Thursday, February 21

The Grubb Mansion, Lancaster

<- Click here Almost next to my home sits the Lancaster Museum of Art inside of the restored 18th century Grubb Mansion. Behind the museums Musser Park occupies a city block. The park’s bordered on all sides by largely single family homes which also pre-date the Civil War by fifty to a hundred years. The Museum’s recently announced the appointment of a new Executive Director. My wife and I will hold a reception next month to introduce her to the Musser Park and Historic District neighbors. We need an illustration for the front of the invitation…. Here it is. I’m anxious to capture the dignity of the old building, and its haunting personality. Moreover, it seemed correct to present it at dawn… together with the mood of a new day for the director and this grand old lady of urban art. Canon G10, 6 panels merged in PS4: Topaz Adjust5 (custom settings), Original textures designed in Alien Skin: Exposure 4 (custom settings). dynamic range spot layered in PS4.

Friday, February 1

Ike Spake...

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"Things are more like they are now than they ever were before."

- Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States

During the 50s, the Technicolor order of the time irritated intellectuals who detested the glue that held the cultural moment together.

Daddies worked in grey flannel or denim so that mommies could raise kids in families that drove to Dairy Queen for a weekend after-church treat. One job was good enough to handle all of that with health care, and pension dreams... During the 50s, when there was too much sun.

Things are less like that now than they ever ware before... Eh? And intellectuals have bleached away the Technicolor sheen from memories snap-shot... during the 50s.

Biking just out of Lancaster I stalked Ike's thoughts in the squint-glare of mid-day. Canon G10, ISO 200, 30.5mm at f/3.2. PP in PS4 w/AlienSkin: Exposure 4: high contrast enhanced AnscoChrome faded. Filter custom designed w/SnapArt3 - tailored layering of impasto rendered as cellphone strokes.