A fancy serving tray? An artifact from ancient Eygpt? A remake of Cinderella's slipper?
Simply stated, it is a shoe. Made by shoemaker Amara Hark Weber, this hand-made footwear is certainly not something you'll find in a nearby department store but rather in an exhibit featuring unique shoes created by artists around the globe. And, actually, this exhibit took place a couple years ago in Dubuque, Iowa; however, I think some of the shoes are incredibly creative and certainly worth taking a look at in order to consider form and function.
A special happy birthday to this little woman. Just as the picture reveals, she has quite a personality and constantly entertains...and makes her parents pull out their hair! As her aunt, I love spending time with her and laughing at all the crazy things she says.
If spring break takes you to the Windy City, be sure to see THE BEAN! From the river, head south on Michigan Avenue and you can't miss this and all the other wonderful art and architecture in Millennium Park. Plus, for those selfie kings and queens, this is a great place to take a unique shot of you and a thousand other folks in this gigantic reflecting dome.
...and probably building a nest on top of a porch light or inside a gas grill or just about any place that homeowners don't want. Nevertheless, the return of songbirds is a delight for all eagerly awaiting warmer weather.
outdoor landscaping projects. Do you have some in mind? Each year I have several ideas for improving the look of our flower beds, vegetable garden and lawn but don't usually turn many into reality as, once spring finally arrives, I prefer to be outside taking photos and playing tennis. Guess there is always next year, right?
...tulips! And, yes, I purposefully made this pair black and white as I wanted the viewer to imagine seeing these blooms in his/her favorite colors. The original image contains petals in pale pink and bold orange with a dreamy green background. But, just think about all the color combinations that would also make these two a stunning couple....red and white, purple and yellow...
Anyway, with the temperatures warming slightly in these parts, I decided to dedicate a few days to posting images that will make us think of spring. Obviously, most of us were ready for it a month ago but will now be happy to settle for overnight lows in the teens rather than below zero. Enjoy.
Currently this image, Maquoketa Mist, is on view at the Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD. Focal Point, the current exhibition, is open now through March 28. To view the entire list of accepted artists and their work, go to mdfedart.com.
Although I am unsure of its exact identity, this is a plant rather than a creature that will sting you with its many appendages. Actually, I think it's some type of exotic orchid; however, I must admit that is pure speculation on my part. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by its form and stripes and enjoyed editing the photo to create this mysterious black and white image.
Annually in Iowa the first week of March means the high school girls' state basketball tournament is underway in Des Moines. As one of the most acclaimed sports in Iowa history, the women's game has evolved in form and fashion. Gone are the days of 6-on-6 and skirts (as part of the uniform) but this longstanding Iowa tradition remains a popular event here in the Hawkeye State.
Like many folks in these parts, I welcome warmer weather and beautiful things springing up out of the soil. Compared to last year, this winter hasn't been as harsh; however, when March arrives, I think most people are ready for more moderate temperatures and eager to bid farewell to the white stuff. In the meantime, enjoy the picture and stay warm.