Any Moment it will be Spring ~ CREATIVE ARTS THREE-DAY WEEKEND ~ March, 2022

  
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Any Moment it will be Spring ~ CREATIVE ARTS THREE-DAY WEEKEND ~ March, 2022
 

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A. Macarthur
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1  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

First Things First

Please See the Article at the Link Below.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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1.1  pat wilson  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    3 months ago

The blooming tree in your article image, it looks like a Dogwood with five times the blooms I think they would normally have. Am I wrong ?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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2  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

We're back.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @2    3 months ago

What kind of blossoms are in the top photo?  When I look at the other two Spring photos, they can almost provoke the smell of Spring in my nose. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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2.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1    3 months ago

Magnolias 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.1.1    3 months ago

Thanks.  They sure fill up the tree. 

 
 
 
Dig
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2.2  Dig  replied to  A. Macarthur @2    3 months ago

That's a beautiful wooded stream.

Is the article thumbnail of the flowering tree from this year, or an older pic? Nothing around here is even close to that yet.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

As I said last weekend, I am going to post here the final chapter of our Spring outing that we took on March 7th.  From the same mountaintop where we toured the Nan Shan Flower Park we went to an observation deck overlooking downtown Chongqing as the sun was setting, and these photos start with the observation deck itself, then a misty sunset and the follow through the views of the city through twilight and dusk.

The observation deck, with a tree in the middle bearing lanterns.  You can see the city in the mist in the background.

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A closer look at the lanterns.

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A walkway to that higher building.  I did not take it, but my wife's two nieces (in white jackets) who accompanied us for the day did. 

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A very misty sunset, looking North West.

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A building on the hillside to the West.

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Looking more to the North-East as the sun sets.  That bridge has been in other photos I have posted in the past, particularly of it lit up at night. 

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Viewers standing on a platform that juts out from the deck.

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Twilight in all its glory.

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And now dusk overtakes twilight - downtown Chongqing.  That building sign varies, and I waited for it to announce the city name.

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The end of the day, it's getting colder, and time to say adieu.  It is said that when the moon forms a cup like that, it means it will scoop up the rain, so it will not rain the next day.  It did not.

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And that is the end of our outing on March 7th.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3    3 months ago

A wonderful photo essay, Buzz. Love the awesome lanterns. And a magical day from beginning to end. Thank you for sharing it with us.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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4  Raven Wing    3 months ago

One of my favorites......

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Buzz of the Orient
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4.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @4    3 months ago

A great image of power and determination - one does not argue with that man. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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4.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1    3 months ago

Thank you, Buzz. It's the eyes that says it all. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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4.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @4    3 months ago

That is an incredible image, Raven Wing.  I remember it from before.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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4.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @4.2    3 months ago

Thanks, G. Very glad you like it.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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4.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @4    3 months ago

A compositional model of perfection; a pyramidal tower of immovable solidity, with leading lines taking the viewer to the protagonist’s intimidating stare which simultaneously compels one to dare not carelessly drop his guard, but still be cautious to make eye contact in a respectful and not challenging manner.

Just masterful, RW!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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4.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @4.3    3 months ago

Thank you very much, Mac. 

 
 
 
shona1
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5  shona1    3 months ago

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Arvo....Some photos from around the harbour...I did not take the top three..

But the bottom one I did take..A grey sea and a grey sky..for a grey kind of day...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @5    3 months ago

Well, the sunset shot sort of balances out the greyness of the bottom one, in which the ship is kind of dark grey as well.  There is the expression Black is Beautiful, so lets make up a new one - Grey is Groovy.  LOL

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.2  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @5    3 months ago

Very nice photos, shona. The top one is a real beauty.

 
 
 
shona1
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6  shona1    3 months ago

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Evening..taken about an hour ago..over the harbour..

Not my photo...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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6.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @6    3 months ago

It's always a good thing to see a rainbow.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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7  Hal A. Lujah    3 months ago

Just spent a week with this guy.  Cutest dog ever.

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Buzz of the Orient
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7.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @7    3 months ago

A cute dog - what's the breed?  It looks like a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, although your edit seems to clump the hair somewhat.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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7.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1    3 months ago

He’s a mini golden Labradoodle.  I normally am not crazy about anything with poodle in it, but he’s the exception.  His mannerisms are so purposeful and matter-of-fact that that he reminds me of Ted.  
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Buzz of the Orient
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7.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @7.1.1    3 months ago

LOL

 
 
 
Kavika
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8  Kavika     3 months ago

Citizen Soldiers of Ukraine.

