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Life as an open gallery

Sunday, April 4, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:51 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

A poet looks at the world as a man looks at a woman,” wrote Wallace Stevens. The Harvard-educated native of Pennsylvania worked as a lawyer and composed poetry in his head as he walked to work at Hartford Accident and Indemnity Insurance. He found poetry and beauty in the birds, trees, sights and sounds of his daily life. Art, poetry and beauty are like a vine with three distinct branches twisted and curled to form a strong living bond. Without them, life would be dull and lifeless. We don’t always take the time to stop and see the beauty and poetry of life, so here’s a chance for you to see the art of our surroundings. Stop and gaze for a while. Think of this as an open gallery. Enjoy.

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Thomas Jefferson statue on Francis Quadrangle.

The repetitive diagonal lines first drew me to this composition. But, the wet, red bricks and the lifelike foot keep the image from being so flat.


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“La Columba” by Peter Chinni.

Three elements attracted me to this image: texture, lines and light. The scaly texture on the bottom of the arm is the focus of the picture and holds the eye. However, the lines in the left of the frame and the balanced light of the background and foreground move the eye to the focus of the picture.


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“Jamboree” by Jim Calvert and Andy Davis at the Boone County Courthouse.

The tonal quality of the black surface when the sun is low attracted me to this image. The light hits the frog’s face such that it becomes a tonal highlight when the rest of the sculpture retains its black shade.


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“People” by Don Bartlett.

To obtain a different perspective on this sculpture, I stood behind it with my back to Boone County National Bank. I then composed a clean background with the blue sky so the shadows crossing the faces would receive emphasis. The dominant form on the right is the entry point and the light and shadows moving left lead the eye into the rest of the frame.


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“Beetle Bailey” by Mort Walker and Neal Walker.

I attempted several different detailed compositions to capture an image that was so close to the raindrops that it was no longer suggestive of Beetle Bailey. This composition appeals to me because of the strong diagonal reaching through the frame and because of Beetle Bailey’s distinguishable nose in the lower third of the frame.


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"First Born” by Don Bartlett.

The scaly texture of the sculpture, the highlights above and the shadows below attracted me to this image.


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World War I Memorial Statue, the Boone County Courthouse.

I happened to be at the courthouse when the lights illuminating the soldier from below balanced with the light at dusk. The composition around the figure is left loose and conveys a feeling of isolation among the tree branches.


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