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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Grand Canyon

It was a relief to leave the Phoenix 106 degree temperature for the Grand Canyon.  It is so beautiful there and the scenery is amazing.  Here are a few pictures from our first day.  By the way, we work hard on these photo workshops.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Phoenix Botanical Garden

We arrived  in Phoenix early morning, which actually restarted our day, and we had some time to waste before we could check into our room.  We decided to go to the botanical garden.  It was very nice but it was HOT.  Don't let anyone tell you that it is better when the air is dry because 106 degrees is really hot.  I did manage to take a few pictures there but they were more of the snap and move on variety because it was so HOT.

A hummingbird who posed for quite a while

There were some Chihuly sculptures.  Very cool and they reminded me of the ones at the MFA in Boston

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Back Again

I have been away for a while with all the great intentions of posting from the road but there is no WiFi at the Grand Canyon.  I was going to post some photos and things but that didn't happen.

My purpose at the Grand Canyon (north rim) was a photo workshop with Arizona Highways. The workshop was great and the weather was excellent, which turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment because there were supposed to be thunderstorms.  We had been hoping to capture lightening and dramatic clouds.

The highlight of the trip for me was on the last day when we ran across a herd of buffalo.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Organic Guardians

I have been back in the studio making figures which I named Organic Guardians.  I make the faces with air dried clay and the bodies are fashioned with the stuff I find in the street. I can make quite a few on a good day and I like using up my collection of junk.

Here are a few of my latest:

 A plastic thingy for oil, a strip of canvas, metal leaves from a lamp, and a piece of metal

Piece of wood, metal parts and rubber for the arms

Piece of wood, bone, lens

 Frame with bottle caps, metal and parts from a bolo tie

Frame, bottle caps, chain, cast paper clay

Monday, August 1, 2016

Back in the Saddle

Now that the heat wave is finally gone, I can go back into the studio.  Since I have been out of it for a while, it is hard to get back in the groove but I decided to clean out some things i have been keeping too long.

I had the pleasure to going to the Myopia Hunt Club for a photo workshop and polo match where I got to use a very nice Sigma 150 - 600 lens.  I was able to get pretty good shots and it was a great afternoon.