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“Hunt” for it!

It seems eons ago now! The Photography Scavenger Hunt was born on the social media platform Google+ back in its early days. Google+ is now a thing of the past, but the Photography Scavenger Hunt lives on. We just completed Round 26 with a Wizard of Oz theme and these ten terms/concepts to find or create: courage, coward, curtain, home, monkey, rainbow, road, selective color, sepia, wizard. I am delighted to share that my entries won Honorable Mentions in selective color and sepia. Importantly, we are given complete freedom in interpreting the terms/concepts assigned for each hunt. Since my trip…

Invited: Contrasts

This is soooo exciting!! Ruston Artisans is preparing a show called “Contrasts.” Invited artists will be represented by “pairs,” two artworks that contrast in some way: style, balance, pattern, color, texture, shape, composition. As one trained in graphic design, I really have to think about “contrast” in the context of “continuity.” My two works are very similar in most dimensions, but contrast in one important way. So here are the continuities: both are black & white inkjet prints, vertical in orientation, abstract in style, same in size. But one is an #EarthAbstract (entirely organic in subject matter) and the other…

Invited: Rural Photography

You can take the girl off the farm but you can’t take the farm out of the girl? Something like that. Agriculture is just one of the many things I find aesthetically interesting and well worth a look through the lens. And as an Iowa farm girl now living in Louisiana, I am particularly pleased that Campus Art Gallery at Indiana University will be exhibiting two of my works in their Rural Photography show, one from my home state and one from my adopted state. I don’t get home to Iowa much these days, but when I do, I usually…

Invited: Wave

I officially call this one “Wave,” but in my own mind, it’s “Wild Woman Wave.” Don’t you think? Whatever. I’m delighted that she has been invited to a juried show called “Fun-Sized Art.” It’s a small (affordable) works show just in time for holiday gifting. The venue is the Vanessa Lacy Gallery in Kansas City, MO. But, of course, if you live anywhere near me, I have lots of “fun-sized” affordable art. Indeed, making these small pieces is a blast and I have sold a number in Ruston via shows hosted by North Central Louisiana Arts Council. if you’re interested,…

Going Back

The osprey nest appeared to be empty, at least temporarily, but Nana Buruku, the ancient cypress tree, still fills the swamp with her spirit. That’s my name for her. The cajun swamp tour guides will introduce her to you as, simply, the oldest tree in the swamp. If I need to go to the part of Louisiana we call Acadiana for any reason, I will do my best to fit in a visit to Lake Martin. Last Friday, I made it for the second time this year. The swamp is a rich but challenging photographic subject. Actually, it’s the richness…