Sunday, April 26, 2015

Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden

 There are two botanical gardens in the United States I love; the first being in St.Louis and the second is the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. 
Just came back from a wonderful trip to Phoenix, Arizona and loved the architecture and the plants. It's not even summer there yet but by noon at the Botanical Garden the heat was getting to me and I felt like this photograph, dusty and well worn. 
Lunch in the shade at their restaurant, Gertrudes, certainly helped. The Sagauro Cactus are magnificent and are like sentinels on the landscape and home to birds.
The Saguaro Cactus And Its Greedy Guests
Oh I got to see a roadrunner for the first time in my life, and they are just like the cartoon. They are so funny to watch.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pickles goes Hunting

WIP oil on wood

A couple of years ago my thrift shop and curry pal, Karen Russell, found a little stuffed toy at a local thrift shop and had we both seen him at the same time would've come to blows fighting for him. As it is she saw him first and got first dibs. Karen did let me borrow him for the jafagirl public art box and he was very popular. 

I got such a kick out of his proud look and called the display "pickles goes hunting". He may be small but he is MIGHTY dog. Don't know where pickles is now, he is lost in the vortex of the Russell household, which is why I decided to do a painting of him.
Hope you enjoyed visiting

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Show Must Come Down

iphone girls
Talitha Greene, Corrine Bayraktaroglu, Amy Hable and Sandi Sharp
photo courtesy of Stephanie Gooch Art

We have a few more days
left before the show comes down Sunday evening, so if you are in the neighbourhood pop by the arts council gallery. If you are looking for iconic photographs of Yellow Springs, then this show might not be your cup of tea. You may find more traditional photographs in other venues, but unfortunately not ours. 
The #ysgram exhibit is focused on our experience as instagram photographers living and working in Yellow Springs. 
       There is something about black and white photographs that evokes a timeless quality that describes how I feel about Yellow Springs, Ohio
There is a quietness that comes without the noise and distractions of colours, that quietness being felt on a country road, or by a pond or on an early morning bike ride. 

thanks for dropping by

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Instagram Exhibits in Ohio

street photography black and white
It's an interesting coincidence that another exhibit featuring instagram photos is happening in Ohio the same time as ours in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

#MobileAppNow Instagram Exhibit At Columbus Museum Proves That Your Photos Are Works of Art
Instagram exhibits are nothing new of course, there have been plenty around the world, but they are still new enough for people to be curious about.  The difference with our exhibit though is that it's not an online exhibit like the Columbus Museum.

 Thanks to the Dayton City Paper for the article.If you are in the area, please stop by the gallery during these hours Wed-Sun 1pm to 4pm at
111 Corry Street.


Saturday, March 07, 2015

The Crisp Factory and Photograph Fiasco

and the follow up

Golden Wonder security firm silent after photography fiasco - Amateur Photographer

I love how the security guard said "you can't go around taking photos willy nilly when you bloody well want to." LOL!
As funny as the video is encounters like this are intimidating, especially if it's a person in authority and should know the law. 


I have had a few minor encounters (not with police or security), but nothing like the incident that happened locally

This link, everyday aperture, is specifically for street photography. It includes a paragraph about photographing people in public places and when a waiver/release is needed.  

LA to Pay $50K to Detained Photographers and Teach Deputies That Photography is Not a Crime