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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The other day when I was totally exhausted and didn't think that I had enough energy left for a blog,someone contacted me via Artid and helped me to get a shot of adrenalin back! It's funny how I can go for hours and hours sometimes,never missing a beat; just working away,digging through my archives for just the right photo to put up; but last week, I caught some kind of nasty bug and it had me down and out. When I thought I could do no more and was about to throw in the towel...I happen to notice that someone had contacted me, and that I indeed needed to reply~ This particular individual had written me such a happy upbeat thought that it instantly turned my night around… Continue reading… 4 comments

Today, I decided that I needed to take a break to rejuvenate, and just write another blog about something or someone in art who had influenced me; or given me the motivation to create art of my own! Every artist needs a muse or a mentor, and I am no different than most~ As I looked back into my archives of photographs,I found one of my favorites which I have posted here. I call it "Springtime" because of all the bright colors and the flowers that are in bloom! This creation is the work of world reknown artist Dale Chihuly and today I honor him with this blog! I took this picture after visiting the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas where his prominent floral glass blowing artwork is magnificently displayed. Now, one would not believe how much strength the art of glass-blowing takes… Continue reading… 0 comments

It's been over 115 degrees in Phoenix, AZ. and while there are many beautiful sites to be shot here,me and my camera are both missing Hawaii,California,and as a matter of fact, even Washington State! I used to go to Hawaii almost every year. I would pack light and run away to paradise to escape the heat of the Summer months. When I couldn't go to Hawaii, I would travel back and forth all Summer long between California and Arizona;often wandering into far away little places,looking for something unusual that I could sink my lens into and get lost~ Now with the winds picking up,monsoons in and out, thunder and even lightning at times, I have come to appreciate how lucky I've been to have known the seasons, having lived in many different places… Continue reading… 0 comments

If I had eyes like my Korat Cat Rocky II, I suppose that I would look at life through a whole different spectrum;not only of color,but also perspective. Rocky's eyes have always been fascinating to me!I often wonder what he sees with them and just how he sees it. His life at times is a complete mystery to me! He is after all,a Cat! He is a smart and lovable creature. He seems to know when things are going good and when things aren't going so great. Being around him as much as I am, makes me appreciate his attributes and his charm even more. Most people who have owned a cat can tell you that you don't ever really own a cat; it's more like they own you! I have always said that one day Rocky would be "bringing home the bacon" because he is such a smart cat… Continue reading… 1 comment

I would like other people's opinions on what is considered an "Abstract". I have recently submitted a few of my original photographs for both the abstract,and surfaces critiques,and would like to hear if others have too. How did you determine what to submit? Was it based on the thought that the one you submitted was the weirdest, or perhaps your favorite? Did you have a message you were trying to send? What criteria did you use,or have you used in the past? The defintion of abstract is "to take away" or remove. In abstract art,I guess I consider it to be anything that is based on a " Visual Language" of form; or,color and line that creates some type of composition that exists with a degree of independence from actual visual references… Continue reading… 1 comment

Don't be afraid to share!

by decal5 , July 25, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: Artwork, critiscms, fears, sharing

So many people think that they have nothing to say and nothing to share, but I for one feel that everyone has something that they are passionate about when it comes to their art. Artists have been known for being introspective,which at times has also been translated as being moody. They have also often been tagged the stereotype of "a starving artist",much along the same lines as the "starving student", so with these negative things going 'round in their heads, along with rejection of their work,it's no wonder that many often choose not to share what could be very valuable thoughts, ideas, creations,and words. I have always been a giver, so it is not hard for me to share. Receiving though, has been another story. Receiving can be both good and bad… Continue reading… 1 comment