Aqua water and wave.

How do you live creatively? For me, it’s a necessary feature of living every day.

If I have a commission challenge that I’m trying to approach or a creative choice to make, floating in the pool at our building is perfect.  If the water is like glass, just looking at the surface and shades of blue or aqua around the depths of the pool seem to open the mind to opportunities and meditation.

 

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Ciao to Summer and days floating in aqua water.

With my LifeProof case on my iPhone, capturing the beauty and patterns in the water are irresistible. Look for more images including my favorite float in Minion yellow soon.

 

Praying Francis

Photograph Mantis circles

Praying Francis a Praying Mantis with city lights in background.

After an evening out at our favorite LoDo places, we poured a couple glasses of Italian red Piedmontese wine and moved outdoors to our balcony.  David felt the lightest touch from something landing on his hand and he moved just enough for it to walk onto the railing.   It turned out to be this Mantis or Mantid.  We had never seen such a wonderful critter high up on an urban skyscraper before.

“Mantids are unique among insects in their ability to turn their heads a full 180 degrees. ”

http://insects.about.com/od/roachesandmantids/a/10-Fascinating-Facts-About-Praying-Mantids.htm

I grabbed two of my fast lenses (a 1.7 – 50mm & 2.8 – 100mm macro) and captured the distinctive silhouette against a background of circles of confusion from the lighted D&F Tower nearby.  Using all manual exposure and focus + handheld was possible since the insect hung out almost 30 minutes at 11:30 PM.

With Pope Francis trip to the USA, naming this image “Praying Francis” was immediate.  We wish them both an inspiring visit!

DIA Bike Art 2015

Did you know that Denver International Airport has a growing collection of bicycle art by wonderful local artists?  Ivar Zeile, art concultant, curates the new art annually to coincide with the US Pro Challenge Colorado bike race.

The artworks are installed in baggage area of the airport for the 5th annual exhibition.

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Collin Parson bike art commission for the US Pro Challenge

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Bicycle light art for the US Pro Challenge by Collin Parson.

 

Art, Bike, Box

An entire bicycle in a glass box by esteemed Colorado artist, Phil Bender.

 

Art, Bicycle, box

An entire bicycle in a glass box by esteemed Colorado artist, Phil Bender.

John Buck Figurative Sculpture Photograph

At the renowned Robischon Gallery in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood a new show of work by distinguished American artist John Buck has opened. Intricately hand-hewn figurative sculptures, large kinetic and carved wood panels plus woodblock prints are featured in an extensive summer show.

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Figurative carved jelutong wood sculpture at Robishchon gallery.

With an education and passion in the arts, I photograph installations for artists, collectors and curators.  In this case I’ve developed a style that shows human engagement with the art and an expression of the art itself.

 

Storm over 910 Pencil Denver

Cumulonimbus clouds building over Denver’s tallest and the orange #910 pencil on the University Building.

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Cumulonimbus building over Denver #910 pencil and tallest buildings. ©Diane Huntress 2015

Colorful combination of blues plus the warm oranges of sundown with pencil remind me of the paintings of J.M.W.Turner.  He was also moved by nimbus clouds.

Rain, thunder and lightning follow…

Denver Digerati Digital Animation Show

At the Commons on Champa, Denver’s public campus for entrepreneurship, Ivar Zeile, the curator introduces commissioned new work for Denver Digerati.   The Commons on Champa

Man talking digital

Denver curator, Ivar Zeile intro to new work for Digerati Denver at The Commons on Champa.

 

Digital Animation Show

Two women watching the June Denver Digerati showcasing some of the world’s most innovative and creative digital animation.

 

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Denver Digital Animation Show being watched by artist
Milton Buddy Melvin Croissant III.

 

Red Shoes

Don’t Touch or Climb on the Art!

In this case, artist Melissa Furness, wearing classic red shoes, stands on a separate, touchable section her new work at the opening of Vis-a’-Vis at McNichols.  This is a fine show of installation pieces created by 4 artists who participated in the 2015 Biennial Ambassadors Program. More about the show

red shoes artist

Melissa Furness, artist, standing on a new painting in the Vis-s-Vis show.

 

Hal Gould Camera Obscura Opening and Closing

Hal Gould opened the Camera Obscura Gallery at 13th and Bannock in downtown Denver in 1980 at age 60.    For 31 years there was a continuous stream of remarkably high-quality photography shows, including the work of Eliot Porter, James Balog, Paul Harbaugh, Sebastiao Salgado, and Annie Liebovitz.  And, here he’s with my colleague, Nora Feller.

 

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Nora Feller and Hal Gould happy at Nora’s opening at Camera Obscura Gallery.

Hal was famous in the international world of fine art photography.  On a trip to NYC and a day at the AIPAD Conference, who did I run into?  Hal.

I exhibited once in his gallery.  He retired and closed the Camera Obscura on April 30, 2011. He enjoyed life and good wine with friends.

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Hal’s Punch Bowl at closing party for Camera Obscura Gallery on April 30, 2011.

Hal died in June and on July 7th, we celebrated the 95 year life of Hal Gould.    R.I.P. Hal.

 

Evening of Life for Steve

How to celebrate the life of Steve Koloskus, “the show man”?

His truck decorated with votive battery powered candles becomes the stage and music setting for the party which started up after the New Orleans style “parade” arrived back at the South Pearl Street office and garden property.  The banner carried in the “parade” with portrait of Steve in the truck window is placed on the stage and to overlook the dancing.

 

vintage pickup night

Steve’s “early version of an F150” pickup truck decorated with candles serves as the stage setting for speakers and music.

 

dancing evening

Family and friends square dancing late into the evening in honor of Steve Koloskus life at his property on S. Pearl Street

 

R.I.P. Steve Koloskus

Creative Director Send Off #3  

In May Denver Creative Director and ad agency owner, Steve Koloskus, lost the battle vs lymphoma and on the evening of June 27th, his son, Jack, Steve’s brothers plus lots of family, friends and colleagues got together to celebrate Steve.

summer evening event

Family and friends ready to start the dancing celebrating the life of Steve Koloskus.

 

square dancing event

Famly and friends square dancing to “Send Off” Steve Koloskus.

 

“He sure didn’t waste any time in his life and created many lasting memories and work,” to quote Prisca Learmann.