Current Events May 20

CURRENT EVENTS:

1.  Ongoing Gallery Show of my work,  mostly on Metal Prints, at Boda’s Kitchen in Hood River, Oregon, a lovely little Deli right at 404 Oak Street,  downtown. 

 

2.   Leannan Sidhe’s Music ,  My sweet daughter!

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra'ti  at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother's Day weekend 2014

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra’ti at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother’s Day weekend 2014

Leannan Sidhe is a Singer Songwriter and her music is often described as Celtic style, Fairy music, or even “Enya like”  You can hear her first album in the sidebar music player on this website, or hear and purchase her newest album on this link

NEWEST ALBUM:       Leannan Sidhe “Mine to Love”

Her first album is available at this link

FIRST ALBUM:        Leannan Sidhe “Fragile Dreams”

3.     My images being used in local papers:    The Weekender, an annual insert in The Enterprise in White Salmon will use this image to reference the Museum in Bingen.  Clicking on the image will take you to the Gorge Heritage Museum websiteBingenMuseum_SunriseLightningStorm_5886

 

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THANK YOU FOR COMING BY!  As always, please do check out my Galleries in the sidebar menu near the top to see many of my best images.  You will see a group of albums, each with several images.  The Biggest and Best album, “Best Prints:  Inspiring Light” can be reached directly by clicking on this photo link below.

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco,

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco, Oregon

 

 

Travels with Leannan Sidhe, and Current Events

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra'ti at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother's Day weekend 2014
Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra'ti  at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother's Day weekend 2014

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra’ti at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother’s Day weekend 2014

I was so thrilled to be able to make a trip with my daughter as she performed at Glastonbury Renaissance Faire at the Port of Toledo just outside Newport, Oregon.  Leannan Sidhe is a Singer Songwriter and her music is often described as Celtic style, Fairy music, or even “Enya like”  You can hear her first album in the sidebar music player on this website, or hear and purchase her newest album on this link

NEWEST ALBUM:       Leannan Sidhe “Mine to Love”

Her first album is available at this link

FIRST ALBUM:        Leannan Sidhe “Fragile Dreams”

 

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra'ti  at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother's Day weekend 2014

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra’ti at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother’s Day weekend 2014

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra'ti  at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother's Day weekend 2014

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra’ti at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother’s Day weekend 2014

 

After the weekend event, Leannan Sidhe and I got to play on the beach for a couple of days before continuing home.    I am sure as time goes on I will have many more beach and Faire images to share, after I catch up on the pile of work waiting!

"Dancing Fairy Child"  Leannan Sidhe dancing on the beach  at Oceanside, Oregon

“Dancing Fairy Child” Leannan Sidhe dancing on the beach at Oceanside, Oregon

Leannan Sidhe at the Oregon Coast

Leannan Sidhe at the Oregon Coast

CURRENT EVENTS:

1.    Healing For Thomas:  Local Benefit Concert May 17th in Trout Lake, WA  for a remarkable heartwarming Trout Lake man, crippled in body by a farming accident.  More information can be found in these links:

          A.   Poster in a Google Document:   PDF Poster for Benefit Concert Event May 17th in Trout Lake  

          B.  GoFundMe video and information  

          C.  Facebook Event:  Healing for Thomas benefit concert event May 17, 2017, 4-8 pm at the Trout Lake School in Trout Lake, WA

       2.   ROUND #3 of Art For Oso Photography Auction Running MAY 16-May 19 AT 9:00 PM ( Pacific Standard Time), with nearly 100 lovely images on various mediums available for bidding!  All proceeds goes into a local Arlington non-profit fund set up to help both families and first responders following the #530slide, a landslide that took the lives of at least 41 people around Darrington and Oso, Washington on March 22, 2014.    This is entirely a Facebook run auction. You can learn more by CLICKING HERE to read this document if you are interested 

       3.  Ongoing Gallery Show of my work,  mostly on Metal Prints, at Boda’s Kitchen in Hood River, Oregon, a lovely little Deli right at 404 Oak Street,  downtown. 

