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TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

Sunday, May 30, 2010

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY - THE CAT'S MEOW...




          Hello, my name is Trigger...
      

                                  Do visit HEYHARRIET who hosts SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY 


                                                

Friday, May 28, 2010

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - ON THE MISCONCEPTION OF THE TERM 'COMPUTER ART'...

This is not 'computer art' (or a photographic reproduction) for those still under the impression that an image that is created on the computer and printed out from an inkjet colour printer, is merely computer art!  The term suggests that the computer is dominant in the creation of art.  No way!  The artist or, the photographer seeking to produce fine art images, dominates.

The digital camera and the computer are the chosen tools of the artist, as is the brush chosen by the painter who wants to paint.  And the type of camera chosen by the photographer.  


The image, once it leaves the camera, exists in the computer (or on a piece of 'paper', the canvas) and is often edited (more tools provided by the computer) to become something else - the work of art.   There are applications that can be used enabling the artist to directly sketch into the computer.  The digital photograph is inserted by way of ports.  The print out is the work of art, after editing.  The original stays in the computer which advantageously facilitates making 'editions' (documenting each work) and posting to other exhibition sites.   

What you see here today are two 'reflection' photos that, at first, did not strike the photographer (me) as being that interesting in themselves.  However, when uploaded to the monitor and viewed through the prism of an eye for form, shape, colour, texture, then the two photos, rearranged, took on a different pattern that removed the mind's eye from what it was seeing before, to what it sees now. 

If anyone can add to this refresher, feel free to comment!  My reflection for today.





                         For more WEEKEND REFLECTIONS do visit James here!



See header for more information!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

SKYWATCH FRIDAY - WAKING UP TO RAIN CLOUDS OVER NYC ...


  


    THE WIND CLEARS THE SKY     



    LEAVING AN UNSETTLED, SOMETIMES SUNNY DAY...

                                              


                               For more SKYWATCH FRIDAY do visit Skyley here!
                               






                                     And the other dark cloud on the horizon


                                                   Donna Lee Michas

                                                              See header above for information!             

Monday, May 24, 2010

RUBY TUESDAY - SURPRISE DOWN LOAD...... BEE POWER!

  ANOTHER BEE JOINS IN GATHERING POLLEN...



     I had read somewhere that they were becoming an endangered species ..... I HAVE REMEMBERED!       It was at RAVENSVIEWS -


               For more RUBY TUESDAY surprises do visit WORKOFTHEPOET here!






                                           

Sunday, May 23, 2010

MACRO MONDAY - A BUTTERFLY ON MY BACK...OR IS IT A MOTH?






    This is a spontaneous photograph of a butterfly (or moth) that landed on my back as I was talking to Donna Lee Michas, Photographer and Street Artist, who exhibits her work in Union Square Park daily, except when it rains.    A passerby had spotted it and Donna promptly shot it for me for Macro Monday!    I am thrilled to be showing one of Donna's many brilliant photographs, this one framed an' all!  Http://f47.foliophotos.com
  
                          For more MACRO MONDAY shots please visit Lisa's Chaos here





SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY - CURVES AND CURBS...

...and on being curbed -




    For more wonderful SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY photos do visit HEYHARRIET here!



PS   ON BEING CURBED

   Send a message to Mayor Bloomberg: DO NOT REDUCE THE NUMBER OF 'STREET ARTISTS' in New York City - they are not the problem for *tourists, as are the panhandlers and the hawkers.  PLEASE SCROLL BACK TO THE HEADER FOR INFORMATION about the Mayor's intention to curb the STREET ARTIST'S FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

SEND A PROTEST TO THE MAYOR HERE:   http://www.nyc.gov./html/mail/html/mayor.html


Tourists = national and international!    


Friday, May 21, 2010

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - A SYMPHONY OF REFLECTIONS ...

   ....IN CHELSEA,  NYC.    A NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL PLAYGROUND, vibrant with activity and noisy children, batting their balls and frisbies, accidentally, over high blue railings for passersby to retrieve - who are happy to be included, nonetheless.

       21st Street is a busy, one-way street, and the cars reflect the energy, colours and sunshine of the day.....

  


    We had been to see Claude Monet's last Water Lily paintings at the Gascoinge Gallery -  
an exhibition of reflections to knock your socks off!
      




                                                            

                             For more WEEKEND REFLECTIONS do visit JAMES who hosts this 
challenging meme!
    

Thursday, May 20, 2010

SKYWATCH FRIDAY - A most unusual sunset reflected...


...in the windows of this one new, very tall building,  standing alone - a new kid on the block - seen close to the river Hudson - its windows ablaze, facing west, as I look east.





    For a moment all was bright and glittering, the rays highlighting the window frames, before the sun sank lower, returning the building back to its nondescript facade of bricks and mortar.  With thanks to fellow blogger Mary Westring for drawing my attention to this event when she was visiting.  Mary will be returning to her blog very soon, now that she is back from her trip to Japan.

