Friday, February 27, 2009

Thank You to SlogBite for Featuring My Blog, and to Absolute Arts for Featuring "Electric Landscape" Tomorrow



I just want to share with you that that my abstract acrylic painting, "Electric Landscape" has been chosen to be among the featured artwork on the homepages at World Wide Arts Resources and absolutearts.com tomorrow, February 28. The feature is for the day and the rotation changes every few minutes. If you want, you can stop by at http://wwar.com/ and http://www.absolutearts.com/ to take a look at the featured paintings.

I know some of you have already seen this piece and I apologize for pulling it out again. But I want to share my two minutes in the sun with you. Who knows, maybe I'll pull in a new buyer! It's good exposure, at any rate.

Since we have a forecast of rain for Sunday, I may have to bring my paintings home from my show tomorrow instead of Sunday. If that's the case, I may miss my painting on Absolute Arts. Thank you, Markus, for featuring me!

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Another person I want to thank is Mel Kaye over at SlogBite, for featuring me on his site this week. Please go over and check out this wonderful new blogger's directory and community if you haven't already done so. Mel is doing a great job developing the site and he thinks of all the angles. I have a feeling this is one blogging community that's going to be around for a long time!

I think that Mel should run for Congress, because he solicits our opinions and then actually considers the feedback he gets. Kudos to you, Mel! (I tried to insert the "Dancing SlogBite Guy" in this post, but he wouldn't cooperate.)

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Street in Bussana Vecchia


Bussana Vecchia Street - Image c Lynda Lehmann

This is a street in Bussana Vecchia, a medieval village in the Ligurian Region of Northern Italy. It was once a thriving city, until the late 1800s, when it was felled by an earthquake. It became a ghost town, deserted and inhabited only by ferral cats, until a few movie stars and artists discovered it, many decades later. Now it's an international artist's colony. It's a place of charm and mystery, in which the past stares at you from every arch and alleyway. History oozes from every stone.


Here I am, standing in front of some of my prints which I just hung in a local cafe. The photo of Bussana Vecchia was the first one to sell. Witness the empty spot where it hung.

For my next post, I'll tell you about a strange synchronicity in my life, centering around this quaint and colorful citadel on a hill in Northern Italy.

ADDENDUM: I'm not in Italy at the present time, but here on Long Island, where I live. When I said "local" cafe, I meant here at home. Sorry if the way I presented this was confusing. I didn't mean to imply that I'm in Bussana Vecchia now. I wish....

All images and text c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind, where you can choose from several sizes and paper types or buy my prints plain or matted and framed.

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Museum of Computer Art (MOCA) Show This Friday

Dark Night of the Soul - Lynda Lehmann c 2008

The Museum of Computer Art is hosting a Reception and Awards Ceremony for their "Donnie 2009 Exhibit and Contest" at their Brooklyn gallery this Friday, February 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. Don Archer is Director and founder of MOCA, and the power behind the "Donnie" Exhibit.

The following information is excerpted from the Introduction page of the MOCA site:

MOCA: Museum of Computer Art is a nonprofit US educational corporation chartered by the NYS Department of Education. It is a member of the University of the State of New York and enjoys IRS 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status. It is first and foremost an online museum.

MOCA is host to hundreds of world-class digital artists and thousands of their images, all available for viewing here. It is one of the most heavily-trafficked, comprehensive, frequently-updated and respected computer art museums on the Web.


MOCA was established in 1993 by computer artists Don Archer and Bob Dodson to promote digital art in its various forms and manifestations, including 3-D rendered art, fractals, enhanced photography, animation, mixed media, computer-painted and -drawn art, etc.

In September 2008, MOCA established a brick-and-mortar physical gallery in Brooklyn NY showing advanced digital art in print or on screen.


Here is some information about this week's exhibit. If you're in the area, please visit the new brick and mortar MOCA, and support Don's vision for the art of the future.

WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2009, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Museum of Computer Art, 139 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Telephone: 718.788.1313

The Gallery at MOCA (http://moca.virtual.museum) is located at 139 Eleventh Street (between Second and Third Avenues), Brooklyn NY. Take the F train to 4th Avenue, or the M or R train to 9th Street. The museum is open otherwise noon - 6, Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call MOCA at 718.788.1313

The image above is one of my own digital pieces. It's not in the show but here's my Guest Gallery at MOCA. If you do your own digital art, you might want to join and have a gallery there. It's a great site!

