631 // December 09, 2009

Historic Western Art Finale

Today is the last continuation of my posts on the Denver Art Museum’s Western Art. I just want to share some final favorites.

This photograph was part of the Historic Western American Art section of DAM. Right now, we are looking at stereo photographs (double prints you see on the table) with a stereoscope viewer (far left). Combined, these two create a 3D effect when looking through the viewfinder, and it is taken with one camera. I’ve had a slight obsession lately with this camera (a David White Stereo Realist), and it was not only surprising, but fitting that I actually saw some historic photos taken with this type of camera.

Another painter that I really, really, couldn’t take my eyes off was Albert Bierstadt. DAM had a few paintings of his, one being “Long’s Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park”. Took up the entire wall, and his blues were bluer than blue.

I really recommend taking a trip over to the art museum if and when you get the chance. Every first Saturday is free, but a little more crowded; but otherwise, spend the few bucks to not only see this section, but the entire place. Wear gym shoes and expect to spend at least 4 hours for a good time…


630 // December 08, 2009

American Western Art at the DAM

A continuation of yesterday’s post on my adoration for the American Western Art section at the Denver Art Museum.

The pieces above are a series done by Tony Foster, watercolors that he painted while rafting down the Colorado river. What I really loved about these are not only the paintings themselves, but in which they were framed. Underneath the main watercolor, there is another box that had a tiny snippet of the part of the river he was on at the time, along with a significant artifact to that spot such as part of a bone or tin can.

American Western Art at the DAM

Another painting that struck me was Keith Jacobshagen – “By June the Light Begins to Breathe”. Vast. Bright. Landscape in a different perspective. To quote the artist of the painting, about the painting: “Face it, landscape painting is a cliche. It’s a long history of cliches. The best landscape painters, the ones who have lasted, are the ones who have done something interesting with the cliches.”

Lastly, there was this photograph that stopped me in my tracks. David Levinthal’s “Untitled (Rider on Horseback with Rifle)” Polaroid Polacolor print might have been the most intriguing photograph that I have ever seen in person. It was huge. Awe-inspiring.

Again, I will have one more post on this section, but in a different time period: the Historic Western American Art.



629 // December 07, 2009


I mentioned yesterday that I was able to visit the Denver Art Museum. I didn’t tell you that the Western Art section was my absolute favorite. Now, there are two sections: Western American Art and Historic Western American Art. Right now I will focus on telling you of the first mentioned – generally.

The quote you see in the photograph is part of a series of cards that the DAM lets you take in the Western exhibit – there are the following categories, related to the different artist quotes: inspred, proud, philisophical, happy, calm, forlorn and cynical.

Since these are all quotes related to the West, I have placed the cards in an extremely deep frame (ala thrift store, painted and refinished) above a huge map of Colorado that hangs in my office.

Thanks to DAM for providing these cards, as they are indeed, inspirational to the Rocky Mountain West no matter what the subject.

This post is already pretty long, so I will share a story with you tomorrow of a worker I met there, and some of my other favorite artists displayed.



628 // December 06, 2009


Zhong Biao, Mirage, 2009, at the Denver Art Museum. (C) the artist.

Saturday I went to the Denver Art Museum with my sister-in-law and her friend; we ended up spending five hours there! It is much, much larger than I thought it was and must go back sometime soon.

This photo was in one of the new exhibits, “Embrace”, which featured so many amazing 3-D artworks, uniquely inpiried art on slanted walls and so much more.

(I was a little nervous to take my camera in – so this was taken with my point-and-shoot. Next time, I’ll bring my big boy in and get some really cool shots…)



627 // December 03, 2009


Out and about, ready to drop down the mountain at any moment.



626 // December 02, 2009


My brother-in-law scoping out the scenery around him. I loved the composition of this photograph.



625 // December 01, 2009


Mayflower Gulch route – empty cabin with a wireframe mattress outside.



623 // November 30, 2009


At the top of the trailhead of Mayflower Gulch, my two boys are dwarfed by the mountains behind them.

Blue Field


622 // November 29, 2009

Blue Field

On the trail up Mayflower Gulch in Summit County.

621 // November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! It has been a very relaxing and yet eventful past few days. Hubbie and I have escaped the city as of earlier this week, and have enjoyed some fresh mountain air. Along with a couple of personal friends who joined us, we had a huge turkey feast on Thursday with his family and gave thanks to not only each other, but those we could not be with on that day.

Happy Thanksgiving

I also had some time to shoot some new labels I created for Crooked Keg. Their brand-new Scarecrow II Pumpkin Ale was a huge hit among the guests up here, and was quickly gone before the day was out.

Happy Thanksgiving

Oh, and I have to mention that the fresh mountain air must be the remedy for the common cold or bronchitis. Mom joked that the ill used to be sent to the mountains for any respiratory illness… and she might be right. For those concerned, I am feeling 100% better than I have been the past two weeks! We went on a short hike today up Mayflower Gulch (12,415 ft) just south of Copper Mountain, and had nothing but clear lungs, blue skies and beautiful weather.

I have so much to be thankful for, and I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving.



620 // November 25, 2009


Here in the mountains, I can see the stars so much more clearly than down in the city. Aren’t they beautiful?



619 // November 23, 2009


Estes Park, Colorado.

Framed Cameras


618 // November 22, 2009

Framed Cine-Kodak Eight Model 20 (1932 - movie camera)

Framed Cine-Kodak Eight Model 20 (1932 – movie camera)

I will apologize in advance, as some (maybe most of my frequent) readers have already seen these photos. Been off my feet for a week now, sick, so I have been running really low on recent photos and the reserve bank.

I’ve seen this idea done before, and most recently here – contrary to what you may think, these (heavy!) cameras are not contained in a shadowbox, but free-hanging from the frame itself.

Framed Kodak Instamatic 804 (1963 - film camera)

Framed Kodak Instamatic 804 (1963 – film camera)

These are the simple black frames you can get at Walgreens. To get this effect, I:

1. Removed the glass from the frame as these cameras needed to stick out further than what it would’ve allowed.

2. Found and cut the scrapbook paper I wanted for each of these to the frame. Taped it to the back of the frame.

3. Since these frames were meant to be hung by the cardboard backing, that wouldn’t be nearly strong enough. Instead, I pounded two small nails to the back of the frame and threaded wire back and forth to reinforce a strong holder for the weight.

4. Measured and strung invisible string through each side of the camera and ultimately hung it from the frame itself – another small nail in the top center in the back of the frame.

Told you this sucker had to hold a lot of weight.

5. Use the brick drill bit and finally hung these suckers.

Hope you enjoy them — I sure do love looking at them in my office!

“308 STEPS”


617 // November 20, 2009

"308 STEPS"

I love when I find great examples of usage for unnecessary quotations. Wait, maybe that is an oxymoron.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen, them please visit this hilarious site: The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks.