Back Doors

Back Door 1

These images are from a recent photo trip to Olympia. We walked around the various alleys and loading areas. There were a mix of levels of graffiti. The downtown area was very much run down and semi-deserted, due to the lack of workers in downtown buildings. The result has been the closure of many retail spaces that made a significant percent of their business from the lunch crowd.

Back Door 2

This was a bit of a puzzle. But I expect that someone left the steel door retracted and the tagging took place.

Back Door 3

My guess on this area is that the owners/tenets make an effort to keep the area freshly painted each time additional tagging takes place. That is one approach. The other is to hire murals painted. This approach works most of the time, and some of the future blog posts show some of the murals of downtown Olympia.

Casting Bronze

Hot Metal
Pouring Hot Metal

For a while I worked at the Pratt Fine Art Foundry in Seattle. I really enjoyed working with metal. I had started with (gas) welding steel, but when I found out how much fun working with bronze was, I was hooked. I worked at developing skills with various styles, many times using natural objects instead of wax models. I cast apples, banana, onion, artichoke, and small trees. I tried casing a trout once, but that didn’t work so well. And the folks in the foundry claimed that when it was in the kiln, it attracted all the neighborhood cats (not likely).

Below is one of my favorites: my hand. I made a model by dripping hot wax from a candle on my hand until it was covered and when the wax was cool and hardened, carefully removed my hand. Then I poured the art wax into the model, removed the candle wax and cast what was left. I was quite pleased with the fact that most of the skin texture and fingerprint patterns showed up.

Unfortunately, all the plaster dust just gave me one sinus infection after another and I had to retire my foundry work.

Need A Hand, Anyone?

So, what is this?

So, what is this?

So, I just had to do one more scratch shot. Wondering how many can guess what it is. But then, I don’t have a good way of taking guesses … and answering, either.

It is a tube of Cadmium Yellow acrylic art paint. Taken with a Minolta bellows attachment with a macro lens, using Ektachrome 400. Scratches by means of a miniature scalpel.

Art??? Scratch that…

Bozeman Stove
Mustang

I was going through ‘old’ images and found these. They started out as Ektachrome slides … I took a miniature scalpel to them under a magnifying glass and scratched along the lines. There is a choice of when you stop and which lines you highlight… that’s the art choice. Some of the colors in the scratches are from the emulsion peeling up and partly remaining.

I did a 4′ x 8′ painting of the Mustang and put it on the door of my garage. I left it there when I left. Always thought about going back to see if it is still there 30 years later.

Gallery Show

Death Valley Juniper

There is a local group of photographers that meet once a month for “Print Night”. Needless to say, it lost a little with the transition to Zoom-based. Just before the Covid closures, a local gallery associated with the Port Townsend School of the Arts (also a sponsor of Print Night), scheduled a month-long exhibit of the work of the Print Night participants. That got cancelled.

The show has been re-scheduled for January-February 2021 and is currently open. A total of 18 photographers submitted work. It’s a great exhibit and shows the wide range of photographic interests in our small town. When print night was ‘live’ instead of virtual, I remember often coming home so wound up with inspiration that I couldn’t sleep for hours.

The website for the show is: https://www.northwindart.org/grover-gallery

The three photos on this page are my images that they accepted. I printed them with archival materials (using my Epson P800 on Epson Hot Press Bright), Crescent Bright White mat board, Nielsen frames and museum glass. (My framing philosophy is that if it is your best work, treat it that way.) The rectangular prints are 14″ x 18″ framed to 20″ x 24″. The square is framed at 20″ x 20″.

Sun Point Snag
Tree with Roots

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