january 3, 2016

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“Let today be the day you finally release yourself from the imprisonment of past grudges and anger. Simplify your life. Let go of the poisonous past and live the abundantly beautiful present.”
~ Dr. Steve Maraboli

 

upside down and blurry
upside down and blurry

 

The Michler’s Christmas Fair – way back the first of December – doubled as an excuse for the Happiness Gals to convene for our Christmas celebration. Not all of us could be there (we missed them), and none of my shots are very good. So, since I’m rarely in the group photos, I thought I’d lead off with a blurry self-portrait courtesy of the fair’s tuba player. That we’re missing excellent pix of the day is irrelevant really. What mattered was that we were together sharing conversation, laughter, and good cheer. I love my gals. They’re such a blessing.

 

back here
back here

august 21, 2014

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“Growth is painful. Change is painful.
But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”
~ Mandy Hale

 

dream garden
dream garden

 

One of the things that made yesterday so wonderful was my walk past Mathews Garden. It, along with the house bearing the same name and an adjacent house, are set to be demolished to make room for the law school expansion. Mathews is no ordinary botanical garden. At a century old, it’s said to be perhaps the most diverse space in Kentucky, supporting over 350 species of native and non-native plants. There are a few rare trees on the half acre as well, including a reproducing American Elm. Three quarters of their population were wiped out in the mid 20th Century. Even though this small lot provides a unique classroom to students, not to mention a unique space in the middle of town, the administration questioned whether “a facility of dense undergrowth (should) be in the center of campus or more appropriately relocated to a research tract (farm)…” Cue Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi, “They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.” I will enjoy Mathews Garden for as long as they’ll let me.

 

paved paradise
paved paradise

january 29, 2012

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Buddha, I want to have your peace…your wisdom, your serenity, your divine nature AND your acorn hat! Love, Squirrel.

self portrait (Snapseed and Color Splash)

I’ve been quite busy this weekend. Among other things to be done was errands. That’s when I realized I hadn’t captured today’s photo. First came the self-portrait – I’m sure customers in Kroger’s parking lot thought I was nuts – and, as is often the case in Lexington, I sat at a red light long enough to take the other. It’s Lexington’s first double crossover diamond intersection. An ingenious idea, though I might be the only person who thinks so…well, me and the engineer who dreamed it up.

My kingdom for three day weekends every week!

postcards from the intersection (Snapseed)

the year art came home

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I’ve played music for as long as I can remember. I always dabbled in art, too. In high school I was bitten by the photography bug. When I decided to stop touring as a musician and return to college to study art, I hadn’t expected to fall back into photography. But that’s just what I did (evidenced by the self portrait above, circa 1993). Now, nearly 15 years after that BA and a non-art masters degree in hell later, I’ve come home to what matters: art.

Here in The Outhouse, urged by my friend Mary Carroll-Hackett along with trusted advisors Deb Chenault, Larry Evans, Stacy Yelton, Mindy Cardenas, Angie Bliss, Lisa Banyai, Beverly Howell, Sandy Davis, and Dan Kibler, I’m going to keep a record of my endeavors to bring back into my life the muses that have been hiding quietly, waiting for me to get whatever out of my system.

Starting January 1, 2012, I’ll be posting one photograph each day – and it’s leap year, bonus! In a year’s time, provided the Mayan’s are wrong, there will be 366 photographs to reflect on. I’ll also share other sharable art stuff when they come up – drawings, music, writing, moving pictures, radio stuff, and whatever else happens to come to the surface.

So, come along for the ride. No doubt there will be a lot of crap along the way but, who knows – maybe I’ll find my voice again. Lord help us all if I do! 🙂