All images and text c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind, where you can choose from several sizes and paper types or buy my prints plain or matted and framed.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Presentiment: A Fractal Composition


Presentiment - c 2009 Lynda Lehmann


This is an active and gestural fractal flame, begun in Apophysis and processed in Photoshop. I know nothing about Apophysis, and I don't know how much I'll actually learn in the coming months. But I do love experimenting with it.

Fractals are enigmatic. As organic, flowing, and spontaneous as they may look, they are based on mathematical formulae. It's the same kind of mathematical underpinning that gives our universe order and elegance. So indeed, looking deep into the heart of fractals is like a glimpse into the heart of the cosmos. I'm all for feeling mystical....

If anyone has suggestions for free fractal programs or shareware, I'm all ears. Apophysis is free, so you can download it if you want to try it out. I'm not sure what the newest version might be. I downloaded this one is about three years ago, and have experimented with it a handful of times.

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend. We're making our own sunshine here, because it's dreary and gray outside. Not to mention "raw." But spring is only a month away!

All images and text c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind, where you can choose from several sizes and paper types or buy my prints plain or matted and framed.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Mid-Winter Beach Walk: A Sounds-of-Nature Video

For your pleasure. This video is about six minutes long. Watch as much or as little as you like.

I have to laugh at the dark shadow of my fuzzy black winter hat, appearing like a Darth Vader-type entity at the edge of the video. And the hat fibers that flutter into some of the frames like wayward bats!

Needless to say, I need a better camera than my point-and-shoot, to make quality videos. In order to upload it, I had to compress the file to under 100 MB, so that reduced the quality, as well.

Even with gloves, a heavy coat and a hat, I nearly froze myself. But next time, I promise: I won't wear a hat!

I hope you enjoy my little beach movie!

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All images and text c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind, where you can choose from several sizes and paper types or buy my prints plain or matted and framed.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Passages: The Road to Self-Knowledge

Masks


We hide behind our masks: our jobs, affiliations, and credentials. Each of us strives to live a good life. But we get caught up in the pursuit of creature comforts, entertainment, and ego-driven goals. These strivings obscure self-knowledge.

Only mindfulness is the path to the heart of your life.

Passages

The Yellow Door

The light is within you.


All images and text c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind, where you can choose from several sizes and paper types or buy my prints plain or matted and framed.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Earth Speaks In Many Voices


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Listen closely: she is talking to you!

Life force flows in murmurs from the ground. Water gives and seeks more life, springs from unseen spaces to follow sand to sea. A great continuum. Serenity drifts on passages of life's long song.

(I tried in vain to get away from the house construction sounds, but it's been ongoing. Rather than let it disturb my mood, I listened more intently to the sounds of trickling water and screeching gulls. We will ALWAYS have our distractions to contend with, lol...)

All images and text c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind, where you can choose from several sizes and paper types or buy my prints plain or matted and framed.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Night Lanterns" - A Creative Interpretation at Simply Heather Blog

Heather over at Simply Heather just posted her interpretation of one of my digital images. Some of you may remember "Night Lanterns" from a recent post.

I think Heather's interpretation is quite creative, as well as interesting and inspirational. Here's her post, if you'd like to go over to read it: Artwork by Lynda Lehmann and My Thoughts

As I told Heather in the comment I left on her blog:

"Your interpretation is incredible and I can be drawn deeply into your line of thought, even though I myself saw this image in a more generalized way, as perhaps the balance or tension between darkness and light... or as maybe a signpost or light to a more spiritual realm. Although I did not think too much about the feminine form per se, I did see the "Queen of Hearts" in it! lol...

YOU see all that you see because of your own spirituality; beauty, wisdom, spirituality, etc., are in the eyes and mind of the beholder.I'm honored that you took the time to talk about one of my images, and I'm glad it inspired you to write about it. Thanks for sharing this with your readers and me! It always amazes me how many interpretations a single abstract piece of art can bring out. Though we share so many universals in our human experience, we're all unique, as well!"

