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The Yellow Rose: A Friend of a Friend

A yellow rose is a very elegant gesture. As we know, contain a lot of symbolism have meaning according to their color. While earlier blog entries discussed this at leisure, the issue is that the colors of roses have more than one possible interpretation.

Let’s say you have a co-worker that, for lack of better wording, saved your job at the last staff meeting. Maybe this coworker took one for the team, or preformed an all night work session when everyone else abandoned the project. Regardless, this person deserves a little recognition.

Symbolism is important at this point. The problem is Yellow Rosethat this friend is a member of the opposite sex. Maybe a flower would be a nice touch. Oh, and yes, guys like getting flowers.   You want to convey your heartfelt friendship in a meaningful gesture but at the same time not send the kind of signals that would endear you to the office tabloid gossip makers for a month.

Red roses are most definitely out of the question. Even something like a pink rose is still a little too familiar and might seem romantic for this situation. A white rose is something you’d think of at a wedding, not a serious thanks for being a friend type event. The problem is a difficult one.

I draw your attention to the yellow rose. Yellow roses mean friendship. They’re considered a sign of happiness and thanks.   It’s the perfect answer to this thorny problem.

You manage to thank your friend in a proper and non-romantic way all the while maintaining the proper symbolism that what they did for you was an important event. It’s definitely a win-win situation.

Of course, the advantage to my yellow rose above is that as a work of art, it will never die. It’s the perfect statement of friendship to hang in an office or at home.

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Acrylic or Aluminum? New Printing Styles.

New printing styles are always in fashion.   A few years ago giclée printing caused a sensation.  There was a huge shift in the art market as inexpensive works from great artists became available to the middle class at reasonable prices.

It’s the same with photographic art.  The recent developments in printing processes no longer need an artist or their collectors to pay extravagant fees for picture to look good.

Acrylic

Acrylic is distinctive. The acrylic print is a process of printing your image directly on the back of a 1/4″ thick sheet of clear acrylic. This produces a unique photographic work of art that is vibrant and deep without equal on glossy photo paper.   The incredible vibrancy is a result of  the acrylic allowing the natural light in the room to travel to the picture and illuminate it and not reflecting off the surface of a glass.

All of the acrylic prints offer you a choice of mounting preference. Your acrylic print can either be created with a series of mounting posts that allow it to sit about 1” from the wall, or with a hanging wire allowing easy picture style display at 1.5”  This elegant choice is always available to you.Yellow Brilliance

Aluminum

Eyes say yes but your wallet is crying? You want to know about metal printing on aluminum. Metal printing is a printing process that uses special dyes to print directly on the surface of aluminum sheets, making them scratch resistant and keep a vibrancy that will turn heads. The reflective nature of aluminum allows the light to show off of the surface cleanly giving the colors an incredible boost. Even black and white images are amazingly clean, crisp and give a visual pop to the variety of grey tones in an image.

Metal photo prints need no frame, giving your photos a sleek and advanced profile whether they’re hung on the wall in your home or office. The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4″ thick wooden frame, attached to the back.

If you’re looking for a lightweight, durable and water-resistant art print then the high gloss ¼” aluminum print is your natural choice.

Whether you are looking for top-notch vibrancy and an incredible look for your own personal satisfaction, or you are trying to impress that impossible to buy for family member, these fine art prints offered at our gallery is sure to have people asking about them.

Great Art. Great Stories. Great Prices.

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The Mysteries of Black

 Normally, Black and White Photography is about creating images that have no color.   Thus, color will not distract the viewer from what the artist is trying to portray.

Two Chimneys is a modern black and white photographic work portraying the top of a Spanish colonial hacienda. The two chimneys launching into the sky providing a wonderful texture contrasting the billowy cloud centered in the photograph. This photograph wouldn’t have the dramatic effect it does without black.Two Chimneys

But, is black a color or a lack of color?  in fact, the very question of black being a color or not is a science filled theoretical mystery.

The answer to that question is anything but black and white. It’s actually a sort of gray. It depends a lot on whom you ask.

To a physicist, black is the absolute lack of color. Molecules of an item absorbing all the light rays and reflecting nothing in the spectrum back to the eye creating a lack of color known as black.

However, to a chemist or a 3-year-old with hand paints, black is a color. Black occurs when you blend all the primary colors together. So, if you mix red, blue, and yellow pigments together you get black. This works for both paint and pigments.

