Sunday, September 24, 2017

the comment of the day│#9 UNICA




Eng. UNIQUE

You're unique. 
Class, elegance, style.

in print│ "You Have Small Braids Like Spider Threads" p. III, 2016, 18”x18” Ed. 1/10


art shows │DeSoto Arts Live!, September 30th, 12-10 PM, DeSoto, TX


Join me for DeSoto Arts Live ft. Midnight Star this Saturday, September 30th from noon to 9.30 PM!
DeSoto Arts Live is an event designed to celebrate the visual and performing arts. There will be visual artists displaying and selling their work and painting on site, strolling minstrels, children’s activities and a full schedule of musical entertainment, representing various genres, culminating with a special performance by Midnight Star.

Monday, September 18, 2017

hiking&beach holidays in the Sierra Nevada and LA, California 2017│ Eagle Lake Trail --7.2 miles (out and back), Sequoia National Park (Mineral King 7800' elevation), CA, SEP 5th --2nd day


hiking&beach holidays in the Sierra Nevada and LA, California 2017│ Eagle Lake Trail --7.2 miles (out and back), Sequoia National Park (Mineral King 7800' elevation), CA, SEP 5th --2nd day


Eagle Lake is nestled within a high-elevation granite cirque in the Mineral King region of Sequoia National Park. Surrounded by mountain crests, Eagle Lake is a typical glacially-formed lake called a tarn.

hiking&beach holidays in the Sierra Nevada and LA, California 2017│ Eagle Lake Trail --7.2 miles (out and back), Sequoia National Park (Mineral King 7800' elevation), CA, SEP 5th --2nd day


Distance: 3.6  miles (one way)
Elevation change: 2200 feet~670 meters
Hiking time: Approx. 3 hours one way

The robust hike to the lake climbs 2,200 feet over 3.6 miles and delivers a steady climb with expanding views.

To tell the truth, I didn't expect such long and difficult hike for the second day of my stay in the mountains. My body wasn't simply ready, so the results were quite painful at the evening after a whole day of hiking. I thought I wouldn't be able to go anywhere next day. However, the sore legs wasn't the worse thing that happened to me that day. After coming back to my cabin, I spotted a little scorpion in my bathtub while taking a shower. You know, all scorpions are venomous, they use their venom to paralyze and kill their pray and in self defense. Even small young scorpions can inject you with the same amount of venom as adults. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

hiking&beach holidays in the Sierra Nevada and LA, California 2017│Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, SEP 9th (post II)


hiking&beach holidays in the Sierra Nevada and LA, California 2017│Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, SEP 9th



If you're silly or just snob, and choose places such this one (so called "global tourist destination") in Los Angeles, then you end up to have such pictures from the beach, unless you want thousand other tourists in the background...To be honest, I would rather wander at lonely beaches which matches better my personality, but two years ago while visiting LA our tourist guide gave us 20 minutes to "discover" this place, exactly the time I took just to walk to the beach, take one deep breath looking at the ocean, and return to the bus. This year I returned there, and experiences what Venice Beach is. There is nothing better than feeling things at your own pace.
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Venice Beach, which receives millions of visitors a year, has been labeled as "a cultural hub known for its eccentricities" as well as a "global tourist destination." It includes the promenade that runs parallel to the beach (also the "Ocean Front Walk" or just "the boardwalk"), Muscle Beach, the handball courts, the paddle tennis courts, Skate Dancing plaza, the numerous beach volleyball courts, the bike trail and the businesses on Ocean Front Walk. [Wikipedia]

art shows │Art Walk West 2017 September 16th, 2017, 11 AM-5 PM, Dallas, TX (post II)


I thought today's art show would be a great warm-up as it was the first show from my calendar of art show for fall season, but the heat was taking its toll instead. I would like to thank everyone who accepted my invitation, and joined me for the Art Walk 2017 in West Dallas today. Special thanks goes to Carl, one of my collectors, who made a good deed (and a surprise as well) by bringing a glass of water with ice for me when I was actually suffocating from hot Texan weather in my booth.

