Archive for October 2012

This is why I hate watercolors.

October 29, 2012

Just finished off a painting tonight of Neys Provincial Park (on the North Shore of Lake Superior).   I spent a lot of careful time on this.

I was feeling reasonably happy with this my work, until it was time to go home, and I noticed a bright blue smudge on the left.

God Dammit.

Some blue pigment from one of my tubes tube had inadvertently gotten onto the paper.

I tried lifting it, but it was too late.    The damage was done.

Well, at least the stain wasn’t smack in the middle of the painting, or two entire evenings would have been completely written off.

But if I crop off 1/2 an inch,  the painting is still salvageable.  I got off lucky this time.

But still…it’s not quite the same.   I”m bothered by this.

This is why I HATE watercolors sometimes.

It’s so damned unforgiving.

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20 Reasons Why I was Deprived as a Child

October 18, 2012

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1. Lucky Charms only had four kinds of marshmallow.  When they came out with a fifth “new blue diamonds”, we thought we had died and gone to heaven.

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2. To get to your own money, you had to line up at a bank.    You had to keep a bankbook which the teller would update in PEN.

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3. Batteries were shitty. They ran out of power very quickly, and they would leak acid.

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4. There was no such thing as Asiago or Chipolte or salsa or any of that fancy-schmancy food.

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5. Nobody ate Nachos or chicken wings.   I don’t think they even existed in restaurants.

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6. Cartoons were only on for 6 hours a week, and only on Saturday mornings.

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7. You couldn’t record a TV show.  If you missed it, you missed it.  Months or years might go by before you’d see it again.

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8. Roller Coasters were made of wood, and only went up and down. There were no loop-de-loops.

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9. The early video games were so shitty, you could see the individual pixels on the flying asteroids and you space ship.

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10. Phones had 5-foot cords and most houses only had one.

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11. There was only one Rocky Movie.

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12. When riding in a car, I wasn’t strapped down in a kids seat. I coulda gotten KILLED.

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13. People told inappropriate politically-incorrect jokes and nobody got sent on sensitivity training.

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14. Nobody knew what yoga or tai-chi or tae-bo was.

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15. McDonald’s Big Macs were served in Styrofoam containers, which were killing the planet and making polar bears DIE.

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16. They never gave us graduation parties for finishing kindergarten.

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17. Lego was mostly just red and white and black blocks. You were lucky if you had a few wheels to make a block-car.

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18. If you misbehaved at school, you got the strap.  I never did..but just the threat of it traumatized me for life.

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19. The only fruit you had in the grocery store was apples, oranges and bananas. You might get grapes or cherries for a few weeks a year, when they were in season.

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20. The closest thing we had to an I-phone was Etch-a-Sketch

Fall 2012: One Last Fling

October 9, 2012

I thought I was done with the fall colors.     Half the leaves have fallen…the remaining hues are fading into a washed-out yellow or a dull, rusty brown.

But this weekend, I found there were still some pockets of color here and there.

After this post, though, I think I might be done the fall photos for the year.

These next four photos are from Letterkenny road, near Quadeville, Ontario.    Rumor has it, Al Capone hid out here in the 1930’s.   It’s still an out-of-the-way place, even today.

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How would you like to cycle up that hill? (I reluctantly admit, I know people who do). 

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This whole ares is part of the Madawaska highlands.    It’s mostly forested hills, with the occasioanal farm cut into a hilly ridge. 

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I like this one with the cows, and the bright red maple sitting in the field all by itself.

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More cows.

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This area still had most of its leaves, and was very YELLOW.
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With this one, I deliberately cut off the top of the tree to hide the sky, to allow the bright red to contrast with the green:

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And here’s red against the azure blue sky.    An artist would never paint such colors on their canvas.    It clashes, to the point of almost being obnoxious.  (….Almost!)

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This was from a Monday hike, on the forest floor:

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A few more around some farmland…

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Finally, here’s a comparison of how quickly things change.  This first photo is from September 28th:

And here it the same scene later, on October 7th (a mere nine days later).

Hard to believe it can all be snow covered in 8 weeks.

Still Chasing the Colors.

October 6, 2012

I’ve been going a bit bat-shit crazy with my camera all week, because the fall colors have been insane.

It’s been an exceptional year.  In recent memory, there are only two years that have been as good as this:  2003 and 2008.

In 2003,  I had a roll of film with some fantastic shots on it, and it got lost in my car got totalled.

In 2008,  I had tons of great photos, lots of brilliant red.  But my hard-drive crashed and I didn’t have a proper back-up, and lost pretty much everything.

So this year, I’m taking full advantage of the colors  (AND backing everything up!)

I’m making hay while the sun shines…there isn’t too much time left.

The fall foliage is already over the hump.   It’s been windy and lots of leaves are already blown down.

A week from now, it will all be finished.

(Though I think I might squeeze in another day or two of photos).

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And of course, I had to have at least ONE photo with the Bear!

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Chasing Leaves on a Friday Afternoon

October 3, 2012

This past Friday.  Leaves were peaking.    I took photos.

That’s all it takes.   And that’s sometimes all you have:  one perfect day, one chance, to capture your best autumn photos for the entire year.

Because next week, who knows?  They could be gone.

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