Thursday, July 31, 2014

Winnipeg at Dusk: More of the City

These are looking north.  One thing that surprised me about Winnipeg was how flat it was.

Two rivers converge in Winnipeg,   And, this looks toward "The Forks" at the convergence.

The residents of Winnipeg, at least some of them, refer to this as the "Penis" bridge.  But, there is a wonderful little French restaurant right in the middle!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Winnipeg At Dusk: The City

I travel a fair amount for business.  And, I love seeing various cities, the countryside, the people.  On a recent trip to Winnipeg, I had the opportunity to get out on a roof top on one of the taller buildings in town.  At dusk.

I have a photo of the bartender coming in a day or two.  But, he was most gracious to let me get out and do a few photos.  And, he knew his whiskey!!

I really like going to Winnipeg.  I must say I like it in the summer a bit more than the February visit!   But, in either case, it is a beautiful city. 

More posts from the roof tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Birthday Post: My Youngest Grandson is Three

Last Sunday my youngest grandchild, the Little J, turned three years old.  All in all, it was a good day for him.

And, the world is clearly safer with him watching over us.

He wouldn't go to sleep unless he could wear this super hero costume.  

Yesterday morning I had a cab pick me up at 4:50 AM to take me to the airport and a life away from this little man.   I was sitting in the dark in my daughter's living room, watching the minutes tick by until the cab arrived, and I heard a door open and little feet on the floor.

Little Spiderman was standing there....forlorn.   He managed to quietly say, "I can't find my DiDi (his blanklet). Can you help me find my Didi?"

I replied, "I sure can, Little Buddy."  I picked up a small flashlight I carry with me and walked over to him.  I held out my index finger of my right hand and said, "Take my paddy, Little Man."

He wrapped his hand around my finger and we walked into the bedroom, with the flashlight.

I saw the DiDi tucked into a corner of his bed.   And, I said, "There is it, Little Man.  Up you go."

He crawled into bed.  I covered him up.   And, I kissed the top of his head and asked, "Who loves you?"

He whispered, "Papa".

I responded, "That's right, Little Man.  Night Night."

I turned.....picked up my bag....and walked out of the house to the waiting cab.

Happy Birthday, Little Buddy. 


Monday, July 28, 2014

Dance Recitals: Grace and Poise

I did enjoy seeing how hard the students had worked to put on the recital.  Clearly, there were many long hours of practice.   

In many respects, this reminded me of my karate training with both individual and team kata. 

I remember the months and years of practice.  I remember the injuries.

And, I remember the wonderful feeling of accomplishment once something had been improved.   

Well done to all the dancers.   Keep dancing.  Keep exercising.   Keep trying to improve every single day.  Once you stop that, you start going backward.  

My sincere thanks to all the dancers.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

My First Dance Recital

I can honestly say I have never been to a dance recital.  I assumed that the thing would last an hour and we'd be out of there.  WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG.

First, this particular school had something like 100 students, or 5,000, I couldn't be sure.  And, everyone has costumes for various dances.  So, there is time between dances.

AND....the person I was there to see (my cute as a bug granddaughter) didn't dance until the very end.   THEN, there was an intermission.....THEN....there was more dancing when my little granddaughter danced her second the end. 

Still, it was impressive.  And, she was, of course, the best dancer there.

I will post a few more photos of the recital.  I did enjoy it.   And, I am all for improving the social graces and learning how to move and develop muscles. 

But, I also think little girls (and boys) need to be taught how to punch someone in the nose when they need it...and how to shoot straight.  

That's my job.

Thanks Little H.   You were the best one there!  REALLY!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: Wrapping it Up! Painting on a Sheet

I didn't get a chance to chat with the artist who did this.  But, it is a painting of a sinking ship...perhaps the Edmund Fitzgerald, painted on a white sheet.

The effect was stunning.  I could imagine the white snow and sleet, the wind, as the ship sank below the waves.

It was chilling...and hauntingly beautiful.

My sincere thanks to this artist.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: An Acrylic Painter

Meet Kathleen!

I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation I had with Kathleen.  She was so passionate about her art.   And, she has a very serious, technical job in her "real life"!

To see more of her work, check here!

