Monday, September 30, 2013

A Solar Sytem

Did this wake you up?  Of course, it is not a solar system but rather an abstract scene I created with a photograph and editing software.  Initially this image was of 3 rings that happen to be circular ceramic tiles (see them?) used in underground tiling projects.  After using black to color the area around those rings, I let some creative juices flow and added several multi-color circles and single-tone dots.  And, of course, this creation reminds me of Picasso's quote regarding abstract art:

"There is no abstract art.  You must always start with something.  Afterwards you can remove all the traces of reality."   --Pablo Picasso

Friday, September 27, 2013

Warty Wonders

"You crown the year with your bounty,
and your carts
overflow with abundance."
           --Psalm 65:11

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Love in Stone

"Two souls, one heart."
                                     --French proverb

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

All Smiles


"Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too."

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Getting Ready to Ride

"Never approach a bull from the front,
a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction."

"Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse."

Monday, September 23, 2013

Diablo Buds

Today's photo is of the flowers on the Diablo Ninebark shrub -- would you have guessed that?  With a little imagination and a computer, digital photos can take on lots of new looks, including this image of some very tiny blossoms.  If you have any type of digital camera and access to editing apps or software, try something and I bet you will be hooked!

Diablo Buds, by Stephanie Funke

Friday, September 20, 2013

Summer's Sailing Away

"When summer gathers up her robes of glory,
And, like a dream, glides away."
                                                                                    --Sarah Helen Whitman
This photo was captured on West Lake Okoboji during an early August regatta.  With autumn's arrival quickly approaching, I wanted to share another photo featuring summer and time at the lake.  And, honestly, although I love autumn and it's wonderful mix of colors and cool temperatures, summer always tops my list of favorites.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

State Capitol Building

Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, our capitol building is easily identified with its towering center dome glistening in gold.  This large stone structure was constructed between 1871 - 1886 for just under $ 3 million and has since undergone various restorations, with a major exterior restoration project completed in 2001.  In this photo of the West Capitol Terrace, also visible is the Pioneers of the Territory sculpture.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Splat! & more

This image, Splat!, is one of five of my photos selected for the Upstream People Gallery's 15th Annual juried online photography exhibit.  If you haven't noticed, in the upper right quadrant of this photo there is an imprint left by an unfortunate feathered friend who probably saw a reflection in all of the glass and crashed into the skywalk.  I was passing through this walkway in downtown Minneapolis when I heard a young girl tell her mother to look at the bird's image on the glass.  I was amazed and captured this interesting photo thanks to the little tike's keen observation.  To see my photos as well as other very interesting images, go to and click on the image.
Splat! by Stephanie Funke

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Message with the Mask

"Act well your part; there all the honour lies."
                                                            --Alexandar Pope, Pope:  An Essay on Man

Monday, September 16, 2013

Upcycling Idea

What is upcycling?  In my opinion, it is taking something I would normally discard and turning it into something else with a purpose and/or value.  Forgive me if my definition isn't official but I thought it was appropriate for the photo below and considering what to do with old license plates.

 While editing this image and thinking about repurposing, I decided to look for websites that had ideas for upcycling license plates and here is one that might interest crafters: 
License Plate Dragonfly
Use old license plates, a chair leg and discarded keys to create a dragonfly

Friday, September 13, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Opening Celebrations

Uniturk, by Stephanie Funke, is visible to the far right
Above and below are photos from recent opening receptions in which my photos are in the current exhibits, including "Perception" at Gallery C in Dubuque, Iowa and "64 Arts" at The Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois.  Both of these exhibits remain through the end of September and are open for viewing during regular business hours.  My group of turkeys is in the forefront in the first view and my shot of Chicago's Hancock building is seen in the second image.  The last picture includes a young girl whose likeness is featured in the painting above her.  That painting, also included in the 64 Arts Exhibit, was done by the girl's mother, and, from what I understand, the little child did paint some shapes on the canvas before her mother started the project.
Enveloped, by Stephanie Funke, is in the upper right corner
Another view of 64 Arts

That's her!  Launchpad, by Basia Krol of Illinois

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lovely Luna

"The night walked down
the sky with
the moon in her hand."
                                                                                   --Frederic Lawrence Knowles

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Abstract Roots

"There is no abstract art. 
You must always start with something. 
 Afterwards you can remove all traces of reality."
                                                  --Pablo Picasso
So, in case you are wondering just what this is, I will reveal the "something" which with I started; i.e., brace roots on a corn stalk.  After some creative editing, the result proved interesting and quite unusual -- I guess that is my way of saying I liked this and wanted to share! 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ice Cream

"My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just
enjoy the ice cream while it's on your plate."
                                                      --Thornton Wilder

Friday, September 6, 2013


"What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back,
with a hinge in it."
                                                 --Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in a Garden

"I know that if odour were visible, as colour is,
I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds."
                                                             --Robert Bridges, "Testament of Beauty"

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Nifty Nubes

In Spanish the term nubes means clouds; hence, the title Nifty Nubes!  Anyway, recently it received Special Recognition in the online Landscapes Exhibit of the Light Space & Time virtual gallery.  In order to see my image along with other delightful outdoors scenes, please visit

Light Space & Time Artist Badge

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

64 Arts 2013

If you reside near Monmouth, Illinois or plan to be in the area while this exhibit is open, I am sure you won't be disappointed.  The Buchanan Center for the Arts is located at 64 Public Square, Monmouth, IL and the gallery is open M-F: 9-5 and Saturday: 10-2.  I am honored to have an image that was selected for this exhibit and in a future post plan to share a few photos.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Water flowing

"...Moving water has a fascinating vitality.
It has power and grace and associations. 
It has a thousand colors and a thousand shapes,
yet it follow laws so definite that the tiniest
streamlet is an exact replica of a great river."
                                                                                   --Roderick Haig-Brown

Monday, September 2, 2013


Today, in the USA, is Labor Day when some folks have the day off of work, school and so on. If that is the case for you , I hope you can take a few moments for yourself and simply relax.  Enjoy the day.

"Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax."
                                                                                                                -- Mark Black

"Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."