Jonathan Livingston Seagull!!!

Early the morning of August 2, 2016, I cycled to the old Pitt Street bridge to capture a sunrise. As I walked toward the pier I heard a screeching sound from above. I looked up and called out, “Jonathan, is that you?”

“Of course it is, my man. What’s happening this morning?” came the reply.

“I’m just here to capture the sunrise, but I’m beginning to think its illumination of the clouds over Sullivan’s Island and the ocean is prettier than the sunrise.”

“You got that right, Brother. Why don’t you let me fly over the pier, and when I screech ‘Now Now,’ you capture it. Sound good to you?”

“My friend, Richard Bach raised you right!”

“Okay, Dude, get that iPhone camera up – that is an iPhone, right?”

“Yeah Jonathan, it’s an old iPhone.”

“Okay, Dude, here we go, listen for my signal.”

I watched as he circled over the marsh toward the Sullivan’s Island causeway, and then here he came in a beautiful, level flight! His distance from me and above the pier was picture perfect. I raised my iPhone for what I hoped would be a beautifully composed capture of Jonathan, with a background of magnificent clouds. I wanted to make author, Richard Bach proud of his magnificent bird.

And then I heard that spine tingling screech, “Now, NOW!!”

As he circled above, I looked quickly at the capture, looked up to the skies, and raised my thumb to let him know he nailed it.

Another screech followed, “Later Dude, catch you later!”

I saluted him.

When God paints a sunrise like that, and Jonathan Livingston Seagull does a cameo appearance, you know it’s going to be another wonderful day.

Have a great day!

“Oh Captain My Captain”

(If you’ve never read Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach, it’s a “must read,” in my book. Yes, it’s an old book from the 1970s, but it’s an enjoyable read that makes you think about life, and God only knows these days we need to be thinking about life!)

Painting or iPhone Pic? That Is The Question.

Recently I have been asked if some of my works were paintings or photographs, hence the title of this post. It’s a valid question, since more and more photography is being sold in art galleries.

As a child, I loved to draw and paint. Truth be known, most of my drawing was done when I should have been paying attention to my teacher, and most of my painting was by numbers. After our children were born, I took up photography, and rarely went anywhere without my camera bag, my Olympus, multiple lens, and rolls of film. That lasted until iPhones were “born,” and my world changed again! A few years ago, my bride gave me a chance to again explore my artistic talent, with a gift certificate for a Wine and Design class. The class gave me a new appreciation for art, and my limits, hence “Cruising North.”

“Cruising North”

In the class I learned several things. One, I was more talented at making wine disappear, than painting. I learned that painting distant objects does not require the same detail and level of expertise as items that are up close. Finally, the class gave me a new appreciation for all forms of art, and a better understanding of why there are so many starving artists. Upon leaving the class, I swore to keep my day job until retirement.

So, the big question: Is “Cruising North” a painting or iPhone pic? Give it your best shot!

Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows. Henry David Thoreau

Oh Captain My Captain