Thursday, November 30, 2017
I've always been a fan of the "from behind" shot of animals. You don't usually see them from this perspective in books or on television. I think though that many times we get distracted by looking at an animal's face, and so either give short shrift to (or miss entirely) the beauty of the rest of the creature. Typical photos of lions focus on their manes, eyes, or more commonly their teeth, which tend to emphasize their violent carnivorous behavior and more dramatic physical features. Abstracting those elements from a photograph forces you to notice the other aspects of a lion, the texture of the fur, the variations in coloration, the thickness of the body, the relaxed posture, etc. I am willing to bet that very few of you knew that African lions had black stripes across the back of their ears until now!
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
It seems that I am on a reptile kick though...last month a rattlesnake, this month a caiman. I like reptiles though, I can't help it. :)
Caimans are essentially small versions of alligators. Their personalities and tempers are the same size, however.
Until next month, see you later alliga---oh never mind........:D :D
Friday, September 1, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017
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
Friday, June 2, 2017
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.