New Years Eve

 

The holidays are almost over and mere hours remain until the start of a new year.   2016 was a year of exciting opportunities and dismal disappointments both in the  art and the world at large.

I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and may the opportunity arise for you to buy more art!

Thanks again for you support of the gallery as we excitingly look forward to the new opportunities and artwork that will be available in 2017.

 

 

Happy New Year!

 

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A New Place To Get Your Fine Art Fix.

If you like to shop for art like I do then you know that very few places to buy art online directly from the artist.   Especially when that art is in the very unique media of fine art photography.   Well the art gods are smiling on you!  Buying the fine art photography of Andrew Chianese is even easier and with a larger selection than ever before.

A&A Photographic Arts has now partnered with the online security of e-commerce giant Shopify to bring you our new gift shop! Order your personally signed artwork on fine art paper, canvas, metal and even acrylic. We now accept all major credit cards including PayPal. So don’t miss out on feeding your art obsession at https://store.aaphotographicarts.com/.

Shop at A&A Photographic Arts?  Never heard of it….

A&A Photographic Arts has provided artistic consulting and access to my specially signed artwork worldwide via the Internet and locally. But that is only part of the story. Based out of Dallas, Texas in 2012, the gallery works to bring the unique photographic art of Andrew Chianese to the world.  We have worked with individual patrons, a very prestigious private school, and several restaurants in two states to bring art to the community.

Needless to say, as we continued to provide this service, we constantly branched out and developed a much more significant presence in the both the traditional brick and mortar art galleries and online art communities. Since sales of our fine art only continue to gain momentum and our obsession in making quality art continues growing stronger each year, we have expanded in order to meet both patron and collectors rising demand.  At the same time, the recent expansion allows us to  and provide a full online shopping experience for both the general public and our future obsessed art collectors.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Italian Faces provide Victorian Vibe

The artistic representations of the Victorian era once again come alive with a modern twist.   This Victorian statue of a small child located in a garden that is more than 100 years old. Ravaged by time, the face has lost the finer details and shiny aspect of a newly carved piece.

These statues are actually of Italian influence.  A little known tidbit of information about the Victorian age was the amorous desire for the use of Italian styled statues in Victorian gardens.

Yet, it is exciting how time and the elements continually changed this statue showcasing that spooky Victorian artistic flair. The varying degrees of shadow and moss ridden highlights of age take us on a haunting journey into a forgotten time when fine ladies and gentlemen walked the rose gardens dressed in Victorian splendor admiring the design of both the natural and carved manmade beauty.

Italian face 6
Italian face 6

But like the Victorian age, the elegant surface silently hid a dreadful undertone.  A dark whisper of haunted elegance and decay.  It was the time of the poets, and the birth of the modern mystery stories.  We have inherited classics set in this dark and foreboding period such as Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Frankenstein.

Strangely though, like some forgotten dream perhaps, the spine tingling sensation of the garden statues has changed.  Truly, these statues looked elegant in and clear-cut in their day.  The lines were crisp and the details soft and calming.  The faces like this statue presented today once displayed the fancies of the upper class.

Today though, after more than a century in the heat and humidity, these faces bear a different vibe.  The lines of the statue are now smoothed by weather and moss.  These once proud forms are slowly decaying  back into the lifeless and formless rocks whence they came.

This wonder of a  bygone era, reawakened with the artistic application of photographic principles and technical wizardry,  a showcase of elegance only modern art photography can bring to your walls.

 

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Art – It’s all in the Lines

Art is in the lines.

Our newest work, Water Reeds, presents the thought that lines are an important factor in the emotional imprint of art. At first glance you might hesitant with the meaning of that statement.

I’ll admit, the statement is fraught with logical pitfalls and dangerous oversimplifications of reason. Everybody views a work of art differently and therefore the emotions can vary.  The lines are the answer to looking at a work and discovering a hidden meaning to its feeling.

In both art schools and simple school art classes, students learn the artistic value of lines. They create direction and focus a viewer’s attention either towards or away from an area in a painting, sculpture, or picture according to the whims of the artist.

Aggressive

But, the usefulness of lines to an artist is not limited to just the direction you wish to point the viewer. They create an emotional feeling behind them.   You can create aggressive lines that are forceful and dramatic. They beat down the doors of the soul with their thick widths and daring nature. The clusters of thick reeds in their green and brown lines dominate a presence that pulls the eye towards them.

Water Reeds
Water Reeds

Passive Aggressive

Another function of a line in the hands of an artist is that of certain emotional passive aggressiveness. The rendering of these emotions is often accomplished with the thinning of a line. A thin black streak against a colored background is not always forceful. It does not assault the eye but it is not possible to ignore its existence.

The smaller reeds in the center of the picture show this feeling by directing your eye  with a hidden yet forceful way. Yet the real technique is  the way the water ripples actually form subtle lines going against the grain of the lines in the reeds.

Passive

Indeed, Our thin lines in the picture direct your eye towards our last line-induced emotion. I refer to passivity. If a thick line is aggressive and a thin line going in another direction is passively aggressive, how then can a line be passive?   The answer is by their being no line.

In the center of the picture you see the gentle reflections of clouds in the water.  True enough, if you were to grab a magnifying glass you would see a line. However, art is about illusion. The place where the blue of the water stops and the white of the cloud begins marks a line of some sort. Yet, from a distance, there is the gentle illusion of no discernible line. One color just stops and the other begins.

One last thought about art around the useful techniques and fashions of lines. Nature has provided us with this tranquil scene of reeds. You feel the light breeze and the warm summer sky. The picture in itself is very relaxing. However, to be relaxing, you as the viewer just need to read between the lines.

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Do You Have A Dragonfly Yet?

Living in the tropics the amount of insects and other assorted creatures you find is just staggering.   Most of them are not very photogenic.   However, every once in a while you run into the sort of small insect that screams for a photograph.  A dragonfly remains one of the best examples I know.

Thus, I proudly introduce you to the latest in our dragonfly collection. Blue Dragonfly is a portrait capture of a male Pondhawk in all his beauty. That is unless your another insect, for these voracious hunters prey on smaller insects they capture with the their ability to fly at speeds of 30 mph or more.

Adding a little filter action to the scene produces the remarkable orange background. Funny enough, the background for this shot was actually orange. All the filter did was enhance a little more of this amazing color all the while bringing out the dramatic blue.

Blue Dragonfly
Blue Dragonfly

The hardest part of the filter process was the maintaining of those fragile wings.   A dragonfly’s wings have a very thin, almost completely translucent quality to them. Changing the filter to enhance certain colors would invariably end up transforming the unique properties of those special wings. Indeed it was a challenge that ended with some surprisingly pleasant results.

In the end, when this radiant blue dragonfly with it’s gossamer wings resting peacefully on a flower appeared before my camera I took the opportunity to snap it up.   An act I’m confident you’ll want to do too.

 

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