Thanks Kathleen!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: Metal Sculptures

Meet Jeff!

And meet Paul!

They are a number of larger sculptures and wind cups/wind mills, etc.  They were perfect for the garden or patio.  

Check out more of their work at their respective studios:

I clearly need to make a trip back to their studios!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: Eclectic Oddities

As I was wandering around the various exhibits, I was drawn into a larger room packed with fascinating items.  It wasn't just paintings.  It wasn't just sculpture.   But, it was all kinds of things, including straw men and furniture.

Meet Jim, from Beautifully oDD:   Mid-Centure Modern and eclectic Oddities.

And, meet Marla, his associate!

They were from New York and were establishing the business.   And, I thought it was marvelous.  Here are a couple of pieces that were available for sale.

I really liked the brass samurai.  It was made about 60 years ago.  I thought it was stunning!

Thanks Jim and Marla!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: A Painter and Photographer

Meet Liana:  Artist!

She works with both paint and as a photographer.   Check out her work here!

She was simply delightful, charming, and most talented!

Thanks Liana!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: A Mother's Filling In

Meet Karan!  (I think I got the spelling right!)

She was a math major!   And, she was minding her daughters gallery while her daughter traveled.

Her daughter works primarily in pastels.  They were most lovely!   And, Karan and I had a lovely chat about women mathematicians!  There are not a lot of them out there.  So...VERY well done!

Thanks Karan!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: More Spectators!

Just outside of the building, listening to the guitar player, were these two women.

Meet Jolynn, a film editor!  I liked her glasses!

And, meet her friend, Jessica!   Jessica is the mother of a wild, dancing 3 yr old!  And, I might add, the 3 yr old was having a wonderful time!!!

Shooting photos in the direct sun is difficult.  You get weird shadows and lines on faces.   All in all, these turned out OK.  But, if I could have shielded the sun a bit, the harsher look on the skin would have softened and more detail would be visible.

Both women were delightful and charming.  And, I owe them both a better photograph!

Thank you, Ladies!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: Music!

There was plenty of music around the various Art-A-Whirl sites. 

And, playing in the sun and heat is not fun.   I didn't interrupt this gentleman.  He was working hard enough.  And, he sounded good!

Well done!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: A Spectator

I was walking down the stairs to the main level and this woman was staring out of the window.  I asked her to please stay a bit longer so I could get her photograph. 
 Meet Brandie!

I liked the look on her face very much! She was so contemplative.   And, the back-lighting was good!

She was gracious enough to let me get a photo.  And, while I was getting her name, her husband came by.   I think he liked the photo, too!

Thanks Ben and Brandie!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: Turtle Woman

Meet Carly!

She is the artist who started   She is the last born, and sole survivor of a family of artists.   She focuses on larger textile paintings and cards.

Thank you, Turtle Woman


Monday, July 14, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: Glass Artists

Meet Patricia!

She makes earrings and necklaces out of glass.   See a sample of her work, below!  They were beautiful!

Thanks Patricia!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: Print makers!

Meet Maria!

She was filling in for someone and I caught her alone for a few minutes and managed to get this photo. 

Maria is an aspiring print maker and wants to move to NY where she can make it BIG!

Thanks Maria!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: Sculptors!

Meet Kim!

Kim had a delightful smile and laugh.  But, she only agreed to a photo if I also included the photo below!    She is a maker of consciousness based art and she wants to get the word out to other sculptors out there!

Thanks Kim!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: Sailing Ships

I would never have thought of creating a sailing ship from an old violin.  

The artist wasn't there so I don't have a photo of that person.  But, I thought it was very creative! 

Here is a close up of the stern of the ship.

VERY clever!  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: Paintings of Places, Acrylics!

Meet Doug!

He is a wonderful landscape and cityscape painter.  He is currently working with acrylic paints and doing landscapes of places he has visited. 

Check some of his work!

Thanks Doug!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: A Painter of Humans

Meet Johanna!   And, by the way, nice hat!!

Johanna and Lara were sitting next to one another chatting.  And, I didn't know if I should interrupt.  I am glad I did.  Both were delightful and charming.

Johanna is a creative activist for world peace.  Check out her website about how she helps people unlock questions they wrestle with in their lives.  

