Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence

The theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Silence.  I took a walk around my home to see what I could spot that would convey silence to the viewer.  Below are the photos, as well as, my thoughts on how each photo represents silence.

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Silence (1 of 3)
I came across this wilted rose, It is the only blossom remaining on a small rose bush. The other roses have been swept away by the harsh winter winds but this one remains in total silence. Abandoned, unnoticed, and forgotten by the world.
Silence (2 of 3)
In the warmer months of the year this swing is anything but silent.  It is the epicenter for backyard fun. Surrounded by children laughing and playing.  Now it sits still except for the occasional breeze that may reluctantly coax it into movement.
Silence (3 of 3)
This is my favorite photo of the group.  It’s an interior shot of a window in a small shed on my property.  The shed is mainly used to store yard and gardening tools and supplies.  During the winter months this shed and it’s contents sit in silence,  enduring the cold, waiting for spring, when it will once again enjoy regular visits from the underpaid and overworked head grounds keeper (that would be me).

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Liebster Award Nomination

I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award.  I was nominated by Chromatic Devil, a blog that showcases the original artwork of A. E. Pacific.  I am honored to be nominated for this award and I encourage everyone to visit the Chromatic Devil and check out her art for yourselves.

I started this blog in May of 2017 as a way to share my passion for drawing and photography.  Before starting this blog I considered other means for sharing my work.  Including Facebook, Tumblr, and other social sites.  I chose WordPress and the blogging platform because it was the only social site that gave me complete control of how my work was presented.  It gave me control over the site name, appearance, pages, etc.  This really appealed to me.

Drawing and Photography are the two activities that are showcased on this site.  However, there is one other activity that I enjoy that has not been showcased here.  That activity is woodworking.  I enjoy the craftmanship that goes into producing anything that is handmade.  I think creating something with your hands whether it’s a drawing, painting, or a fine piece of furniture is one of the highest forms of human expression that can be achieved.

By day, I am a building designer.  I work for a design / build contractor who specializes in commercial and industrial buildings.  I have been in the construction industry for over 25 years.  I truly enjoy the work that I do.  I enjoy the fact that I can use my creativity and problem solving skills to make a living.

10 Random Facts about me:

  1. I am in my late 40s.
  2. I enjoy nature and love to hike in the mountains whenever I get the opportunity.
  3. I have an appreciation for anything that is handmade.
  4. I use a standing desk at work each day.
  5. I started drawing/sketching in November of 2016.
  6. I admire the idea of a simple lifestyle and I am trying to simplify my own life.
  7. I love coffee!
  8. I enjoy routines and that makes me a fairly predictable person.
  9.        My studio / creative space lacks any natural light and is in my basement.
  10.        I like antiques and vintage items.

My answers to Chromatic Devil’s questions:

1. As an artist, writer, etc., what drives you to create?  That’s a good question A.E.  I have never really thought about what drives me to create.  It’s just something I am passionate about and a form of expression that I enjoy.  As an artist, I enjoy the process of seeing a sketch grown from an outline to a rendered drawing that includes tones and values.  I like seeing an object or face slowly beginning to take shape in my sketchbook.  As a photographer, I enjoy the hunt for an interesting subject or composition.  As a woodworker, I enjoy the process of creating a useful object that previously only existed in my mind.  I love how the human mind and hands can work in concert together to bring new objects into the world.  Objects that can inspire others, improve lives through their use,  or simply provide comfort.

2. What do you feel is the most underrated artistic tool?  Kindness and sharing…Those two things may be the most underrated tools.  The willingness for someone to create something and then share it with others.  The willingness to donate your time or efforts to others.  Although, it’s artistic value may not be the first thing that comes to mind, I thing the inspiration that comes from such acts becomes someone else’s muse.  Fueling the drive to create new art and new inspiration.

I would like to nominate the following blogs for the Liebster Award

Each of the blogs nominated below and the talented people behind them are deserving of your attention.  Please visit each of these blogs and see for yourselves.

  • WHEN DOGS GET WINGS – Alison is a talented artist.  Her main medium is graphite but, she usually adds a pop of color to her art using various mediums.  Her blog post are honest, witty and a joy to read.
  • Faithwaites –  Faithwaites is the blog of Cat Green and Jordan Spilman.  I originally started following Jordan on Instagram.  He is a talented artist in many respects.  He works primarily in pen and ink.  Their blog goes beyond their own work to include book reviews and guest artist interviews.
  • JAMES WALKER STUDIOS –  James is a talented photographer, artist, and skater.  His works are very creative and pull together multiple mediums to create unique pieces of art.
  • Steve Kidd Art –  Steve’s blog is full of wonderful art.  He works primarily in pen and ink and has a witty sense of humor.  Please check out his blog and leave a comment or two.
  • Licht Years –  Susan is a photographer with a wonderful eye for capturing warm and inviting photographs.  Her photography instantly creates an emotional response in the viewer.  Do yourself a favor and check out her work.

If nominated above please visit https://theglobalaussie.com/liebster-award-2018/ for the official rules.

My questions for the blogs I have nominated

  1. What influences, if any, has blogging (or the blogging community) had on your art?
  2. What is you favorite medium, genre, or subject as it applies to the art you create?

For more information about the Liebster Award please visit https://theglobalaussie.com/liebster-award-2018/.

A Trip to the Antique Shop

On Christmas Eve we visited one of the local antique shops just to browse the items and enjoy some time out and about as a family.  To me, it’s always interesting to browse through any kind of antique or vintage items.  I think (particularly in the U.S.) we put too much value on new and shiny and in the process we fail to see the value of older goods.  I think each blemish, be it a scratch or well-worn area, tells a story and should be appreciated for the service or use that a particular item has provided.  Many times these items have many years of service remaining and can become a cherished possession.

