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I will be leaving for Hawaii soon. This is one of the many trips that I have taken there over the past 45+ years.Hawaii is my home away from home. Each year when the Spring weather is starting to turn towards Summer, I escape the heat of Arizona,and make my way to the Islands to Photograph some of the beauty that awaits me~ There is much to see,much to do,and no matter how many times I go back,it always offers me new rewards~ This trip I will focus on Maui, more than the other islands. I will go to Kula, which is in upcountry, and I will get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for awhile. I will also visit Hana and Kehei and get some delightful shots of their daily lifestyle. I will visit Haleakala, and the spiritual "Heiau"..… Continue reading… 1 comment

Springtime happens to be my very favorite time of the year! This is so for many reasons; the first being that I look at it as a time of renewal, a time of re-birth. It is the time of the year when the flowers are blooming, even here in the desert, and the birds are up earlier, thus so am I! Springtime means many things to me. It is when clocks are set forward, and we "Spring Ahead", rather than fall back. It is a time that I seem to have more energy just looking at all of the bright sunflowers and watching the tree's leaves return~ In any case, Spring also includes Easter, which is definitely a time for re-birth and renewal~It is a time for "New Life" I have always loved Doves. They are a symbol of peace… Continue reading… 0 comments

I must say that I was devastated,after reading about the passing of Mary Lawler recently;but I also want to communicate my appreciation to Annie Steiner for writing such a wonderful tribute to Mary,in her latest blog. Mary impressed me from day one. When I first joined artid, it was Mary who made it a point to make me feel at home. She wrote me a note about one of the pictures that I had posted and thanked me for jogging her memory about "one of her favorite places on earth". It was the Hotel del Coronado, from the San Diego area of California. We discussed how spectacular the dining room was there, and she said that she hoped to be able to go back there again some day… Continue reading… 2 comments

On March 31, 2012, I will be showing my works at the Corte Bella Marketplace Art Faire, and introducing many of my prints on Canvas. This year I have focused mainly on producing larger, matted prints, and also some new subjects. My Waimea Canyon pictures from the island of Kauai were recently selected for exhibit at the City of Peoria Art Gallery and I will have many of them for sale at Corte Bella. I will also have many different selections of blank Photo cards, and matted prints~ Additionally, I will have a raffle for one of my pictures to support BIA ( the Brain Injury Association) and Bryan Stow. Bryan has become a very BIG part of my life… Continue reading… 1 comment

I have always loved Mother Nature's beautiful creations, and having lived in Arizona for the past eight years, have seen many! One of course is the wonderful Grand Canyon.The Grand Canyon with it's wondrous north and south rims offers both hikers and photographers many glorious views. Not to take anything away from Arizona's beauty, there is another Grand Canyon, which many call "The Grand Canyon of the Pacifc", and it resides in Waimea, Hawaii, on the "Garden Island" of Kauai. This island just so happens to be my home away from home. I can go there year after year and always find something new to share. The colors of this magnificent island are plentiful,and the Grand Canyon of the Pacifc offers new delights every single time… Continue reading… 0 comments

I have always had a passion for Mother Nature, and all of the wonderful creative art that she provides me with, on a daily basis! There is almost never a day that can go by, that I don't spot some beautiful flower or creature that she has allowed me the priviledge of sharing with her~ Mother Nature is cool. She is a thing of beauty to me, rather than a person, or the embodiment of human flesh! She is almost everywhere I go outdoors; and I have yet to say that for even one minute she has disappointed me.... Mother Nature is the "protective" Mother of this planet that we call EARTH, and yet she is still willing to share with me....All I have to do is get up and get out! She makes it easy by providing me with tons of material to shoot. Whether it be an early morning bird..… Continue reading… 0 comments

