Thursday, May 19, 2016

What I Really Took Pictures Of

White Rain just finished

Every week in my other blog, Creative Journey, I publish photographs posted on my Facebook page for my studio as part of the 365 Days of photography challenge. Supposedly the photos I post there are the best and most artistic but they are by no means what I take pictures of every day. My first DSLR was purchased to photograph my art work so I could enter shows and exhibits and not have to hire a photographer. And so a large portion of its use is to take photos of my art work like the just finished White Rain.

I also do process blogs on Creative Journey (BTW the link to that site is in the right hand column) so there were almost daily photographs taken of this painting from beginning to end. Those photos also help me critique my own work and correct little things on bigger canvases.

Since I got that first DSLR ethernet blogging and Facebook came a force to be utilized for marketing of art and staying in touch with friends and family. So I also have a personal page, JBinfordBell, where I post my life as it were. When I began it and this blog, Sidetracked Charley, they both were just on line journals. I have always journaled in one form or another. But now I can combine it with photographs which illustrate my life. This week has been a lot about gardening.

The Poly Tunnel topped out

And I can go back and look at progress in years before and the evolution of my gardening in high altitudes. Unless I win the lottery, become hugely successful at painting and/or photography this is probably as elaborate as I will to with the "greenhouse".

Inside the greenhouse - the low inner tunnel

 I like recording my progress on the gardening. The polytunnel has added 30 days to my short growing season here in the highlands. And summers and fall everything I eat virtually comes from this plastic monster outside my studio door. As many people visit my studio to see the greenhouse as the art.

I also use my camera to photograph my fur kids. I don't own a smart phone. Just two DSLR's two generations from that first one I bought. iphone pictures are just not acceptable in my world even as snapshots. Besides I never know when a snapshot becomes a marketable item.

Thicke "helping" with repotting

The camera is never too far away if Thicke does something particularly cute, in my humble opinion. I have trained him to be a ham.

Thicke checking out the containers for planting

Magique wants walks and not gardening. The picture below is of her waiting for us to join friends with dogs on a walk. 

Being Patient

And below is Polly with Valentine, Magique, and Carol with Jimmie. So it is clear to see not everything I capture with my camera is a masterpiece except to me maybe.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Voting Just Encourages Them

Dad used to joke that voting just encouraged them. But my parents always voted. And both at least outside the voting booth proclaimed to be Democrats. Mother was even precinct chairwoman at one time. We lived in a Republican neighborhood and it got all the windows broken out of both cars and red paint smeared across our driveway and sidewalk. I had to quit the senior girl scouts because of my parents' politics. I was always an introvert but due to Kennedy running for President virtually became a recluse.

I figured the Republicans were responsible for Kennedy getting assassinated and never forgave LBJ because my friends from Dallas said it was his idea.

But after college I went to work for a Republican Senator who cosponsored the bill to end the war in Vietnam. And I found myself hanging with a liberal group of young Republicans. I always figured it was more about the platform than the party. Now nobody talks about the platform. It is all about personalities. I don't like any of today's personalities. What a downfall from Kennedy or Obama. I like Bernie's platform but it is clear the Democrats will never embrace him.

So here I sit alone on the fence. I said I was not going to pick a candidate before just before the election. Canada and Australia do this in 90 days. I believe two years is insane. If this was the 60's do you know how many times my parents would have to replaced all the windows in the cars? And I probably would have dropped out of high school. As it is the majority of my election life I have had to vote for second best or against the first worse. Only a few candidates after Kennedy have excited me. They show Robert, staying clean for Eugene was fruitless and McGovern was pushed out. SCOTUS shut down Gore. I poll watched for Obama because of GW's cheating ways in 2004.

In June I will be 71 and I am tired of voting for someone I don't want to avoid someone else from becoming president. I don't believe in the two party system and in state elections vote for a candidate I like or the Green Party.

If Bernie gets shut down I am not voting for Hillary. Right after the June 7th primary I am changing my party affiliation to NONE OF THE ABOVE or Independent. And likely will vote the Green Party for President. I will vote Democrat for congress on a national and state level because I hate the Tea Party/GOP policies. I believe the two party system is committing suicide.

I am not going to be forced into thinking I have to vote for Hillary to save the party. As Dad said, it just encourages them. We talk about campaign and political reform and yet most of us will goose step behind our party leaders and maintain the status quo. I think the most revolutionary thing I can do is vote NONE OF THE ABOVE.