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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Painting & Submissions; Updated

"Window of the Soul"
8x10" acrylic on canvasboard (sold)

This morning I submitted a painting & photo to the St. Tammany Parish Fair's adult art competition. Wish me luck!
(Update, Oct. 6, 2008; My painting took 1st place & my photo took 2nd place in their respective categories.)
I have a different version of the painting, above (at the same size) currently for sale.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

1st Hike of Autumn, 2008

I seriously needed to lift my mood this afternoon, so Charles & I went to the Flatwoods for a hike. There we heard 2 or 3 barred owls (one was particularly close,) although we didn't see them. Today seemed to be "spider day" (with a minor in butterflies.) As usual, click for larger views...

One of many crab spiders (aka; spiny orbweaver spiders.) These relatively small spiders took a back seat to the plethora of much larger golden silk orb-weaver spiders that we saw throughout our hike. Their bodies (sans legs,) are up to an inch long. Add legs & I DON'T want them on my face, particularly as each one seemed larger than the one before!

Like this one (above,) some of them had missing legs.
They were just everywhere. These are a small sampling of the dozens of pictures I took.

A gulf fritillary.

Thanks to my blogger buddy, Tom for narrowing this flower down to some kind of bidens. It looks much like the tickseed sunflower shown here, but another page said they're not found in Louisiana. I'm grateful to even be in the ballpark, however!

2 shots of the Abita Creek. This was what flooded our entire neighborhood during Hurricane Gustav. I often have a hard time photographing the creek, as the shots end up looking washed out (pardon the pun,) but I like these.

Backlit Spanish moss.

Restoration of longleaf pine savanna. As evidenced by the tree trunks, this whole area was blackened by prescribed fire just this last Spring.

A common wood nymph (aka; satyr) butterfly.

We also saw a few tiny deer tracks & a small pile of animal guts left on the boardwalk (I got a picture of the guts, but thought I'd spare my readers the gore.) I felt much better by the time we got home (where we found 4 crows helping themselves to seed in our backyard.) Now that I've been outside for the first time in a few months (our Gustav experience notwithstanding,) I'm starting to feel human again.

BLAC "Fall Art Exhibit" Reception & Awards Ceremony

I'd been looking forward to tonight with great excitement...until noon-ish, when the jurist (E. John Bullard,) rejected most of my works from the show (including the recent Brown Pelican painting that I was quite happy with.) Only Dreams of Glastonbury made it in & as I suspected, it didn't win any awards.
(Update, 11/13/08; "Dreams of Glastonbury" recently won an award through SAL.)

Friday, September 26, 2008

"The Haunted" Reception

Had a good time at "The Haunted" reception tonight...

A young girl was very enthusiastic about my bottom painting here, "Inner Child." She told her mother it'd be great in her room. I agreed with her. (Unfortunately it didn't sell during this show, but the middle one did at an unrelated art market in Nov.)
Thanks to Charles for accompanying me to this opening & for being supportive of my art endeavors, in general.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sky Watch & Hooray for Fall!

All recently taken from my yard...

In other news, I'm delighted by the arrival of Autumn. Now that temperatures are returning to bearable we'll be able to resume hiking & enjoying our deck. New photos are sure to come soon.

Visit the Sky Watch homepage.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Upcoming Art Events

Fri., Sept. 26, 7-10pm; "The Haunted" art exhibit opening & reception at Berkeley Gallery & Studio; 72066 Maple St., Abita Springs, LA. The show runs through the end of October.

Sat., Sept. 27, 7-10pm; "BLAC Fall Art Exhibit" opening & reception at Louisiana Heart Hospital; 64030 Louisiana 434, Lacombe, LA. Fully catered event featuring local politicians & other dignitaries. The show runs all weekend.

Sun., Sept. 28, 3pm; 2nd Abita Springs Art Group meeting. Open invitation to anyone who's interested in joining. Held at the Berkeley Gallery (see address, above.)

Come on down & see me this weekend!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

New Painting; Eye Candy

"Eye Candy"
Acrylic on 8x10" canvasboard
A wash of irridescent white in the bottom part of the iris shines in the light. A complimentary effect is found in washes of gold paint in the wrapper. The entire eyeball is coated with gloss varnish, giving it a wet look.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Painting; For Rick Wright

"The Great Gig in the Sky"
Acrylic on 24x18" canvasboard
Irridescent white & gloss varnish in this painting, which make the moon, some stars & the light blue strip of sky behind the Celtic Cross shine when the light hits them a certain way.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Beauty Everywhere

A photo of part of our road (taken between Hurricane Gustav & the subsequent flood);
I was intrigued by the colors, textures, shapes & the tiny, green leaf sticking out from all of the apparent lifelessness.
(Thanks to Mark for reminding me to post this.)

Monday, September 15, 2008

RIP Rick Wright

I am shocked & saddened to learn today that Pink Floyd's Rick Wright has gone to the Great Gig in the Sky.
RIP, Rick. You will be dearly missed!