On Friday,February 3,2012,I will take part in a Statewide "Juried" Art Competition, held at the Peoria Art Gallery in Peoria, AZ. City Hall. This competition is held in conjunction with the West Valley Art Museum, and will feature artists and photographers from the state of Az. It is an honor to be part of such a prestigious "Juried" competition. Both of these organizations have shared their passion for art through their permanent collections, exhibitions and educational programs. The Peoria City Hall Art Gallery is located at 8401 West Monroe Street, Peoria, AZ… Continue reading… 0 comments

I am happy to announce that on Dec. 2, 2011, The West Valley Arts Council, of Surprise, AZ. will hold an Arts Exhibit and Holiday Sale. This exhibit will feature the artwork and Photography of several different local artists, of which I am one. I also have the pleasure of announcing that I have been mentoring Brandon Alcala whose artwork/photography, you will also be able to see at the West Valley Arts Council exhibit, as well as here at artid. The Holiday Sale will begin with an Artist Reception gathering at the West Valley Arts Council , at Marley Park, located at: 13243 N. Founders Park Blvd. Surprise, AZ. and will be from 6:00-8:00pm on Friday Dec. 2, 2011. The sale will continue with the display of our artwork/photography through Dec. 20, 2011… Continue reading… 3 comments

Today,I would like to write about the joys of mentoring a Photography student of mine. His name is Brandon Alcala, and he is a very talented individual who has taken to photography like a fish to water! Now,not everybody sees things the same way,so the first thing that I try to do when I take on a mentorship is, I decide whether that individual has a commitment. In photography,as in many art forms and mediums, a lot is learned through trial and error, and at times it can get frustrating. Commitment is one key element to becoming a successful photographer. One must be willing to take chances; to look at ordinary objects from a different angle, and to try to combine color, light, and composition… Continue reading… 0 comments

Happy Autumn everyone!! November 1st is now upon us,and it lterally sprang up out of nowhere! This year has flown by so fast,that I still think of it as being only the beginning of Summer...Now we are already into Fall, with Old man Winter, close at our heels! Fall reminds me of so many things. When the leaves on the trees start to change colors and fall, it reminds me that this is the end of another season; just like the seasons of our lives;and that we too are due for change whether we like it or not! Sometimes, it is for the best.... even though we may not know it at that time..All change is good...because it helps us to grown and move on........ Sometimes onward and upward to bigger and better things for the new year! We shut one door and open another… Continue reading… 1 comment

One cannot look at this photograph of the Kalalua Valley; "Valley of the Lost Tribes", without feeling something spiritual. At least as the photographer,I certainly cannot!I have treked all over the Island of Kauai, over the past 45 years,and yet I still come back to the same place when I want to get in tune with my innermost feelings of being one with mother nature, and with my Lord. The Kalalua Valley is located on Kauai's west side, and is not far from Waimea Canyon,which in itself is a sight to behold. Actually, it has been called the "Hawaiian Grand Canyon" by many. I have been fortunate enough to have the best of both worlds as, I currently reside in Arizona, and consider Hawaii, as well as Sedona,AZ two very spiritual places to me!! Hawaii is my home away from home… Continue reading… 2 comments

Today, I want to write about something that I am very excited about. It is a new website that I have created for showcasing my original photographs in different formats. First of all, let me say that I will still be here at artid, and that will not change; but rather than limiting myself to showing my photograhy in the usual way, I will now be complimenting it, by allowing viewers to see it at it's best. The way that I am accomplishing this is that I am choosing different colored mats and frames for each photo that I take in order to show the viewer what it would look like, rather than just viewing my picture, plain vanilla...… Continue reading… 2 comments

Basilica San Diego de Alcala, Founded by Father Junipero Serra on July 16,1769 has a special designation, being known as " The Mother of the Alta, California Missions". It was the first of the 21 California missions founded. It was named after the "Patron Saint";Saint Didacus of Alcala, Spain, a 15th century Spanish Francisan,and was secularized in 1834. It's current status is active Roman Catholic; Church of the Diocese of San Diego, after being returned to the Catholic Church in 1862. This beautiful mission also has a special place in my heart as it is my family heritage,on my father's side; Mr. Martin Alcala, first born son of Maria and Santiago Alcala. San Diego de Alcala Mission marks the birthplace of Christianity in the far west… Continue reading… 1 comment

