Thursday, January 29, 2015

Reflections art

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The Downey Arts Coalition held an art exhibition at the Downey Civic Theatre last Saturday during the concert I blogged about yesterday. The theme of the exhibit was "Reflections." This piece is "Spring reflects back on winter," by Bill Rademaker. It is a photo on canvas of 16" x 20" and was being offered at $375.

DSC_0432 cropBill took multiple photos and overlaid them using software to produce the finished product. He showed me the original photo of the woman and I was impressed with his imagination to see this piece of art from the plain photo.

I thought you would like to see the artist "in person."

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A night at the concert


The Downey Symphony Orchestra had another concert this last Saturday at the Downey Civic Theatre featuring Alison Bjorkedal, harpist. I loved watching her as she gracefully touched the strings of her harp to convey the emotions of both the music and her love for the music.

The whole evening was filled with listening to gifted musicians playing works by Copland, Mahler, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky. I encourage you to make plans to see the symphony at their next concert in April.


After the concert I caught up with Alison and Sharon Lavery, the Music Director for the Downey Symphony Orchestra, as they posed for the photographers.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Samples Gate

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Even though we are already back in our hometown of Downey, I confess I didn't have a picture for my post today. So, I will share a couple more pictures from our visit to Bloomington, Indiana; specifically the University of Indiana.

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It was late in the day, almost time for sunset by the time we made it to the university for a walk through "the woods." We entered by Samples Gate, named in honor of Edson Sample, who provided the funds for the building of the gates. It is the entrance to the oldest part of the campus, known as the Old Crescent. Like much of the old campus, the gates are constructed of Indiana limestone.

Looking out from Samples Gate, there is a view of downtown Bloomington. It is a fun, eclectic city that I hope I will be able to explore more next time we visit.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Shopper at Porto's Bakery

Sometimes it's the odd things that catch your eye. I liked that this man's jacket matched the colors and pattern of the stair rails of the Porto's Bakery parking structure.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The optimist and the buddy

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The cemetery at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where my friend is a graduate student, contains the graves of three sisters. The girls were Revolutionary War heroes as well as part of a family that was important in the university's history.

Indiana University gravestonesBut what caught my eye were these two gravestones. I'm always curious about the stories behind the gravestones. And these two stones provide some interesting clues.

Doris Marie Seward, above, planned ahead. Her gravestone was already carved and ready for her death sometime this century. But, as her headstone shows, she was both optimistic and thrifty.

The other gravestone contains only a first name, "Buddy". He was 14 years old when he died, and I suspect that he was a beloved dog rather than a teenager who met an untimely death.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Winter landscape

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Indiana looks like winter. We have shared many pictures recently of our late fall in Downey. We still have fall colors and leaf-filled lawns.

IMG_3022 as Smart Object-1In Indiana, where we are visiting friends, it looks and feels like winter. As we walked through the park down the street, it was quiet. The grass is mostly dead and yellowed, the trees are naked of leaves and the air holds a serious chill. (Tomorrow's weather forecast promises 1-2 inches of snow.)

"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself."
~ Ruth Stout

Friday, January 23, 2015

Where's the surf?

Surfing in Indiana

Indiana, where I am for a few days, does not have an ocean front. It does border Lake Michigan, but reliable local sources tell me that no one surfs in Lake Michigan.

So, I was rather surprised by the sight of this van. Decorated vans and surf boards are a common sight in southern California, but not so much in Bloomington, Indiana.

Surf's up, anyone?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Photography is fun


This photograph was taken on the sidewalk that borders Downey Avenue. We are looking south at Firestone Blvd. But the photograph is not just a snapshot of what I saw when I was there. By turning the camera 90 degrees, I have changed your viewing perspective. I have captured a segment of the total scene and emphasized a portion of it. Everything looks taller in this picture. The trees, the building, the wall. Your eyes are drawn from the middle of the picture, the man on the sidewalk, to the top of the trees and then ascending the building to the top of the picture.

Also, because the wall and building on one side and the trees on the other form a kind of funnel for your viewing, you will spend most of your beginning time on the center of the picture. You won't even notice the traffic light or the cars on Downey Avenue until you have finished taking in all that is between the two "walls."

Photography is so much fun.

"Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world."
~Bruno Barbey