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Marching Toward 1000 Digital Mandalas, Pt. 2

Royal Dahlia Mandala 04 - Digital Mandala

Royal Dahlia Mandala 04 – Digital Mandala

When I first started creating Digital Mandalas, way back at least 15 years ago, I always had a thought that macro images of flowers would probably make killer Digital Mandalas. I also thought that all Digital Mandalas would best be displayed at a large size, like maybe larger then 3 feet in diameter? At that time I didn’t have the proper digital camera equipment to create something that big without the resolution looking pixelated and blurry. Sometimes in abstract images one can use blur to their advantage, but I think there’s a difference between artistic blur and blur created because the image’s resolution has been blown beyond it’s capacity?

So that was the course I set out on, the ultimate goal of finding the camera equipment that would allow me to create decent looking, artistic, macro images of flowers that could ultimately become very large killer Digital Mandalas. I think with this Royal Dahlia set of Digital Mandalas I’ve come a step closer to that goal? The Digital Mandala above was created from the macro image of a Royal Dahlia flower, see image below. I can get in closer, and I have on some flowers, but with this particular dahlia flower and it’s petal design, this is probably one of the better angles to be at for an outstanding Digital Mandala image. What do you think? I think I need to improve my resolution a little better? But, this Digital Mandala should be clear and sharp when printed up to 4 feet in diameter? I’m not a printer expert, it’s hard for me to visualize converting my digital files to print? This will be printed up soon and I think it’s colorful design would look awesome and a large white wall somewhere?

On Sept. 27, next month, I’ll be publishing my 1000th Digital Mandala post on the Daily Digital Mandala blog. This post is part of a series celebrating that accomplishment. Celebrating and looking back at having created that many Digital Mandalas, I think that is quite amazing? This Royal Dahlia set of Digital Mandalas is one of the most recent sets I’ve created from a digital image taken just last month. While creating this set and reminiscing about all 1000 Digital Mandala, I remembered having this thought about macro images of flowers making killer Digital Mandalas from a long time ago.

At the end of this year, after publishing nearly 1100 daily posts, it is with sad regret to announce that I will be retiring the Digital Mandala blog. The blog hasn’t caught on very well with followers, the average number of daily visitors is zero. But more importantly, I’m out of fresh stock! In order to satisfy the demand of a blog posting daily I have to create 365 Digital Mandalas every year. It’s taken me 15 years to accumulate 3 years supply to post on this blog. 15 years to create 1100 Digital Mandalas. I thought about recycling back to the beginning of my supply and posting for another 3 years? But the blog isn’t getting enough support, visitors per day, to make it worth the time it takes to pull that off? It’s possible that I may start back at the beginning of my Digital Mandala supply and posting weekly? But we will make final decisions between now and the end of the year. But there could be others things coming up with the Digital Mandala designs? So stay tuned and you’ll hear what’s going to happen soon.

C Vincent Ferguson - Royal Dahlia Macro 01 - Digital Image

C Vincent Ferguson – Royal Dahlia Macro 01 – Digital Image

Peace

~V


Marching toward 1000 Digital Mandalas

Fremont Reflection 06

A few of you already know about two other blogs that I facilitate. What you are reading now is my website/blog/portfolio where I share the digital images that I create and write what hopefully are fun posts. I also facilitate two other blogs that are both similar in nature to each other. They both feature original art work created at the Emerald Studio in Portland, OR. The Digital Mandala blog features circular images that I create from many of the images I find with the digital camera and combines them with an inspirational quote. The 2 Quote A Flower blog is similar with the idea of having quotes, but instead features digital images of flowers, hence the name.

I created these blogs about two an a half years ago as tool to share the images that I find in my daily travels with the world. I figured it would be a great way to show the transition in images associated with my growth in photography. Through my journey toward broadening my photography skills, its kind of nice to have a record that shows that growth. Plus, with all the challenges to today’s world, I just wanted to provide an atmosphere where you can take a break and perhaps bring a little bit of beauty into your life? Especially in our internet lives. Many times we don’t take the time to stop and admire the beauty that surrounds us. Many times it’s the same when we’re rushing down the street past a beautiful flower. Many time we miss the beauty all together. And, some of you are saying to yourself right now, “It’s a flower!” But it’s more than just a flower really. It’s taking a moment to stop and smell the flower, it’s about simply taking that moment to stop and take a break in our lives. To reflect on what we are doing to the World, and how we are impacting the atmosphere around us. Both of these blogs put out a post daily.

