I have been putting together a series of images printed at 7″x14″ and will be now offering this new image. The bird of course is a Blue Jay, an image I made here in Bucks County just yesterday. Blue Jays are handsome birds with sharp features and unique coloration. We’ve had one visitng around the house lately, so I’ve become more conscious of them.
The colors in this piece are very complimentary giving it a somewhat peaceful feeling. The branch lines lent themselves well I think to this more panoramic presentation. Importantly, the branchs diverge toward the right of the frame which balances the figure of the Blue Jay on the left. I had nice soft light with which to work, but a long focal length lens (400mm w 2X TC = 800mm) and low light required a higher ISO (1250). I was very conscious of the way the leaves frame the bird and the over framing of the image so that it would be a successful 7×14.
One of my favorite shows of the year is this wonderful event at Peddler’s Village in the heart of Bucks County, PA. I will be set up on the main green. The show runs both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm and offers an enticing selection of both fine art and contemporary crafts. For more information click HERE
This weekend I will be exhibiting and selling my work at the Strawberry Festival in Peddler’s Village. Located in Lahaska, Peddler’s Village is in the heart of Bucks County. Not far are New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ, well-known art centers on the east coast.
The festival runs from 10am – 6pm both days and is free to the public. The artists and craftsmen will be set up along Street Road on the Green. Follow the link for more information – http://www.peddlersvillage.com/visit/
I am looking forward to this weekend’s show event with the Reading-Berks Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. This show is a great opportunity to shop some of the most respected makers of fine handcrafts and art in the area. It is an indoor show with both food and entertainment included.
Check out this link for more information – Show Info
It never hurts to get good press coverage. I was especially pleased with the coverage in the Entertainment section of the Lancaster Intelligencer this past weekend. In addition to a teaser spot on the front page, my image Three’s Company (three cardinals) was given full-page representation on the cover of the pull-out Entertainment section. Inside was the interview I gave last week and another image of mine – Beach Sitter (red fox).
The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen show was a fine success with record crowd. The Lancaster Convention Center also happens to be a very attractive venue. We’ll be back next year.
This weekend I will be a featured artist at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen show Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen show at the Lancaster Convention Center in Lancaster, PA. As a featured artist at this show, I was interviewed today by Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. The interview should appear in the Friday Entertainment section of the paper.
The Convention Center is a new venue for this fine Guild show and will allow a clean floor plan for patrons to enjoy all the great, original work to be purchased.
The image below is one I made in the White Mountains of New Hampshire during a fall trip. Somewhat ironically, I am shipping a framed print back to New Hampshire for a client who is making it a gift.
A new print that I introduced at the Artists’ Gallery show I did in August is this image of a rainbow made near my home in Bucks County, PA. When I saw the rainbow out my rear window, I knew where it was that I wanted to be. A nearby church has a field behind it’s property that offers a clean view of the sky. Being able to get to a predetermined location when ephemeral subjects like rainbows present themselves is very important. I grabbed a camera and a single lens (Canon EF 28-135mm) that would give me the range of focal lengths I thought I would want.
I composed this image as the sun was still high enough to light the tree and allow me to work hand-held. I composed tightly so as to emphasize the tree and chose a perspective that was low to the ground (also emphasizing the tree). The low perspective also allowed me to compose without any extraneous elements thus simplifying the image. I was able to find a position that had the rainbow reflection fall into the tree creating a relationship with it visually.
I titled the image “The Promise” so as to speak to the “promise” that rainbows make that all storms will clear (hope) and that calm is not far behind.
One of my favorite venues for selling my work is at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE. This weekend I will be with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen for this truly impressive show. Check out the website HERE and make plans to come out.
This weekend I will be exhibiting and selling new work at a fun event in Hawley, PA. The Audubon Art and Craft Festival has become an anticipated summer event around Lake Wallenpaupack with it’s fine selection of art and fine craft. During the show there will also be live animal presentations and talks.
Among my new works will be the piece below made during my recent trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. The image depicts Newport Cove and part of the rocky coast so indicative of Acadia. Titled Cove View, this verticle composition emphasizes the amazing warm color and geometry of the foreground rock and cool water and contrasting sky tonalities. I was also looking to unify the composition with multiple triangular forms (my favorite shape after the circle). I used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a Canon EF 17-40mm L lens on a tripod. Also used were a Polarizing filter and a Split Neutral Density filter to even out the sky and foreground exposure.