Monday, March 17, 2014

PC Troubles and A Work In Progress

I am having a bit of trouble with my PC. 
Don't know why I should have problems, but it's definitely 
annoying. I try to be careful to not do anything 
stupid on-line, but who knows?
In the meanwhile, here's a photo of my current painting project.
I am trying to create an impression of what I see
when I look into the Natatorium swimming pool, the way
the shadows of the ripples appear to undulate
on the bottom of the pool, even as those same ripples 
reflect light off the surface of the water.
I anticipate that the outlines on the bands of color
will evolve to blend more into the blue ground.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Art of Healing

As Eskenazi Health was being constructed and as its shape 
began to emerge, I wondered how the architects 
could possibly make a bunch of stacked boxes look interesting.
I needn't have worried because the designers have,
in essence, created frames for art work. For the main building,
an artist was commissioned who designed a facade
of vertical blue stripes, while another has adorned a second
segment with translucent flanges that reflect and diffuse 
the light as it changes throughout the day.
Yet a third fabricated an enameled steel installation 
for the parking garage that also plays with light and shadow,
changing with the time of day and as drivers pass by.

It is the same inside, where artwork serves to create 
an island of beauty and calm, one where the art of healing 
is practiced for the people of the community.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sun Wash

For a long while, the colored walls of this car wash 
have attracted me. The place is worn, utilitarian, prosaic, 
faded, even downright ugly, but during the morning,
 the yellow paint gives the bays a golden aura.
I suppose it's an illustration of the saying,
"Like putting lipstick on a pig."

After getting off the bus, I had a few minutes to spare 
before work, so I stopped to take a few pictures.

Friday, March 14, 2014

In the Shadows of Dawn

Early Friday morning, I stood waiting for my bus to work, 
hidden from the cold breezes in the limestone shadow 
of the Federal Court building. I watched the ebb and flow 
of the morning traffic as the cars took their turns 
at the intersection. The bright lights on the vehicles
and the traffic signals provide the only color
against the pavement, gray as people's
moods on a workday.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Studies in Cold and Gray

After enjoying a few days wafting with the friendly 
promise of Spring! we were greeted this morning by frigid 
gusts of air thirty degrees colder than they 
were yesterday. Unfortunately, I hadn't worn my warmest
coat, so stood miserably stoic at the bus stop, my nose
warmed by my own breath as it drifted among 
the deep folds of my neck scarf.
Only traces remain of the snow that held us 
in its thrall for weeks, but the island of cold air that 
swept in overnight make it seem as though those
traces of cold have settled permanently 
between my shoulder blades.
I may never stand straight again.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Not many days ago, the IPALCO building was lit in the shape 
of a pink heart to celebrate Valentine's Day. 
Now, in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, the building's 
windows show green. I've gotten to enjoy being downtown
during the early morning hours to see the city prepare 
for another day. Below, an insurance company on the northwest
quadrant of the Circle is already lit for work, and
already working if the numbers of lights in office windows
are any indication.

Shoot, this marks post number 1,001 for
Speedway Daily Photo. My camera was already 
on its way to becoming my constant companion 
when I started this blog. Now, leaving it behind when
I leave home is the decision I face, rather than 
whether to take it along.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Waiting for the Bus: At 8 a.m. and at 8 p.m.

Monday morning, I arrived downtown to catch a bus to work. 
 The top photo was taken outside the Federal Court 
BuildingI particularly enjoy the way the LED lights 
illuminate the columns of the court building. 
They seem caught in the middle of the complimentary 
scheme of the yellow globe lights and indigo sky.
After swimming at the Natatorium, I walked over
to Eskenazi Health to get the bus home.
At the stop, I looked over my shoulder to see, again,
that blue and yellow had conspired together, 
this time to cast their hues over a composition 
of rectangles and grids.

(Argh! My eyes must be deceiving me! This is my
one thousandth post for SPD!)