Design & Photography
One of my new photographs, “Color Envy”, was recently selected for the Juried Signature Art Exhibition with the Charleston Artists Guild & Gallery. The title alludes to stark realities and instincts inherently present in nature and the animal world, such as the struggle to survive. Peacocks, for example, are incredibly beautiful creatures, yet that beauty comes at a price. Last year, I observed several peacocks throughout the breeding season. By the end of the season, one of the peacocks was still sporting its striking array of feathers, while the others were so battle-worn, they had nothing left but quills to display. Peacocks and other birds battle each other over territory, mates, food, and status, sometimes to the death. This year I watched a great blue heron nest with two babies in it and witnessed one of the babies almost peck the other to death. The poor chick was hanging out of the nest, its back bleeding and raw while the other continued to peck at it with no remorse.
“Color Envy” also reveals the intricate patterns, colors, and design on the back of a peacock and in nature. My love of design frequently reveals itself in my photography, and there are many elements of design embodied in nature. Last year I released a photograph, “Design by Peacock”, which displays different aspects of design and color on the peacock than this year’s piece, “Color Envy”.
Speaking of design, I enjoy helping clients to select artwork by reviewing color and design elements in their spaces and working with them to select photographs. I just completed a Consultation for a client who wanted coastal photographs for a recently redecorated bedroom. We worked with all of the elements in the room, including an existing print; the paint color on the walls; the duvet and pillow colors; and the size and shape of the available space, to select the right pieces for that space. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now, and I offer this service free of charge. I want to ensure that people select the right artwork for their spaces, and that they are happy with the work they’ve selected. So, if you would like me to do a Consultation for you, just contact me to set up a time to talk, skype, or meet. I’ve even done this remotely, whereby clients text or email photos of their spaces, and we work from there.
Two more newsworthy items I’d like to mention are: first, I am, in fact, working on a website. People frequently ask me about this, and I’ve been promising it for awhile. It would probably be finished by now, had I not been out enjoying the Spring bounty of photographic opportunities!
Second, I am a “swamp dweller” at this time of year because, for the last two years, I have been observing the wildlife and birds around the Audubon Swamp, which is an amazing natural habitat close to where I live. Although I was frequently the only one there last year, word must have caught on, and now there are many watchers and photographers at the swamp appreciating its natural beauty. I released many photographs over the last couple of years from that swamp, chronicling almost every bird in it, and I will be releasing many more this year!
What is artistic vision? My interpretation is that it represents the unique creation; artistic endeavor; idea; view; or vision represented in an individual’s artwork–that artistic vision which came out of their own history; thoughts; location; attitudes; emotions, etc. at the time they created the artwork.
It is important to respect the artistic vision of artists and creators or they/we will all be doing the same thing, and that will not only be demotivating for artists striving for originality in their work, but it will be uninteresting for those who view the artwork.
In this world of easy access to everything with the internet, people forget to respect each others’ unique visions and hard work. It is too easy to stake claim to others’ visions and works by claiming them on Facebook and other social media outlets; backdating postings; information; writing; original ideas; and artwork–thereby making it your own. An example of this is the practice of creating facsimile or derivative artwork that was viewed from another artist.
The message I’d like to convey here is that artists should strive to dig deeper into the creative resources that lie within themselves; and that appreciators/buyers of art should support artists that forge original ideas and artwork that came from the creator’s own artistic vision!