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Community Response Requested - Which Forcade Photograph Should Be Donated?


Tim Forcade has enjoyed bringing beauty, serenity, and joy into the hearts of individuals and business owners for several decades. Now he is allowing the community to have an opportunity to decide which of his photographs should be donated at the yearly Dinner and Dancing at Dusk event benefiting the local Lawrence Community Shelter.

This year's event, which will be hosted by Bill and Cindy Self and has a Middle Eastern theme complete with belly dancers, will be held at Alvamar on April 24th from six to ten p.m.

Forcade is allowing members of the community to place a vote to decide the final choice of which photograph of five he will donate. And it isn't going to be an easy choice.

Framed size of the print will be about 45" x 60" with a normal cost of $900. That's a local Lawrence price since the same picture would sell for twice that amount at Forcade's Seattle gallery. Throw in framing at a cost of another $350-$400, depending on which print and frame Forcade chooses to go with the photograph, and all of a sudden you're looking at a work of art worth at least twelve to thirteen hundred dollars.

As Forcade states it, "This will be a limited edition archival pigment print (edition of 21) which will be framed using acid free archival materials and conservation UV glass."

Forcade's prints are available in sizes ranging from 8" x 10" to 40" x 56" and up as limited edition prints on paper - larger prints are available using a variety of materials, framing and presentation methods.

You can visit Forcade's website at: www.forcadeimages.com

Because of the time constraint involved in framing the community's selection, the deadline for voting will be April 5th at midnight. One vote per person, please. Here is a look at the five photographs.

Weeds http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Apr/01/Weeds_132.jpg

Attraction http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Apr/01/Attraction3.jpg

Portal http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Apr/01/Portal2.jpg

Sand & Water http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Apr/01/SandWater.jpg

About 36000 Feet http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Apr/01/About36000feet.jpg

Now pick the photograph you like best and vote for it. Free free to leave a comment on why you chose the photograph you did.

Now if we could only decide who's house it should hang in!

For additional information, or to buy tickets ($75.00 per person), contact Dianne Huggins at: 785-766-3357


viewfromahill 8 years, 9 months ago

Weeds... Sand and Water... who can decide?

(Hmm... how many voting machines do I have?)

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

I believe you have been down that lonesome road in some other voting poll? Time to change your evil voting methods and let the community decide fair and square..... :)

Although I do agree that it is an extremely difficult selection. I love the colors in Weeds, the Sunflowers and Clouds are so Kansas, but Sand and Water soothes my soul!

viewfromahill 8 years, 9 months ago

No more lonesome roads for me... there's a new evil spurring my free fall

And, Sand and Water soothes your what? You're a "ginger" Ronda, are you not?


passionatelibra 8 years, 9 months ago

I voted for sand and water. It tugged at me instantly.

RoeDapple 8 years, 9 months ago

If it's going to hang in a home in Kansas there is only 1 choice..........

"Attraction- Sunflower field and gathering clouds, Reno, Kansas"

Have driven past the field pictured many, many times......

Dacia McCabe Maher 8 years, 9 months ago

Upon looking at this one I glanced down at the smaller, focused one in the foreground. My eye was drawn back up to look at the taller ones in the background. Staring and almost trying to bring them into focus, I couldn't help but think of my 3 young sons. Imagining the future and what it holds in store for them, I must remind myself to focus on the present. Enjoy and appreciate this phase of their lives, the here and now. Soon, the small will be out of focus... a distant memory. Better get some sleep because the kiddos will be waking up early...they're growing like weeds.

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

marion, I don't even know if sunflowers have much of a smell....but it was funny to check out first thing this morning. I imagine sand and water to smell like pure nature - clean, fresh, wonderful....sunflower fields a bit earthy....fresh air, wind blowing in my hair, weeds - musky, bacterial smell in a good kind of water...breeding, teeming life abounding. Okay...back to reality and the smells around me. Forcade does a terrific job of leading us away from the keyboard though!

