Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Beach walk

Barefoot Beach Walk
Last week I took a walk late in the afternoon out onto the sandspit in Morro Bay. A very low tide had left the sandy beach washed smooth and wisps of fog were just beginning to creep onshore. A relaxed dreamy feeling overcame me as I walked along. I came upon this set of bare footprints leading my eye off into the distance. They seemed to capture perfectly my mood of the evening.
I have some very happy news to share. My photo "FANTASY FOREST" won First Place in the Photomorphosis show! The judge, Richard Martin wrote me a personal note that I got with my award. This is what he wrote: "This image explores the photograph as fiction and fantasy in a highly successful manner. Reflecting the creative vision of the photographer, it synchronizes the craft of photography at the maximum level, with the art of photography. The design of the image and exceptional detail guides the viewer on a continual journey of visual discoveries. The true test of any image is its ability to entice the viewer to revisit over time and find new meanings." I feel highly honored to have received this award and even more honored by the judge's words.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


My photomontage called "Fantasy Forest' has been juried into the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art group show called PHOTOMORPHOSIS II. When I got the announcement about the upcoming show last July my imagination went into high gear. I wanted to create a photographic piece of art that included multiple of my photos and that also expressed something beyond just a grouping of images. Where to begin? I only had a vague idea of what it would look like when I started to 'build' my piece. I started with an image of moss draped trees I had taken up at San Simeon. After adding a creative filter to the trees I duplicated that image, flipped it and joined the two together. I now had a basic framework. From here I started to add my forest creatures one by one. After I had added each animal onto its own layer, I still felt the piece lacked a center of focus. So I experimented with several different images in the central area to see what inspired me. My sunset shot "Into the Light" gave me the feeling I was looking for. It carried my eye through the forest and into the golden light of the sun setting beyond the pier and into the ocean. The last thing I added to the image was the Moon Gate. It is the same shape as the Greek omega symbol. I like to think it adds a sense of the eternal to my artwork. All of the photos included in this piece are my own. It will be on exhibit from October 12th through November 18th at the Museum. The reception and award ceremony will be held on Saturday October 13th from 3pm to 6pm. I hope you can make it. I would love to see you there.
             Let the beauty we love be what we do ....... Rumi