Making Snow in Oxford

Making Snow in Oxford

Daily Practice
Journal

No — no snow — yet. But falling temperatures, rain, and winter settling in. In fact, we may get a dusting this weekend.

This scene is from a photo I took last summer of out buildings on a farm near my home. The photo shows goldenrod along the fence posts, bright green grass and tawny fields. I used my imagination to change the ‘season’ of this photo and tried to imagine what it would look like in the coldest part of winter covered in snow.

It amazes me how powerful colors are — looking at this in the glow of bright office light (versus more subdued lighting at my friend’s), the greens and purply blues really make this feel COLD! I painted another snow scene this weekend using different colors – and mercy, it was so much warmer.

I suppose I’ve known this aspect of color and have used it in my paintings before. But it seems snow scenes especially, perhaps with their white starkness, really brought that home to me.

Thank you for your kind comments about both my recent paintings and my computer. You have no idea how much they’ve cheered me during a most frustrating time! More bad news, however on the IT front. The computer keeps crashing – despite all attempts at resuscitation. One more attempt at salvation tonight .. and if that fails .. it’s computer shopping and draining my bank account. SIGH. As Sue has so expertly said earlier, the computer is definitely my workhorse and my ‘connecton’ to family and friends I love and admire, inspiration and learning, and yes, work. So at least I have a day or so to ‘bite the bullet’ and wrap my mind around the possibility.

It’s a busy week here at the office — meetings and classes and planting seeds in a wonderfully warm greenhouse. Some of the plants from last semester’s propagation class are really taking hold, and I saw a beautiful purple iris in bloom …. what a cheer!

Take care today!

Posted by linfrye . on 2010-01-26 11:22:16

Tagged: , watercolor , winter , snow , imagination , oxford , nc , granville county , rural buildings , sketchbook , journal

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From an E-Mail to a lover:

"For the digital man and his digital heart: only the dust of what human connection was and could be. Human beings cannot be turned on and off. They cannot fullfill what we want when we want it like the text and images on computer screens. It is true that there is flesh and blood directing the sometimes symphonic digital self… but the virtual human is a crude vessel. It reflects only what we wish to project of ourselves… a sort of breeding ground of idealistic people who (in this virtual space) believe that our projections (our "profiles") can assert a more controlled, less real (and therefore less likely to fail, to dissapoint, etc.) self.
It makes sense that we would make use of this form of communication… it is easier, it reflects the way that we wish to have our lived spaces (virtual and physical) cater to our desires.

But all in all I don’t (can’t) fully dissaprove of digital companionship… even if I see the shortcomings (amputations as Marshall McLuhan would have said), I cannot deny the fact that this IS the evolution of the human. All I can do is understand its effects and try to help others be aware of them.

The truth is, I don’t know if I’m capable of having serious relationships anymore. I was raised on a veritable market of love. People set up their profiles like booths in a flea-market and I am free to go window(s) shopping at every moment. We are capable of finding love when and where we want it, there is something better right around the corner (follow this link)."

Compunication is:

An interactive performance of digital conversations I’ve had. I dress two participants in computer headdresses which are connected by wire to computer hard drives. The two hard drives are connected to eachother (these are built of cardboard and are not connected to electricity.) I provide transcripts of various e-mails and IM conversations I have had with (virtual) friends and lovers. Many of these conversations were had with people I have never met in real life. I ask that as they read, the participants consider the difference between virtual and face-to-face interaction.

Posted by Zachary Bowman on 2007-07-09 19:36:03

Tagged: , Figment , Imagination , Island , New , York , Governors , Compunication

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From an E-Mail to a lover:

"For the digital man and his digital heart: only the dust of what human connection was and could be. Human beings cannot be turned on and off. They cannot fullfill what we want when we want it like the text and images on computer screens. It is true that there is flesh and blood directing the sometimes symphonic digital self… but the virtual human is a crude vessel. It reflects only what we wish to project of ourselves… a sort of breeding ground of idealistic people who (in this virtual space) believe that our projections (our "profiles") can assert a more controlled, less real (and therefore less likely to fail, to dissapoint, etc.) self.
It makes sense that we would make use of this form of communication… it is easier, it reflects the way that we wish to have our lived spaces (virtual and physical) cater to our desires.

But all in all I don’t (can’t) fully dissaprove of digital companionship… even if I see the shortcomings (amputations as Marshall McLuhan would have said), I cannot deny the fact that this IS the evolution of the human. All I can do is understand its effects and try to help others be aware of them.

