Like Someone In Love

Corona Trio Project Recording of like Someone In Love

Musician’s Mask

Listen to the Corona Trio Project recording of Like Someone In Love. You may remember Mike Sunjka and FluteDaddy started a project to record music during the isolation of the Corona Pandemic by recording separately in their home studios and then mixing the tracks. Mike and Joseph were joined by bassist Pat Abbott and after overcoming a number of technical challenges the trio is starting to produce some satisfying sounds. Recording in different times and spaces has been slow going but we think we have the method dialed in now. We expect to complete and album in the fall. Here’s our pre-mastering take on the Jimmy Van-Heusen tune Like Someone In Love.

You might also enjoying hearing the trio’s recording of This Masquerade. (Pun Intended)

Perfectly Lovely

Found At Twilight – A Perfectly Lovely Photo

It had been one of those days in which if something could go wrong it did. Then we watched disturbing news about the Corona pandemic and the incompetent federal response exacerbating the pain and suffering. After dinner I decided to walk along the road near Garden Of The Gods park to clear my mind. I swung my camera over my shoulder and strolled along breathing the fresh twilight air. Suddenly I spotted a perfectly lovely plant I had never seen before. Seeing this beauty made my day. Here’s the photo.

A lovely Coyote Mint plant photographed at twilight near the Garden Of The Gods in Colorado Springs

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It’s Always Something!

Don’t Be Shocked By Life’s Surprises Because…

One lesson that must be learned ton order to reduce stress is: don’t be shocked by life’s surprises because it’s always something. We had a major leak problem and some windows had to be replaced. It’s always something. I had to move out of my studio last week during an especially busy time so contractors could work. It’s always something. I started to move back in to my studio today and opened the window for air when I discovered that the new windows had had been designed not to accommodate screens. You guessed it – it’s always______!

At times like these it would be easy to get all worked up and rant and rave but the wear and tear on your body and your psyche is not worth it. I am not resigned to the idea that life is messed up and trouble is always here. Rather I recognize life is always challenging me to learn and grow and adapt. Often there’s a gift in these challenges – a new opportunity. Maybe it was time to slow down. I have just completed a composition that is to be performed in two weeks. I am taking several art courses concurrently and trying out some new techniques with my photo art. And, in two days I am doing an improv performance for an art opening. Today after the window surprise, I stopped to take a deep breath and am now going to chill with my wife.

Like Someone In Love

Meanwhile, just in case you’d like to take a few minutes out for something new. We are recording a jazz album with the trio. Because of the Coronavirus we are recording asynchronously, playing in different times and spaces. Here’s a recording of Like Someone In Love that we just compiled. I’m not sure if it is final but you may find it interesting. Enjoy!

Someone In Love demo by the “Corona Trio”: Joseph Liberti, Mike Sunjka and Pat Abbott

Curving Into Memory

Plymouth Curving Into Memory of Childhood

You are probably aware of how a favorite song or the smell of fresh-baked cookies can trigger a memory of your past. I never thought much about curves stimulating memory but the sight of this car did it for me. The curvy 1940’s style of this old Plymouth brought back memories of childhood and the small town I grew up in. Auto art is a little off my usual nature genre but I couldn’t resist.

This old Plymouth was in the parking lot of a restaurant at Green Mountain Falls. The curves brought back memories of childhood.

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FluteDaddy Masquerade

Pat, Mike and FluteDaddy Play This Masquerade

Frustrated by being unable to play during these coronavirus days our trio Mike Sunjka, Pat Abbot and yours truly FluteDaddy, is recording an album asynchronously. We have been challenged by technical issues and the strangeness of not being in the same time and space while making music. We finally got the first tune, This Masquerade , dialed in yesterday.  The recording has not been mastered yet but I was excited to share it.I hope it provides some encouragement for using creativity to combat Corona Depression. Enjoy!

Estas Listo

Day 7 of A Ten Day Art Challenge – Estas Listo

Sculptor Timothy Nimmo chose me to complete a 10 day art challenge on Facebook beginning Monday July 13 . The purpose of the challenge is to fill Facebook with art and to acknowledge artists.. I admire Tim and love his magnificent art. I am honored and humbled to be included. Today’s entry- Estas Listo

My day 7 post in the 10 Day Art Challenge was Estas Listo, a recently completed piece. A partly shaded spot in a meditation garden in Colorado Springs is home to several giant agave plants. I love their colors which range from cream to blue-green to pale green to lavender. Near the top of the leaves a pattern that reminds me of aztec art appears in the smooth skin. They conjure a mystical desert experience. To some they are just spiky plants to stay away from but to me their shapes make wonderful abstract art especially in the light of early dawn with dark shadows still clinging.

blue and yellow leaves
An shares its blue glow at the light of dawn.