Thank you again, Heather, for sharing your creativity, intellect and spirituality with us! I'm pleased to know that you found food for thought in one of my images.

All images and text c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind, where you can choose from several sizes and paper types or buy my prints plain or matted and framed.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Seashells and a Meditation Video: Sun, Sand, Water and Stone

Surfacing - Image c Lynda Lehmann


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In spite of human excess, nature endures. Even in the most unlikely places, Earth's beauty and majesty shine through. Here is the outflow from a tidal pool. The water rushing out with the tide makes its own music as it dances over stones and pebbles, glistening in the afternoon light. It's still winter, but with just one afternoon of warmer temperatures and some nurturing sun, life quickens.

I hope you enjoy my little meditation video. I couldn't do much with my point-and-shoot, but my "real" digital camera doesn't shoot movies. Don't forget to turn up your sound, so you can hear the rushing water.

You might notice the algae on the rocks. We all need to remember how fertilizer run-off grows algae in our waterways, often depriving marine populations from life-sustaining oxygen. Let's also remember that where there is life, there is hope.

All images and text c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind, where you can choose from several sizes and paper types or buy my prints plain or matted and framed.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

"Metrimorphic III," My New Exhibit of Abstract Expressionist Paintings




These are some of the paintings I've just hung in the beautiful gallery at Harborfields Library on Long Island. My last solo show was curated, but I had to hang this one myself. My husband helped out. We hung 28 paintings in about three hours. I missed the fun and excitement of hosting an Opening Reception for this exhibit, but chose not to have one because of the time and expense involved. We have a lot going on, and I'd rather not be scattered in too many directions. (Well, to tell you the truth, we already ARE scattered!) As you know, we humans hold serenity at a high premium. It's hard to come by.

Without a reception, I won't get as much feedback. During the hanging and when I went back to fasten the labels by each painting, I did get to see some folk's reactions to my work. I'm happy that those particular people expressed a lot of enthusiasm. Especially the children who walked past with their moms. I love to hear, "Mommy, look!" in excited tones, accompanied by smiles and excited gestures. I take a simple joy in the fact that kids seem to love the colors and wild forms in some of my pieces. Maybe the child in me is still kickin' around, somewhere deep inside?

By the way, I have a post planned on the topic of personal equilibrium and serenity, but that's for a later date. Thanks for checking out my slide show!

All images and text c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind, where you can choose from several sizes and paper types or buy my prints plain or matted and framed.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Derelict in the Field: Weathered Truck Wrecks Taken Over by Nature

Sequestered

Last summer I drove past this wreck at least 20 times (well, maybe it was ten). Each time I said to my husband, "Wow, this is such a cool wreck. I've GOT to photograph it before it's gone!" And each time we got out onto that same isolated stretch of highway (to go to the nearest Home Depot for construction supplies) I forgot my camera. Talk about preoccupied...

The day I finally remembered to take my equipment along--in this case, my tiny point and shoot--the wreck was still present. There she was, basking in the heat of a late summer morning, nestled in the mayhem of all those weeds. Lucky me!

I got out of the car and took about 30 shots. Each view of the truck had something different to offer. The view of the tumble-down house behind it, the burnt-out cab, the white of the birches, or the barely-showing tires. You get the point.

Believe it or not, the very next time we took that road, the truck was gone! As if someone lurking on this seemingly derelict and abandoned property, didn't want me to have any more fun!

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Robbie, Sidelined

This wreck was on a more developed part of the same highway, in an area with lots of languishing old homes and businesses. Looking at this one, I had to wonder who "Robbie" is, and what's become of him. What might he be doing now, in his life? Are his truck-driving days a thing of the past?

Laid to Rest in the Birches

We found this derelict one steamy summer evening just before twilight, while the sun was still strong, even from its low point in the sky. This rusty specimen had a powerful presence, sitting on a hill, slightly above my vantage point. I have to wonder what jobs this truck pulled off in its lifetime, and what tales it might tell.

All images and text c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind, where you can choose from several sizes and paper types or buy my prints plain or matted and framed.


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