FINE LINES MURAL JAM

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On Sunday, April 6th, Words Beats & Life Inc. presented the Fine Lines Mural Jam in partnership with HiArts and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The event featured more than 50 artists from the Baltimore-Washington DC metro area as well as crews from Philadelphia and New Jersey. Fine Lines Mural Jam was an all-day event. It was fascinating watching the artists at work. First they laid down the background and image outline. Next came the base colors. Throughout the afternoon they used various brush/spray strokes to add depth, dimension, and shadowing to their...

LUNAR ECLIPSE

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Hopefully, you are excited that April 15th is right around the corner. It is going to be an exhilarating day! Exhilarating as in exciting; I am not referring to income tax returns. Rather, I am talking about the lunar eclipse. Folks on the East Coast will have a front row seat for the entire eclipse. The partial eclipse begins at 12:50am EDT, enters totality at 3:06am, leaves totality at 4:25am, and ends at 5:33am. Moonset occurs at 6:36am EDT. If the weather cooperates, you can capture a number of spectacular photos. For full details on...

FOCUS

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We have seen a fair number of wintry woes this year in Baltimore: record cold temperatures; so much snow city officials began discussing plans for the first-ever Iditarmore Great Sled Race; tire-killing potholes; school kids sick of staying home; grocery shelves clear of bread, milk and toilet paper; and, way too many folks who do not know how to drive in the snow. Focus is the topic of today’s posting. Say, speaking of grocery shopping, inquiring minds want to know why folks stock up on bread, milk and toilet paper before a snow storm. Why...

PHOTO TIP OF THE MONTH … OR, A WEEKEND FOR THE BIRDS

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Severe winter weather, babysitting chores (tough to say no to my darn cute grandkids), and a weird sinus condition have hampered my photo outings this year. On second thought, the term hampered is too weak; obstructed is a better description. Reading all the blog reports and seeing the online photos I believe I am the only photographer in the Mid-Atlantic who missed the snowy owl invasion. Geez and pshaw already, a lady ahead of me at the grocery the other day showed the cashier the snowy owl she shot with her (expletive deleted) smartphone. Thus,...

ARTISTIC EVOLUTION

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One of the most fascinating things about street art, and graffiti in particular, is its ephemeral nature. Art pieces are short-lived, as artists and writers reuse prime wall space. Though the art pieces be momentary, their expression is vibrant. Their existence pulsates with energy. The brick and mortar wall speaks with many a talented voice.     To hear these diverse voices; to experience the snap, crackle, and pop of the artwork; to give witness to the artistic talent, one must visit the open air museum on a regular basis.     Here you see...