Wiki article about Rick
Biography from a Pink Floyd site

Saturday, September 13, 2008

New Painting; Louisiana's State Bird

"Brown Pelican"
10x8" acrylic on canvasboard
1st Place (acrylic division,) St. Tammany Parish Fair Art Show, October, 2008.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Another New Painting--Updated

14x18" acrylic on canvasboard

(Update; This painting was altered in May, 2009.)

Monday, September 8, 2008

New Painting

Acrylic on 14x11" canvasboard

Saturday, September 6, 2008

My Town Monday & Sky Watch; Hurricane Gustav (& Aftermath) Log

There are 14 parts to my video journal of our Gustav experiences, so I'm not embedding them all here (as it may cause some peoples' computers to crash.) Instead, here are the links to the YouTube pages they're found on (in order);

Sun., Aug. 31st
Hurricane Gustav Pt I; The evening before landfall.

Mon., Sept. 1st
Hurricane Gustav Pt II; 7am, landfall in a few hours. Shortly after filming this, a reporter on MSNBC said that hurricane force winds were now hitting New Orleans. Shame on him, however, as hurricane force winds never came within 30 miles of New Orleans. Tropical storm force winds yes, hurricane force, no. Just goes to show--don't trust what you see on TV, even the news.
Hurricane Gustav Pt III; 8am, power goes out.
Hurricane Gustav Pt IV; 1:30pm, the worst of the storm is over.
We went out for a drive around 5pm & found some trees down;
After sundown it rains hard for many hours.

Tues., Sept. 2nd
Hurricane Gustav Pt V; The morning after. The flooding begins.
Hurricane Gustav Pt VI; Flooding worsening.
Hurricane Gustav Pt VII; Our way out of the neighborhood is blocked in every direction.
Hurricane Gustav Pt VIII; The front yard is now flooding. An ATV goes by towing a kid in a canoe.
Hurricane Gustav Pt VIIII; Flooding continues to worsen. About this time a tornado is headed for Abita Springs (although we don't know it--I only found out from concerned local friends after power was restored.) Enlarge the map for a truer representation of scale.
Hurricane Gustav Pt X; Waters still rising.
Tonight I keep dreaming that the air conditioner has come back on. I wake repeatedly to a considerably more miserable reality.

Wed., Sept. 3rd
Hurricane Gustav Pt XI; The waters start to recede.
Hurricane Gustav Pt XII; The fire department brings us ice. My new, best friend is a ziplock bag of ice (which can be applied in more ways than you'd think.)
Hurricane Gustav Pt XIII; The military brings us MREs.
Many thanks to the fire department & military personnel who came by to check on us & bring us supplies. It was nice to see a friendly face (that wasn't one of our own,) at this point.

Thurs., Sept. 4th
Hurricane Gustav Pt XIV; The waters have largely receded.
For the first time in a long time, we're treated to a lovely sunset;Our power was restored around 8:15pm.
Many thanks to the tireless power company employees, too, but most of my thanks go to Charles, who was very patient and kind throughout these long, hot days & nights.

"My Town Monday" is the inspired brilliance of Travis Erwin.

Visit the Sky Watch homepage.

Also, happy 64th birthday to Roger Waters! :)

Friday, September 5, 2008

New Art (Updated)

(Note; I'm still uploading Gustav videos to YouTube & will return to that subject in the next day or so.)
I'd been working on this acrylic painting on & off for quite a while now & struggled to finish it before Gustav arrived. My regular visitors may remember the original version (or study,) from this post. After further consideration, I decided to make a few changes. The water coming over the falls needed a more visible outlet. The whole scene needed more life, so I added animals & insects, some of which are somewhat hidden (i.e.; do you see the cardinal, the rabbit, the raccoon? Click on the image for a larger version.) I also wanted to include more warm colors--reds, oranges, pinks & yellows--to balance out the cool of the water, the sky & the vegetation. This final version is also much larger at 24x18" (which is certainly partly why it took me so long to finish.) I'm quite pleased with this. "Dreams of Glastonbury" (acrylic on canvasboard,) is for sale. Drop me a comment if you're interested.
(Updates: Nov. 2008; Artist of the Month [December] 2nd Place winner, Slidell Art League. May 2009; Published in the book of the Generation Fig Tree '09 art show. Jul. 2009; Scheduled to be published in Anthology of Friends; An Original Collection, Vol. 4.)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mini Post-Gustav Update

Our power went out 8am Monday. It came back on at 8:15pm tonight (Thurs.) No trees fell on the house--it, Charles & I are all okay. We did end up with flooding, however (although, again, nothing got in the house.) There's been news that a tornado went through our town, but we didn't see it (or evidence of it.) I kept a video journal of our experiences that I'll upload in the next few days.
Right now I'm going to have three showers, drape myself over an A/C vent & sleep a full, non-sticky, non-unbearable night (the first in a while.)

Thanks for all of the well wishes--you guys & gals just flat out rock!
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