Rhino and Child

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Here’s a great Rhino. I like him lots because he’s zippy;
he rocks and rolls around his rhinoceros pen.
Old Photo Corinne Geertsen
This girl is from a thrift shop in downtown Mesa, Arizona. I’m busy putting the two of them together.
No babies will be harmed in the making of this picture.

Fish Purse

Fish Purse Corinne Geertsen

Fish Purse

Fish Purse came together before the others in my queue. This picture is about what it’s like to
lose a house to foreclosure, as some people dear to me will soon. Bravery, ominous skies,
money taking on a new meaning, and endurance.

Delivering Peace

Delivering Peace Corinne Geertsen

Delivering Peace

Finished. The fellow on the left is Anders Geertsen, one of my husband’s people. His picture was taken in Aarhus, Denmark in about 1883. The fellow on the right is Kaiser Wilhelm. No offense to Anders, this picture is about the absurdity of so many military endeavors.

The Mesa Arts Center has this piece in its permanent collection.

British Gold Coach

Corinne Geertsen Gold Coach
I just selected what I need from The British Gold State Coach for the next picture.

I photographed it a couple of years ago at the Royal Mews in London. George III had seen one like it when he was 21 and just had to have it. It’s a Rococo/Greek Myth/Naval Victory mongrel and makes Cinderella’s ride look like a brick.

It weighs 4 tons (as does an Indian Elephant). Eight horses pull it at a walking pace. It rolls with a Beefeater at each wheel, a footman at every door and a groom at every horse’s head.

William IV, king and naval commander, said being in the coach was like being “in a rough boat on a rough sea.” Queen Victoria refused to ride in it because of its “distressing oscillations.”

It sits up on jacks, keeping its weight off its wheels to help keep them round. It takes ten men a half-day to maneuver it out the double doors of its coach house. There’s 3/4″ clearance on either side of the doorway out.

Extreme Prairie

Extreme Prairie Corinne Geertsen

Extreme Prairie

I added a new animal after auditioning nine others. The sheep worked best. Some photo bends in the corners, a film line on the left, darkened edges, sharpened children. Done!

A Certain Obstinance

A Certain Obstinance Corinne Geertsen

A Certain Obstinance

Here’s a piece I recently finished. This is what I think stubborn looks like.

Even her handbag looks stubborn.

The Moment Before the Consequence of an Error

The Moment Before the Consequence of an Error Corinne Geertsen

The Moment Before the Consequence of an Error

Just finished this one. It really is best to look around every now and then.

I had a lot of fun with the ocean and sky. They’re from photos taken looking out to sea from Skagen, Denmark. The water in front of the boat was created in Photoshop. I bought the photo of the four men at an antique shop in downtown Mesa, Arizona. A four dollar photo of four men…a conceptual purchase.

Plungist With Up-Ometer

Plungist with Up-ometer Corinne Geertsen

Plungist with Up-ometer

Here’s a recently finished piece. Her Up-Ometer will tell her which way is up while she’s going over the falls.
It’s always good to know which way is up.

Show Dates–Phoenix

Zephyr Specialist Corinne Geertsen

Zephyr Specialist

There will be a 7 week solo show of my work at the Burton Barr Central Library (in its @Central Gallery)
in Phoenix, Arizona. The show runs November 10- December 30, 2009.

Right now the gallery is showing Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography. See ya there.

Above is Zephyr Specialist, who is an aficionado of both study and chance.