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Picture of the Day: from Chromakode 26 December, 2006

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because an image speaks volumes in an instant.

(click on image to enlarge)eben by Chromakode
eben by Chromakode

i’ve said it before, and i’ll say it again — in case you missed it the last time:
Chromakode is a Portland artist, blogger, musician, and force of nature.

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chromakode.com

Shape: an Internet sketchbook, in black and white. Updated daily.

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Picture of the Day: from Bret Hostetler 15 December, 2006

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because an image speaks volumes in an instant.

(click on image to see a larger photo)Squeezebox Opera by Bret Hostetler
Squeezebox Opera by Bret Hostetler            36″ x 48″            Oil on canvas

Making art has always been a process of learning for me. Each of my artworks offers a new possibility. The process starts by describing an emotional space, and then the subject matter reveals itself, often times relating to my dreams.
I paint intuitively, correcting and giving order until the painting takes on its own original shape.

I believe great art observes the observer, it invites you in but you must reason with the ramifications of being there. I am inspired by graffiti artists as well as old masters.
When I work, I use music as a catalyst, and draw upon its ability to optimize the human spirit.
The outcome is the evidence of overcoming soulful obstacles on the path to knowing thyself.

My focus is on what binds us together as human beings. Water and earth are prominent in my paintings, as are they in our daily lives.
Ultimately, my artwork is my own modern psychology meant to reveal the magic and illusion in the world.

Bret Hostetler practices his psychology at his studio in the 1627 Studios
on Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon.

Walk-in appointments are available every last Thursday of the month.

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Picture(s) of the Day: from Moona 5 December, 2006

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because an image speaks volumes in an instant.

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In the garden… radiantawakening

*love and joy*

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Open the window
in the center of your chest
and let the spirits fly in and out.

~ Rumi

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Moona is a joyously adventurous, mysterious mama of one.
Monticello
‘s loss is Portlandia‘s gain.

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Picture of the Day: from Chromakode 26 November, 2006

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because an image speaks volumes in an instant.

(click on image to see a larger photo)kodamatic
kodamatic by Chromakode

Mmmm, kodamatic…

Taken at an arts and acting camp where I work in the summer. They have a “photography tent,” where children young and old can borrow cameras and do a lot of cool photography-related activites.

The place is also literally covered in gorgeous old cameras, apparently donated by some photography enthusiasts a while back.

It’s wonderful… there’s old Kodaks like this, some even older-looking single-frame ones with small lenses and fabric covers, and all manner of gadgets and components hanging around.

Every now and then, a child will discover a working flash module and use it on people for the rest of the day!

I miss it there…

Chromakode is a Portland artist, blogger, musician, and force of nature.

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chromakode.com

Shape: an Internet sketchbook, in black and white. Updated daily.

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Picture of the Day: from Noel Barnett 14 November, 2006

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because an image speaks volumes in an instant.

(click on image to see a larger photo)Untitled by Noel Barnett
Untitled by Noel Barnett                 48″ x 60″                 Tempera on Canvas

You were asking what the title of the piece is. But there is no title. In fact, I don’t put titles on a lot of the work I do.

Why? Because when it comes to abstract art, the work can speak to many different people in many different ways.

You can have a hundred people look at a specific piece and you could conceivably have a hundred different reactions to it. The meaning, feeling, and emotion that’s generated can be strikingly different from one person to the next.

So for me, by titling or “labeling” a piece you end up “putting it in a box”, so to speak. Then that piece becomes something specific. Which limits your imagination and the possibilities of what the piece could be or mean.

I like to leave it open to each individual looking at the piece to determine what it means to them without any outside influence telling them what it’s supposed to mean. That make sense?

Noel Barnett is a member of the Talisman Gallery at 1476 NE Alberta Street in sunny Portland, Oregon.

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Picture(s) of the Day: from Shawn Christopher 23 October, 2006

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because one three pictures is are worth at least a three thousand words.

