Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dim and darker days -

"Dusk of Autumn"
digitally manipulated fractal flame & digital drawing by Mick Mather
"... it was one of those perfect autumnal days
which occur more frequently in memory than in life ..."
- P. D. James

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Down the way -

"Carriage Driver"
digital collage by Mick Mather
"... because I could not stop for death,
he kindly stopped for me;
the carriage held but just ourselves
and immortality ..."
- Emily Dickinson

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Changes -

"Considering a Change to an Autumn Plaid"
digital collage by Mick Mather
"... no tartan socks, ‘kay?
Now that would be an unforgivable crime of fashion …"
- The Fashion Police

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

NEW from The Chairs Series -

"Old Ladder Back"
digital collage by Mick Mather
"... and in a chair well-known
my mother sat, and did not tire
with reading all alone ...
if I should make the slightest sound
to show that I'm awake,
she'd rise, and lap the blankets round,
my pillow softly shake;
kiss me, and turn my face to the wall,
and then sing Rousseau's Dream to me,
till fast asleep I fall ..."
- William Allingham

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Thumbtack city -

"Pin Up Girl"
digital collage by Mick Mather
"When twilight drops her curtain down
and pins it with a star,
remember that you have a friend
though she may wander far."
- Anonymous

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Illustration Friday: Pattern -

manipulated digital drawing by Mick Mather
"... champion the right to be yourself;
dare to be different and to set your own pattern;
live your own life
and follow your own star ...."
Wilfred Peterson

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday Challenge: Bottles -

manipulated digital photograph by Mick Mather
"Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships." - Charles Simic

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The woods are lovely -

"Last Exit Before the Deep Dark Woods"
digital collage by Mick Mather
"... enter these enchanted woods,
you who dare ..."
- George Meredith

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Not quite out of season -

"Winter Wheat"
fractal flame collage & digital drawing by Mick Mather
Oh, I have walked in Kansas
Through many a harvest field,

And piled the sheaves of glory there

And down the wild rows reeled:

Each sheaf a little yellow sun,

A heap of hot-rayed gold;

Each binder like Creation's hand

To mold suns, as of old.
- Vachel Lindsay

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Mr. Holmes has retired -

"A Damaged Literacy of Bees"
manipulated fractal flame & digital drawing by Mick Mather
"Hallo," Holmes said. "See here, Russell, it must be more than complaisance applied to the saving graces."
"How do you mean?"
"It's quite apparent that there's more than a shift of a mannered semantic. I see a complete paradigm shift of the literacy," he asserted.
"I don't mean to be repetitive, Holmes, but..."
"Observe the cells, Russell, especially the cells," he went on, "they've abandoned the hexagon. See how they've been squared away? Even the botched wax sealing aspires to the new shape."
"Of course!" his illuminated partner agreed, "including a haphazard attempt at checker boarding."
"Exactly," said Holmes over peaked hands, "elementary to a new literacy."
"I should think it much too early for assigning new text to a single, dead hive," Russell posited.
"Quite so," Holmes relinquished after many minutes of thought. "We shall keep our eyes sharp, then."

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

NEW from The Chairs Series -

"Old Ghosts of the Boardroom"
digital collage by Mick Mather
"... the ghosts of the tribe

crouch in the nights beside the ghost of a fire,
they try to
remember the sunlight,
light has died out of their skies ..."
- Robinson Jeffers

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Polar lights -

"Reflecting Light From the Northern Sky"
digital collage by Mick Mather
"... the stars are putting on their glittering belts ...
they throw around their shoulders cloaks that flash
like a great shadow’s last embellishment ..."
- Wallace Stevens

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Illustration Friday: Infinite -

digitally manipulated fractal flame collage by Mick Mather
"And time itself? Time was a never-ending medium that stretched into the future and the past - except there was no future and no past, but an infinite number of brackets, extending either way, each bracket enclosing its single phase of the Universe." - Clifford D. Simak

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday Challenge: Fresh -

manipulated digital photograph by Mick Mather
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." - John Muir

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Shades -

"Me and My Shadow"
digital collage by Mick Mather
"... I don't need a friend who changes when I change
and who nods when I nod;
my shadow does that much better ..."

