“I paid $100 for a book? No Way!”

Hello Friends and Supporters!
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1)  Even though I have a show this month and new web pages to announce, I want to begin this newsletter with something I am very excited about these days!  Joyce and I visited Mission Gallery in San Juan Bautista recently and I was introduced to the female figure Mezzotint etchings of the master artist Mikio Watanabe.  This is one of his etchings:
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Unbelievably beautiful!  I was hooked immediately by the delicacy and the mood these etchings generated within me.  Though I will never be a Mezzotint etching artist, I knew instantly that I wanted to create photographic images that come as close as possible to creating this effect and mood.  I bought a book of Mr. Watanabe’s etchings, came home and did some research, purchased a piece of software to assist me, and am learning the skills needed to create Mezzotint-like images digitally.  Already in my experimenting I am very pleased with the results I am achieving.  Stay tuned.  If this goes as well as I hope, I fully expect that my Open Studios application this year will be titled, “A Tribute to Mikio Watanabe.”
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2)  I am the featured guest artist for the month of February at Pure Pleasure, 204 Church Street, Santa Cruz, California.  Opening night is Friday evening, February 7th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, in conjunction with Santa Cruz’ First Friday Art Tour.  The title of this show is “Landscapes, Mindfulness, and the Feminine.”   The show includes 20 – 16×20 hand framed prints.  It is my hope that for you, like me, these images will call you back to that place within yourself which resonates with and celebrates the natural world, to that place where what is artificial fades away in the face of such simplicity and beauty.  Come on out and support local artists in Santa Cruz County on this special once-a-month evening!  Here are links for the show:  First Friday Website – Pure Pleasure Website
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 3)  I have created a new page on my website, in alignment with the new focus and direction of my photography creations.  This new page is titled “Mindfulness” and includes non-nude images which for me convey the stillness and the beauty of this present moment.  Please take a moment and CLICK HERE or on the image below to visit this page:
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4)  The “Nudes” page on my website has now been renamed “Nude Figure Studies.”  Most of the former images in this section of my website have been removed and what remains are the very best of what I now want to share as “Nude Figure Studies.”  Please take a moment and CLICK HERE or on the image below to visit this page:
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5)  If you have not yet visited the new page I added a couple of months ago, “Landscapes, Mindfulness, and the Feminine,”  this too is a page I believe you will enjoy.  CLICK HERE or on the image below to visit this page:
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6)  And finally, there are still copies of my 2014 Calendar, “Finding Our True Home,” viewable and available HERE through PayPal (or by clicking the image below), and also available at the following stores: White Raven Coffeehouse in Felton, Hallcrest Vineyards in Felton, and Pure Pleasure in Santa Cruz:
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Wow, I didn’t get a newsletter out in January, but I think I made up for it here!
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Blessings to each of you.  Hope to see you at Pure Pleasure this coming Friday.  And I’ll write to you again next month.
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:o)  Frank.
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