The truth is, I don’t know if I’m capable of having serious relationships anymore. I was raised on a veritable market of love. People set up their profiles like booths in a flea-market and I am free to go window(s) shopping at every moment. We are capable of finding love when and where we want it, there is something better right around the corner (follow this link)."

Compunication is:

An interactive performance of digital conversations I’ve had. I dress two participants in computer headdresses which are connected by wire to computer hard drives. The two hard drives are connected to eachother (these are built of cardboard and are not connected to electricity.) I provide transcripts of various e-mails and IM conversations I have had with (virtual) friends and lovers. Many of these conversations were had with people I have never met in real life. I ask that as they read, the participants consider the difference between virtual and face-to-face interaction.

Posted by Zachary Bowman on 2007-07-09 19:37:33

Tagged: , Figment , Imagination , Island , New , York , Governors , Compunication

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From an E-Mail to a lover:

"For the digital man and his digital heart: only the dust of what human connection was and could be. Human beings cannot be turned on and off. They cannot fullfill what we want when we want it like the text and images on computer screens. It is true that there is flesh and blood directing the sometimes symphonic digital self… but the virtual human is a crude vessel. It reflects only what we wish to project of ourselves… a sort of breeding ground of idealistic people who (in this virtual space) believe that our projections (our "profiles") can assert a more controlled, less real (and therefore less likely to fail, to dissapoint, etc.) self.
It makes sense that we would make use of this form of communication… it is easier, it reflects the way that we wish to have our lived spaces (virtual and physical) cater to our desires.

But all in all I don’t (can’t) fully dissaprove of digital companionship… even if I see the shortcomings (amputations as Marshall McLuhan would have said), I cannot deny the fact that this IS the evolution of the human. All I can do is understand its effects and try to help others be aware of them.

The truth is, I don’t know if I’m capable of having serious relationships anymore. I was raised on a veritable market of love. People set up their profiles like booths in a flea-market and I am free to go window(s) shopping at every moment. We are capable of finding love when and where we want it, there is something better right around the corner (follow this link)."

Compunication is:

An interactive performance of digital conversations I’ve had. I dress two participants in computer headdresses which are connected by wire to computer hard drives. The two hard drives are connected to eachother (these are built of cardboard and are not connected to electricity.) I provide transcripts of various e-mails and IM conversations I have had with (virtual) friends and lovers. Many of these conversations were had with people I have never met in real life. I ask that as they read, the participants consider the difference between virtual and face-to-face interaction.

Posted by Zachary Bowman on 2007-07-09 19:36:11

Tagged: , Figment , Imagination , Island , New , York , Governors , Compunication

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From an E-Mail to a lover:

"For the digital man and his digital heart: only the dust of what human connection was and could be. Human beings cannot be turned on and off. They cannot fullfill what we want when we want it like the text and images on computer screens. It is true that there is flesh and blood directing the sometimes symphonic digital self… but the virtual human is a crude vessel. It reflects only what we wish to project of ourselves… a sort of breeding ground of idealistic people who (in this virtual space) believe that our projections (our "profiles") can assert a more controlled, less real (and therefore less likely to fail, to dissapoint, etc.) self.
It makes sense that we would make use of this form of communication… it is easier, it reflects the way that we wish to have our lived spaces (virtual and physical) cater to our desires.

But all in all I don’t (can’t) fully dissaprove of digital companionship… even if I see the shortcomings (amputations as Marshall McLuhan would have said), I cannot deny the fact that this IS the evolution of the human. All I can do is understand its effects and try to help others be aware of them.

The truth is, I don’t know if I’m capable of having serious relationships anymore. I was raised on a veritable market of love. People set up their profiles like booths in a flea-market and I am free to go window(s) shopping at every moment. We are capable of finding love when and where we want it, there is something better right around the corner (follow this link)."

Compunication is:

An interactive performance of digital conversations I’ve had. I dress two participants in computer headdresses which are connected by wire to computer hard drives. The two hard drives are connected to eachother (these are built of cardboard and are not connected to electricity.) I provide transcripts of various e-mails and IM conversations I have had with (virtual) friends and lovers. Many of these conversations were had with people I have never met in real life. I ask that as they read, the participants consider the difference between virtual and face-to-face interaction.

