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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ink Jet Ink

Some papers are difficult to work with when printing digital photos, but I think among the worst I have seen is the National Geographic High Gloss Premium Photo. I have found it takes forever (figuratively)  for the ink to dry, but there is an upside to the paper; you can manipulate the ink and the image itself with simple water and a variety of tools. I've done some image "lifting" in the past with inkjet images using hydrogen peroxide, but this is very different paper, as it allows for smearing and moving in so much. Here's a resulting image with "sharpie" embellishment. Not really a finished piece.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


My NAHS group is working on their induction show for next Tuesday, and I put together a show poster for them to advertise around school. I have been having a lot of fun with my digital media class and designing with Illustrator. Here is the "header" for the poster.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Being Back on the Bike

It feels great to get outside, and after the initial chance to ride it is especially nice because the weather is cooperating for the first time in weeks! This image tells the story of the ride, but sort of indirectly. I went in close for this shot mainly for compositional reasons. The helmet on the bike seats seems to be a preparation before the ride rather than after, where the helmet might have been hanging off a handlebar or on the ground.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Friend's Daughter

Sometimes, in capturing a portrait, it is the less that is said which is the better road to take. I find that the telephoto lens (100-200mm or so) is a great tool for capturing people not only inconspicuously, but also with a variety of possibilities for framing and for background. While this portrait doesn't reveal a great deal, it does give forth an expression of curiosity and preparation to speak. I also like the light and the framing by the closer person out of focus.