Sunday, March 15, 2015

74. Landscape for 2014 Murrysville Photo Contest Wins Honorable Mention

Bridge Over Still Waters
Winter Sojourn
My photograph, Bridge Over Still Waters (above), won Honorable Mention for Landscapes in the 2014 Murrysville Photo Contest.  This is the eastern foot bridge that crosses Turtle Creek in Duff Park in my home town of Murrysville, Pennsylvania.  It is a popular subject and I took another image of it a few months later (at right) which I may enter into the 2015 Murrysville Photo Contest.  The awards ceremony is April 15th.

Duff Park winter - 2011
The last time I entered a photo in this contest was in 2011 when I won Third Place for my winter scene of Turtle Creek (pictured left).  I will probably enter something each year now and hope my luck will hold out.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

73. Winter finally arrives in Murrysville.

It took a while, but winter has finally come to my neck of the woods.  Here's a few photos for now.
Turtle Creek in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.
Bridge over Turtle Creek in Duff Park, Murrysville, Pennsylvania.
Duff Park, Murrysville, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

72. Murrysville Photo Contest

Murrysville Farmer
Bridge Over Still Waters
The deadline has past for the 2014 Murrysville Photo Contest, but not before I was able to submit my three entries shown here. I should know something in a few months if one of these images should be a winner.  

Duff Park Winter - 2011
Previously, I came in third place for landscapes & scenery in 2011 (shown above), but I have been too occupied to submit anything until now.  Maybe my luck will hold out.
Rocks of Color

Thursday, January 1, 2015

71. A New Beginning in 2015

Liquid Sunshine
Crown of Gold

The start of a new year is an opportunity to begin anew with all manner of projects.  The artwork I produce this year will be exhibited and available for sale at my show scheduled for the month of February, 2016 at the Elaine Biondi Gallery Space, located at the Monroeville, PA public library.  I'll start this year off right with images I made this past autumn in Eastern Pennsylvania when the leaves were bright with color.  Enjoy. 

Blue Water

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

70. Year's End

The end of 2014 marks the conclusion of a difficult time in my life.  Someone I cared about very much passed away more than two years ago.  Since then, I have been a captive to the chaos and disarray of both my emotions and the physical reality of so many things that needed to be done. That has started to change the last several months and I think I can say that I am ready to move forward to a new chapter in my life.  This was a landmark year in many respects, not the least of which was the marriage of my oldest daughter and the college graduation of my oldest son.  There are great challenges ahead in 2015 and I feel ready to face them head-on.

Rocks of Color - Duff Park in Murrysville, PA
One of those challenges is the fact I am scheduled to have a one-man exhibition at the Gallery Space (at the Monroeville, PA public library) the month of February, 2016.  I plan to make the exhibition all about the new artwork I intend to create in 2015.  That means that I plan to take up my brush and paint every week of the year until I have an sizable inventory of art.  I will turn 60 that same month, so I may combine my opening with a little birthday cake.  I really feel inspired!

I will keep anyone reading this apprised of my progress as the year goes by.  I also will have a revised and updated website up and running in a few days, so be sure to check that out too.  Until then, have a Happy New Year and may your brush always be wet!!  - Bob Bickers