Art Melange is Canceled

Due to zoning issues, the venue is no longer available for our show and so we have been forced to cancel. Very unfortunate change for both ourselves, other artists in the area, and a number of non-profit organizations that have benefited from artist efforts. Melange_Postcard_cancel

Not About Place………

During my gallery hosting stint this month at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ, I had an interesting discussion with a visitor. She looked at my framed print of Light Path which I had hanging in our center room and asked me if it was an image I made locally. I told her it was made at Acadia National Park and she replied that she thought it was a specific stretch of path at Peace Valley Park in Bucks County, PA. That stunned me because Peace Valley Park is a location that I have been creating images for over 25 years.

This interaction was another confirmation for me that location is not important in the art of photography. What matters is personal vision, personal aesthetics, personal interests and emotion. I knew exactly the path at Peace Valley Park of which she was referring, it’s one I’ve been on many times. I feel that my artistic style was developed at locations near where I’ve lived. So while traveling in Maine, that style was still in play. When I photograph in locations I know well, what I am doing is engaging in an internal exploration more than an external discovery. In Maine, although I discovered many new places to me, my internal experience informed my work and was expressed in the imagery I created.

I will go back to Peace Valley Park often again and as always will discover something new about myself. It’s not about location, the traveling that takes place, the discovery, is all internal.

Light Path is a framed print (16×20) available for $189.00 by contacting me at pdgrecian@verizon.net

(c) 2015 Paul Grecian "Light Path"

(c) 2015 Paul Grecian “Light Path”

“Cat Toys” – SOLD

The opening reception of my two-person show at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ was very positive. I was very pleased with the response to this particular body of work which included monochrome and Japanese-inspired imagery.

One of the pieces that sold is a new work I titled Cat Toys. It is an image I made on a very foggy morning and depicts a Catbird on a Black Walnut tree. The large, round, walnuts hang like Christmas balls and made me think of the toys my own cats plays with. The collector who purchased the piece was drawn to it immediately and enjoyed my title choice.

I was excited about this image when I made it and when I printed it for this show, so it was particularly gratifying that it received such a quick sale. The print will be limited to 50 total with the current framed price set at $208.

My show with the magnificent Gail Bracegirdle continues through July 5.

(c) Paul Grecian

(c) Paul Grecian

Observations – A Two-Person Show

I am in the final printing stage of work that I will be exhibiting at my annual two-person show with Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ. This year I have teamed up with the amazing Gail Bracegirdle whose work I have admired for years. The name of our show is Observations and touches on the question of whether artists really see the world differently.

The show will be up starting June 4 with a reception on June 6 from 5-8 pm. This show is more about my visual approach than any particular subject matter, so it seems extremely personal to me.

At Artists' Gallery starting June 4

At Artists’ Gallery starting June 4

More Than One Right Answer

It is typically the case for me that when I experience an attraction to a subject, landscape, or idea, I have a fairly specific response which results in a particular interpretation or communication in the image I make. That doesn’t mean I don’t explore the “scene” or try different ways of expressing the feeling I’m having. it’s just that when all is said and done, I usually can decide on one image that represents my intent.

Recently, I began developing a RAW file from my 2014 Acadia National Park trip and found myself creating 6 different versions of the print. It is a scene containing Birch trees along a path around Sieur de Mont. I have been working on “pathways” as a theme for many years and I was especially drawn to the light and monochrome tones of this scene.

(c) 2015 Paul Grecian

(c) 2015 Paul Grecian

I have decided to offer the 6 different versions as Artist’s Proofs and will decide on which to add to my regular print additions over time. The two examples here represent the extremes of the range of looks I liked. The image was made with an Olympus OMD EM-5 camera with a Panasonic 14-140mm lens handheld. In all of the versions, I converted the image to black and white.

I am especially fond of the vignette version below with a bit of sepia “toning” which gives it a timeless feeling and also one which imbues it with a sense of mystery or romanticism. It reminds me of the type of imagery that one would find in a very old book or magazine. I will be offering each Artist’s Proof framed for $225.00 which includes UV-protective, Reflection-control glass.

(c) 2015 Paul Grecian

(c) 2015 Paul Grecian

Colonial Animals

Not really colonial, but animals that live in the “colonial” town of Williamsburg, VA were my subjects this past weekend. The young lambs were great fun to work with, and rather frustrating (they don’t stop moving). The birds and squirrels are not exactly exotic, but the setting in which to work with them is appealing to me.

(c) 2015 Paul Grecian

(c) 2015 Paul Grecian

The lambs are just too cute to pass up on and from the response of the other bystanders, I have company. Appropriately enough, one of the common birds found in Colonial Williamsburg is the English Sparrow (too bad it isn’t a red bird like the Cardinal, huh?).

For this venture, I worked with a Micro Four-thirds system which allowed me to pack light and be nimble. The lens that got the most work was my Panasonic 100-300mm which translates into a 200-600mm in 35mm SLR terms. This lens is not only small for its power, but is really impressively sharp! I worked handheld for most of the weekend and took advantage of the in-body image stabilization capability of my Olympus OM-D EM5 camera.

For both of these images I am composing to frame the subject within it’s setting using strong lines and design elements. Also in both cases, the “environment” has similar tonalities as the subject, i.e., a white fence for the lamb, and various browns with the sparrow.

(c) 2015 Paul Grecian

(c) 2015 Paul Grecian

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Spring Ahead

Longwood1The calendars and the clocks tell me it’s spring but I need proof. For the last couple years I have been seeking that proof along with a friend, Wayne. We head down to Longwood Gardens to be shown that spring is in fact here.

Today, however, we found proof of spring mostly lacking. There were a few initial signs that the season has changed, but most were still weeks in the making. It’s all good though, the Conservatory is always worth a visit. And a walk around the grounds, even looking much like winter, is a fine thing.

Highlights of the day included a lawn full of crocuses and a the sighting of a rather rare Long-eared Owl! Other than that, well, there’s always that amazing mushroom soup………….

Inside the Conservatory I found a drapery of flowers with a hanging pot of orchids. it had a rather magical look to it all when I compressed the view with a telephoto perspective. For todays group of images I used a Sony RX10 with a lens equivalent to a 24-200mm which gave me most of what I would need with the various subjects at Longwood.

(c) 2015 Paul Grecian

(c) 2015 Paul Grecian