Random Photo & Thoughts

As I mentioned in my previous post, we are now living downtown.  Our dog, Katie, is an older lady of 13 years.  She stays indoors with us and we walk her about a block and a half a few times a day so she can fertilizer the vacant lot (turned city park) down the street.

As mentioned, she is older, so her pace is not exactly swift and like most mature beings she prefers to take her time and not be rushed as she sniffs out the ideal spot to make her contribution to soil enrichment.

The other day while patiently waiting for her to determine the epicenter for her next event I noticed the evidence of a former doorway in the building adjacent to the park.  I wondered about what had been there in the past, what use or contribution to society the building may have served in a past life.  I noticed the contrast of the old facade next to a wooden post that now served as a power distribution point for park events.  I decided to pull out my phone for a bit of #iPhoneography.

img_0099 If you look closely, you can still make out the oak timbers that framed the opening.

Have a great day…perhaps I will notice more on a future outing with Katie.

Mike

New Year, New Digs, Less Distraction

Hello, remember me?

I’m still here…I know I’ve been silent for a while.  Life was chaotic towards the end of 2019.  We sold our home and moved into a new place, in a new setting, with more to offer.

We are now living a more relaxed lifestyle.  We purchased and moved into a historic building in the downtown area of our small hometown.  It was constructed in 1925 and we live in the second-floor apartment.  Our building includes a street-level shop that we intend to offer for lease later this year.

For now, we are busy making our new digs a home and things are coming together.  Jennifer (my wife) and I share a small room that we use as an office and studio space.  My drawing desk occupies a corner of the room.  I have a window adjacent to me that allows for natural light and a limited view of the town.

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This year, I plan to focus more on drawing and further developing my artistic interest.  I’m thankful for all who read my blog and encourage me along life’s journey.  I’m looking forward to this new year, the opportunities that it holds, & new life experiences.

Thanks for hanging out with me.

Mike

Life has been getting in the way (of art)

Hello followers and fellow blog stars!

I wanted to share with you the reason for the unpredictable and seldom frequency of my post of late. We have been preparing our home to be placed for sale. We have finally made it to the point where we have listed our home with a real estate agent in hopes of a quick sale.

These preparations have temporarily knocked art of the priority list. Most days, after arriving home from work, I am met with a list of tasks that need to be completed, or at least started that evening. By the time that list has been addressed, I am simply too tired to create. Not to mention that my mind is functioning somewhere south of half capacity.

Anyway, I wanted to reach out to you guys, let you know that I truly value your likes & comments and to let you know that I hope to get back up to speed on this blog soon.

Thank you for your patience.

Mike

Reflection and Inspiration

Bales of hay lay in a foggy field near Union Grove, NC

Good morning to you all.

It’s Saturday morning and I have spent this morning easing into weekend mode.  This is a weekly transition for me.  I use Saturday and Sunday mornings as a chance to restock my “creativity shelf” (so to speak).

I spend a couple of hours just browsing the web looking at art, photography, & often quotes.  I find that I can take small glimpses of inspiration from doing this.  The medium need not be anything that I practice, inspiration comes in many forms.

Today’s inspiration came largely from a quote that I stumbled upon.  The quote is from Lauren Kate, a successful fiction writer.  The truth of her words, though short, spoke to me.

“I cannot be other than what I am, and I am the choices of all my days.”  – Lauren Kate

There is much truth in her words.  Even though we may aspire to be a better person, or perhaps, just a different version of who we are today, in the end, we are the sum of our daily choices.  The decisions we make each day shape and become our lives.  That singular sentence provides the spark for an abundance of reflection and introspection.  I realize that we are still vulnerable to our circumstances but we are 100% in charge of our reaction to those circumstances.  In the end, the way we choose to react to our circumstance shape our lives and who we are.

I hope everyone finds themselves in good health and spirits.  Best wishes, for a great weekend and for the week ahead.

Until the next post. – Mike

 

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Rainy morning with a bit of rambling…

This morning is starting out lazy and peaceful.  I am content as I sit in the room I use as a studio space/study.  Outside the rain is really coming down.  Today’s forecast calls for a significant chance of thunderstorms.  I’m hoping we get at least one good storm today.  I enjoy a nice spring thunderstorm, the sound of rolling thunder is somehow comforting to me.  I guess it is a reassuring reminder of how small and helpless we really are.  Perhaps that may sound like an odd thing to say, but I’m glad we are still at the mercy of nature.  That’s the way it is intended to be.

