When Irish eyes are smiling Sure, 'tis like the morn in Spring In the lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing When Irish hearts are happy All the world seems bright and gay And when Irish eyes are smiling Sure, they steal your heart away.
By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of a flower. - Rabindranath Tagore My Christmas cactus blooms twice a year... neither of which is at Christmastime. Instead, she chooses to bloom in the spring and fall, and that is just fine with me. I get to enjoy her beauty twice a year... Continue Reading →
Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton. And there’s a million things I haven’t done, But just you wait, just you wait. So fortunate to have caught a performance today of the national tour as it passes through Denver this month. F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!
Watercolor is a swim in the metaphysics of life... a mirror of one's own character. Let it be unpredictable and colorful. Baby it's cold outside... and I've got a nasty cold inside. It's been a rough week for me in the health department. I've been battling a really nasty virus that my doctor likened to... Continue Reading →
Well, I had me a boy, turned him into a man I showed him all the things that he didn't understand Whoa, and then I let him go Now, there's one in California who's been cursing my name 'Cause I found me a better lover in the UK Hey, hey, until I made my getaway... Continue Reading →
You've got my heart on a string. Having fun with digital art again today! The first image below is the original straight-out-of-camera image. I used the curves/levels adjustment in PS to wipe out the background and produce the second image below. After that I proceeded to overlay the image in PS with various watercolor... Continue Reading →
Tell me, what is the color of love? -Billy Ocean This pretty little photo composite was made from eight separate images: 6 individual images of paint chip samples, which were selected for both their vibrant colors and their Valentine's Day appropriate names (Sherwin Williams colors) 1 image of a paint chip sample deck fanned out... Continue Reading →
Strings of streetlights, even stoplights blink a bright red and green... In the air there's a feeling of Christmas. - Silver Bells, Bing Crosby FOCUS: Holiday I'm still feeling under the weather, so I didn't want to venture far from home for today's photo. Fortunately, our street is full of festive outdoor lighting, so... Continue Reading →
Here is the world. It is not a safe place, but however frightening and bewildering life may become, we can survive our fears and make peace with the world. -Terry Tempest Williams FOCUS: Life UnscriptedThere was another school shooting today. This time in my own state. This time close to home. This time it happened... Continue Reading →
Lose your mind and come to your senses. - Fredrick S. Perls FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks Today, I am thankful for my 5 senses. As humans we spend so much time caught up in our thoughts and emotions that we often forget to stay in tune with our most primal human qualities. Our... Continue Reading →
In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October, when the trees are bare to the mild heavens, and the red leaves bestrew the road, and you can feel the breath of winter morning and evening—no days so calm, so tenderly solemn, and with such... Continue Reading →
Your nightmares follow you like a shadow, forever. - Aleksandar Hemon FOCUS: Self Portrait (well... sort of) Just a little nod to all of those Halloween horror movies...
She calls it "stick season," this slow disrobing of summer, leaf by leaf, till the bores of tall trees rattle and scrape in the wind. - Eric Pinder FOCUS: Digital Art I decided to have some fun with my photography today by doing little digital art. One of my favorite artistic tricks is to... Continue Reading →
Homecoming means football, floats and fun... FOCUS: Life Unscripted (Digital Art) Homecoming Week at my son's high school is full of fun activities. There is a bonfire, pep rally, parade, football game and dance. The parade is one of my favorite events to watch. Each year, the marching band leads the students on a... Continue Reading →
Mary, Mary, quite contrary How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockleshells And pretty maids all in a row. -Mother Goose FOCUS: Flowers (Digital Art) There is a street right near my house that is bordered on one side with a long row of tall backyard fences. The fences are set back about... Continue Reading →
An arts festival helps a city to express itself. … It lets it come into its own. — David Binde FOCUS: Digital Art On the first weekend in July every year we attend the nearby Cherry Creek Arts Festival. This festival is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts and... Continue Reading →
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that... Continue Reading →
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever. . . it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything. - Aaron Sussman Focus: Digital Art I am in the process of collecting photographs from the past four years to display at my daughter's... Continue Reading →
I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism. FOCUS: Digital Art For all who have served our country - past, present, and future - I offer my sincere gratitude today and everyday.
The reason we race isn't so much to beat each other... but to be with each other. - Christopher McDougall FOCUS: Digital Art Half Marathon #4 in the bag! This time, instead of running, I walked the 1/2 marathon with two friends of mine as a benefit for the charity Action for Healthy Kids, whose... Continue Reading →
Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope - a slight change, and all patterns alter. - Sharon Salzberg FOCUS: Digital Art Today was my daughter's last day of high school. A milestone day indeed. To commemorate this special day, I have created a little digital art tribute. I took some photos of purple and yellow... Continue Reading →
May the Force be with you... - Star Wars, A New Hope Focus: Digital Art I just couldn't let Star Wars Day go by with out a little digital art tribute. To top things off, I think tonight we'll sit down with a big bowl of popcorn and watch a few episodes of this... Continue Reading →
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are... Continue Reading →
Isn't it appropriate that the month of taxes begins with April Fool's Day and ends with cries of 'May Day!' - Unknown Focus: Digital Art This may be an oxymoron, but Happy Tax Day everyone!
Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment. - Horace FOCUS: Digital Art Happy April Fool's Day! Here is a little photo trickery to honor the day. After all, playfulness is good for the soul.
The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. ~ Pierre Corneille FOCUS: Digital Art As part of the Kizuna Project that my daughter is participating in (see post on March 2), we welcomed a Japanese student into our home to spend a few days to experience 'American life'. A lovely part of the... Continue Reading →
Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water - it will make ripples throughout the entire pond... ― Jessy and Bryan Matteo FOCUS: Digital Art Today marks the two year anniversary of the 9.0 Tohoku earthquake that triggered a tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan. The tsunami swallowed... Continue Reading →
How did it get so late so soon? - Dr. Suess Focus: Digital Art Today marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, when we set our clocks forward one hour in an effort to extend our daylight hours. I always find the first day of Daylight Savings a little disorienting. It is as if... Continue Reading →
Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility.- Rosabeth Moss Kanter Focus: Digital Art Today I decided to play around again with some digital... Continue Reading →
It's crazy I'm thinking Just knowing that the world is round, And here I'm dancing on the ground. Am I right side up or upside down, And is this real or am I dreaming? - Dave Matthews, Crush Focus: Digital Art Happy 303 Day! Today is March 3rd - or, to abbreviate, '303' - which... Continue Reading →