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Aug
02

A Blue Dog stands in front of a red dog house, photo and drawing by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dog

Where’s Snoopy?  Rodrigue’s blue dog pays a friendly visit to his pal Snoopy, but there’s nobody home.

 

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Jul
12

Funky abstraction, art marker illustration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funk

A funky abstraction

 

Jul
05

Lost in Space??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outer Space

This astronaut has lost his spacecraft and is just floating around outer space. Nonetheless he seems to be having a good time and enjoying himself.

Jun
06

Late afternoon sun rays present an interesting perspective

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping the Faith

Just because the WordPress Daily Post is no longer doing weekly photo challenges, it doesn’t mean that I will not be posting anything on Wednesday. I think that in the near future I will be putting up a new photograph on Wednesdays, whenever possible. These images will come from my Instagram pages, which can be found @streetgraphix on the Instagram site.

Here is a recent picture I took with my smartphone at a local train stop in Salt Lake City in Utah. It’s late evening so the shadows are rather lengthy and pronounced. Overall, the picture has a red or rouge accent to it, due to the time of day in which the picture was taken.

May
30

So sad to be seeing the Daily Post, fade away into that yesterworld of the internet. Every week I have looked forward to Wednesday mornings to see what the current topic will be. And then I have very enjoyed the responses that come my way. To be honest this has been a large part of my internet traffic and will miss seeing all the responses and comments that have originated with this popular site.

On the other hand I can see why the Daily Post is being discontinued. Things have definitely been trending downward,especially over the last year. Nonetheless, I would like to thank very much those of you that have taken the time to respond to my pictures, even if it was just through hitting the “like” button. In the future I still plan to post a few of my fotos from time to to time and perhaps I will become more active with the drawings that I do in co-ordination with Illustration Friday.

Following is a sample of what I have been working on lately. This is my own photographic work set against a NASA image of the Pleiades star cluster. (Thank you Hubble) If you like this kind of thing stay tuned for I will be exploring this realm further.

All Time Favorite

A photographic sandwich (No, you can’t eat it) that juxtaposes a picture of the Rancos Mission in New Mexico with a NASA picture of the Pleiades star cluster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All-Time Favorites

And Now For A Something Little Extra

The butterfly nebula combined with a neon sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost in Space??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Jupiter Cave

May
26

The True Nature of the Night Sky Revealed, drawing by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Stars Go Bad: The Bill Cosby Dilemma

If Bill Cosby has any kind of consolation, while contemplating his current demise and his possible jail time somewhere in the future, it is this. He is not alone! Even the president of the United States is not immune to difficulties associated with members of the opposite sex.  And then, today came the “Big Kahuna”. Harvey Weinstein traveled to NYC, where he was booked with a variety of charges that included rape and sex abuse. The movie mogul will not serve any pre-trial time in jail like O.J. did, but instead, he will be confined to the states of NY and Conn. after posting a one million dollar bail.

Weinstein’s Heavy Footprint in Hollywood

Defenders for Harvey Weinstein have been few with perhaps Woody Allen having the most insightful comments. In no way did Allen condone what Weinstein did, but he did sound an alarm about possible witch hunts arising out of the Weinstein debacle. These comments were made back in 2017 in a BBC interview and Woody has remained rather quiet since then, especially with the public outcry that sprang up immediately following his comments.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Sounds Off On Cosby

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar found himself in a similar place, concerning the allegations and accusations that were leveled against his good friend and mentor, Bill Cosby. In recent comments to the Hollywood reporter, Kareem took the situation a bit further, when he opened up about how the downfall of Cosby has been a difficult event to handle for the former NBA star. Not only was Cosby a role model for Abdul-Jabbar, but also for many other people of color throughout the US and elsewhere. In the Hollywood Reporter article, Kareem refers to the Cosby revelations as a punch in the gut and a fall from innocence.