This is sample of her work.  I found it very touching and.....almost raw.  Not raw in any amateur sense.  Rather, raw in that it is more than just paint on canvas.  Johanna is capturing some inner quality of her models.

I thought they were both stunning works.

Thanks Johanna!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: The Kitchen Artist!

Meet Lara!

Lara is a passionate artist who squeezes her creativity between managing a husband and three kids.   Her favorite studio:  her kitchen.

I was disappointed when I looked through my photos and realized I hadn't taken any of her work!

My sincere apologies for that, Lara.  And, thank you!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: A Painter with Color and Pattern

Meet Laura!

She loves to paint people and nature.   She has a BA in Studio Arts from the U of MN.  And, she has been painting since high school!

This is her piece:  Orange Burst

To view more of her work, check here!

Thanks Laura!


Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4th, 2014

It is a year since I vented a bit in my blog about freedom and the direction I believe our country is going.   I am even less pleased, if such a thing is possible, with the current state.

We have a government, a president, that was elected under the promise of ushering in the most transparent government in the history of the US.   And, we now have evidence of IRS cover ups of targeting political enemies.  Yes....that is loss of evidence from the organization that is more than willing to threaten us when we don't have all our own receipts.  And, we have evidence that the POTUS ordered the Sec. of State to not only lie to the American people about Benghazi, but to blame a poor artist/film maker for causing the attack.  An attack that turned out to be NOT spontaneous, but a well orchestrated, terrorist attack.  

Now, while there is plenty to blame the POTUS for in this debacle.  Let's not forget that the Sec of State at the time could have shown some courage and integrity by resigning and making the public aware of the lie.   But, she didn't.   So folks, if you think she is going to make a future president, think about her ethics and integrity.  You already have sufficient evidence to know that she will lie to the world to protect her own job.  She will, in fact, lie to the American people. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the husband tree, does it.

OK....I won't get on a roll.  But, there is one other news worthy thing that came up this year that was actually stunning.  Reporters without Borders published a study showing that the US fell 13 spots, to number 46, in terms of Freedom of the Press.  Excuse me?   If you are curious, check out the link to the results.  Frankly, there should be NO reason we are not in the top 5...ALWAYS.  This is foundational to who we are as a nation.  Apparently our government is willing to give up individual constitutionally guaranteed rights to "protect" us.  So, we can be spied upon, by the American Stazi.  We can have our blood drawn by police, without a warrant.   We have a huge militarization of local police forces.   We have an amazing increase of SWAT raids, primarily for drug busts.  And, we have innocent Americans being gunned down in cities by those same police who "make a mistake" or who are so fearful that they prefer to shoot first.  Innocent Americans have died as the result of police action. I am frightened..and embarrassed before the world.

So today, celebrate what freedoms we have left.  They are rapidly disappearing.

Fight the good fight to reign in government.   I won't be voting for any incumbent.   They have consistently failed us.  We deserve better.  Both of the political parties will continue the same pattern of behavior that got us to this point.  The only solution is to vote for someone else.  I leave that to you.  But, my path is clear.

Celebrate victories.

And, gather your friends and neighbors.  Every election counts.

And yes.  Yes, it matters.  Ten's of thousands of good men and women died fighting for freedoms guaranteed in the constitution.  Let their deaths not be in vain.

And, hold dear to your country.  At one time, we were a model for the world.  Now, we are a laughing stock.  Your country needs you now, more than ever.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: Paintings

Meet Michael!
I really liked his water-color landscapes.  

Some of his work can be seen here!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Art-A-Whirl: Glass!

I thoroughly enjoy going out to do photos of different events.  But, the most enjoyable are those where people are able to show their creative spirit.

It's been a difficult year for a number of the outside events.  But, I did manage to get to the Art-A-Whirl in NE Minneapolis.

This was a large collection of artists in several different buildings spread over a few miles.  It was possible to spend most of a day in one or two areas.

So, I started with this!   Cut glass!

And, meet Ray, the artist!

He works with glass and enjoyed the fact that I was a photographer.  As his card says, it is all about the light!  Check out his website

It is beautiful work!  Thanks Ray!