Is it a painting or a photo...or both

This one happens to be a photo. I know absolutely nothing about this artist, but I love her work. Her name is ElisaM and she lives in Italy. She also has some wonderful photos that she has editted into paintings. I did that with one of my son once. Other than that, I'll let her work speak for her.

Elisa's Photos

Elisa M


Gold Country

While we're on the topic of gold country and my family, I thought I'd talk a bit about my grandfather. He was El Dorado County Assessor for, I think, sixteen years. Here's a picture of my grandpa, his wife, and my son.

As you can tell, my grandpa is a cowboy. He raises Paints. As he said to me, they have "California and Texas quality at Oregon prices."

Their website is a work in progress, as you can see. Their horses, however, are absolutely beautiful.

Son and Grandparents

Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light

For my first picture, a Thomas Kinkade. When Kinkade's name comes out, everyone thinks of quaint cottages. Some people love them and some hate them. I'm not a particularly big fan of his cottages, but I do think that his painting entitled "Almost Heaven" is one of the greatest pieces of art ever created.

One of the coolest things about Kinkade painting is the way they react to light. Here is something I would highly recommend. If you ever happen upon a gallery that has his paintings, ask to have one taken into a room for viewing that has a light on a dimmer circuit. Point one of the spotlights or track lights on the painting and then slowly dim the lights. I won't ruin the effect for you by trying to tell you what happens, but give it a shot. I'm sure you'll have a MUCH greater appreciation of Thomas Kinkade's talent if you do.

For more Kinkade, try his official homepage.

As a sidenote, Kinkade grew up in gold country, as did most of my family.

Almost Heaven

I have nothing interesting to say

I've decided that I have nothing interesting to say. For the most part, I am calling an end to my blogging life. I've decided to start p(hoto/icture/ainting)logging instead. When I get the urge I'm going to post a picture and a link to the artist or picture itself.