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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…

Birds Ascendant

It’s challenging and rewarding. You trip the shutter lots and lots of times to no avail. Birds move a lot, even when they stay in one place. They perch in the thickest vegetation. And when you try to get closer, they take off and fly away. Getting hooked on bird photography is a surefire route to frustration. But then… the moments of success are exhilarating. Wow! Look at that! My encounter with the “Angel of Death” osprey is a perfect example. I followed the bird from telephone pole to telephone pole for a couple miles at least, getting as close…

Jones Gallery for May

I have mentioned before that the Jones Gallery in Kansas City, MO, has become a dependable supporter of my work. Their May Group Art Show will again include two by me, both #ArchitecturalAbstracts. Although I usually seek to reduce or eliminate graininess when editing photos, I did the opposite with Checkered Past. It’s the Monroe Building, one of Chicago’s historic treasures that is regularly featured on the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House tour. Light levels were low inside, which tends to make for grainier photos, so I was partly just going where the photo seemed to want to go. But…

An Artist Co-op is Born!

Ruston Artisans, 203 W. Alabama, Ruston, is home and sponsor of a brand new co-op for artists. I am excited to be a founding member. As an active member, I’ll have space in the large back room of the gallery to display my art continuously. The inaugural display is called “Birdland,” featuring–you guessed it!–photographs of birds. I created a brand new large piece for the occasion: an 11×14 print framed 16×20 of the gorgeous Fiery-billed Araçaris (Pteroglossus frantzii), photographed on my trip to the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica in 2019. Of course, Louisiana has many beautiful birds. I began…