It is time to spend a brief post about something we found in the storage closet. Why are we doing this? Well, We introduced this art work back when there were less than 200 followers of our art on social media and this blog. Now there are over 3300! That’s a lot of people who never got to experience our earlier works!
Since the lifeblood of a gallery is the ability to present the work of the artist they represent it is necessary to cleverly reintroduce older works of an artist in with newer ones. Besides, and I know this to be quite true, very few people will look at 150 pieces of art all at the same time. So, as an artist’s list of works continue to grow it is necessary to reintroduce older ones to present how the artist has also changed over time.
So from our finely aged collection of photographic art, I’d like to once again present Blanket of Green.
This work is a close up shot of the rigid back top of a banana leaf. Hundreds of black lines cascading down the leaf highlight the natural yellows and greens found in nature. They also provide a sense of depth and contrast as the lines of the leaves at the upper left seemingly flow in a direction quite different from the bold bark shade lines of the leaf on the right edges of the photograph.
For this next piece, Blue Texas Railway, I took the image of a historical railway sign and added some modern flair. The Texas Electric Railway was a streetcar rail line that existed in Dallas in 1917.
According to the Texas State Historical Society, “The company operated three routes out of Dallas, one to Sherman and Denison, one to Ennis and Corsicana, and one to Hillsboro and Waco. With a length of 226 miles, the Texas Electric was the longest interurban between the Mississippi River and California.”
The company finally stopped service in 1948. The cause of the failure was the increasing competition of people owning personal cars and trucks. A strange twist of fate because one of the leading reasons for Dallas Area Rapid Transit or DART is the heavy traffic and desperate need for a metro line in Dallas.
The image of the rail sign and indeed the sign itself is originally black and white. While this would provide great contrast to the image alone, I couldn’t let it be. Like a child with a new toy, I’ve been looking for the perfect image to try out a new yellow and blue filter process that would give an image an electrifying tonal change. The stark contrast of the filter applied over a slightly underdeveloped original produced the extremes I was looking for.
My feeling is that while black and white art is much more traditional and classic, there are plenty of occasions where a burst of color will produce a much more satisfying emotional response in the picture.
I recently visited a bird aviary where they housed a wonderful choice of small parakeets, cockatiels, and various lovebirds. The enclosure was large enough for a small walking path to make a nice circle around some low-lying branches and trees that the park had put in place so the birds could be seen up close.
This female cockatiel broke away from her little group on a nearby low branch to check me out. She seemed a little more than passively curious about my camera. I’m thinking she may have seen her reflection in the lens and thought I was another bird to come and say hello.
In any case, I learned that the common grey male cockatiels are almost all grey, and only the females seem to sport about in colored splendor. The crest on the back of her head acts almost like a mood ring of sorts. Owners of these splendid birds will tell you that when the crest is vertical they are either excited or curious.
It’s when that crest goes flat against the head that you should begin to worry about that sharp little beak. I’m told this will only happen when they feel threatened. The most common cause is either having a child trying to pet them on their head, or another aggressive bird nearby will cause some problems.
Generally, the most unfortunate aspect of this bird variety is the noise they produce. While they are nowhere near as loud as a full-sized parrot, they don’t seem to come with a mute button.
But when it comes to portraits, these little beauties see to love the attention. Once my little friend finished her close up, she flew off back to her small group with little effort. I don’t know if I satisfied her brief curiosity, but she certainly left a happy portrait.
Tea Rose Morning is an example of the most popular rose flower in the world. Long the staple of florists, the tea rose produces the signature buds and flowers that people often reference when thinking of rose flowers.
The many petal wonders of a tea rose also produce a light scented fragrance that carries on the spring and summer air. These roses are known to bud and bloom singularly on a stem and not in a cluster like other roses. Gardeners and florists love them for their ability to produce flowers throughout the length of the growing season.
Often a rose will bloom, add its beauty to the world, and then die and be replaced by another on the same bush. This allow for the greatest enjoyment of these rose bushed for the length of the season.
These roses do need some care though. Monitoring for disease on their leaves and watered regularly is necessary. Careful pruning of the plants before they bloom is also needed to keep the most air circulation around the leafs and buds to make sure a full harvest of flowers.
Further, in hot locations such as areas of Texas and the south, these flowers usually require mulch around its base to help make sure that the roots keep moisture and are kept cooler than the rest of the plant.
What fascinated me about this particular rose was the blending of the orange and light pinks in the petals. It’s as if they took an orange and pink rose and blended them together to create a colorful start to a walk through the local rose garden. Truly this picture is a fashionable addition to your day.
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 that 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.