Posts Tagged ‘Willard Ohio’

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This image that I shot in mid-autumn at Crall woods is inspiration for my current painting series of the four seasons.

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I have had a very busy autumn schedule which is why I have not made time to post on my art blog. You can see my other projects from viewing my other blogs.  I used to be excited to be so busy!  Now I want to slow down and focus on my interests.

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For some reason I did not add my winter paintings to this photograph…but I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.  This is my most productive year since closing my last studio in 2006 and completing grad school in 2011.  I hope to begin posting again on a regular basis.  The gallery at my studio is closed for the winter so now I can focus on painting.

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The morning after our day-after-Christmas blizzard, we took the dogs for a run at the park.  Ember, our German Shepherd,  is very serious about having fun in the snow.

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Jo, our Flat-coated retriever, is the life of the party, having lots of fun jumping and playing in the snow.

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Boris, our Tibetan spaniel, tries to keep up with the other dogs and enjoys the snow a lot…when it’s not too deep for him.

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Running, playing and chasing each other on a fun morning in the snow.

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Looking for adventure in the white wilderness.

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Jo doesn’t want the fun to end!

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Time to run back home for an afternoon nap.

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Hey, wait for me!

In February I had the opportunity to tour this old building before its demolition in November 2012.

The building was erected in the early 1900’s -I believe 1911- and had a mural that was a detail of Washington Crossing the Delaware that was water damaged from a roof leak.

Empty City Council chambers.

Dark rooms with only window light.

Turn of the century arches.

Close-up of the mural and the water damage.

Detail of damage below the mural.

Darken hallway leading up to the second floor.

Door into the old jail.

Door into a jail cell.

Bathroom area in the jail.

Leaving the jail behind.

The older basement detention/jail area of city hall.

Close-up of the containment area of the older jail in the basement.

Door into the old Fire Department.

I’m sorry that my photographs were not of a better quality of the interior of the building.  There was no electricity in the building.  The light was very low or nonexistent and I was overwhelmed by the experience and had a hard time of recording what I saw and felt.  (Maybe that’s for another blog post).  I had planned on going back and shooting the interior again but never made the opportunity happen.  Now it is all history and memories.   Like the song Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel. Time it was, and what a time it was.  It was a time of innocence, a time of confidences. Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph.  Preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you!

Our cat Sage, ever watchful, on one of her early morning patrols.  Not much gets past this wild little feline.