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Rain Gutters

Rain Gutters

We were woke early this morning of the sound of ladders against the house.  They are working on the roof again.  In fact, they are putting up rain gutters.

Seamless rain gutters are the coolest things since sliced bread.  The idea of rolling a long gutter out to the exact length is better than soldering pieces together.

I watched as they rolled sections out.  Pretty amazing!

Website Re-Work

My Fine Art by DB website needs a re-work.  I spent much time re-working the temples page.  It is almost done.  I hope to have it complete some time early next week.  When it is, it will be much NICER looking.

Instead of small 1.5″ thumbnails, I’m using bigger framed versions of each photo.  Like this…

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San Diego Temple

These images will show the quality better.  They also show how the image looks framed.  (Customers can change the fame and mat to match their decor.)

For now, I’m changing the temple site.  I will do the others one at a time until they are all converted to the new format.

When it is done and ready to be seen, I will post an update here.  I will also post updates on Facebook.  This is a big deal if you ask me.

Forgot To Mention

Forgot To Mention

There is one thing I forgot to mention yesterday.  It is this, when someone feels shaken by a Church announcement, they should do what we’re told to do.  It is what we tell people who are studying with the missionaries to do.  Pray about it.

And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. — Moroni 10:4

One friend seems to have forgotten this step to the point where he has abandoned his upbringing. Instead, he has chosen to argue and try to convince other members that the church’s new policy is wrong.  Ironically, the other friend he is arguing with has simply said that if he’s in doubt, he should pray about it.

While the advice to pray about it is going to go unheeded by him, she’s right.  He should pray about it if he really wants to know God’s will.

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Elizabethe went to the Stake Relief Society Conference and I went grocery shopping.   I feel like a squirrel stocking up for the winter.  With today’s weather taking a change, it is again starting to feel like winter.  (Yesterday, it felt more like early fall, and the day before like summer.)

My next task was to go take a drive.  In spite of it looking like rain, I just felt the need to get some fresh air.

 

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Sunflowers

I almost missed this field of sunflowers.  The sky was growing dark and it was starting to rain, but there it was to the right of me.

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Swamp Grass

The pompoms of this swamp grass looks quite pretty when the light hits it just right.  It’s funny that here it is a weed, but people in California grow this stuff in their yards.

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New Bishop’s Store House

This is a beautiful sight to see.  This building will serve thousands of people in need.  Right now, it looks like a small movie theater.  In actuality it is a Bishop’s Storehouse.

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Smith Farm

The light was hitting the old section of Stafford Road just right for this shot.  This one (and the sunflowers) will be available on my www.FineArtbyDB.com web site.

5 25 15

5 25 15

I guess only a number geek can appreciate 5 25 15.  Yes, the date today is all add multiples of 5 – 5, 15 and 25.  It doesn’t get any better.

It is also Memorial Day – the day we honor fallen soldiers who died in the defense of this country.

I missed the parade because the weather report said it was going to rain and I had to get the lawn cut before it rained.  Well, I did, and then it didn’t rain.  I tell you, weathermen get away with screwing up on a regular basis.  Wouldn’t be nice to tell your boss, “Hey, there’s a 50% chance I’ll get this report to you,” and still keep your job?

Elizabethe wanted me to use the grass catcher, but being in a hurry to get things cut before the rain hit, I decided to just cut the grass.  It saved me 2 hours (about how much longer it takes to use the grass catcher), but I better use it the next time.

My FineArtbyDB.com site has some photos under the LDS section.  They are both from the Smith Farm.  One is of Crooked Creek, and the other is inside the grove.

Prospect Hill

Prospect Hill

I took a hike to the top of Prospect Hill today to see if I could get a view of the 4 churches.  Someone showed me a picture and noted that someone took the picture from the top of Prospect Hill.  Well, maybe in 1920.  The trees a huge and tall and block any view in that direction.

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Prospect Hill

Now, there is a water tank and cell tower, but there’s no way I’m climbing either one to get a picture.  One, I’d be afraid of falling, and two it would be trespassing.

While I was in the neighborhood, I stopped by the Palmyra Cemetery.  There I located Pliney T. Sexton’s grave.   I was shocked to see the head stone was knocked to the ground and being covered by the grass.  This man helped make Palmyra what it is today.

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Pliny T. Sexton’s Grave

A good Eagle Scout Project for an Eagle candidate would be to gather donations to have this stone set in a nice granite stone and set it upright so it will look nice and not disappear in to the ground.

While in the cemetery I located Lucy Harris’ grave, along with the Harris children.  I also found Egbert Grandin’s and his wife’s graves too.

Elizabethe spent most of the day canning.  I chopped up a lot of beef I bought at a good price, and she canned it in to pint jars.  It’s a good way to make quick beef stew.  A jar or two in the crockpot with some potatoes, carrots and onions and some gravy mix and in a short time you have beef stew.

