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Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. It's a journal of sorts. It gives me a place to show my work-in-progress for my painting and photography. Comments are welcome --- add one at the end of an entry or email me at BarbBlumer@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"V"

"V"
11x14 Archival Photograph

We are fortunate to live in an area filled with herons, mostly great blue herons.  Their wing span is about 5 feet.  I watched this one fishing, i.e., waiting stock still, for a long time, until he/she decided to move on.


BHB

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Manway"

"Manway"
16x20 " Archival Photograph

This is actually a hatch or door which is used for cleaning the tank used for the fermenting of grapes for wine at Hermann J. Weimer winery. 

BHB

Monday, November 13, 2017

"Journey"


"Journey"
20x16" Archival Photograph

This is an image from the ancient site of Knowth (c. 3200 B.C.) in Ireland, an hour northwest of Dublin.  We were able to go into a part of the underground tomb here and at nearby Newgrange.  The purpose of the tombs under the very large mounds are not known, but they are fascinating.  The passageways are aligned with the sun, so that they are illuminated briefly during the equinoxes.  (In my image, it was artificial lighting.)

BHB




Friday, November 10, 2017

"Passage"


"Passage"
20x16, Misprinted Photograph

This is a misprint of an image I have been working on.  I put the paper in upside down, and the image was printed on the wrong side. 

I liked the way it looked --- a little spooky --- so I baked it in the oven to cure it.

It attracted lint at some stage, and there are roller marks from the printer, but these things add to its accidental-ness, making it all the more attractive to me.

I am also showing you here, how the original image looks.  It is of a passageway in Somerset House in London, where we were visiting the Museum of Water, a special exhibit which was being held down there in the lower regions.

Apparently, in these very large old buildings, there are lower passageways to connect the wings, and the outside ones are called lightwells, so that natural light can reach the underground areas.  You can click here to see the Deadhouse and Lightwells at Somerset house.

BHB





Thursday, November 9, 2017

"The Troubles"

"The Troubles"
16x20" Archival Photograph

The frames I ordered arrived yesterday, so I am starting to frame my new work.

This first one is from our trip to Northern Ireland in September, from Belfast, where we learned about the conflict between the unionists (mostly British or Protestant) and the nationalists (mostly Catholics).

There are large-scale murals throughout the city, on busy streets, with people walking past them, and becoming part of the story. 

Here is a link with a summary of the conflict between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, if you have more interest.   http://passage-new.cappelendamm.no/c453153/artikkel/vis.html?tid=498532

BHB