Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Limited Edition Prints From Photo Center NW

Dear Friends,

The Photo Center NW is offering a limited edition of Burn No. 56 to benefit the Photo Center NW.
This is the ONLY place that this print will be available for purchase.

Burn No. 56
Thinking about starting a photographic collection? This is a great way to start!
It is a wonderful, vibrant community arts center. 
Click HERE to learn more about it!

 I am heading to Baja California for the annual Frontera Grill Staff trip. Will be eating lots of fish tacos and photographing....seafood?

Have a great 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Commencement Advice

There was a wonderful article in the New York Times this weekend with excerpts from various graduation speeches that were delivered this season, titled Familiar Faces Offer Advice, Idealism and Humor.
Northwestern University Hat Toss

MR. GAIMAN “Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do: make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. I.R.S. on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil, or it’s all been done before? Make good art.”

soooooooo, go ahead and make some good art this summer!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Spirit of Generosity

The concept of "spirit of generosity" was coined at a Ragdale Foundation strategic planning meeting. It is a state of being that many of us strive for and attempt to cultivate in our everyday lives.

 I thought about this idea again this morning when I read Aline Smithson's wonderful blog, Lens Scratch. She has, single handedly shifted the culture of the photographic community, no small feat. Her actions and generosity of spirit have fueled many friendships, connections and interest in each others work. Her post titled Thoughts on Success is well worth checking out and, if you haven't subscribed to her blog you should. She posts daily about the photographic world and the work is varied and interesting.

There is a book titled The Gift by Lewis Hyde that is a must read if you are interested in this subject of generosity and art. A New York Times article titled What is Art For, by Daniel Smith speaks about how Hyde's works have been transformative for many. "The Gift...tries to reconcile the value of doing creative work with the exigencies of a market economy" In the article the author, states...

"For centuries people have been speaking of talent and inspiration as gifts; Hyde’s basic argument was that this language must extend to the products of talent and inspiration too. Unlike a commodity, whose value begins to decline the moment it changes hands, an artwork gains in value from the act of being circulated—published, shown, written about, passed from generation to generation — from being, at its core, an offering."

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Checking in ~ Checking out

You may have been wondering where I have been during this long hiatus from posting on my blog. Well, it has been a busy time with little space to reflect on anything creative. 2 Graduations, 4 Weddings, friends and family visiting from out of town and 5 upcoming exhibits. I really love to share work and things that inspire but only when I have the time to reflect. That is why I have been silent as of late.
sunset with the iphone

a few recommendations -

TimeLines Theater  premiere of "My Kind of Town"  (acting and story telling was amazing)
and the movie Bernie was quirky and wonderful...

Will post as the time and space allows!