On the road, November 2008

On the road in Kansas, sharing a couple of cameraphone captures.


The above is driving through Kansas last Saturday. I cropped it and tweaked the color to represent what we saw, impressed with the colors. The purple clouds and the orange fields were stunning together.


And as bonus coverage, the only paintings I saved from my college painting class. It was a dull affair taught by a grad student, and I don’t remember liking any of my works except for this diptych. It now hangs in my parent’s living room, and actually looks good there. I’ve painted some since then, and still do occasionally in my mixed media work, but these trees represent the last time I picked up a brush with any enthusiasm. I’ve since preferred the palette knife on boards.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

2 Responses to On the road, November 2008

  1. Tim J. says:

    Nice photo. Isn’t it amazing sometimes, what a camera phone can pick up? There are times I like the results better than what I get with my digital camera, though that may say more about my knowledge and skills as a photographer than anything.

    The paintings remind me a good deal of a series of paintings I did in graduate school! Very similar… dense woods, no real presence of sky or ground, just… almost a sense of leafy vertigo.

    I found your last example of the smoked/storm ceramic sculpture very interesting, too, especially that tantalizing video glimpse underneath the swirling thunderhead. I keep wanting to see these in person. We really MUST get together over a beer sometime soon.

  2. pNielsen says:

    It’s not the camera model, it’s what’s in the frame when the shutter goes down.

    Perhaps we can get together in the next four weeks or so if my wife and I get over Rogers way for Christmas shopping. Right now that’s not in the plans, but it’s not unlikely either. Would that work?

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