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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,



Bele Chere

Posted in About My Work, Art Happenings, Festivals and Shows with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by candlesandghosts

All I can say is ….Whew!  2 shows in 2 weeks across the state was certainly more fun than any one person should be allowed to have.  Both The Big Crafty and Bele Chere were good shows, but with all of the work involved, especially showing in the warmth of July, I don’t know if I’ll have the energy to do that again.  At least not back to back.  At Bele Chere, I did manage to con the judges into giving me a 3rd place ribbon in the arts section-


and ribbons are always good (even better when attached to money)- they almost always help when applying to future shows.  Of course, you never really know what the judges are looking for, just a matter of opinion I guess.

Here are some booth shots from Bele Chere:


I had a lot of new work, as well as some old favorites


I knew all of those blank panels in my studio would be good for something


One of the new pieces from my bird series


It’s 7 weeks until Centerfest, my next big show, so I think I’ll take a few days off to recover.  May be a good time for Jeremia, Kristina, and I to hit the pool.