Archives for Fine Art

Heading to Abstraction

As I work on trying out different painting techniques, I decided to try some more abstract subject matter.  I’ve started a new series – based around using symbols and colors to create a mood or feeling.  Here is the first in the series. Rather than tell you the title and what I was going for – I’d love to know what you think about it.  What would you title it, what kind of feeling does it evoke, etc?  Be sure to leave a comment and share your thoughts!  (please note- blog comments won’t automatically appear on the site – so don’t worry if it isn’t there right away)
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A Day At The Pool

I figured this week was a good time to try out using the infrared camera at the pool.   I found a couple of willing volunteers and set out to see what different effects I could produce.  We really ended up with a wide variety of looks: My two favorites were these two: Overall, I think we got some very out-of-the-ordinary images.  Let me know what you think!  
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Painting Pets

I’m always looking for new subjects for my paintings.  The people at Muttworks were nice enough to let me exhibit a few of my pieces at their store in Coppell – so I created some dog portraits! It is great to have them hanging someplace where they can be viewed by plenty of people who love pets!  If you are in Coppell, be sure to stop in and check them out- since the web just doesn’t do them justice.  Here is a MAP.
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Painting Project

I’ve been having a great deal of fun painting portraits lately.  I decided to try doing something with an old, Rembrandt style to it.  I found the perfect model and set to work creating a piece with an old master feel.  Here is what I came up with… I was really pleased with what we ended up with.  The dramatic lighting, combined with the brush strokes, gives the piece the timeless look I was aiming for.   I’m hoping to put together an exhibit of some of these paintings later this year.  I’ll keep you posted!
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The Color of Life

One of the great things about art is that it is always changing.   Trying something new is what keeps your art fresh.  Lately, I’ve been playing around with adding more color to my paintings.  I created this ballerina image during the workshop last week. I incorporated a LOT more color than usual on this piece, but I think it really worked.  The vibrant color really gives the work a sense of motion and excitement.  I can’t wait to display this at one of my upcoming exhibits.  I’d love to hear what you think!
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WOW Factor

Over the past couple of years, I have starting using Corel Painter in my work.  This program allows you to take a photograph and add brushstrokes – one by one – to create the look of a painting.  Although it can be quite time-consuming, the results can be outstanding!  I was very honored this year to have one of my painted images appear in Cher Pendarvis’ Painter X Wow! book.  This is one of the premier textbooks on how to use the software and Cher is one of the leading teachers in the industry.  I was very flattered! This image was created last year during a trip to the bluebonnet fields.  I was trying to create a very impressionist look and feel.  The lady with the hat is actually my wife Heather.  One of my 2008 “to-do” list items will be to print this onto canvas and hang it in the house somewhere – now that it is “famous!”
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The Ballet Project

As a photographer, sometimes you have to take a break from client work and just do stuff for yourself.  I am currently working a project where I plan to photograph ballerinas and hopefully come up with a few images for the fine art website (www.lourceyfineart.com). This weekend, I kicked off the project with some very talented ballerinas.  It is so much fun to work with people that are able to instantly go into the most graceful poses.   We had a great time and I came away with some wonderful images. Although it is not a typical ballerina photo – I loved how the opening in the door framed the subject.   The light hitting her face was amazing! For something a little different, I ended up with this one: I loved the contrast of the soft, delicate ballerina in front of the rough, weathered brick wall.  Her pose gives the image an almost abstract look. I’m still recruiting ballerinas for future sessions, so if you know of anyone who would like to model – please send them my way!
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Creative Weekend

I just spent the past two days at a photography workshop with California photographer Joyce Wilson.  Joyce really takes photography to the next level!  It was a very inspiring weekend and I can’t wait to put a few of the ideas into practice.  It is so great to be in a profession where going to a “work” seminar is actually fun.  I’ve also gotten some great feedback about the new fine art website.  I’m thrilled that everyone likes it so much!  Be sure to check back often, as I will be adding new images over the coming months.   In case you haven’t seen it yet…. www.lourceyfineart.com I was going through some old files and came across this shot I took in San Antonio back in January. I was out on the balcony of the hotel – and very upset that I wasn’t able to get any good pictures of this beautiful town, since it was pouring down rain every day.  I looked across the canal and saw this building glowing in the rain.  I captured a few images, then worked on the image to make it even more surreal looking.    
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Fine Art Website

After several weeks of gathering and editing images, the fine art website is almost ready to go.  I have been wanting to put together something like this for quite a while.  There will be several images available for sale in various styles and formats.  Hopefully there will be something there for everyone. Keep an eye out for the next newsletter for the official announcement.  Until then, here is a sample image to hold you over…   .
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