Columns on the Louisville City Hall building.
I took this photo early this morning in downtown Louisville (where we’ve been since leaving Chicago a couple of days ago). It wasn’t until I got it on the computer later in the day that I saw the similarity in compositional elements to Hopper’s Nighthawk painting. (I’m not saying my photo is in the same class as his painting quality-wise, just noting the technical similarities.) While I didn’t have the painting consciously in mind at the time, since I had just seen it in Chicago and blogged about it I have to wonder if there wasn’t something going on behind the scenes in my brain that made me decide to stop and take the photo.
While I know better than to touch the art work at art museums, I never thought window coverings would be much of a problem. However, after I had lifted the edge of a window shade to take yesterday’s photo, I was gently and kindly informed by a guard that I shouldn’t be doing that. So I took this one through the shade. I like the kind of pencil-drawing effect it gives to the photo.
Nickole Lanham, gallery director and myself after the fun artist reception last night for the Opus Corvus exhibition at North Central College. I was pleased with the way the exhibition was presented and enjoyed some lively and stimulating conversation with those who attended. I was also pleased when Nickole presented me with the opportunity to extend the exhibit through the middle of November, so if you live in the area there’s still plenty of time to see it.
We are in Naperville, Illinois where I will be giving an informal talk tonight at the reception for my Opus Corvus exhibition at North Central College. I’ve done a number of exhibitions in different venues around the country and have received varying degrees of support and attention in attending functions such as this. I have to say that North Central College really knows how to impress an artist. This is the interior of the 12-person stretch limo they sent to pick Connie and I up at the airport in Chicago and deliver us to Naperville last night. This kind of treatment deserved a better photograph but my camera gear was in the trunk and I had to take this low-light photo with my cell phone.
As all the plants start dropping their leaves in the fall, I find the structure of their stems and branches interesting (which should be no surprise if you are familiar with my bare trees work).
Thistles are considered a noxious weed in Montana and you’re supposed to eradicate them if they grow on your property. I don’t do that on our land though because I’m cheap, lazy and adverse to blanketing the area (and potentially myself) with pesticides. Besides, try telling all the mountain bluebirds that flock here for the thistle seeds in the fall that they really ought to be better food connoisseurs than to think dining on noxious weeds is a treat.