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Paint Creek

On the Paint Creek Trail - a 49 photo matrix print entitled: First of October


Paint Creek flows about ten miles from Lake Orion to the Clinton River in Rochester. The Michigan Central Railroad followed along side until the 1980s when the train tracks were removed and the road bed became the Paint Creek Trail Way for hiking, bicycling, fishing, etc.

I enjoy walking the trail year round but one day, on a spontaneous impulse, I brought a camera and took dozens of random snapshots along a mile and a half stretch. It happened to be October 1st, a pleasant if partly cloudy day. I selected and edited 49 pictures (7 rows, 7 columns) and organized them according to subtle color variations and - voila! the Paint Creek photo matrix entitled First of October.

The imagery is on laser print paper mounted to a bristol board backer. Each image is approximately 2" square with 1/4" spacing. With the additional 2" border margins, the overall dimensions are about 18-3/4" square.

I've made this custom-crafted print available to you via the PayPal checkout below and will ship it flat between heavy cardboard.

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"First of October"
(Paint Creek Trail)

18" X 18" Color Print
Free shipping in U.S.

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Canadian customers:
plus $20.00 shipping to Canada


Proposed mural for Rochester College on the Clinton River Trail


My mural design, shown here, was selected as one of three finalists competing for installation on this outbuilding at Rochester College (Michigan) facing the Clinton River Trail. An esteemed panel of judges deemed my work a favorite and it seemed like a slam dunk to win top prize in the public vote.

I was honored, but I also had some concerns about building repairs, obstacles, and specific responsibilities in installing my design as a mural onto the block walls using polytab fabric panels. These issues were pretty much resolved but then I took a closer look at the jobsite and found a big problem: My artwork fits the exact wall dimensions published in the official Project Guidelines, but those GIVEN measurements were wrong - way wrong! The original 60' length is actually 98'. At 20' high, I'd be expected to magically fill in an additional 760 sq. ft. with new imagery.

Regretfully, I withdrew my entry. I just couldn't reconcile such a big gaffe by the promoters of this otherwise fine park development (Lake Norcentra Park). The eventual winning design (not shown here) was much simpler, flexible, generic. Congratulations and best of luck to the artist, administrators and volunteers still working on the project.