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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. www.artid.com/brandonalcala 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

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

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

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