Archives for Fine Art

Cubes and Curves

During last year’s 40@Forty Project, I created a self-portrait in the Cubist style. It ended up being one of my favorite images from the whole year. I thought it would be fun to do another one -but with a twist. I set out to create another Cubist image, but with a female subject this time. Basically it would play off the contrast between the hard, square style of the genre vs the soft, curvy lines of the female model. I found a willing model, then shot a series of images. Here is what I came up with: I photographed the model in a variety of different poses and angles, then selected the best 4 or 5 images to work with. From there, I chopped the images up into pieces, warped them a bit, then assembled them onto one canvas. The hard part was figuring out exactly where to put them. I had to find a balance between keeping it more or less abstract, but not so scrambled that you couldn’t tell what it was. Once I was satisfied with the arrangement and composition, I adjusted the colors, added some texture overlays and ended up with the final layout. We had
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Finishing Touches

Next month, I will have an exhibit of 25 of my favorite images from last year’s 40@Forty Project . I met with the framer today to review and sign the prints before they finish the framing. It was very exciting to see all these images and I can’t wait to see them all hanging on the wall together. If you would like to help out with the exhibit, you can sponsor your favorite week and keep the framed print after the exhibit. All of the profits from the print sales will go to charity – so you’ll get some good Karma too! If you are interested, call the studio at 972.596.8888 or send me email. So which was your favorite image!!???
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Be A Part Of The 40@Forty Project

As most of you know, last year I took on the biggest project of my career with the 40@Forty Project. Over the course of 40 weeks, I created 40 self-portraits – all to commemorate my 40th birthday. It was quite an adventure. The culmination of the project is going to be an exhibit of 25 of my favorite images from the series. They will be on display at the Courtyard Theater in Plano during July and August, then at the Goodrich Gallery in Dallas during September. I’m also going to give this exhibit a special twist – by allowing people to sponsor or adopt their favorite week! All the profits from the print sales will go to charity- so you are getting some good Karma too! Each print will have the sponsor’s name on a card next to the piece. At the end of the exhibit, the print is yours to keep – hang it on your wall or (if for some strange reason you don’t want a picture of me in your house) you can just use the frame for something else. The cost is only $125 for a framed 11×14 – too good of a deal to pass
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New York 2010

Just got back from a great week of shooting in New York – so exhausted! I’m still working on several of the images I created, but thought I’d share a few grab shots we took while exploring the city. One of our first stops was the Broadway Theater to catch a performance of Promises, Promises – which was great. We hung around afterwards and got to see Kristen Chenoweth and Sean Hayes. The next couple of days was a lot of walking around trying to get acclimated to the sensory overload that you get in NYC. My buddy Chad and I spent several hours shooting in Central Park – trying to get some killer New York images. While we were doing this, Heather took this shot with the point-and-shoot … which was better than most of the stuff I got! On the last day, we visited Central Park again and happened onto the New York City Aids Walk. It was unbelievable how many people were there. It was just people, people, people as far as you could see. Now that I’m back home, I’ve got to sort through the hundreds of images on my laptop and separate the keepers from
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55 Degrees Opening

Had a great time at the opening of my art show last night at 55 Degrees. Thanks a bunch to everyone who came out! In addition to some of my previous paintings and black&white prints, I had an extra bonus: three preview images from my upcoming 40@Forty Exhibit. (Details soon!) If you are near Plano this month, I hope you will stop in. Aside from the chance to see my work, its also a great wine bar. The food is awesome and the wine selection is excellent – you can’t beat it for a relaxed night out. http://www.55degreesplano.com/
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Spring Break Session

I posted this on Facebook a while back, but realized I never actually put it on the blog. For those of you who don’t do Facebook, I thought you might enjoy these images! **** Over spring break, I had a chance to photograph three of my favorite models: Sami, Gusi and Addie. We ran through a bunch of different looks, but these were my favorites: I loved the retro look of this outfit, so we we went with an antique-looking portrait. The soft grain really gives it a timeless look. For Addie, we went the opposite direction. This super-high contrast image really brought out her eyes. I played with a few different colors, then settled on a blue tint. I was thrilled with how it turned out. Sami’s portrait was somewhere in between. It has a little bit of an old-school look to it, but it is also very contrasty and processed. I loved the dark, moody feel we ended up with. Who could ask for three better models!!???
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Rebecca Boatman, Artist

Finally…. the second installment of the “Portrait of an Artist” series. I’ve fallen behind a bit on these, but I’ll catch up – I promise. **** I met Rebecca several years ago when I took her Art Appreciation class. In addition to teaching college art classes, I knew she also created and sold her own art. I knew she would be a great addition to the Project. My original plan was to create an image of her creating at her pottery wheel. There was great light in the room and it was a joy to shoot in there. After I had created a few images of her working (and after I thought I had created the image I wanted) – she asked if I would photograph a couple of items for her. She brought out these very cool statues she was creating for an upcoming exhibit and I knew that THIS was going to be the shot. She sat down behind one of them and started working on it and the whole shot just fell into place. I added some texture and worked it over in Photoshop a little bit and voila – the final image. I loved the interplay
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Choose Your Favorite!

Now that the project is done, I’d love your feedback. Of the 40 self portraits, which is your favorite? If you would like to leave a comment as to why it is your favorite, I’d love to hear it!!! <br /> <a href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/2483106/”>Which was your favorite 4040 image?</a><span style=”font-size:9px;”>(<a href=”http://www.polldaddy.com”>online surveys</a>)</span><br />
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Week 40: Take A Bow

Whew…. I can’t believe it is finally here – the last week of the 40@Forty Project. It has been one of the toughest things I’ve ever taken on, but I’m thrilled with the images that have emerged. It was really tough to figure out how to end it – what concept should I save for the last week? Over the course of the project, I’ve done portrait tributes from Pablo Picasso to Norman Rockwell. For the big finale, I thought I would turn it around and create a self portrait that actually referenced one of my own works. “Take A Bow” has always been one of my all-time favorite images and seemed like the perfect curtain call for this 40 week performance.
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