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Violet by Shawn Christopher Indigo by Shawn Christopher
Blue by Shawn Christopher
Violet, Indigo, and Blue from the series Roy G Biv

As children, it was how we remembered the colors of the rainbow:

red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

Much like the rainbow itself, simultaneously simple and complex, I approached these paintings accordingly. This seven-painting series consisted of a blend of geometrical shapes and line work in an array of hues of any given color to create light and dark, shadow and highlight.

And most importantly, they were fun to make and look at.

Shawn Christopher‘s work can be seen at JoaT Studio in the 1627 Studios on Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon.

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Song of the Day: Elliott Smith – Independence Day 21 October, 2006

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because if silence is golden,
then music must be made of diamonds

~~~

Elliott Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003)

~ a future butterfly ~* ° * °

Everybody knows

Everybody knows

Everybody knows

you only live a day —

but it’s brilliant anyway.

* ° * °

…i’ll meet you here tomorrow…

[odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/3494333/view]

Elliott Smith – Independence Day (2.8MB mp3)

from the album XO

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Song of the Day: Elliott Smith – Tomorrow Tomorrow 11 October, 2006

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because if silence is golden,
then music must be made of diamonds.

Elliott Smith
memorial wall

***

They took your life apart
and called your failures Art.

They were wrong though
they won’t know
till tomorrow…

i got static in my head –
the reflected sound of everything.

Tried to go to where it led
but it didn’t lead to anything.

The noise is coming out
and if it’s not out now

i know it’s just about
to drown tomorrow out.

° ° °

Elliott Smith
(August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003)

Elliott Smith - Figure 8

[odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/3494193/view]

Elliott Smith – Tomorrow Tomorrow (2.9MB mp3)

from the album, XO

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Picture of the Day: America the _____ 11 September, 2006

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because one picture is worth at least a thousand words.

(click on image to see full-size photo) america the 768x1024

What does America mean to you?

* * *

About this image:

This is another photo i took one autumn night at Pioneer Courthouse Square
in Portland, Oregon.

A few months ago, i posted a photo of the falls from a different angle
(which makes a great desktop background wallpaper) here.

They’re both part of my Flickr set “city @night” which can be seen here.

You can check out my Flickr photostream here.

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Picture of the Day: urban waterfall wallpaper 17 April, 2006

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because one picture is worth at least a thousand words.

wall o falls 01 1024×768.jpg
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About this image:

i took this photo one autumn night at Pioneer Courthouse Square in
Portland, Oregon. i was experimenting with different camera settings, such as
aperture and shutter speed, as part of a photography class i was taking.

Like the cherry photo in a previous post, this is also a nice photo to use as a wallpaper: just click on the image and it will open in a new browser window. Then, right-click it and choose to set it as your desktop background.

This photo is part of my Flickr set “city @night” which can be seen here.

You can check out my Flickr photostream here.

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Picture of the Day: cherry wallpaper 1 April, 2006

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i admit it. i’m really not the most prolific writer. But here we are…

And i want to fill this space with interesting, enlightening,
and entertaining artifacts as a record of our travels together.

Many of our most meaningful connections and experiences
can’t be fully described and communicated with words alone.
Some beauty is always lost in translation.

So here’s a new category for posts: Picture of the Day.

Whenever i want to show you some good art, i’ll post a unique image or photo.

Sometimes it will be an image i’ve created, but more often it will be the work of another artist whose vision i want to share with you.

Because one picture is worth at least a thousand words.

life is kinda like this...
life is kinda like this…

About this image:

i took this photo one June afternoon of some fresh cherries that i picked from
a huge cherry tree that grew outside my window.

These cherries were so tasty that i risked broken bones to climb higher up the tree to get more of that sweet ripe fruity goodness once i had picked and eaten all i could reach from my balcony.

And now, thanks both to luck and the miracles of technology, these “fruits”
of my labor are preserved right here on your screen —
eternally fresh, for your two-dimensional enjoyment.

You can use this image as a desktop wallpaper: click on the photo and it will open full-size in a new browser window. Then, right-click on the photo
and choose to set it as your desktop background.

This photo is part of my Flickr set “cherry/red”.

You can check out my Flickr photostream here.

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