Header Attribution

The header photo is a wall in the Depot Art District in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Colonnade


This attractive colonnade
stands proudly
in the courtyard
of "The Pacific House"
adjacent to
Custom House Plaza
in Monterey, California.
It has been here
for more than
150 years.

Taken 31 December 2010.

(NOTE: I have been absent from these 'pages'
for a few months due to family emergency. I'm happy to be back!)


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Abandoned #2


Detritus
displayed
where it was tossed,
settled,
weathered,
piled upon.
An odd sort of
attraction
to it.
Stories
hidden, lost,
embedded
in the castaway
debris
of anonymous,
unintentional
collaborators
in temporary art -
installation,
assemblage,
found-objects,
lost, but immortalized.


Taken 8 October 2010.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey


San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey
was founded by Junipero Serra in 1770.
This sandstone church was completed in 1794.



This was the first stone building in California.
It is the oldest continuously functioning church in California.
It is the first cathedral built in California.


Read more about San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey HERE.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Seven Gables Inn


I'd say
with confidence
it is impossible
to overstate
the proverbial
"wow factor"
when it comes to
this bed & breakfast experience
in Pacific Grove, California.
Classic Victorian architecture,
pristine curb appeal,
impeccable decor and service,
ridiculous views.

Tough to match,
much less beat.

Taken 27 December 2010.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Birds Out of Hand


I'm not sure
what the going wage is
for dressing up
in a colorful bird costume.


Honestly,
I do not remember what
they were hawking, either.


But they were certainly eye-catching!

At least they had each other,
so they could flock together.

I think that one on the left
was thinking about grabbing my camera.

Taken 14 October 2010.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Street Art #21


What exactly constitutes "street art"?

I'd say, basically anything that can be interpreted as "art"
that is displayed in a publicly accessible way.

I'd venture to guess that the most common form
of what is generally accepted as "street art"
is some kind of image or abstraction
painted on sidewalks, walls of buildings,
sides of bridges and overpasses, etc.
A lot of what is still often called "grafitti"
is now being called "street art"
(for good reason, IMHO).

Can something as simple as
a stocking cap on a fire hydrant
be considered "street art"?

Chances are this is a pretty random event.

The "artist" in this case 
probably had no direct intention
of creating a work of art.

I'm thinking,
if someone looks at any arrangement
of objects
and is captured
for whatever reason
by lines, colors, shapes, shadows,
quirkiness, incongruousness,
or whatever;
whether natural, accidental, or intentional,
that is art.

If it is in or near "the street" -
"street art."

I'll save my discussion of whether
this might also be rightly considered
"assemblage art"
for another time.


Taken 18 September 2009.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Concrete and Metal


No curves allowed.

It's just metal and concrete.
A utilitarian installation
hidden in the corner
of a much grander edifice
(the Anaheim Convention Center);
but the counterplay
of repeating straight lines,
light and shadow,
in neutral shades of gray,
is appealing.
It draws you in;
makes you want to explore.

Taken 13 October 2010.