Crocuses Mean Honoring New Year’s Resolutions

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to actually get in the habit of posting om my blog more often than once every six months. The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that New Year’s Day comes in the middle of the winter, when all I want to do is crawl back under the covers with a good book — not fix all my bad habits.

Which is why I seem to have waited until spring to get around to honoring some of those resolutions. The bright yellow crocuses coming up in our back yard are egging me on. I figure if they can keep blooming even after our dog dug around them, I can put up a blog post.

Actually, I’ve had work in a bunch of shows since I last posted, but I’ll just go with the current news, and try to get to filling in later. My photo, Fresh Green Tomatoes, is currently in an exhibit on Capitol Hill. My picture was chosen by juror Bonny Wolf to be included in Food for Thought, a show sponsored by the Capitol Hill Art League. It’s a really nice show which runs through April 16, 2015. You can see it at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop , 545 7th Street SE, Washington DC. a few blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Stations. Please do check it out.

Here is the picture. I took it at Eastern Market in 2013. Fresh Green Tomatoes

Please Come See My Work At A Show on Capitol Hill

I’m really honored to have two of my prints included in the Hill Center Galleries Regional Juried Exhibition on Capitol Hill. The show runs June 26 through September 28, 2014. and was juried by Philip Kennicott, Art & Architecture Critic at The Washington Post.

The opening reception with the Artists is tonight, June 26, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. During the reception, Kennicott will present a Gallery Talk, and announce the first, second, third place, and honorable mention award winners.

One piece I have in the show is a Shaw “streetscape” that features a group of row houses with new construction behind them. I’m fascinated by the juxtapositions of “new” and “old” DC with so much rapid change in the District. Shaw is a neighborhood where this is happening a lot, and I was pleased to capture a bit of that in my image.

Another area that is changing rapidly is H Street NE. This is an area where the one of the new DC arts districts, new theaters, shops, restaurants — and soon streetcars. In December, my daughter and I took Bisky (the cutest three legged dog in the Western Hemisphere who happens to live in our house) to be photographed with Santa at an independent pet store on H Street. It meant that our photo fees benefited the Humane Society and we weren’t stuck with one of those rather awful plastic frames PetSmart gives you with your doggie Santa pictures.

Anyway, after seeing Santa we went into a shop nearby called Hunted House, which carries vintage furnishings, clothing and decorative objects. I’ve long loved taking photos at estate sales, thrift shops, and flea markets. (For one thing, taking home pictures helps me resist the urge to fill my already cluttered home with more interesting stuff.)

The owner of Hunted House kindly said it was fine for me to take pictures, and some came out very well. So well, in fact, that one is in the show at the Hill Center Galleries; while another photo I took in the shop will be in a show later in the summer.

I’d put the images here now, but I’m using the WordPress iPad app to write this post. It’s the first time I’ve used the app, so I still have a lot to learn about it. I’ll do something about posting more images when I get back to my computer. Meanwhile, I’ll finish this already longish post with:

Information About Hill Center Galleries:
Hill Center Galleries consists of six distinct exhibition spaces in the exquisitely renovated Civil War-era Old Naval Hospital at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, just one block from Eastern Market Metro. First and second floor galleries are enhanced by 14-foot ceilings and natural light, which streams in through eight-foot windows. All artwork is available for purchase.
Hill Center Galleries are open to the general public Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m. There are occasional closings for special events. Please call Hill Center at 202-549-4172 for confirmation of open hours on a particular day.

If you feel peckish after viewing the Galleries, the food spots of Barracks Row are in the next block. Hope you can make it to the opening and/or the exhibition.

My Photos Are (Briefly) on Display in Two Shows at Once

Please come see one of my photos in the 2014 Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center Members Exhibition from April 5 to 25. (Of course, you should look at all the other great pieces in the show, but this is my blog, so I’m channeling my inner five-year-old and bragging about me.) The exhibition will be at the Washington Printmakers Gallery upstairs in the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, at 8230 Georgia Ave in Silver Spring. Gallery hours are 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Sunday.

The opening reception is on April 6 from 2 to 4 PM, with the juror’s awards & comments at 2:30 PM. There are a number of good places to eat in Silver Spring, and the American Film Institute nearby, so you could include the reception in a nice day out.

This is the photo I have in the Pyramid show.