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Buzz of the Orient
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9  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

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Gsquared
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10  Gsquared    3 months ago

Scenes from Nha Trang, Vietnam

Impression, Early Morning

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Street Scene

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Harbor

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Nha Trang View

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A. Macarthur
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10.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @10    3 months ago

Street Scene is particularly well done! A publishable piece for sure.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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10.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @10.1    3 months ago

Thanks!  I like that one a lot, too.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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10.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @10    3 months ago

I'm smiling because I know how much you're enjoying creating these innovations.  The street scene is a common sight in China as well. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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10.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.2    3 months ago

I'm enjoying it immensely.  It could be a scene from China, but in China they come at you from 360 degrees!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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10.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @10.2.1    3 months ago

No, just one way.  This was in Zhengzhou, Henan Province at least a decade ago.

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Or should I have posted it your way....

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Gsquared
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10.2.3  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.2.2    3 months ago

In Shangai especially, they were coming from every direction, but remarkably, we only saw one accident.  They were all going fairly slow and seemed to know what they were doing.  One direction only on the freeway, of course.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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10.2.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @10.2.3    3 months ago

What has always surprised me here is that I feel they drive too fast and follow too close for safety, yet accidents are exceptionally rare.  But what really bothers me is that they drive their bikes, motorbikes and scooters on the sidewalks - I got hit once by one, but it wasn't serious and the driver was so apologetic he almost kissed my feet.  I can only say I'm glad I never drove in China and never wanted to, even though I was used to having the independence of my own car from the time I was 16 years old.  

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
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11  magicschoolbusdropout    3 months ago

Spring is Upon us here !

Lady Bugs are fun for kids.

Dino will eat bug !

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Buzz of the Orient
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11.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  magicschoolbusdropout @11    3 months ago

Now THAT is a creative photo - very clever.

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
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11.1.1  magicschoolbusdropout  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.1    3 months ago

LOL ! Thanks, but it was a fluke how it came out.

Grandson was shocked when the lady opened up to fly away.

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
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11.1.2  magicschoolbusdropout  replied to  magicschoolbusdropout @11.1.1    3 months ago

Story time:

I found the "Lady" and got it to crawl on my hand. My Grandson was amazed as it was crawling around on my hand, and then it went under my hand. He looked and shouted...."Rans, it's side down, it's side down". I got him to let it crawl from my hand to his. He watched it crawl to the end of his thumb. I decided to take a picture, and it must have been just at the right second, which I didn"t see at first. It opened up to fly, just as I snapped the Picture. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  magicschoolbusdropout @11.1.2    3 months ago

Ladybug, Ladybug

Ladybug, ladybug fly away home,
Your house is on fire and your children are gone,
All except one,
And her name is Ann,
And she hid under the baking pan.

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Dig
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12  Dig    3 months ago

Crocuses, hyacinths, jonquil daffodils.

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Buzz of the Orient
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12.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @12    3 months ago

So Spring has finally sprung for you - and it's nice to see those beautiful flowers. 

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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12.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  Dig @12    3 months ago

Are those tulip leaves behind the hyacinths in the middle pic?

My hyacinths are up, and smell wonderful.

 
 
 
Dig
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12.2.1  Dig  replied to  sandy-2021492 @12.2    3 months ago

Yep, tulips behind the pink ones, and a few irises behind the blue ones.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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13  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

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Flowering Dogwood Blossom

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Raven Wing
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13.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @13    3 months ago

Absolutely lovely, and so dainty and fragile looking.

 
 
 
Dig
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14  Dig    3 months ago

Speaking of spring...

Here's 8 broccoli, 8 cauliflower, and 2 kale plants started under a grow light on March 20.

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Here they were yesterday, just five days after planting.

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I meant to start them earlier, about the last week of February, but I kept forgetting. The idea was to get them going early enough that they could finish up in the garden before the bugs get bad. Hopefully it'll still work.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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14.1  pat wilson  replied to  Dig @14    3 months ago

Oh good, The garden journals are coming back, yay !

 
 
 
Dig
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14.1.1  Dig  replied to  pat wilson @14.1    3 months ago

:)

I keep checking for the first asparagus, but I haven't seen any yet.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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14.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @14    3 months ago

I'll bet it's a great feeling when you see those plants break through the surface after you've planted the seed.  Maybe not so profound as seeing a baby being born, but similar.

 
 
 
Dig
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14.2.1  Dig  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @14.2    3 months ago

It's similar in another way, too. After you've brought them up and cared for them in a protected environment, you have to put them out in the world and hope nothing bad happens to them, lol.

