Thursday, December 26, 2013

How Bleak was Buffalo

    


This photo of a Michigan sunrise was taken at 8:02 this morning after Christmas. It brought to mind a line from a favorite film, Auntie Mame. "How bleak was Buffalo." Mame was writing her memories with the help of Agnes Laguch and the Professor when she said it. I said it too when I looked out my window wishing what I saw was in Buffalo and not in my own front yard. 

The photo is as blue as the camera saw it. Am I blue? Not really. I'm still riding high on my memories of the sea .  We're unpacked. We're laundered. We've restocked the frig. I've made soups to warm our cockles. I've transferred my 192 photos to the computer. I called the clock doc to come fix the clock I fotgot to stop before we left. And I ordered and received my birthday present the night before Christmas. Just three weeks early.  It's a "Puffy" coat, the kind of down stuffed, weather resistant garb one needs now to trek out in this stuff. Today, it's going for a hair cut. Art is on the back burner till after New Years.  Photography still has my attention. 

These three photos, shot quickly in succession, show that while no sun can be seen rising, the day is dawning rapidly.  The speed the light changed is an excellent  reason to photograph your plein air subject first just in case you're not a painter who can paint faster than the speed of it.

    





    


24 comments:

  1. Welcome home Linda! I loved your vacation photos and art work! I love this snow photo! I love the sun and sand and I also love the snow!! This photo would make a wonderful painting?
    Have the best New Year!
    Michael

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    1. You too Michael. I haven't had a chance to get to those vacation paintings. I've been too busy resettling in plus Ellis brought a cold home and needed tending. I have put them in my computer, now for the hardwork of weeding out the duplicates and the ones not worthy of megabyte space. Hopefully, life will return to normal this next week. I have a strong urge to get back into a couple of unfinished early portraits. Holidays are fun, but it's also nice when they are over.

      I, too, think snow is beautiful. Who else but an artist would run for a camera when they saw all that monochromatic blue outside? Thanks for commenting. I figured you guys were sick of seeing all that surf and sun.

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  2. Welcome Back to the good old USA. friend.

    It LOOKS cold too.
    But all the "welcome back" from us all should warm your heart and I know I for one cannot wait to see what your new paintings will be like.
    Poor Ellis - arriving back with a cold (in the cold) is not fun.

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    1. Thanks Julie. I am anxious to have a normal day. All play and no work makes Jane a dull girl. Balance is both in equal parts. Happy New Year!

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  3. Welcome back, hope you had great holidays, both abroad and at home. It is amazing how blue the light is.

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    1. Isn't that something, and note how the light changes from the first shot to the last. The three as shown were taken in succession. Each photo is a tad lighter than the previous one. It demonstrates how fast one must paint when painting plein air to capture the light that may have been the initial attraction. While we can see no sunrise, the sun was indeed rising quickly. The speed of the changing light is a good reason to photograph a plein air landscape first. We're only human. :-))

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  4. What an amazing color. Granted, not so much fun to wake up to because of the cold that goes with it. But beautiful.

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    1. I thought so too. We are a most fortunate group to recognize all the beauty that's around us.

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  5. Welcome home. I've never been to Buffalo...but yes...your photos do look like Northern COLD brrrrrrrrr. I like the sounds of your new coat!
    Looking forward to the new year and your new paintings. Glad your new knee is doing well!

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    1. I've never been to Buffalo either--oh no, yes I have. If you've been to Niagara Falls and stayed on the American side, you've been to Buffalo and it wasn't bleak at all. In 2010, Forbes Magazine listed the city as the 10th best place in America to raise a family. Cold winters or not, upper stateNew York has gorgeous topography and pretty good skiing too.

      I'm looking forward too to what 2014 has to offer. For certain it will be wonderful paintings from all of us. The beauty and excitement comes with the doing.

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  6. I checked the holiday photos and your watercolors....looks like you were having a blast ! Wish you a wonderful and Happy New Year !

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    1. Thanks Jane, You too. I feel my excitement building at January second approaches. With the holidays at our backs, we have great paintings to look forward to. Happy painting in 2014.

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  7. I ordered one of those puffy coats two years ago--and I live nowhere near Buffalo. I've enjoyed all your work--iPad, oil, watercolor--and look forward to seeing more in 2014. Here's to good knees.

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    1. I haven't taken it off since it arrived! I don't know how I managed without one. Of course, come January second, I'm withdrawing to my studio to get back at it. Yes, here's to good knees. Happy New year Hallie. May all your art satisfy.

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  8. Love the way the camera caught that "Blue" image... Welcome back, Linda. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year! I look forward to your beautiful paintings in 2014!!!

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    1. The blue was a shocker that morning especially after all those sunrises. Happy and healthy New year to you and yours Hilda. I can't wait for January 2nd and life to return to normal.

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  9. Catching up with your blog, Linda, and had to shake my head at the jarring contrast between your southern Christmas warmth and northern chill! I want to thank you for sharing your artistic journey and your personal thoughts with us this past year and for the warmth of the comments you leave on my site. Your words always encourage me and send me running back to the easel. I do believe you and I share the trait of persistence and the hope that one day it will pay off big time - we will turn out a painting that just happened to fly off the brush just as we envisioned it! I look forward to continuing the journey with you in 2014 and I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful, healthy and joyful New Year!

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    1. You say the nicest things so well Susan. You are really quite a gal as well as one hell of a great artist. I wish you and yours all the best in 2014.

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  10. Hmm, I'm a bit late in commenting on this post. Beautiful photos - interesting about the light. Welcome, back, Linda, to the Real World. I say that from the Virtual one. :) And a Happy, Healthy New year to you and yours. I am sure you are glad to leave the bad knees in 2013.

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    1. You're never late Dan. I am. I didn't see how fast the light changes at sunrise when I was photographing it in Mexico, but the speed of change is definitely visible on those snow covered roofs in these photos taken successively. Amazing.

      I am thrilled that that knee is history! Healthy, happy, prosperous 2014 to you and yours too.

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  11. Life has really got in the way of late, Linda. I've really missed following your blog.

    A Very Happy and Successful New Year!

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    1. Life does have a way of doing that John, for better or worse. I hope it's been for the better for you and yours. I've missed your comments, but I have been keeping a eye on your blog. Healthy, happy New year to you too. Hugs.

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  12. Feliz Año Nuevo 2014!!
    Abrazos, Sonia.

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    1. Felix Ano Nuevo 2014 to you too Sonia. So nice to hear from you. I've been off myself, but I am back and looking forward to swinging and splashing the paint.

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