Monday, October 25, 2010

Marfa/Marshall Photography Exhibit

Our little one day photography show at the Lindale Library was both a pleasant day and a palpable success.   Somewhere around 50 people visited the exhibit during a 6 hour period.  In addition to being an opportunity to exhibit our own photographs in a public setting,  Mr James and I were able to talk to the public about our goals and efforts for further developing our art program at the high school.  I couldn't have wished for a nicer day.

Below are the photographs which were included for my half of the exhibit.  All of these photographs were taken in and around the town of Marshall, Texas over the course of a few weekends in September and early October.

 These first two are of the old barn on my family's farm

 These three are of the old burned out Sam Houston School

 From a neighborhood in town

 The side of the Texas and Pacific engine in front of the railroad station.

 Madonna in the parking lot of the Catholic church

Waiting on the side tracks

The images below are photographs which didn't end up in the show but which I think give an additional feel for the historic town of Marshall.  I hope you enjoy my small photographic tribute to a town near to my heart.  Click on any photograph to enlarge it.

According to my father, the name of the shrub growing here in the corner of the old ice house is "Piss Ellum".  Apparently it reeks of pee when you burn it.  The morning sun made it look like it was on fire, but luckily there is no smell associated with morning sunlight. :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I love love love this new app!

Did I happen to say that I love this new app for iphone.  Well I really do.  It is called Instagram, it is free, and it turns your cheesy camera photos into vintage Polaroid style images.  It has a number of different filters so you can adjust the look of the image to fit the saturation and mood you prefer.  Below are some of my early test pics.  If you own an iphone, I highly recommend that you give this app a try.  Versions for other smart phones are in the works.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Illustration Friday - Spooky

A twelfth hour posting for Illustration Friday.  These are three more sketches using the LiveSketch app on my iPhone.  You can't help but end up with spooky images using this app.  Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Upcoming One Day Photography Exhibit

This is one of about ten photographs that I will be exhibiting alongside the work of my colleague Walter James at the Lindale Library in a couple of weekends.  He had taken a number of photographs in the town of Marfa, Texas over the summer, and I have been spending a lot of time in the town of Marshall, Texas where my family owns a farm.  Walter thought it would be a good idea to put up a one day exhibit of images from both towns.  The names of the towns have a nice ring together.  Marfa is representative the western side of the state while Marshall is typical of East Texas.

I really loved the distorted visage of this poorly repaired Madonna, as well as the intense turquoise of her painted robe.  The day was bright and clear and the paint color perfectly complemented the cerulean blue sky behind her

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Illustration Friday - Beneath

Beneath a Pale Blue Sky: "Alchemy at the Edge"
24 x 48 Acrylic and Metal Leaf on Canvas

This is a recently completed painting that was juried into an upcoming exhibit at Gallery Main Street in Tyler, TX.  I am having a lot of fun participating in the themed exhibits that the gallery hosts, and have even resumed selling a bit of art.  If you are in the Tyler area, the show opens on Oct 28th.  Please drop by for a visit.