Makes me smile!

The office of West Monroe Mayor Staci Albritton Mitchell has pulled together another great show! This year’s theme: “People, places & settings that make you smile.” This corner of the universe gives me lots to smile about, so picking images to submit to this show was a challenge. Too many to choose from! Bayou Desiard is one of my favorite places to put in the kayak, and Sauté is the product of one such adventure. A paddle up the bayou usually produces at least a couple of fun bird encounters. This great egret was perching on a snag as I…

Surf & Sand

Two things came together for me over the past few months: my love of music and my love of photography. The outcome is a new series of photographs, two of which are currently online in a national juried art show called “On a High Note.” Here’s how it happened. Back in December 2020, I was walking the beaches of Dauphin Island, off the coast of Alabama, when I began to pay attemtion–really pay attention–to the patterns created by the interaction of surf and sand. So I snapped some frames, being entirely unsure they would amount to anything. Back home on…

Off the Wall!

My local friends will recognize this title. “Off the Wall” is the annual fundraiser for one of Monroe, Louisiana’s treasures: The Masur Museum. Not many cities this size can boast of their own fine art museum. “Off the Wall” is this weekend and I have donated three pieces to the virtual art auction. Bidding opened at 9 a.m. today and closes at 5 p.m. Sunday, August 1. Go here to see the artworks and place your bid. I chose to offer three pieces with a local flavor. Louisville Avenue Bridge was shot from my kayak while I was participating in…

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…