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Twist Of Fate

Day 6 of A Ten Day Art Challenge – Twist Of Fate

Sculptor Timothy Nimmo chose me to complete a 10 day art challenge on Facebook beginning Monday July 13 . The purpose of the challenge is to fill Facebook with art and to acknowledge artists.. I admire Tim and love his magnificent art. I am honored and humbled to be included. Today’s entry- Twist Of Fate

My day 6 post in the 10 Day Art Challenge was Twist Of Fate, a recently completed piece. Those were the first words in my mind as I spied the twist of intersecting twirls of green leaves. I was shooting in a meditation garden in Colorado Springs shortly after dawn and this was the first thing I saw. When I opened the photo file in my studio, somehow the energy of the plant took over. I moved rapidly from one adjustment to another and the art took on a life of its own until it was complete. I do not remember how I got to this result and I have since tried to reproduce the look with other pieces but could not. Sometimes the universe speaks and what is supposed to happen does. Enjoy it.

purple and red leaves photo art
Swirls of plant leaves in a Twist Of Fate

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Her Trun To Shine

Day 5 of A Ten Day Art Challenge – Her Turn To Shine

Sculptor Timothy Nimmo chose me to complete a 10 day art challenge on Facebook beginning Monday July 13 . The purpose of the challenge is to fill Facebook with art and to acknowledge artists.. I admire Tim and love his magnificent art. I am honored and humbled to be included. Today’s entry- Her Turn To Shine.

My day 5 post in the 10 Day Art Challenge was Her Turn To Shine, a recently completed piece. I was just walking out of the neighborhood for my dawn hike in Garden Of The Gods Park when I saw this cluster of desert parsley growing at the edge of a neighbor’s property. The weather was slightly hazy and a bit of light shone through and put a spotlight on one blossom. I captured her in her moment in the light. The occasion struck me as a kind of lesson: When it’s your turn to shine step up!

yellow flowers
It’s here turn to shine!

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Lily Love

Day 4 of A Ten Day Art Challenge – Lily Love

Sculptor Timothy Nimmo chose me to complete a 10 day art challenge on Facebook beginning Monday July 13 . The purpose of the challenge is to fill Facebook with art and to acknowledge artists.. I admire Tim and love his magnificent art. I am honored and humbled to be included. Today’s entry- Lily Love

My Day 4 post in the 10 Day Art Challenge is Lily Love, a pice I completed today. There is a tenderness about the blossom of this daylily as she opens her heart to the world. I was shooting in a demonstration garden in Colorado Springs at dawn and working strenuously to move my body into the best position and get the light and shadows I was looking for and moving rapidly from plant to plant. When I saw this beauty in the corner of my eye I stopped and stood still. I did a breathing meditation to get more connected to myself and to be able to be with this flower in the present. Then, taking my time I enjoyed finding the light and position that showed her softness and beauty.

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This day lilly draws us close to her heart.

Visit my Photo Art Gallery to view this wall art and see more of my recent work. I will be posting a piece from the Art Challenge each of the 10 days. If you would like to support my work, send a free ecard with this image to a friend.

Lasting Beauty

Day 3 of A Ten Day Art Challenge – Lasting Beauty

Sculptor Timothy Nimmo chose me to complete a 10 day art challenge on Facebook beginning Monday July 13 . The purpose of the challenge is to fill Facebook with art and to acknowledge artists.. I admire Tim and love his magnificent art. I am honored and humbled to be included..

My Day 3 post in the 10 Day Art Challenge is Lasting Beauty, a recently completed piece. I love the dry leaves I find still clinging to trees months after the change of seasons and which are still doing their part in making our world more beautiful. I love their graceful curves and subtle colors but beyond that I honor and revere the beauty within. This curvy cluster was on a fallen branch of cottonwood I found in Garden Of The Gods. For a while I stood and connected with their spirit. Their portrait is not simply dead dry leaves in the light of dawn but a visual poem to their eternal energy.

golden leaves
Fallen Cottonwood leaves quietly display their lasting beauty.

Visit my Photo Art Gallery to view this wall art and see more of my recent work. I will be posting a piece from the Art Challenge each of the 10 days. If you would like to support my work, send a free ecard with this image to a friend.

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