Friday, September 15, 2017

hic et nunc│ September 8th, 2017 Long Beach Boardwalk, CA, U.S. (post II)


in print│ "On A Flat Wall Nailed by a Stream of Light" p. II, 2017, 18”x18” Ed. 1/10


hic et nunc│ September 8th, 2017 Long Beach Boardwalk, CA, U.S. (in color)


hiking&beach holidays in the Sierra Nevada and LA, California 2017│Giant Forest Museum, Sequoia National Park, 1st day SEP 4th



I also learned that sequoias don't die of old age and are resistant to fire and insect damage. Most die by falling over.When I read the last line, my heart smiled. I thought it was such a beautiful resistance to harm the process of healing and then growth. Once again I realized we, human beings, can learn so much from nature.

hic et nunc│ September 8th, 2017 Long Beach Boardwalk, CA, U.S.

You can walk, run, bike or skate along a 5 ½ mile beachfront bike and pedestrian path right on the sand. Wide separated lanes keep walkers and riders safe. It was just before sunset when I took this spectacular walk full of warm colors, fresh ocean breeze and freedom. Yes, I felt like freedom was in the air.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

for the love of books │"The Things Trees Know" (Wisdom of Nature) by Douglas Wood


I stumbled upon this little book at the Giant Forest Museum shop at the Sequoia National Park in California, U.S. during my hiking holidays in the Sierra Nevada.

"For best-selling author Douglas Wood, trees have always been teachers and sources of inspiration. They have bared witness to so much and have weathered so many storms. In The Things Trees Know, through insightful text and lovely pen and ink illustrations, Doug presents a whispering grove full of wisdom. His brief meditations portray the parallels between trees' lives and ours, as well as the knowledge we can gain from them. Walk this wooded trail and find a shaft of sunlight, a ray of hope, a living landmark, and perhaps the answer to a question or two. The Things Trees Know could change your outlook on life." [Amazon]

hic et nunc│ September 10th, 2017 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, U.S.


the comment of the day│#8 FRANCESCA WOODMAN


hiking&beach holidays in the Sierra Nevada and LA, California 2017│Moro Rock (6,725 ft=2,050 m), Sequoia National Park, 1st day SEP 4th (post II)


hiking&beach holidays in the Sierra Nevada and LA, California 2017│Moro Rock (6,725 ft=2,050 m), Sequoia National Park, 1st day SEP 4th


Moro Rock is a granite dome with a steep 1/4-mile staircase to the top (300-foot elevation gain) located in the center of the Park, between Giant Forest and Crescent Meadow. A 400-step stairway, built in the 1930s is cut into and poured onto the rock, so that visitors can hike to the top.  The spectacular view from the rock encompasses much of the Park.

hiking&beach holidays in the Sierra Nevada and LA, California 2017│Foothills Visitor Center, Sequoia National Park, 1st day SEP 4th

We stopped here for getting some information on trails we chose for the first day. The Sequoia National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada, California, U.S.A. It's  the second-oldest national park in the United States. The park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman Tree, the largest three on Earth.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

hiking&beach holidays in the Sierra Nevada and LA, California 2017│Simple Things, Lake Elowin Resort, Three Rivers, SEP 6th


When I think about perfect holidays, the first thing that comes to my mind is reconnecting with nature. I've realized upon so many years that simple things such as breathing the smells of forest in my lungs, conquering the summit or just contemplating nature are the undeniable sources of my happiness. 

art shows│DEEP ELLUM ARTS FESTIVAL April 7-9, 2017 Dallas, TX-- 2nd Day (post III)


art shows│DEEP ELLUM ARTS FESTIVAL April 7-9, 2017 Dallas, TX-- 2nd Day (post II)



