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Bedrock in Fauvism – Featured Art Prints

This is a follow-up to a post I did in October of 2015 (The Flintstones Town of Bedrock). I shared excerpts from a photo shoot I had done of a tourist attraction south of the Grand Canyon which is a recreation of the town of Bedrock made famous by the Flintstones cartoon characters. That post starts with this quote: “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.” 

I truly didn’t think I would do anything with those shots, but middle of last year I came across them again and decided I would see what they would look like presented in a more abstract manner by using the fauvism technique I work with on other prints. The final result is the five art prints I have attached.

I like the bright surreal colors of this style along with the abstract interpretation of the subject matter. Considering the surreal look of the structures, it all seemed to come together as an appropriate marriage. Thoughts?

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Biosphere 2 – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in my blog about Tombstone, Arizona, we also visited Biosphere 2 during that same weekend. Biosphere 2 is located in Oracle, Arizona, northeast of Tucson. I can remember reading about it in the early 90’s when the self-contained environmental system had the first group of humans (8) close themselves into the facility for two years (1901 – 1993). A second experiment of locking humans into the facility lasted from March to September of 1994. The original concept was to see the viability of an enclosed eco system for colonization in space. It is now fully owned by the University of Arizona where it is used for research, outreach, teaching and life long learning about Earth, its living systems, etc…Earth being Biosphere 1. That’s the quick run through, for more information: Biosphere 2 (Wikipedia).

I have attached 10 shots from the afternoon to give you an overall perspective of the complex (it is so worth a visit if any of your travels take you to Arizona).


The first picture is the view coming in from what I would call the campus (the campus is the entry point to the complex with a museum, restaurant and student housing). Notice the green of the glass…that’s all of the leaves from the plants in the “rain forest” ecosystem. I left my lovely wife’s head in the shot to give you a perspective of just how massive this structure really is and this is only part of many ecosystems and structures on the grounds.

Biosphere 1

Biosphere 1


The next capture is taken from the same perspective as the first, but just turning slightly left gives you a perspective of the topography of this part of the desert.

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2


Picture number three is still from the same spot, but turning slightly to my right, which is the complex we were headed to for our tour.

Biosphere 3

Biosphere 3


The 4th shot, still from the same spot on the stairs, zooms in on the part of the complex we were headed to. I included it, because it shows one of the “lungs” of the eco systems. The white dome building is one of the lungs that support the equalization of air pressure within the enclosed environments. As temperatures change throughout the day, air pressure changes with the varying temperature….the lungs take in air from the enclosed environment and release air to them to keep the glass buildings from exploding with such changes. Located under the white dome is a flexible structure that covers a large pool of water…the ceiling of that structure rises and falls with the exchange. Touring the lung, takes you through a wind tunnel that is incredible powerful…this was a hold on to anything loose part of the tour.

Biosphere 4

Biosphere 4


The 5th picture shows the location where we started our tour. You get a better feel for the size of this structure when you see that door at the bottom left. The inhabitants that were part of the initial experiment had their living quarters in this structure. The quarters shared a large community kitchen and each had their own studio apartment with views into environments you see behind the white building (the three arched glass structures).

Biosphere 5

Biosphere 5


Capture number 6 shows you our entrance into the rain forest. Air locks are in place between ecosystem. Look how dense the growth is…

Biosphere 6

Biosphere 6


…and the 7th shot gives you even more of the concept. You see when you are inside how all of the tall plants press up against the glass roof creating the canopy of the forest.

Biosphere 7

Biosphere 7


Number 8 is in the coastal ecosystem. It actually supports a live reef and marine life. There is also a wave machine you can see and hear from this perspective to keep the environment true to coastal San Diego where the water and life came from. From this overlook, you can see back to the green glass housing the rain forest. I kept this gentleman’s head in the photo to give you a perspective again of the sheer size of this structure.

Biosphere 8

Biosphere 8


Picture 9 took us into a different structure where you can see a semi–arid ecosystem supporting grasslands.

Biosphere 9

Biosphere 9


The last shot is from a section of an arid desert ecosystem where the University was having students test hydroponics. The area had been cleared of plant life to make room for the experiments. This afforded me a shot looking out of the structures…notice in the background, a lung and also the rainforest across the way

Biosphere 10

Biosphere 10


As you tour this incredible complex, your mind is overwhelmed with the complexity of the engineering and the amount of detailed thought that went into the original design. Thoughts?


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Meyer May House – Frank Lloyd Wright – Excerpts From A Photo Shoot

I’m going to refer back to my post from two weeks ago, titled: Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, Michigan. In that post, I mentioned that there was a Frank Lloyd Wright house in the midst of these mega semi-Victorian mansions. Todays post takes a look at this house with seven captures I attached from a 10 minute; stop and shoot what you can, since we’re late for a holiday gathering. Unfortunately, we were unable to accommodate the tour schedule, so I literally was restricted to a quick photo shoot. The house in question is called the Meyer May House, located in Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and certainly typifies his style. The home itself was completed in 1909 and I can only imagine the talk considering the architecture of the surrounding homes. The house is true to his clean lines and simplicity accented with bold architectural details.

In the 1985 Steelcase (based in Grand Rapids), bought the home as a gift to the community. After meticulous and extensive restoration to the original structure, including interior originals and exacting duplicates, the house was open to the public in 1987. It serves as a rare opportunity to experience an original Prairie house as Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned it. More information here: Meyer May House.


