April 30, 2008

Ashes and Flame

This image was captured in a temple near Himeji Japan.

The color and aura of the flame contrasts powerfully with the strength and depth of the vessel. I tried to adjust the properties of the image to highlight this tension.

As I balanced these elements the worn tatami mats surrounding the vessel paled to the color and texture of ash. The resulting pixograph depicts a narrative reflecting the transformational force of our being.

Or maybe it's just about art.

April 29, 2008

Witch Hazel

Just as I was down in the dumps about the endless gray of winter God called the Witch Hazel in my yard to work it's magic and push open its late winter blooms.

The Witch Hazel is such an interesting plant. It's beautiful pods and bright spidery blossoms look so eager and cheerful, so full of hope as winter draws to a close.

I loved the brightness of this image. I softened the details a bit and let the background fade. It speaks to me of bright new ideas and fresh beginnings.

April 27, 2008

Water Droplet

This painting by my daughter can be seen in the exhibit "Five" at the Second Story Gallery beginning May 2.

I love the playful use of color and the way she has captured the reflective quality and the depth of the water.

This painting, along with her larger painting "Cinnamon," will be on display at the gallery through May 30. Kerrin's paintings, along with the work of other artists who have exhibited their art at the Second Story Gallery over the past few years, will compose the exhibit "Five" celebrating the fifth anniversary of the fabulous renovation of the Camas Public Library.