Sunday, December 21, 2008

Playing with time and photographs

For the second straight day my son and granddaughters didn't get off the ground in D.C. so I'm left with playing on the PC.

Alfred Stieglitz said. "The goal of art was the vital expression of self." He also said, "I do not object to retouching, dodging. or accentuation as long as they do not interfere with the natural qualities of photographic technique."

Well being a photographer and loving art I decided to add a personal touch to a few of my photographs to imitate art technique. Below are my first few tries.

You can click on the images for a larger view.

* all images copyright protected by Paul Viel

Sears Road #1

Sears Road #2

Along the Umpqua River


Blue Boat in Texas

After the Fire

Giant Sunflowers

Commenets Appreciated

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Lasting Impressions - Stan Lynde

Something I did today just to smell the roses.

Some things we see stay with us a lifetime. So it is with Stan Lynde’s comic strip titled Rick O’Shay. I think there is something profound waiting for all of us somewhere in our lives. It’s not just one thing but many and we just miss it. I went looking on the Internet for Rick O’Shay and Hipshot Percussion and found them at Old Montana dot Com.

Not only did I find Rick, Hipshot but I rediscovered their creator Stan Lynde and asked permission to show a bit of his work in my blog. I received a very nice permission w-mail and a brief history of his work.

"Dear Paul,

I left RICK O'SHAY back in 1977 when contract negotiations with the newspaper syndicate that owns the strip broke down. After that, I created and produced a second syndicated strip, LATIGO, until 1983. In 1996 I published my first western novel, THE BODACIOUS KID, and have since that time written western fiction full-time. I just published my seventh, VENDETTA CANYON.

You can find the RICK O'SHAY Easter page you're looking for at my website, You may, on a one-time basis only, download the page for your blog. Just click on "PRINTS" and scroll down to "EASTER."

As you'll note, we offer that page as a signed and numbered limited edition print. Price is $150 plus $25 shipping and handling. That, and the Christmas "Happy Birthday, Boss" page are the two most popular prints we sell.

Best wishes for the holidays,

Stan Lynde"

The thing that struck me about Stan is that he is, like his work, a very good person who gives care and attention to those he communicates his thoughts. I’d suggest you visit his page mentioned above and maybe look up his books if you enjoy reading. As for myself I am happy to know his “Easter” strip is available to purchase and will start saving in hopes I can send out for is some day in the future. Leaving that one beautiful comic strip to one of my sons will be like leaving the better part of me.

Thanks Stan for your kind reply.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Playing for Change - Stand By Me

A fresh wind is blowing and I like the change I'm already seeing as a brighter world,

So I did something today and decided to get involved, when possible, in working for the betterment of the world. It all starts at home.

If we all get involved in making our local area a little better I believe we can create a better world. Mark Johnson proves there is power in music.

Playing for Change - Thank you
Do something today.