 

 

 

THANK YOU FOR COMING BY!  As always, please do check out my Galleries in the sidebar menu near the top to see many of my best images.  You will see a group of albums, each with several images.  The first album, “Best Prints:  Inspiring Light” can be reached directly by clicking on this photo link below.

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco,

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco, Oregon

 

Memories Spin in a Gust of Wind

This first photo was taken by my bro Larry Andreasen, also known as bobshots on Flickr.  Kind and gentle soul, he captured a feeling of timelessness here that I love about the lake.

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At times when the wind blows, it seems to pull me right out of my body and take me on a journey through life and time, as senses expand and tingle and scents from long ago drift by in full color.

Myself out in the fields of flowers with my old dog Rio.  This photo was taken by my good friend Janice Lorentz.

Myself out in the fields of flowers with my old dog Rio. This photo was taken by my good friend Janice Lorentz.

Before I got seriously into photography in about 2007, I wrote.. pages and pages of emotional processing after losing loved ones, interspersed with descriptions of the beauty around me.  Tonight  the mood returned for a bit.  If you are only here for the photography, now is the time to close the page and return to browsing.

This photo below is from around 1994-96.  Looking at it now, and then looking in the mirror I am surprised at the difference.  I keep thinking of cutting my hair off once again like I did back then, but now it would be half gray, with many more lines and wrinkles in the face and each wrinkle with a story behind it.  As to the hair, I wonder if the curls would return if it was short again.  Mom’s were…her hair was so pretty and silver curling around her laughing face. and her wrinkles were soft and full of love.   Funny how time slowly erodes us away.  Back when this photo was taken 20 years ago (oh gosh is it really 20?)  I even cared more how I look… now i just dress guerilla style, rough and tough, ready to be out in all conditions at any moment.  Forget to brush my hair some days and my clothes don’t always match.  At least my socks still do!

Myself and husband David Reel in about 1994-96.  He passed away  on January 16, 1996. Clicking on this image will take you to a previous post of memories.

Myself and husband David Reel in about 1994-96. He passed away on January 16, 1996.
Clicking on this image will take you to a previous post of memories.

 

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 I hear the wind whipping around outside tonight and feel the spirits dancing free, unhindered now by bodies that were failing. My mind seems to jump and spin as the clouds whip on by, and the moist air washes through my body as I breathe in deeply.  Perhaps if I step into that wind it might carry me far and wide to see the lands I dream of,  the friends I have only met online, and the places where the spirits dance and sing and pray to help guide us along our sometimes rocky way.

Peace be with you

always.

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Another photo of me and my old dog Rio in the wilds, taken by my friend Victor Vonsalza Gosh I miss that doggie!

Another photo of me and my old dog Rio in the wilds, taken by my friend Victor Vonsalza
Gosh I miss that doggie!

Larry Andreasen took the next two photos

LOL and I must include this one of me in the foggy Painted Hills one early dawn, taken by my Bro Larry Andreasen

LOL and I must include this one of me in the foggy Painted Hills one early dawn, taken by my Bro Larry Andreasen

On a wintry day, having wonderful fun on the closed road near home in White Salmon, with Larry who took the photo, and my daughter

On a wintry day, having wonderful fun on the closed road near home in White Salmon, with Larry who took the photo, and my daughter

and the darling daughter who makes my day when I hear her lovely voice

My daughter and I out playing in the snow. I did take THIS photo... the only one on the page that I took!

My daughter and I out playing in the snow. I did take THIS photo… the only one on the page that I took!

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Joy in Living

I found myself thinking about the idea of Joy and what it means to me, and it has little to do with acquisitions in the world, how much money I have, or what kind of work I do. It is those moments in time when all feels right in the universe, and I can feel the Divine Love reflected in the beauty of that moment. It might be in the smile of a child, a spunky spirit in a 90 year old, the brilliant temporary flash of a Rainbow, the spring leaves unfurling, or a tendril of hair tossed by a capricious breeze that wants to play. Life is full of such moments if you are aware… in fact today I stood and visited for half an hour with a woman who is 90, and we laughed and cried together remembering long ago days…I felt recharged!