I was surprised at how fast they came up. They first started peeking through the soil on the third day. Finally some good, strong seed. I've had problems with that the past couple of years.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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15  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

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Darwinian Tulip

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Buzz of the Orient
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15.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    3 months ago

Darwinian?  I'll bet you won't see those in the gardens of those who don't believe in evolution.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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15.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.1    3 months ago

Their tastes will evolve.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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15.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    3 months ago

What a beautiful flower. Looks almost like a fantasy.

 
 
 
shona1
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16  shona1    3 months ago

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Good morning Mr Sunshine..

You brighten up my day....

Not my photo...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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16.1  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @16    3 months ago

WoW! That's an awesome beauty, shona. The variations of the colors and reflections are magnificent! 

 
 
 
shona1
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16.1.1  shona1  replied to  Raven Wing @16.1    3 months ago

Anoon Raven... yes was a magnificent Autumn morning and could be the last gasp of warm weather... expecting 28oC today and might even hit the waves if it stays like it...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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17  Raven Wing    3 months ago

Another version of the Three Sisters...

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Two younger Sisters helping their older Sister get ready for her wedding.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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17.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @17    3 months ago

Back in Canada we had a carved figurine of The Three Sisters, but it's left with my ex-wife.  Which one is the older sister?  Corn, beans or squash?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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17.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.1    3 months ago
Which one is the older sister?  Corn, beans or squash?

Well I guess the answer might be the one that grew the fastest, or perhaps planted first. In my garden over the many years I had it, out of the three of them that I planted at the same time, it was the squash and beans that matured the fastest, and the beans bearing fruit first. The squash came in second, and the corn took longer to mature and produce corn. So, by my own experience the beans was the older Sister. 

However, others may have a different experience than I did. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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18  Kavika     3 months ago

A local ''bored'' meeting. Stone Creek, Ocala, FL.

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Raven Wing
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18.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @18    3 months ago

Now that 'bored' meeting is one strictly for the birds. (grin)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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18.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @18    3 months ago

Yep, they look bored. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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19  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

New Abstract image.

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Raven Wing
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19.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @19    3 months ago

Totally amazing, Mac. The way the colors flow from one to the other is fantastic. jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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19.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @19    3 months ago

Form, colour, contrast, uniqueness, provocative, creative, hypnotic....exemplary.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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19.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @19    3 months ago

Were the extensions into the matting at the right corners of the image accidental or intentional, and if the latter, for what purpose?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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19.3.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @19.3    3 months ago

They were neither … they just happened as I was making random changes until I was satisfied with what was in front of me. The only "purpose" I have when doing these is to come to a point where I decide it's time to stop, or, wipe it all away, start over, or, say … "not this time".

Robert Rauschenberg, an American painter (1925-2008) would occasionally extend portions of his art beyond the plane of painting, etc.. Traditionally, much of the graphic arts has been rectangular, interesting in that human vision is more elliptical. By extending a piece of art from (i.e.) the canvas into the "real world," Rauschenberg caused the viewer who grew up in a world where the presupposition was, that a painting happened on a canvas, thus making it not "reality," to have to reconsider, even feel uncomfortable by such an anomaly.

So, I find it interesting that you saw "extensions" into the matting, as … "extensions" rather than a part of the whole.

For the record, my Masters thesis was entitled, The Role of of Presupposition in the Perception of Art … and you validated its implied premise, that in fact, individual presuppositions about "Art," have a great deal to do with how works of are art perceived.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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19.3.2  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @19.3.1    3 months ago

Rauschenberg has long been one of my favorite artists.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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19.3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @19.3.1    3 months ago

Had it been done purposely I would not have had an issue with it, which is why I questioned you about it   Not so long ago there were discussions here about that very circumstance in which I took part and comprehended the effect of and purpose in its being done. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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19.3.4  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @19.3.3    3 months ago

What issue? It was done spontaneously and I was happy with it. The purpose of many art forms, particularly with abstract expressionism, is to make art. The subject is the paint … the matte … is not a matte … it is, purposefully, part of the painting, in "violation" of the almost universal presupposition that frames and mattes are places where pictures live but not integrated picture parts.

Somewhere in a file cabinet in my house, is a paper I did on Rauschenberg. I will be looking for it in coming days.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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19.3.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @19.3.4    3 months ago

I guess I worded that badly - should not have used the word "issue".  Let me try again.  Had it been done purposely I would not have said anything about it.  OR  Had it been done purposely I would have understood your reason.  OR  Why didn't I just keep my mouth shut from the beginning?

 
 
 
Kavika
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20  Kavika     3 months ago

Just passing the time on a rooftop in Stone Creek, Ocala, FL.

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Photo was taken by Stone Creek Photo Club.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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20.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @20    3 months ago

A very patriotic bird.

 
 

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