Sunday, October 25, 2009

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

This bridge named after the Italian Explorer
Giovanni da Verranzo, the first known European
navigator to enter the New York Harbor and the
Hudson River while crossing 'The Narrows'.
Completed in 1964, it was the longest suspension
bridge in the world at that time.

Today the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan is the longest
suspension bridge in the world at 12,831 ft.

The Verranzo-Narrows bridge is still the largest
suspension bridge in the U.S. at 4, 260 ft. in length with
it's double decker bi-ways -6 lanes on top and 6 lanes
on the bottom it spans the body of water known as
"The Narrows" from Brooklyn, N.Y. to Staten Island.

My dad lives across the street from this beautiful
bridge, so during our recent visit we took a stroll
shortly after daybreak, to enjoy the view.

"We do not remember days, we remember moments"
~ Cesare Pavese

I have alot to be thankful for.
Thank-you for your kind words, your visits, for being you.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Laguna Beach, CA 2009

I heart old windows and vines.

Windows encourage us to look further,
our imagination conjures a story.
The vines like the peeling paint remind us
it's been a while. The heart never forgets.

Vacation photos coming soon, promise.
Sorting, reflecting.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls- Benson Bridge built
by Italian stone masons in 1914 under the
guidance of Simon Benson

located just 20 miles east of Portland,
Oregon along the Scenic Columbia River Gorge.

It is the second tallest waterfall in the U. S.
The waterfall cascades an incredible 626 ft.

This was just one of the many beautiful
stops along the way on our vacation last year.
North by Northwest.

This year we are heading east to N.Y., and D.C., southeast
to Cape Hatteras and the Carolinas, winding our way back
west to Nashville, Tennesee.

I was just reminiscing, excitedly thinking about all
the wonderful old and new places we'll explore.

Looking forward to visiting the Great Smoky
Mountain National Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
and photographing the many beautiful waterfalls in
this area.

We'll return home late September and
I'll have many wonderful photos to share until then...

May you find peace in every step.

Cheers!~ Andrea "ThE ArTfuL EyE"

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dos Picos Park and Vintage Cars

Dos Picos Park is a lovely park, campground
and picnic area located just 7 miles west of our
home. Last weekend they held their annual
vintage car show. I love vintage cars and my
husband loves to restore them.

What intrigues me most when taking photos
of these oldies but goodies are the details.

This is what I saw.

Not sure how I got double image of myself
in this grille. I like seeing the clouds and landscape.

Another self-portrait.

I saw a couple hugging in the center of this

You can see my reflection in the fender as I took
this photo.

Another self-portrait and beautiful day
in the country captured on the trunk
of this beautiful car.

The way I see it, there is always more to what
we initially see, if we open our eyes wider,
look deeper, and linger more intently.

My best to all of you and thank you for
stopping by! Happy Summer!

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Sunday, April 12, 2009


This week's challenge over at 2things is Orange/Bug.
Click on image to enlarge.

A Tarantula Hawk visiting our back yard. This species
of spider wasp is one of the largest in the wasp family.

They are known to prey on Tarantula as food for their
larvae. Yes, we do have tarantula and they aren't small. I
just wonder how these delicate wasps tangle with the big
hairy beasts. I just pray one never lands on me.

While this insect is really beautiful in person, it scares
the heck out of me as it flies by with it's long dangling
legs and iridescent body.

You can read more about he Tarantula Hawk here at

Nature at it's best!

For those hunting eggs, chocolate bunnies, and Sunday

"Happy Easter"

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Sunday, April 05, 2009


This week's challenge over at 2Things is Solemn/Playful.
Anyone can play along, won't you join us?

A ghostly rendition of Leonardo DaVinci's Last supper
taken in the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada at the
Goldwell Open Air Museum. Click on image to enlarge.

I was so excited to see these sculptures amidst the ruins
of this ghost town.

Rhyolite ghost town, 35 miles east of Death Valley was
originally founded in 1904. There was speculation of a gold
and lots of it. 85 mining companies moved in with plans
to prosper. It had a population of 10,000 in it's day. 1907
financial panic set in, the town went bust, by 1920
only 14 people lived here. In 1924, the last resident died.

Today there are quite a few remnants of the buildings,
train tracks, a bank, grocery store and abandoned mines
that remain in this town and share the land with this museum.

Now for playful:

Barbie, Ken and friends on a Romeo's Holiday

Click on image to enlarge.

Romeo's Holiday Bed & Breakfast was just across the
street from where we stayed in Provincetown, MA.
On one of my early morning walks I discovered this
party still going on. It really made me laugh because
of it's playfulness.

