The Goo Goo Dolls Live

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Lead singer John Rzeznik

I had the privilege of attending last night’s Goo Goo Dolls concert with a friend who won free tickets to the show at the Florida Theater!

It was a great show and I had a fun time taking pictures there…a whole new challenge in photography, to be sure. The band is coming back with a new album, and I was happy to report that I knew most of the songs they played, and the new songs they did sound great, too. The band has been around since the 1980s, and I wasn’t surprised to see mostly middle-aged people in attendance. I’d say that my age group were the youngest in attendance last night.

It was nice, though, because I remember going to concerts in my youth and thinking how exhausting they were. A rock concert has people trying to mosh and smush you and it’s loud and uncomfortable. Teen-filled concerts are usually loud and hurt the ears from all the screaming. But, a band popular in the 90s and a crowd full of fun-loving, laid back adults was great. There were a few drunks but good times were had by all. All in all, I’m glad to hear the Goo Goo Dolls are coming back.

Here are a few cool pictures from the night.

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Find your seat!

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I loved taking pictures of the lights, too.

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Lights hanging inside the Florida Theater- also a historic site.

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Paige’s Owl

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“Paige’s Owl” 2011 acrylic on canvas board

It seems that owls have become a popular thing lately. They’re pretty cool birds and come in lots of sizes. My personal favorite has to be the Burrowing Owl:

The Burrowing Owl, as its name suggests, lives in holes in the ground in mostly desert/prairie ecosystems, though it’s also found here in Florida (I’ve yet to see one…but I haven’t been looking). If there is one thing I have to say about Florida, it’s that it is chock full of birds of every feather.

Do a google image search of the Burrowing Owl, and I promise you’ll laugh. These guys are full of character and funny expressions. They eat mostly bugs, and that includes scorpions, too! They also are known to take down rabbits, bats, and other birds, and even eat fruits like the prickly pear – and they are the only species of owl that eat fruit. They’re pretty cool little guys.

Paige’s Owl was painted for a friend’s daughter to match her very colorful bedroom.

Blues

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“Blues” 2011 acrylic on canvas board

“Blues” is one of my favorites because I just love some of the shades of blue that I used in it. This particular piece was donated to a local auction for charity. I was told the winner was quite happy to receive it.

Another color piece and dabbling in the abstract. I hope you enjoy it.

Moose in Fall

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“Moose in Fall” 2010 acrylic on canvas board

The moose is one of my favorite animals, and I’ve been lucky enough to see them in the wild myself on several occasions. The moose is a massive animal – the sheer size of them is something to behold, with 7 feet their average height at the shoulder. The older bulls can grow antler spreads up to 6 feet wide that weigh 90 pounds! Can you imagine carrying around 90 pounds on your head? The antlers grow in at the rate of up to 1 inch per day, and are shed yearly. Another interesting fact – moose have 4 more DNA chromosomes than humans.

Of the more exotic animals I’d like to throw a saddle on and ride, the moose is up there with the giraffe. Here and here are some examples of other people with crazy ideas about saddling moose or hitching them up to wagons. The latter seems to be more popular.

Either way, moose are spectacular animals, and I enjoy capturing them in my artwork.

“Moose in Fall” was painted for and hangs at my parents’ home.

Purple Sunset

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“Purple Sunset” 2007 acrylic on canvas board

One of the places that I have always wanted to visit is Hawaii. I’ve visited beaches from California to Florida and Mexico, and each of them I have found uniquely different from the other. I’d love to walk on the black volcanic sand and see the green cloaked mountains rising sharply from the sea, eat some local food, and enjoy the island life…if only for a short while.

Someday I will make it to Hawaii. But in the meantime, images of its beaches and sunsets have been the subject of a lot of my art. I’d love to climb into this scene and drift in the breeze in that hammock!

This piece was painted for a friend and brings the scenery of Hawaii to a Colorado home.

Pikes Peak in the Clouds

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“Pike’s Peak in the Clouds” 2010 acrylic on canvas board

As some of you may know, Colorado was my home for many years. I spent many mornings driving to work with picture-perfect scenery just beyond my windshield. Painted here is a very familiar scene to me–the Front Range rising up from the eastern plains, with Pike’s Peak at its apex, shrouded in clouds….or covered in snow, or wrapped in the sunrise….Needless to say, I took lots of pictures, even from the front seat of my car.

Pike’s Peak stands at 14,114 feet, a far cry from the elevation of my current home at 23 feet. Pike’s Peak is the famous place referred to on all those covered wagons headed west for the gold and silver rushes (Pike’s Peak or Bust), and Colorado itself has a long mining history. Today you can drive to the top of the peak during the summer months for a dizzying walk in the thin air, and there is still an annual “Pikes Peak International Hill Climb” where daring race car drivers from around the world race up the mountain. If I haven’t convinced you to become a tourist yet, just take my word for it and get in the car.

This painting belongs to my dad.

Teton Morning

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“Teton Morning” 2010 acrylic on canvas board

“Teton Morning” combines my love for nature and animals. I seem to have a fondness for large, hoofed mammals, as they seem to be up there on my favorites list. I’ve always loved horses, but I also adore moose, and of course, pictured here, the elk (or wapiti…I recently learned from my global postcard swapping that in Europe, the Eurasian elk is actually a moose!).

One of the coolest things about elk, aside from their size and incredible antlers, is their call, or “bugle”. I’d relate it to the sound of a whale’s song. Here is a link to a youtube video so you can hear it for yourself if you’ve never heard one before.

Elk like this are very prevalent in Colorado, and my many trips to the wilderness there inspired this painting.

It hangs in the home of a friend.