People like to tease us in Tennessee for shutting everything down for winter storms but we have enough sense not to drive on a solid sheet of ice no matter how hard we get teased. Shutting everything down affords the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of a world of ice crystals. We save gas not driving on ice and we spend time enjoying the magnificent sight of a landscape of glistening diamonds. It won’t last long so we must enjoy it while we can. The temperature will be back up this week end and the wonderful, magical crystal and diamond world will be gone.
A beautiful mist shrouded this October morning on Monteagle Mountain in Southeast Tennessee. An eerie stillness covers the landscape where only the sounds of the dripping beads of moisture on the trees can be heard. Gradually, the mist burned off and a gorgeous bright sunny fall day appeared. Many thanks to Kris Morton of Four Winds Mission, Spring Hill, TN for organizing this week end time of refreshing, rebuilding and renewal for women.
These Rose of Sharon blooms are from three trees given to me by my friend Sue. They are sprouted from her trees, one white, one pink, one purple. They are a variety of Hibiscus that is not tropical.
The bare limbs of the trees twist and turn as they spiral toward a blue winter sky. The blue sky defies the bitter cold on a cold blustery day. These trees are on the grounds of the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
As the winter moves on it is a wonder to see the bare branches reflecting in the water. Spring will soon be here and these leafless winter trees will be forgotten as fresh new green takes over. But for now they peacefully hang over the water calmly reflecting in the surface and on the ice.
Remembering the butterflies of summer is a reminder that spring is on the way. These bright bits of moving color will liven up the winter days.
Step out of the busy stressful everyday life for a drive through Percy Warner Park in the Fall. Feed the Soul. Prime the pump with inspiration. The one-way road winds around a hill to the top then down again. The dense trees of the forest surrounding the road are changing and putting on their fall colors. Breathe in the cool autumn air. Smell the scents of the woods. Enjoy!
“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
The UK’s Daily Mail (here) has an article on Kodak and the first camera for use by the general public. Photography changed from the posed portraits of the times to capturing moments in the everyday lives of people. So much else of the art world evolved with Kodak’s camera.
Painting dramatically changed at the time early photography was growing according to an article by BigThink’s Bob Duggan in a well -documented post of the early influence of photography on painting. Duggan outlines how the late nineteenth century painters began to rely on photography more and more in their painting. Fleeting moments could be more readily captured by photography and translated to canvas. However, painters at the time were reluctant to admit their reliance on photography. Today, that is not the case.
Alfred Stieglitz was outspoken in promoting photography as art. He exhibited both at his famous New York art galleries. It was a radical idea at the time. Today, both photography and painting stand side by side in the art world. The amazing beauty achieved by photographers is fascinating to me. My camera and I wander around capturing bits of inspiration for painting. These are the moments I can truly appreciate the skill and artistic ability of photographers. I am usually able to capture what I need for painting but always wonder how photographers capture so much more.
That first Kodak camera for mass consumer use sparked a new and wonderful movement in the art world. The argument will continue about how photography and painting interact though most will likely agree the first Kodak Moment coincided with the paradigm shift that became the many diverse twentieth century art movements.