Monthly Archives: October 2015

Grand Canyon Sketched – Featured Art Prints

I have been working with some of the shots I took at the Grand Canyon in early August (The Grand Canyon – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot) and am attaching five art prints I created that I just added to my Landscape Watercolor Gallery. I created these art prints with a sketching/watercolor technique that creates a very detailed sketched look with soft colors. The overall look is soft and subtle, but when you really look into the print you see detail you don’t initially notice at first. This is the appeal these have as it relates to art prints of the Grand Canyon. The overall beauty and look is overwhelmingly breathtaking and larger than life. Man pales by comparison when presented alongside this type of setting. Let’s take a look at them….


 

The first print gives you a partial panorama, with the foreground on the left, which is the canyon facing side of Lookout Studio. Your eyes are drawn into the detail and you see people in the sketch. The more your eye is drawn into the print, you start to see just how many people. This type of detail doesn’t distract from the overall look, but actually compliments the look I was going for.

 


 

The second print gives you a sense of depth, with the purple sketching in the background creating the canyon’s distance and depth. The overlook creates a great foreground focal point and then again, you start to see the people. They are small in comparison to the overall scene, but become an important part of the small detail.


 

With the third print, the overlook in the foreground becomes the prominent element of the print with the people milling about. In this art print, the canyon depth takes backstage to the beauty of the rock strata and the people on the overlook.


 

The fourth art print focuses on the rock strata of the South Rim and the Grand Canyon Village is almost an “oh, there is something there” as your eye sweeps the scene. Once you realize the village is there, you start to see the small detail of buildings and people.


 

The fifth and final art print is the El Tovar Lodge. I love the architecture of the building as it sits atop the South Rim.


 

My objective with these prints was to portray the beauty and scope of this natural wonder and present prints that demonstrate the sheer size of the setting versus man. Thoughts?


 

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Inspirational Quotes Day Three – Quote Challenge

Last week, I was challenged to a “quotes quota” by my friend Melinda with purpleslobinrecovery. I love her willingness to share her life and her openness with all of her struggles. If you are not familiar with her blog, I strongly encourage dropping by!! Thank you Melinda for the nomination!!

The rules of the challenge are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger, who nominated you.
  • Publish 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days in your blog. It can be your own, or from a book, movie or from anyone who inspires you.
  • Nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this endeavor.

What rule doesn’t need tweaked occasionally, so as not to put anyone on the spot, I will adhere to #1 & #2 and for #3, I will list three blogs each day that I find “Inspirational” to go with the theme of my three day quote challenge. ( I find so many of the blogs I follow fit in that category, that I am literally pulling three names from a hat…ok plastic bowl actually…at random to recognize each day. )


Day Three: My Own Personal Quotes:

Let His Light Shine Through You

Let the radiance of His love show in all that you do.


 

He Walks With You Always

You are never alone, all you need to do is reach out and ask.


 

Seek His Peace

We worry, stress and get anxious unnecessarily….trust in him for all things.


 

The three blogs I am highlighting today:

  1. indahs
  2. bythemightymumford
  3. theoldfellowgoesrunning

Thoughts?

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Inspirational Quotes Day Two – Quote Challenge

Last week, I was challenged to a “quotes quota” by my friend Melinda with purpleslobinrecovery. I love her willingness to share her life and her openness with all of her struggles. If you are not familiar with her blog, I strongly encourage dropping by!! Thank you Melinda for the nomination!!

The rules of the challenge are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger, who nominated you.
  • Publish 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days in your blog. It can be your own, or from a book, movie or from anyone who inspires you.
  • Nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this endeavor.

What rule doesn’t need tweaked occasionally, so as not to put anyone on the spot, I will adhere to #1 & #2 and for #3, I will list three blogs each day that I find “Inspirational” to go with the theme of my three day quote challenge. ( I find so many of the blogs I follow fit in that category, that I am literally pulling three names from a hat…ok plastic bowl actually…at random to recognize each day. )


 

Day Two: Quotes from the New Testament:

Matthew 11:28 (NCV)

Whenever I am exhausted (and I don’t mean physically), this verse gives me pause to stop and lean on Him.


 

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 (NCV)

Such a great reminder of what love truly is and isn’t.


Matthew 17: 20 (NIV)

Such an encouraging passage to remind us that anything is possible if we have faith.


The three blogs I am highlighting today:

  1. writingtofreedom
  2. traveltalesoflife
  3. sheridegrom

Thoughts?

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Inspirational Quotes Day One – Quote Challenge

Last week, I was challenged to a “quotes quota” by my friend Melinda with purpleslobinrecovery. I love her willingness to share her life and her openness with all of her struggles. If you are not familiar with her blog, I strongly encourage dropping by!! Thank you Melinda for the nomination!!

