Wednesday, April 11, 2007

gallatin road

Last night I noticed the sound of the trains going through my neighborhood late at night. The trestle is near enough to my house that I can often hear them rumbling as they pass. I drive under it whenever I go downtown, past the used-tire shops, barbecue joints, and used car lots that make up this urban neighborhood...never short on interesting sights.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

in flight

Yesterday on our walk in Shelby Park this plane flew low overhead and I managed to get a shot of it. It seems to be an Air Force plane, a common sight this close to bases like Fort Campbell. Airplanes were a motif in a recurring dream I had as a child, and I still find them a fascinating subject visually.

Monday, April 09, 2007


Since I have been trying to heal my shoulder (mostly unsuccessfully), my dog been moping around the house, missing our walks. We finally ventured out to Shelby Park today for a little stroll. The cold has not stifled the procreative urge in the birds inhabiting the marsh-- we witnessed several displays of male bravado in mallards, cardinals, and even this grackle. At first, I thought it was puffing itself up since I was getting too close with my camera, but then its partner came into view out of the brush, flying up to meet it as we moved along.

easter sunday

It was a beautiful Easter Sunday here, though a bit cold. We went to church for the first time in quite a while, and spent the remainder of the day with friends and family...a day filled with gratitude and contentment.

kentucky tree

I have painted a couple of different versions of this tree, one that I spotted on a farm during a drive through southern Kentucky last fall. It has a very strong presence that I still have yet to capture.

malcolm holcombe

Friday night we had the all too rare opportunity to hear one of our favorite songwriters, Malcolm Holcombe. Malcolm is the real thing, hailing from the mountains of western North Carolina. His gravelly voice is certainly best experienced live, when he always surprises with improvisation and performances filled with heart.