Since last Sunday was Palm Sunday and we are almost at Easter, I thought I’d introduce two of our brand new offerings to our online gallery.
The first is Palm Frond. A unique shot of a new palm leaf still unwrapping as it slowly opens from the tree. This work is all about lines and shading. The unique linear structure of the frond gives sense of climbing to an unseen focal point just above the viewable picture.
I hid the focal point of the frond to add a sense of mystery and increase the feeling of texture in the work.
Our second work is Palm Leaf Dew. The morning dew slowly descended the ingrained channels in the palm fronds to rest at the very tips. As the drops of water slowly accumulate into larger and larger drops, the force of gravity will soon take over and allow them to fall to the ground.
Using a series of dodge and burning techniques I brought out the lines of the channels and produced the reflective nature of the water droplets. Meanwhile the background remains blurred allowing the focus to be on the fronds themselves.
Since it is Chinese New year, I thought it proper to introduce one of my new works. This is MaleFoo Lion. Sometimes referred to as a foo dog, foo dogs are really lions. Foo Lions are very important symbols in Chinese culture and references to them are easy to find. The most famous being sets of Foo Lions from the Ming and Qing dynasties found in the Forbidden Palace in the center of Beijing, China.
I wanted to bring forth and center upon the emotion in the statue by giving a close-cropped view of the terrifying teeth and eyes of the lion. I envisioned the lion launching out of the frame at the viewer with its ferocious intent. The image was desaturated of color and various dodge and burn techniques are then applied along with a cool blue filter to enhance the whites and boost the blacks in the image.
Traditionally, Foo Lions offer protection from negative energy or Qi. It does this in the same way gargoyles work. The scarier or more grotesque the figure is the better. This frightening visage protects its owner by scaring away the negative energy. It’s also important to place the Foo lion so that it is facing a door or window from which the owner of the lion believes negative energy may come.
The male lion usually has a ball under his paw representing the world and is always located towards the left side of an opening looking out. The female lion is found with a cub under its paw representing support. The female lion is always located towards the right side of the opening looking out.
This particular image is that of the male lion. So, if you wish to feel the full effects of its protection, place it on the left side of an entrance hallway, door, or window.
I’m sitting in a medical waiting room looking at a boring picture/photograph from 1974. It’s a nice scene of a sailboat with a lighthouse probably from Lake Michigan or something. But it’s seriously faded and has that generic waiting room look. Boring.
On the other wall is a dated and very faded watercolor print of something that I’m sure looked like a plant at some point. I saw a similar print one time in some
cheap hotel somewhere on the Gulf Coast. It was the kind of hotel where they paint the walls to give everything that tropical touristy look. I confess it didn’t make the scrambled powdered eggs and chewy waffles taste any better.
I’m almost desperate now for some form of visual satisfaction as I scan the room for anything, any visual comfort other than the fact that some guy is hacking up his lungs and I know at least I’m not that sick. So, what do my weary eyes rest upon? Why, it’s a fake bronze picture of an Indian Elephant complete with trunk, tusks, and an awful old patina. You know the kind. You find them in every asian buffet or greasy spoon noodle shop. I can’t help but wonder why?…
Now, I don’t expect my doctor to have the latest prints off the wall from the National Gallery. I need a great doctor, not an interior decorator. That being said, 70’s New England, 80’s tropical and some unknown asian noodle shop elephant patina thingy. Really? This is decor? This waiting room is on life support hooked up to that mysterious machine going Bing…Bing… Bing…
I get it, why should a doctor spend money on art? Honestly, it’s a simple matter of holistic care. Good art makes people feel good. It shows confidence and style. Old out-of-place art on your waiting room wall doesn’t tell people you’re a traditional experienced doctor that’s been in business successfully so long the art has faded. No, it says, your outdated and tired. If your art is still displaying the decaying remains of some glory year past, what is that going to say about your practice?
The second is pick a theme that inspires. Follow that theme by adding artwork that match your taste and budget. If you want a classical look then look to Black and White prints in a nice frame. If you are looking for more color and a more modern edge, going to the metal or acrylic prints is a wise strategy. Whatever suites your needs best.
With a little investment, you will make a boring and depressing patient waiting room into a vibrant classy room that inspires your patients, and subconsciously tells them their physician is on the cutting edge.