On September 27th I will reach post number 1000 on both blogs. Which means I will have posted for 1000 days in a row, which means over the last 15 years I’ve created 1000 Digital Mandalas. While I’m equally impressed that 2 Quote A Flower will be reaching 1000 posts, really it’s easy to post a picture of a flower online. Take the picture, do some editing, and post it to share. It’s pretty simply. The hard work is creating the image in the first place. But with the Digital Mandalas I’ve created over the past 15 years, I’ve had to spend a little time putting those together. I usually create them in families of 8, simply because they come from a circle within the original image, with each Digital Mandala made of an 1/8 pie slice of that circle that means there are 8 pieces from this original circle, so I go ahead and create a family of 8. It takes a little bit of time to do this. Plus, taking into account editing and all the background work put into the creation of a Digital Mandala. There’s a little bit of time investment associated with creating over 1000 Digital Mandalas.

Well, now that I’ve created such a huge body of work. To be honest, many of them are humble in their on regard. Not a lot of them stand out, but some of them are absolutely beautiful. Rather than thinking of each one individually, right now I want to recognize the effort put forth in the creation of these 1000 images. I’m reminded of the Japanese tale of creating 1000 paper cranes and being granted a wish that would come true after completion.

I want a wish! And I have 100 days to come up with that wish. I’m initiating a campaign toward 1000 Digital Mandalas. I’ll continue making posts here on my Emerald Studio website, perhaps featuring a few of my favorite Digital Mandalas over the years and if I remember, explaining how it came about. Meanwhile the Daily Digital Mandala blog will keep chucking toward the day of Daily Digital Mandala 1000 with a release daily. And on that day I will reveal what my wish will be.

So onward we go. 100 days to 1000 Digital Mandalas. I hope you get a chance to visit the blog. All 1000 are there waiting for you to discover and appreciate. Go on then, stop by and spend some time checking them out. Be on the lookout for some posts that I make here in my own personal journey toward this goal. And at the risk of being called a tease, be on the lookout for what my wish will be on Sept. 27th.

I end every post I’ve put on this blog with the word Peace. I try and end every conversation I have with the word Peace. Because I believe we need more Peace the the world.

Peace

~V


Featured Artist – Sandee Burman

This past weekend, I was afforded the opportunity to photograph for local artist Sandee Burman once again. Sandee has been in the Portland art scene for many years. You can see more of her work from my last visit to photograph, by visit my first “Featured Artist” – Sandee Burman post. I’ve also featured Sandee’s work on a second blog post as well. Her dark and realistic landscapes very much capture the Oregon landscape that is present in our neck of the woods.

The first image above I fell in love within almost immediately. She definitely captures the light in the trees for this piece. I feel as if I’m looking out my window.

The second piece captures the first snow of Winter.

The last piece in this collection doesn’t have a name yet. Maybe you can help. I think it should be called Rainy Oregon Landscape, but that’s seems somewhat cliche to me? What do you think? Help name this piece?

To check out more of Sandee’s art, you can check out her page at the Rental Sales Gallery in Portland, or visit her page at Art on the Boulevard, which has a retail location in Vancouver, WA.

Peace

~V


Featured Artist – Jan Shield

Happy Winter Solstice!

As we gently pass through the shortest day of the year and come into contact with all the night lights in our society, especially with all the holiday lights, I’m reminded of these oil paintings I recently got the opportunity to photograph. The combination of dark and light paints in these Oil paintings make it look as if I’m actually viewing the scene. These pieces are created by Yamhill County, Oregon artist Jan Shield. While photographing these pieces with Mr. Shield, he mentioned that “These works were painted by toeing the canvases on top of my car, going out into the farm fields around Forest Grove, OR and working with the light of the sky, auto beam light, and the increasing glow of the electric advance of light from Portland, OR into the environment.” It’s an expression into a century of electrified power and night time glow.

