“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”

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Friday March 29, 2013


If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.  Marc Chagall

In the heart is where the true treasure lies for human beings, especially for the so called creative. There is where our vision, and our feelings and joy lie. The mind is a fine servant, but it needs to be tempered by the wisdom in our hearts. In needs to serve, not rule, less it become a monster and a dictator. If we follow our true passion our journey may still be hard, but the rewards will be love and happiness, which is what I would wish for everyone and anyone, more than any other gifts. The road to becoming a competent and fulfilled artist is a rocky one, but I have never discovered, for myself, one I would rather travel.

Ever since my childhood on the east coast of the United States I have been thrilled by weather. Nature is powerful, and nowhere is this more evident in a storm. Here is an image of a storm brewing and about to hit the beach. Love it!

Enjoy,
Tom

“Everything’s already been said, but since nobody was listening, we have to start again.”

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Wednesday March 27, 2013


Everything’s already been said, but since nobody was listening, we have to start again.  Andre Gide

Funny! But ain’t it the truth? Gives us great leeway to express ourselves, does it not? It really hard for me to understand how anyone cannot understand the unique preciousness of this globe we live on, and the need to treat it with tender love and care, but experience teaches me that hard as it may be to understand, many, many folks don’t see it that way. So I will go on showing my ardent love for it in my images, hoping, possibly vainly, to influence a few people with the beauty that surrounds us.

This is an image of Mt. Hood almost totally engulfed in a blanket of clouds. One small cloud above it and to the right echoes the form of its peak. The beauty of the scene totally engulfed me!

Enjoy,
Tom

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

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Friday March 22, 2013


It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.  Thoreau

Everybody looks, but few see. The artist always sees much more than what simply shows on the surface, for the essence is always hidden below the surface of things. The feelings that are evoked by what we see are also important, so I try to incorporate these feelings into the final print.

Some industrious, fanciful and creative souls created this great sculpture on the beach of collected driftwood. On this foggy day it felt like a doorway into another dimension to me. I waited until someone was framed in this doorway and pressed the shutter.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

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Wednesday March 20, 2013


“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.  Edgar Degas

Is that not the truth? What I try to make others see, is what I was experiencing at the time of capture. It‘s what I hone my skills and sight for. Each of us is unique in our perspective and that’s what makes it possible for so many people to work in the arts and still come up with fresh insight, whether we are talking about music, photography, film, painting, etc. To create lasting work is not easy though, because of the dedication required to acquire the necessary skills to create compositions that will possess the power to reach out and hold the attention of others; accordingly, the number of successful artists will always be limited, Never-the-less, art is a basic human endeavor; people have aspired from the beginning to express and share their experiences.

I  just spent a week in Cannon Beach, Oregon, one of my favorite places on this earth. It was stormy most of the time, but it allowed for some very interesting images, including this one of Haystack rock almost completely shrouded in the fog. I am always pleasantly surprised at how many moods this famous rock reveals to me, time after time.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”

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Wednesday March 6, 2013


Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.  Jack Kerouac

If you go with “go with the latest trend” soon that trend will run its course, if you go with what and where your heart leads you, your work will always ring true, because you are working from an authentic place. Not only that, you will be excited about what you are doing and to me that is the greatest part, you will wake up each day raring to go, happy to be alive!

These wonderful creatures have had a wonderful day and have gathered to see the day out. You can be sure they will be back at the crack of dawn, greeting a new day! I can watch them all day through; never tire of it, for they live life to the full.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

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Friday March 1, 2013


Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.  Oscar Wilde

Ha! Says it all, short and sweet doesn’t it? We are not here to fulfill the wishes of others, no matter who they be, we are here to be ourselves. Being ourselves is the only way we will ever create anything original, because we see things, each in our own unique way.

It won’t be long now, I feel spring in the air, the hydrangea can’t be far behind!

Enjoy,
Tom

“Be silent, or say something better than silence.”

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Wednesday February 27, 2013


Be silent, or say something better than silence.  Pythagoras

I have always been suspicious of any artist, working in any visual medium that need two pages of ten syllable words to describe their work. After all, isn’t the whole point of visual to go beyond words? I feel that if I need to explain my image, I have somehow failed, for my vision is visual not semantic. Sure, I can talk about where the image was captured, what camera, lens, time of day, iso, etc, etc, etc. But all that is of little importance to me. What is of importance is whether the image conveys to the viewer something of what I was trying to capture when I was experiencing it one on one. If I have done my job well, I shouldn’t need to write a  treatise about it. Now, I am not naive, I know that there are those who love to talk way more than to experience, but they are not the ones I create my images to share with.

In this image I share with you someone who is doing, along with his companion; both experiencing, first hand, the big wide world.

Enjoy,
Tom