Tuesday, January 22, 2008


"roadside.sunflowers"

Very simple minimal study, based on Lisa's sunflowers, here. I added her photo a day blog to my sites in part because her photos are fresh, kind and exotic. There is also something magical about witnessing a glorious summer in the midst of my new york winter. Like being in California, but on steroids.

I had someone at the office scan some of my 8 by 10 altered photographs to show here but she botched the scanning terribly (bad colors, printed area cut off - kindergartner quality). I think done on purpose so I would not ask again - months ago she printed some photos very poorly so I never asked her to print again. I am now 0 for 2 and never going back.

"Fool me once, shame on you..."

11 comments:

Julie said...

Really nice...a little mysterious, which I like.

The Artful Eye said...

John, I like seeing part of the image and then snippets of what remind me of colorform shapes and yes its warm and summery feel. Try taking the botched jobs and piecing them together for one big jambalaya altered photo. Yeah..just do it.

Kris Cahill said...

Minimalism. Works.
It looks to me like you may go into this and dig something out of it no one can see yet. It also has a Calder-esque quality, as if there were a simple mobile hanging in front of it.

Though you have been recently gifted, I am compelled to do so again. Please come by my blog to pick up something I have for you.

Bev said...

Enjoy seeing the results of these collaborations. I also enjoy looking at pictures of high summer in the midst of a dreary English winter.

The sunflowers look like a dream image. I like the green abstract lines. Sort of green nature meeting green digital vegetatation.

Sue O'Kieffe said...

well as for printing and scanning, maybe she just didn't know what she was doing, either. i pray for a sponsor or benefactor to cover my costs of professional printing...

but enough about me...

california on steroids, indeed. i'll have you know it is cold here today too. but this shade of green is yummy, and i love those little slits allowing us to peek into that sunflower world.

Bobbie said...

Sunflowers are such cheery flowers for dreary winters. Ooops I made a rhyme. But they are. I love the new look you have given them, like gauze overlaying the field, with slits of green.

John (Copyright JMM 2007-2008) said...

Thank you for your kind thoughts, support and suggestions.

I love planting sunflowers - they grow like weeds, flowers are beautiful and in the fall American goldfinch, rare in my neighborhood, are drawn to the seed heads.

womann in glass said...

I am longing for the Summer seeing this

Neda said...

I like the kindergarten image book feel. Very (accidental?) vintage feel.

John (Copyright JMM 2007-2008) said...

Thank you, everyone -

The slits remind me of a painting in MOMA where there is a dark kakhi canvas with an actual slit and a darker color is in the background. Very elegant and sublime work. Conceptual execution. Can a painting have almost no painting?

Other inspiration here is Wharhol and I am not a big Warhol fan - but sort of like the Jackie Kennedy 60's silkscreen.

Minimal.meets.pop.

Yes, vintage for baby boomers, I guess.

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Found them!! Although I see I didn't comment origianlly....what's with that?? I wonder if blogger ate it as I certainly remember them!