Monday, February 25, 2013

Farm House

I like this farmhouse very much.  I went with the intention of capturing the glow from the sunset since the front of this charming house faces directly west.  I sat on a sun beaten wood plank that lay across the flowing canal across the lonely road.  It was so peaceful sitting there, no cars passed the house and I for as long as I was there.   This house is isolated on a vast expanse of bright green fields with mature trees directly east and south to give it a quaint setting.  Sitting alone in a field can be uncomfortable, I am sure of that.

Like a vulture surveying it's prey I crept closer to the porch.  The solid wood door was charming and had modest dental trim.  Bright green weeds were a vivid accent playing behind the teeth of the ancient deck chairs.  The deck chairs were a weather hardened pair with one holding an ancient woven poncho and the other a phone book with faded yellow pages still turned to the same page by whomever was last sitting there.  When I peered into the window next to the chair there was an upright piano.  When I look at this image all I want to do is sit with some friends on the porch drinking home made lemonade, listening to a banjo and watch the sunset.

I thank Stephen Bales of Bales Hay to tell me about the history of this house.  Originally, it was the home to J.G. Osborn who worked for Bales Hay located in Buckeye for 15-20 years. The house sits next to Liberty Cemetery.

The 120-plus-year-old Liberty Cemetery is located on 207 Avenue south of MC85.  The land, donated by Clem Collins in 1885, was located next to the Free Methodist Church.  The first burial, in 1885, was for Norma Jones, daughter of W.W. Jones.  There are approximately 590 internments, with the last burial being Jose Ruan in 1992.  Buckeye pioneer Thomas Newton Clanton is also buried there.  Images of America, Buckeye, by Verlyne Meck.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tagged Mayberry

Abandoned Building along Beloat Road in Buckeye, Arizona, photo credit: Lara Serbin, 2013

Sanctuary Building at DeGrazia in the Sun, Tucson, Arizona, 2012

I was driving down Beloat Road heading to the Rock and Mineral Club monthly meeting in down town Buckeye and I gazed at the homestead on the left side of the 2 lane rural road.  I have driven by this mysterious building hundreds of times and always wanted to jump out and check it out. I parked near it and saw that there was someone talking to a caretaker kind of guy.   The caretaker house sits directly east of the tagged shrine.  I walked over and was lucky enough to gain access to the shrine to take photos. The man was salty with a white beard and an accent from a distant place. I shook his hand and he said "No more than 200 photos!"

Look at the first there?  OK, it was amazing!  I was over powered with artistic expression sprayed on every vertical surface inside this place.  I have seen other spaces with paint but this was different.  Look at the DeGrazia mural.  It is nice don't get me wrong but it is not the same blow your hair back kind of thrill that the photo on the top has.  I think art that is expressed from a variety of artists is more compelling than one artist laying down the law. It is DIVERSITY that is so stimulating.  It was also a funky space inside.  Any kind of building codes were thrown out the window. There were stair treads so tiny I could barely get my foot on it to step onto it.  The space was overtaken by layers of spray can expression.  It wouldn't have been the same if it was in a newer building. I am drawn to the 50's-60's time frame.  Tagged vintage glass blocks are poetry.

Abandoned Building along Beloat Road in Buckeye, Arizona, photo credit: Lara Serbin, 2013

Painted window art, Arizona Inn, Tucson, Arizona, photo credit: Lara Serbin, 2012

Let's compare these two window examples above. The first one is naughty spray paint art over vintage glass blocks. The photo below is obviously one artist who painted pretty flowers on glass.  I can't believe I am saying this but I prefer the top photo.  I could sit pool side and look at the spray painted glass block only if they were vintage glass blocks.  If it was done right.  If someone tagged new glass blocks I wouldn't dig it.  I might have to go to Arizona Inn to confirm this.  I would need some poolside time to really think this through.

Abandoned Building along Beloat Road in Buckeye, Arizona, photo credit: Lara Serbin, 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

Friday, February 8, 2013

You All Sing Pretty Out There

Sunday, 1/5 photo for #5shotchallenge theme: TEXTURE
Location: 32nd Street hike on Squaw Peak *still Squaw Peak to me*

I was invited to a challenge by a friend of mine named Heleluki to a #5shotchallenge on this Instagram that I am totally addicted to.  I don't really even know if this is a man or a woman.  Just my virtual friend Heleluki who lives in Finland and has 2 cats.  He sent me the challenge I think like Saturday night at midnight.  I told him quickly I would get back to him the next day. I lay on my #pillow wondering what a #5shotchallenge and then got a little tense thinking does it start now when I get it?  Is there a time limit?  I picked up my phone at midnight and asked, "So does that mean 5 photos in 5 days. Yes, he replied and added "Your theme will be 'texture', but only if you like and have the time of course."  Heleluki added "...and have fun!"  

Monday, 2/5 photo for #5shotchallenge theme: TEXTURE
Location: Buckeye, Arizona neighborhood east of Alice Charmin Building

I have to say the first photo was weak.  It wasn't really what I wanted so I decided for the following day the texture would need to be more structural.  I didn't want to just take shots of cactus ribs.  Most of the buildings in Arizona are stucco so it is a challenge to look for unique texture.  Texture is everywhere.  I liked the chain link with the grayscale.  Everything just bakes out here in the Arizona heat.

Tuesday, 3/5 photo for #5shotchallenge theme: TEXTURE
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona Biltmore Resort

So Tuesday I was in Phoenix with about 15 minutes to find inspiration.  As I was walking to my car with mascara from Saks 5th Avenue, I was going to snap the basket weave block facade on Macy's but I canned that idea.  Let's not get desperate, Heleluki said to have fun.  Macy's is not fun. What could be better....Frank Lloyd Wright blocks.  Frank knew a thing or two about adding texture to a facade. Why do so many designers weeney out by using stucco?  You can't see it but there are little bird nests in the cracks.

Wednesday, 4/5 photo for #5shotchallenge theme: TEXTURE
Location: Buckeye, Arizona, Alice's House

I invited myself , Eva and Lily to Alice's house on Wednesday in the middle of the day for inspiration.  It was fun indeed.  Alice has an outdoor workshop at her house with rock grinders, cutting tools and thirty years worth of collecting rocks and minerals.  The photo above is actually a football size of Fluorite. The color is a gorgeous grape purple.  My focus is texture not color. Just saying.  We poured some water over it and cleaned it up for you!

Thursday, 5/5 photo for #5shotchallenge theme: TEXTURE
Location: Buckeye, Arizona, Alice's House

Inside Alice's house are collections of many things like roadrunner figurines, De Grazia paintings, and hobnail glass dishware.  To me the hobnail glass conjures Buckeye as 'Mayberry' perfectly.  I need Mayberry.  When you are in someone's home in Buckeye you may have the chance to pick out a piece of candy out of a glass hobnail bowl.


So Lily's 3rd grade class were not listening in music class yesterday. They're charge was to write eight sentences about Louis Armstrong.  As I was reading the reminder from school my Pandora was playing "Let's Fall in Love" by Louis Armstrong so here you go.  Armstrong's voice has lots of texture.