I wrote a short biography on Jan Shield in my previous post of his where I shared these wonderful Raku plates he created. So I won’t write a lot about him here, be sure to visit that post for more information. On a recent visit to the Dancing Trees Sanctuary, where Shield still lives and creates art on a daily basis, I was able to also photograph some more wood sculptures that he created as well. I will feature those images in an upcoming post. In the mean time, Shield is still represented by the Fairweather House and Garden in Seaside, OR, and the Rental Sales Gallery at the Portland Art Musuem.

I hope you enjoy your Winter Holidays and that you are with family and/or friends.

Peace

~V


I Was Bored the Other Day

I was bored the other day and wanted to create. But I also knew I had to exercise too, at a little bit. So I went for a walk in Laurelhurst Park down the street. While on my walk, I suddenly realized that I was collecting leaves from off the ground. I was pinking up the ones that had freshly fallen. I walked all over the park for a little while, and collected leaves. I should have brought a bag to keep them in, I must have looked silly will all those colorful leaves in my hands. But I didn’t care. I suddenly found myself on a mission. I brought the leaves to my home studio and started taking pictures. I organized them into a collage, which suddenly sounds oxy-moronic? I was just practicing taking pictures. These are just a few samples of what I came up with. I hope you like. There’s 15 in the collection all together. To see them all, visit my Instagram Portfolio. Become a follower while you’re at it, why not?

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Peace

~V


A Rose by any Other

C. Vincent Ferguson - Red Rose - Digital Image

C. Vincent Ferguson – Red Rose – Digital Image

“The east is yellow as a daffodil.
Three steeples—three stark swarthy arms—are thrust
Up from the town. The gnarlèd poplars thrill
Down the long street in some keen salty gust—
Straight from the sea and all the sailing ships—
Turn white, black, white again, with noises sweet
And swift. Back to the night the last star slips.
High up the air is motionless, a sheet
Of light. The east grows yellower apace,
And trembles: then, once more, and suddenly,
The salt wind blows, and in that moment’s space
Flame roofs, and poplar-tops, and steeples three;
From out the mist that wraps the river-ways,
The little boats, like torches, start ablaze.”

Sunrise

by Lizette Woodworth Reese


Featured Artist – Sandee Burman Again

I recently got the opportunity to create some digital images of work created by Portland area artist Sandee Burman. I’ve featured Sandee’s work before on this blog, but it’s such wonderful landscapes, I felt I needed to feature her work again. This post is featuring only 3 pieces of Ms. Burman’s work. There’s more! Which you’ll probably get a chance to see in the upcoming future? Her work is dark and foreboding, but captures a a day in Oregon beautifully. Whether it’s sunny or inclement weather. You can have a chance to see two of Ms. Burman’s work by visiting the Fall Show 2014 at the Rental Sales Gallery in Portland. The Fall Show 2014 is scheduled for Friday, October 24th, 2014. Click on Fall Show to see the invite on Facebook. Ms. Burman is a Member Artist at the Rental Sales Gallery and got “Autumn Evening” and “Passing Clouds,” accepted as new work to the gallery and will be featured in the Fall Show, along with over 200 other new works of art created by RSG’s Member Artist.

Hope you like? Please share with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V


Cafe: Clearing the Vision of Dreams

Artist - Thomas Rude, "Cafe: Clearing the Vision of Dreams" - Linocut

Artist – Thomas Rude, “Cafe: Clearing the Vision of Dreams” – Linocut

I just wanted to share an image of this awesome Linocut created by Portland artist Thomas Rude. It’s titled “Cafe: Clearing the Vision of Dreams.” Thomas Rude is a prolific artist, I’ve shared other work from him before on this blog. Check out this Featured Artists post from last Summer for more information about Thomas, and the beautiful art that he creates.


Winter Solstice 2013

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Winter! Happy Winter Solstice 2013! Despite all the cold weather we’ve been having in the North Winter won’t officially arrive until 5:11 pm on December 21. For the past couple weeks, I’ve been going around Portland, Oregon and collecting some random images of Winter. I hope you like this small collection?

The first image is taken from one of my favorite houses in my neighborhood. They always put up these three stars in their window every Winter for the holidays. I love all of their decorations.

The Second image is of the crossing guard on the Hawthorne Bridge. In this context it kind of looks like a Candy Cane.

