On frozen water

Davide Capponi photography

This is the Naviglio channel in Milano.  This has been shot with my iPhone 4s and Olloclip wide lens.

The app used to shot the image was 6×6, cropping and adjustments were done using Snapseed, further editing was done using PicGrunger, Dynamic Light, Rays and PhotoToaster.

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Order & Disorder

Art-Colored Glasses

P&IMost of us seek order in our lives, or at least a sense of order. We want to believe that there are things we can assume and expect and even, if we’re really fortunate, control. Yes, those whose lives full of action and unpredictability and chaos would seem to exclude the possibility–extreme sports aficionados, high-powered businesspeople, rodeo clowns, astronauts, oil-rig roughnecks and those raising toddlers–look for order in their own ways so as make sense of their place in the universe. It might be in simple things like organizing the spice cabinet or sock drawer with obsessive neatness; it might be in the form of how they interact with people outside of the job, or it may be entirely internalized because inside is the only place they can see where they can exert their own opinions and desires and beliefs to the fullest extent.

In art, it’s often…

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San Francisco

Jill Joy Gallery

Jill Joy – San Francisco – acrylic on canvas – 60×40″

In private collection  www.jilljoy.com



San Francisco

Is a place I want to go

Is a place I so want to know

Is a place in my mind

It’s been there all the time.


San Francisco

A city of deep green and gold

Where my creativity is bold

Where my fears have been released

Where my soul is finally at peace


San Francisco

It’s a place of which I dream

Where I am finally what I seem

Where I meet my destiny

Where I am finally truly me


San Francisco

Is a place I want to go

Is a place I want to reside

Is a place where I won’t hide.

© Jill Joy  12-7-09




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The Optimism of Color

This 40×40″ mixed media painting is currently on exhibit at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as part of their Art in the Workplace program. To see more of my Optimism of Color paintings, please visit www.lindajoyceart.com

About the Optimism of Color Blog

For 365 days, I am posting a photo or piece of art that I have created that reflects what I call the Optimism of Color. Through vibrant colors and bold visceral forms, these works shout out my joy at being alive, and my good fortune at being able to continue to make art after a near death experience.

Each of the images I post brings a smile to my face. I hope they bring you similar joy and laughter through the Optimism of Color.

All photos © Linda Joyce Ott, 2012
Links may be used provided that credit is given to optimismofcolor.com

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Cat walking away…with boots…

Green Tea Doodles

The latest drawing for Songs of Albion. I have been falling a bit behind and my buffer is getting slimmer than I like… still, you won’t see this on Songs until sometime in March. So til then you can only wonder where Cat is going and why he’s looking so dejected.

UPDATE: A new sonnet from Tom for sad Cat.

So dejected and bedraggled
rejected by his lady-friend:
a tale that’s been so often waggled
by village gossips end to end
yet felt acutely by the subject
of each new telling of this object
lesson for all lovers spurned:
come close to fire and risk a burn!
To love and lose is worth the pain
and a solitary life
free of love’s tumult and strife
stills the heart and dulls the brain.
Though Cat might answer with his claws
a friend who argues for this cause!

Copyright (C) 2012…

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