Friday, September 1, 2017

September 2017: Autumnal "Danger Noodle"

This is a Massasauga Rattlesnake, the only poisonous snake found in Michigan.  They are fairly small (just over 2 feet long) and the color of dry dead leaves, making it next to impossible to see on the forest floor, especially in autumn.  Fortunately they are quite reclusive and not overly common, so it is pretty rare to come into contact with one.

Monday, July 31, 2017

August 2017: Metamorphosis parts 2 and 3


Last month I posted a monarch caterpillar, which shortly thereafter attached itself to the underside of a yucca frond and entered its pupal stage.  Here is the chrysalis.
A couple weeks later, and out came this gorgeous monarch!


It is amazing to me how allowing just a few milkweed plants to grow will draw several monarchs, and result in them being frequently seen throughout the summer.  I highly recommend it!

Friday, June 30, 2017

July 2017: Metamorphosis

This is a monarch butterfly caterpillar, diligently munching away on a milkweed leaf.  Caterpillars are symbolic of change, and that is what is in store for Jonderson Photography.  Over the course of the next month or two I will be attempting to redesign the main website in preparation for moving the site to a new host.  Here at the blog everything will be going on as usual though.  The hope is that the new website/host will be a butterfly taking the place of the current caterpillar.  I understand it rarely goes that smoothly, however I remain hopeful as always. :)


Friday, June 2, 2017

Sleeping Buddha


Sleeping Buddha...sounds like a new age Disney movie, doesn't it?  :)

I have always appreciated the thought and planning that goes into Asian art.  Especially with regard to scale and perspective.  This Buddha head could be 10 inches tall or 10 feet tall.  You can't tell just by looking at it in one single context.

I will be taking it easy for the next month or two, recovering from a surgical procedure (torn abdominal muscle). So maybe you will be getting bonus summer blog entries. Or maybe I will just sit on the deck drinking vodka for six weeks. Ha!

In the meantime, pick a day and seek out art near you to experience in person.  Find things to view from different perspectives, even though some of those perspectives might not be as pleasant or useful as others.  Discovering perspectives which don't work is every bit as useful as discovering ones which do.  That is true not just of art, but of life in general.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 2017

Reminder to self:  Do more landscapes!

Sorry this is late, but I have been very sick and very busy for the last 6 weeks.  Hopefully this beautiful garden scene will make up for the delay.

My thanks again to The Gallery: Art for Saginaw for hosting my work for the last six months!  It was nice for me to be a part of something positive in a community with so much love for art, and in a gallery with so much fantastic work!  Special thanks to Lisa Comer and Sara Taylor, for providing such a welcoming and supportive environment.  You really made it a genuine pleasure!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Gallery Event Update

Hi everyone!
Good news!
The Q&A Event at The Gallery: Art For Saginaw has been rescheduled for May 6th at 1pm.
Hope to see you there!

Jonderson

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 2017: Orange Tip on Orchid

Spring has arrived, and with it some illness.  Sorry this is late, but I have been as sick as I have ever been for the last week and a half.  Getting back around is taking time, but the warming weather helps! 

This is a Great Orange Tip Butterfly feeding on an orchid.  Very pretty combination, even if I do say so myself. :) 

My Q&A Session at The Gallery: Art for Saginaw was cancelled due to my illness, and is in the process of being rescheduled if we can find a date that works for both me and them.  I'd love to work that out, as they are a great resource for their community and I urge you all to support them by visiting them (and by buying some of the art of course)!  All their profits go toward art and art education programs for the youth of the city through the Saginaw Art Museum's education department.  What a great way to build a love for art in a community!