June 14th, 2013
I love to write but I don't take the time to do it. When I do take time I love to take an image of people and write a story about them. I don't do portrait photography so I usually make my story using an image I've seen in a magazine. Can't do anything with the image of course but it really makes for an interesting story and inspiration to write. I'll post one such story in the next day or two when I switch computers. For now I'll share a poem I wrote to the image link here.
You told me I could do it
Anything I might want
You said I was good
and could make it
just look at me now
what does it matter
One amongst the thousands
twinkling of stars
what did you
Fran Riley – 2013 Copyright
All rights reserved.
June 6th, 2013
When I was in the second grade I played this game called Hopscotch. All the girls played at school and at home. You would use some type of marker and begin with tossing it into the first box. Then you would hop through all the numbers and turn around at the circle and come back to the beginning, picking up your marker on the way back.
Who ever made it to the last number, often called "Home" was the winner. Some of the best markers were the small chains that were attached to a rabbits foot or charm, or like in our town (San Diego) where there were an abundance of a plant we called 'ice plant', a succulent that stopped nicely in the farther away boxes, was used quite often. We were inventive and creative with our markers.
Competitions existed and at one point I was the school champ and had the opportunity to go to the city's big competition event. I bombed out of it in some of the first rounds but had a great experience.
May 23rd, 2013
This article is from 'Houzz' a decorators paradise of Ideas. Found this article and liked the ideas presented. Here is Design #1 Strategy:
1. Use repetition of color and line. This art is so well supported by this room. The strong black-and-white graphic image is echoed in the black-and-white upholstery with lines that are similar to the curves in the woman's face. Even with the bright yellow accents in the room, the art is still the standout.
(image by Eclectic Living Room by Beverly Hills Interior Designer Tracy Murdock Allied ASID)
To read more click on the web link.
May 14th, 2013
Have you ever noticed that almost every barn you have ever seen is red? There’s a reason for that, and it has to do with the chemistry of dying stars. Seriously.
Read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/05/barns-are-painted-red-because-of-the-physics-of-dying-stars/#ixzz2THBFK0Ti
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March 20th, 2013
Amazing work by Patrick Doughterty has been shown and featured in museums around the world.
" Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. In 1982 his first work, Maple Body Wrap, was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists’ Exhibition, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the following year, he had his first one-person show entitled, Waitin’ It Out in Maple at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina." (from his Biography)
March 5th, 2013
The following is an article I found on Houzz, a website for just about anything to do with the home.
Browse Accessories And Decor on Houzz- For Example:
February 23rd, 2013
"Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bray is located three miles from downtown Helena, Montana, on the site of the former Western Clay Manufacturing Company. Set against the wooded foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the 26-acre former brickyard is internationally recognized as a gathering place for emerging and established ceramic artists. The nearby mountains and brick factory ruins provide a backdrop for the creative environment; more important is the dynamic arts community created by the resident artists that come to the Bray to work, share experiences, and explore new ideas." (from the website)
As a photographer, I visit the former site of the Clay Manufacturing to find inspiration. It's an amazing place in a state of decay, which is one of my favorite subjects. Watch for more collages coming soon!
January 10th, 2013
The BA&P Hill Trail provides a fascinating glimpse into Butte's early history, winding its way through the town's historic neighborhoods and abandoned mine yards. The area was known as the "The Richest Hill on Earth" for its gold, silver and copper deposits. The former Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railroad, on which the trail is built, was founded in 1892 to transport these precious ores from Butte mines to smelters in Anaconda. In 1913, BA&P also became the first freight railroad in the world to electrify.
Thirteen historic headframes—also known as “gallows frames”—survived the demise of underground mining in Butte. Subsurface operations at the Kelley shaft ended about 1980, but mining in most of the tunnels, drifts, and stopes served by the other headframes had ceased in the 1950s to 1970s. Today, they have become a trademark of The Mining City. "Richard Gibson"