My Daughter provides many of those moments of Joy for me, as it should be! Leannan Sidhe is a musician, an artist, seamstress, dancer and writer among other things, and of course I love her with all my heart! She is currently trying to finish up her second album of her own original music,

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Leannan Sidhe can also be listened to on my playlist on YouTube

She also has a BandCamp page with her first album available for purchase here

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This next image called Land of the Light was a magic moment that I am convinced was a gift from my Mother, Nina Black.  She loved these lenticular clouds we get over the Cascades, and I carry on her tradition.  I felt a push that day to drive up a road I don’t often go, and as a result got this image that was a contest finalist in the Chasing the Light contest and displayed in Hood River, Oregon at the Columbia Art Gallery in August 2012 along with the other 39 finalists.  So THANKS MOM!

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As many of you know, I LOVE clouds, and wild skies… especially lenticular clouds. This next one was happening one day as I got off work in White Salmon… the cloud is up near to Mount Adams and this is only half of it peeking over the Ridge. All my tiredness washed away and I chased it all the way to Trout Lake.

Giant Lenticular

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This next image has a wild feeling of Joy for me… hope you enjoy it too Joy in the midst of adversity, against all odds

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So, just a few images to bring you a smile I hope! Browse the links in the side bar for information about my books and calendar, and I have prints available on order. I am now able to take credit and debit cards via paypal by sending money from your paypal to starlisa.black@gmail.com or by contacting me at the above email. i am able to take payment over the phone also.

and now the sun is returning outside so I am tying this up until later! Enjoy!

Prayer at the Lake

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Darlisa Black

My daughter Leannan Sidhe and her Music Project

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Leannan Sidhe is a Singer Songwriter working on recording her second album of Original Music.  Her melodic tunes take on mystical and fairie like qualities, at times reminiscent of singers like Enya and other Celtic musicians.  She is also my daughter, and I am so proud of her!  She writes her own unique songs, based on stories of life.

Her first album sold well, and with help from an earlier Kickstarter Project she has made it mostly through recording on this second album, but does not have enough to finish Mastering and Duplicating the album.  By jumping in and pledging now, you will be prepaying for a copy of the music when it is finished, or depending on the level of pledge there are other prizes as well.

Please take the time to go listen to her title song on the link above, and come tell me what you think!

Thanks!

Darlisa

She Sings like a Nightingale!

My sweet Daughter Leannan Sidhe has been stretching her artistic wings in more ways than one the last few years. Last year she accomplished the recording of her first album of original music, as well as gotten her first published work, a short story in an anthology which can be found on the Fragile Dreams page. She also is an accomplished seamstress and created many of her own costumes. Leannan does beadwork, and is a lovely artist with pencil and watercolors as well, and can throw a great snowball to boot!

Now she is working on her second album of mostly original music, and the plan is to start recording this summer. You can hear samples of her music here

She is giving up her apartment and staying with me for awhile so she can put everything into this project. Here is where you come in! If you like to support young musicians and artists struggling to make it in this world, you can help through a website called Kickstarter which matches up people with projects with those who like to donate to such causes. I AM HAVING TROUBLE POSTING LINKS ON HERE BUT IF YOU CLICK ON HER LINK TO THE LEFT IN THE SIDEBAR YOU WILL FIND HER KICKSTARTER LINK THERE.

AFTER VIEWING, PLEASE CONSIDER A PLEDGE… SHE HAS 15 DAYS TO GATHER ANOTHER $1,005. THE WAY KICKSTARTER WORKS IS THAT IF THE GOAL IS NOT REACHED BY THE DEADLINE, THE ARTIST GETS NONE OF THE MONEY. NONE OF THE MONEY IS TAKEN FROM YOUR ACCOUNT UNTIL THE END OF THE PROJECT, AND THERE ARE MANY TIERS OF DONATION LEVELS WITH BONUS PRIZES YOU WILL RECEIVE AS WELL. I HAVE ALSO PROMISED TO SEND ONE OF MY PHOTO CARDS TO THANK ANYONE WHO DONATES AT LEAST $15 OR MORE, AND MY 8 X 10 IMAGES ARE SOME OF THE PRIZES.

Leannan has been working with James Alexander Adams, who not only does all the recording studio work, but also sings with her on a few songs and plays several instruments on the first album.