Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Quote DuJour

“Don’t think. 
Thinking is the enemy of creativity. 
It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. 
You can’t try to do things. 
You simply must do things” 
– Ray Bradbury

Friday, December 05, 2014

Quote DuJour

I have no idols
I admire work
dedication and
– Ayrton Senna

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Curve Left

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gun Lake Custard Stand

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Morning Haze

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Quote DuJour

“The bamboo that bends is stronger 
than the oak that resists.” 
– Japanese Proverb

Friday, November 14, 2014

One Chair No Wait

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tree Frost

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall Chill Coming

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Quote DuJour

"It is never too late to be 
who you might have been"

-George Eliot

American Shed

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Monday, November 03, 2014

Old Barn, Michigan

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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Quote DuJour

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about 
if you have the outgoing guts to do it, 
and the imagination to improvise. 
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” 
― Sylvia Plath

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Michigan Fall

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Darcy Lynn's Snack Shop

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"While you sweat over a hot stove slinging hash
Work my fingers right down to the elbows
Yes I may be good-for-nothin'
But I'm still your sweet hunk o' trash"

Billie Holiday-Sweat Hunk O'Trash

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quote DuJour

Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity. 
– T S Elliot

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Berwyn's Toys and Trains O Gauge Train Layout

Worked on a new movie......Simple and it was done simply in Photoshop CC 2014.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Quote DuJour

"There is nothing wrong with hardships and obstacles, but everything wrong with not trying."
-Werner Herzog

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Quote DuJour

"The enemy of photography is the convention, 
the fixed rules of 'how to do'. 
The salvation of photography 
comes from the experiment."
- Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Quote DuJour

"If you want to make more interesting pictures, become a more interesting person"
– Jay Maisel

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Road Less Traveled

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Happy 4th......Celebrate America

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Quote DuJour

“I must create a system, 
or be enslav'd by another man’s.” 
— William Blake

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cal's Bar Chicago

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Quote DuJour

"Regardless of who you are, regardless of your social position—the highest or the lowest—have always as your goal to have a lot of strength, a lot of determination, and always do everything with a lot of love and faith in God. Because one day, you will get there. Somehow, you will get there."

-Ayrton Senna

You can hear this in the Nike Portuguese for the workd cup.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Quote DuJour

 "The majority of photographers still seek “artistic” effects, imitating other mediums of graphic expression. The result is a hybrid product that does not succeed in giving their work the most valuable characteristic it should have, —photographic quality."
-Tina Modotti

Monday, May 26, 2014

In Honor Of My Father

Memorial day is day that honors those who served........Today I honor my father who served in World War II. A good man with a kind and loving heart who raised two great sons.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Quote DuJour

"It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done!"
-Vincent Van Gogh

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mothers Day 2014

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Quote DuJour

"The chief enemy of creativity is good sense." 
– Pablo Picasso

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Quote DuJour

"I am not designed to come second or third, 
I am designed to win" 
-Ayrton Senna. 

Today is the 20th anniversary of his death.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Billiken Type Dance

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A little fun with a custom Billiken photoshop brush and the program Typo-Painter.

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Gonzo Illustrator

“I still think the computer has so confused us that we don’t quite have the strong moral compass that we should, I always say to people that I like to see wet ink. A computer leaves me unable to do what I live for: to find something unexpected.”
-Ralph Steadman

I'm interested in seeing the documentay film.

Quote DuJour

At the root of creativity is an impulse to understand, to make sense of random and often unrelated details. For me, photography provides an intersection of time, space, light, and emotional stance. One needs to be still enough, observant enough, and aware enough to recognize the life of the materials, to be able to 'hear through the eyes. 
- Paul Caponigro

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Greetings!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Quote DuJour Duex

Quote of the day: The past cannot be changed. 
The future is yet in your power.
 - Mary Pickford

Quote DuJour

“People don’t like to think. 
If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. 
Conclusions are not always pleasant.”

― Helen Keller

Friday, April 11, 2014

Quote DuJour

"Getting the first draft finished is like pushing a peanut with your nose across a very dirty floor." 
-Joyce Carol Oates

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Quote DuJour

“Well, I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on, you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on.” 
– Vivian Maier

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Neuroscience Of Color

The Fast Company web site has an interesting blog post by Eric Jaffe on the power of color in art. An interesting read on how color effects the viewing of art.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Quote DuJour

"If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. 
If you're not out there, you'll only hear about it."
- Jay Maisel

Monday, February 24, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Quote DuJour

“Vision without action is a daydream. 
Action without vision is a nightmare.” 
– Japanese Proverb

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fog 2-20-14

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Simple Quote DuJour

Available light 
is any damn light that is available! 
- W. Eugene Smith

Short and to the point!

Monday, February 17, 2014

More Snow

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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Quote DuJour

"Uncertainty is where things happen. It is where the opportunities – for success, for happiness, for really living – are waiting."
-Martha Nussbaum

Friday, February 07, 2014

Snow Tree

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Quote DuJour

"An artist must be open to the muse. The greater the artist, the more he is open to “cosmic currents.” He has to behave as he does. If he has “the courage to be an artist,” he is committed to behave as the mood possesses him. . . .
The price an artist pays for doing what he wants is that he has to do it."

-William S. Burroughs

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Quote DuJour

“When something you make doesn’t work, it didn’t work, not you. You, you work. You keep trying.” 
– Zach Klein

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Creatively Conflicted

Creative people have to deal with the monsters in their mind. We are conflicted......we argue with ourselves and usually do nothing but create mental scrambled eggs in our heads. Time usually sorts things out, but we create a lot of confusion in the meantime. Round and round and round we go and where we land nobody knows. 

The Fast Company Leadership Now website has an interesting post on the 10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People. Faisal Hoque has some interesting points for the creatively conflicted. A interesting read. 10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Quote DuJour

"Reaching a 'creative' state of mind thru positive action is considered preferable to waiting for 'inspiration'. "
- Minor White

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sign From Mars

This sign has marked the way from Illinois to Milwaukee for many years. It's so circa 1950's type design is what makes it. The store building has changed but the sign remains the same. A true cheddar curtain icon.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Quote DuJour

Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies. 
- Diane Arbus

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Quote DuJour

"The ugly can be beautiful.
The pretty never."
- Oscar Wilde

Friday, January 03, 2014