Finishing Matters

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Custom Made Re-Claimed Barn Wood Back Boards

I’m happy to say that I finally am feeling well enough to put the finishing touches on work that has been on deck for months.  The long standing plan for the Summer of 2017 was to become a gypsy of sorts and hit the art festival circuit in Colorado.  Metal prints of my photography come to life when I mount them on character filled backboards made by me out of re-claimed wood.  As most of you know, there is a saying about the best laid plans of mice and men and for me this year things did go awry.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an autoimmune disease that I didn’t even know existed nine months ago.  This 56 year old body shouted WTF at the low point last winter when just walking and touching the top of my head were difficult at best.  Finally, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m rebuilding my atrophied muscles enough so that I can get some new work sold.   Things are looking up!

I’d love to hear what you think about these pieces.  As always, comments welcome.

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The Handwriting Is On The Wall

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I’ve been to Moab, Utah region many times and have found with each visit that there is always something new to discover. Potash Road, as I found out during our October trip, is a must see and do. Just North of town near the entrance to Arches National Monument, a road crosses and follows the mighty Colorado River. Vertical red rock canyon walls are Mother Nature’s embellishment to a landscape that is an absolute world of art. Slow down and look a little closer and you’ll find that the Native Americans were inspired to follow suit. Rock Art is everywhere and mostly untouched for centuries except here and there where someone felt to compelled to destroy it.

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If you continue up the road beyond the pavement, you will find yourself skirting a number of tailings ponds, leftover from the cold war era uranium mines. You’ll want to make sure you have a high clearance vehicle, preferably four wheel drive because this is no place to have car problems. I didn’t even want to stop to take pictures for fear that we might start glowing in the dark. We continued on up the road and eventually ended up driving through a real life Hollywood movie set (read my recent post “The Accidental Paparazzi”) before climbing up to the entrance of Canyonlands National Park.

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Mankind leaves an indelible imprint on the land, there is no way around it. Hopefully, we will learn from past mistakes and strive to make our mark on the world one that says we were a caring and respectful people. If we don’t….well, the handwriting is on the wall.

Facebook And The Art Of Shameless Self Promotion

"Back In The Day" (Click Photo To Vote)

“Back In The Day” (Click Photo To Vote)

Okay, this is the moment I’ve been waiting for.  After several years of dipping my toes in the current of social media I’ve arrived at a moment of truth.  It’s time for me to determine if this high tech voodoo will actually do something to help me in a little shameless self promotion experiment.  I’ve gotta tell you, my Facebook balance sheet has thus far been heavily out of whack to the negative.

I’m 53 years old, yet I voluntarily jumped right back into the hornets nest of adolescent social life.    There must be something virtuous about putting myself out there even though it reminds me of how awkward and unpopular I was in grade school.  There must be a reason why people I used to know in real life are now knocking on my virtual door and asking if I can come out and play games like Candy Crush Saga or Farmville.   There must be a life lesson in having to listen quietly and respectfully to the strong opinions of others over and over and over again and resisting the urge to “unfriend” them because I don’t want to hurt their feelings.  There must be an advantage to handing your face over to every facial recognition server in the world, to telling every government agency and terrorists organization all about your personal life.   Finally, there must be a reward for managing to adapt to the counterintuitive culture of Facebook.  It used to be that “Status” had to do with relationships.  Now we are expected to know that “Status” is FB code for what the rest of the world knows as a “Post”.  Why is Facebook trying to reinvent the wheel.  To make things even more messed up, when someone posts a “status” like “my dog died and I’m very sad”, people who are supposed to be your friends are hitting the “Like” button.

Understandably, I’ve probable offended a few folks here and cannot reasonably expect them to assist with my shameless self promotion experiment.  To the rest of you, please add a few debits to my Facebook balance sheet by clicking on each of these three photos and voting for them.  Your votes and yes your Facebook Shares will make it all worth while.

Question of the day:  Do you Love or Hate Facebook?  or both?

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“Prehistoric Paradise” Click Photo to Vote

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“Super Moon Over Denver” – Click Photo To Vote