Please Join Me at Two Different Art Show Receptions This Weekend

As a reminder, I have one art show wrapping on Friday, and another starting on Saturday here in the local Dallas / Fort Worth area. You are invited to come out and join me for the festivities and enjoy the arts while supporting your local arts community.

 

GAP_April_2017_reception_invitation
This Closing Night Reception is your last chance to come out and see the GAP at the Grand Gallery Exhibit & Sale.

&

ccc_photo_contest_2017_reception_invitation_fb
This Opening Day Reception & Awards Ceremony is a great way to kick off this month long show!

Spring is in the Air

I’ve been slowly recovering from a knee injury, which has suspended a great deal of my plans for wildflower photography this Spring. Unfortunately, I missed peak bloom down in the Ennis area, but I decided to go there today and try my luck hoping there be a few small vignettes I could work with. More than 95% of the Bluebonnets have gone to seed or have been overtaken by the grass. While there were a few lovely spots with primroses, they were in locations where there was no naturally flattering composition available at that spot. And fields of flowers don’t look like field of flowers unless you can compose them just right.

One of the spots I did have luck, was a small fenced in private pasture on Mach Road, the Bluebonnets there were thick, lush, and tall. If not at peak, they’re just a bit past peak and they were surrounded with some sprinklings of pink, yellow, and even a touch of white from some other wildflowers which intensified the blue of the bluebonnets themselves.

I was working on a composition, when suddenly I noticed a mule/donkey walking towards me. I was like, ok I can work with this. But that meant I was changing from a landscape shot, to a wildlife shot, so I switched out my camera lens accordingly. So I was trying to line up a shot testing my setting on my camera with the new lens, snapping some shots, when I noticed what I had captured. I was just photobombed by a pair of exhibitionists.

The perils of nature photography.

Antiquated Charm

This year I made Castroville, Texas a must-see destination for my annual wildflower photography road trip. This is colloquially known as the Castroville Poppy House (located at 606 Florence Street) which is a private residence, that during select days and hours in early Spring is open to the public. This labor of love by the homeowners, is a gorgeous spot to visit, and it’s a photographer’s dream as there are so many vignettes. They have some old structures on the property including buildings from the 1800s and 1940s.

Many of the locals go there for family photos with their kids, and others make appointments for shooting: brides, engagement, graduation, prom photos and more! The homeowners ask for nothing in return except donations to the local VFW and American Legion chapters. The homeowners even collect the seeds, and in addition to re-seeding their own property, to distribute to others in Castroville in their attempt to paint the town red. This year they were doing a World War II theme, so they even found an old 48 Star American Flag to fly tacked up to the old barn.

I loved shooting here, and only wish that I was able to hit this location under better lighting conditions. Afternoon sun on a cloudless day in Texas is very harsh and hard to work with, even with a UV filter and lens hood the grass and flowers aren’t quite true to what I saw, and trying to tweak it in post-editing hasn’t been incredibly successful for me without it looking incredibly fake.

*sighs*

Golden hour lighting here would be magical.

 

 

In Flanders Fields

John McCrae, 18721918

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place, and in the sky, 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly, 
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 

We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields. 

Take up our quarrel with the foe! 
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high! 
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Cleburne Camera Club – 2017 Photo Contest & Exhibition Sale

I have 3 pieces in the Cleburne Camera Club‘s 2017 Photo Contest & Exhibition Sale. For those of you in the Dallas / Fort Worth area I encourage you to come out and support not only myself, but all the other talented local photographers.

ccc_photo_contest_2017_reception_invitation_fb

Opening Day Reception & Awards Ceremony on:

  • Saturday, April 29th
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • JN Long Cultural Arts Complex located at 425 Granbury Street in Cleburne, Texas

The Show Runs from:

  • April 29th – May 26th
  • Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
  • JN Long Cultural Arts Complex located at 425 Granbury Street in Cleburne, Texas

 

18077413_187605698423961_8922391211354421353_o.jpg

 

Doe, a Deer, a Female Deer

What has slowly become tradition is trekking across the Texas Hillcountry every Spring and Summer, in hopes of finding magical vistas, flora and fauna to snap in my viewfinder. On one of the legs of my recent photography trip, I got lost somewhere between San Saba, Cherokee, and Lampasas on April 6, 2017. So there I was in the Texas Hillcountry near sunset when I came across a large herd of deer. I caught this image of a very pregnant doe, and I adore the painterly effect of this photograph.

20170406-IMG_7075

GAP at the Grand Gallery Exhibit in Grapevine Now Open

Tired of seeing my images on your computer screen? Those in the Dallas/Fort Worth area can head on down to the Grapevine Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (636 S Main Street in Grapevine, Texas) to see my work as well as many other talented artists (painters, photographers, jewelry, ceramics and more) at the GAP at the Grand Gallery Exhibit. Peruse the art, and if you’re so inclined you’ll find loads of lovelies for sale.

The Show Runs April 3-April 28

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: noon – 5 p.m.

Here’s a modest sampling of what you’ll find.

 

Don’t forget, that Saturday April 8th there’s New Vintage Wine Trail will be taking place on Saturday, April 8th from 11am – 5pm and it looks like members of the Grapevine Art Project will be planning on some artist demos on this day. It only costs money if you decide to purchase a ticket so you can drink while you peruse the historic downtown area, the exhibit area is always free admission during the show.

Untitled-1