Sunday, April 28, 2013

April is closing . . .

 I'm fond of photos that don't look like the standard sharp photos but it's rare when I pull that off. 
This fella has an attitude and seemed to pose for me.
 This grouping was edited in PSE.
 His mate isn't as photogenic but she did stay put long enough to help create a fun image.
 More April cactus blooms.
Quote: "Without goals and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set
 sail with no direction." Fitzhugh Dodson

I used to have goals but for the last decade or so I haven't bothered making them mostly because they never come to fruition. Is it important to have direction in ones life? Do goals lead to happiness? I make lists of things I'd like to do and often they're executed swiftly and when they aren't I figure the plan wasn't meant to be. I often wonder if I should make long-term goals, but life is so iffy that I don't see the need. I suppose if one wants to be successful at something then creating goals or making a detailed plan is helpful. 
So, dear reader/blog visitor, what do you think? Do you have goals? Do you feel like a ship that has set sail without direction and if so, does that concern you?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day

April Abstract #2.
Acrylic on 11x14 board.

Eons ago I fell in love with a painting in a gallery window in Carmel, Ca. that I studied off and on for awhile. The lines attracted me but what I remember most was the ocean that was created with a few colors and bold brush strokes. That painting had a red and orange setting sun; this painting had other ideas. You never know what direction a painting is going to go in.

"Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature."  ~Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1963

Every April white cactus blooms often greet me in the morning, only to fold up by evening ending their day of glory. So far this year I've taken around 40 photographs, always looking for a different viewpoint. Most of the cactus are grouped together in the garden, but a pot of them provided something new; two blooms side-by-side plus a bonus flower bud.

I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Happy Earth day here.