In this room is where I typically start and end each day.  It is located on the far end of our house and therefore, somewhat sheltered from distractions such as TV, an enthusiastic child, etc.  I spend a lot of time here throughout the week.  I do all my drawing at the drafting table to the left, edit photos and compose blog post at the desk to the right.  You can’t tell in the photo, but, the window offers a view of our backyard which becomes dense woods once you reach its limits.

The rain has slacked off a bit now and I can hear the song a single bird.  The sky is still threatening and I believe this break in the rainfall is only temporary.  More birds are joining in now and their interim concert is starting.

I plan to begin and new sketch this afternoon, for now, I am content just to sit here for a while and ponder about life.

Thanks for viewing, I hope everyone has a creative & wonderful day. – Mike

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Seeking Solitude in Nature

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

There was a break in the weather.  A crack in winter’s grasp, spring has begun to gain a foothold, It was time to get out into nature for an afternoon.

Last Sunday afternoon I took a few hours for myself.   I took a 40-minute drive to Stone Mountain State Park to seek some healing solitude in nature.  My intentions where modest, simply to take a short walk to Wolf Rock & Cedar Rock and then back to the parking lot.  I chose this route hoping to avoid crowded overlooks within the park.  For the most part, I was successful.  I only met a handfull of other nature seekers on the trail.

Along the trail, I was also keeping my eyes open for photo opportunities.  The only camera I carried was my iPhone.  The idea was to travel light and have a device that I could slip out of my pocket easily to capture a quick snap while walking the trail.


The first composition that caught my eye were these fallen trees.  I liked the mix of old and new,  a life cycle within the forest.  The two mature trees that were more than likely blown over now serve to enrich the forest soil for the younger saplings and vegetation that will take hold.

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Not much farther up the trail, I noticed lichen growing on this tree along with this stringy vegetation.  I’m not sure if it is a species of moss or something else all together.

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I paused to take this photo of the trail bed, with it’s winter covering of leaves.

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Now, nearing Wolf Rock, I noticed the moss growing on a low hanging tree branch as I ducked to pass below it.

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My primary destination, Wolf Rock.  Before walking out onto the rock, I paused to shoot this puddle with it’s reflecting light.  Wolf Rock is a large gently sloping rock outcropping that can easily be walked over most of it’s surface.  I was hoping to have it all for myself, but, I initially had to share it with one other gentleman.  so, I’m not complaining.  I found a nice spot and sat for a while.  I listened to the wind blow through the trees and mountains, I watched the clouds pass by overhead, I observed a few soaring birgs, and I sat, still & quiet, just soaking it in, letting the experience of nature wash over me.  I would have stayed longer if I could have.

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Thanks for reading my words and viewing my photos,  I hope you have a great day. – Mike

 

 

Autumn Sunset

I love Autumn, it’s my favorite season.  I like the cool brisk mornings, watching the leaves fall from the trees, seeing the frost laying on the grass and roof tops.  Autumn can also produce some really vibrant sunsets as well.  I shot this one from my backyard yesterday evening with my iPhone.  I just thought I would share it with you guys.

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Have a great night!

Downtown Photo Walk

This morning the weather was overcast with periods of misty rain.  I was hoping to actually shoot during the wet morning conditions but by the time I could get out and shoot the mist had stopped and everything was dry.   The overcast skies remained and and I went downtown to see if I could spot anything interesting.

Now, I live in a small town.  A very quiet small town…so, there isn’t much going on during an overcast Sunday afternoon.  I did mange to find a few things to shoot.  The following images arn’t the most dramatic of photos but they do represent my surroundings on this day.

IMG_3113I felt much safer once I realized the local pink flamingo brigade was watching over me.

IMG_3109This vacant shop provided some inspiring words…If you look closely you can see the photographer’s reflection in the door.

IMG_3075I’m not sure what this guy was doing…best to just move along and let him be.

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This was the best image of the day.  It’s a poster in the window of the local comic book store.  I like the double exposure effect that you get from the streets reflection in the window.

That’s it for today.  If you would like to see more images from my walk follow me on Instagram at mike_lovette