Penrod

We went to Penrod Arts Fair last weekend. There was a lot of art, music, food and fun. It was a spectacular day. One of the bands we listened to was the Gordon Bonham Band. We know the harmonica player through another friend of mine. Tom Harold. He is quite amazing. The whole band is so talented and it was great to get to see them. I’ve taken pictures of them before, but this time I had a telephoto lens on my Panasonic camera. Wow. Even though it was a bit to get used to I think I got some great shots. Here is one of Gordon that I really like. The light was so pretty and he always projects such a good vibe.

Gordon Bonham at Penrod 2015
Gordon Bonham at Penrod 2015

Kitty Fort

There were several weeks that went by. The boxes came and came. Some were really sturdy, some not. The good ones we kept. Just spread them around. Lizzy and Pixel loved it. The girls. Kitties. Three years old this spring. Equal in their constitutions and intentions. The boxes were enjoyed for a couple of weeks and just when we thought it was time to let them go, we got a couple more substantial ones. Something had to be done. I cut holes, taped together, reinforced and joined. We had a kitty fort. What fun.

Lizzy and Pixel on their fort
Lizzy and Pixel on their fort

A Beautiful Array

My niece Kirsten came over the other night. We painted. She is very good. We labored. Slaved. Tried to find our way. Ultimately, we did. Her’s was spectacular. I will get a copy to post here. I painted over a rather lame painting from a couple of years ago. It is a combination of acrylic, pastel and charcoal. Fixed. Glazed. Per Susan’s suggestion some time ago. Love this, love this. Interesting piece. Buzz Lightyear is in the upper right hand corner. I have no idea how he got in there…but I learned a long time ago to go with it. I guess that’s mostly what I was able to give to Kirsten…in this our first painting session. Go with it. A lot to be said for that in art. Of all kinds. I love many passages here…Susan calls them passages. Makes total sense. My painting is 26″ x 58″. It works horizontal as well as vertical.

New painting.
New painting.

Psychopath

Our friend Vince is a furniture maker, wood worker, entrepreneur, poet, writer and inventor. We like to hang out at the Stutz where he and Kevin have their studios. I write poetry sometimes too and enjoy an exchange with Vince. I remember once when several people from work came down to the Stutz and we all ended up in Vince’s studio to listen to him recite some of his latest works. It just seemed natural to lie down on the floor in all the saw dust and wood shavings to further enhance my experience of taking in his words. He is so genuine and direct. And funny. I’m not sure how it started that he hung a huge psychopath banner in his studio to go with his psychopath t-shirt….but it fit and always makes us all laugh. When Kevin, Vince and I went out for First Friday this week, touring around to the different galleries, we noticed this neat building. It just seemed natural to put Vince in front of it to make a statement. Not sure what it says…but it certainly begs for a story. The color version of this is pretty cool but the black and white stops me in my tracks. Pretty amazing I took it with my iphone 6+. From there I duplicated it for tone mapping in Photomatix. Then took it into Photoshop for some burning and dodging. Lastly I used a Topaz filter and finished with a little more burning and dodging. I love the result.

Vince in his psychopath t-shirt
Vince in his psychopath t-shirt