My webpage (inc. awards, upcoming events, etc.)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Audubon Insectarium & Contest Result

Charles & I successfully went to the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans today. Here are a few pictures.

A spotted gar.

A historical plaque (click to read.)

Seagull and brown pelican (along the Causeway bridge on our way home.)

I didn't win the "Fall Colors" art contest, but thanks to everyone for the support! The winner was a copy of a work by Melendez.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Art & Photography Contests, Shows & Play

Apologies for the long delay between posts, but I've been busy. Although I still haven't had time to watch the instructional video for my digital EOS Rebel camera, I have played with the camera a bit more. Here's a recent favorite--a chipping sparrow outside my back window (click for larger image);
I've sent this to Birder's World magazine's "photo of the week" contest. Wish me luck! (Update, 12/29/08; I didn't win.)
For those of you who voted &/or might remember the contest my other photo was in, although winners were to be announced 9 days ago now, we're all still waiting. From what I understand, they're supposed to announce the winner by the end of the week, but considering it's Xmas, I'm not holding my breath. I'll keep y'all posted, at any rate.
On Jan. 3rd I'll be participating in "Festinblanc" at LaProvence in Lacombe, LA. They're holding a contest for mostly white art, so I'm going to enter a couple of paintings. I recently sent off some samples to a local art gallery, also. Wish me luck on these, as well!
The last Abita Artists art market at the Berkeley Gallery is this coming Sunday. Past that, the next main event coming up for me is an "Artist of the Month" (of February,) display at Mandeville City Hall.

My best wishes to all of my readers, friends & family for a prosperous 2009!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Abstract Photos

Can you guess what these are pictures of?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Hike at Northlake

From today's hike at Northlake Nature Center...

Witch hazel

2 yellow bellied turtles

Great (white) egret

American robins (there were hundreds of them around, picking seeds from pine cones.) I have a short video uploaded here.

Eastern hophornbeam (aka "ironwood".)

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I woke this morning in horror...

Can't speak...brain exploding...oh, the HORROR!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New Painting (from a dream)

Acrylic on 14x18" canvasboard

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A few more recent shots...

Chipping (left) & white throated (right) sparrows.

The local mob shaking us down for sunflower seeds.

Blue jay.

Last night's moon, draped in a thin veil of cloud. Note that this Friday's full moon is the biggest & brightest of the year.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

My New Camera + Art

I picked up my new (to me, used by someone else,) SLR camera the other day. It's a Canon EOS Digital Rebel 300D & it came will all kinds of extras. My current digital point & shoot's a Canon, too, so things are already slightly familiar. Of course, there are PLENTY of differences with this unit, so I've ordered an instructional DVD (which will certainly be as helpful as the one I'd purchased for my PowerShot.) Took a few shots out the backdoor today;

You don't realize how much you've missed a telephoto lens until you have one again. 4x optical zoom just ISN'T enough! I can already tell I'm going to love this camera, & I barely even know it's functions yet!

In other news, tomorrow I'll be selling my art (with others,) on the grounds of the Berkeley Gallery & Studio here in Abita Springs again, from 9am 'til 2pm. Stop by, say "hi" & take full advantage of my recession/holiday-slashed prices!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Part of last night's sunset, taken from the Flatwoods...

Visit the SkyWatch homepage.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Painting

Acrylic on 8x10" gallery-wrapped canvas

Monday, December 1, 2008

Art Contest Finalist/Your Vote Needed!

This photo has made it to the finals of an online "Fall Colors" contest.
Update (12/26/08); I didn't win the contest, but thanks to everyone for the support!

Art Sale & Conjunction

The rest of this month I'm holding a sale on my artwork. If there's something in particular you've liked, now's the time to make an offer. To access posts with my art in them, click the "My art" label on the right hand sidebar. There may be a few posts in there about dreams or news about my art, but they're quickly scrolled over.

The picture is of last night's conjunction of Venus & Jupiter w/the Moon nearby (w/Earthshine prominent.) Tonight they're all slated to be even closer. Venus will be occulted by the Moon (check local sources for correct times.)
UPDATE--Here's a picture of the conjunction on Dec. 1st (through slightly cloudier skies);

Sunday, November 30, 2008

New Painting & Camera (Updated)

I finished this painting late last night. It was inspired by some of the astronomical imagery between the scenes on "3rd Rock from the Sun."

"Edge of Night"
Acrylic on 10x8" gallery-wrapped canvas
(Update, Feb. 2011; I've painted over this to create Gone Fishin'.)

At today's art market, I had & took the opportunity to purchase a digital SLR camera and 2 lenses at an unimaginably great price. It's something like this & I'm greatly looking forward to the use of a telephoto lens again!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

All Kinds of Various Information

Big news for tomorrow, Nov. 30th;
1. I'll be participating in an art market here in Abita Springs, on the grounds of the Berkeley Gallery & Studio from 9am 'til 2pm. We're hoping to make this a weekly event, so I'll likely be there every Sunday for the rest of the year, at least.
2. Tomorrow evening provides the greatest astronomical conjunction of the year. On Monday evening, Venus will be eclipsed by the Moon (called an "occultation.")

We've been seeing the occassional robin or two lately, but yesterday a flock of at least 100 flew around our house (this is but a small part of the flock);

And now, a few more pictures from our recent hike at Northlake Nature Center...

Yaupon holly

Friday, November 28, 2008

Recent Nature Photos

Saw this great white egret during a hike at Northlake Nature Center the other day.

The boardwalk at Northlake.

3 blue jays (a cardinal pair wasn't far off.) Shortly after taking this shot, a handful of mourning doves came down to eat, followed by a flock of 12 red-winged blackbirds, the most I've ever seen here (or anywhere, to be honest,) at once. I also saw my first 2 goldfinches of this Winter yesterday.

One of our 30ish chipping sparrows.

Yesterday there were 3 huge leaf footed bugs on our front door & windows. (Thanks to Marvin for the correction!)
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