Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Surprise

Picture of Glastonbury Tor - site of the yearly music festival

I have to preface this by saying that in the grand scheme of things I am not a huge sports fan, and I’m not a loyal follower of the Olympic games, but this one was in one of my favorite places on Earth, London. Couple that with seeing a few of my friends post that the opening ceremonies tonight were quite good and I tuned in part way through to see what the buzz was about. And I was absolutely floored! Before even knowing that the artistic director for the … Continue reading

British Whimsy Lives

Artsy Picture of a Red British Telephone Booh from London, England

It’s no secret that London is one of my favorite cities, and all the buzz about the Olympics this summer and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has certainly made me nostalgic. I can’t believe I haven’t been to London since 2008! I would love to rectify that situation but the opportunity and funds haven’t shown themselves, so for now my return trip there is just a dream. Keeping in mind how long it’s been since I’ve been to London and the utterly obvious fact I don’t live there, it’s not the … Continue reading

Photography and Reality

Picture of Towan Beach in Newquay Cornwall

One of the interesting questions I often get about my photos, aside from what camera do you use, is if I’ve altered the photo in anyway. I always find the question interesting because I suspect a painter would not get asked that question nearly so much. Painters are practically expected to take artistic license with a scene. In fact, I well recall in college that one of the professors in our art department felt there was no need for photo-realistic painting as you ‘have a camera for that.’ I know in the … Continue reading

Churchill & New York City – Art Prints

Statue of Liberty PIcture - vintage feel

What a truly random combination of work, but it’s what I have to discuss right now! As I prepare to prepare (yes, I’m that far behind) for my trip to Ireland, I’m doing my best to finish editing my NYC photos.  It’s a fair bet, however, that while I may post them in my gallery on my website, nothing new is going to make its way to my prints until I’m back. There’s already some photos in there of which I’m very proud. And as is often the fact, I … Continue reading

London Tate Modern

London Picture - the Old Bankside Power Station now the Tate Modern

It took four visits to London to finally make a call on London’s Tate Modern.  In my defense, I had visited the British Museum (twice), The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, and the Victoria And Albert Museum.  I think I may be missing a couple in that list.  The point is that London overflows with opportunity to take in the arts and the history of said human activity.  I am less so a fan of modern art than what we would term traditional art, so it was not surprising … Continue reading

St Pauls Cathedral

Vintage Picture of London's Saint Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is certainly an icon of London. The images of the great dome standing above the smoke of WWII is certainly one that will live in our collective conscious for years to come. Officially the Cathedral Church of Paul the Apostle, the church is at least the 5th St Paul’s to sit on this site. The first according to Bede was built in 604 AD. This photo was taken from the pedestrian bridge that connects Bankside with the City of London.  It’s taken at a very shallow depth … Continue reading