Monday, July 18, 2011

Humidity + Photography

These photos are taken with my old Olympus. Not a great camera, but when I took it out in the humidity and experimented with the lens, I was able to create a halo effect around flowers. At first I saw these images as flawed, but as I looked through them I began to appreciate their softness.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Blue-spotted Salamander in Pool

Blue-spotted Salamander in Pool
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"

Here is my latest piece. I worked from a carefully composed photo that I took recently. The Minnesota State Fair is coming up and I have registered this piece for the fine arts competition. Crossing my fingers that it makes it!

Random quick watercolors

Cabin Photos

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Grandma's Garden

These are photos taken at my grandma and grandpa's cabin on Pleasant Lake in Annandale, MN. I have always been intrigued by the things that my grandma manages to... lets call it collect. In my past artistic endeavors, I have reflected on unnecessary objects humanity makes/keeps that resemble already abundant, living creatures in the great outdoors. It is amazing how crowded my grandma's garden is with these objects rather than flowers. Call it what you want - cute or tacky. I have actually found these objects to be quirky and interesting when given a new life in photography and art. I am for some reason drawn to the comparison between real and fake and its purpose in humanity. So, anyway, here is my little exploration...