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?

Please remember to always hit the “like” and “share” buttons below.

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

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