Need Free Stock #Photos Full Of #Beauty & Inspiration? Try These

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As an artist I can get stuck and need inspiration or help getting out of a pattern that isn’t going anywhere. Sometimes the easiest thing for me to do is to look at photography and let it take me somewhere.  Since I’ve blogged for a very long time, on multiple sites, I’ve also come up short sometimes with stock photos I could use for header graphics for posts. Here is a list of stock photo places I go to for inspiration. Most are completely free to use as you wish; a few require attribution, but I think that is a very small price to pay for free usage of someone’s art. At the very end of the list I am also including  the link to the Prelinger Archives which has 6600 free use films.  Enjoy exploring & using them!

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Arresting, Alluring #Art #FarmingtonNH

Earlier this month Farmington High School held their annual Student Spring Art Show for the year. Students were at the Farmington Recreation Center with their artwork for two afternoons. Some were working on pieces while everyone was taking everything in and others were there to answer questions. Every time we go to the show we are so inspired by the talent and creativity of the students. The event is one not to miss each year. Enjoy the photos!

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Mystical #Myth #Monoprint #Horses

These were so much fun for me to do! The two pieces are a continuation of the mystical creatures series I started last year.  It started with a seadragon monoprint and then a mystical seahorse monoprint. Now a unicorn and a winged horse. I still want to paint a griffin, but I’ve also thought about adding the Sphinx, Cerberus, and a hydra to the collection. So many choices!

 

Flaming Fire Red Rose #Garden #Paintings

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This is a set that is best viewed in person. Photos just don’t do them justice. It was inspired by footage of the wildfires in California this year, specifically a garden with roses on fire. Not something I’d want to happen to anyone, but it was a great inspiration for these paintings. I began with a textured surface and then a metallic base background in silver. Then I used acrylic and ink, in red, yellow, and orange layers, to build the roses and flames.

New Date #Poetry Night Features #KyleLeach & Jen Decker– February 1st 2018 Rochester Public #Library

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The Rochester Public Library has graciously offered to host the February Writers Night. We will meet in the Community Room at 6PM on February 1st.  We’ll have a double-feature that evening, myself and the very talented Jen Decker. Each will have 30 minutes of the night. There will be an open mic to follow, but we need to put the room back in order and vacate no later than 8:15PM.
I’m so excited to be featuring again in a few weeks at Pat O’Brien’s Writers Night. Some of the pieces I plan to include are: “Blood,” “Stories,” “44-47,” “11 Minutes,” “Forbidden Words,” “Book Burning,” “Frozen,” “Our Orange Ozymandias,” “Change,” “Dissent is Patriotic,” “Lump,” “0-9,” “10-19,” “20-29,”and “30-43.” I’ll have others ready if we have time.

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#Dazzling #Digital #Art #Archiving

Being in the digital realm is now standard for any institution, big or small. Sharing online and adding to the collective is part of life. It has drawbacks, like anything, but has many more positive aspects. It can bring us closer, can allow us to transcend location, and physical limitations and minimizes some financial hurdles. Digital collections allow us to learn from anywhere about anything that has been added. Most museums, libraries, and historical societies are bringing there digital collections to the forefront and many have started to make things they digitize freely available for anyone to peruse, read, download, and sometimes reuse those resources. Below I’ve added some of  the great digital collections I’ve come across.
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Falling in Love With #Fall #Foliage Impression #Paintings

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These two pieces are favorites right now. They look even better in person! If you came to the local show, you already had a chance to see them then, but for everyone else this is your first look at them. Lots of layers, impressions, stamping, and rich autumn colors. I chose a set of simple, unvarnished, natural wood frames for them. I think they compliment them without distracting from them. Enjoy!

#KyleLeach – #PatO’Brien #Poetry Night #Feature Canceled January 4th 2018

Update 1/1/2018-PLEASE NOTE: ROCHESTER WRITERS NIGHT IS CANCELLED FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY. OUR NEXT EVENING IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 1ST. Mel’s will not be open January 4th. Pat O’Brien will be in touch via email, and I will post again, as needed, to remind everyone about my feature night.

 

I’m so excited to be featuring again in a few weeks at Pat O’Brien’s Writers Night. Some of the pieces I plan to include are: “Blood,” “Stories,” “44-47,” “11 Minutes,” “Forbidden Words,” “Book Burning,” “Frozen,” “Our Orange Ozymandias,” “Change,” “Dissent is Patriotic,” “Lump,” “0-9,” “10-19,” “20-29,”and “30-43.” I’ll have couple others ready if we have time.

Below you can see Pat’s intro for me and information about the event:

Hi everyone,
January’s Rochester Writers Night takes place Thursday, January 4th, at Mel Flanagan”s Irish Pub and Cafe at 50 North Main St. in Rochester NH.  Writers are invited to perform their original poetry, prose or music.  Sign-ups begin on site at 6 PM.  Our feature begins at 6:15, and then we take a short break, followed by the open mic portion of our program.  There is a five minute limit per participant, with extra rounds if time allows.  Mel provides a sound system, and complimentary cookies and coffee/tea for participants.  She also offers a full menu for those who would like heartier fare.  The evening is usually over by 8 PM, but a music session has been known to break out!
January’s feature poet is Kyle Leach.  Kyle has previously featured for Rochester Writers Night, and has also featured at the Rochester Public Library poetry event.  His work is thoughtful, provocative, and dramatic.  Drawing from personal experience and his social and political commitments, Kyle presents with fearless and sometimes raw emotion. He will pull you in, and challenge any apathy you may harbor.  His poetry ranges from tender to angry, from sweet to scathing, and always promises to be one of the best features of the year. 
This feature poet is not to be missed!  Please join us for a wonderful evening of writing.

Holly Jolly #Winter #Holidays #House #Photos

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Getting the house ready for the winter holidays brings much excitement for me each year. Though much of the house stays the same in the way I decorate it, it is never exactly the same. Down below you will find several things that are different from previous years. I’ve included a photo of the two of us the first time we decorated the house together and a photo of the new hall radiator cover that Stan made for me. You will also see some new antique furniture additions. We are retiring some of my old furniture, from before we were a couple, to be used for storage in the basement and that has allowed us to find new pieces for the house. We’ve also finished some more of the small projects we are doing so you might see changes in the house in that way as well. Happy holidays everyone!

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#Farmington #Craft #Fair Recap/ #Photos

 

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The Farmington Woman’s Club Craft and Pie Fair was another great success this year! Lots of art, handmade products, in addition to regular crafts. They had a variety of homemade holiday pies for sale and sold out by eleven! Below are some of the photos I took of the day. Continue reading “#Farmington #Craft #Fair Recap/ #Photos”