D. Brent Walton is a professional photographer in Palmyra, New York.  His studio, photography by db walton llc, is Palmyra’s only brick-n-mortar studio left in Palmyra.  You can visit his web site at http://www.dbwalton.com and you can see his fine art work at http://www.FineArtbyDB.com.

Great Pizza

Great Pizza

Mark’s Pizzeria has great pizza.  There’s no doubt about it.  In fact both pizza parlors in Palmyra are great.  My preference is Nima’s for calzones and Mark’s for pizza.

I was feeling a lot better today so Elizabethe and I went to Mark’s for pizza for dinner.  I ordered the Old World which has fantastic flavor and is a sauce-on-top pizza.

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Next to My Art Work at Mark’s Pizzeria

We picked a table close to some impressive artwork on the wall.  Elizabethe grabbed a cell-phone picture of me next to my creation.   There’s something kind of cool eating at a restaurant that features you work.  (The picture above my temple picture was done by a photographer in the early 1900s.  I was asked to retouch the scan of the digital negative and produce a print for the pizza parlor.)

I went through all the critiques of my print competition images.  There was only one critique where the guy was way off based.  If I knew him personally I would say to him, “You can’t judge a painting the same way you judge a photograph.”  Too many photographers do not have the foggiest idea about painting.  Yes, brush strokes are abstract!  There.  I’ve said it.

I’d really love to take some of these judges, like the one just mentioned, to an art gallery and say, “Look closely here… .do you see details?  No, you see abstractness.  Your brain fills in the rest.

While one of my very abstract pieces went “loan”, the one in question did not.  In fact, it did not even merit.  Yet, I bet if you had a panel of painters it would have merited.

I think it is time to write a letter to PPA.

Heavy Rains

Heavy Rains

We woke this morning to heavy rains.  It was one of those rains where the rain gutters over filled, spilled over and filled the window wells and leaked in to the basement.  I hate when that happens.

Rain gutter cleaning is a huge deal out here.  When you get as much rain as we do, you have to make sure the gutters are clean and drainage away from the house is unobstructed.  Otherwise, you can end up with a flooded basement.

I spent a good portion of the day preparing images for a potential client to view.  In spite of having a lightening fast computer, I still yearn for more speed.  Computers can never be fast enough.

While part way in to this project, a lady called requesting some more images, so I then had her request to handle too.  By the time I got done it was after 10pm.  Yawn.  It made for a very long day.

But, in the mean time, I found this cool painting.  I had forgot that I ever did this.

This got me thinking about setting aside days to go through old images looking for forgotten gems.

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Forgotten Painting

I wish I had room to print and display my work.  Better yet, buy my work, display it, and just send me a picture taken with your phone so I can see how it looks on your wall.

Here’s how it looks matted and framed.  (My suggested matting and framing… you can choose whatever you want on my web site.)

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Now, wouldn’t that look cool in your family room or garage?

Rain, Again? Really?

I’m heading out the door at 7:15 am and it is starting to rain. I get to my networking meeting, and it is raining pretty hard. By the time I left there, it was raining even harder. The ground is saturated and the water is not going anywhere.

Later, I see on Facebook that there is flooding in areas of Wayne County. I didn’t think that was possible given this land is used to 4 inches a month. I haven’t checked the statistics, but I think we’ve got our share of rain this month.

Rain, rain, rain. We’ve got our share so far.

Here’s some news…

My studio has announced the July Head-Shot Days. (see blog.dbwalton.com )

Fine Art by DB is ready for this new season with some great prints of Palmyra and surrounding areas. (see http://www.FineArtbyDB.com )

If you haven’t “Liked” Fine Art by DB on Facebook, please do so.  You’ll be entered in to our drawing for a pizza party.  (Provided via a gift card to a pizza restaurant in your area.)

Stalkers (Well, Not Really)

I walk in to the temple today and one of our full-time temple missionaries is wagging her finger at me in a scornful way.

“What did I do?”, I thought.

She went on to say that she had staked out a location out front, waiting for me to arrive, and I turned the wrong way.  As a result, she wasn’t able to stop me.

Now I’m thinking, “What DID I DO?”

She then said she came to the house and I wasn’t there.

Ah, now my memory is refreshed.  She bought a copy of my book and I told her I would sign it.  Well, we managed to make connection at the end of the evening.  It is kind of flattering to have someone ask you to sign your book.

D. Brent Walton, cpp, is author and artist of the book PalmyraPalmyra is a self-published book of images in around the Village of Palmyra.  It features pictures and paintings of Palmyra, New York, and is a nice addition to any coffee table.  To purchase a copy of the book, please contact the author at brent@dbwalton.com.  The cost is $69.99 (shipping and tax extra).  You can see much of Brent’s work at http://www.FineArtbyDB.com.