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Haircuts can change things (Victoria Falls Part 1).

Posted in About My Work, art, Family with tags , , , , on April 25, 2011 by candlesandghosts

At least that’s what I believe.  I shaved my head yesterday for the umpteenth time- no need for a photo, just imagine me with even less hair than I normally have- I do this about once a month, give or take, but this one was different.  Jeremia got his hair cut for the first time yesterday too, and I thought that if he saw me with mine cut, that it would be an even less traumatic experience for him.

Turns out, what Kristina and I thought was going to be a cavalcade of high drama, he almost couldn’t have cared less about.  I think even Kristina thought she was going to be more upset than she actually was- it is amazing how J can bring a calming perspective to things.

With almost no effort he went from this






to this.

Granted, I’m sure it helped that he got it cut at this really cool kids salon, and got to sit in a plane (of all things), while watching “Madagascar” on a small TV in front of him, but even without all of that, I don’t think he would have really cared.

We even got him to give us his version of a smile when all was said and done.

It got me to thinking about the painting I’m working on

I’ve had it sketched out for several days, but have been delaying in starting it.  Not out of any real fear mind you, but more wondering more why I’ve been making such a big deal out of this project.  It is only paint after all.

So, I put down the first layers of base color this morning

As soon as I was finished, Jeremia came in and sat down on my lap; we stared at the painting for a minute, then he was ready to go play.

So that’s that.



Winter Park

Posted in About My Work, art, Family, Festivals and Shows with tags , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by candlesandghosts

The last show of the winter season for us was the 52nd Winter Park Art Festival; it ran March 18-20 in Winter Park, FL.  The weather was about perfect, and the location almost couldn’t have been better.  It was a beautiful park in the middle of town, and there was a large area behind our booth where Jeremia could play.

He particularly liked this one tree which was perfect to climb in.

I liked being able to shoot his shadow in the late afternoon.

From our experience- don’t know if it was the same for everyone- the crowds were great, but there weren’t that many people purchasing art. For the show to be located in such an affluent area, and garnering such a prestigious reputation, we were expecting to be swamped.  We were busy from time to time, just not as much as I expected.

So in between, I had plenty of chances to shoot some photos.   Lately, I’ve been beginning to experiment with photographing objects, animals, and such in motion -especially birds in flight- and I think there are a lot of possibilities; especially when combined with mixed media.  Here’s a piece I sold, that I hope better illustrates the point.

“Flight Study III”

My favorite shot of the weekend, at least of the birds, was this image of a pigeon taking off.

J and I had been feeding it crackers, but it would only let him get so close before it would take to the safety of the tree above our booth.

Finally, on Saturday afternoon, a lady came along randomly snapping photos and decided to take a shot or two of us.

Kristina and Jeremia were their usual, beautiful photogenic selves, whereas I was too busy yacking about some nonsense to stand still.   Oh well, at least we’re all in the same photo.  Often with us and family pictures, it’s like trying to herd cats…


On Sunday evening, we packed up but decided to stay an extra night at the hotel before heading home.  This seems to be a theme for us, but we tend to do better with the long drives once everyone has had some rest.  The next day we were back on I-95 heading north, but we quickly found a detour at Washington Oaks State Park just north of Palm Coast.  Not a well known place, but it was beautiful and secluded- we practically had the place to ourselves.

Definitely the kind of driveway I’m going to get when I move out of my parents’ house.

The was a small playground where Jeremia could play, and some nice hiking trails that went around the park, so we decided to check them out.

It didn’t take long for J to find some large palm leaves-

I’m not sure if he was happier carrying them or “sweeping” with them.

He certainly was enjoying trying to whack me on the head with them as he rode on my shoulders.

We strolled around for the better part of 2 hours, but decided that it was probably time to get on the road.

On the way out I shot one last image of this nice large oak.

It might make for a good art piece sometime in the future.

Until next time,



Posted in art, Family, Festivals and Shows with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2011 by candlesandghosts

Up next for us on our show schedule was the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa, Florida the first weekend in March.  It was great to get out of snowy Baltimore, and though we were only able to stop through at home for basically a day before heading to Florida, once we got there the view out our hotel room more than made up for it.

It was clear, temps hovering around 80, perfect weather for an Art Festival.  Or so you would think…

Let me tell you first off, the show was in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park which is a beautiful location, but load-in for this show was an absolute beast.  Kristina was watching Jeremia, and because I was not allowed to take our small trailer directly into the park, I had to instead unload piece by piece, then trek each load app. 150 yards to our booth space.  What normally takes us 15-20 minutes to do, took me a full 2 hours.  By the time I was done I was sweating more than a fat cow in a hamburger commercial.

Once in the booth however, set up was fairly easy, and I was happy with the final look.

For this show, I tried to choose bolder and larger pieces which turned out to be a good thing.

Sales were good for the two days, and it was interesting in that people seemed to want to purchase the larger rather than smaller pieces.

I’m not complaining, with so many shows lined up one after another, it actually makes my life a bit easier by not needing to make as much work.


Sunday evening came, and load out was a little easier; some of the volunteers came with golf carts which helped shorten the number of loads it took to get everything back to the trailer.  By the time we left, Jeremia had just had more fun than he could stand and promptly passed out in the car with a fry in his mouth.  We couldn’t resist a good picture before removing it.