Thanks for the visit.
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Sunday, March 22, 2009


For this week's challenge over at 2things is Window/View.

We were sitting bayside in a restaurant about one table
back, we had asked for a table with a window view.
This was best she could do, I liked it for it presented
this still life.

I also like the soft pastel quality added by the window

Happy Spring!
My best to all. - Andrea

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

A Walk Out Back

9" X 13' mixed media collage

"Floating Bridges"

Oh what a crush of People
Invisible, reborn
Make their way to into this garden
For their eternal rest

Every step we take on earth
Brings us to a new world
Every foot supported
On a floating bridge

I know there is no straight road
No straight road in this world
Only a giant labyrinth
Of intersecting crossroads

And steadily our feet
Keep walking and creating
Like enormous fans
These roads in embryo

Oh garden of white
Oh garden of all I am not
All I could
And should have been

I know there is no straight road
No straight road in this world
Only a giant labyrinth
Of intersecting crossroads

Comprendo que no existe
El camino derecho
Solo un gran labertino
De encrucijadas multiples

~ Federico García Lorca

Another journal page in The Book of Eve, I must
be on a sabbatical and don't realize it.

Enjoying my days, working on projects and
exploring new ideas.

My best to all of you and as always, gratitude for
your kind words and visits.

Andrea~ "ThE ArTfuL EyE"

Sunday, February 15, 2009

2 ThingsChallenge - Corner/Door

A stroll through the archives for this challenge.

The corner jailhouse in Shoshone, Wyoming.

Front door beach cottage in Truro, MA.

In the window's reflection you can see the corner of the
cottage next door.

phone booths- Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone

Remember when phone booths had doors for
privacy? Old timey look with modern day price
$1.00 (4 min.)

A quote I felt apropos:
" When one door closes, another opens; but we often
look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door
that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
- Alexander Graham Bell -inventor of the telephone

Interested in others interpretation of this challenge,
look here at 2things Challenge.

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Friday, February 06, 2009

A Different Point of View

11 x 14 canvas board, acrylics, molding paste
collage fodder

"Everything happens for a reason it's just a matter
of moving your point of view around until you see it"

You can see the beginning workings of this canvas
in my previous post.

Today I'm thinking about "Karma" a Sanskrit word
which means "action."

Karma is neither judge nor jury it is simply the
universal law of cause and effect that says every
thought, word and act carries energy into the world
and affects our present reality.

Karma can also refer to the "work" we have ahead of us,
which includes lessons from both our past and present
lives. Part of our life's work is to understand our
individual relationship to our universe, our
connectivity to each other.

Based on the principle that individual behavior
mirrors universal patterns, the tiniest act -- a thought,
for example -- can have enormous impact.

The energy our thoughts and actions produce can cover
the entire planet, or even beyond, in the blink of an eye.

Buddha has said: "Do not overlook negative actions
merely because they are small; however small a spark
may be, it can burn down a haystack as big as a mountain."

Similarly he said: "Do not overlook tiny good actions,
thinking they are of no benefit; even tiny drops of water
in the end will fill a huge vessel."

Karma does not decay like external things, or ever
become inoperative.

It cannot be destroyed "by time, fire, or water."
Its power will never disappear, until it is ripened.

--Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Today, be mindful of your karma. Remember... "what goes
around, comes around."

I am grateful for your visit and kind words.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009


11 X 14 canvas board

This acrylic abstract is the beginnings of a mixed
media collage. I am collecting and gathering
ephemera to be incorporated onto this board.

I wanted you to see this painting before
it was transformed into something else.

I'm now off to see the snow. I know you
Nor easters are saying "what?" are you crazy but
those who know me, know I love the snow
fresh mountain air, the smell of pines,
and evergreens, skating, skiing and sleds.

So I'm dusting off my mittens and heading to
Lake Tahoe, CA.

I do appreciate your visits and commentary.
Thanks for stopping by and I'll be visiting you
all real soon.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New Day, Renewed Hope

As I looked East from my backyard this jubilant morning,
there were cotton-candy skies, good enough for a parade
and the American flag. It was perfect.

As dawn breaks,
so begins a new day
of renewed hope.

We welcome our new president Mr. Barack Obama.

Cheers- my friends, I hope you find gladness in this day.

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Searching for Blue Sky

Just playing, manipulating digital photos and having

It was a dark, dreary cold day and I was meandering,
through this deserted, dusty town. I stopped the car
to peer inside the windows of this old barn
and much to my surprise, I found blue sky.

Thought for today-
"Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds
of men that the defence of peace must be constructed."

Thanks for your visits and kind words.
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