Thus, the true answer of the question lies with whether you believe that color is a result of light spectrum being bounced off molecules or a chemical reaction resulting from the mixture of primary pigments.

These are the types of questions that keep scientists up late at night. For me, being an artist means I won’t lose any sleep. I get to use black in various cool ways to create a tone, texture or even a feeling. In photography it’s not so much about what it is but rather the way we use it to convey our thoughts into the art we create.
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How Lizards Become Artists

Our lizard friend in the work Hidden 2 U is a wonderful reminder of how nature completely executes the artistic ideals of color, form and function.  Lizards will change their skin colors to help blend in with the surrounding environment.  Useful for both hunting prey and hiding from predators, lizards depend on this ability.  More importantly, it works.

But the unique thing about a lizard’s skin coloring is that while many similarities among lizards of the same species exist, they are not all the same. Each lizard’s pattern and ability to change color is an individual skill of that lizard.

Hidden 2 U
I See You….

An artist will look at this lizard and admire the colors and shades of brown and grays  used to blend into the tree behind it.  The patterns are exquisite and effectively manage to communicate the goal of the lizard and his reasoning for using the colors and patterns he does.

The lizard creates an inspiring artistic display of color and how color either hides or elevates a subject into our field of vision and wonder. The mere presence of the lizards camouflage not only beautifies the tree, but it provides a focal point for our interest.  The blended skin pattern the lizard so flagrantly attempts to pass off as part of the tree, only manages to command our attention to its uniqueness.

The fact that we see this lizard shows a functional failure of the lizard to hide.  But the failure is not a complete one.  As an artist, this lizard is successful. We know what his purpose is.  We understand the meaning behind his changing scales and flattened form.   His work is communicating effectively.

Indeed, His hard work and dedication to the art of color and form manipulation pays off.  For as I sat taking his picture, whole groups of people walked chatting and blind to this arboreal treasure hanging literally two feet from their heads.

Thus, we see once again that nature indeed has the best artists.  Nature provides the best examples of uniqueness and the inspiring ability to manipulate color, texture and form to meet its needs.  There is little doubt that nature does offer the most original forms of art for us to view.

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Living Art: Color, Form, and Deadly Beauty.

Nestled in camouflage and coral at the bottom of a large piece of rock is a an example of the deadly art of the frogfish.  His portrait reminds me of the saying “A face that only a mother could love.”   What is so unusual about this fish is that is another example of how nature uses color and form to once again create an animal of deadly skill.

Waiting for dinner is one of the strangest looking fish I’ve ever had the pleasure of capturing in a picture.  This is a full-bodied size photograph of a cold-blooded killer.  Scientists refer to it as Fowlerichthys ocellatus,  or Antennarius ocellatus.   While we of more humbler origin simply refer to it as a frogfish or angler.

Waiting for DinnerAccording to frogfish.ch this fish can reach a size of up to 38 cm.   They ambush their prey and are quite obviously the last thing you’d want to get near if you were another fish.

What amazes me about this particular picture is the frogfish’s ability  to blend into the surrounding coral.  That nature would supply any animal with such a mastery in the art of camouflage to simultaneously hunt its prey and hide from other predators is astounding.

They just place themselves among the coral and use their fins as a foot to support their weight as they hide.  Their bodies sometimes have membranes and plates that breakup their form and hiding them among the rocks. The fins even have small nobs that act as small primitive fingers to grip the rock underneath them.

It is not unusual for them to be seen with algae for other forms of marine plants growing on them.  This allows the fish to blend in with his surroundings even more.  When you combine this with the colors and patterns they have, their prey doesn’t stand a chance.

When it comes to hunting they have two techniques that they use with devastating efficiency.  The first is to just sit motionless and let the prey come to them.  Once in range their huge mouth engulfs the prey and swallows it whole.

These fish are known for swallowing fish as big as they are!  They are even hostile to their own kind and will commit acts of cannibalism without thought.  They will tolerate other frogfish only during mating and even then for only so long.  Overtax your welcome with this fish and you end up on its menu.

The other form of hunting this fish is famous for is closely related to the first in that they sit on the coral and wait motionless.   Meanwhile,  they extend small fibers from the ends of a protrusion above their mouths to float in the current.   These fish will wiggle these fibers as a lure for other fish.

The poor unsuspecting prey thinks it will be scoring an easy meal and tries to strike the lure.  As they do so, they  realize their mistake to late and end up swallowed whole.

The formula in nature is simple.  Color+Form+Function= Deadly Beauty.

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