Posted by Zachary Bowman on 2007-07-10 00:58:27

Tagged: , Figment , Imagination , Island , New , York , Governors , Compunication

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From an E-Mail to a lover:

"For the digital man and his digital heart: only the dust of what human connection was and could be. Human beings cannot be turned on and off. They cannot fullfill what we want when we want it like the text and images on computer screens. It is true that there is flesh and blood directing the sometimes symphonic digital self… but the virtual human is a crude vessel. It reflects only what we wish to project of ourselves… a sort of breeding ground of idealistic people who (in this virtual space) believe that our projections (our "profiles") can assert a more controlled, less real (and therefore less likely to fail, to dissapoint, etc.) self.
It makes sense that we would make use of this form of communication… it is easier, it reflects the way that we wish to have our lived spaces (virtual and physical) cater to our desires.

But all in all I don’t (can’t) fully dissaprove of digital companionship… even if I see the shortcomings (amputations as Marshall McLuhan would have said), I cannot deny the fact that this IS the evolution of the human. All I can do is understand its effects and try to help others be aware of them.

The truth is, I don’t know if I’m capable of having serious relationships anymore. I was raised on a veritable market of love. People set up their profiles like booths in a flea-market and I am free to go window(s) shopping at every moment. We are capable of finding love when and where we want it, there is something better right around the corner (follow this link)."

Compunication is:

An interactive performance of digital conversations I’ve had. I dress two participants in computer headdresses which are connected by wire to computer hard drives. The two hard drives are connected to eachother (these are built of cardboard and are not connected to electricity.) I provide transcripts of various e-mails and IM conversations I have had with (virtual) friends and lovers. Many of these conversations were had with people I have never met in real life. I ask that as they read, the participants consider the difference between virtual and face-to-face interaction.

Posted by Zachary Bowman on 2007-07-09 19:37:41

Tagged: , Figment , Imagination , Island , New , York , Governors , Compunication

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From an E-Mail to a lover:

"For the digital man and his digital heart: only the dust of what human connection was and could be. Human beings cannot be turned on and off. They cannot fullfill what we want when we want it like the text and images on computer screens. It is true that there is flesh and blood directing the sometimes symphonic digital self… but the virtual human is a crude vessel. It reflects only what we wish to project of ourselves… a sort of breeding ground of idealistic people who (in this virtual space) believe that our projections (our "profiles") can assert a more controlled, less real (and therefore less likely to fail, to dissapoint, etc.) self.
It makes sense that we would make use of this form of communication… it is easier, it reflects the way that we wish to have our lived spaces (virtual and physical) cater to our desires.

But all in all I don’t (can’t) fully dissaprove of digital companionship… even if I see the shortcomings (amputations as Marshall McLuhan would have said), I cannot deny the fact that this IS the evolution of the human. All I can do is understand its effects and try to help others be aware of them.

The truth is, I don’t know if I’m capable of having serious relationships anymore. I was raised on a veritable market of love. People set up their profiles like booths in a flea-market and I am free to go window(s) shopping at every moment. We are capable of finding love when and where we want it, there is something better right around the corner (follow this link)."

Compunication is:

An interactive performance of digital conversations I’ve had. I dress two participants in computer headdresses which are connected by wire to computer hard drives. The two hard drives are connected to eachother (these are built of cardboard and are not connected to electricity.) I provide transcripts of various e-mails and IM conversations I have had with (virtual) friends and lovers. Many of these conversations were had with people I have never met in real life. I ask that as they read, the participants consider the difference between virtual and face-to-face interaction.

Posted by Zachary Bowman on 2007-07-09 19:37:47

Tagged: , Figment , Imagination , Island , New , York , Governors , Compunication

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From an E-Mail to a lover:

"For the digital man and his digital heart: only the dust of what human connection was and could be. Human beings cannot be turned on and off. They cannot fullfill what we want when we want it like the text and images on computer screens. It is true that there is flesh and blood directing the sometimes symphonic digital self… but the virtual human is a crude vessel. It reflects only what we wish to project of ourselves… a sort of breeding ground of idealistic people who (in this virtual space) believe that our projections (our "profiles") can assert a more controlled, less real (and therefore less likely to fail, to dissapoint, etc.) self.
It makes sense that we would make use of this form of communication… it is easier, it reflects the way that we wish to have our lived spaces (virtual and physical) cater to our desires.

But all in all I don’t (can’t) fully dissaprove of digital companionship… even if I see the shortcomings (amputations as Marshall McLuhan would have said), I cannot deny the fact that this IS the evolution of the human. All I can do is understand its effects and try to help others be aware of them.