I carried my camera with me as we walked through the store.  I was hoping to discover some unique items or photo compositions.  I did manage to get a few shots that I thought may be worth sharing.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Ascend

The theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Ascend.  My plan was to walk around town and photograph objects that ascended in some fashion.  Living in a small town my subjects are a bit limited but I managed to find a few things that fit the theme.

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Ascend (1 of 4)

Ascend (2 of 5)

Ascend (3 of 4)

Ascend (4 of 4)

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Experimental

The theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Experimental.  This theme is really a blank slate, it can be interpreted in so many ways.  When I was trying to decide what direction to take this challenge in.  I thought I wanted to experiment with lens flares.  Shooting directly into the sun is something I never intentionally do.  So trying to photograph a subject that is back-lit by the sun is something completely new to me.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, so for me, this is certainly experimental.

Below are a few photos that I took for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge “Experimental”

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Experimental (1 of 3)

Experimental (2 of 3)

Experimental (3 of 3)

Weekly Photo Challenge – Temporary

For someone who maintains a blog dedicated to drawings and photography one would think I would’ve participated in a Weekly Photo Challenge before now.  Oh well, one only has so much time…

Below are a few photos that I took for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge “Temporary”

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Hot-Air Balloon Launch

For the past several years the company that I work for has participated as a hot-air balloon launch site for the Carolina BalloonFest.  This year I arrived early so I could photograph the event.  Spectators are allowed to be on the field as the balloon crews are setting up the balloons.  It is interesting to watch this occur.  As each crew member seems to have a specific role in the unloading, inflation, and launch of the balloon.  Each balloon is unique in shape and color.  Also, the balloons are launched just after sunrise when the air is still cool and the winds are light.  This made for some decent photo opportunities with the bright flames of the burners against the new light of the day.

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Flames from a burner shoot into the balloon
Flames shoot from the burner as a balloon is being inflated and prepared for launch.
Flames shoot from the burner as a hot-air balloon ascends
More flames as the balloon pilot is lifting away
Balloons being inflated
Balloons being inflated.  The dog shaped balloon in the background was a big hit with the younger children.
A hot-air balloon body against the blue sky
I just liked this composition with just a portion of the balloon in frame.
Hot-air balloon ascending
Pilot and passengers start their journey.  They are steered by the winds and as chase crew monitors their location from the ground.  Once the balloon lands the chase crew will meet them to pick up passengers and balloon.
Several hot-air balloons in the sky
Four balloons launch in quick succession.
Heart shaped hot-air balloon ready to launch
Once again, I really like this composition.

Travel Photography – House Creek at Cherry Grove Beach, SC

This is a view of the House Creek marsh from our Balcony.

This is the first visit to Cherry Grove Beach for me and my family.  We are here for vacation and have enjoyed getting away and slowing down the pace of life for a few days.  Our hotel fronts on the Atlantic Ocean but has a wonderful view of a tidal marsh area behind the hotel.  This tidal waterway is named House Creek.  It plays host to water fowl and a variety of other wild life.  The creek is never the same twice since it’s water level is constantly changing with the flow of the tides.

A crane stands on the exposed land at low tide.

I went to the marsh just after sunrise hoping to get some photos in the early morning light.  I did manage to find some wild life to photograph but I did not find the early morning landscape photo I was hoping for.  Still this was a successful outing simply because I was able to experience a new place and had photography opportunities that I do not have at home.

Water fowl taking flight at House Creek

That evening we had a few thunderstorms passing to our north.  The photograph below shows one of those storms building in the distance.

Thunderstorms build in the distance. Photo taken from our hotel balcony.

Nature Photography – Blue Ridge Parkway

Below are more images from my drive along a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  These photos were taken in and around the Doughton Park area.  We also stopped and photographed a small pond just north of the park but I do not remember the name of the pond.

Open field Doughton Park
A photo of an open field at Doughton Park.
Doughton Park Rock Outcropping Landscape
Same field, just a different perspective with the rock outcropping in the foreground.
Landsacpe Photo Doughton Park
This photo was also taken at Doughton Park. You can see one of the balds in the distance.
Blue Ridge Parkway Mountain View
Layer of mountains fade into the distance. This photo was taken at Doughton Park at one of the many overlooks within the park and along the parkway.
Small pond just off the parkway.
Blue Ridge Parkway Pond
Same pond from a different vantage point. The water was really calm and still.
Blue Ridge Parkway Pond
Portrait view so I could include a bit of the sky. By this time is was getting later in the evening.

Nature Photography – Wild Flowers

Over the weekend me and a fellow photographer visited the Blue Ridge Parkway with camera’s in hand to capture anything of interest.  Our first stop was Doughton Park.  While there we photographed wild flowers growing on the natural balds within the park.  For those who may be unfamiliar with the term bald.  It is simply naturally occurring grass lands within the mountain terrain.  These are somewhat large areas, that for the most part, are devoid of trees.  Below are a few photos from our visit.  I plan to post more images in a day or two, so please check back.

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Yellow wild flowers growing in Doughton Park along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A closer view of a violet colored wild flower.
There where lost of these delicate flowers growing in the grassy fields of Doughton Park.
Another shot of these delicate little flowers. This time with a bit more of it’s surroundings.
It was not my intention to photograph this little guy. I tried to encourage him to move along but he seemed to really like this flower so I just let him be.
These where quite numerous as well.
These guys where growing down into the grass & close to the ground.
Another purple and white blossom.
I had good sunlight for this photo. I do not know what type of flower this is. But, it was very delicate and it caught my eye. I only saw this one.
Tight crop of a Dandelion.