Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Turning Trash Into Art


I've got two more pieces of art from the Shemer Art Gallery's exhibit called "Reclaimed".  Above is a piece by artist Shari Keith called "Snack Food Triptych".  

Here's a close up segment.  It's made from fused snack food bags and wrappers.  The pieces of the bags and wrappers appear to be fused to little pieces of aluminum.  It certainly makes colorful patterns.

And, speaking of patterns, here is another piece with a similar look.  The artist for this one is Heidi Dauphin and it's called "10 x 10 x10 = 1000".

Here is a close-up of this one.  It's composed of colorful squares which might be pieces of painted wood and each square is covered with tiny objects.  

Two more very clever and attractive pieces that would look great hanging on a wall almost anywhere.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020



On Saturday I visited the Shemer Art Gallery to see an exhibit called "Reclaimed".  It's all about art made from recycled (or as they call it, up cycled) items to create unique and interesting art pieces.  This piece is called "Navajo Nation" by artist Chuck LaVoie.  As you can tell, it's made from old license plates but not just any plates but only Arizona and New Mexico plates.  Both states where the Navajo Nation exists.

I wanted to see this exhibit because one of the members of our Art Challenge Group has two pieces in the show.  Tim Keneipp had the above sculpture called "Curl" made from heavy steel and wood.  Tim is a master at creating all kinds of interesting pieces from scraps of metal and wood.

His second piece was this one called "Into the Woods: Where Do We Go From Here?".  This piece is composed from wood, steel and copper.  

The Shemer Art Gallery is a very small art space that I've featured on this blog a few times before.  This show turned out to be a lot bigger than I expected.  Over 40 artists had pieces on display and they were all so clever and creative.  I'll show you a few more tomorrow.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Neighborhood Mural


I found this mural in a residential neighborhood near downtown Phoenix.  It was on a long wall next to a house.  It's signed by BacPac which the same artist that painted the mural at Gateway Community College that I featured last year.  I'm finding more and more murals in residential areas.  

Taking part in Monday Murals.  

Sunday, November 22, 2020

November Art Challenge


My Art Challenge group met last Friday evening and you might remember that the theme was "Butterfly".  My entry was a photo I recently posted on this blog back in September when the 1st of the month theme was "Favorite Photo".  I knew that string of monarch butterflies was perfect for the theme so that was my official entry.  

The one to the left was an additional piece I did for the event just for fun.

I recently found this art book tucked away in a closet.  I bought it in an art gallery gift shop years ago and I can't even remember where or when.  It contains a lot of numbered image frames and then pages of numbered stickers that you peel off and then put on the matching number of the framework.  One of the patterns was for a butterfly on a flower so I put it together.  

Then I photographed the resulting piece and used some editing tools to brighten the colors and give it a nice background.  It was fun!  

The sticker art is a bit tedious but I enjoyed doing it nonetheless.  

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm visiting a place that is known all over the world as a busy place.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Tickle Tickle


My friend Glenda moved into her new house back in late May.  You might remember when I posted photos of the spiral staircase that had to be lifted into place. I didn't get to see the completed house until the beginning of October when I finally made a safely distanced visit.  I fell in love with her office space where she has all of her animal accessories and photos.  Visiting that room is like a mini safari.  

At the end of October, I made a second visit and that's when I saw the little elephant carving she had sitting on top of one of the photos.  It had been moved slightly and now looks like the elephant is tickling the lion on the top of its head.  It made me smile.  

Friday, November 20, 2020

Apartments In Between the Houses


When I was driving around looking for a certain mural near downtown, I saw this apartment building squeezed into a small lot between two houses.  I liked the look of the building but I have to admit those windows and balconies on the front would be better suited to a place with a view.  I can see a building like this sitting across from a park or a beach or maybe at the top of hill looking into a valley.  Wouldn't an ocean view be perfect for this place?

