Monday, January 30, 2006


I wanted to capture some neat water drips/ripples by using the flash and my kitchen sink.

More Pastel fun

Here is another pastel piece I did. A horse of course.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Battle of the Bands (Bluegrass Style)

Last night I attended a Battle of the Bands at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton, WV. If you take I64 W from Charleston and take exit 28 you can't miss it. It is right beside of the Exxon next to the Interstate. I would post a link to their website, but I don't think they have one. It is essentially an old cinderblock barn turned Opry house. The lack of several well-lit, marked exits was a bit scary but it wasn't a bad place to be.

Ten bands played 3 songs each, then 5 returned for the showdown of 2 songs each before the prizes were awarded. I can't remember which band won, or the names of all the bands but it was still a great time. From the pictures above, I can tell you that the second shot is of Rushhour. I'm not sure on the name of the band in the third shot, but I do know that the young boy on the banjo is 12, while the other boy with the fiddle is only 10 years old. They played as well if not better than most of the other players there.

I will definitely revisit this quaint little place, and hopefully have enough elbow room to take some good photos. The house was packed with around 200-250 people. While amazed at all the talent I saw last night, I am still amazed that people can play acoustic guitars THAT fast.

Sharon S continued

Here are a few more shots from Sharon's exhibit. The spoon photo is a little blurry, and will be replaced as soon as I get a chance.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Sharon S

I met with a wonderful artist today to show some of her work at NHarmony in Charleston. I have posted some photos which don't quite show the level of detail in the pieces, but you get an idea of the wonderful talent she has. We will be advertising her work on our sidewalk sign this week, and will be showing her work during the Artwalk coming up on 02/16/06. You can see Sharon's blog here, or by clicking on the link on the right side of my blog. NHarmony is located at 206 Capitol Street, Suite 100.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Downtown Charleston

Just a few random pics from downtown Charleston this afternoon.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

4th 2005 fireworks

At first I didn't like these photos because of the United building, but they kind of help frame the picture. The Bank One building doesn't help so much because of the lights out on "a" and "k". These were taking from the mall parking garage.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Cass Senic Railroad

Cass is located in Pocahontas County WV. The railroad was used for logging years ago, but has since been used for a senic ride for everyone to enjoy. The highlight of the trip is Bald Knob. Bald Knob is the second highest point in WV at an altitude of 4,842 feet. When at the top of the mountain, you can look over and see the Robert C. Byrd Greenbank Telescope. It's a fun trip.

Monday, January 23, 2006


Pictures from the overlook at Hawksnest State Park.

Midland Trail

Kanawha Falls and Cathedral Falls. Both on Midland Trail towards Ansted/Hawksnest taken last Summer.

More Tamarack shots

A few more shots from my trip this weekend.

More Tamarack

A few more photos from Tamarack.

Sunday, January 22, 2006


A few photos from Tamarack. The last is the furnace for glass blowing. I really like the colors that showed up on the furnace.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Cass Senic Railroad

I have several pictures from Cass Senic Railroad from this past summer. This is near the beginning of the trip up to Bald Knob.

Fun with Pastel

I thought it would be fun to play around with some pastels today.

More car photos

After looking through last nights shots again, I found more that I like.