New to my online gallery and adding to my ever growing collection of door art, is the photo of the day, “No. 69.” I came across this beautiful sapphire blue door while walking around Montmartre, Paris and literally stopped in the middle of the street; it took my breath away.
The entire door was 15 feet, if it was a foot, and the gorgeous scroll work and carvings were only made more amazing by the door’s perfect imperfections. I love how the door is slanted to work with the sidewalk, like many of the doors I came across on this trip, and how the gorgeous blue (is that actually cerulean blue?) plays so beautifully against the butter yellow of the building facade. I think I would actually consider moving in to this building just so that I can enter and exit through that door every day.
I truly think this is my favorite door of them all but it’s so hard to choose… what about
“No. 3” or “No. 31” and we can’t forget the beautiful window in “No. 45.” Oh the choices! (and I haven’t even introduced you to all of them yet…)
The iris has always been one of my favorite flowers. I love how the petals flow like watercolor, the various shades blending in to one another like liquid. I wanted to capture this feeling with today’s Photo of the Day, “Single Iris.”
I loved how the purple and creme of the petals flow in to the beautiful sage green of the stem giving the photo an almost ethereal feeling, like floating clouds of ink in water.
This newest piece can be seen here among many other new pieces in my gallery.
Well, it’s been quite some time since I posted a blog entry and I apologize! I truly had every intention of doing several posts during my trip to Paris but there just never seemed to be enough time between taste testing creme brulee from every bistro in Paris and drinking the fantastic wine our French friends have to offer. All kidding aside, I spent more time behind the lens than anything so I promise it was well worth my missing some blog posts.
That said, I have several exciting new posts coming up including some Photoshop tutorials, new photos in the gallery and even a contest. Stay tuned!
With that… I give you the first of many new photos, “Bicyclette.”
As I was walking around some of the side streets near Musee d’Orsay it was as if the cars parted and people ceased to exist. I looked up, and it was love at first sight. No, not with a gorgeous Frenchman; I fell in love with the possibility of a photograph. I quickly ran out in to the street (which makes me quite happy about all that “people ceasing to exist thing” otherwise I wouldn’t be here to write this) and the photograph almost took itself.
I love the gorgeous red door and the adorable bike with it’s checkerboard saddle bags and basket. I knew right away that I wanted the photo to have a vintage feel to it and couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel and see how it turned out. To me, this photograph is exactly what I picture when I think of Parisian streets; not the hustle and bustle of the big city with it’s Smart Cars and scooters. A single, vintage bike with it’s bell and wicker basket just taking it’s owner from point A to point B at a relaxing, leisurely pace.
I love Chicago… and I’ve known that I would move here since I was a little kid running around in my Bears jersey. (ummm I actually grew up in Philadelphia… no idea how I became a Bears fan but I look at it as destiny)
I’ve been all around Europe, I’ve lived in various cities here in the States and it always comes back to one city, Chicago. Those of you who have been following the blog for a while know that I recently moved back up here from Nashville, TN and I’ve been in a state of sheer bliss since getting back. This is my home.
As an homage to my beautiful city, my photo of the day is, “Floating Outside Metropolis.” I shot this one from the boat of one of the always amazing and informative architectural tours. I wanted to give the viewer the effect of floating on Lake Michigan, partially submerged, not a sound to be heard save a few gulls. We have some of the most amazing and one of the most beautiful skylines here in Chicago and I was so excited when this photograph captured it so simply yet so dynamically at the same time.
I start by staining up in a beautiful provincial walnut and adhering my work to the block with premium archival glue. The entire piece is then varnished in a semi-glossy, non-toxic varnish to protect the entire piece.
Right now, the blocks are available in 4×4 and 5×5 size and sold as sets of three or as single blocks. Each block has a wonderful keyhole on the back making them ready to hang, no hardware required. I’m very excited to say that in the next week I’ll also be offering 5×7, 8×8 and 8×10 blocks.
Be on the lookout, this month, for a tutorial on how to create your own wood blocks with your family photos. It’s a fun and beautiful way to preserve memories!
You can find my fine art photo wood blocks here, in my shop.
New to my gallery is, “Central Camera” a photograph of an amazing, vintage neon sign from a camera shop by the same name here in Chicago. Central Camera, established in 1899, is an institution here in Chicago. Find yourself on State Street? Take a walk off the beaten path and head over to Wabash for some amazing photographic finds (and some great photo ops of the ‘L’ train as well!)
Printed on metallic paper which brings out the cross-processing effect I applied to the photo, this adds a wonderful vintage-feel, emerald pop to any decor. Now available here in my online gallery.
I can’t say enough about this treasury… I love the way the subtle, rustic colors come together with little pops of teal and sage here and there. Absolutely gorgeous! I see many current favorites included such as khphillips and adorababe (you’ve seen them in my treasuries many a time…)as well as some new like oakmoss and paperdollaccessories. OK, really, I could list everyone.
Check out each of the shops because there are so many great finds!
Travel around Florence, Dublin, Venice, Rome and Paris in a 12 month calendar of my most popular travel prints. The calendar comes in both 5×7 and 8×10 size and makes a great stocking stuffer for the travel addicted in your life. Each month comes as a loose sheet so you can put it in your day planner, stick it on your fridge, wherever you need it! Best of all, each month is printed on Kodak Endura metallic paper which brings out the beauty of each photograph. When the month is done, frame up the photo for instant art!
Both “Twelve Months of Europe” and “Nature” are available now. Check them out! The new year will be here before you know it!
New to the gallery is, “Off in the Distance, ” a rustic photograph with hints of indigo blue and crimson of the prairie and woodlands of the Chicago Forest Preserve. Yet another example of why I love Fall, and all it’s beautiful colors, so much.
Photo of the day today is “The Crossing,” a vintage-inspired photograph of the skyline of Manhattan as seen from the Brooklyn Bridge. Filled with purple, ruby red and indigo blue hues, I loved how the abstract lines of the bridge cords framed out the skyline in the background.