Collector's Edition Prints

THE ZEBRA:

I was extremely close to this zebra when it posed for me. No, I wasn't on an African Safari, I was shopping at a large sporting goods store. The animals lifelike appearance was mesmerizing. I created the background from other photographs taken in my travels. It was my hope to create a homelike environment for this beautiful creature.

 

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A Stroll Through time

I just finished this piece it will be on display at the High Hand Gallery on November 10th. 

Time seems to stroll by at our own perceived pace. Yet, there never seems to be enough time to get all the work done.  Do we need more time or less work, I ask myself. I began photographing clock and watches of all shapes and sizes a few years ago.  Since that time, I have created a series of photomontages that are near and dear to my heart. New ideas for photographs are continually flooding my mind, all of which seem to steal my time.

Time seems to stroll by at our own perceived pace. Yet, there never seems to be enough time to get all the work done.  Do we need more time or less work, I ask myself. I began photographing clock and watches of all shapes and sizes a few years ago. 

Since that time, I have created a series of photomontages that are near and dear to my heart. New ideas for photographs are continually flooding my mind, all of which seem to steal my time.

Next Week...

 Since I have spent two years in Japan I have acquired a taste for Japanese food. I will try to put one of my favorite Japanese recipes with photos on my blog next week.  I am slowly working on my book of favorite recipes and one day I'll finish and be ready to go to print.

Just For Fun !

     I find this political season very entertaining and one of the most negative presidential campaigns in my life time. It ceases to amaze me why anyone would want to run for political office.   In American history the symbol of the donkey and the elephant has represented the Democratic and Republican party since 1828.  Political cartoonists of the time can be credited with perpetuating these symbols which grew out of negative comments and were published in magazines such as Harpers Weekly. Since we are engulfed in such a negative political environment, I try to find a bit of humor in it all.

                                                 The Politicians

                                                 The Politicians

     In this photomontage the last picture that I needed to complete this piece was a portrait of a donkey.  I found a donkey rescue ranch in Plymouth, California, and Sarah, the owner was nice enough to let me get up close and personal to photograph these very friendly critters.      

 

Cook Book ?

Creating art from my photographs is my passion, but many friends know that I also love to cook.  About a year ago, I started photographing some of my favorite dishes. My plan is to compile a cook book of my favorite recipes. It is not my intention to become another Bobby Flay or Emeril Lagasse, but only to share this book with friends and family. I thought I would share one of my recipes with some of my fans.  Let me know what you think…

 I am an avid pizza lover and my pizza dough can take up to 2 days to make. In these recipes, I use the same techniques that are used by bakers of fantastic tasting artisan breads. 

However, one day I came up with an idea for a 10 minute pizza. This recipe is very simple and fast.     

 Ingredients:

Flour Tortillas
Grated Whole Milk Mozzarella Cheese
Grated Asiago Cheese
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Tomato
Green Onion
Mushrooms
Sprinkle of Oregano
1 garlic clove minced
Olive Oil & a little butter

Layout your tortillas on a flat oven pan that has been sprayed with olive oil. I like to sauté’ my mushrooms in a little butter and garlic before placing them on the tortilla. 

 Spread your cheese on each tortilla.  Then sprinkle the rest of your minced garlic on each one.  Add your veggies or what ever else you would like to put on your pizza. Sprinkle with some oregano and pop in the oven at about 350 degrees until the cheese melts. 

Try one of my award winning recipes at: Award Winning Recipes

 

Protecting The Homestead

I’m sitting here listening to Billie Holiday, one of my favorite jazz singers. I get inspired by listening to songs from the past, while I delve into my next creation.

Recently in an antique store, I found an old vintage photograph with a group of frontiersmen from the early 1800.s. Back then you needed to be perfectly still while posing for those long exposures that were taken with large box cameras.

In the photograph one man with a rifle in his hands caught my eye. I scanned the photo and separated him from the group. He was going to be the subject of my next vintage photomontage. 

A few years ago, I had taken a road trip back into the hills of the Sierra’s to a ghost town called Washington. Traveling down an old dirt road we came across an old miner’s cabin where I took plenty of photos. The old cabin seemed to be the perfect place for my frontiersman.

Title: Protecting The Homestead

Title: Protecting The Homestead

Watch out for the other guy or gal..

Today, I was walking to my car after leaving Fry’s Electronic Store, when I noticed a car backing up into me.  The driver was obviously not paying attention to her driving.  She was actually trying to text someone with her cell phone while backing out of her parking space at the same time.  Wow!  Can you believe it?  

The experience reminded me of one of my photographs that I just finished. The title I gave it is “Where Are All The Books”. Did you ever wonder if books will disappear from our society and be replaced by a multitude of digital devices?  Not too long ago, I hiked in an old abandoned train tunnel located in the Sierra’s near Donner Pass.  

This seemed like the perfect place to store unwanted books.  The tunnel walls are now overrun with graffiti and as I hiked through the dark passage ways, I imagined books of all sizes and shapes cluttering the floors.

Where Are All The Books ?

Where Are All The Books ?


I've been working on a series called "A Simpler Time".

For the past year, I have been working on a series that I call, “ A Simpler Time”. In this series I start each new photomontage with a vintage photograph that I scan. I then retouch and recolor the antique photo before blending it together with other photographs that I have taken during my travels.

This all started a few years ago while I was rummaging through a box of old photos of my relatives.  I wanted to create a collage of my family, who were all from Italy, and combine it with some photos I took on a recent trip to Pompeii, Italy. I ghosted the images to give it a little bit of an eerie feel.

In the group there is my father at age 13, My Uncle, Great Aunt and Great Uncle.  My motivation for creating this image was to try to connect the past with the present. I enjoyed creating this photomontage so much, that I started collecting old vintage photographs from antique stores to use in my new series.

 

                                   Mary Go Round

                                   Mary Go Round

                                      Enjoying The Day

                                      Enjoying The Day

                                  Walls Of The Past  

                                  Walls Of The Past

 

Accident during construction of my studio...

It has been awhile since I have had a blog and in the past I found it difficult to keep current. I thought I would give a blog another shot.  I have been working on many projects, but my biggest one was building my photography studio. Last week we installed the electricity for the studio but at a great cost…

I ruptured my Achilles tendon working on this project and will have to wear a cast for 6 weeks.  It has slowed me down a bit, but now I spend much more time on my computer creating art.