Saturday, November 10, 2018

Cloud Shadows









Flying back from Maui to Molokai last week, the clouds below us were fun to watch. Living below clouds, we don't think of them as having shadows (unless a cloud passes over you that is large enough for you to see the passing shadow). It is such a paradox, though that shadows are not there unless there is light. A paradox and a metaphor. Such is the duality that seems to be present everywhere in life.

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Friday, November 09, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Joe Spado's Dream Catcher






Fellow blogger and Shadow Shot Sunday regular, Joe Spado (aka Spadoman-LOL) has been on my mind. He must be watching me from where ever he is-with that Great Spirit in the Sky. Seeing the sun casting a shadow on my bedroom wall of the dream catcher he made for me is what started all this thinking down memory lane. Often, we bloggers never get a chance to meet each other-it's a unique kind of community and friendship in some cases. But, a couple of times, Joe found himself going through New Mexico where I used to live and we met up. Second time around, he had his wife with him. Joe was easy to befriend. He also wrote haikus. He loved to make dream catchers and made them from twigs and real sinew-never perfectly round like those you see in gift shops. Very authentic in my eyes.

I had asked Joe to make me a dream catcher for an art project that I was working on. I had been invited along with 14 other photographers, to participate in a group show-one model, 15 photographers. I needed a dream catcher for my model to hold. In trade, I made him a book from things he sent me-real buffalo fur given to him from a chief with whom he was good friends with. Some red dirt from Sonoma. Some trinkets. I can't remember what else, but I made it into a small book on on each page, I had some of the haikus he had written. I knew in making this little book that it would become a keepsake for his daughter and his grandchildren. I don't know how I knew that, but that was a good part of my intention.



Above is the final image I produced-it is a mixed media encaustic piece and the size is 16" x 20". You can read more about the concept behind this image here.



Pictured above is the front cover of the book I made for Joe. Needless to say, we were both please with what we had created for each other.

Joe passed away about 5 years ago. He truly is missed and was such a special person. And a damned good writer and storyteller! If you visit his blog and look through the older posts-look for his ramblings as they are priceless. So are his haikus. So much talent and gone too soon.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Abstractions and Celebrating the Mundane!










It's interesting how a gently billowing curtain can distort the shadow coming from the window behind it to create this abstraction.

The other image is a close up shot of a huge wire brush used in re-surfacing asphalt roads.

Celebrating the mundane!



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Saturday, September 22, 2018

For You





Often, someone leaves offerings on a rock up in the forest where I take my morning walks. This is the most recent one. Perhaps it was for you?

I just realized that it is the first day of fall-something that we don't have the visual cues for here are the leaves do not turn color and fall. Happy vernal equinox!

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