Today, I'd like to blog about a very fine watercolor artist named Melissa Ozaki from Waikoloa Hawaii. I met Melissa a few years back, while I was on the Big island. I first encountered her selling her artwork at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club; outdoors by the pool where they were having festivities and music. I was immediately drawn to the colorful watercolor pictures that she was displaying. When I asked her about them, it was obvious to me that Melissa took great pride, living in Hawaii and being able to capture the natural beauty of her surroundings. She mainly painted trees, flowers, fish, Honu ( turtles), the ocean and the volcanoes from what I could see; and she also got great joy from painting the little children frolicking in the afternoon sun… Continue reading… 5 comments

One of the things that I have been interested in since my childhood, is to be able to tour all of the 21 California Missions. Being a native Californian, you would think that it would be an easy thing to accomplish; but for me it is still on my "Bucket List", as I age. Most of the years that I lived in California were working years when I was establishing myself and my career. There were not too many free moments, and that is one thing that I now regret. As I grow older, I realize that this is still one of my dreams and if we don't have dreams, what do we have? Dreams are meant to be in our lives so that we can turn them into reality. This is one dream that I am working on, especially since I left California in 1980 as a resident… Continue reading… 1 comment

Happy New Year to all. May you,your families,loved ones and friends be blessed beyond your wildest imagination this year. May 2011 bring you good health, good fortune,good love, and peace! These are my wishes for you! When I think of the New Year's arrival,2011 seems to have come out of no where. Where did 2010 go? Search me!! Now that we are in 2011, it is time not just to make new year's resolutions; but to make "Commitments" to ourselves as well as to others! Resolutions are made and broken every single year. We all do it. We probably all have good intentions, but resolutions seem to be something that we think no one will notice if we forget… Continue reading… 3 comments

Today is a very special day in our family. It is not only Christmas Day, but it is also the day that my mother Anita was born. Mom passed on in 2006, but her heart and her spirit still lives on in each of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren today! Mom had nine children and was the type of mother who you always knew was there for you. Even if she had to work,she made sure that she was home when the kids got out of school;and if she couldn't be, then she would send our Aunt Alice over to pitch hit! That is the kind of Mom that my Mother was; loving, caring always a beautiful spirit gracing this earth with her unconditional love qnd support. She was not only this force in our family's life, but she was this force in everyone's life she touched… Continue reading… 3 comments

For those of you who read my blogs, you may know a bit about me. I am of Native American Ancestry, with my Mother's mother; my Grandmother Rose Pastora, being a full-blooded Shoshone Native American~. For this reason, I often seek out Native American artists who either draw, paint, do sculpture, basket weaving/making or beading; or who create art in one way or another. As you know many Native American Indians are wonderful Jewelry makers… Continue reading… 1 comment

It is already November. I don't know where this year went! It seems like only yesterday it was September, and all of a sudden October zipped on by. Maybe it was because I had lots of things going on in October, like a brother in the hospital, and a lot of traveling to do...maybe it was just that time passes by at the same rate for everyone, but for me it seemed to fly by at warp speed! In any case, It is November,and time for me to reflect on all that has gone by and all that I have to be thankful for this year! First of all I would like to thank my family for being my backbone when times were tough. We all need a little help from time to time, so thank you for holding me up those times I was getting ready to fall..… Continue reading… 7 comments

Today is Monday, September 27, 2010. Four years ago, and one week before that, on September 20th, I was hoping to celebrate my "60th" Birthday; but unfortunately, it was not to be. Today September 27, 2010 is the four year Anniversary of my mother's passing~ When I first came to ArtId, I knew that I would not only be bringing my Photography and my Haiku poetry here, but I would also be bringing some very emotionally charged memories with some of the photos that I took. Many were taken at various places that I had visited with Mom on mini-vacations, throughout the years… Continue reading… 2 comments