Roe, glad you are so lucky as to see that sight on a regular basis...I am in awe of how sunflowers turn towards the sun throughout the day....I guess all of us do that in a primitive sense (not one word, View, not one word).

Darcia, thanks for sharing a deeper connection. That is what art truly is about...it was quite touching, thank you! I absolutely love the colors involved. Could it be entitled, "My Three Sons"? Enjoy your lovely threesome...lucky mama.

multi, "I think it drove another CJA blogger from the site. I know it has many of the LJW users. How 'empowering” it must feel."

Just call me chicken hawk! :) You are so funny. I don't think my choice will be able to make it this time around....not for lack of trying, but I expect community turnout to be against my usual odds.....and I didn't even attempt to buy my friends and relatives votes this time...seriously...I have resisted....so far. and who knows where that tange guy ended up. I believe he doesn't have access to computers at large anymore.....even a view of them....

viewfromahill 8 years, 9 months ago

(hmm... that Ronda has quite the vantage point)

LJW has displayed a number of Tim's images. (Just type "Forcade" into that blue search field at the top of this page, for a sampling of his work.)

This is perhaps my favorite...


Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

Thanks, View!

I can see why you like it...his clarity of photographs is astonishing...love the subject and composition as well.

viewfromahill 8 years, 9 months ago

... and what's this...?

Ronda: "I guess all of us do that in a primitive sense (not one word, View, not one word)."

Then two words, three. (I love it when you go all "primitive," cavegirl.)

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

Speechless on my end....a rare thing, but speechless......

viewfromahill 8 years, 9 months ago

Oh, I can attest to that... very rare!

Here's another gem...


Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

That was exquisite...Did it have a title? Thanks for sharing.

Also, if anyone cares to ask Tim any questions about choice of subject, camera, background info of any type, I am sure he would be happy to come on and answer any questions.

I am assuming he is a verified user of this site......if not, it is time he was!

TForcade 8 years, 9 months ago

I'm here for any questions. Many thanks for all your comments.

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago


Can you start with a little bit of information about choice of topic... your inspiration behind subject. Thanks!

Stephen Braun 8 years, 9 months ago

I voted for Sand & Water because of its sensual feel, and the playful concept of billions of atomistic sand grains ironically forming the “solid” through which the fluid flows in its serpentine path. stephen.braun@att.net

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

Very well stated, Steve. You seem to have a poetic way with words and a photographer's insight....Do you enjoy taking photos also?

TForcade 8 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Ronda. I'm constantly inspired by how incredibly beautiful the world appears regardless of the subject--blooming flower or floating debris--when I'm able to be resident enough to notice.

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

There is a lot to be inspired about in the world around us and the ever changing seasons of Kansas. We live in an incredibly beautiful area, although I love all of Kansas.

What other types of expression do you work with if any? Poetry, painting?

TForcade 8 years, 9 months ago

Ronda, I studied drawing and painting at KU and painted for many years. During the 70's and 80's I worked with electronics as an expressive art medium and created light machines which I designed to translate music into light and graphics. I also used those devices to write music based on visual criteria.

So music has always been very important and I've always loved keyboards, the piano and music synthesis.

Charles Edwards 8 years, 9 months ago

I loved attraction the moment I saw it; even before I knew the piece was called "Attraction".

Thanks for sharing, Miss Ronda, and Mr. Steve.

Mr. Chuck

camper 8 years, 9 months ago

My vote is for the Portal . It reminds me of walking on the shoreline. Beyond the shallow would be a drop-off in water depth.

njserendipity 8 years, 9 months ago

the only choice for me is ATTRACTION as it screams kansas

schula 8 years, 9 months ago

My favorite is Attraction -- I love sunflowers! I love the way the follow the sun around (heliotropic). Nothing makes me smile more in the summer than seeing a field of sunflowers with their bright yellow petals gently swaying in the wind.

