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Log Houses In Gothic – Featured Art prints

Today I am featuring three art prints I just completed. I decided to feature them as a “before and after post”. The log houses are part of the Sharlot Hall Museum located in Prescott, Arizona. I did a photo shoot blog of these buildings last November, so you can see the before pictures there and the resulting art prints here.

With these images I used the gothic oil technique I have worked with before to give these log structures that “old world” or historic look. This technique focuses on bold brush strokes and earth tone colors to create this style.

This first art print is the original Governors Mansion built for the newly appointed capital of the realigned Arizona Territory by President Lincoln.

 

The second art print is of Fort Misery, which is the oldest log building associated with the territory of Arizona. Originally built in 1863-1864 along the banks of Granite Creek (two blocks south of the museum). It was disassembled and reassembled on the museum grounds in 1934. A trader from Santa Fe built it as a home and store.

The third art print is The Ranch House, which was built for the museum in the 1930’s to represent typical ranch houses from the 1800’s.

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Black and White Photography – Mood and Depth

I have shared on a number of my posts, my love of black and white photography. I have always been drawn to it for a variety of reasons, two of which I wanted to talk about today; mood and depth.

Eliminating color from a picture can create an entirely new more interesting image. Key word there is “can”. It doesn’t compliment or help create a visual story on every image, but on certain images it tells a better story to the viewer than leaving it color. Two of the elements that are impacted by using monochrome coloring are mood and depth.

Eliminating the visual busyness of color helps create a mood to a capture. Yes, it is typically more of a somber mood, but this can add flavor to the overall look the photographer is going for.

Black and white can also enhance contrast between visual elements highlighting depth to a particular capture.

I have attached three black and white photographs from my gallery that highlight both of these elements.

In this example, the subject matter presented in black and white helps create a somber rather subdued tone to this capture. The photograph was taken an a cold, cloudy winter day. The barren tree branches reinforce this element of season, but also due to the stark contrast from the background help build depth to the visual experience. It recreates what I felt on the day I took the shot…it was a rather gloomy day and I loved the element of this carriage house being tucked back from the main property.

In this capture the light centered on the walkway creates a brighter and more upbeat mood. That aspect is reinforced as there isn’t any competition with color which allows the shaft of light to take center stage. The element of depth is supported in a more subtle way with this shot. Your eye is pulled to the center of the frame due to the shaft of light, but then meanders around the curve of the walkway back into the picture realizing there is more going on further into the picture under those hanging tree branches. The various shapes and contrasting darkness over lighter backgrounds create this depth.

The black and white aspect to this last capture creates a very neutral mood in that this could have been taken on a bright sunny day or a cloudy day. The biggest impact for this is depth. The dark tree branches frame an ocean coastline and reinforce the point of view as being high above the pounding surf. The foreground of craggy tree branches as the darkest element create the starting point to depth. Your eye is then pulled into the frame across the surf to the bluff across the way…distance and depth.  Thoughts?

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The Pear And Apple: Simplicity in Still Life

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Brain Scan.. Not as pretty as my artwork…

I wanted to share this blog of a fellow artist in need….please help out in any way you can!!

Ray Ferrer - Emotion on Canvas

Dearest friends, fans, FAMILY!
Please reblog, share, tweet, FB, you name it!

Over the years it has been my freehand spray paint artwork that many of you are accustomed to seeing.  There will be more but for now, there is this.  My wife and I are working hard on keeping you up to date.  We are blown away by the more than 60K followers who show there support to us daily on the blog and other social media platforms!

So, here is a scan of my brain and the Tumor is circled. Its bigger than first thought.  On the 9th I have one more MRI w/ spectroscopy to determine the rate of growth and cell types.  Then it gets really hairy.

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I am doing the best I can to be in good spirits and will continue to strive! It really helps knowing I have touched so many people with my artwork…

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A Letter To My Children

I have been following Constance blog for awhile…she is an incredible photographer and I admire her art! This particular blog grabbed my attention as I also have three girls (mid 20’s up to early 30’s) and I couldn’t have said what she said to her girls any better to my own. They grow up fast, but every age is a joy and fascination to watch! Unconditional love says it all!!

Things To Talk About

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I love you, all thee of you girls. When I felt I had no place in this world , one by one you girls came along and filled my world with happiness and worth. You make me see, realize, and understand what true,unconditional love is. You girls make waking up everyone morning and facing this cruel world worth while. You brighten my world and make it incredible and I feel sorry for the people who will not allow themselves to feel happiness and let it in their life ,especially those who have kids. you bring something new, amazing, and exciting into my life everyday. When I feel I am at my worse, and it is time for me to give up, I look at your faces , the artwork you bring me from school ,and how- it is to me- a masterpiece that not even Van…

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Buy a Book for Christmas from around the World – Olga Núñez Miret – Spain

I just wanted to share this blog from Sally for a couple of reasons…the first is the blog is about an author who I enjoy and who has been very supportive of my work and the second reason is that Sally is so good at getting the word out about a variety of things as it relates to blogs, bloggers and pertinent information. Thanks Sally for highlighting Olga!!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I have loved meeting so many extraordinary people this year from the world’s of music, art and of course writing.  As we approach Christmas I thought I would give you a hand with your shopping list and showcase some of my guest’s work.

Today a writer who has become one of a group of bloggers who also share and support each other on other social media sites. It is often said that the life of a writer is solitary and that books are hard to market in this modern publishing environment.  I don’t agree.  I see blogging in particular as a community with like minded people supporting each other and developing relationships. There are many writers here on WordPress who do just that by interviewing authors or offering guest post opportunities.  The author today does just that with her Friday interviews.

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Olga Núñez Miret was born in Barcelona and moved…

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Bougainvillea in the Courtyard – Featured Art Print

For today’s featured art print, I chose a print I completed just last week titled “Bougainvillea in the Courtyard”. It’s from the same photo shoot I mentioned in my last art print feature with The Spanish Fountain. The style I used on this print is an impasto oil technique that emphasizes bold brush strokes and bright colors. The bold brush strokes create texture and dimension to the print. The bright colors reinforce the color of the flowering plant life, the brick and stucco of the courtyard. The bright flowers from a Bougainvillea are so striking, so in creating this print, I wanted to stay true to the brilliance of the color. I also liked the presentation of this scene. You have the hint of the courtyard in the left part of the print, with the Bougainvillea dominating the right half. It becomes the focal point of the as the delicate blooms of color pull your eye around the entire print. Because of this movement, you become aware of further depth in the scene. The elements work together as you study the scene further. You notice the way the trees provide a backdrop to the setting and a canopy over the courtyard. Your eye notices the brick pavers of the courtyard merging into the hint of a wooden bridge. Where does that bridge go and what does it go over? You are teased with a hint of a large beautiful courtyard, but get just a portion of the whole thing. The side of the courtyard in this scene does create a sense of beauty and peace representative of the entire courtyard. I hope you enjoy the print. Thoughts?

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