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Pinhole Travels: Rhode Island, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois & Minnesota

I was living in Newport, Rhode Island, four years ago when I loaded up a 35mm Vivitar pinhole camera and shot the entire roll around the house. This photo of Truman in the kitchen is from that first roll. The camera is fun and easy to use, I’ve just got so many cameras loaded at the same time!

Truman in the kitchen, Newport, RI
Truman in the kitchen, Newport, RI

The second roll was half exposed when I put the camera on the shelf soon after. I decided to dust it off and finish the roll for this year’s Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. Sadly, because of Wendell’s retirement and our relocation to Minnesota, I didn’t finish the roll in time to upload anything to the WPPD website. But this is MY website, so better late than never!

The roll starts in Newport, Rhode Island, in 2010, and comes to an end in South St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2014.

All of the photos from this roll are on Flickr in the Vivitar Pinhole Camera No. 2 album. There are a few more photos from Ohio, and three from the backyard in Arlington, Virginia, so technically the roll covers five states! Also, I wrote a brief blog post about last year’s Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, as well as WPPD 2012.

If you’re interested in the camera, I bought it from Foto Fourteen’s Etsy shop.





‘Spanish Steps’: My Deblois Gallery Open Show Submission

Spanish Steps


My photograph “Spanish Steps” received an Honorable Mention in the Deblois Gallery’s annual open show. The theme for this year’s show is “Step On It.”

The photograph is from the Los Carmonas flamenco dance school recital shoot I did with my friend Lorna in Sydney. All the flamenco dancers were wearing black shoes except for one. It seemed to fit the theme perfectly.

The show runs from March 6 – 28, 2010.

The Deblois Gallery is located at 138 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840. And on the web at


One Thing Leads to Another: How I Discovered Encaustic


I recently joined Felicia Touhey for her three-day encaustic painting workshop and now I can say I’m officially in love with encaustic.

My interest in working with encaustic began a couple of months ago when I was in New Bedford, MA, for the first time and came across the Judith Klein Art Gallery. Ms. Klein had a couple of encaustic-over-photo pieces hanging on the wall of her gallery and I liked them very much. (Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the artist.) I’m always looking for interesting new things to do with my photos.

I did some Googling and got a couple of books at the library and decided to give encaustic a try. Luckily, the workshop came along at about the same time.

Which leads me to one of the things I enjoy most about pursuing creative endeavors: I have the chance to see and enjoy other artists’ work, learn from them, and even become friends with them. During the workshop I met sculptors, painters, printmakers, and other photographers. And that’s not even counting all the wonderful people I’ve met online! These kind and talented artists have been completely open to sharing their experiences with a complete beginner like me. I really appreciate their generosity.

The small encaustic piece above started out as a solar print made during a printmaking workshop I did in Australia. I was never all that excited about the print for some reason, but I scanned it and reprinted it on Hosho paper using my inkjet printer. I used it as the basis for this encaustic painting and I like it much better!