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Late summer rain -

"Waiting for the Rain"
digital collage by Mick Mather
"... how often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof,
thinking of home ..."

- William Faulkner

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Somewhere in time -

"Miss Kaye"
digital collage by Mick Mather
"... born too early, born too late?
an abode too far, far away?
found at last a face from the past,
love lost, finding naught but the ache ..."

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

An old work horse -

"Taking A Break"
digital collage by Mick Mather
"... tires were so bald on the truck that the air was showin' through ..."
- Chris LeDoux

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Wondering -

digital collage by Mick Mather
"... she never sees herself as beautiful,
nor exotically sensual, not sexual,
but she is ..."
- anonymous

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Illustration Friday: Welcome -

"Welcome Committee"
digital collage by Mick Mather
"... Tis sweet to hear the watchdog's honest bark
Bay deep-mouth'd welcome as we draw near home ..."
- Lord Byron

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thursday Challenge: Flight -

"As the Crow Flies"
photograph by Mick Mather
"... as the many-winter'd crow that leads the clanging rookery home ..."
- Lord Alfred Tennyson

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Closing in on the equinox -

"Kissed by the Morning Sun"
digital collage by Mick Mather
Some of us are beginning to feel the ping of changing seasons. In this image, the scant sunshine of a new day is a metaphor that stands in for the shortening day while the looming darkness below is a portent of the long dark time ... winter.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Drawing -

"Miniature Lighter"
digitally manipulated drawing by Mick Mather
Something simple and quick - from the old sketchbook to the Secret Visual Laboratory - to close out the Labor Day weekend.

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Room at the top of the stairs -

"Warley House"
digital collage by Mick Mather
Another addition to the series of architecturally-based works here. It's very loosely based upon John Braine's novel, "Room at the Top", whose film adaptation is considered to be the first of the British New Wave films. Noire, street, gritty and dark.

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

NEW from The Trinity Series -

"Trinity #21 - Sands Road Readymade"
manipulated digital photograph & digital drawing by Mick Mather
I'm thinking about a proposal to a local park where a partnership might fund some work on a trio of fir trunks. All that's required is adjusting the height on two of the pieces and some sculpting. This will likely be a project for next spring but it's on the radar.

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Middle class hose job -

"Stimulus Package III (The Girls Go Shopping Version)"
digital collage by Mick Mather
Before the "Grand Liberal Larceny" that has ushered in 6 months of avarice and greed - disguised as "hope" and "change" - an idea that made a lot of sense to me as regards stimulating the economy was to suspend the Federal Income Tax for a year. This idea would've fairly put money into every pocket while being a legitimate stimulus with nowhere near the massive debt that "Washington" has now created. Todays post is a simple reflection of average people continuing to go about the business of their daily lives while priming the pump to provide much needed cash flow for the backbone of American entrepreneurship - small business.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Illustration Friday: Strong -

"Testing the Strength of the Nets"
digitally manipulated fractal flame & digital drawing by Mick Mather
Commander John J. Adams:
What is the Id?
Dr. Edward Morbius:
Id, Id, Id, Id, Id! It's a... It's an obsolete term. I'm afraid once used to describe the elementary basis of the subconscious mind.
Commander John J. Adams:
Monsters from the Id...

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Let me tell what you've won! -

"A Brand New Car"
digital collage by Mick Mather
Once again I was just fooling around with the digital drawing program, an old car and the super secret array over at the Secret Visual Laboratory. After tumbling dry, here we have it. :)

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Freewheeling -

"Cattails Separating Two Roads to Nowhere"
fractal flame collage & digital drawing by Mick Mather
Today's post began with an old fractal flame that was loaded into my favorite digital drawing software to add some lines and shapes while employing a bit of manipulation-born trickery. Once satisfied with the collaged fractal and digital drawing, into the super secret array it went. I have to admit that I've been less than inspired lately and have gone back to a favorite method of working through such a slump - add something/anything to the blank, white canvas and toss abandon to the wind! I rather like the way this turned out.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Coming along quietly?

"Panty Raid"
digital collage by Mick Mather
Last winter I happened across an article centered on a roundup of street prostitutes. The way these women danced, pranced and mugged for the cameras has left its impression.

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