Bikes Immobile

If you are in the market for crafty & other items – “misprints, overgrown yarn stashes, fabric scraps, older but still beautiful work and more” – you can come by the Yard Sale in the Pyramid parking lot on Saturday April 12 from 9AM to Noon, and see the Members Exhibition at the same time. I’m working hard at clearing out excess supplies to sell that day, and will have some of my smaller prints for sale too.

While I’m bragging, I was a finalist in the 2014 Fine Art Photography Exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon, which opened on March 4 and continues until April 6. Which means I’ll have photos in two DC area shows at once – if only for a day. ArtSpace Herndon is at 750 Center St in Herndon and is open from 1 to 5 on Sunday afternoon.

The ArtSpace Herndon Exhibit is a really wonderful show (even if I do say so myself) and I was honored to have a piece in it. Going in, there are a couple of big, richly colored, delightful photos by D. B. Stovall, who was the exhibit juror; and the big photo of the Eiffel Tower that won first prize is a delightful example of how shooting from an unexpected point of view can make a subject that has been photographed a zillion times seem new and visually exciting.

My own contribution to the Herndon Exhibit didn’t win a prize; but it was one of the first photos to sell, which was a great ego boost. Iveta Steinhobel, who bought my print (and is, clearly, a woman of impeccable taste) kindly sent me this photo she took of me with the print at the Artists Reception.




I’m Getting More Photos Online!

Tonight I managed several cool techie tasks; I got the Flickr publishing plug-in on Lightroom set up; then I used it to create & upload two new sets of photos; I made one phot into my header photo (thus placing an image of Camel’s Hump behind my head); and I put up a new head shot on the page. You can see the head shot in the Flickr Badge that I made and hopefully will add here.

I’ll feel like I’ve done a good night’s work if the badge gets properly pasted up, and you can click the link to get to my Flickr Photo Stream.

Update: I can’t seem to get the nifty looking badge pasted on after all. At least not without consulting help. So I’ll just have to send you to my Flickr page the old fashioned way: with a dull-all-in-letters link. Here it is:

FotoBazaar DC

I had a great time last weekend, looking at all the wonderful photos on display at FotoBazaar, a pop-up exhibition organized by FotoDC. I also got to show a bunch of my own photos and photos on tile, and to talk to lots of people about them. Many kind people took my business cards, which I’d rushed to get printed by the time FotoBazaar opened. But (horrors) I did not yet have a gallery of my photos up here; nor have I gotten a portfolio up elsewhere on the Web. So I’m quickly posting a small gallery of some of the work I showed at FotoBazaar here. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

Making Changes — Bit by Bit

So tonight, I’ve made the change to a new theme. Though things don’t look so very different yet, I think they will soon. For one thing, I’ll be able to put in galleries showing my artist books, and photographs. Also, I get quite a number of widgets, with which to do nifty things. At this point, I’m not certain exactly what nifty things, but I’m sure I can begin to figure that out tomorrow.

So now I’m off to eat a very late dinner and watch another episode of London Hospital on my iPad.

On Gradual Changes

If you happen to be one of the very small number of people who have looked at my blog before, you will see that I’m edging into a different look for the blog. Which explains the new header photo. When I signed on today (for the first time in months) the kindly folks at WordPress suggested that I might want to update my Theme. so I looked at a bunch of themes. WordPress even has this cool bit of tech where you can see how the content already on your blog would look in another theme. I tried out a number of themes and concluded that I’m just not ready for so much change at once. However, there was still the obvious fact that the photo on my heading was looking dated.

I solved that problem by uploading a newer photo — the first cautious step in the revamping of my blog. Not to mention, bringing the blog back to life with actual reasonably frequent entries. As I’m having to relearn what I knew about WordPress and more, I thought that a complete design overhaul would be just too much.

The subject of my photo, though, is not the least bit cautious. The picture is a panorama shot I took at the spectacular Bascilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. If you want to see more shots, take a visita virtual, or buy tickets to visit, check out the basica’s web site at I just looked at it when I was checking to see that I’d spelled the name correctly. And I think it’s cool that the end of the domain name is “cat” as in Catalonia.

The basilica was designed by Antoni Gaudi whose unique, adventurous artistic and architectural vision can be seen all over Barcelona. When I was there last summer, I also visited a house he’d designed, and became extremely envious of the family who had lived there. I’ll try to post some of my pictures of the house soon, so you can become envious too.