Thursday, September 21, 2017

Haystack SBL 2017

Amazing that after helping to start the SBL program back in the 80's, that I would have a chance to bring students from my school to this amazing site to learn. Three days of more than eight hours in the studio helps students to realize what an intensive learning experience working in the Haystack studios can be. Even though I have worked in and on the campus dozens of times, each studio session is a magical experience. Here's the mosaic that i did this past few days!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sunshine Boys

Glorious days with my Grandsons give so much joy to Jen and I. Here they are "hamming" it up for the camera, which they are very aware makes for a more interesting picture. Shooting with the sun at their back is one of those "no-no's" I'm always telling students is a rule. But as with any "arts" rules, sometimes it is the breaking of those rules that gets you the images that are "creative" (unusual and purposeful). In this case, for me, the glow from the sun over their heads is the key to constructing meaning in this shot. I have several possibilities in mind, but won't take the time to elaborate these here, but rather let anyone that's viewing create their own "content".

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Happy Anniversary, Hunny Bunny!

Thank you Jen, for all these years of "sharing"! I think it's what got us through it all!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

3 Macros

Watering the "upper driveway garden" caused me to take the set of three lenses for my phone (which I now carry with me at all times) and take some close-ups of the flowers in that flower bed.The depth of field becomes so narrow that the thing I have the most difficulty with is making compositions interesting. I always am telling students to "push" for the shot that is not only unusual, but that also tells a story. I think I discovered that with this set of exploration shots from the "macro" viewpoint.

As a viewer, I will leave it up to you to decide if the last one is actually the better of the three. Here are some criteria for you to consider:  composition, originality, and subjective (content) interest.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Display Case

I visited the Lighthouse Gallery in Bucksport last week to place some of my fused glass jewelry (earrings) for sale. I met with the arts director and have completed the paperwork, and I am now setting up a display case to show my work.
It is a somewhat difficult process to choose the pieces that I should show, but hopefully if get a few sales I can get a better idea of what would be most popular pieces and the qualities/characteristics of those. Selling is a very different beast than making. It seems to be much more left-brained!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Youngest Son & Youngest Grandson

During a recent picnic  event I got this shot of Torrey and Emerson with a very similar look on their faces. I'm not sure of the context of those expressions, but it seemed to me they were pretty much responding in the same way to something that someone had said to them. Facial expressions are the most important aspect of portraits to me, and this one seemed to hit the mark!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Political State Park

This shot was taken at Lake St. George State Park on May 27th. There is obviously concern around our state government and how it will release funds to keep our park running. I struggle little with this because it seems so idiotic to close down the State Parks because of political infighting. What did it always used to say on our license plates? Vacationland, right?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Skittles; Old School

So this shot I got of an old "skittles" game, where the board held "pins" and a top was used to make its way through the openings and knock over pins. High score won.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Grandsons Again

I never really tire of posting images of my grandkids as it seems (still) we only see them once in a while, although we get down to New Gloucester every other weekend. They provide for me a never-ending variety of emotion and interaction with one another, which enriches my life greatly. I took probably more than 80 shots Saturday at our picnic at Lake St. George State Park, including one political that I will post soon.
What attracted me with this shot (telephoto) was that they were doing something together, and I'm not sure what, whether to figure something out or to simply make some sort of adjustment to the hardware and that one of them was looking at the camera.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


I saw this section of a piece of driftwood while I was cutting it up for a project around the house today, and it simply struck me as to the coloration, the range of values, and the "implied" imagery I found in it. I dragged the spruce tree, which had become driftwood a while ago, up the driveway and began to cut it to length for a post when this one section caught my eye. I pulled out my phone and here is the result. I love the image! Un-retouched.