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


Full Moon Tide

Another full-moon high tide.  This one from the Pitt Street Bridge, Mount Pleasant, SC. In the early 1900s, the cable car from Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island, SC crossed from the mainland to the island via the Pitt Street Bridge.  Today, it is a passive park with magnificent sunrise, sunset, and water views.