 

The house itself sits on a corner lot. This first capture gives you a perspective for the overall look of the house with the clean lines and simplistic looking design. Please note the two red roofed porticos as a reference point in ensuing pictures. The one in the right of the picture has windows on the second story protruding over it and the one on the left side of the frame has a balcony built into the red roof.

Meyer May House - 1

Meyer May House – 1


 

The second capture takes you in front of the red roof with the windows protruding from the second floor.

Meyer May House - 2

Meyer May House – 2


 

Picture three goes back to the original shot as my next capture takes us to the other side of the house past the red roof with the balcony.

Meyer May House - 1

Meyer May House – 1


 

Shot number four now has the balcony on the right side of the frame and we are seeing the other side of the house (notice the art deco above the first story windows).

Meyer May House - 4

Meyer May House – 4


 

Capture number five walks us around the garden wall and lines up with the walkway to the front door. The art deco windows are on the left lining the walkway.

Meyer May House - 5

Meyer May House – 5


 

Picture number six looks at the windows and again, the walkway in the last picture is just behind the wall out of sight from this angle.

Meyer May House - 6

Meyer May House – 6


 

The seventh capture shows a close up of the detail around the top of the windows and……

Meyer May House - 7

Meyer May House – 7


 

the last capture shows the detail of a planter urn in the upper right hand corner of picture number six.

Meyer May House - architect was Frank Lloyd Wright. House is in Heritgae Hill: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Meyer May House – 8


 

For a look inside, please visit the website from my link above…..it truly gives you an appreciation of the beauty of his architecture and the grandeur of the house.

Thoughts?

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Heritage Hill – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

The holidays were filled with travel, family and friends. The warmth we experienced meeting our middle daughter’s new in-laws, was incredible and that experience led to the attached shots. So, let me back up just a bit. With three adult daughters and two of them married and our third (our youngest) in a serious relationship heading in that direction, we rotate Christmas. Every other year we host all of them and the off years, they spend with their significant others family. I’m sure this will change again whenever grand children arrive, but for now, that’s what we do. This was the “off” year and all three spent Christmas with their in-laws or soon to be in-laws. Our middle daughter and her husband hosted us to a Christmas in Michigan to meet the members of his family that we had not met. They rented this charming Victorian house in an area called Heritage Hill just two blocks from downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The entire area is vibrant with growth and restoration of homes found throughout the neighborhood. After our arrival, I went for a walk and couldn’t stop taking shots of these houses. I appreciate architecture, especially the architecture found in older large homes you typically see in many Midwestern and Eastern towns, here in the US. I have attached 10 of my favorites:


This first shot is typical of the size of homes in the area.

Heritage Hill 1

Heritage Hill 1


 

 

The second capture is another large rambling structure. I love the detail in the trim. This particular house has been split up into multiple rental units as are about 50 % of these large old homes.

Heritage Hill 2

Heritage Hill 2


 

Picture three was a shot that typified the look and feel of the neighborhood. I can only image how beautiful this setting is in the spring, summer and fall.

Heritage Hill 3

Heritage Hill 3


 

Shot number four reminds me of the large rambling house I grew up in as a small child when we lived in a small farm town in Iowa.

Heritage Hill 4

Heritage Hill 4


 

Capture number five looks like a small castle. The detail work with the rock (and I am assuming local stone) is incredible.

Heritage Hill 5

Heritage Hill 5


 

Picture number 6 is the first of three for this house. I was able to get to multiple sides of the home for a complete look at the architecture of this structure. This is actually the side of the home, where a carriage would pull up to disembark passengers.

Heritage Hill 6

Heritage Hill 6


 

This shot shows the front of the house from the street…

Heritage Hill 7

Heritage Hill 7


 

And the last capture shows the opposite side of the home from the carriage porch of picture number 6. Rather large estate…

Heritage Hill 8

Heritage Hill 8


 

Picture number nine and ten are of a house that has been restored and turned into a museum. It is located a couple of homes away from the last series. I love the wrap around porch and you can see the old carriage house in the background. This particular street was obviously a very prominent and wealthy street in it’s day.

Heritage Hill 9

Heritage Hill 9


 

Shot number ten shows the wrap around porch and massive chimneys.

Heritage Hill 10

Heritage Hill 10


 

So much of this history and architecture has been destroyed in the name of progress across the country and I was happy to see a city embrace the heritage and encourage new growth in this area. Since it is within walking distance to downtown, it is very active with young adults and families allowing close access to work and the many restaurants and shops located there. Thoughts?

(The neighborhood also has a Frank Loyd Wright house, which I will share in a future post.)

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Southern Colonial Home – Featured Art Print

My featured Art Print this week is “Southern Colonial Home” done in black and white from my Black and White Sketches Gallery.

I love the architecture of old southern homes, the intricate lines and shapes. What better way to accent those elements than a sketching technique that focuses on those features. I worked to make sure that there was almost an overload of detail in this print. I wanted the final product to not just be a representation of the elegance of southern colonial architecture, but to pull out the intricacies of this style and the setting itself. Notice the detail in the leaves and the plants that dominate the front yard of this southern belle. This particular scene is from New Orleans, Louisiana. The house is located on a tree-lined street that faces a boulevard. The street has large classic southern mansions lining both sides. A black and white sketch allows for the lines and contrasts to dominate the final print without the distraction of color. The remaining question is: “Did I do this southern colonial home justice?” Thoughts?

 

 

I invite you to come into the gallery to view the addition of new art prints to the collection in Black and White Sketches.

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