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Rain Lily


I spotted this pretty flower at the Desert Botanical Garden way back in January and I had no idea what it was.  It was growing in a very odd place with no identifying sign.  I figured it was just growing there voluntarily and not part of any planned planting.  A few months ago when I visited my friend Julie at her house I saw one blooming in her yard and asked what it was.  She said it's called a rain lily.

Last Saturday when I was at the garden for my walk, I noticed that same plant in the exact same location and blooming again.  As you can see from this shot, it is kind of hidden behind some other plants but it does not seem deterred.  It's still producing pretty pink flowers.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Up Close or Far Away


I have posted photos from the SkySong campus many times before but I was reminded of this place last Saturday when I took my walk at the Desert Botanical Garden.

When I climbed the trail to the high point at the garden, I noticed that I could see the top of those sails from far away.  I hadn't realized that I could see that white framework from so far away.

So I took a drive over to the campus to see how much it has grown.  There is now a hotel there and these new apartments.  

As the new buildings go up, it gets harder to get a clear view of that white shade structure.  I did a little research to learn more about that distinctive feature.  I found out that it is 50,000 square feet and covers the intersection of two roads in the heart of this complex.  It's made of PTFE glass fabric.  So what is that? I found out it is Polytetrafluoroethylene.  Apparently that is a synthetic fabric broadly related to teflon.  

By the way, SkySong is an innovative facility of Arizona State University.  ASU partners with  businesses creating a variety of innovative products.  Tenants here are provided direct access to relevant research and educational opportunities.  It's growing like crazy so it must be a successful partnership.  


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Horses and Coaches


There is a house I drive past whenever I head up to the north Scottsdale area that has had these figures in the front yard for as long as I can remember.  

On one side of the yard is the horse pulling the coach and on the other side are these two horses.  The one that is rearing up looks like it would like find greener pastures.  

Monday, November 16, 2020

Famous Faces


Last Monday I had a photo of mural that has been painted over.  Just across from that former abstract mural is this one that still remains on the side of the building where the Sun Up brewery makes its beer.  There are quite a few famous faces in this one.  Do you spot anyone you know?  The artist for this one is Gregory Bucher.  

Taking part in Monday Murals.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Time for a Long Walk


I went for a long walk at the Desert Botanical Garden yesterday.  I expected it to be pretty quiet but I didn't know it was a "dog day" and there were quite a lot of people walking their dogs.  However, everyone wore masks and kept their distance so it was okay.  I noticed that someone had done a little 'decorating' at one of the fountains.  It looks like someone was practicing making cairns.  

There were quite a few butterflies enjoy the plant called appropriately, butterfly mist.

It was great to be outside enjoying the fresh air, sunshine and scenery.  We had a sudden drop in temperatures about a week and a half ago.  We went from the 100's to the 50's and 60's in a matter of hours.  That was quite a shock to my system.  I've been bundled up in sweaters for a week so it was good to get out without a sweater.  We are supposed to be approaching more normal winter temps this week.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm visiting a rocky part of Arizona.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Revisiting a Historic Building


I haven't posted photos of this building in a few years and The Lois Grunow Memorial Clinic is always a great photography subject.  

The first time I posted a photo of this building was in January of 2009.  If you look at that post, read the last two guest comments.  They are from people with connections to the place.

Three years ago, I posted photos from inside the building and the gorgeous lobby.  

Every time I drive by this building, I glance that way to admire that wonderful bas-relief facade.  The building dates back to 1931.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Southwest Architecture


It's been a while since I've featured some photos of our southwestern architecture.  This office building in Scottsdale fits that description perfectly.  There is no denying the distinctive style.

If I wander around the building, I find all kinds of ways to admire that wonderful pueblo styling and brilliant color.  

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Attention Getting Businesses


Here are a few businesses that have caught my eye.  Above is a new music store in Scottsdale.  I loved the keyboard on the awning but I wondered why they didn't paint all the panels like that. I think it needs a full keyboard.