In the third image you’ll see the side of The Indigo at 12 West, one of Portland’s modern office buildings with the steeple from the nearby First Presbyterian Church in front creating a nice contrast between the two buildings.

The fourth image is an image of some Heavenly Bamboo, otherwise known as Nandina, on a cold Winter morn with the remnants of a past spider web handing from the weight of the morning dew. Don’t eat these berry’s, or any part of this plant because of it’s hydrocyanic acid content. The plants berries can be used to manufacture Hydrogen Cyanide. Very Poisonous!

Hope you enjoy this week’s post, leave a comment or “like” below, or vote in the poll above.

Happy Winter Solstice! And Peace.

~V


Featured Artist – Sandee Burman

I’m bringing back the Featured Artists post for just a few weeks. This week I want to feature Portland area artist Sandee Burman. Ms. Burman creates these beautiful, dark landscapes with warm, gold tones to them. They are simply beautiful!

A few years back Ms. Burman got into an accident that left her seriously debilitated and she wasn’t able to produce any art work for many years. Now, she’s slowly making a comeback. Working with her rehab team she’s been able to try out a new  brace that’s allowing her to remain comfortably upright so she can get back into painting her beautiful landscapes. We’re wishing her some good luck for a change and hope that things will work out better for her in the future.

Meanwhile, enjoy some great landscapes created by Sandee Burman. If you like, leave her a comment below here at this Photo Blog to give Ms. Burman some sweet motivation.

Peace

~V


Featured Artist – Earl Hamilton

Earl Hamilton is our featured artist this week! Here are five images of some of Mr. Hamilton’s abstract Mixed Media and Acrylic on Canvas works. Hamilton has been an artist his whole life. Born and raised self sufficient an secluded by artist parents, art literally engulfed Hamilton’s life. He now lives in Lebanon, OR creating beautiful art is his studio everyday. “Earl’s paintings whether abstract or whimsical objects, could be called meditative, mystical, contemplative, energetic, bold and confident in brushstroke.”

Earl Hamilton is currently represented by the Rental Sales Gallery at the Portland Art Museum and by the Attic Gallery in Downtown Portland.

I hope you like this week’s featured artist. Be sure to visit here every Tuesday for more information about the artists that I am fortunate enough to photograph on a regular basis. If you’d like to be featured here contact me via email at kindmuse@gmail.com.

On Thursdays I will typically feature a photo essay of images created by other photographers that I’ve come across online somewhere and enjoyed.

You can also stop by on Saturdays to see original Fine Art Photography created by me in my travels around Portland, OR and abroad.

Peace

~V


Featured Artist – Tangie Pape Belmore

I want to feature Abstract artist Tangie Pape Belmore for this week’s artist feature. Every time I see one of Ms. Belmore’s pieces, It’s difficult not to think of Jackson Pollack. Indeed Pollack has been one of Belmore’s influences, but she feels that she has taken her work much farther. I would have to agree.

Tangie Pape Belmore is currently represented by 4 galleries in Oregon. Portland Art Museum‘s Rental Sales Gallery, Gallery 903 in The Pearl District of Portland, Art Elements in Newberg, OR, and the Freed Gallery in Lincoln City, OR on the coast.

I hope you like this week’s featured artist. Be sure to visit here every Tuesday for more information about the artists that I am fortunate enough to photograph on a regular basis. If you’d like to be featured here contact me via email at kindmuse@gmail.com.

On Thursdays I will typically feature a photo essay of images created by other photographers that I’ve come across online somewhere and enjoyed.

You can also stop by on Saturdays to see original Fine Art Photography created by me in my travels around Portland, OR and abroad.

Peace

~V


Featured Artist – Suzy Meyer

Suzy Meyer is an outstanding artist with many varied talents. She has created beautiful pieces of art in all mediums, and has also been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, working for Washington County in Oregon, while also offering counseling and therapy in a personal practice. Further, for 16 years Suzy also olunteered in Outpatient Psychology at Oregon Health and Sciences University. She is now pretty much retired and after a recent stroke is currently attempting to reprogram herself toward making a comeback in the world of creating art.

