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24
Aug
16

dancing for joy…

“If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile.”     Santosh Kumar Kalwar

Please allow me to share a hard won milestone….4,000,000 views here at SwittersB. I don’t get a lot of visits/views, so I cherish my frequent flyers…you…that drop by to appreciate, click, perhaps have your spirits lifted (my intent) and return now and then….well the now & thens added up. Thank you so very much for sharing your valuable time with me. Love you all.

4 mil August 24, 2016

stamens, rose, dancing, SwittersB

22
Jan
16

blog stats…

“All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile.” Chris Hart

Stats-Blog-SwittersB & Exploring

Yes, a small part (usually) of me charts stats on a larger scale, like above. I gauge the pleasing/success factor of a post by the incoming likes. When, sometime this Summer, I creep past 4,000,000 views, I will be satisfied, but it will be transitory as was 1 mil or 3 mil. What lingers, everyday, is the wisdom, joy, love, kinship and passion you all share. That’s how it is meant to be. That is why you share your efforts, to have an impact to other’s minds, hearts, emotions. Oh, the 17K post was regard the Montauk Sea Monster episode. I wrote it as a fun piece and for a day it was one of the few posts re the creature that washed up on the coast. 

08
Nov
13

Writing & Photography: A Mental Block…..

Is it lunar, seasonal, hormonal, low light? I feel as if my mojo packed a bag and took off to a sunnier locale. The drab grey sets in, the rain commences and some chemical seepage occurs in my brain. Doldrums, writer’s block of a sort. Nothing inspires. I try but, for now, the inspiration lags behind.

I had some ideas but they petered out………

May I Help You? Penny SwittersB

I thought about writing some soft, furry little pet piece about Penny the Cat intruding on my research about fly fishing………

Moon Face SwittersB

I thought about researching how moon faces evolved in art and cultures, but I got bogged down in Galileo, telescopes and Germanic history…………..

SB Statsx

I thought about standing naked before you, statistically speaking, and wondering if blogging is really worth the effort given how so few people really wander by and why the damn drop in numbers….geeze I have stat’s envy!!!!

But nothing really resonated. Work really intrudes on creativity doesn’t it? I need to grab the camera and the rods and head out and explore. I am sure my employer would understand my explanations about mental blocks and creativity?

Day Dreamin…….

Day Dreamin’ The Winter Away? The Doldrums must be conquered!!!

09
Oct
12

Tattoo Love: SwittersB (the Canvas) & Paul Zenk (the Inkster)

TAT/STAT VANITY DAY!

Just the other day, I alluded to a renovation of SwittersB’s Trout Tattoo. For too long the beautiful Trucha has been hovered there on my left forearm, chasing a nymph and seeming suspended and isolated.

tattoo-trout-SwittersB-photography-Jere Ware

Over the years, I had entertained other tattoos for the Trout, but all of them seemed to much in contrast with the fish: Liberty torch, Giant Dragon Fly, Dagger, reclining nude…see what I mean? But, a vision entered my mind of structure, of habitat for the fish. But I didn’t want just a blue layer above to suggest water. I thought more of snags and rocks.

I had some basic ideas and I finally settled upon the quest. I ended up at Infinity Tattoo in North Portland and upon looking at the ‘work books’ of the artist, one artist popped out…Paul Zenk @ Infinity Tattoo. He had done work that was quite close to what I was looking for: tree/snag and rock wise. Nothing with a fish though. I set up the consultation, met Paul and conveyed my ideas and like a spark of genius he started sketching on my arm and paper with suggestions that went well beyond my timid vision. Wow! I said. Done. Let’s do this.

The appointment was set and last week SwittersB’s Trout joined together with Paul Zenk’s vision and what a powerful result. More than I could have imagined. Of course, it is healing now and not suitable for prime time viewing just yet, but the pictures at the time, will give you ample clues as to how amazing a job Paul Zenk did on my forearm.

Total time was around 5 hours. Yes, that was a bit rough after say 3 hours. Mind control becomes a necessity. But, I could not be happier with the outcome and it is a perfect way to celebrate something else…as long as we are on the vanity kick….why not: SwittersB passed the 3,000,000 views mark early today. Yeehaw….thank you loyal and misguided visitors to SwittersB & Fly Fishing!!!

So, here are a few photographs of the tattoo work from beginning to end, more or less and they will give you an idea of the vision and the beautiful outcome.

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This was at the beginning, after Paul Zenk applied the ‘template’ that provides a very basic concept. The rest is in the artist’s mind and hands. Trust is a factor. I had it.

tattoo-trout-SwittersB-Paul Zenk-photography

The template is inked in. Here you can get a glimpse of the rock and branches idea.

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Paul Zenk doing his thing.

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The vision is quite evident by now…SwittersB’s Trout has a definite home.

Tattoo-Trout-Rocks-Paul Zenk-SwittersB-photography

Just finished in the shop. This is a straight on shot, and does not show the top of the forearm (more tree trunk/stump and water surface) nor the bottom of the forearm (beautiful colored rocks in various shades).

I am sure you will agree the tattoo is a serious upgrade and truly amazing. Thank you Paul Zenk. Tattoos are a love ’em or leave ’em alone sort of deal. I understand the image or perceptions and the full range of tastes out there. Of course, I did this for me. In the end, it all goes toward my vision, my personal perceptions, my celebrations. I hope you agree, it is a beautiful piece of work. 




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