Thursday, May 28, 2015

Skywatch Friday

It's been way too long since I last posted a Skywatch Friday.  This is a winter sunset from the archives.  We've had way too much rain to have any decent sunrise or sunset photos lately.  Of course my retirement and our move into town has severely hampered my ability to get to some of my favorite sites to capture uncluttered Skywatch images.
Let's start the week-end with a little gospel music.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Inspiration Thursday

Music is one art form that expresses virtually every emotion in the human experience. I love music of all kinds. It is no secret that inspirational music holds a special place in my life and Southern Gospel sits at the throne of that special place. Gospel music can teach us God's Word. It can lift us up when we are tired and broken hearted. It point us to our need for a Savior and it can encourage us by telling of the home that is waiting for us on the other side of this life. Enjoy the mini-concert.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Last Saturday my wife and I decided to visit an exhibit at the local art museum.  The good news is that the local art museum is Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  It is in it's third year of operation and is already a wold class facility.  The exhibit is entitled,

Van Gogh to Rothko brings together 76 artworks by 73 influential artists from the late nineteenth century to the present. The exhibition features masterpieces by some of the most prominent names in art history including Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador DalĂ­, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, and Mark Rothko. The works were selected from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the finest collections of twentieth-century art in the country, located in Buffalo, NY.

The exhibit is great.  I learned that I like Van Gogh better than I like Matisse.

Here are a few other works that I found interesting.
You can find art that expresses every emotion in the human experience.  You can even find art that expresses your feelings at that very moment.  This piece is called When the Raven was White, by Grace Hartigan 1969.  I just like the color and motion in this piece.  I rarely try to understand the meaning behind the painting.

 This is Van Gogh

 This is Matisse.  I like Van Gogh better than Matisse

This is Sun, Tower, Airplane by Robert Delaunay -1913.  I think I like Delaunay better than Van Gogh or Matisse.

There were also some interesting sculptures at the exhibit.
It is not surprising that this piece is titled "Walking Man".   What is surprising is that I was able to capture this image without a bunch of people in the background.  The museum was extremely busy on this day and I was amazed to find an angle that was void of human clutter.

Blame it on my Oklahoma roots, but I am in LOVE with this sculpture.  It is titled simply "Indian" by Paul Manship - 1914.  Even though this bronze was cast in 1914 it has so many Art Deco overtones it is amazing.  It was my favorite piece in the entire exhibit.
Stay tuned, I'll be bringing more images from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in the weeks to come.  Have a blessed Wordless Wednesday and feel free to visit again soon.

There is another project going on at the museum that has sparked my interest to volunteer as a guide at some point.  The museum has purchased a Frank Lloyd Wright designed Usonian house and is reconstructing it on the campus of the museum.  As a retired architect, this really caught my attention.  It will be several more months, possibly a year before the project is complete and ready to open to the public, but I am going to put my name in the hat to be a guide for this structure.  Just exactly what is a Usonian home, you ask?  Well, there were about 60 Frank Lloyd Wright designed usonian homes built.  They were Wright's attempt to design and build affordable housing for the average family, beginning in 1936.  Wright removed what he considered unnecessary frills from the typical residence, including the attic space, which led to flat or very low sloped roofs, He eliminated the basement and the garage.  In fact Wright coined the term car port to describe the open covered area to park the car.  He also called for radiant heat to be installed in the floors.  This was actually an energy savings feature.  He also employed some passive solar design concepts that were completely foreign to the construction industry at the time.  But that's a post for another day.
Bachman Wilson House by Frank Lloyd Wright

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ruby Tuesday Too

There is an exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art that features works from Impressionism to Pop Art.  Almost everyone recognizes this iconic piece as being the work of Andy Warhol.  This is not a photograph, it is a painting.  Although Warhol used a template to lay out the cans, each one is individually painted, therefore unique, different from the others. Check back tomorrow and I'll have more images from the exhibit.  Happy Ruby Tuesday all.

Memorial Day 2015

The original purpose of Memorial Day was to remember those Union soldiers in the Civil War.  By the end of World War I the remembrance extended to all military who gave their lives in service to this nation.   Today we use the opportunity to remember every loved one who has passed on, regardless of the circumstances.  It is important to remember that Memorial Day is more that boats, beer, and BBQ.  It is more than the start of summer vacation season.  It is good to recall our history, our legacy, and those who had a part in forming our lives.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

It's been entirely too long since I participated in a Scavenger Hunt Sunday hosted by Ashley Sisk.

This is one of my all time favorite images of "The Big Guy".  We took the family to Disney World in 2008 and I caught this image of our youngest grand child, and the only boy, during a  break at Epcot.  You just have to wonder what is going through his mind.


Even in Northwest Arkansas the winter temperatures can turn one of my favorite places into a combination of flowing water and "Crispy" water.  Okay, I know that's a stretch, but I'm going with it anyway.

Of course, in the spring, there is an undeniable energy that comes from the flowing water and the sound of the falls.

Negative Space
I probably should have cropped this image closer to the Rule of Thirds and created more negative space to the right of the flower.  However, the dark green background provides negative space for the spectacular bloom.  I have no idea what kind of flower I'm looking at, I just know that we were in Victoria, British Columbia.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fun With Filters

 Original Image

 A Little Stained Glass Filter
When the image is kind of monochromatic in color, I'm not sure that there is much difference between stained glass and mosaic filters.

A Little Crystallize Filter
This filter adds a feel similar to the watercolor filter.  In PhotoShop Elements you can control the size of the crystals.