Sculpture is the medium we are featuring in today’s blog post by showcasing part of Suzy’s doll series. There are 8 of them that I’ve photographed all together, but we only have 5 pictured here today. Suzy created these while in the midst of her battle to overcome cancer. She preferred to see her battle as more of a change in the body instead of her body being damaged. Much like the dolls in this series, which she found already broken and torn apart, she gave them added life by turning them into beautiful pieces of art. Now that her cancer is in remission, I’d have to say it’s a beautiful way to win in the battle against cancer.

She is a member of the Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art, and has served as president of that organization in the past. Unfortunately, Suzy currently isn’t represented actively by a gallery, but has been a member artist in the past with The Geezer Gallery in Portland, Oregon where she was active in facilitating workshops that help people learn how to create art. She’s also been a past member of the Janovec Gallery in Portland, OR.

Be sure to visit here every Tuesday for more information about the artists that I am fortunate enough to photograph on a regular basis. If you’d like to be featured here contact me via email at kindmuse@gmail.com.

On Thursdays I will typically feature a photo essay of photography created by other photographers, that I’ve found and enjoyed online somewhere.

You can also stop by on Saturdays to see original Fine Art Photography created by me in my travels around Portland, OR and abroad. See ya next time!

Peace

~V


Featured Artist – Gary Anderson

No, not the NFL Place Kicker, but instead, a great abstract landscape artist currently residing in Seattle, Washington. In the past, Gary Anderson has taught art at Chemeketa Community College in Oregon. In 1988 he started showing his own art in the Lawrence Gallery, the Maveety Gallery, and the Gango Gallery in Portland (sadly, those last two galleries are no longer around). He retired to Seattle in 1994 to become a full time painter and currently his work can be found at the Rental Sales Gallery of the Portland Art Museum, where he’s been a member since 1972. Gently used pieces of Gary’s work can also be found at the ReSale Art Gallery in Sellwood, Oregon.

Be sure to visit here every Tuesday for more information about the artists that I am fortunate enough to photograph on a regular basis. If you’d like to be featured here contact me via email at kindmuse@gmail.com.

On Thursdays I will typically feature a photo essay of photography created by other photographers, that I’ve found and enjoyed online somewhere.

You can also stop by on Saturdays to see original Fine Art Photography created by me in my travels around Portland, OR and abroad. See ya next time!

Peace

~V


Featured Artist – Eileen Nolan Kressel

This week I’d like to feature Printmaker Eileen Nolan Kressel (Ikie). In addition to being a printmaker Ikie also works in acrylic and mixed media. I’ve had to pleasure to photograph Ikie’s work for about 3 years now. Check out images of just some of her beautiful work below. She’s been living in Portland, OR for the last 40 years, and has also worked as an Art Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Now she pretty much creates beautiful art and occasionally gets to play with her grand kids. You can find out more information about Ikie by visiting her website.

Ikie is represented by the Portland Art Museum‘s Rental Sales Gallery and the Guardino Gallery in NE Portland and the No. 2 Print Shop in SE Portland . Below are some digital images of her beautiful work, let me know what you think. Either comment below or rate this post above.

Be sure to visit here every Tuesday for more information about artists whose I photograph on a regular basis. If you’d like to be featured here contact me via email at kindmuse@gmail.com.

You can also stop by on Saturdays to see original Fine Art Photography created by me in my travels around Portland, OR and abroad. See ya next time!

Peace

~V


Artist Feature – Thomas Rude

I want to feature the wonderful artwork of Portland, OR based wood sculptor and print maker, Thomas Rude this week as my feature artist. I’ve been photographing Thomas’ work for about two years now, you can see just some of the images below of what I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph. I always enjoy getting a chance to see him, talking to him, and getting to see what new things he’s working on. His specialties include printmaking and woodcarving of signs, doors, sculptures, & restoration of antique wood furniture or similar artifacts. He has a blog too, which you can check out by clicking here.

Thomas Rude is currently represented by two galleries; Portland Art Museum‘s Rental Sales Gallery in Portland, OR and the Simon Mace Gallery in Port Townsend, WA. He also has a presence at Portland’s Saturday Market each weekend under the Burnside Bridge downtown, and just this week was featured on local CBS affiliate KOIN-TV‘s weekend program Go! Northwest. You can see the episode “Portland by Train” by visiting their website.

