It doesn't get much better than being able to watch both sunrise and sunset over water in the same state. With over 11,000 inland lakes that would be Michigan! You know, the Great Lakes State?
This tree serves as a "sundial" on the shore of Indian Lake, the 4th largest inland lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
This print is based on a small sepia photograph of my grandfather. This was the last photo of him before the train came that would take him off to World War I.
I asked him about his service when he was 91 because I had never heard him talk about it. He was trained as a mechanic but ended up as an ambulance driver and the company bugler. He said that while he was on the ship on the way to Europe, the armistice was signed. When they got back home, he related they were given a ticket home and a "kick in the pants". That was it. And they got on with their life. World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended
when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace
of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary
cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went
into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh
month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the
end of “the war to end all wars.” History of Veterans Day
According to grandpa, his company was not needed where the "action" was so for the most part he fixed equipment, drove the ambulance and played his trumpet with the company band at their post and in the local town. I said to him, "So for the rest of your time there you basically just fooled around." He laughed and said, "Well, I did a little of that too!"
I purposely kept his face in shadow because he represents thousands of young men (and women) who have served in the military without complaint or fanfare. They do the every day grunt work - the clean up, the payroll ( my brother - U.S. Navy), the office work, the fixing of equipment, the musicians (my dad - U.S. Navy Blue Jacket Choir organist) and morale boosters. They just do their job. And get on with their life.
Thank you Veterans.
I am an environmental artist working exclusively in the water-based Japanese art of moku hanga – woodblock print.
The spiritual connection that I find in the creation of the print is extremely important to me. The process is quiet, calming and meditative. Carving individual wood blocks for each color in the print, isolated profiles are separated and then joined again. This exploration of forms within a space creates a deeper, intimate encounter with nature. The emotional, physical and spiritual energy I use to create a print somehow becomes imbedded within it to reveal the heart and spirit of a location.
Primarily showing wilderness landscapes and waterscapes and having the four seasons of imagery at my disposal, it is a joy to showcase the beauty, diverse ecology, geography and healing value of our world through my prints.
I take you to a secret place that you can experience and will want to know personally. Creating a sense of stillness and peace and shelter……the journey awakens you to the vulnerability of our natural spaces. The significance of protection is stimulated.
The rarely noticed or hidden becomes elevated to the sacred.