To the left is "CARVANA" a car "vending machine".  Do you have one of these near you?  I hear they have locations all over.  The idea is supposed to be an easy way to buy a car with no haggling or negotiating and easy financing.  One of these days, I'd like to get a photo of this place at night.  It really looks strange lit up at night just like a giant vending machine.  This place is in Tempe.

The breakfast restaurant above has a rather far reaching name.  Are the eggs really that good?

And, to the right is a sign I saw in central Phoenix directing people to a variety of locally owned businesses in the area.  That's quite a variety of businesses.  

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

More Glowing Animals


I have a few more animal lanterns today from the Zoo Lights event last weekend.  I love this cute little koala bear.  

Nearby the koalas, I saw a couple of kangaroos loping across the area.  

Some interesting birds were watching as we drove by.

This rather fierce looking tiger looked like he was about the charge our car.

I really enjoyed seeing all these great animal lanterns.  

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Zoo Lights


Here are few scene from a very different kind of Zoo Lights fund raising event put on by the Phoenix Zoo.  This year, because of the pandemic the zoo arranged a way to for participants to drive through to enjoy the  lights.  We entered through the arms of this giant gorilla.

And, once on the trail, we were greeted by some very large and glowing insects.

My favorites of the night were the animal lanterns.  Polar bears on an iceberg and great woolly mammoths were just part of the excitement.  I'll show you a few more tomorrow.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Abstract Gone


I took this photo of a colorful abstract mural on the side of the Sun Up Brewery a few months ago.  Just yesterday I pulled into the parking area at a restaurant next door to pick up some take-out for lunch and I noticed that the mural was all gone.  It's been painted over with a solid orange paint.  It makes me wonder why.  It's a great mural.

Taking part in Monday Murals.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Time To Celebrate


I'm breaking out the champagne to celebrate a positive end to this troubling election year!  Joe Biden was confirmed as the winner yesterday and it seems like the best thing that has happened this entire crazy year.  History was made with his Vice Presidential choice of Kamala Harris.  Not only the first woman in that role but also a woman of color.  

On the downside, it appears that the loser is going to scream and yell like the child he is.  The legal battles have already begun.  It will be a true test of our legal system and our endurance.

For now, I just want to celebrate!

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  It's lunch time with a view.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Feathered Greeters


The event I went to last Sunday night  started with greetings from some interesting characters.  First up was this Spectacled Owl. It's called that because the white color around its eyes looks like it is wearing glasses.  He looks very "wise" doesn't he?

The next one offering greetings was this yellow crested cockatoo.  I love that slight blush on its feathery cheek.  

The last of the feathered greeters was this Hyacinth Macaw.  We were told that this fellow doesn't care to be out doors after the sun goes down so he was about to depart for  his in-door perch.

All of these wonderful birds were part of the greeting of guests at the opening of the Phoenix Zoo's annual Zoo Lights event.  The event will be staged a little differently this year.  It will be a drive-through event.  My friends Julie and Dave are zoo supporters so they were able to go to the opening fundraiser and they invited me to go along.  It was fun.  We never got out of our car but we enjoyed the feathered greeters above along with dinner from a variety of food trucks and then as the sky darkened we got to drive through the zoo and enjoy the lights.  I'll have some photos of the "lights" in future posts.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Viewing the Sunset


A few minutes before the sunset I posted yesterday, I saw this crowd of people up in the "hole-in-the-rock" at Papago Park.  It looks like lots of sunset viewers had gathered to watch the sunset develop.

I zoomed in a little more check out the crowd.  They certainly have a good vantage point to see that spectacular sunset.  But given the rising Covid-19 numbers, it seems a little too congested for my taste.  

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Arizona Sunset


Last Sunday evening produced a spectacular sunset and I just happened to be in a good place to photograph it.  I'll tell you in the next few days where I was and why I was there.