Archives for Fine Art

Trolley Time

This week, I finished my last session for the “People and Their Passions” exhibit – which opens next month.  Without a doubt, the wildest session was the last one.   Diane is a fan of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo – who created some very unusual paintings during her career.  We decided to do a portrait of Diane, based on Frida Kahlo’s painting “The Bus” To give the piece a retro feel, we chartered one of the McKinney Street Trolleys and asked a few of Diane’s friends to fill in as the other bus passengers.   The resulting session was an absolute blast.  You will have to wait until next month to see the final image – but I thought I’d share a few of the outtakes.  This image was probably the most interesting of all the shots, but was also the most bizzarre.  I just love the way there are so many things going on in the image.  In the end, we decided it was a bit too strange to use for the final painting – but it was certainly one of our favorites. Here we are, relaxing on the trolley, as we head back to our cars.  Of course, we couldn’t have
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Sami

My buddy Sami came over for a quick photography session while she was in town this week.  We came up with several cool images – but this was one of my favorites. I thought the warm tones and casual pose gave it a very timeless feel.  Its always hard to get the full effect of a painting when you view it on the computer screen – but I hope you can get a sense of what we were going for.  If you’d like to see some of the other images from this session, here is a quick slideshow…
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Judging

Wisconsin photographer Dan Frievalt sent me these images from the print competition last weekend, so I wanted to add them to the blog.  Here is how this works:  everyone sits in a dark room and the prints come around one at a time under bright lights.  The judges sit at the front of the room and score the prints.  There is usually a good crowd of people sitting in the room watching – most of them are the ones who entered the prints into the competition. Here we are being introduced to the audience. After that, we sat down and got to judging!  It was really a great weekend.  Wisconsin has some very talented photographers!
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Wisconsin

I just returned from judging the print competition at the Wisconsin Prof. Photographers Assoc.  What a cool experience! We stayed at this incredible resort called The Osthoff.  It is about an hour and a half north of Milwaukee. It was the perfect time of year to be there – the weather was cool and the fall colors were all over the place.  The rooms had these little balconies on them and I was determined to have my breakfast out on the balcony the final morning – just to soak up the atmosphere.  Unfortunately, it was about 50 degrees.  I put on 3 or 4 layers, ordered room service and sat down for a chilly – but scenic- breakfast. Once the convention was over, one of the Milwaukee photographers – Paul Owen- drove me back to the airport.  On the way, we stopped by Milwaukee Museum of Art – one of the coolest buildings in the country.  I took this shot in the main foyer. There were all kinds of great photographic locations in this place.  Paul showed me one of his favorite portrait spots and shot this image for me: Pretty cool – huh? I had a wonderful time and
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Love Series

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you will remember the painting I posted a few months back. It was an abstract piece, based on the Chinese symbol for Love.  The painting was part of my Art of Wine exhibit last month and was purchased by a collector in Allen, Tx.   When I told her I was planning on doing a series of similar paintings, she told me she would love to get the others and hang them together. I finished the series a couple of weeks ago and the finished grouping is now hanging in her home.    The series is based on four different symbols for the word Love.  Aside from the original Chinese version, the series includes Arabic, Hieroglyphics and the Heart symbol.  I tried to stay more or less with the yellow/red color scheme – but it tended to drift a from piece to piece.  This was a bit more abstract than my usual work – so it was somewhat of an exercise in creativity.  I was quite pleased with the final paintings and even happier to see them hanging together in their new home!
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Riding The Wind

We had our regional photography convention this weekend in Arlington.  It was great to see so many of my photographer friends all in one place.  One of the prints I entered in the competition was an image I created this summer.  I called it “Riding the Wind.” Our family spent a week at the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  There is a national park in Kitty Hawk that is covered in giant sand dunes.  I thought it would be great to try and use those in an image, so Heather and I dragged Dean out of bed before dawn and we trekked out to the middle of the dunes.  We brought a kite along and had Dean run along the top of one of the dunes.  It was a grueling morning, but we came away with some great images.  I added some color and a little texture to the image, then printed it out on watercolor paper.  I loved the timeless feel of the image.
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Opening Night

Last night we had the opening of my fine art show at Vino100 downtown.  It was quite a big undertaking.  In addition to all the printing, matting and framing, the wall layout had to be planned.  I spent 3 hours that morning hanging prints – with the help of my pals Jenina and Mary Anne.  After getting everything just right, we took a second to pose in front of the main wall. If you happen to be downtown, you should stop by (www.vino100dallas.com).  It really is a very cool wine bar – not to mention the fabulous art on the walls!!! (sorry – couldn’t resist) The opening night artist reception was a huge success.  I was so excited by the large crowd – other than when I had to get up in front of them for a short intro speech.  The fine art work has been a hobby of mine for many years and it was great to see all the different pieces hanging on the wall together.  Part of the money from all of the print sales is going to a great charity – InSync.  If you’ve never heard of them, you should check out their website…. www.insyncexotics.com .  I really
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Two Weeks Til Wine

The details are starting to come together for my fine art show at at Vino100 in Dallas (http://www.vino100dallas.com/)  It is exactly two weeks away and I’ve got a TON of stuff to get ready before the event.  This will be the largest exhibit of my work that I’ve ever assembled- we are planning to fill the walls!  There will be several items from the fine art site (www.lourceyfineart.com) as well as a bunch of new pieces – both paintings and photographs.  Of course, this means lots of prep work – several pieces need to be matted, framed, priced….whew.  The good news is there will be plenty of wine in the building that night, so the light at the end of the tunnel is promising!  The reception is Thursday, Aug 28 at 6:00 – please swing by and say hello!
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Outer Banks Adventure

We just got back from a relaxing week in North Carolina at the Outer Banks.   Although I tried my best to not spend my time toting the camera around everywhere – there were a few locations that I just couldn’t resist! Not far from the beach, there is a large national park that is made up of huge sand dunes.   It was almost as if we were in the middle of a desert – very strange. I got up early one morning and go to the park when they opened – then trudged through the sand with all my gear.  It was such an unusual setting that it was worth the trouble!  The shot above was one of my favorite color shots – with an intesting line and very simple composition.  The one below is an infrared black and white of another part of the dunes.
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Loan Collection

Every year, I submit my four best prints to the Professional Photographers of America’s International Print Competition.  I found out this week that I had a very big year! For starters, all four of my prints were accepted into the General Exhibit, which will be on display at the national convention next year.  It is pretty tough to do and I’ve only done it once before – so that was exciting. The even bigger news was that TWO of my images were selected to be in the PPA Loan Collection book.   The Loan Collection is made up of the top 10% or so of the entries – so its tough to get one accepted.  I couldn’t believe I ended up with two! I’ll eventually add these to the gallery section of the site, but thought you might like to see what they looked like. The top image is titled – “Silent Cypress” – it was an infrared shot I took at Caddo Lake in East Texas.  The bottom image is “Take A Bow” a fun art piece, featuring a ballerina I photographed last year.  Both images were a lot of fun to create – I hope you enjoy them!
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