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Two to Colorado

Lots of art exhibits got canceled this spring! Big surprise to no one, I’m sure. But things are picking up again, and I am especially happy when a gallery that is taking every precaution in the world invites my work. These pieces go to venues with strict guidelines in place for doing an art exhibit in the time of pandemic. So… for the second time, Double Arpeggio will soon be on the road, this time to the 73rd Annual Gilpin County Arts Association 2020 Juried Art Show & Awards. The exhibit is scheduled August 1 through September 19, 2020, at…

PTOP: Rosey Glow

Whatever you do, do it with all your heart. That seems to be Camp Hardtner’s motto! The more time I spend there, the more I see how over-the-top wonderful that 160 acres in Central Louisiana is. Earlier this year, I made trips down to see the mother lode of jack-in-the-pulpit flowers and the mother lode of rose pogonia orchids. This week it was the mother lode of pinewoods rosepinks, also known as rose gentian (Sabatia gentianoides). What I love most about these wildflowers is the precision of the petals. They look to me like they are carved by laser from…

#6 from Costa Rica

This magnificent tree–a kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra)–standing head and shoulders above the rain forest, is the sixth of my images from last summer’s trip to Costa Rica to be invited into a juried art show. From the moment we piled out of our Land Rover along a rutted, pot-holed mountain road, I was deeply moved by this tree. I have questions for this tree. Read them here in the blog post I wrote the night after encountering it. Why “Hyperion”? In Greek mythology, Hyperion was one of the 12 Titan children of Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (Sky). Moreover, Hyperion is…

PTOP: Lavender Hope

A quarter would cover each of these sets of leaflets of three. The flower that rises on a leafless stalk nearby is even smaller: Cover it with a dime! And the dark background of these two images? That’s scorched earth. It’s called “prescribed burning” of forest lands–a replacement of the natural forest fires that once cleared away the thick grasses, vines and shrubs that choke out tiny flowering plants like these. In this morning of mourning on the heels of a heartbreaking week of choked out life and scorched earth, it is all I can do to cling to a…

The Way of Light

“That’s what a son is for.” That’s the punch line. Here’s the story. I was texting my son this morning to thank him. Last week I emailed him two images I was struggling to choose between for my submission to a show I really wanted in. His feedback has been helpful before and so I asked him which image he found most interesting to look at. He responded immediately with a simple statement: “The one where the stick is more prominent.” Well, it’s a vine, not a stick, but… I knew instantly that he was right. The zig-zag vine being…