Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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Selected…

One of my iPhone collages was accepted into an art show “Expanding Vision a Contribution to Mobile Photography” at The Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon. The show runs from August 21 until Sept 28. I posted this collage before, but now it has been collaged to a collage. (I was just waiting to use that sentence!)  Wish I could visit the show, but if you are in the neighborhood I hope you will drop by! Here is information about the show and a slide show of the works included.

Also, links to most of the photographers are listed.

Here is my collaged work…

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My iPhone collage was created from three photos taken while I was in Perugia last October…one of a skyline, one of a gargoyle on the museum, and one of a store with the word Perugia on its sign. Those were combined with Image Blender app and put through some distressing with Pic Grunger app. The original skyline photo was put through Etchings app for a treatment that makes it look like a postage stamp. The printed collage was put on an 11″x 14″cradled board that had been treated with lots of texture. Paper (some I printed myself, some collected),  acrylic mediums and acrylic paint were used to finish the collage.

What an honor! Excitement!


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Assisi…

Our trip to Umbria last October included two weeks staying on an organic farm and taking day trips to a variety of towns. Some were very small, but the largest, Assisi, was the last day trip we took before leaving our apartment and driving for six and one-half hours north to Venice for a third week on our trip. Assisi was the largest population-wise but also had the largest geographic footprint. We parked in a structure on one edge of the town and then during the course of the day walked the length of it in order to see the largest Basilica on the opposite side. Unfortunately, for us, the going was downhill and the finding the car again was all uphill. It was an exhausting day, but very beautiful.

With this post I can tie up the strings of this trip (just in time). I actually have tons more photos of Venice. As TM was deleting them from the camera roll he remarked, “Does having 3,000 photos of Venice on a camera roll mean that that is the most picturesque place we have been?” Well, yes…but they will be for another time. I did some blogging about Venice at the time of the trip and that is enough for now.

Here is a short version of Assisi…

From the car park we passed by the rear side of the Romanesque Assisi Cathedral. Started in 1140 and finished in 1253 its entrances are guarded by lions and griffins, some held together by metal splints…

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Making our way downward to the Piazza del Comune and its fountain graced by lions from the 16th century…

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The Torre del Popolo (People’s Tower) from 1305 next to the Temple of Minerva…

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The Temple of Minerva is an ancient Roman building from the 1st Century BC. It currently houses the Church Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. The facade is the ancient Roman building and the interior was renovated in baroque style in the 17th century.

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The stroll through a commercial area…

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To the Basilica di Santa Chiara begun in 1257. This building really fascinated me because its buttresses seemed so modern in their shape, but they are really old.

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The view over the side on this level…

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Then past the Chiesa Nuova from 1615. Built in the Rennaisance style on the site of the presumed birthplace of St. Francis…

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Continuing down the elevation with our stroll…

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I love this…ruins with a tree growing out of the top…what bird dropped that seed?

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At last, the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi completed in 1253…

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Then, back up the hill to find our car…

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This was a day of many Fiats…

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Cute.

That was the trip. Now that it is wrapped up I can go on to the next one. Have emptied all the camera rolls so I won’t run out of space. Have purchased new music for soundtracks from Vimeo so I don’t bore you to tears with my Videos. The laundry is done so the suitcases can be packed. It is almost lift-off…

 

 

 

 


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Perugia…

Our day in Perugia, Italy, last October began in a foggy state but then lightened by noon. Our time there was enhanced by music and chocolate. The town was getting ready for its chocolate festival that would open a few days later. Here is a very short video of our day…to see it full screen click of the screen expansion in the lower right-hand corner.

Perugia has a very nice art museum in the Palazzo dei Priori (Town Hall that includes the Galleria Nazionale) and we saw an inspiring photography exhibit by Sandro Becchetti. Love those black and whites…This is the National Gallery of Umbrian Art in Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Griffin is the symbol of the town.

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The Fontana Maggiore is the medieval fountain between the Cathedral and the Palazzo dei Priori. Built in 1277-78 it depicts prophets and saints, symbols of the months, signs of the zodiac, scenes from Genesis and events of Roman history.

