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Archive for January, 2009

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I started skiing when I was very young, and continued regularly up through high school and into college, but once I moved to NYC I didn’t have (or make) the time to head out to the slopes.  Now my young nieces are learning to ski and I’ve been hearing the stories.  Unfortunately they don’t live nearby so I don’t have the opportunity to join them easily, but I’m starting to really wish I could.  When I ran across these old pins I collected, and the bronze racing medals I’d won, I decided to search out some old photos of my skiing days for today’s photo.  Top to bottom – skiing in our backyard with my brother, the glacier at Tony Sailer summer ski camp at Whistler Mountain, BC (my brother and I spent 3 summers there learning freestyle skiing during it’s early days – arials, bumps and ballet), and a trip to Vail / Copper Mt., CO with some friends from NYC – we climbed to the top of the mountain for some skiing on the double black diamond run (an exhausting climb!).  It might just be time to pull out the gear and meet up with my brother and my nieces for some skiing next year.

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OK – you’re wondering, what does a salad have to do with the theme “Goal”… well, it represents my weight loss goal.  I’ve been pretty good about sticking to my goal of eating a low-calorie, healthy breakfast and lunch.  I’ve lost 20 lbs. since early September (25 if you count the 5 I gained back at Christmas, and lost again).  My goal is to lose another 20 – 25 lbs by Memorial Day.  If I keep sticking to my routine of making my lunch to take to work during the day, sticking to my salads, I might just make it!

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Who would think there are so many shades and variations of “White” paint.  Tinted with a hint of yellow or tan, grey or green, pink or blue.  I have to pick the paint for the bedroom walls, bathroom walls, wood trim and doors and I must have a hundred or more samples of tans and whites with various tints.  Now the job of narrowing them down….

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These are the tiles for our master bathroom renovation – sort of…  Someone had offered me the creamy white wall tiles only to find out they had been stolen from the storage warehouse after I’d purchased everything else, so I’m searching for a substitute.  The small glass tiles will be a border between the creamy wall tiles and the limestone chair rail.  The wood is a sample of our vanity and they are all sitting on a sample of the floor tile.  It’s starting to come together and I’m getting excited to see my vision come to life.

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I’ve had this packed away for awhile because I lacked a good place to safely display it, but I unpacked it to take the photo and I was reminded of how much I really like this hand-painted fishing lure.  The colors and pattern are just captivating to me.  Somewhere in the midwest is a folk artist that probably painted this lure for practical fishing purposes, never dreaming it would make it’s way to a gallery in NYC and then into my home to be displayed as a work of art.

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Sassy was visiting again on the 25th and she’s always a good candidate for a photo session.  We got her to pose outside to take advantage of the great natural light, out of direct sunlight to avoid shadows, and she cooperated nicely by giving me this great tilt of the head.

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The byproducts of construction left by our contractor and his crew.  Searching the backyard for today’s photo I ran across this interesting juxtaposition of trash.  I couldn’t help but notice how the colors and curves of the knotted paper strips were mimicked in the colors and curves of the illustration on the coffee cup.

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Actually just a close up of one log – a birch with it’s distinctive white bark. It was particularly challenging to capture a photo for today – a busy schedule, no opportunity to take advantage of natural lighting so I focused in close on this log we had inside near the fireplace.

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How cool are these?!!!  The sheetrock is going up in the dormer and these help the guys navigate their way around the room as they tape and spackle the seams.  They look like some sort of futuristic robot legs that can leap tall buildings in a single bound. It’s going to take every ounce of willpower I have to keep from going upstair to strap those on and try walking around the room.  If my next picture is a shot of my leg in traction you’ll know I couldn’t resist.

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We’re having a dormer added to our house to expand the master bedroom and bathroom.  From afar it looks rather messy and chaotic, but focus up close and you’ll find some interesting pattern, texture and color.

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I guess “art” is subjective, but I made this when I was in graduate school.  I have my Masters in Fine Arts with my concentration in metalsmithing.  Our assignment for this project was to create a vessel from a 12″ disc of bronze.  It started out as a flat sheet, and using the same techniques (a hammer, stakes and fire) that Paul Revere used to hammer out silver teapots, I created this vessel.  The blue/green coloration was a chemical patina added after completion.  So today’s photo is not too artistic, just a straightforward shot trying to capture my work.  Trying to stage shots for the picture of the day has made me realize I want to invest in a better tripod, lighting and backdrops to set up better shots.

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What is it about peeling paint that makes it so lovely and appealing?  I think what I like is the contrast of color and abstract pattern you find in peeling paint.  This is the side of our neighbor’s garage which is mostly hidden by overgrown shrubs and weeds in the summer.  Walking through our yard searching for today’s photo I stumbled across this shot with the peeling paint revealing the red paint that was underneath the current white coating, contrasted nicely with the green ivy.

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My friends that visited on Sunday think this antique baby doll pic is really creepy.  Probably because of where the doll resides.  I have an antique copper washtub in my living room, and it’s got a wood slab on top as a temporary (OK, not so temporary – it’s been like that for 12 years) coffee table.  When I moved several years ago I put the doll in the copper tub with some pillows to protect it during the move, and I’ve just left it there since I didn’t have a good place to display it.  The first time they saw the doll was when the wood slab accidentally got bumped, revealing the somewhat goulish scene.  I’ve recently found a local doll collector that I plan to contact to see if she can identify the age and other details about the doll.

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The garden takes on a whole new look in the winter with remnants of the summer and fall flowers now dried and lacking the intense bright colors of summer.

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At first glance all you see when walking in the yard is a tangle of weeds and barren vines and shrubs, but look up close and you’ll find these bright read berries adding a colorful touch to the winter landscape.

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Rock’Em, Sock’Em Robots!  I remember battling with my brother with the robots years ago, so when I saw this at Christmas-time it just had to find it’s way under the tree.

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Bright yellow fruit (or are they flowers?) nestled atop a Barrel Cactus.  The Barrel Cactus lives up to its name – it contains a liquid substance inside, just like a rain barrel.  You can cut it open to drink the liquid if you’re lost in the desert but I was told that it is pretty nasty tasting, so save that as a last resort.

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Well…. perhaps not dangerous in an agressive manner, but I still wouldn’t want to tangle with one of these Prickly Pear cactus.  The sun was starting to drop low on the horizon and caught the front of this cactus while the background fell into shadows, creating a nice dark background to make the spikes of the cactus stand out.

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A rocky red mountainside against a blue sky.  This view is 180 degrees from the seaside community where I live.  These mountains in Tuscon, AZ rise up from the flat desert to catch the setting sun.

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This horse seemed to know she was the subject of my photos.  She was posed (perfectly) in front of the fence and rocky mountain.  She would face forward, then turn to look at me, then turn facing forward again, striking various poses that seemed to be deliberate as I snapped away.

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