30 Years an Artist
Dialogue about what makes up the life of a working artist
My last weekend trip was to Le Claire Iowa to visit Antique Archaeology, and other antique stores. Here are a few of my photographic pickings. Everywhere I go I take at least one camera and I love to go to antique stores and flea markets. I always ask if I can take pictures and have only been told NO twice, most owners are happy to let me take pictures and some are very interested in what I am going to do with the images. Antique Archaeology was a blast and Le Claire Iowa was a great town with several more great antique shops and restaurants.
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The horses Monty, Gem and foal Ruby, all live in a field behind my Aunt's home in rural Indiana. Gem nursing Ruby, is a collage with them in a grassy field with a bright blue sky...
The horses Monty, Gem and foal Ruby, all live in several fields behind my Aunt and Uncle's home in rural Indiana. Monty is the typical graceful well-formed horse that you see everywhere and are always is awe of; however both Gem and Ruby are delightfully different. They are a little awkward, a little too broad, they maybe have heads a bit too big, I certainly am not a horse person and don’t know the facts; but I love them the way they are.
I am doing a series around this little family herd. I gathered different images of all 3 horses to work with as a start and then separated the figures of the horses from the background, this is really time consuming work. It lets my mind drift and start dreaming up ideas about the figure I am staring at. I then create several setting at different times of the day with different colors to mess around with. Next is lots of experimenting with the different dramas and interactions between the horses that I want to recreate. I already have several collages and plan on doing several more works with this wonderful little herd of horses. Look for them in months to come.
Leslie Miller 2017
An American Bald Eagle flying toward a nest of eaglets in a large nest high in a bare tree in a late summer landscape.
Bald Eagle Tending Nest. An American Bald Eagle flying toward a nest of eaglets in a large nest high in a bare tree in a late summer landscape.
American Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
The bald eagle was adopted as the symbol of the United States because of its independence and strength. By the summer of 2007 the bald eagle population has gone from near zero to growing, and they were taken off the federal list of Threatened and endangered species. This may be a victory or not, and that can be argued, but lets celebrate when we can.
The Bald eagle is one of the largest birds of prey (raptors) found in North America; bald eagles stand about 30 inches high, sport a wingspan of 72-84 inches and weigh between 8 and 14 pounds. You really have to see them live to really believe how big they really are.
Sexual maturity and the characteristic white head and tail are achieved at five years of age. Until that time it is hard to recognize a Juvenile bald eagle since they lack the white head and tail. This is when many of the bird are killed. Juvenile are mostly chocolate brown with varying amounts of white over the body, tail, and under wings.
Despite their fierce image and look, bald eagles are actually quite timid and opportunistic. Their primary prey is fish, though they will take some mammals, waterfowl, seabirds and carrion, especially during winter.
The bald eagle is a long-lived bird, with a life span in the WILD of more than 30 years. Bald eagles mate for life, returning to nest in the general area (within 250 miles) from which they fledged. Once a pair selects a nesting territory, they use it for the rest of their lives.
A bald eagle nest is a large structure, usually located high in a tall, live white pine tree near water. The nest is reused and added to (decorated) each year, often becoming eight or more feet deep, six feet across, and weighing hundreds of pounds. They use some really large branches, I was really surprised when I near my first nest how large and deep it was and how big some of the branches (not twigs) were.
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Winter is the when the tree's architecture is reveled. When the leaves fall and all that is left is the dark trucks and branches. Against the ever changing often milky or pearly colored sky it can be so beautiful that you almost forget to keep walking talking or driving the car.
One of the things I truly enjoy about winter is the architecture reveled when the leaves fall and all that is left is the dark trucks and braches. Against the ever changing often milky or pearly colored sky it can be so beautiful that you almost forget to keep walking talking or driving the car.
I have so many pictures of trees and way more that half were take in the winter, maybe 80 percent. In fact I need to take more pictures in the summer and spring because I realized how few I have. Almost all of my good tree photographs are fall and winter.
These trees could have been photographed anywhere from Missouri to Chicago to New York and Virginia, Georgia or Colorado. I often snap like crazy while a passenger in the car, one picture out of about 60 is worth keeping. I am also always stopping on the road; yep I am that dangerous person!
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I am bewildered that so many of us don’t understand what is going on in the environment...
This is a subject that is very important and I am bewildered that so many of us don’t understand what is going on in the environment or nature, the weather, the planet, climate or however you what to frame it. But ask the questions! Do research, and be sure to find out where that research is coming from and WHO is funding it. Talking seems to never change a person’s opinion, in the short run, but over time good logic and hard facts win out with sane people. Change is very necessary.
This is a great article to read if you like to think or talk about the natural world.
Leslie Miller 2017
While working on several new collages I was surfing around in my photographic archives for ideas, and as always I come across images that bring back great memories and that I think are just great images on their own. So I decided to share a few of them every so often on my blog.
Here are a few images that I picked because they were humorous and were things I just had to snap while wandering around antique shops, flea markets or anywhere.
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