“You have done what you could — some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can…”


Friday, December 30, 2011


“You have done what you could — some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ~ Emerson

This is a great way to start the NewYear, “unencumbered with your old nonsense, serenely and with a high spirit.” It’s also a good way to start your work each day, so it’s kept fresh and new and full of possibility. You can’t fix the past, but what you do in the present will surely affect the future. So today is our key to tomorrow. If we keep that in our mind as we move forward we will shape our tomorrow in very powerful ways. Let do it! Starting today!

Nature is a wonderful Sculptress. You can see it in her rock formations, patterns left in the sand and certainly in this piece of driftwood. Her works are endless and of a boundless variety to those with eyes to see.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Year’s end, all corners of this floating world, swept.”


Wednesday,  December 28, 2011

Year’s end,

all corners

of this floating world, swept.”  Basho

I have always been enamored of the Japanese Haiku. To me it seems like the purest of all poetry, simple in nature and yet very profound. So much said with so few words, so much feeling packed into such a condensed package. I try to achieve the same thing in my images. Some call it minimalist, I prefer “simple elegance” because it is so much more descriptive, like Haiku itself. Call it what you may, it is what appeal most to me when creating my body of work for it represents my purest vision.

This little poem is full of subtle meaning for the new year, sweep out the old, be ready for the new and don’t take anything too seriously. It also has a feeling of being at peace with the past and a looking forward to what is to come.

These beach houses, on the bluff, overlooking the sea have that lonely feeling the New Year seem to bring, coming as it does at the start of winter. Not an unpleasant feeling, but kind of a completeness mingled in with the solitude.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”


Friday,  December 16, 2011


Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  Proverbs

It is easier to “look“ than to “see.” To see takes inner vision as well as outer vision. Then it takes skill and training to be able to print your vision to paper, but all the skill in the world will not make your images vital and alive, you must have the inner vision to pull this off! Inner vision comes with involvement with what you are imaging, one must care about what they choose to represent, to enter into a kind of relationship with that subject then the magic happens. Then your skill will make it come alive on screen and in print and your vision will travel out into the world for others to enjoy.

Look at these kids having a great time dancing with the waves on a very cold day in November, off the Oregon coast. How good it is to be young!

Enjoy,
Tom

“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”


Wednesday,  December 14, 2011


You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”  Paulo Coelho

You can also become blind by seeing the same landscape as unchanging. A perfect example of this for me is Haystack Rock at Canon Beach, Oregon, a monolith towering 235 feet over the beach. For awhile, each time I would go back I would say to myself; “It will be difficult to get anymore images, I have done it so many times.” Yet each time it has surprised me, until I came to understand it was quite like the moon. It has endless moods, it is almost like a planet, it gives shelter and sustenance to a wide variety of lifeforms and it exudes a power that seems to capture all who visit. I am now quite certain I will never tire of capturing its many moods and apparitions.

Here is Haystack exhibiting one of her many auras.

Enjoy,
Tom

“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”


Friday,  December 9, 2011


How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”  Dr Seuss

That’s December, looks like night at 2 in the afternoon! Still, beauty abounds and creatures are about, the air if fresh and if you bundle up the outdoors has magic.

This is an image from early Spring, but December is in its heart.

Enjoy,
Tom

“The loneliness you get by the sea is personal and alive. It doesn’t subdue you and make you feel abject. It’s stimulating loneliness.”


Wednesday,  December 7, 2011


The loneliness you get by the sea is personal and alive. It doesn’t subdue you and make you feel abject. It’s stimulating loneliness.”  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I never tire of the seashore, especially the lonely ones like you find in the North West or in Maine. I find it more than stimulating, I find it full of an unnamed power that replenishes my heart and soul, that makes me whole when tired of the constant demands of civilization and all its distractions. In truth, if fills me with a unabashed joy of being.

This was a bit of a special moment by the sea.

Enjoy,
Tom

“The important thing is to remember what most impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible.”


Friday,  December 2, 2011


The important thing is to remember what most impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible.”  Pierre Bonnard

This is the challenge to the Fine Art Photographer, to “remember what most impressed you.” and then to get your image into post and make it sing with your vision. This takes many skills, both with the equipment used to capture the image and with the software you use to edit and refine it. Art is a demanding mistress, yet you will seldom find an artist who would give up trying to express their quest for the perfection that will always elude even the very best! There is hardship along the way but few other journeys are as joyous an adventure.

I tell myself that I will someday tire of capturing Haystack Rock in Canon Beach, Oregon, but her moods are endless and she captures me again and again.

Enjoy,
Tom