"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh Sculpture: Joy of Life by Virgil Cantini, 1960

Saturday afternoon I drove home from a happy baby shower on the South Side.

The late autumn light on this sculpture was gorgeous.  Although I drive by this sculpture frequently, I don’t stop.

I parked, got out of the car, listened to the fountain and felt the spray as the wind was gusting.

The circle of figures holding one another in the circle seemed particularly beautiful this afternoon.  When I came home and looked it up, I was reminded of the sculpture’s title-

Joy of Life.

Joy of Life

Joy of Life in Wet Pavement

East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Joy of Life


The Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory

Do You Have Magnets on Your Fridge?


Maybe you have a stainless steel refrigerator or a fancy glass door- not sure where this practice originated. One time I photographed a fridge in a junkyard snd the door still had magnets stuck on it!

Some people collect them from places they visit. Send photos if you wish.  



Sculpture Court Puddle Reflections

With raindrops.


Wet pavement and textured concrete.







Through the museum window









Trying to find attribution to sculpture court artwork is challenging on the CMOA website.


Monday afternoon

We need rain but it’s coming so fast and furious on Tuesday, it’s running off and forming problems on  roadways, causing flooding in some areas.


In context.  Sculpture Court Carnegie Museum of Art.







Wordless Wednesday

Tribute Don Featherstone

A Sunday in Columbus Topiary Garden

You know the painting.  It’s in Chicago. But in Columbus Ohio you can see the scene.

The topiary garden sculptures are  A Sunday on La Grande Jette 1884- Georges Seurat

The Topiary Garden in Old Deaf School Park in downtown Columbus Ohio. Artist James T. Mason’s creative idea along with his artist wife Elaine, according to the link -you can click on to read more.

We went there on Father’s Day after church.  Thanks for taking me to see it.


Jeffrey Brunner’s Artwork a Hit at the Shower- Photo by Guest Blogger Toni K

The minute I saw this painting, I knew it would be perfect in the nursery.

My friend and blog follower Toni K. took this photograph Saturday 5-30-15 at the shower.  Thanks for sending it.

Here’s Laura with the Night Forest Elephant and Bird piece I bought at the PERSAD Art for Change 2015 Auction.

Jeffrey Brunner of Hey Beast Studio in Pittsburgh is the artist! He’ll have a booth at the Three Rivers Art Festival next week.


Photograph taken by Toni K at the shower

Laura is sporting the gift of Chewbeads that double as a necklace and a teething ring for baby…..Thanks Marlene!


You can see Maura and my SIL James in the reflection 

(Note to self: photograph art without glass)

And here it the book I bought with the stunning illustrations by Mr. Brunner.

Available at ETSY


One more fun illustration by Jeffrey Brunner



Wordless Wednesday

art room sink

Tree of Knowledge Neon Art Installation at University of Pittsburgh

Tonight I attended the Congressional Art Awards hosted by Congressman Mike Doyle at the William Pitt Student Union, University of Pittsburgh.

One of my students had an artwork in the exhibit.   Because it’s a photograph showing herself I am unable to post her piece but I am very proud of her for participating.

On the way out of the Assembly Room,  I photographed the beautiful (and very large) neon art installation by artist Jane Haskell.       (See plaque below)

You can see the Cathedral of Learning and the Pitt Panther mascot.  IMG_9098

Artist Jane Haskell’s Tree of Knowledge Neon Art Installation at University of PittsburghTree of Knowledge



18th Art All Night 2015 Pittsburgh PA

Just got back from this wild event, the 18th ART ALL NIGHT in Lawrenceville.

Saturday morning I went down and registered a photograph that is hanging there now and I’ll pick it up Sunday afternoon.  This is the first year I’ve participated.  What a crowd!

Here are some of the patrons waiting to get into the warehouse to see the hundreds of artworks displayed. There are artists creating “LIVE ART” that will be auctioned or sold at noon Sunday.

Hailey and her dogs


Thanks for allowing me to blog you and your dogs!  Here are some Lawrenceville “neighbors” of the event.






The Warehouse shot earlier in the day



hula hoops

LED hula hoops made some cool light writing…… see gallery below.IMG_9405 IMG_9404





Veggie Kittyby Celeste Marie Pagano




Body Paint









I think this is the line for the Free Beer












there was a lot of MOTION at Art All Night



#publiceyeNYPL- i am in the public eye






When my sister took me to see this exhibit, I kept thinking how perfect it would have been for my photography students to see and experience.  There it was, right in the glass case- a print of Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother.   

Migrant Mother Dorothea Lange

“Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography

Thanks to the development of new technology and social media, more photographs are created, viewed, and shared today than ever before. Public Eye, the first-ever retrospective survey of photography organized by NYPL, takes advantage of this moment to reframe the way we look at photographs from the past.”  

-from the New York Public Library Website on Exhibitions.

In the Public EyeI convinced Mary to pose with me under the giant mirror when the crowd was sparse.


One of the coolest things to do with one of your own photographs is create an animated gif file or a stereographic 3 D image.  This is something the students can do from a computer.

Here is a photo I created from a shot of a saxophonist in Central Park last Sunday


or get out your 3D glasses and click on this one


Want to make your own?  Click here


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