Looking Back While Looking Forward

We are going to Chicago in a few weeks, and I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of my  favorite street shots from previous trips.  Some of these have been posted before, but that is the way it goes.  Enjoy.


Playing on the corner signed

Corner sax player signed

A couple of street musicians.


Armenian protest topaz signed

Scientology protest signed

There are aways protests of some sort going on.  The Armenian protest above was pretty heavily guarded by Chicago’s finest.  The young lady protesting Scientology was hiding her identity behind the mask for fear of reprisals.   They are a scary bunch.

Scottish man in kilt saluting nik hdr color signed

I’m not sure who this Scot was saluting, maybe the wee Scottish lass I saw earlier?


Girl photoing mom signed

Girl taking a picture of her mom. 


Street artist signed

Street artist sketching.  I got a dirty look from him just prior to this brilliant shot.


Streetlights and buildings nik silver signed

I just like the shapes and angles.


Under The EL impression signed

Under the El.


The Bard signed

The Bard spotted on the streets of Chicago.


On the mall signed

Summer fun on the Mall.


Street transaction opaltype signed

Street transaction.


Homeless and mercedes signed

Just liked the juxtaposition of the homeless guy with the Mercedes.  He might have owned a Mercedes once before his life changed, you never know.


White tulip BW signed

One of my favorite pictures.  Every spring, tulips grow along Michigan Avenue, a veritable riot of colors.  This I call  Ghost Tulip.

I hope to have some new stuff from my favorite city soon.  Thanks for looking.






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Floral Impressions

Some floral representations from various locations.

Zinnia cezanne1 signed

A zinnia from the front yard of a friend.

Japanese garden impression signed

From the Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

White cattelya glow signed

A glowing white cattelya orchid.

Epcot orchid oil paint signed

Orchid from Epcot Flower and Garden show.

Yellow hibiscus chiascuro signed

A yellow hibiscus.

Pink hibiscus cezanne signed

Pink hibiscus.  Wouldn’t this look good on a Love Pink t-shirt. Or maybe sweatpants? Never mind.

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Along the South Coast of Nova Scotia

Here are a few shots taken in August of 2012 traveling around St. Margaret’s Bay in Nova Scotia.  I am going back and reinterpreting some older stuff as well as shooting new stuff.  Thought you might enjoy these offerings.

Boat on rollers chaiscuro1 signed

Boat on rollers.  Everybody likes boats. (Nikon D7000, 18-200mm lens)



Dock and yellow bldg chiascuro 3 signed

Lobster boats docked at a yellow building.  The large building is where the lobsters are processed before going to market.  Great eating.(Nikon D7000, 18-200mm lens)


NS rocks and bldg charcoal signed

Rocks and boat house.  I just liked this perspective. (Fujifilm X100)


St margarets lobster traps charcoal ii signed

Lobster traps on a dock. (Nikon D7000, 18-200mm lens)


Peggy s cove 1 palette and knife signed

I have sold several sets of three views of Peggy’s Cove in standard color format.  Here is a painting of one of them.  (Nikon D300 (18-200mm lens)

Hope you enjoyed.  I’m going to post more often, promise, promises.

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A few Days in Halifax

Getting ready for the trip home from Halifax, Nova Scotia, thought I would share a few pics.


St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica and ugly Bell Alliant building behind


Theodore II The Tug Boat

Halifax wave sculpture

Wave Sculpture on Halifax water front

Halfax skyline from ferry clarity 2

Halifax skyline from the ferry to Dartmouth


World Peace center in Dartmouth

Keith hall game room

Game room in old Keith Hall, Alexander Keith Brewery

Old triangle pub and mike the bartender

Old Triangle Pub lower bar, Mike the bartender enjoying a libation

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A Different Kind of Trip


Dunseverick cliffs wc


It has been several months since I last posted.  There is a good reason for this, a different kind of trip..

Sometime in the new year, 2014, I started feeling poorly.  No energy, no particular enthusiasm for doing anything.  I managed to struggle through some real estate deals, and the Spring art show season.  I started having severe problems with my left hip, ending up after driving back from the Pensacola show in May, having to use a walker to get around.  The urgent care doctor diagnosed a bone spur in my hip.  Not being satisfied, I got in to see Dr. Vo, an orthopedic surgeon  and after an MRI, he surmised I might have a more serious problem.  He ordered some emergency blood tests and called my home around 7:00m PM that day and informed me that I probably had leukemia.  He got me in to see an oncologist the next day, and after a very stressful week of tests, I was diagnosed with CML, chronic myeloid leukemia.  If you have ever been hit upside the head with a brickbat, that was how it felt.  I went from a lifetime of being healthy to being a cancer patient.    

CML is a form of leukemia, which if you have to have leukemia, is the best kind to have.  It is treatable or manageable with a daily pill called Gleevec, which was developed specifically for this disease.  Sounds simple, and it really is.  However, it is still chemotherapy with a long list of potential side effects.  I am two+ months into the therapy now, and am blessed to have minimal reaction, mostly just having to keep Imodium handy.  Enough said, I think.

 Dark hedges efex hdr bw

I don’t mind admitting that hearing the doctor say that I had cancer, even a manageable form, sent me to a dark place.  As someone said, I think my mother-in-law, when you see your name on the report, it hits home.  Depression followed.  Luckily, with the help of my wife and a lot of prayer, the depression didn’t last very long.   I realized that there are people I know who are a lot worse off that I am.  The hardest part  has been dealing with the lack of energy, strength and enthusiasm.  All of which are slowly coming back as the drug therapy takes hold.  I will probably have to take the Gleevec pill the rest of my life, but there are certainly worse things that could have happened.  Even in a dark place, there is always a light at the end, if you have faith.


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