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Dead Flowers Society

If there was such a thing, I would be a member. Because dead flowers are beautiful, really! Here’s one: I really don’t know what this flower looked like when it was fresh. Very pretty, I’m sure! But.. what character it has now, its silver gray curls streaked with charcoal and touches of peach peaking through! The red stem is a different dying plant, and another thing I have noticed: Colors tend to intensify when a plant is going to rest for the winter. This piece is in the July Group Show at Jones Gallery in Kansas City, MO. They invited…

Over 50?!

In age, that is. Yes, indeed. Occasionally a show comes along that seems to have been designed with you in mind. So it was with “Second Half,” a show for artists over 50. I didn’t hesitate to apply. The show has two components, a gallery show and an entirely online show. My piece, From Which Hope Springs, is in the virtual show. Click here. The Second Half – 50 & Older is the work of Las Laguna Gallery, 577 S. Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA. It will run through July 31. In their invitation to apply for the show, the…

Camera Camp

The kids took some good photos. We all had fun. I’m going to do it again! My first ever “Camera Camp” offering ended last week. This Camera Camp was kind of a private affair, offered only to 6th through 9th graders of Grace Episcopal Church and School. The next one will be run through Ruston Artisans Gallery and Co-op at 203 W. Alabama Ave. in Ruston. It begins July 20 and runs through August 5. We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 – 11:30 at the gallery. Each of the kids who came to Camera Camp showed commitment and skill,…

Birds & Blooms

Birds & Blooms opens Saturday, June 26, at Ruston Artisans on West Alabama St. in Ruston with a reception from 5 until 7 p.m. Box Leangsuksun is featured artist. I am delighted to be a supporting artist, along with Jeff Perot. The show should be a tour de force of, well, birds and blooms, of course. Leangsuksun travels the world to create his extraordinary nature photography. Perot and I represent a more local perspective. That being said, for this show I have prepared a few pieces featuring the exotic birds of the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rice, which I visited…

By the Numbers

What is the next number in the following sequence? 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, … Here’s a clue: You’re looking at the Fibonacci sequence. It occurs everywhere in nature. Count the petals on a ray flower. It’s probably going to be a Fibonacci number. Look at the spiral pattern of a pine cone or a pineapple and count the spirals if you can. You will get a Fibonacci number. Or better yet, you southerners pick up the fallen fruit of a Magnolia tree. See the spirals and count them. Fibonacci number, of course. Fibonacci numbers…