Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ghouls and Zombies Of The Past…

With Halloween just days away, I thought it would be appropriate to rummage through my old trunk of vintage photographs to see what spooky snapshots might be lurking about. I was in luck. It seems that the undead have been undead for quite some time.

Happy Halloween. Muhahahahaha…. 






Monday, October 17, 2011

The Visual Joy that is Autumn…

This Monday morning brings  sweet autumn air of calmness after a true whirlwind of a weekend composed of art gallery receptions, dinner parties, live jazz concerts,  sparkling and witty conversation of general socializing and travel that all took place between three states and the District of Colombia.

I enjoyed some superb live music thanks to the
Rehoboth Jazz Fest, saw and helped to sale some wonderful original art, and ate some spectacular food. I met several great new people that I hope to run into again, ran into others that I’ve met recently and visited with dear old friends that I’ve not seen in a while. Despite the hurly-burliness of it all, it was a fantastic ride of a weekend.

Fortunately, during the drive back to Delaware from DC yesterday on a crisp late Sunday October morning, there was a welcome couple of hours of calm between engagements. My partner and I wisely decided to stop at the rustic Adams Fruit Market.

Nestled in the pines just past the Maryland/Delaware state line on route 404, Adams is located about 8 miles west of Bridgeville, Delaware. I’m not certain how long it’s been there, but I feel it’s safe to say at least 45 to 50 years or longer.

It was a lovely and peaceful experience. With the breeze rustling through the pines, everywhere I turned were the colors of autumn. I took some quick photos with my iPhone. Rather than post them as traditional photos, I felt like adding a bit of an artistic twist to them this morning  so I incorporated a bit of a kaleidoscope treatment compositionally in Photoshop.

Perhaps it will help to transfer the experience of being surround by the richness and vibrancy of the color that is Autumn.

© 2011 Michael Sprouse

© 2011 Michael Sprouse

© 2011 Michael Sprouse

© 2011 Michael Sprouse

© 2011 Michael Sprouse

© 2011 Michael Sprouse

If you'd like to experience an Autumnal Kaleidoscope of color in real time of your very own, I suggest you stop by Adams Fruit Market if you find yourself in the area. They have a tremendous amount of pumpkins, gourds, mums and more (I'm looking forward to the Jack-O-Lantern I’ll be carving soon from my Adams Fruit Stand pumpkin). Or, if you get the opportunity, take a drive out in the country and visit your own locally owned produce stand before the season passes. You’ll be glad you did.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Visual Jazz…

My thanks to the many who attended the opening reception for Visual Jazz last night at Prudential Gallo, REALTORS® in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It was a spectacular event and a fantastic time was had by all.

Special thanks to Julie Borden and Sydney Arzt for their inclusion of their beautiful and fascinating work and to Touch Of Italy for their greathearted donation of delectable foods.

Also - a very special thanks to the fantastic people of Prudential Gallo Rehoboth for their tremendous support and invaluable and truly generous help with this artistic and worthwhile endeavor which just seems to get better and more successful every time.

Artist Julie Borden chats with Jazz and Music Promoter Sydney Arzt.

op2Art appreciator and Music Promoter Sydney Arzt.

op3Enthusiastic patrons attend the event

Enthusiastic patrons attend the event

op5Enthusiastic patrons attend the event