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The Rabbit Room | Art Stories: The Failure of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night

Artists have a tendency to be perfectionists and in being so they sometimes remain in the limits of their own doubts. What makes their work truly beautiful and timeless is the passion to keep trying and keep expressing, through all the doubts and fears. That’s what people connect with, for generations and generations to come. The art and the artist who is honest with his or her own humanness and the unrelenting need to feel, connect and express.

Van Gogh considered The Starry Night to be a failure. The stars were too big. Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) painted The Starry Night from an asylum in Saint-Rémy, during the daytime, from memory, on…

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Fall in Ohio | Returning to Cox Arboretum

Join me as I guide and teach the art and craft of nature photography in one of my favorite locations in Ohio – Cox Arboretum MetroPark, just south of Dayton. Some of the reasons I love teaching at Cox include the beautiful and comfortable theater-style classroom and the variety of outdoor subjects to work with when teaching camera settings, lighting and composition. This will be a great opportunity to finally master the exposure settings on that new DSLR camera or pick-up new tips on working with directional lighting and digital editing. This workshop is open to all levels of skill and experience.

The best part about my workshops is that they are fun ! I am there to teach and help all learn and gain in our shared passion for photography. I encourage open discussion and sharing of tips and information amongst the students. The only photography I do on my own when teaching these programs is when I am demonstrating how I “find” a scene, work with the light and compose the capture. My role is to teach and encourage and honestly I have just as much fun with presenting these workshops as I do when I am actually photographing.

During this workshop I will cover the basics of exposure, the most important settings on the DSLR camera (if you have a point-n-shoot, that’s fine too), lenses, lighting, composition and basic digital file editing/workflow. Toward the end of the day I always like to allow for some time for students to share a few images for group/instructor critiques based strictly on positive reinforcement. All of us are constantly learning and growing in photography, whether just starting out or with many years of experience. The most important thing to remember is to shoot and have fun!

This is a full-day workshop starting at 8AM and finishing around 5PM. The $89 fee per person includes instruction, handout materials and box lunch from Panera Bread. I ask for a $20 deposit to register and reserve a seat for the program. The deposit can be paid by check to: Picture Ohio LLC  2581 Trebein Rd. Xenia OH  45385 or via PayPal to “[email protected]

For those looking for more of an in-depth workshop experience please consider my weekend workshop I will be presenting on October 25-27 2013 at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills.

Email [email protected] for more information or to reserve a spot.


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The Sound of Distant Trains

One of things I enjoy about coming back to Ohio to visit, and staying at my parent’s house with my daughters, is the sound of distant trains in the night. The house is not far from where I grew up, and on most nights the sounds of the southbound trains following the Great Miami River through Moraine have almost a calming effect as I drift off in memories of my childhood. Horns echoing and the hum of the huge diesel engines as the boxcars of cargo send their goods to ports south such as Savannah which is very close to where I now live. It’s the sounds, sights and smells that take us back again, to something cherished and never forgotten – echoes in the night, the memories find their voice. So much to be thankful for upon the cold darkness of this December evening. Blessings. Peace.