Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I bought Gelb's book this weekend. Even though I've just begun reading it I can tell that it is going to be one of those books I read more than once.
According to the author, da Vinci kept notebooks full of his writings, sketches and reflections. From these notebooks and works, seven da Vincian principals are explored:
- Curiosita- An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.
- Dimostrazion- Willingness to learn from mistakes.
- Sensazione- Continual refinement of the senses.
- Sfumato- Willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty.
- Arte/Scienza- The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination.
- Corporalita- The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness and poise.
- Connession- A recognition and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena.
The book has questions that are designed to stimulate thinking and inspire you. There is also an annotated reading list and resource guide.
"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." Leonardo da Vinci
Monday, April 20, 2009
It will be interesting to watch the research results and learn about the benefits that might be derived for people not only with MS but also for those suffering with cancer and aids.
It is time for America to consider pot not as evil but to be able to scientifically evaluate whether it is helpful to those with major medical illnesses.
She now has her very own fan website! http://www.susan-boyle.com/
Everyone in our office was mesmerized by Susan Boyle on YouTube singing "I Dreamed A Dream" last week. We watched it over and over and then discussed the audience and the judge's reaction to her performance. Miss Boyle kept her composure even though everyone was smirking and rolling their eyes and was gracious when showered by the applause.
I wonder if her tryout for the program was indicative of her performance on stage.
For some reason, I can not get this blog to edit correctly. My apologies how the blog looks on your screen.
Friday, April 17, 2009
The website map includes:
- Home- Artist Statement
- Signs of Paris - Invitation to Show and Examples of Photographs
- Portfolio - Examples of Work
- Services - List of Photographic Services available
- Contact - Page to send an email and contact photographer
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Artist Statement & Explanation of Bodies of work
When the Paris, Texas City Council passed a sign ordinance in the fall of 2005 requiring all signs from businesses no longer in operation to be taken down, I decided to document and take pictures of the signs in Paris before they were gone.
My first picture was of the Grand Theater sign on Lamar Avenue. One night from way in the back of the room, my photography teacher at Paris Junior College, Marvin Gorley, saw the picture of the Grand and asked if I might be willing to donate a copy of the picture to a fund raiser for Downtown Paris. The 1920’s porcelain with neon sign is on a building that has been vacant since 1998. The picture sold, funds were raised for downtown and I have taken over 250 pictures of Paris signs since.
From May 18 through May 30, 2009, an exhibit of the Signs of Paris will be on display at the Plaza Art Gallery, 8 West Plaza, Paris, Texas (903.737.9699). A reception is planned on May 21, 2009 from 5 to 7 pm. Please come and see the pictures and have some tasty treats.
Other bodies of work include:
- People of Paris
- Landscapes of Lamar County
- Cancer Survivors
- Buildings around Paris designed by architect, Bill Lightfoot
Currently, I am taking Photo 111 at Texas A & M Commerce with Vaughn Wascovich.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
My favorite by far. This is one of the photographers chosen for the Photographing Strangers project.
The simplicity, the quality of the pictures, the blog link and the ease of finding the contact information is appealing.
Again, the simplicity, the dark grey and light blue holds my interest. The client list is a nice touch.
Great picture on the pop-up. The music is nice too.
The picture made me stop and look.
The flash at startup is well done.
The website makes it compelling to look at the picture.
The way the links are in the picture is really creative.
The six pictures representing the types of services are well chosen.
I like the idea of the photo of the week. It might make people visit the website often.