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Jan McCartney

Art photographer, Nikonian, Wordpresser, Artistic Googler, Lives in a Velvia world.
January 09, 2015 1 comments 1 shares 12 plus ones
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"Santa Cruz Beach" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

The Giant Dipper at Cali's oldest surviving amusement park. 

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/47jsI

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January 09, 2015 0 comments 1 shares 15 plus ones
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"Joshua Tree National Park" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

For our third anniversary tour of California where Artistic Google got started! Tarted in Topaz Impression Chiaroscuro.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/3hqN1

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December 31, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 16 plus ones
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What better image to celebrate the new year than this photo by Icelander Dagur Jonsson who hangs out on Facebook. Dagur started photographing his beautiful country in February. 2014 has been good to him! If you visit The Dark Side, check out his work!

A most creative 2015 for my friends on G+ !

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December 31, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 16 plus ones
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A selection of my images reflecting the roller coaster ride that was 2014. One door closes, another opens. One that had always stood open, just waiting.

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December 31, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 12 plus ones
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"Northern Ferry" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

The ferry leaves the Norwegian island of Tustna for parts north. 

Departing this old year with the clean wind in our faces in the promising but uncertain new day.

With a nod to Alex Colville whose exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario ends this weekend, and there will be a last visit tomorrow to contemplate his Precisionist painting style and subliminal drama.

With a snatch of poetry from Anne Michaels in my favourite work: "There is no city that does not dream":

The storm
that lit the city with the voltage
of spring, when we were eighteen
on the clean earth. The ferry ride in the rain,
wind wet with wedding music and everything that
sings in the carbon of stone and bone
like a page of love, wind-lost from a hand, unread.

Colville: http://www.alexcolville.ca

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/oLxkv

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December 26, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 11 plus ones
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My image: Sacre-Coeur, Paris, with a little help from Topaz Impression Van Gogh.

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December 25, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 12 plus ones
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A black, E white, I red, U green, O blue: vowels,
I shall tell, one day, of your mysterious origins:
A, black velvety jacket of brilliant flies
which buzz around cruel smells,

Gulfs of shadow; E, whiteness of vapours and of tents,
lances of proud glaciers, white kings, shivers of cow-parsley;
I, purples, spat blood, smile of beautiful lips
in anger or in the raptures of penitence;

U, waves, divine shudderings of viridian seas,
the peace of pastures dotted with animals, the peace of the furrows
which alchemy prints on broad studious foreheads;

O, sublime Trumpet full of strange piercing sounds,
silences crossed by Worlds and by Angels:
–O the Omega! the violet ray of His Eyes!

Words: Vowels, by Arthur Rimbaud
My image from Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre

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December 24, 2014 2 comments 0 shares 25 plus ones
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Taken at the Christmas Market, Distillery District.

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December 17, 2014 2 comments 0 shares 3 plus ones
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A shameless plug for Above Ground Art Supplies in T.Dot. They generously donated a loot bag for Toronto School of Art's open house last weekend and I won it! Woot!

A new sketchbook (badly needed since my old one is nearly full), cool samples: Kama oil stick, Cobra water mixable oil, acrylic paint, acrylic retarder, oil extender gel, a paintbrush (can never have enough of these!), a paint marker to try, cradled wood panel (love these), stretched canvas and a bag of Golden acrylic goodies including the ubiquitous Fluorescent Pink High Flow paint! Not to mention the lovely reusable canvas bag with an AboveGround logo!

What better Xmas gift than art supplies? A Xmas puppy? I have two of those already - one is 11 years old and one is 7.

As my Brit friends say, "I'm dead chuffed to have won."

https://www.abovegroundartsupplies.com/cms/index.php
http://tsa-art.ca

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December 17, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 12 plus ones
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Holiday art project - koi from Royal Botanical Gardens on terra skin (photographed last summer). I tried terra skin out yesterday with a variety of media and really like the way it takes acrylic inks and fluid acrylics. Smooth like mylar but without the guilt if the work isn't transparent. If this turns out, it will get mounted on wood panel. This is going to take ages to paint. Why not just print the digital image? Because.

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