Where Do We Go From Here

So how we do we deal with highly-creative artists, who happen to also have a scary dark side. For me personally, I did not have a lot emotion wrapped up in Bill’s TV appearances, especially the Cosby show. However, his breakout LP albums, as an upstart standout comedian, are in a completely different world. The language from those recordings were well received, hit a nerve and quickly found a way into our everyday chatter. Such lines as “How long can you tread water?” and “What’s a cubit?” would pop up time and time again in all kinds of situations. In fact, even today, many of the lines from “Why Is There Air?” and other such recordings can still be found floating around my gray matter and may be recalled at any time with only the slightest stimulation. Cosby really was that good and that influential.

In the 60s Bill Cosby converted his time as a P.E. student at Temple University into high comedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking Back

In looking back at the turbulent sixties, when Bill Cosby was a funny voice that crossed many cultural lines in a hilarious way, what appears to be happening is that there are things I would like to forget about Cosby (and Weinstein), but my mind won’t let me because at the time I thought their artistic expressions and sentiments were so great. Even with all the sordid details that are emerging from the courtroom, I still retain an active memory of what went down.

May
24

This giant is very fond of playing basketball, drawing by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giant

Wearing size 36 gym shoes and standing well over twenty feet tall, this giant excelled at playing basketball.

May
23

A frayed and twisted white strand of plastic plays in the wind, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twisted

This week’s photo challenge, twisted, may cause one to pause and take closer notice of the little things that often go unnoticed.

Twisted

May
17

Reflections in the harbor are distorted by the fluid nature of the water, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liquid

Harbor sea water is a thick viscous substance that does strange things with reflections and shadows.

Liquid

May
10

Utopia varies, depending on point of view, drawing by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utopia

A sailor’s utopia might look something like this.

May
09

Maine lighthouse on a summer evening, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Place in the World

Perhaps my place in the world, is somewhere along either coast. This is not where I’m at now, but it might be a good place for me.

Place in the World

May
03

This blue elephant was captured on film at South of the Border, SC  photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlikely

Pink elephants may be common encounters (especially for alcoholics), but when is the last time you saw a blue elephant.

Unlikely

Apr
25

The lines on this chair are caused by shadows, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lines

The lines in this photograph make the picture. Moral of the story – do not ignore lines when making a photograph.
Lines

 

 

Apr
18

Nice Hats – this store window on the Mediterranean coast of France proudly displays its wares, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prolific

France is a prolific producer of lady’s hats.

Prolific

Apr
11

Shiprock on the Navajo Reservation is a sacred place, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacred Places

Shiprock, which can appear like a ship out on the sea, is a sacred place to the Navajo Nation. According to legend, the summit is haunted by past spirits, but the surrounding land is held sacred and valued as a spiritual place.

Awakening

Apr
04

You are never so down and out that you can’t get up again and fight. photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile

No matter what the adversity, a smile can work wonders.

Smile

Mar
28

Portland Head Light at sunrise during winter time, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rise/Set

The day begins late during winter, especially if you live in the northern latitudes. On a positive note colors can be more intense, as the day begins.

Rise/Set

Mar
22

Twins can occur anywhere, photo and drawing by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twins

Once upon a time there were a pair of twin giraffes named Ted and Jed. Only problem was that Jed was not sure if he was really Jed; and Ted was not at all positive if he was really Ted. For it was very possible that Ted was really Jed and Jed was really Ted.

Mar
21

Casco Bay in Maine is definitely one of my favorite places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Place

Casco Bay near Portland, Maine is definitely one of my favorite places. I’d love to be there right after the Nor’easter hits, so I could go snowshoeing in some of the hills that surround the bay. No better time to be outdoors, as far as I am concerned.

Casco Bay is not the wildest body of water along the Maine Coast. In fact, it is probably one of the most developed. This shot of the Spring Point Light shows that technology can be photogenic as well.

Favorite Place

Mar
14

Sailing along the Coast of Maine in the summertime is one place that I’d rather be. photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d Rather Be…..