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You can wander the streets and get to the top of the hill for some amazing panoramic views…

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There is an extended walk with escalators from the parking area up to the actual town…just a little spooky…

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I fell in love with the black and white photographs in the museum, so I spent the evening after we got back to our apartment converting some of my images into black and white…

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Since I have been home I also layered some of the images together…

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Bevagna…

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A small town of 5,000 only 7 km from Montefalco with entry through Roman walls into the Piazza Garibaldi.

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Stairs up to the Chiesa San Francesco lead off of the Piazza…

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This is the interior of the church…

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Walking the streets of the town we came across pillars from a Roman Temple, probably the 2nd century AC, repurposed in a later building…

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Lovely picturesque streets…

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Mosaics in the floor of a Roman Bath…

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In the main Piazza…

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Stands the Chiesa di San Silvestro…

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which contains a very rustic interior…

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Directly across is the Romanesque Church of San Michele Arcangelo…

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The facade of this church has many features reworked from another Roman Temple…

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The interior…

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When we returned to our apartment on our organic farm that evening we got to enjoy another sunset to remember…

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Only two towns left…Perugia and Assisi…

 

 


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Montefalco…

I ran across pictures from two small towns that we visited last October in Umbria. Not far from Trevi and not very far apart, they could be visited on the same day. Lunch in the first one, Montefalco, and gelato in the second, Bevagna. Montefalco with red wine and peregrine falcons, may have been TM’s favorite small town we visited. He came home, anyway, with two posters for his cave (I do not know how he did it…not a single wrinkle). The posters celebrate the yearly wine festival.

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Peregrines were everywhere…the center of the town square, sewer covers, backs of chairs and benches, and shutters…

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Shots of the town on a beautiful, drizzly day, (we didn’t actually spot any real falcons)…

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The beautiful San Francesco church with its frescos from the 1450’s is the town’s museum…

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Hercules…

 

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In the restaurant where we ate lunch the cook created the “mixed grill” right in front of us…I can still conjure up the aroma…

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The next post will be Bevagna with its Roman mosaics.

 


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Happy New Year…

I was looking through a year’s worth of photos to create a review of my year and try to use the split screen capabilities of iMovie. This time of year is such a natural demarcation for me because practically all celebration in my life occur between the last week in November and January 1st. TM’s birthday and Thanksgiving (usually the same day or very close), Christmas, my birthday, New Year’s Eve all in one week. New Year’s Eve is also the anniversary of when I met TM and the night he asked me to marry him. Only two kids birthdays and our wedding anniversary happen in other parts of the year. This movie helped to wrap up the year. It felt good to look again at all the parts of the year. The garden flourished and the seasons changed indicated by the farmer’s market produce coming in on schedule. We saw many exciting sites in the world and close to home. I didn’t realize how the California coast figured so prominently in our journeys and, of course, San Francisco. Visually entrancing places. I started to use Photoshop Elements again at the end of the year. 2013 was a very happy year for us…I wish a beautiful 2014 for you!


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Gubbio…

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We were in Gubbio on a quiet day. Only the market had a bustle of activity. (You should also look at the photos on this blog of the big candle race that occurs in Gubbio each year because evidently there can be a lot of festivities going on). We missed them, though, but still had the benefit of the beautiful buildings and panoramic views. The sky wasn’t too shabby, either, as it gathered itself to rain. We started in the market at the foot of the town. Named the Piazza Quaranta Martiri after forty citizens murdered by the Nazis in 1944 as a reprisal for attacks by partisans in the hills. San Francesco is the Gothic church and everything is watched over by the Palazzo dei Consoli up on the hill. The long building with arches is the Loggia dei Tiratori. Wool was stretched out in the shade to dry and shrink evenly so it was not in the sun. Built in the fourteenth century, very few of this type of building still exists in Italy.

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We started walking up hill to the next level, past multiple ceramic stores.

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We got ourselves to the level of the Palazza dei Consoli. I am not sure if it is considered a square because one side is totally open to a panoramic view of the valley below. The Palazza dei Consoli is on one side and the opposite side is the Palazzo Pretorio. The fourth side is a line of commercial and residential buildings.

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The Rough Guide says that these triple-paired windows are unique to Gubbio. The Museo Civico is in this building.

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We went up even further to the level of the Duomo. (We took an elevator.) More great views and skies.

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One last look over the side of level two…

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The skies put on a show all the way home and then they opened up…thunder and lightening…

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