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We Walk – Featured Art Print

I wanted to feature this print for a couple of reasons…the first is that winter definitely has a grip on large portions of the US and Canada as we head into the last week of January and the second is the verse itself.

I like this verse as it reminds me in layman’s terms to follow my gut….listen to that voice within to guide you. I can reflect back over my life and so many times I have followed that inner voice when I have needed guidance facing major choices, even when that voice was directing me to something that didn’t make sense or wasn’t the logical choice. I found that things opened up as situations I knew nothing of led to doors opening I never knew existed and if I had gone the other way (logical in my opinion), events changed to where that direction would have been a dead-end. Even when personal tragedies occurred throughout my life, that inner voice would get me to just put one foot in front of the other and keep going. We all face these issues and obstacles as we journey forward on this walk called life.

I like this reminder of faith, faith in purpose and faith in the direction that has been given to me. None of us really know what is right around the bend and we spend way too much time and energy worrying about it. The faith part keeps you focused on the present and gives you reassurance you are being kept on the right path.

Thoughts?

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Midwinter in Rural Iowa – Featured Art Prints

Five years ago at this time in February, I was in Iowa to visit family. I took the opportunity to drive out into the landscape of rural Iowa for some inspiration (artistically speaking). There wasn’t a lot of snow as the temperatures had gotten above freezing. This time of year the landscape is stark, lacking the vibrant green of spring and summer, yet I still find beauty in this starkness. The fields are a golden brown and the trees stand like guardians with their bare branches. In recreating the scenes I came across, I used an Impasto technique (impasto: to lay paint on thickly creating deep textured brush strokes) to give the scenes texture and brightened up the browns of the land into a more vibrant golden hue.

This first scene is a dirt (muddy) road that I took trying to get a photograph of a red barn I had seen through the woods. After getting out of the car and looking back at where I had come, I decided I preferred that scene the way the road curved around the bend.

Another typical scene for this time of year is this frozen creek bed on a farm. Same golden fields and stark trees along the creek bed.

I have a thing about paths, sidewalks or roads that wander off into the distance as they create depth to a picture and stimulate the brain of the curious wondering where they go.

And then lastly is this discovery near the frozen creek bed, an abandoned farm. The setting seemed perfect for these buildings that were still standing, even with them being as dilapidated as they were.

My tribute to mid February…thoughts?

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Snow in the Neighborhood – Featured Art Print

Snow in the Neighborhood

Snow in the Neighborhood

The Art Print I wanted to feature this week is called “Snow in the Neighborhood”. I took this shot mid February a couple of years ago of the neighborhood scene of some friends of ours that live in the Minneapolis area. It struck me as so typical for this part of the world this time of year. I love the color of the sky and the barren trees as silhouette features with dusk settling into this neighborhood. I also don’t see the coldness of the snow, I see the warmth of the homes as family and friends gather to celebrate community and friendship. I see them sharing dinners and conversations about their lives, their hopes and dreams.

This is the time of year to take a moment and reflect on the blessings you have been given. Take stock on the year past and the hope of the year ahead. Share your love with those around you and give thanks. Reach out to those hurting and in need to give comfort.

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2: 10-11 (NKJV)

Wishing you Joy and Peace – Merry Christmas!!

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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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“Urban Snowfall Part Two” Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

My original post showed the snow in the trees around the area where two freeways come together in the Seattle area during an early morning snowfall in December. This series is around the transit center just off of those two freeways.

Transit Center Elevators Before Morning Commuters filled the top floor of parking

Transit Center Elevators Before Morning Commuters filled the top floor of parking

Top Floor of Transit Center Before Morning Commuters Filled this Level

Top Floor of Transit Center Before Morning Commuters Filled this Level

Road from Transit Center to the Two Freeways..Early Morning Commute

Road from Transit Center to the Two Freeways..Early Morning Commute

For my gallery, I’m thinking of turning the first two into B&W photos….this last one says watercolor to me….thoughts?

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“Urban Snowfall” Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Ok, there is irony in the title…the pictures look like they are deep in the woods, when in fact they are in the middle of a highly populated area of Seattle. Close to the intersection of two major freeways and multiple business highrises, I capture these shots of the seasons first and sometimes only snowfall in the Seattle area. The snow occurred in the early morning hours mid December and stayed on the ground into the early afternoon.  I intentionally tried to capture a deep woods look as I was nowhere near a place to hike into the woods and knew I would have a limited time to capture the snow before it melted. Enjoy!!

Urban Snow

Urban Snow

Urban Snow 2

Urban Snow 2

Urban Snow 3

Urban Snow 3

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A Photo Shoot “Frozen Waterfall”

With record temperature cold across most of the US, this photo shoot seemed appropriate. While not from the current cold snap, but an early December cold snap hitting the Seattle area, I took the next three pictures while hiking near where we lived just before sunset. The setting is a very tall rock/dirt cliff next to the trail I was hiking on. For those of you that follow my blog, it was the same hike where I captured the moss covered wall. Because of the amount of rain the Seattle area gets, the ground is always full of moisture.  The waterfall in mention is ground water running down the face of the cliff.

Frozen Waterfall

Frozen Waterfall

A closer look…..

Frozen Waterfall Close Up

Frozen Waterfall Close Up

This last shot I thought was interesting in that these icicles were formed from water seeping out of the cliff wall….

Seeping Icicles

Seeping Icicles

Thanks for letting me share my hiking find, I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

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