A High Tide Seadream

High tide and low tide are so very different. Depending on the type of beach it might be the difference between impassable or not! Forever, I tended to be a low tide only kind of person. But then I had some extraordinary sessions during a few high tides and realized I had been missing out entirely. Now-a-days I dont care what the tide will be! LOL. I still check it diligently, mainly out of habit. . . its good to know where it will be regardless. Depending on the time of year, I need to decide between flip flops and wellies!



SeaDream #9, aptly named "Hightide" is quite unique within this collection. It is the only one with this reddish tint. I tore myself away from a traditional sunset session to shift into intentional camera movement art. This SeaDream Collection is one of my most favorite. I can't say that it is complete or not. Presently, there are 26 in total. So, if you know a hospital or some sort of public facility looking for a collection, my dream is to get them into a hospital collection. Each one has a meditative quality for me and I hope for you too. i was fortunate to snap this shot as a large wave receded from right where I was perched with camera on tripod, testing various shutter speeds and the speed of the horizontal pan. I easily tried several dozen shots. You really can't fully tell what you have until you get home and look at them on a big screen. So, in the field I try to just systematically get a large variety of f-stop, and shutter speed differences to achieve that one unique and special image like this one. I have printed tis for my own collection on large canvas and it is very hard to tell whether it is a painting or a photo. That is exactly what i was looking for!

For the past year I have put down my camera to explore how I might work with some of my images in an analog sort of way. I came across encaustic photography which is the art of applying wax to a photograph. There is a myriad of ways to accomplish that. So far, I have not had a success with a few that I really want to; specifically, imposing the image into the wax. I have had limited success with small images. But I will continue because it is my goal with this. A funny thing happened along the way. I bought some canvas and started to paint with acrylics. Fifty percent of the encaustic work I've done does not involve photography at all! I am working out the details as to how I could offer this original artwork here, like I do with photography prints. The logistics become a larger part of the effort. I have to be able to "self-fulfill," meaning pack up the art safely and ship it to you, instead of the photo printer doing all that for me. 



This is my latest encaustic photography piece. It is a photograph I took of "San Salvador," the replica ship that Cabrillo "discovered" California on. It is part of the active San Diego Maritime Museum fleet. This is the third piece I have also worked with masking tape and wax to build the straight lines of color. I think I do this in defiance of the medium. Wax does not like to stay still when heated! But I have learned to be slow and patient. In less than a second it can become ruined. In this case, the thin purple outer line began to bleed into the white which is when I decided I was finished! The piece came together with some serendipity. I was perfectly happy creating line after line, comparing color combinations and testing different widths. When all of a sudden, I stopped and went hunting through my prints and came across this shot. Lo and behold it was nearly the exact size of the square in the center of the geometric work. So instead of making more masked rectangles, I set about affixing the photo to the wax. I do this with adhesive first and after drying overnight with a "ton" of books on top, the photo is well attached. I gave the photo several coast of wax and gave the rest of the piece a single thin layer to bond it all together. Then I fused it all with heat being careful to stop the moment before it liquified!



Ralph Towner was one of my first introductions to jazz. Oh sure, I had heard all sorts of jazz in my childhood and even have a rather famous step grandfather (Bud Freeman) who made a name for himself in the genre. But Ralph showed up in my life when I was finding my own way from rock n roll to bluegrass and into jazz fusion that was gripping the music industry in the 70' and 80's. This clip I chose for this missive is him playing piano, not the guitar which he is so famous for. Interestingly, Ralph was born in the Pacific Northwest and spent his childhood in Oregon. He studied classical guitar in college and joined the Paul Winter Consort. He went on to form the jazz ensemble, Oregon, in 1970 and was featured. i actually first found him playing with Weather Report in 1975. If you have not come across it, his work with Gary Burton is remarkable.