  

                               For more SKYWATCH FRIDAY visit the skyley meme here!



MOTION THURSDAY - The CAT AND MOUSE story...

Missy, in her hunting, gathering mode... we are still hoping she will show an interest in painting...

                           Go to MOTION THURSDAY for more subjects on the move!

                                              






Monday, May 17, 2010

RUBY TUESDAY - A RED LETTER DAY to PROTEST unfair discrimination ...

against some 300 NYC artist vendors who make a living selling their wares to
the hundreds of tourists who visit Manhattan to see the sights and sounds of
this fascinating city.   And Mayor Bloomberg wants to shrink their numbers to
81.  Here is the story,  according to the The Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/16/art-vendors-aught-in-blo_n_540935.html

And Donna Lee Michas is one of them - a well organized woman, indeed!


    Donna is a Photographer and New York City Street Artist - http://fotografia47.my-expressions.com

Every day she is out there, in her allowed space (3'x8'x5'high) in Union Square Park, with her production of framed fine art objects, come rain or shine.   She keeps track of the weather portending rain because it takes her an hour or so to pack up her wares for transportation on her bike!

 I see these vendors on a daily basis.   There are all kinds and some who could be picked up by any upscale gallery owner with an eye for talent.  Right now the prices are affordable.  Who knows which of them will be tomorrow's Star of the Fine Art World when the prices sky rocket.   But, one doesn't buy art necessarily for investment does one!    It is what YOU LIKE  today that counts.  And there are many other 'collectibles' being sold - old posters, pins and labels that make
great historical kinds of gift items for friends at home.    And contemporary innovations galore!

Enlarge


        
The coupling >

            



Preparing to cycle home about 5 miles away to 23rd Street.


                            For more great RUBY TUESDAY insights do visit WorkofthePoet here!


PROTEST HERE!
PS  If you want to protest,  please write to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Hall, New York, NY 10007 or PHONE 311 or FAX (212) 312-0700 or email:   http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html    (This actually gets you there, too!  And it is  more direct, therefore, more powerful than a comment).



Sunday, May 16, 2010

MONOCHROME WEEKEND - A ROSE IS A ROSE WAS A ROSE!





            The day was breezy so the roses were not only blown but blown about!



                        Do visit the MONOCHROME WEEKEND THEME hosted by Aileni 





Saturday, May 15, 2010

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY - A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY IN NEW YORK CITY'S UNION SQUARE PARK...



  ...where the exhibiting artists have to put up their brollies for protection from the sun!







                           For more SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY do visit HeyHarriet here!





Thursday, May 13, 2010

SKYWATCH FRIDAY - FROM THE KITCHEN WINDOW, 10th floor...

    Early morning sun, about 7.30 am -

    
                                    Nowadays, the sun is rising behind the larger building.  Back in December it was rising far to the right,  as thumbnail photos below may show..




Saturday, May 8, 2010

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY - SHADOWS IN THE PINK...

                       ... decisions, decisions.... this,  



                          or that!



The question appears to be in the photo!



                             For more SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY do visit HeyHarriet here!


Friday, May 7, 2010

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - THE RIPPLE EFFECT 2: TREADING WATER...


...while the city digs up Washington Square Park, NYC, once again!





     For more WEEKEND REFLECTIONS do visit newtowndailyphoto here

  


     PS   Note:  Detail from the header -                               



                       
     I was surpised to find two, not one bee at work when I uploaded this shot for the mid-May header

Thursday, May 6, 2010

SKYWATCH FRIDAY - EVENING CLOUD FORMATION OVER NYC

  


     The setting sun catching the edge of this interesting cloud formation which soon dispersed....  


                                      For more SKYWATCH  FRIDAY do visit Skyley here





Wednesday, May 5, 2010

MOTION THURSDAY - HELLO? The classical curled-over tail of the curious cat...or, a spiritual inquiry between two cats...


   This is Missy, the indoor house kitten, and Shadow, the homeless, outdoor cat.   Shadow is one of four other homeless cats that visit - the others are too frightened to make the signal, even after being fed. 

  





A snippet from WHY CATS PAINT (1994), a theory of feline aesthetics. A book I found by chance at a used book store.  A wonderfully researched, serious and humorous study, illustrated. For more information go to  http://www.freddie-street.com/guide/wcpaint.shtml


              
    




Tuesday, May 4, 2010

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - DEEP THROAT









This iris is sheltered, in full sun -  whereas others more exposed to the cooler airs on Long Island
tend to be still wordless! 














Saturday, May 1, 2010

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY - WHAT THE NAKED EYE DOESN'T SEE.....


the details in the darkest areas from across the street


and the camera does...



the stairs, for instance, not to mention the fine safety netting. 



Do visit HeyHarriet at SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY here



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