Thursday, November 12, 2015

Seriously Autumn Outside My Doors

The leaves are mostly shades of browns or on the ground. Depending on the time of day or the sun peaking from behind clouds there is still intense colors to be found. 

My favorite color is cerelian blue, and close second sienna brown. I love the two in combination. I personally think no one mixes colors together better than Mother Nature. At times she throws everything in her paint palette for sunrises and sunsets. 

I was going to write about the varies shades of browns this time of year but found the light was what I was really capturing. Between my front door and back the sky was dramatically different. Taking photos of leaves within seconds the light had shifted and so too the color that we see. Color is all about the light.

Even if you can not perceive color, you still have an amazing range of gray tones. Some days the overcast skies creates those shades for all to enjoy. I love a cloudy sky but even more so when the sun adds to the contrast.

I have one of the long format pieces almost done. It has lots of blues and browns. Will try to get that posted soon until then here are a few photos outside my windows.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Art of Science

Today is World Science Day. The sciences and the arts are very closely related. Both fields should have an open mind. There are times you need to wait for the results, to see if the experiment worked. Documenting results, what mixed with what gave you X - oh my does that sound like algebra? 

Artists study the science of the eye. They study color theory and botany. Grey's Anatomy is shared by medical professional and artists as a reference to the human body.

Think Leonardo DiVinci, known as a Renaissance Man because of his scientific approach to the arts. Look at his writings, his notebooks and even his murals. You may not understand the language in his journals. Look closely at the beauty beyond what is on the surface. The scientific sketches that go along with his research.

In the sciences the art of discripition is important but sometimes one picture is worth a thousand words.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Windows Of Opportunities

This fall I have felt like I kept missing my windows of opportunities. The weather has not been so great to get out and do plein air work. Nor walk around and take photos of beautiful trees. I had hoped to walk around the Virginia Tech campus. They are known for the beautiful trees. There are even some white oaks that are over 300 years old.

I discovered a new word today - dendrology: the scientific study of trees. There is a web site and an app you can download. http://www.dendro.cnre.vt.edu They are on FB too. Lots of info on those trees with or without leaves. Now if only I could find where the shadows are hiding, I might get some nice photos of sycamore bark or reflections in Duck Pond.

Hahn Garden VT Campus "Flying Dragon: Poncirus trifoliata


Old White Oak in Stadium Woods

Square Art

I have heard that it's hip to be square. I know pushing it again, but, thought I would try one of the tree pieces as a square format. It...