Thursday, October 8, 2009

October 8, 2009


Jennifer said...

I've enjoyed visiting your site daily and seeing a bit of the world through your eyes. Since the year of practice is drawing to a close, I'm wondering if you'll continue with it or stop? Is there another practice in mind to dedicate a year to? Was it difficult to commit to and actually do every day?

Whatever your answers, it's been pleasure. Thank you.

gousley said...


I,too, have enjoyed seeing what has caught your eye from day to day and will certainly miss it when/if you stop. But, knowing you, I am sure there will be other posts to make us think!
Thanks, Jane. Gay

Jane Dunnewold said...

I am contemplating and struggling with whether to continue the blog so I appreciate your comments. On some days it has been easy and a delight and as we expected would happen, on other days it's been a headache.

I am most personally satisfied that I was able to keep it up - missing an actual day now and then, but always keeping to my goal of posting an image for each day of the calendar year, as promised to myself.

I don't know whether another year would become trite or boring (for me, not you) or whether it would ramp up the commitment...or whether another challenge is more suited to me at this point in my development as an artist and human being.

I welcome any thoughts. Many of my visitors have been silent, and perhaps I have not invited participation as actively as I might, but I am interested in any other thoughts you are willing to share.

Yikes - only a month more to go as of tomorrow, October 10.

Anonymous said...

Jane, I have been one of the silent ones, but have enjoyed the postings, especially when you share your thoughts along with the pictures. I too was wondering if you would has been a delight for me and selfishly would like it to continue. Mary Ann Johnson

November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008

How does color set a mood? The soft gray and white of the carpet, the cat Marshall, and the sunlit window contribute to to the sense of calm repose. What does blue mean to you or me? We all have symbolic associations for colors; some based on personal experience and some instilled culturally. 

The cobalt blue of the vase provides a point and counterpoint to the composition, in addition to providing elements that balance.
Keeping the cat in the lower third of the composition weights the image and is another visual door into the picture world.

November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008

This picture tells several stories. It references the human desire to order the world around us - the lettering on the wall establishes the alley as a No Parking zone, and the broken glass-  jutting out at the top - is another message of fear and frailty. Whoever lives behind this wall wants to be left alone.

But there is beauty in the contrast of the rough brick surface and the smooth translucency of the broken glass bottles. A contrast of textures makes for an interesting composition. And the abstract nature of the printed letters against the structure of the bricks would be worth emulating in another sort of composition.

There is as much beauty in decay as there is in a bouquet of fresh flowers. And aren't decay and fresh growth just two different spots on the same continuum?

November 18, 2008

November 18, 2008

November 18, 2008

The Hydrangeas offer a lesson in the effective use of color. The pale blue and lavender are roughly the same value, so they balance each other beautifully. I am challenged to mimic that combination of analogous colors on silk Habotai!

This photograph would be considered beautiful even without the red-orange and yellow flowers at the bottom. But the addition of the complements to the blue and purple creates a focal point and generates some nice contrast because of the complementary pairing. And imagine how different this composition would be, were the red-orange and yellow at the top instead of at the bottom. The current placement adds important visual weight.

November 17, 2008

November 17, 2008

November 16, 2008

November 16, 2008
Being and Non-being

Substance and Light

November 16, 2008

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside 
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the space inside
that holds whatever we want.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.

Tao te Ching; Verse 11
Stephen Mitchell translation