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Back to School

It’s back to school around our house. Saxon started kindergarten and Samantha is in a 3 year old class. They are both getting into the swing of things.

samantha goes to “capers” once a week. It’s like theater for little kids and she was a sheep this week.

here’s samantha all dresssed up, ready to go to a birthday party.

the big kindergartner, saxon, doing her homework.

for “share and tell” saxon got to tell about one of her favorite animals, the zebra. she is really sad that lions eat them.

saxon’s first homework assignment was to make a poster all about her to introduce herself to her class. She was given a week to do it but I decided to teach her “dad’s way” and wait until 5 pm the night before it was due to start.

Saxon Chris 23 Sep 2011 No Comments

Learning Tree Hands

Saxon’s pre-school, The Learning Tree School, is having their Spring Auction and Party,Bella Notte
on Thursday, April 8.

Somehow, I got volunteered to be in charge of the class art project that will be auctioned off. I collaborated with Saxon’s teacher, Ms. Ruth, and her class to create a work of art called Learning Tree Hands.

If you guessed that I was trying to create a photograph of a clean, perfectly-symmetrical circle from their little hands, you would be absolutely correct. Seriously, what was I thinking? Initially deflated at my inability to nail the shot I had preconceived, but when I returned to the studio, I realized three and four year olds are rarely perfect and rarely clean. So, I thought this was a perfect portrait of little Learning Tree Hands, illustrating both the independence and the differences/similarities of the children.

Using the image, I created the class art project (titled, Learning Tree Hands) as a limited-edition, ready-to-hang (no frame required!) metallic gallery wrap. Hopefully, parents will see this as being perfect for their child’s room, playroom or some other fun place in their house and start a bidding war for charity.

Learning Tree Hands

Learning Tree Hands | 16×24 Color Metallic Gallery Wrap | Limited edition of 10. (#1 of 10)
Photograph made on long-lasting metallic paper and “wrapped” around a 1.5″ hardwood canvas stretcher frame.

P. S. Saxon’s little hands are at the bottom, 6 O’Clock, pink sweater.

Art Chris 07 Apr 2010 2 Comments

2010 Photo Update

A couple of pictures of the girls, fresh out of the camera. Have a great weekend.

samantha - 17 months

saxon - 3 years old

Samantha & Saxon Chris 29 Jan 2010 1 Comment

European Travels Part II - Austria

More photos from the September trip to Europe with my father (part one here ). It’s been difficult to narrow down a large set of photographs to a user-friendly number!

cafe breakfast
breakfast at a Viennese coffee house, Cafe Pruckel, which opened in 1903. The cafes in Vienna were the meeting spots of day in late 19th century / early 20th century.

what year is this? 1955?

vienna cafe newspapers
take your pick of newspaper to read, a daily offering at cafes for decades.

mozart statue at burggarten vienna
A statue of Mozart found in the Burggarten (court garden) which was made after Napoleon’s army demolished the defensive structures which previously occupied the land. It served as a private royal garden for the Habsburg family, from the time of its design (1818) until the end of the empire in 1918. The Neue Burg section of the Hofburg Imperial Palace is in the background.

imperial napkin The way to fold the Imperial Palace Napkin is still a closely-guarded secret. The "royal bread holder" is still used at state dinners today. Only two people know how and they pass it down to the next generation of royal napkin folders before they die. The silver collection tour at the Imperial Palace was one of my favorite museums. Seeing all the different serving pieces and the centerpiece dessert service with ceramic cream cups Queen Victoria sent as a gift of friendship to Emperor Franz Joseph in 1851 was fascinating.

museum quarter People hanging out at the Museums Quartier (called "the MQ" by locals).

naschmarkt lunch at the Naschmarkt Deli. Spinach salad with a disk of grilled goat cheese, fresh-baked bread and a glass of GrĂ¼ner Veltliner. The Naschmarkt is Vienna’s open-air, mile long food market.


St. Stephens (Stephansdom ) Cathedral. Consecrated in 1147. The towers were finished in 1433 and are still the highest point in the Vienna skyline. The pattern on the roof is comprised of 230,000 glazed tiles.

salzburg austria
We took a train to Salzburg, which is about 150 miles from Vienna. Salzburg, the 4th largest city in Austria (pop 150,000), is famous to Americans as the setting for the Sound of Music, you know as in "the hills are alive with…"

salzburg festival
Salzburg is famous with Europeans for being the birthplace of Mozart and the location of the world-renowned music festival, the Salzburg Festival . In the middle of Mozartplatz (Mozart Square) they had a wine bar with some very relaxing-looking seating. Even though it wasn’t five o’clock (11 am?), I decided I better investigate.

so, while i hung out with Mozart, dad, segway-ed his way around Salzburg. Salzburg is a fun little city. We were only there for a day, but could have spent 2 or 3 days there seeing everything. Some more sights from Salzburg follow:

Relatives & Travel Chris 26 Jan 2010 No Comments

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