Monday, June 26, 2017


"It is a happy talent to know how to play."
                                                    --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, June 22, 2017

50 Years

In a few days this couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary -- congratulations!  And yes, they are my parents.  Here's to them and their devotion to one another.

"A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love,
trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity.
The order varies for any given year."

Monday, June 19, 2017

Catch the Wind

"When the winds of change blow,
some people build walls and others build windmills."
                                        --Chinese proverb

Thursday, June 15, 2017


"Sandwich every bit of criticism between two heavy layers of praise."
                                                                     --Mary Kay Ash

Monday, June 12, 2017

In Simple Terms

"I walk.

I look.

I see.

I stop.

I photograph."

                                           --Leon Levinstein

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dirty the Paper


"All art is but dirtying the paper delicately."
               --John Ruskin

Monday, June 5, 2017

Got Chives?

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Center Circle

"...If you have a sketchbook, open it and start by making a line, a mark, wherever.  Doodle."
                                                                                          --Chris Riddell

Thursday, May 25, 2017

In Season

                  "The expert in anything was once a beginner."

Monday, May 22, 2017

Be Bright

"There are two ways of spreading light:
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
                                            --Edith Wharton

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tranquil Setting

"The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquility."

Monday, May 15, 2017



"No color will ever be brighter for me than black and white."
                                                                --Alessandro del Piero

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Tribute to Moms

"She never quite leaves her children at home, 
even when she doesn't take them along."
                                                 --Margaret Culkin Banning

Monday, May 8, 2017

Busy in the Garden

Been busy playing in the dirt?  If so, you are like many others in these parts who are anxious to plant vegetable and flower gardens.  Upon careful examination of the gardener in this image, you will notice he is made of LEGO bricks and was created by the talented LEGO brick artist Sean Kenney.  A couple years ago I saw this sculpture and several others in the Nature Connects 2 exhibit hosted by the Powell Gardens in Missouri.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Look Up

"Keep looking up... That's the secret of life..."

Monday, May 1, 2017


"I must have flowers, always and always."
                                                                          --Claude Monet

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Grab A Pen!


"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."
                                                          --Joseph Chilton Pearce

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tulip Time

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring in the Forest

"Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own."
                                                                       --Charles Dickens

Monday, April 17, 2017


She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:  "Winter is dead."
                                                            --A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

Monday, April 10, 2017

DIY Easter Basket


Some of you have seen these images in previous posts; however, since this is one of my favorite recycling/upcycling projects, I want to share it again.  As is obvious in the first picture, I deconstructed a box and rebuilt it with the inside facing out.  The pretty design on the interior of the container caught my attention and I just couldn't throw it away. 

 Anyway, next I used two pipe cleaners as the handle and then embellished the exterior.  Trust me, this is simple and super cute.  Surprise someone for Easter with a basket you made yourself and fill it with their favorite treats.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Selfie Central

Are you obsessed with taking selfies?  If so, a visit to Chicago's BEAN is in order.  And, if people-watching is one of your pastimes, this place is a must see.  Dress for the weather, bring your digital device to play around with all the great photo opportunities and observe the hundreds of passersby. Simply enjoy the experience.

Monday, April 3, 2017


"You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming."
                                                            --Pablo Neruda

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sea Anemone


"Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere."

Monday, March 27, 2017

Or Not

"Art should look like art, trees and flowers and people,
not weird shapes and splotches of color all smeared together."
                                               --Jennifer Estep

Thursday, March 23, 2017

It's Spring

When the calendar turns to late March, I am thrilled; however, I certainly realize that not every spring day will look like the image above.  In fact, here in Iowa it's not usual to have snow and cool temperatures well after the vernal equinox.  The following quote best summarizes the weather we experience at this time of the year:

"In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours."
                                                                 --Mark Twain

Monday, March 20, 2017


What's this?  A flying fish fountain at Atlantis.  That's the simple answer.  However, what makes it so interesting is the contrast, texture and unusual subjects.  The bright, sunny conditions made this image very harsh in color but in black and white it becomes much more interesting.

"There is no beauty without some strangeness."
                                                                    --Edgar Allan Poe

Monday, March 13, 2017


"The tune was wailing and mournful, almost fragrantly so,
and the total effect was of a heartbroken piccolo being 
parted forever from its bagpipe lover."
                                                     --Peter S.Beagle

Thursday, March 9, 2017

See What You See

"People only see what they are prepared to see."
                                                          --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, March 6, 2017

Small but Mighty

In the bottom left corner is this quote by Goethe:  The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquility. How appropriate for this scene.  Actually, this image is tiny in size (as I cropped it to 3 x 7 inches) but powerful in its message.  This happens to be a personal favorite and that of several others folks who refer to it as tranquil.  Currently this shot along with many other of my fog scenes are on exhibit at the Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Public Library.  If you are headed to downtown Dubuque, stop in and take a look as the exhibit is open through March.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Quiet Place

"In quiet places, reason abounds."
                                              --Adlai Stevenson

Monday, February 27, 2017

Pause to Reflect

"It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved;
but by reflection, force of character, and judgement."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

See the Light

With mild February temperatures in these parts, many of us find ourselves looking forward to summer gardens and more daylight.  This picture features a unique garden design that uses multi-colored plates to create the inner circle and a multi-level piece as the focal point.  In addition, with the light literally at the end of the tunnel, this photo is encouraging as it reminds me that warmer weather is just ahead.  So, in the meantime, I will enjoy the warmer-than-average weather and appreciate this reprieve from the usual cold, snow and ice.

For those wondering, this photo was taken during a visit to Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa.  Plan now for a summertime visit to this delightful destination in the Hawkeye state.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Make Art

The EARTH without ART is just EH.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Full Heart


"Empty pockets never held anyone back.
Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."
                                     --Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, February 13, 2017

For Valentine's Day

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen
or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart."
                                               --Helen Keller

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cool Kicks

"One shoe can change your life."

Monday, February 6, 2017


"The details are not the details.  They make the design."
                                          --Charles Eames

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Master Artist

What a severe yet master artist old Winter is.... 
No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel.
                                   --John Burroughs, "The Snow-Walkers," 1866

Monday, January 30, 2017

Exhibit Opens Soon

Make plans to attend this event held in downtown Dubuque on Friday, February 3, 5:30-7:30 pm. The library is located at 360 W 11th Street.  Barb and I have combined our work in past exhibits and are excited for another.  The theme for my images is Forest Fog -- some I've featured previously on this blog while others are entirely new. Hope to see you there.