The next day we headed home again, and as per the usual, we made a slight detour on our way home.  If any of you have ever been up or down I-95 then you know that on the border of North and South Carolina there is perhaps the largest and most ridiculous tourist trap known to man, “South of the Border.”  Seriously, its one of those places that understands what it is, so it relishes in it rather than try to deny it.  Its been there probably since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, and its mascot is the most prototypical politically incorrect figure, “Pedro.”

Someone of whom Jeremia was not a big fan…

However, all hope was not lost, while stopping to look for me a leather hat which I could wear at shows to keep my head out of the sun (Yes, I naively thought that we could stop here and I could go into a building simply marked, “Leather” and there a hat would be, miraculously waiting),

we met none other than….


Yes, Fabio.

Well, a cardboard cut-out of Fabio, but close (and scary) enough for me.  I mean seriously, wouldn’t it weird you out to know that there were cardboard cutouts of yourself floating around in the world where you were sporting nothing more than a tight pair of jeans and chains?  I love how he guards the emergency exit.

Jeremia tried to work a new purse out of the deal (probably to keep things quiet), but we instead we talked him into a pair of plastic glasses with the goofy eyes.

And yes, in the entire store marked “Leather,” there was not a single leather hat.  Notice however, the ample supply of Pedro dolls.  Needless to say, I wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible.

Once we got outside we stopped to shoot a quick photo with a horse.  J was preoccupied with noticing that horse wasn’t wearing a diaper and should have been-

I just wanted to find the car.  Once we were loaded up and preparing to leave it was then that I spotted it-

a lovely Ferris Wheel just begging to have its picture taken.

So of course I obliged.  What I love about this shot is the “Convention Center” in the background.  Can’t you just see yourself entertaining some million-dollar clients at that locale next time you need to set up an important meeting?  Yep, me too.

I got one other nice shot; this RIDES sign-

then I was ready to hit the road…

Where’s the tequilla?


Something Interesting Happened on the way to my blog

Posted in Family with tags , , on September 11, 2010 by candlesandghosts

I got side-tracked. Not intentionally mind you, but side-tracked none the less. Do you realize that it has been exactly 1 year to the day since my last post- I actually thought about posting again several months ago, but then I thought this would be way cooler. Its not- it just gave me an excuse to be lazy a bit longer. And to give you an idea how long a year is- Jeremia went from this:

to this:

Wow. Man have I been lazy.
See you soon.

Can you say score?

Posted in Family, Flea Market Finds, jewelry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2009 by candlesandghosts

You know every now and again, you get lucky.  I’m not talking lottery-type lucky because let’s be honest-  if I were that lucky I could pay somebody to write this post for me -I’m just meaning I’ve come across some really good items as of late, and cannot wait to get started turning them into new pieces.

The first two things I’ve found are these awesome vintage compact cases:


They both are just oozing potential with all their openings and parts that move

Here they are disassembled-


This one is great because it has a piece that rotates a complete 360, and it has a wonderful clasp for closing the compact


This one, however, might just be the coolest shape I have ever found- it measures 2.5″ x 4″ which is perfect for a neck piece, and it has 2 doors that open, plus a nice recessed area in the top


I was also fortunate enough to find some good items this past weekend at the fleamarket:

The keys will make great clasps


And though this piece of antique celluloid would make a great centerpiece on a necklace,  I think I’ll resell it in my shop.


Last but not least, what has to be my biggest stroke of luck of all- to be the Dad of a kid who looks great in striped pajamas.


Until next time-


My Kingdom for a Canvas

Posted in About My Work, art, Family, Studio with tags , , , , on July 5, 2009 by candlesandghosts

Well actually, I’m stretching a large canvas for a friend as we speak, but more about that later.  In the meantime, I’m beginning to think that the panels in my studio are multiplying on their own.


what I’m wondering is- why can’t all the art that goes on them be already finished as well?  I figure I have about 16 days until I have to begin packing for Bele Chere, and I’ve come to the realization that with 350,000 people expected to attend, there is probably no way to make enough art.


Luckily I don’t get to stressed about these things, especially not now that Jeremia is here…


I mean seriously, who could be stressed when you have this cute mug to look at all day long-


and I am making progress- I just hope that I’m able to get to all the jewelry pieces I want to do.


If not I suppose I’ll survive, there is always the next show.


Mud Slinging

Posted in Family, Flea Market Finds with tags , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2009 by candlesandghosts

Literally.  Went to the NC mountains this past weekend to visit with family, and ended up down at the river with my niece and nephew.  We couldn’t go swimming because they didn’t have their bathing suits, but it’s not like that kept them from having fun.





The river is so nice this time of year even if the water is still really cold.

On the way home, I found a nice antique mall with a few necessities I thought I should pick up.


-a great ambrotype from the late 1850’s


-a nice antique bone brooch (this one will probably end up in my Etsy shop)


-a great old rouge to be transformed into a neckpiece


-and a nice petite tin which will be transformed as well

All in all, it was a great weekend, but now its back to it, Bele Chere is coming up in a little more than 3 weeks!