I’d rather be sailing along the coast of Maine or in Casco Bay near Portland, as this picture portrays. But please oh please don’t send me there now, for there is a big snowy Nor’easter blowing in from the Maritimes. Late summer is the time to be cruising up and down the rocky coastline.

I’d Rather Be…

Mar
07

Bicycles parked in front of a Copenhagen statue sent the author’s mind wondering and helped create this very short story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Story

Once upon a time in the ancient kingdom of Gdansk, there lived a very affable priest that not could get very many of the local residents to attend church on Sunday. “Too much remembering of the ancient Gods,” he would often say to his brethren of the cloth, who often as not would dismiss his complaints, as a sign of inexperience.

Finally, the young priest wrote to his superiors, who like his cohorts, could not come up with a solution to the persistent problem.

Eventually, the priest solved the problem himself by offering to bless the bicycles of the parishioners before they entered the holy space. T o commemorate the ingenuity of the young priest, modern day residents of the royal kingdom often leave bicycles at the foot of his statue to pay homage to his deeds.

Story

Mar
01

From the Jupiter Cave, manipulated photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of This World

What would it look like if your spaceship broke down and you were stuck in a cave on the planet, Jupiter. Maybe something like this.

Out of This World

Feb
21

A Face in the Crowd, photo by author, shot in Point-du-Pere, Quebec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faces in the Crowd

My well-schooled picture of a face in a crowd.

A Face in the Crowd

P.S. Last week I accidentally posted my “Sweet” picture over at my other blog, Yeyeright. Here is the link in case you want to check it out.

Feb
07

The Bald Eagle loves eating fish and so this majestic bird is usually found near a body of water, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Guide

The Animas River flows through Durango, CO from its source in the San Juan Mtns on its way to the Colorado River. The river is very clean, as it supports many different kinds of birds, including various ducks, herons, mergansers, eagles and even a water dipper. There is a fish hatchery near the center of town, which may explain why this eagle is perched in the middle of the river, waiting. On occasion, fly fisherman can be seen in the river.

Tour Guide

Jan
31

I love the fall colors and hate to see them fade away, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beloved

Autumn is oh so colorful, but like long lost friends, passes by before you know it.

Beloved

Jan
30

Jan
26

View of Saturn from the Jupiter Cave, photo collage by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The How To for the Jupiter Cave

This manipulated photo just made the cover for the#5 issue of Riggwelter, A British online journal of the arts, so I thought I would take a few minutes and explain how the photo-collage was put together.

Basically, I used two images. One was taken by yours truly on a hiking trail through Bryce National Park and the other was a Cassini spacecraft photo of the planet Saturn. Here they are below.

Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft

Rock opening on a hiking trail in Bryce NP, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From this point I took the trail photo and opened it in Photoshop and then went to the levels Command. Then using the RGB channel I took all the color out of the photo by using the slider. Then I went to the Blue Channel and added some color. That’s where all the blue-purple in the picture came from.

Next I created a new layer and added the Saturn image to it. Without changing the image I pasted it on top of the rocks and with the Arrange Command, I set the Saturn picture as background behind the crack in the sky.

Finally, I added the stars that surround Saturn with a Brush Tool. Notice that the stars are not pure white, but that they have a bluish tint to them.

That’s about it, pretty simple really.

Jan
24

Green arrow in Durango

Red arrow in Las Vegas

Yellow arrow in Salt Lake City

Variations On a Theme

These three arrows offer a variation in color and design elements.

Variations on a Theme

Jan
23

Counting by 5 (Caveman Style)

Jan
17

This is a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silence

The silence is two-fold, here. First and foremost, there is the silence of the dead, who in their deceased state, no longer have a voice of their own.

But also, there is the age-old question does the silence of the living lead to more war. During the Vietnam, this was a popular notion, which has never really been proved or disproved.

Silence

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