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

schula, well, do you smile while you are spitting sunflower seeds out of your mouth also? ;) Yeah, yeah, I see what the "attraction" is...but look at the serene, peaceful beauty of "Sand & Water"....guess it depends on if you like to swivel your head back and forth with the sun, or prefer to meditate and breathe deeply. Life choice differences and they are all from the same artist.

Mr. Chuck; it is okay to thank me (and you are quite welcome; thanks for coming on to vote), but it is Tim Forcade you need to thank...not Steve...Steve is a person who enjoys beauty like so many of us.

camper, I can understand why you would enjoy that one...I believe someone else we know who enjoys duck hunting also likes it best! :)

njs, yes, it does indeed scream Kansas, but it looks like we actually have a contest going on about now!

View, it is okay to like Sunflowers...they are beautiful, they are Kansas....it is okay....

Mr. Forcade; I didn't understand a word you said in respect to the type of art you do/did, but I am still thinking about it. I will most certainly have more questions. Sounds extremely creative though!

Paul Decelles 8 years, 9 months ago

Sand and water. I like the textures of the damp sand and how it is being cut by the water. Also I could almost as easy be a large scale view taken from a great distance as easily as a close up. I can imagine walking along the tide line and sinking my foot into the cool sand.

viewfromahill 8 years, 9 months ago

hmm... does Georgia O'Keefe has a terrestrial equal in Tim Forcade?

viewfromahill 8 years, 9 months ago

umm… does Georgia O'Keeffe has a terrestrial equal in Tim Forccade?

( how do they spel their nammes? )

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

Paul, the first time ever my mind and a scientific one was in agreement...I must be aging. ;)

ocean, makes sense/scents to me!

multi, I love sun flower seeds as well...I did use to get in a lot of trouble for eating them and spitting the shells around in high school though. Now I just go straight for the good part!

twinetowngirl 8 years, 9 months ago

My vote goes to "Portal" My eye is drawn to the erie mist and the reeds standing majestically from the waters. Looks like it could be a wintery morning with a storm rolling in on the hoizon. This is a picture I would take as I love the scenes of nature.

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

twine, you're just hoping for some fish or ducks in them there waters! I am hungry...how are you doing about now? Nice seeing you this evening and I can hardly wait to Zumba which ya! ;)

twinetowngirl 8 years, 9 months ago

You are right...I cant wait for warmer weather to get here so I can go fishin!! Find me a good hole, some spittin seeds, and a jug of water and I'm set for the day!!

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

twine...how fun. I have a lot of relatives who would love to know you....fishing genes that I didn't catch. I wouldn't mind doing all the above, but would prefer lounging with a good book in my hand instead of a fishing pole. :) And did I catch you nodding during my presentation last night? hehehe

schula 8 years, 9 months ago

I am with you Ronda! I would rather sit with a book in my hand instead of a fishing pole. My father says I have no patience for fishing. I guess I want to throw my pole in the water and get a bite immediately -- none of that waiting around for the fish to bite for me!

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

Yet you seem like such a nice person, Schula. Maybe that is part of it. I like worms too much to want to stick a hook into them or a fish.....Vegetarians anyone....I wonder what vegetarians fish for? Chocolate bars.. :)

Paul Decelles 8 years, 9 months ago

Ronda you write:

" Paul, the first time ever my mind and a scientific one was in agreement…I must be aging. ;)"

No that's not it I'm sure. ;-p

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

Paul, yeah, you're right. And now for the second time a scientific mind and mine are in agreement... :)

multi, I am not dancing there unless people absolutely insist that I put on a special premiere showing....and no one in their right mind would ever do such a thing....unless they enjoy comedy. It would be similar to watching Lucy or Carol do a dance routine.....goodness!

Ronda Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

Wow, that is about as abstract as a kitty can get. I think I've felt boxed in like that before also! ;)

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