Abstract Sailing Dreams

Sigmund Freud said that “dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.”

This abstract piece incorporates the elements of waves, water, sailing, and distortion — a dream that might make Van Gogh and Freud proud.

Dreaming of Sailing Abstract

The Single Sail

A solitary sailboat frames the rocks of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois.

Sailboat on Lake Michigan Art

Red Barn Doors

The morning sun highlights the color, textures, and shapes of the old red barn.

Photo taken at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in Saint Charles, Illinois.

Barn Doors

Rural Repose

The beautiful old barn and inviting picnic table offer a peaceful rural setting.

Photo taken at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, Illinois. Processing done in Corel.

Rural Repose

Enter the Canopy

An inviting summer canopy of foliage found at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, Illinois.

Enter the Canopy

Easy Rider

Dogs like the open air and freedom of the road, too.

Easy Rider

A Peaceful Path

A summer walk in nature along the endless peaceful path.  Photo taken at St. James Farm in Warrenville, Illinois.

Peaceful Path

The Old Man and the Lake

A day of fishing and tranquility are in store at the lake.

Photo taken at Lake Loon in Yorkville, Illinois and processed in Corel.

The Old Man and the Lake

Old Main

Old Main at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, completed in 1857.

In 1858, Old Main was host to the fifth of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in their senatorial contest. It is the only extant site of those debates, and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

For a fascinating read detailing the architectural significance of Old Main, please see Prof. R. Lance Factor’s account in Chapel in the Sky: Knox College’s Old Main and Its Masonic Architect

Old Main at Knox College

Purple Prairie Plant

Beautiful purple wildflower found at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, Illinois.

Purple Wildflower

Backlit Buzz Cut

Couldn’t resist the urge to take a fun snap of a patron at the ball game, whose noggin and short red hair were perfectly lit by the sun.

Backlit Buzz Cut

Liberty For All

Lincoln and Freedom

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

— Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861

Fun Day at the Beach

Maisy, enjoying her playtime on the sands of Lake Superior.

Fun at the Beach

Puddle of Leaves

Autumn leaves glisten in the puddle of water.

Pool of Leaves

The Sun Rises

The sun rises in this fractal artwork.

The Sun Also Rises

Horseshoe Seams

Weathered by generations of hands, bats, and unadulterated joy, the dimpled hide reflects a sense of time and character. Baseball is the roller coaster of life that teaches how to accept the good and bad, and if fortunate — like the horseshoe seams — receive an occasional lucky bounce along the way.

Horseshoe Seams

Psychedelic Eyes

Swirls of psychedelic eyes courtesy of Mandelbrot fractal art.

Fractal Leaf2

Peace, Love, and Grass

Throwback to the 1960s and 70s when peace, love, and grass were in abundance.

Peace, Love, and Grass

Tree Alley at St. James

Rows of trees line the woods around St. James Farm in Warrenville, Illinois.

Patterns of Trees

Art of the Cow

Public art in New Glarus, Wisconsin.

Art of the Cow

Red Tulips

Red tulips fill the gardens at Phillips Park in Aurora, Illinois.

Red Tulips_Painting

Wheel of Color

Fun with kaleidoscope digital art includes this transformation of stained glass into an artistic wheel of shapes, patterns and color.

Madonna Kaleidoscope

Feeling the Blues

Feeling the blues on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Blues on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Reflections on the Rock

Solitude on the rock – an opportunity to appreciate nature and ponder life.

Rock and Reflections Art

Plant Hairs

From Wikipedia:

Trichomes (/ˈtraɪkoʊmz/ or /ˈtrɪkoʊmz/), from the Greek τρίχωμα (trikhōma) meaning “hair”, are fine outgrowths or appendages on plants, algae, lichens, and certain protists. They are of diverse structure and function. Examples are hairs, glandular hairs, scales, and papillae. A covering of any kind of hair on a plant is an indumentum, and the surface bearing them is said to be pubescent.

Plant Hairs

Hotel Higbee

Rendering of the Hotel Higbee in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. The hotel opened in 1852 as the Dodgeville House and assumed its current name in 1895. Today, it is an apartment house.

Hotel Higbee

Nature’s Oasis

Light and shadows paint the circular bridge at the Japanese Tea Garden.  Taken at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, Illinois.

Shadows on the Bridge

City at Twilight

The great skyline of Chicago, viewed from Navy Pier as twilight takes hold.

City at Twilight

Portrait of a Friend

Maisy — expressive eyes, warm heart.

Maisy Art_Painting

Distant Headlights

Distant Headlights Ahead

Distant headlights emerge from the foggy country road.

Fog Envelopes the Woods

Fog in the woods in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Blurred Trees in the Fog Art

The Master Lock

The old lock — offering both protection and beautiful patina.

The Master Lock

Follow the Tracks

Animal tracks snake through the snow.

Photo taken at St. James Farm in Warrenville, Illinois.

Follow the Tracks

Blue Skies Ahead

If you can traverse the obstacles, you will find blue skies.

Blue Skies Ahead

Interrupting the Winter Whiteness

Maisy — enjoying and contrasting with the winter whites.

Interrupting the Winter Whiteness

Sun, Clouds, and Winter Trees

Clouds roll across the bare trees on a January day in Chicago.

Sun Clouds and Winter Trees

Light and Dark

Sun drenched plants light the path at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, Illinois.

Light and Dark Art

Alone in the Field

Surrounded by fog and field, the tree stands alone in the early winter landscape.

Fog and Tree

Twin Tails

A tale of tails at St. James Farm in Warrenville, Illinois.

Twin Tails Art

Mystical Nature

Trees, color, art, nature, and psychedelia form a mystical palette.

Psychedelic Winter Tree Art

Catching Water

The simple pleasures of childhood.

Catching Water

City Reflections

The beautiful architectural skyline of Chicago, Illinois.

Skyline Reflection Art

Full Flavor of Fall

The full flavor of fall color is on display at Bliss Woods in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Bliss at Bliss Woods

River of Fog

A foggy start to the day on the Au Train River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The Fog on Au Train River

Big Bay Lighthouse

From Wikipedia:

The Big Bay Point Light is a lighthouse which stands on a tall bluff over a rocky point near Big Bay, Michigan, on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is the only operational lighthouse with a bed and breakfast, and is reputed to be haunted. The novel and movie Anatomy of a Murder were inspired by a murder rooted at the lighthouse.

Big Bay Lighthouse

Trees of Pictured Rocks

One of the many hiking trails at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Munising, Michigan.

Processing with Corel.

Trees of Pictured Rocks Art

Steps to Paradise

Gentle sand dunes beckon you down to the surf of Lake Superior.

Photo taken in Au Train, Michigan.

Steps to Paradise

Day’s End

The moon rises and the sun sets over the river, capping an end of the day in Au Train, Michigan.

End of the Day in Au Train

The Wind and the Wisps

Nature at its finest on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

UP Perfection Art

Whitecaps on Superior

Cold, rainy weather in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula contributed to the beautiful churn of whitecaps on Lake Superior.

Lake Superior Angry

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