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Out-Takes: Christmas Hiker In The Woods

From last weeks post, the picture comes from a surprise Christmas Day snow (2017) in the Seattle area. As I’ve mentioned before, when I do a photo shoot I take a plethora of shots and use only the ones that past my personal muster. That being said in picking the snow scene I wanted for last weeks post,  I was reviewing all of the shots from that shoot. I had totally forgotten about these two. My son-in-law and I came across this “hiker in the woods” . We both had a good laugh over it and to this day have no idea who or what put this hiker in place and so thoughtfully decorated him for Christmas. I mentally put them in my “out-takes file” as I wasn’t going to use them for the project I was working on. I did want to share them as I thought they were a good kick-off post for the Holiday Season.

Christmas Hiker 1

Christmas Hiker 2

Thoughts?

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Getting Your Christmas Tree

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I just want to start this post with saying that the attached picture is what is in my head when I think of going to get a Christmas Tree. Do we really go out to the woods to cut down a tree…only in a fantasy world. When our girls were young, we always went to a Christmas Tree farm to find just the right tree…anything less than 9 feet wasn’t acceptable. After the year of the tree falling and needing wired to the wall, good old Dad went out and bought a fake tree. I won’t bore you with all of the details of the mishaps of putting the tree up that year, but suffice it to say, it put me over the edge and a fake tree was now my plan of attack. The following year when I came home with this 9 foot artificial tree, there was a minor revolt in the household. My wife and the two oldest girls refused to help put it up. Our youngest was more than willing to help Dad with the tree and it became our tradition to put the tree together, just the two of us and then the rest would come in to decorate. Ok, so she was only two when this started, but the branches were color coded and alphabetized. Over the years she learned her alphabet and colors quite well. It has become a family joke that Dad taught her how to read putting the tree together. Fast forward 24+ years and the tree still looks really good…(true story)…

I share all of this as every family has their traditions around getting their Christmas  tree, putting it up and decorating it. I wanted to share what is in my head when I assemble the alphabetized and color coded branches of our now 24 year old tree, the attached picture!!

May the Joy of the Season be with you and your family!!

 

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!!


For there is born...

For there is born…

May the Peace and Joy of this season be with you, your family and friends.


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Winery – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

As we go into another weekend of holiday madness, whether it be shopping or decorating or social engagements, this time of year takes on a frenzy all its own. My goal with this post is to take you on a side trip to slow the pace down and relax. I did this photo shoot last year and frankly haven’t figured out what to do with these shots until now. This is just a fun set of shots with a holiday focus.

We are going to a winery – Chateau Ste Michelle to be exact. They are located in Woodinville, Washington just to the east of Seattle.

 

Winery 1

Winery 1

I had discovered their wine a couple of years ago when I was hosting my employees for a Holiday Party. I didn’t realize at the time that they were located in the Seattle area, nor did I know at that time I would also be located in the Seattle area…funny how it works!

We had all of our girls and their better halves together during the Holiday Season last year when we were living up in the Seattle area (we lived in San Diego for 24 years so it is “up” for me). One of them remembered I loved this wine and that the winery was located up there…I had totally forgotten about it. As a group, we decided to go wine tasting.

 

Winery 2

Winery 2

The winery definitely has the “Chateau” look.

Winery 3

Winery 3

The tasting room is adjoined to the gift shop…funny how that works….and I was really impressed with the talent of whoever arranged the holiday fare….

Winery 4

Winery 4

Winery 5

Winery 5

Winery 6

Winery 6

Winery 7

Winery 7

Winery 8

Winery 8

 

See…simple post, nothing mind blowing…just fun! I think it’s time for a glass of wine….Thoughts?

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Tree Lights in the Clearing – Featured Art Print

Just so everyone is clear, I hesitate to bring up Christmas at this point in time, but we are headed into November and the holidays will be here before we know it. So, in a continuation with the line of Christmas Cards I added to my Note Card Gallery, I wanted to feature another art print that I used for one of the cards. This art print is titled: “Tree Lights in the Clearing”.

 

This particular print is not in any of my galleries as it is brand new. I had just created it for my Landscape Oil Gallery and something about it spoke to me for a possible art print on one of my cards. I liked the clearing of barren trees in the middle of a thick pine forest. In creating the print, I highlighted the barren trees and made them the focal point. I used a look of brighter light on those trees, making it appear that the trees were lit up…almost magically in the forest. For the card, I then took it one step further and created white lights on the trees creating a festive winter scene.

 

My goal in the line of cards was to create winter scenes of nature that had a slightly nostalgic look and feel to them. Natural winter scenes depicting a simpler slower paced life. During the Holiday Season, we frantically prepare for it, but when Christmas and New Years arrive, we try to slow down to enjoy family and friends. It’s a time of love and community, a time of year to stop and reflect on where we are and what we want for the coming year. Thoughts?

 

 

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Christmas Tree in the Forest – Featured Art Print

I just added a line of Christmas Cards to my Note Card Gallery and wanted to feature one of the prints from those cards. My feature today is titled: “Christmas Tree in the Forest”.

I started by taking the art print from my Landscape Oil Gallery titled: “Snow Covered Pine” as my basis for this creation. From the original print, I popped the color up just a little and then individually added each light, the star and then the glow around the star. Sounds easy enough, but it was a little more time consuming than I had estimated. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I re-drew the star until I had it the way I wanted. I really like the final results and feel like the effort was worth it.

Some background on the scene: It was the first part of December 2013 and my wife and I were living in Seattle for the latter half of last year while our house was being built here in the Phoenix area (two of our three were in Seattle at that point and we had sold our home in San Diego). Our apt had just flooded (another story for another day) and we had to vacate it for the duration of our stay. We ended up in a hotel for the holidays waiting for our final move to Arizona. It was a bit crowded with two cats, lots of my equipment, suitcases, etc in a one-bedroom hotel suite. We took the entire event in stride, but were feeling a little down because at least in the apt we had a small tree and it was decorated, etc. We were use to hosting Christmas at our house even after our kids moved out and this year we knew would be different, but not like this.

We woke up one morning to a beautiful snowfall. It doesn’t snow very much in Seattle and we had not lived anywhere that got snow since our days in Denver many…many years ago. It was magical to us…that first snow where the flakes are huge and fall quietly adding that touch of white to everything. I knew I needed to get out in it and start taking pictures. Our hotel was near a small forest, so I packed up and took off. I loved it! I was able to get a number of great shots that day and have started creating final art prints from those photographs. In thinking about what art prints to offer on some Christmas Cards, this one came to mind, but I wanted to decorate the pine tree with lights. Growing up, we always had a fir tree full of Christmas lights outside and when the snow blanketed it…magical. My goal was to recreate what I had seen so many times in my youth via this art print. Thoughts?

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