Summer in the City


Hot town, summer in the city,

Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty.

Been down, isn’t it a pity,

Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city.

All around, people looking half-dead,

Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head…”

-The Lovin’ Spoonful


So… I got carried away with effects again! But this time I’m really happy about it because it got my wheels spinning.

This image started out as a photograph that my son took some time ago. He borrowed my camera when he went hiking because he was trying to learn a little about photography.

He is now out of state, but I found the images he shot when I reclaimed my camera from his storage space. It was so funny to look at them because the things that he photographed were the same exact things that I would’ve shot if I had been there. Maybe the things that our eyes favor runs in our genes or something.

Anyway, the bench in the photo is an actual bench that you would come upon if you hiked to the top of a particular trail around Burbank or L.A. here. Don’t ask me where because I don’t think I’ve been there and if I have I’ve certainly never made it to the top. Ha-ha! Here’s a copy of the original just for kicks…



I did a little blurring to the background of the photograph and then created the sun worshipper in Illustrator. It was still pretty boring, so I ran it through a Photoshop app on my iPhone and found an urban-like overlay.

What’s funny is that once it was finished it reminded me of how it used to feel when my friends and I would lounge in the sun in our backyards (or sometimes front yards or even a back alley or two when we were desperate).

When you grow up in the city (even if it was a little more like suburbia back in the day), you never really know what you’re missing until you experience raw nature. And once you do that – come to understand what the “natural” world is really like – it’s pretty damn hard to go back to things like backyard sun bathing.

So this artwork actually takes me back. Put a cocktail in her hand, and a Cosmopolitan magazine on her lap, and that woman is me in the 70s or 80s. Ha! Worshipping the sun gods in my luxurious lounge chair with a spectacular view that overlooks… well… more concrete.

Anyway, it was fun to be reminded of those days… a little nostalgia, you know? It wasn’t really that bad, and – at the time – it was all I really knew. I like that the bench looks the same because hikers who are familiar with the spot could actually recognize it.

I appreciate that the girl was actually illustrated too, because it gives her that “fake” look… like she’s had a few too many plastic surgeries. It’s “summer in the city” for sure. Maybe even Hollywood.

So… that’s about all for now. I’m going to work on something dreamy next… something a little more natural. Maybe another beach scene.

In the meantime… thanks for reading / viewing. I hope you enjoyed!

The Outlier


I wanted to write a poem for this one because I felt a connection to the little outlier who stood apart from his flock… but then it occurred to me that the image was descriptive enough.

My brain fog (which is getting better), and my inability to write an entertaining story at the moment, has me feeling a bit like this quiet little gull – like I want to be a part of the action… but I can’t quite figure out how. And just when my thoughts get on a roll and I’m feeling ideas start to stir, the curtain drops.

So, for now, images will have to do.

I got a little carried away with this photo. I wanted lots of vibrancy and motion and I couldn’t figure out how to get it in Photoshop, so I finished off the effects in BeCasso. It feels like cheating when I use apps like that because they really do all of the work. There’s no learning involved when you use them, and I’m trying to avoid that as much as possible for these experimental images.

But… I’m still happy with how it turned out and I could not have gotten the same look on my own. Not yet anyway. Anyway, that’s about all for now.

Thanks for viewing… I hope you enjoyed!

Floating on Air


I’m having fun with the titles for my experimental images because they’re coinciding with my life – to a certain degree. I’m not floating on air as in crazy in love, or over the moon happy about anything in particular, but I’m learning to live one day at a time. That – in itself – is a lot like floating. Maybe I’ve always lived one day at a time, it’s just that I never saw it as an acceptable behavior.

I saw it more as flying by the seat of my pants – and I always felt that it was something I needed to correct. Like I had to have goals, and I needed a plan. Not that goals and plans are bad… mind you… it’s just that when you can’t come up with any good ones, or the one’s that you do have in mind seem impossible to grasp, you’re left feeling like you’re failing somehow… and you’re not even sure what it is you’re failing at. Living, maybe? Anyway, that’s in the past!

I promised myself that once the semester was over I’d relax and just Be. And so far it’s a bit like floating on air. And I’m having fun with the random images as well, because it’s pretty much anything goes. No agenda. I’m sure I’ll slowly drift back into the ‘making plans’ zone again, it’s probably inevitable, but for now it’s everything Zen (as Bush would say).

Anyway, I did some more motion blur fun with an iPhone image that I’d taken a while back. I’ll probably be playing with that idea for for the entire month because it’s so relaxing… and you never know what you’ll end up with.

That’s about all for now. I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you again soon.

Until then… Peace & Love!