Abstract Art

Friday, July 30, 2010

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”     ~Pablo Piccasso

The world if full of abstract images, both in the natural world and in the man-built world. You only have to keep your eyes open for them. In truth all art, even so called realistic art, is abstract, as soon as two dimensions appears to have three.

This image is of some rust on a bridge in Portland, Oregon, land of bridges. It has been “enhanced” to bring out the abstract details, but there are still many traces of its origin.

Enjoy,
Tom

Covered Bridge/Yachats Oregon


Tuesday, July 27, 2010


The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.”     ~David Russell

I have been in this position more than once in my life! I’m sure most people have found themselves there at some point in time. Hopefully time and experience helps us make the right decision at the proper time.

I was lucky enough to be at the right place and right time to capture this covered bridge on the North Fork of the Yachats River when the late afternoon light was at it’s warmest.

Enjoy,

Tom

Back to the sea…

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” ~ John F. Kennedy

Ah! The ocean, how it refreshes my soul. How well I sleep with the sound of the waves out my window at night. I love the seabirds, even the big, clean, wild, gulls. I just spent a long weekend on the incredible Oregon coast, no place like it; wonderful white sand, stacks, windblown trees, great seafood restaurants and so much more.

Here is an image of one of those gulls surveying the early morning mist at the edge of the sea.

Enjoy,

Tom

Colors next to each other sing…

Thursday, July 15, 2010

“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.”     ~ Picasso

What does the maestro mean? One can’t be sure, but to me it says that one can only advance one’s art and craft through experience and careful observation and experimentation. Words only go so far, whether in books, workshops, or classes. Eventually, one just begins to see what was hidden before, once that happens images seem to appear everywhere one looks.

Here is one such image.

Enjoy,
Tom

Poets & Summer

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.” ~ Basho

It seems to me that the birds, bees, and flowers are just the most wonderful creature that inhabit the summertime. What an incredible imagination nature possesses! Man seeks to control nature, but what a small, much less interesting world it would be if it were left up to us to imagine all the creatures of this magical globe.

The poet, like Basho is capable of seeing and absorbing the miracle of life that surrounds us and strives to bring it into our consciousness with his words. To me, the poets are the greatest teachers of all and I am eternally grateful for their insight. They have taught me to see the world in a much deeper, wholistic way.

Colored scents and drowsy insects…

Monday, July 12, 2010

“Colored scents that fill the air as drowsy insects hum around in the meadow is the place of secret magic where nature alone renews itself.” ~ Kate Bergquist

So many of us seem to love the summertime, but for so many of us it lasts so little time! Here is a very lovely couple throughly enjoying their summer by the shore.

Enjoy,

Tom

Summer afternoon…

Friday, July 9, 2010

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”     ~ Henry James

Ah! Summer is here in its full glory. Hot and dry after months of cold and damp. Summertime in the great northwest! Sky’s were never bluer, grass never greener and bird song never sweeter, that when summer comes to the great northwest!

Patriotism is…

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” ~ Mark Twain

I like this quote. If clarifies the difference between love for you country vs respect for it’s leaders, that they are not necessarily the same. We should support our leaders when they do good, for the country and it’s people and not support them when they do less than good and don’t support the people they are elected to, but rather the special interests.

I love to take images of homes with the flag flying, especially around the fourth of July. Here is one such image. What could be more American than this old colonial house in Castine, Maine, with the stars and stripes banners hanging under the windows, the flowers blooming along the white picket fence and the bike on the walkway?

Enjoy,
Tom

Independence Day/Peace & Love.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.”     ~ Thomas Jefferson

We just celebrated Independence day here in the US and I find this a particularly wise quote, in lieu of our present entanglements. I’m with Ringo, who said what he most wanted for his 70th birthday is still the same; “Peace & Love.”

The serene philosophy of the pink rose…..

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The serene philosophy of the pink rose is steadying.  Its fragrant, delicate petals open fully and are ready to fall, without regret or disillusion, after only a day in the sun.  It is so every summer.  One can almost hear their pink, fragrant murmur as they settle down upon the grass: ‘Summer, summer, it will always be summer.”     ~Rachel Peden

The first day of July and it comes cloudy and cool to the Pacific Northwest! Some things never change, but hey, we don’t get tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards or most of the other natural weather conditions so many other places suffer, so, I guess we can wait a few days for the sun to shine.

There are still many wonderful places and things to image under cloudy skies and the roses still smell as sweet!

Enjoy,

Tom