Eastern Market Stroll 7

“Peaches”
Capitol Hill Eastern Market, Washington DC

Fresh produce is the center piece of any Market.  Ripe peaches made my mouth water.  

A stroll through a Market brings something for all senses: sight, smell, feel, smell, and sounds.  This day on a warm summer Sunday Morning offered it all.

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Eastern Market Stroll 6

“More Hats”
Capitol Hill Eastern Market, Washington DC

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, hats were everywhere in the Market.  They were different colors, different shapes, and different textures.  A stacked set of colors and repeating lines caught my eye here.  It was pure “eye candy”

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Eastern Market Stroll 5

  1. Photographs by Xiong Tom Tan, Capital Art
    Capitol Hill Eastern Market, Washington DC

Every market also has its artists.  The images of Xiong Tom Tan caught my interest. In particular, his images around the Capitol Mall area were beautiful. He photographs the area throughout the year.  Several of his images were of the same scene taken from the same specific spot during the four seasons.  The compilation of the images took several years to get them in the optimal light.  We spent several minutes talking about his work and what it took to get what he was after.  As always, I learn things from every photographer I talk with.

Thank you Tom for your insights!

Tom may be contacted at (703) 785-1488 or (703 995-0841.

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Eastern Market Stroll 4

Capitol Hill Eastern Market, Washington DC

In any market there are people entertaining, and people enjoying the day.  I spent quite a while waiting for something to happen around the sax player before I released the shutter.  This little guys face tells the story.  And … the sax player was great.    After I took the photo, I stood and peacefully listened for several songs. The setting sang to my heart.

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Eastern Market Stroll 1

Capitol Hill Eastern  Market, Washington DC

I enjoy strolling around various places just looking around.  If something catches my eye, I stop, look, and try to determine what attracted my attention to the scene.  I then try tp compose an image to display that spark of interest.  The shapes of the displayed masks plus the bright reds and whites caught my eye here.

During the next several posts, I will try to present the diversity of the Washington DC, Capitol Hill East Market.

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Abstract Art is Everywhere 2

Abstract 1:  Barnet Newman’s “Achilles” – National Gallery of Art

Abstract 2:  National Gallery of Art – East Wing, Exterior

Abstract 3: Volcanic Cliff

Simple lines of abstract art are intriguing.  They can be found everywhere.  Some are works created in art mediums (paintings, sculptures, etc.).  Others are created by architectural forms. Still others are found in nature.

Abstract 1 is an oil painting created by Barnet Newman titled “Achilles”.  I stood and looked at this piece for quite a long time.  Rather than try to figure out “what it is meant to be”, I tried to focus on what feeling it brought out in me.  The red made me feel a little anxious.  I did not resonate with this piece.

Abstract 2 is a photograph of the exterior of the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art.  I was walking along, looked up and saw these contrasting shapes of shadows and light.  It just grabbed me.

Abstract 3 is a photograph of the sheer basalt cliffs cut by the Palouse River during the Ice Age Floods.  Nature’s artwork stops me in my tracks.  Sometimes I just do not want to leave.  It instills me to think about how our would was formed and just enjoy the beauty of nature surrounding me.

Art is everywhere!

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Abstracts Are Everywhere

Abstract A

Abstract B

Spending time in the National Gallery of Art stimulates me to see abstractions from different perspectives. Abstract A is from an unknown artist on a piece I saw at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill.  Abstract B is an extract from Lyonel Feininger’s “Street of Dreams” in the National Gallery of Art. By the way, Abstract A in an excerpt from an apron.