Choosing Gratitude

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and given all that is happening in the world today, simply being alive is something to be thankful for. I’ve kept a gratitude journal for years, and it has definitely helped me become a happier, more positive person.

But I too fall into the habit of complaining about things I have no control over or things that don’t go as planned. Nature has certainly helped me to see the bright side of all things, and for that I will always be grateful for photography and all the opportunities it has given me.

If you want to read more about gratitude, a recent NY Times article made it clear how it can make you a happier person. And here’s another article on keeping a gratitude journal.

“The day, water, sun, moon, night – I do not have to purchase these things with money.” – Plautus

Thank  you for reading!

New 2016 Nature of Inspiration Wall Calendar Now Available



I’m really happy to announce that the 9”x12” 2016 “Nature of Inspiration” Wall Calendar is available for the Holiday season. It features landscape and nature images combined with my favorite inspirational quotes from great minds.

I also have some special print promotions together with the calendar for a limited time. You can order the calendar together with an 8.5”x11” loose print, or together with a 16”x20” matted print. All are printed on Canson Printmaking Rag paper and signed by yours truly.


For more on how I make the calendar, you can read my very popular post where I describe it in detail.

Order your copy here before they run out!  Thank you as always for your support.


Five Things I’m Enjoying Right Now


Lee Ritenour “Twist of Rit” on Spotify – Another legendary jazz/fusion musician I’ve been listening to for decades. Lee is a master guitarist, able to cross musical genre’s with ease while still retaining his signature sound and musicality. Melodic, funky, rhythmic, and so musical, I love how he’s continued to push himself creatively and professionally, exemplifying that single greatest factor to artistic success; consistency.


Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – one of the best books I’ve read in a while on creativity and the pursuit of meaningful work. In an age where we’re encouraged to measure our worth based on material gain, Elizabeth reminds us that, “You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”

Whether you’re a photographer or a writer, this book presents a great perspective on what it means to be creative, namely it’s a product of a dedicated work ethic and commitment to sharing your voice with the world, even in the face of fear.



Curiosity Stream – in searching for online resources for our son who is homeschooled, I discovered Curiosity Stream, and I’m so happy I did. Their website describes it as follows:

“The mission of CuriosityStream is to provide an affordable, ad-free, online destination where the world’s best factual television content can be enjoyed on demand and on any device by the planet’s community of the curious.”

In the two months that we’ve been subscribers, we’ve already watched a ton of interesting documentaries on artists, inventors, and greek mythology.

We disconnected our cable service over 10 years ago, and with new on-demand services like this becoming available, we spend more time as a family learning and less time becoming sedated by mass media. For $5/month, you can go wrong if you enjoy documentaries – there’s even a 30 day free trial.



The Baron Fig Confidant


Making a sketchnote of my favorite podcast.

Baron Fig Confidant Notebook – I love physical notebooks and have used one ever since I read the book “How to think like Leonardo DaVinci” years ago. I’ve used many different notebooks over the years, but the Confidant is my current favorite. And best of all, it’s made by a small company based in NYC.

Much has been written on why you should carry a notebook with you at all times, not to mention it was one of DaVinci’s core practices. In this world of digital ubiquity, which I enjoy, there is something about taking the time to write it down physically that helps the brain make connections that are distinct from using a digital device. Plus nothing beats pen and paper for instant recall.

Inspiring Quote

“Many painters are afraid of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas IS AFRAID of the truly passionate painter who dares – and who has once broken the spell of “you can’t.” – Van Gogh (From “Ever Yours: The Essential Letters”)

Enjoy and share! Please leave any questions below.

New Exhibition at Bank Square Coffee House


I have a new exhibition at Bank Square Coffee House in my hometown of Beacon, NY, and it will be on display until the beginning of January 2016. It consists of 11 large prints sized at 24” x 32” and mounted on gatorfoam board. Because there’s no glass on the prints, it gives them a depth and richness that I love, and it’s my favorite way of displaying my work when I don’t intend to sell the actual pieces-I take custom orders for anyone that is interested in buying.

There’s something special about holding a print in your hands that makes it feel organic and natural. That’s the same effect I want to achieve on the wall, and I think it works great.

Paper Selection

I printed most of the images on Canson Infinity Printmaking Rag (formerly known as BFK Rives.) I also printed a few on Canson Platine Fibre Rag for the extra dmax it provides. (Dmax is a measure of black density, which affects contrast.)

My long time favorite matte paper has been Rag Photographique. While I still love its smoothness and finish, I’ve been experimenting with Printmaking Rag and have come to appreciate its subtle surface texture.

It has a beautifully textured surface that is delicate, yet retains detail and contrast really well. It’s one of those things that is much easier to see and feel than describe in words. And when you feel the paper, it really projects that beautiful fine art aesthetic that I love about making prints in general. It lets you convey more that the sum of the pixels in the file; it brings the image to life.

Yes I’m a geek about fine art papers, but it’s the single most enjoyable part of printing for me. It makes me feel like a traditional craftsman, working with my hands, with physical materials. After spending so much time in the field looking and feeling nature, it’s nice to continue that in the studio and not let my photography become something I or others only experience on a computer screen.

Gatorfoam Mounting

I’ve explained and demonstrated the mounting process before, and even made a video about it. Here are a few images of my son and I getting the prints ready for the exhibition.










I am always grateful for the opportunity to have my work displayed in galleries and art fairs, but some of my favorite venues are coffee shops. There’s a social aspect to it that makes me feel more in touch with the local community I call home, and it’s cool to see people enjoying themselves and looking at the prints without any pretenses about art.

I make images because I want them to have meaning for myself and for others. And that happens best when people can see them in places they feel comfortable in. Home is ideal of course, and that’s why people buy prints.

But any opportunity to share your work in a way that adds value to the artist and the viewer is a win-win for me.

The Lesson of Great Achievers – Play the Long Game

I stumbled upon these two great “video essays” from Adam Westbrook and thought they were tremendously relevant in todays market driven world of digital photography. The clear message here is that the worlds greatest achievers in all fields achieved greatness over long stretches of slow but methodical progress. They never gave up and were single minded in their dedication and passion.

The “long game” is something I’ve written about before, and Adam illustrates it beautiful in these short videos. Enjoy.