The truth is, I don’t know if I’m capable of having serious relationships anymore. I was raised on a veritable market of love. People set up their profiles like booths in a flea-market and I am free to go window(s) shopping at every moment. We are capable of finding love when and where we want it, there is something better right around the corner (follow this link)."

Compunication is:

An interactive performance of digital conversations I’ve had. I dress two participants in computer headdresses which are connected by wire to computer hard drives. The two hard drives are connected to eachother (these are built of cardboard and are not connected to electricity.) I provide transcripts of various e-mails and IM conversations I have had with (virtual) friends and lovers. Many of these conversations were had with people I have never met in real life. I ask that as they read, the participants consider the difference between virtual and face-to-face interaction.

Posted by Zachary Bowman on 2007-07-09 19:36:20

Tagged: , Figment , Imagination , Island , New , York , Governors , Compunication

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From an E-Mail to a lover:

"For the digital man and his digital heart: only the dust of what human connection was and could be. Human beings cannot be turned on and off. They cannot fullfill what we want when we want it like the text and images on computer screens. It is true that there is flesh and blood directing the sometimes symphonic digital self… but the virtual human is a crude vessel. It reflects only what we wish to project of ourselves… a sort of breeding ground of idealistic people who (in this virtual space) believe that our projections (our "profiles") can assert a more controlled, less real (and therefore less likely to fail, to dissapoint, etc.) self.
It makes sense that we would make use of this form of communication… it is easier, it reflects the way that we wish to have our lived spaces (virtual and physical) cater to our desires.

But all in all I don’t (can’t) fully dissaprove of digital companionship… even if I see the shortcomings (amputations as Marshall McLuhan would have said), I cannot deny the fact that this IS the evolution of the human. All I can do is understand its effects and try to help others be aware of them.

The truth is, I don’t know if I’m capable of having serious relationships anymore. I was raised on a veritable market of love. People set up their profiles like booths in a flea-market and I am free to go window(s) shopping at every moment. We are capable of finding love when and where we want it, there is something better right around the corner (follow this link)."

Compunication is:

An interactive performance of digital conversations I’ve had. I dress two participants in computer headdresses which are connected by wire to computer hard drives. The two hard drives are connected to eachother (these are built of cardboard and are not connected to electricity.) I provide transcripts of various e-mails and IM conversations I have had with (virtual) friends and lovers. Many of these conversations were had with people I have never met in real life. I ask that as they read, the participants consider the difference between virtual and face-to-face interaction.

Posted by Zachary Bowman on 2007-07-09 20:14:05

Tagged: , Figment , Imagination , Island , New , York , Governors , Compunication

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From an E-Mail to a lover:

"For the digital man and his digital heart: only the dust of what human connection was and could be. Human beings cannot be turned on and off. They cannot fullfill what we want when we want it like the text and images on computer screens. It is true that there is flesh and blood directing the sometimes symphonic digital self… but the virtual human is a crude vessel. It reflects only what we wish to project of ourselves… a sort of breeding ground of idealistic people who (in this virtual space) believe that our projections (our "profiles") can assert a more controlled, less real (and therefore less likely to fail, to dissapoint, etc.) self.
It makes sense that we would make use of this form of communication… it is easier, it reflects the way that we wish to have our lived spaces (virtual and physical) cater to our desires.

But all in all I don’t (can’t) fully dissaprove of digital companionship… even if I see the shortcomings (amputations as Marshall McLuhan would have said), I cannot deny the fact that this IS the evolution of the human. All I can do is understand its effects and try to help others be aware of them.

The truth is, I don’t know if I’m capable of having serious relationships anymore. I was raised on a veritable market of love. People set up their profiles like booths in a flea-market and I am free to go window(s) shopping at every moment. We are capable of finding love when and where we want it, there is something better right around the corner (follow this link)."

Compunication is:

An interactive performance of digital conversations I’ve had. I dress two participants in computer headdresses which are connected by wire to computer hard drives. The two hard drives are connected to eachother (these are built of cardboard and are not connected to electricity.) I provide transcripts of various e-mails and IM conversations I have had with (virtual) friends and lovers. Many of these conversations were had with people I have never met in real life. I ask that as they read, the participants consider the difference between virtual and face-to-face interaction.

Posted by Zachary Bowman on 2007-07-09 20:14:11

Tagged: , Figment , Imagination , Island , New , York , Governors , Compunication