Sunday, March 29, 2015

April Show with my Daughter!

This Friday night is the opening of my first solo show since I sold my studio in 2005.  311 Gallery at 311 W. Martin Street in Raleigh is hosting a show of over 30 photographs and 10 of my paintings all produced in the last few years...most since 2012.  It is billed as a father-daughter show and I am proud to have Gillian participate as well with over 30 of her sketch book drawings on display and also for sale.   Her goal is to raise enough money to buy a new computer for her animation at which she is becoming quite proficient.  For those of you who don't know my daughter,  she is only 15 years old and a sophomore in high school.  All of the photography in the show is local in nature and includes both images from my Working for a Living Series as well as a selection of BW Portraits of Success Series.  Large prints abound with many over 36" in width.  It was quite the challenge to get it all matted and framed, but as of Saturday it was finally hung.  
Show hours start run Wednesday-Saturday 11am-4pm.   Opening Reception this weekend on Friday from 6pm-9pm.   Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 9, 2015

On these cold days...thinking about Spring.

An Osprey lands on it's nest as two ducks swim by on a soon to be warm day on the Potomac River.

Friday, December 12, 2014

9th Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition at ECU

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery at the School of Art & Design at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC hosts their biennial photographic exhibition from January 22nd through February 20th.   These two images were selected for the show.  This is the first time I've entered my work here.   Carson Boone, a local photographer, former Civil Engineer, and neighbor of mine reminded me of the show last month.    Carson had entered two years ago and had a piece accepted.  I told myself I'd enter it this time, but completely forgot until Carson reminded me ...the day before entries were closed.   That night I picked out four images and then literally drove down to Greenville to turn in my entries.  Turns out it was worth the effort.  Burk Uzzle, the juror will present a lecture at 5pm on the 22nd of January in Speight Auditorium followed by an opening reception.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New work.

I've enjoyed this process, although it's taken a great deal of experimentation to be able to recreate what originally was a series of miscues on my part, which despite my original errors turned out really well.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Askew Taylor Paints & Art Supplies

I've known Kirk for going on 20 years now when my studio was just a few blocks from Askews.  I've probably purchased paint from there going on 27 years.  Askew Taylors is a Raleigh institution dating back to 1946 when Kirk's grandfather ran a painting and finishing business.  I used to get my Benjamin Moore paint mixed up there in the back where the color mixing machine still resides.   Kirk's father T.K. and he could both mix the right color just by looking.  No need for color analyzers and computers.  T.K. and the Benjamin Moore business are both gone now.  Keeping it in the family, Kirk and his daughter Helen have now turned it into strictly an art supply business, something Kirk started after a couple of years in design school primarily to help with the slow months.  It soon grew into half the business. The remnants of old inventory dating back years still populate the many cluttered rooms and hallways of the store.   It's always an adventure to explore the upstairs.  Every time I go I see something new.  Today I found a collection of scale commercial airline a Cathay Pacific Airlines 747 similar to the one I flew on when I went to Hong Kong in 2006.  I started painting a little over a year ago and it's been fun to head over to Askew's and get my brushes and other supplies.   If you plan to visit and you should, Askew's is at 110 Glenwood Avenue downtown in the heart of Glenwood South.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A new greeting card...

This is an outtake from a shoot this past weekend that will be added to our greeting card collection.  I realized that I've spent so much time updating my Facebook presence, that I have completely ignored my Blog.  I'd rather be out shooting or creating...painting...etc., rather than talking about what I do on a blog.  I can be long winded and it can distract me from the actual creative process.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Barbershop Quartet...of photos.

While visiting Clayton, NC looking from my friend Sam Robertson, the WWII ball turret gunner, I decided to take a walk down Main Street.  I enjoy these opportunities to just meet and chat with people and more often than not, I am enriched by the experience.   I was telling my wife last night that sometimes in order to create these opportunities, the very first thing you have to do is to open the door.  It's becoming somewhat of my mantra these days.  Doors don't always open by themselves, sometimes you have to turn the handle yourself and push.  In fact, the best opportunities are usually those doors that you open yourself rather than waiting for someone else to open one for you.  I decided to open the door of Kirby's Precision Cuts right around the corner from Robertson's Mule Company.  Bill Kirby was trimming the beard of Darrick Muldrow and obviously I got the suspicious look one always gets when one enters an environment with a camera in hand.  Bill warmed up to me quickly though and told me he had been cutting hair there for 13 years...spending his entire life in Clayton.   After leaving and walking up the street, I came across another barber shop run by Donna Tyler.  She was cutting the hair of Corbin Deans on his first birthday...his very first haircut.  He slept through the first few trims then he opened his eyes and just couldn't stop staring at that strange photographer.   "KB" came in during this.  He had been hoping that Donna was around so he could get his hair and beard trimmed.  Talk soon turned to who was dating who...the typical chatter you might expect in such a place.  I left so they could go into more detail without a stranger around.  Another block found Glen's Barber and Style Shop, the largest space dedicated to the craft.  Inside Mark Felton was trimming Christopher Reynolds, while Marcus Agnew waited on a customer.  I felt a little guilty not getting a haircut at one of these places, but I wouldn't have any hair left nor money in my wallet had I allowed them all to trim my quickly becoming scarce topcoat.
None of these opportunities would have availed themselves to me though had I not turned the handle and opened the door.  I have a friend in public relations that told me her little secret is that she is very shy around people and couldn't do what I do.  She's wrong of course.  It's all about just opening the door.  What follows is an adventure.