughter not missing a beat being the perfect hostess, even though she was almost upon her due date. The next day, my wife and I went with them to find their Christmas tree, which is always very tall and large. Again my daughter was feeling great and was helping decorate the tree that evening when all of a sudden she stopped, got very quiet and turned to her husband and said; “Ok…it’s happening, we better get going to the hospital”. The next day our granddaughter was born.

Same type of Thanksgiving this year, they hosted their typical large dinner with family and friends plus one (she was in her element). Did the Christmas Tree shopping with them on Friday (she was in awe). Started decorating it that night (she was mesmerized and helping with ornaments). Then they hosted her 1st Birthday celebration with friends and family the next day (she was having a great time with the other kids). Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday!

Hope your Thanksgiving was great!!

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Rest, Contemplate and be Thankful

With Thanksgiving this Thursday in the United States it marks a time for me to reflect back on the year and really take in all those things that have blessed my life. We all have our stories, issues, setbacks and concerns, but for me I like to take the time to rest (mentally), contemplate and be thankful. That may be a brief second, a few minutes or a quiet place with a leisurely glass of wine. Whatever that place and time is, when I see this print, this is the type of place I think of. What could be more inviting then sitting in one of these Adirondack chairs, gazing out over a valley under a big old oak tree.

May your Holiday Season be filled with Peace and Joy, may you enjoy family and friends. For these things, I am most thankful.

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Climbing The Pyramid When You Could – El Castillo in Chichen Itza

Sepia Mayan Pyramid – El Castillo as it looks without people climbing it

Chichen Itza came up in a discussion recently about how you use to be able to climb the great stairs of the pyramid all the way to the top. I was fortunate enough to have done that very thing when you still could. I’m not sure of the specific year when I did the climb, but it was somewhere in the very early 2000’s. My wife and I were down there with a group of people from work (annual reward trip). We were staying in Cancun and took a chartered tour bus to Chichen Itza. I love history, architecture and ancient ruins, so I was in my element. Of course I was not without my camera and took a ton of shots of the different ruins, El Castillo being foremost in my shoot. I was fascinated from a photography aspect of pictures with people walking up the steps of this famous pyramid.

Fast forward to 2007 and we were back down there with some close friends and our respective families. My girls had heard about climbing this pyramid and couldn’t believe their father who has a fear of heights actually did it. Imagine their disappointment when we found out you could no longer climb the pyramid. Due to an unfortunate death to a falling tourist in late 2005 and to the damage being done by the sheer load of people trudging up and down those steps along with the graffiti left behind by those same people, it was no longer permitted.

“Chichen Itza” El Castillo the day I climbed to the top

Those pictures suddenly started taking on a new element for me as something that will not be seen again. As I worked with them for my gallery I kept getting this circa 1930’s vibe and Indiana Jones feel from them. Sepia popped into my head and after converting them decided to add another element of that old vibe with some texture. What came from that process is these three captures converted to what I think looks like an old Indiana Jones element from that era (of course I realize he wouldn’t be discovering anything new in a place that had tourist climbing pyramid steps, but my vision of this look didn’t care about such details).

“Walking Up The Pyramid”   you can see people coming down using my technique and people walking down like it wasn’t an issue….but you get the visual impact of how steep those stairs actually are.

Now you can’t leave without me telling you about the wonders of that climb. I have a fear of heights such as the edge of the Grand Canyon (edge only), glass elevators that take you up more than 10 stories….I have some tolerance….ledges on mountains to name a few. I knew climbing the stairs wouldn’t be an issue as you are looking at the structure. I didn’t have any issues climbing to the top and was a little cautious about walking around by the edge at the top….ok…I stayed pretty close to the walls of the structure you see up there. The view is incredible and I was fascinated by the placement of the different windows in the top structure. Truly forgetting about how far up I was, it was time to come back down. You have no idea just how really steep and narrow each of those steps are until you go back down. For me it was literally too much to try and walk back down those steps…one trip or miss-step and you will literally fall all the way down (which is unfortunately what happened to the tourist I mentioned above). The best way is to sit down and slide your backside down each step.

I have toured the site multiple times and have learned new things each time. For more information about Chichen Itza – Wikipedia Here.   Chichen Itza is located in the middle of the northern tier of the Yucatan Peninsula between Merida towards the Gulf of Mexico and Cancun on the Caribbean side. Thoughts?

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Dainty Red Series – Featured Art Prints Part Two

As a follow-up to last weeks post “Dainty Red Series – Part One” , I wanted to show where that series of prints took me next.

For my “Inspiration Gallery”, I use existing prints I have created and marry them with words of inspiration, motivation, prayers or Bible verses. Actually it truly is the other way around, I usually come up with the verbiage first and then figure out a photograph or print that best highlights the words. I featured the first print during the Easter Season last spring. I was working with this Bible verse and this print come into view as perfect for a very direct simple message.

Love Each Other Red Single Stem art print featured on my blog last April.

 

With this message in mind, I wanted the same simplistic look with just enough spacing to keep the message from getting lost, thus the double stem.

Being on a roll as they say, this verbiage seemed perfect to use the single stem again. All three were created one right after the other as the verses I was working with fit perfectly with these simple prints.

Thoughts?

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