Wearing this outfit with my favourite styling the second day of the festival caused me some trouble. Now, I had to explain not only why I used myself as a subject for my works, but also to pose for random viewers who liked my colorful dress and hair à la Frida. Here you can see my facial expression when this young girl asked if she could take a picture of me because I reminded her of someone from her family, and she wanted to paint me.

art shows │Art Walk West 2017 September 16th, 2017, 11 AM-5 PM, Dallas, TX



Join me for the third annual Art Walk West presented by the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce this Saturday, September 16th from 11 AM to 5 PM!
Begin your journey at Erin Cluley Gallery, 414 Fabrication Street where maps and information will be available.
Hit the West Dallas streets to find artists, artisans, and creative businesses who will open their doors to the public for a day of exploration, art and community-building fun.
The event culminates in a celebratory reception at the art studio of Julia Ousley where guests will enjoy live music and more art.

art shows│DEEP ELLUM ARTS FESTIVAL April 7-9, 2017 Dallas, TX-- 2nd Day


I haven't shared too many pictures from this one, but I feel l should because it was my FIRST big juried arts festival, the biggest one in Dallas, and I was the only one to represent Dallas in photography medium. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

behind the scenes│SOLO show PHOTOGRAPHY IS POETRY, Stage West, Fort Worth, TX, U.S. (post III)


The image is cropped from the bottom where the wall was crammed with tables and chairs (and also a high heavy holder in the left corner with a roll of brown paper that they use for covering the tables, and the piano in the right corner), and at the Opening Night with people eating their dinner.
This is how it looked like on Monday, August 21st, 2017 before I left. I want to remember my exhibition this way.

behind the scenes│SOLO show PHOTOGRAPHY IS POETRY, Stage West, Fort Worth, TX, U.S. (post II)



The installment day was a true nightmare. When I arrived to the Stage West, I saw the West Gallery hung with artwork of another artist. I tried to communicate right away about the issue with Dana, Gallery Manager, who I met by chance in front of the theatre, but she was in rehearsal, and told me that she was overwhelmed with so many things going on at that time, so couldn't really take care of the problem. I have to admit that it made me feel quite uncomfortable, kind of being caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. I didn't know what to do. I couldn't understand why she scheduled my installment when no one was available for assistance in the theatre at that hour.

As I designed home the layout of my exhibition for 25' long wall with precision, had all my tools, and was perfectly ready to hang everything by myself, I expected things to go smoothly the day of installment. However, that wasn't the case. Instead of hanging my works, I can say that I had to hang the total of four exhibitions! First of all,I moved the artwork of another artist to the East Gallery which was suggested as a solution by Dana. I was happy to be able to do so, using my own materials as the paintings didn't have a proper wire on the back. Without attaching a wire, it would have been hard and insecure to use the pre-hung system available on the East wall for them to be displayed. It took me a while to work on it, but finally I succeeded and was proud of myself. After that, I started working on my photographs. I measured everything on the wall of the West Gallery, and hung about 30 % of my exhibition, when I realized that the previous solution wasn't acceptable anymore, hence I had to remove all the works of the painter from the east wall to put them back in the West.  That was a challenge, and cost me even more work, because I had now to detach all the wires and imitate exactly the same layout they were displayed previously. Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture, so it was quite time consuming before the paintings were perfectly mirrored and back on the West wall. 

Well, what about me? At this stage I was about to leave, and give up on everything when suddenly, I found some strength within me, and compromised: I hung my exhibition in the East gallery which I wasn't prepared to do. I had nine pieces, and the gallery had only eight wires. I had to give up on one piece. The pre-hung system wasn't too perfect as the wires didn't seem to have the same length. I didn't like it too much. I was missing proper hooks for red brick wall. My pins that I brought for labels didn't work on the wall. I tried to attach them in a different creative way with cloth pins. 

Today, after going through all that mess including the unpleasant incident with cancellation of my Giveaway Evening as well as taking down my work permanently the following day from the gallery, I think I made a mistake by compromising the day of installment. I am meticulous about my photographic work. Only if every detail works my way, I can have a peaceful nigh sleep.