The rules of the challenge are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger, who nominated you.
  • Publish 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days in your blog. It can be your own, or from a book, movie or from anyone who inspires you.
  • Nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this endeavour.

What rule doesn’t need tweaked occasionally, so as not to put anyone on the spot, I will adhere to #1 & #2 and for #3, I will list three blogs each day that I find “Inspirational” to go with the theme of my three day quote challenge. ( I find so many of the blogs I follow fit in that category, that I am literally pulling three names from a hat…ok plastic bowl actually…at random to recognize each day. )


 

Day One: Quotes from the Old Testament:

Proverbs 3: 5-7 (NCV)

This one rings home with me….we think we know it all, but we don’t. How many times has something come into your life you never imaged and it completes a dream or a need?


Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)

Each day is a new wonder and every time the sun comes up, a new opportunity is given to each of us.


Psalm 23:1-6 (NKJ)

Bottom line, He is always with us to comfort and guide us no matter what the circumstances are.


The three blogs I am highlighting today:

  1. teagansbooks.wordpress.com
  2. witlessdatingafterfiftyfive.wordpress.com
  3. lorriebowden.com

Thoughts?

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The Flintstones Town of Bedrock – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

This post is a fun one for me….I haven’t a clue what I will ever do with any of these shots, but I had a great time taking them.

Let me back up to the first of August. If you follow my blog, that time frame correlates with all of my Grand Canyon photographs. As it turns out, along the way to the Grand Canyon is this “tourist” attraction of the Flintstones town of Bedrock. The cartoon characters span multi generations and I used to laugh at the antics of Fred and Barney as so many did. Yet, nowhere in my mind did I envision a re-creation of the town of Bedrock located in the middle of the desert along the way to the Grand Canyon. Go figure!

The place looked so cheesy and you couldn’t actually see the town behind the gift shop from the road, so we weren’t sure what we would find. We normally don’t waste time, money or effort on such things, but my wife, daughter, son-in-law and myself thought it would be a “kick” to just check it out as it was only $5.00. I knew it would be a fun photo shoot, so we paid our money and went to see the town of “Bedrock”. Again, go figure someone would build cement blown and brightly colored buildings to resemble the prehistoric town of bedrock. It was spread out over quite a few acres and had numerous buildings to wander through.

Attached are 11 shots I took that day. I shoot in RAW format to capture extreme detail, so I can play with the contrast, sharpness, lighting etc., later. I wanted to give the shots a little edgy look….

The first capture is a volcano with a Pterodactyl flying near the top.

Bedrock 1: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 1: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

 

The second shot is the Bedrock Barber Shop and Beauty Salon with the volcano in the background.

Bedrock 2: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 2: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

What would Bedrock be without some of the characters hanging around. The third picture is Wilma in front of her and Fred’s house.

Bedrock 3: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 3: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

This fourth shot shows Betty waving to (?????) in front of her and Barney’s house. (I really never did figure out just who she was waving to…)

Bedrock 4: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 4: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

The fifth shot shows the living room inside one of the homes (can’t remember which one).

Bedrock 5: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 5: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Number six is inside one of the homes again. Please note this is all blown concrete, so someone went to a lot of trouble to create these scenes.

Bedrock 6: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 6: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Number seven is the schoolhouse in town. Love the turnip shape of the building.

Bedrock 7: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 7: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Eight is the Post Office with someone looking out of the second story window.

Bedrock 8: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 8: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Nine is the Grocery Store…gotta love the bird roasting on the spit to the right side of the building.

Bedrock 9: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 9: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Ten is the center of nightlife for Bedrock. What community would be complete without a nightclub?

Bedrock 10: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 10: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 11: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 11: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Eleven finishes the tour with a gas station, although car power was pedal power of Fred’s feet…..

…thoughts?

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Celebration of Fall Colors – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

My favorite time of year is fall. I love autumn colors as they paint the landscape with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. In celebration of this time of year, I have attached five color photographs I have just added to my Color Photography One Gallery. These shots were from a photo shoot I did in Issaquah, Washington.

The first capture shows the Issaquah Train Station (now a museum). I like the perspective of the capture looking down the train tracks with the station and fall colors framing the composition.

The second shot is looking down a sidewalk along one of the main thoroughfares. I like the look of the sidewalk meandering beneath the bright reds and yellows of the fall foliage.

The third picture is another sidewalk shot along the same thoroughfare. In this capture, the bright yellow foliage forms a brilliant canopy over the sidewalk.

This fourth shot, highlights bright orange leaves.

And then the fifth shot shows the mix of colors found in the woods that surround the town.

The display of color is stunning in this town nestled in the foothills of the Cascades just east of Seattle.…thoughts?

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