I hope you enjoy this week’s featured artist, if you like what you see here, please feel free to visit the links above to the appropriate place to find out more information about Thomas Rude.


Featured Artist – Richard Laycock

In an effort to promote my photography outside of the Fine Art, Outdoor, Nature Photography that I do, I want to begin featuring weekly, or perhaps bi-weekly, some of the art I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph for other artists. Up until now I have solely posted on this blog images that I have created in my own travels around town, and around Oregon/Washington.

So, I want to expand this blog by featuring some of these artists that I’ve photographed for, and hopefully create more exposure for them and their art, while giving you, oh humble viewer, an idea of the other types of photography that I like to create. I will continue to post every Saturday my own photography that I create in my own travels. And, on Tuesdays, I will create a post that features some of the artwork that I am fortunate enough to photograph for other artists.

If you’re an artist reading this and living in the Portland, Oregon Metro area, please feel free to contact me so I can help you create some great images of your own art. If you’re an art aficionado, and like what you see here, please feel free to check out the links to the featured artist home page, where you’ll see more spectacular art, and find information regarding how to contact that artist.

So, first up with today’s post, I want to feature some pretty outstanding pastel art created by Richard Laycock. I’m attaching to this post images of 5 pieces that I’ve photographed for Richard this past Spring. For more information about Richard, and to see more great art that he’s created please visit his website by clicking this link –  Richard Laycock Studio. Richard is also a member artist at the Portland Art Museum‘s Rental Sales Gallery where, in addition to buying, you can rent some of Richard’s art for one or two 3 month periods.

I hope you like what you’ve found here at the Emerald Studio Photo Blog today. If so, leave a comment below in the appropriate section, or Like this post. That will let me know that you want to see more of what you’re finding here at this photo blog.

Peace

~V


Abstract Sunrise Series

The Daily Prompt: Dawn

Sometime in December 2011 I found myself up on top of Rocky Butte on the East side of Portland, OR, where Interstate 205 meets I-84 just before crossing over the mighty Columbia River. I was watching the sunset on this evening. Rocky Butte is one of seven extinct volcanoes that unevenly line the Eastern edge of the city of Portland stretching South to the Clackamas area. All seven offer outstanding views from different perspectives of the Northern Willamette Valley, which stretches all the way down to Eugene, OR. Rocky Butte is the Northern most of these 7 extinct volcanoes, located just South of Portland International Airport.

So, I’m up there one day for the sunset, early, because the sun sets way early in December, and I’m wondering what it would be like to see the sun set from here in the Summer time. Then the mind really started wondering, especially about what it would be like to essentially track the sun setting through out the year as the sun tracks back North and then back South the following year. And I thought wouldn’t that be a neat project? So I decided right then and there to start that project, the very next month. But to be honest it’s difficult, for me anyway, to get some where to take pictures of the sunset. Taking into consideration usually in the afternoons, or evenings, I’m busy doing something. Whether it’s working, hanging with friends, or whatever. I’m a morning person anyway, having looked East while up at Rocky Butte on the fateful day, and seeing the beautiful view of Mt. Hood, I made a commitment to myself to make it up to Rocky Butte 3 – 4 mornings a month for the next 6 months and take pictures of the sunrise behind the beautiful and majestic Mt Hood.

I met that commitment, and throughout the year of 2012 I ended heading up to Rocky Butte around 50 mornings. I took well over 5000 digital images of the sun rising in the East, tracking it North as it passed by Mt. Hood all the way North to where I could include Mt. St. Helens in the sunrise image taken during the month of June. Easily 90% of those images are just bad images. Because I took pictures at different settings, the wind was blowing on many mornings, and despite using a tripod, it kept shaking my camera, creating a lot of blurred images; or just the scenery wasn’t very spectacular that morning either filled with fog or clouds. I did manage to create just over 100 images that are included in what I’m now calling my 2012 Portland Sunrise series. I’ve divided those into 3 groups – Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, & Abstracts – Included with this first post, of 3, are 15 of my favorite Abstract Sunrise images, out of the entire 100 images in the series.

To purchase prints of these beautiful images, visit my ViewBug Portfolio – Emerald Studio on ViewBug.com

Be sure to visit me on Facebook also – Emerald Studio on Facebook.

Peace

~V