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when winter comes, you won’t be sorry for “wasting” a sunny autumn day

And there is no better companion for a time wasting walk than a camera.  Playing around with a very narrow depth of field in the garden on the corner, with sort-of-impressionistic results … the striped ornamental grass is cheerful and … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: mysterious objects from the distant past

Do you know what these things are, and what they’re for?  If you know, can you remember the boxes they came in, the sounds they made, the way they smelled?  How ridiculously angry you would get when one worked only … Continue reading

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drawing of the day bonus: natalie, mr. whiskers, and the green man

Thought I’d show you some more of the “Twins, Tutor” series this week, but the first sketchbook I pulled down at random didn’t have one in it.  But I did find Natalie, Mr. Whiskers, and the Green Man,and here they … Continue reading

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a better map of a classic imaginary place

This blog’s complex relationship with the works of JRR Tolkien is well known (search “Tolkien” for assorted links), but there’s no denying that Middle Earth is a complex setting that lends itself to the best in fantasy cartography.  And if … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day, week 130: twins, tutor, groceries

“The Twins, with their new Tutor, at the bus stop, with the groceries” Imagine my shock to discover that the “best of the drawing of the day” posts have been going up more or less every week for rather more … Continue reading

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red, green and bronze

Red, green, and bronze: Virginia creeper in the rain.  I was exercising the weather resistance of the K-30 and the DA* 55mm f/1.4 lens we call the Mouse (Or maybe “Maus”.  I’m not sure yet.)  in the backyard this morning, … Continue reading

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the mystery of the missing bedroom

Two visits to the Art Institute two weeks apart enabled me to discover a secret passage leading to a mystery.  The secret passage is the one connecting the second floor of the new Modern Wing to the Impressionist galleries on … Continue reading

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“let’s add cars to old landscape paintings”

We seem to be on a fine art kick here on the old blog recently, and I say if we can catch a trend we should saddle it up and ride it off into the sunset.  So when I was … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: see venus by elephant

It’s my own interpretation, but I sincerely hope this pulp science fiction cover by the great Frank R. Paul was inspired by a story where tourists come to Venus and are carried on swamp and jungle tours  by a flotilla … Continue reading

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the temptation of the byzantine dog mosaic

I could resist the human figures, the stag, the camel, even the giraffe, but I snuck my phone out of my pocket to take two illicit photographs of the Byzantine mosaic with the little dog. Can you blame me, really? … Continue reading

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