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Well, one day, I was helping a young friend print a musical score.  We were using her laptop and my printer and we kept hitting print and all sorts of buttons but nothing would happen except occasionally a blank sheet of paper would emerge.  We chalked our failure up to bad software-hardware communication.  Days later I realized that one of the printer’s cables had been improperly connected.  I fixed it and began printing documents that I needed for work.  The printer chugged out a page but on the page was not the text I was trying to edit, instead I saw musical notes.  Now you may have picked up from this and other posts that I am not an especially technical person.  I knew I needed to clear the printer queue but I had no idea where to start.  Eventually, I figured it out.  By then, I had many pages of music.  What to do? Hmm…

I still have three sheets left which I think I will save for a future “musical moment.”

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Just a couple of quick updates.  First, you may remember the series of posts late last month about storytelling through paper crafts and collage.  Well I turned some of the artwork into postcards.  Printed on high quality paper, they are bright and beautiful and I hope images that will make people smile as they pull them out of their mailboxes.  If you’re interested in purchase, just send me a note and I’ll let you know how you can obtain them.

Second, you may remember previous posts about my continuing adventures with a very young friend about colors.  Our most recent discourse revolved around the color white.  She may just be four years old and I … considerably older … but she does gently nudge me to push at colorful boundaries in unexpected ways.  As I wrote about in this post, for her I’ve tried to pull together a sampling of my favorite “white” images.

I’m quite pleased with the result.  I hope she will be too.  If you have an interest in this little magazine, it is available here as a print copy or for download.  Ah, technology.  😉

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I love showing collage artist Zoe Langosy my photography.  She is the only person who has ever viewed my work and said, “Wow, that’s beautiful.  I can’t wait to cut it up!”  And I, quite frankly, can’t wait to see what she does with the deconstructed images.  As I’ve said before, she is an inspiration to me as an artist who follows her passion with paper and at the same time is so guiding to other artists, young and old.  I’m honored that her latest work includes a bit of my photography, the sunlit branches.

Last time these branches helped garb a geisha of autumn and winter.  This time around the scene is decidely different in the piece she’s created for show at the UForge Gallery’s Visual Lyrics Exhibit.  For this exhibit, artists were challenged to pay homage to the lyrics of their favorite song.  Find out for yourself what song inspired Zoe.  The show will be on view starting tonight through November 27th.  More information available here:  Visual Lyrics Exhibit at UForge Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA.

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If you are ever in Boston’s Copley Square and you only have time to enter two buildings to view the beauty of their interior art and architecture then I highly recommend two buildings that face each other:  the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church.  Now, if you only have time to enter one building — and the sun is shining so bright that it brings tears to your eyes — consider a tour of Trinity.  Why?  The stained glass windows.  Yesterday was especially bright and beautiful in the city.  And I was especially lucky to capture a few images of brightly illuminated glass.

Read more about Trinity Church and its architecture here.  Learn more about the Boston Public Library here.

 

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Against the wall an Artist to Watch card featuring a tree frog as photographed by Jim Brandenburg.  In the foreground, a crystal unicorn given to me many years ago by my nephew who remembered my love of the mythical beast.  I don’t generally think of frogs and unicorns together but they seem quite a pair this morning.

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I learned this weekend of an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC called “Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century.”  As described on the Met’s website, the exhibit is presented in four galleries and represents the works of over forty European artists.  A friend of mine, watching a CBS Sunday Morning profile of the exhibit, said she was reminded of my photography.  Well, I looked through a few of my archives and noticed that I do indeed have a penchant for pictures taken with windows as backdrop.

During the morning show, the curator, I believe, pointed out that the view through the window by itself can be insignificant or downright boring.  It is the juxtaposition of that view with the interior life that creates the romance.  Sometimes the windows are not open, as in this Carl Gustav Carus (German, 1789-1869) painting called Studio in Moonlight (1826).  Next to it is a rosy-hued picture I took several years ago during a visit to Jackson, Mississippi.  In each case it is the illumination that is important, not the specific exterior scene.

I’m not sure if I will be able to see the exhibit, but even just learning about it, heightens my awareness of the photographic opportunities to be had in a room with a window.  We’ll see what emerges over the spring and into summer as more light pours down from the sky.  Meanwhile, for more information about the exhibit, visit here.

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I must admit when I took these picture of trees aflame in the fall, and of snow mounds after a winter storm, I did not envision their images forming the vibrant patterns of a geisha’s flowing silk robes.  But luckily I know Zoe Langosy, a figurative artist with a unique view of the world.

Zoe grew up in Somerville in an area made notorious in the 1980’s by Whitey Bulger and the Winter Hill Gang. It was in fact that gang’s activities and the negative impacts on Zoe and her sister that convinced her parents to move the family to Lexington.  There, in school as well as in her family’s bohemian household, Zoe’s artistic talents were fostered.  Eventually she traveled the world, living in London and Los Angeles before returning to the Boston area.

Her beautiful melancholic images have been exhibited in galleries in Boston, Los Angeles and London.  She and I became friends while working together in a local shop.  Somerville Open Studios has presented a great opportunity for collaboration that has already sparked conversation about future projects.  Time will tell.  Right now the focus is Open Studios where  Zoe’s contemporary geisha — three of them — will be clothed, and in some cases tattooed, with bits of sunlit leaves, shimmering snow, and rain-kissed flower petals.

View more of Zoe’s work here.

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“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

This year in particular I am made aware of the seasons and how, as Annie Dillard writes in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, “There is a bit of each season in every season.”  The sun is shining later, and so I am able to spend more time outside with my camera, and I swear, there is already a bit of green to be seen even through the snow.  When Spring does arrive, I am truly looking forward to participating in my second Somerville Open Studios with collaborator Zoe Langosy where our exhibit will focus on the complex overlapping beauty of the seasons.  But first up I am excited to be participating in the 2011 SOS Volunteer Show at Bloc 11 in Somerville.  The exhibit opening will be Monday March 14th from 6:30 – 8 pm.  I’ll have on display the luna butterfly above, taken in Maine this past summer.  Maybe I’ll see you there. 😉

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