Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Winter life...


Sunrise from the bedroom window. Daylight is later and later every day...and less and less as we slide down towards solstice. I think our maximum daylight (officially) is about 3 hours and 45 minutes or so on Dec. 21st. Of course, one hour at the beginning and one hour at the end is a bluish twilight, as the sun never rises too high above the horizon.



Post Thanksgiving Christmas decorating is already in full swing all over town. These were on a tree at school---photographed before I went to class last night. I've always loved night photography.....long, still exposures, finding details in the shadows of an image....



And of course, the playing around you can do with a digital camera at night! I did about a dozen shots like this, waggling and circling and jumping the camera around during the exposure. I LOVE the effect---it's like perfect, glowing, gestural drawing! Reminds me of some paintings by Jim Dine that I saw at the National Gallery in D.C. last year.

I've found that digital is much less forgiving in low light situations and night photography than standard camera shooting----what I think of as 'hard copy photography.' It's amazing that I got a degree in photo just 10 years ago, and everything I learned is now obsolete in the professional photo world. I can still respect negatives, however finicky and frustrating they can be to work with....if you think about it, the negative was actually there, at the scene, at the moment, the place, the second that the image was shot, sucking up the light and shadow of that day. Sure, maybe in digital the compact flash card or whatever was there....but it's not the same thing.



This is a photo from last winter; a ski party with friends out near Chatanika. I've been so wanting to get everyone together for more Saturday skiing, but the conditions are pretty bad: cold weather and very little snow. At the local University trails, my usual favorite place to ski, grass is sticking up through the snow! Every week, the forcast promises 'chance of snow,' but nothing doing.....

Regardless, I've been skiing every day by myself this week---skate skiing at the 'professional' trails in town. The trails are wide and groomed, but with so little snow, cold temps and heavy use, it's like skiing on concrete. My skate skis slip around more, my balance is off and my falls are dramatic and probably pretty comical to anyone watching! But hey----I fucking love skate skiing. I'm taking a class with a former olympian, Aelin Peterson, and it's got me so inspired. It's a little lonely to ski alone every day....I just don't know anyone at my skill level that has the time to do it. The past two days, I've showed up at sunset around 3:00 pm, just when 2 full busloads of high school ski teams are unloading. Yikes! I try to find an out of the way trail to practice on so I don't look like a complete fool with my non-matching ski gear and elaborate pratfalls.

Today, however....must be spent in the studio. I'm finishing up 3 small paintings for a show opening on Friday and I'm framing a big painting to trade with a fellow artist for one of hers---a lovely little blue painting with scored wax/encaustic work.....it's gorgeous. Honestly, I would sell my painting for more than she would hers, given the size and type of framing, etc., but the truth is that my painting has been sitting around in my studio for 5 years. It's time that it just got out of the house, out into the world. I'm learning better how not to hold onto things so tightly, especially art. (Especially when it's a trade for something really scrumptious.) Posted by Picasa

4 comments:

L said...

where is your show at?

Eero said...

Three little paintings are (hopefully) going to fit into the Holiday show at Well St. Also, I've put 3 paintings into the World AIDS Day Art Show---benefit show---at the 'breadline' building across from the old Foodland....next to Literacy Council bookstore. Just gotta keep my paintings out there in the world, somehow, as often as I can.

ms. pea said...

for a while now i have been practicing an ethic of once i finish the making of something, it's not mine anymore. of course, that sometimes leads me to knit a beautiful sweater and then never sew the buttons on, just to savor the "it's mine" feeling a little longer, but generally it's been a nice practice. good luck with the show!

Anonymous said...

Very nice.