"A landscape, like a man or woman, acquires character through time and endurance." Edward Abbey
A couple of days ago I was driving my sister-in-law to catch a shuttle for the airport and on the 2 hour trip we talked a good deal about her passion, quilting. My sister in Texas is also a quilter and because of these two generous artists our house has it's share of beautiful quilts to keep us warm on cold days and nights. I've become very fond of the artistry of quilting and regard it as a fine art which often reflects the elements of true craftsmanship.
During the discussion we both were laughing about the residue of our crafts that are in a closet or some corner of a computer and she said that she calls these items UFO'S...Un - Finished - Objects, which struck a me as odd until I had time to think about the phrase on the way home when it came to me that much of art, or the varying concepts of art, are UFO'S, waiting for a new idea or technique to try, mold, or influence a "finished" work or work in progress. With my photography many of the pieces that finally make it to a gallery have been the result of trial and error, re-shooting, re-visiting, or new software techniques which bring the image to a closing point. In some cases the closing point has turned out to be a resting period until I revisit and tweak once again.
And isn't this all true about life? How we all are an unfinished vessel honed into a finished product as we pass from one life experience to another. Some choosing to beat a life experience to death while others choose to gather the seeds, grow, and move on, something that I am slow at learning. It has become my belief that all experiences, bad or good, prepare us for the next turn in the road, the next meeting, the next incident of the Journey.
The blog image is of Wolf Creek Falls in Banning State Park near Sandstone, Minnesota and while our meeting was brief due to inclement weather, I plan on being back in October for the fall festivities. Very little work was needed to bring this to the "final" stage, but who knows what the final stage may be. The overcast lighting presented excellent lighting conditions for the shot as well as a saturation of colors to give the foliage a stronger presence in the scene.
Thank you all for visiting my blog site and enjoy the summer with family and friends. I've enjoyed the long evenings on the front porch watching the "fire flies", listening to the Robins and gazing at the colors of sunsets.
For more views of my work visit;
"A Piece Of Work", Spirit Lake, Iowa http://www.apieceofworkinc.com
"Art On 16th" http://www.hankhallarton16th.com
Artisans Road Trip www.artisansroadtrip.com