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Winter Wonderland – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

I was blessed with a great photo opportunity during the holidays. We were in Seattle for Christmas weekend and on Christmas Eve it started to snow. What makes it even more spectacular than just the beauty of a white Christmas is that Seattle may get a snow or two during the winter months, but typically it is just cold rain. So, we were able to enjoy one of their infrequent snows and it started on Christmas Eve and lasted into Christmas morning. Yes, it was one of those peaceful snows with big fluffy flakes….really stunning. I haven’t personally experienced that at Christmas since our days in Denver almost 30 years ago.

We spent Christmas day with our son-in-laws family. They live on the outskirts of Seattle with lots of forest land around their neighborhood. Always traveling with my camera, my son-in-law and I went for a hike where I took the attached shots.

This first shot is the trail we hiked.

Couldn’t resist this capture with the snow covered branches arching over the trail.

We entered a clearing where I captured this lone tree all covered in snow.

Just loved the look of the trees….

Stunning was all I could think of……truly a winter wonderland!!

As we came back into the neighborhood we saw families and their children taking advantage of this opportunity….notice the wise mom positioned in front of the pond to prevent anyone from getting to close and personal with the water. Love it!!

Believe it or not, all of this was gone within two days…by the time we flew out it had all melted. The day after we left another storm moved in with lots of rain (the typical). Timing is everything!!  Thoughts?

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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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Seasonal Tranquility – Featured Art Prints

So, we are into the extreme hustle bustle of the season. I had the pleasure of spending Sunday afternoon at a large regional mall. Shopping in full swing, people coming and going, families with kids in tow…just what you would expect. As the frenzy of the season comes upon us, my mind retreats to scenes of tranquility that represent the season to me. Having grown up in the Midwest and living in Denver for a number of years, my Christmas tranquility thoughts go more to the art prints I have attached. As a lover of nature and hiking in the woods, these scenes represent that place my mind goes at this time of year to seek a reprieve from the activity around me.


 

The first one appeals to me because of the deciduous trees in the clearing that have lost their leaves for the season, yet are a focal point of light amidst the snow covered evergreen trees.


 

The second print is the quiet of the forest with fresh snow…perfect hiking.


 

The third print is just another reminder of the beauty of snow on pine trees….

Take a moment and savor the quiet moments of the season….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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Snow Covered Pine – Featured Art Print

Fall is just around the corner and here I am pushing winter….my apologies to anyone who isn’t ready for that thought yet. I just added this art print to my Landscape Oil Collection and wanted to feature it. I titled it “Snow Covered Pine”. For this print I chose a simple oil technique to create a soft and comfortable look. To add a subtle element of contrast, we have the deciduous tree on the right of the frame and a hint of a pathway or road in the lower right hand corner. I also used a hint of pastel color to create texture to a cloudy sky, just enough to make it interesting, but not distracting. For anyone that has been around a snow covered pine forest, I am trying to evoke the feeling that is experienced in such a situation. There is stillness in the air and nature seems to be at peace with itself and we seem more as one with nature. In this calming and tranquil effect there is an inner peace that comes through. Can you visualize yourself in that setting? I love those moments. Thoughts?

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The First Snowfall – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

The excerpts from a photo shoot I want to share today are from the first snowfall in Seattle last year. It was the first week of December and very welcomed by us having lived in San Diego for many years. Yes, I know it’s August and here I am posting snowfall pictures, but our friends down under can appreciate it, as this is their winter. J Each week, I go through different photo shoots to determine what I want to blog about. This week was a no brainer for me, as I have been working with pictures from this shoot for the last few weeks. A fellow blogger had asked me about Christmas cards from my Note Card Collection. I had responded that I had done a private selection last year for family and friends, but hadn’t thought about putting anything up for this year. To be honest when you are in 107-degree temperatures day in and day out, Christmas seems like a life away. Yet, the request was enough to start my mind thinking back to a series of shots I took while we lived in Seattle last year of the first snowfall, which led me to revisit that shoot and start working with it. From that, I came across these two shots and wanted to share them as I created two prints I will be putting into my Landscape Oil collection.

The setting is a paved path on the campus of a junior college near where we were. Following my prior blogs of getting numerous shots and playing with depth and composition, I narrowed it down to these two shots to work with. Taking each shot as a basis, I used an oil painting technique to create the final prints.

1st SnowFall #1

1st Snowfall #1

The first two pictures are the original shots. I took both from the same position with 1st Snowfall #1 being a normal range composition.

1st Snow Fall #2

1st Snowfall #2

For 1st Snowfall #2, I have not moved an inch, but zoomed in slightly to play with the framing of the shot. As a reference point, look at the electrical poles in both pictures. OK, two shots from same location and they look very similar, yet look at the slight difference in lighting. This element plays a large part in the final art prints as it creates two very different looks to the same setting.

1st Snow Fall #3

1st Snowfall #3

1st Snowfall #3 creates an element with a longer path winding its way through a forest. The light dusting of snow is still evident, but the colors of the woods become more prominent.

1st Snow Fall #4

1st Snowfall #4

1st Snowfall #4 creates the illusion of coming out of a darker forest into a bright meadow where the anticipation of a snow-covered landscape becomes more prominent.

In summary, sometimes it is the little things that make a difference and this is another example of having multiple shots to work with for your final product. Thoughts?

(On a side note, the shots I will be using for the Christmas cards have much more snow involved then these two shots as this area was protected from most of the accumulation.)

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