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Yvette was born and raised in San Francisco.She began drawing and sculpting at 5yrs
old.Yvette believes art is an
expression of the inner person, expressing thoughts and ideas that are meant to
Tara Francosie is from Portland, Oregon but everyone there
calls her Tara, so we will as well.Tara
is new to the art world but her drawings are full of vibrant colors.Her images can be described as delicate,
intricate and full of life and dimension.
“All my art is done with gel pen and chalk on paper.A very simple approach but the results are
intriguing and original.This is my
recovery without my art I would be lost to a world of Darkness.I want to share it with the world.”
Francoise Moisan, but everyone calls her Tara is new to the
art world.Her images are bright,
vibrant, intriguing and full of life and dimension.Her drawings are completed with gel pens
and chalk.Visit us at Contemporary Art
Gallery Online and view Tara’s collection of work.You will be enthralled as we were.
A shutterbug is washed out to sea by a sudden wave, while
precariously perched on a precipice during a raging storm. Another is mauled by
a grizzly after snapping a close up of its cub. We've all heard stories of
photographers putting themselves in harm's way just to get a shot. I, however,
choose not to go out like that – opting instead to place my equipment in the
line of fire. Of course, I don't want to lose that either, but I'm pretty sure
it would be a little easier to get another camera than another me.
During the fall, I like to head out to the Thain Family
Forest in The New York Botanical Garden. The autumn colors are especially
brilliant around the Bronx River that runs directly through it. One of the best
vantage points is from Hester Bridge which spans the river near a small
waterfall. Some of the most interesting scenes are located almost directly
below this 100-year-old, camelback structure. I like to compose shots of the
colorful, overhanging foliage with the river raging beneath. I could just lean
over the side of the bridge and hand-hold the camera to take the shot, but I
wouldn't get a soft, silky look in the water. That requires a longer exposure
that can only be done with a tripod. My tripod is specifically designed for
outdoor work with independently adjustable legs, so that it can be securely
positioned on even the most rugged of terrain. Somehow, I don't think the
manufacturer considered the edge of a bridge as a “terrain.” Nevertheless,
that's exactly where I had to place it to get these shots. With one leg on the
bridge, another braced against its stone retaining wall and the other
free-hanging out over the edge, it wasn't exactly secure, but stable enough to
support the camera. After attaching the camera to the center-post, I extended it
far out over the edge – hoping that my quick-release mechanism wouldn't
suddenly decide to release.
I don't remember what the exact exposure times were for
these photos, but they were probably around a half second. Normally, I'd use a
longer time to get a silkier look to the water, but I didn't want to risk
having the leaves blur out. Although calm, the winds were still noticeable. A
longer exposure would not have maintained the necessary sharpness in the
majority of the leaves.
It's easy to get lost while photographing the beauty of
fall...just remember to stay safe to avoid a nasty fall while doing it.
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F.M. Kearney is a fine art nature photographer,
specializing in unique floral and landscape images. To see more of his work,
please visit www.starlitecollection.com.
Philip Harvey captures the essence of scorching summer days
and balmy nights in his most recent body of work.Ironically, the commercial photographer who
captures the essence of summer lives in San Francisco, a city well-known for
its year round chill.His cheerful,
colorful images capture the melting decadence of ice cream, the sophisticated
luxury of French macarons, and the nostalgic joy of soda.For more information and additional images
from his portfolio, please visit his website here.
Image titles:Hotdogs, Ice Cream, Macarons, Lights, Sodas by Phillip Harvey
Pete was born in Neptune, New Jersey, which is very close
to the ocean.Living close to the water
is something Pete missed very much, while living on Atlanta, Georgia.It was in Atlanta where Pete began his
professional career as an Artist.He
joined as artist group in Atlanta and was accepted into a few local galleries,
where he began selling both his original paintings as well as his reproductions.Pete is born to an artistic family.His brother is also a painter.Pete came to art late in life.He felt that art belonged to his
brother.So Pete pursued music.These days you’ll catch Pete playing his
music as well as creating beautiful art.
Pete considers his art to be somewhere between realism
and impressionism.Pete works with
watercolors, gouache, and acrylics.Pete
enjoys painting a wide range of subject matter.
Sean Koziel is an artist from Illinois.Sean enjoys working with acrylics and
oils.Sean mostly paints landscapes,
but has completed many abstract and Neo-Geo art.Sean likes to take photos of places of where
he has traveled.Once back in his
studio, Sean then tries to capture the atmosphere of the moment in his
paintings.Sean graduated from Illinois
State University in 1998, with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art.Sadly after college he stopped painting.In 2008, Sean was drawn back to his
canvases.Sean hopes that his paintings
convey a mood, capture a moment, or build an environment for which the viewer
can relate.All us here at Contemporary
Art Gallery Online, are very pleased Sean found us.We believe his work is majestic, mellow, and
skillful.We encourage everyone to view
his work and of course purchase a piece today!Enjoy
game developer John Nelson Rose approached me about branding, marketing, and
designing the user interface for his new puzzle game, I couldn’t have been more
thrilled. The task granted me the opportunity to combine my skills in graphic
design with interactivity while challenging me in ways I had never imagined.
I started the
process by thinking about names for the game. It was important to the
that the title be simple, relatively short, and very descriptive of the game
play itself. The central game mechanic is moving columns and rows of colored
circles left and right, up and down to make two-by-two (or larger) squares. The
name “Circle Squared” seemed the most fitting.
Once the name had
been settled upon, I moved forward with designing the look and feel of the
game. Inspired by a mid-century, minimalist design aesthetic, I settled upon
using the font Century Gothic in white against black, all lower case with
certain of the round spaces filled in with coordinating colored circles. The
resulting menu and in-game screens are minimalist and very bold.
Establishing a color
story that was pleasing to the eye and true to the branding of the game proved
to be a bit of a trial and error process. In addition to coordinating beautiful
colors that showed well against a saturated black background, I also had to
make sure that the order in which the colors appeared in progressing difficulty
levels was finely-tuned to avoid certain combinations. The resulting palette of
plum, canary yellow, salmon pink, avocado green, cool red, warm baby blue,
tangerine, and denim blue has been universally praised by those who have played
the game. If you don’t believe me, download the game and
see for yourself.
While it’s a small
start, I’m so excited to have officially launched my “indie” game career and I
look forward to future collaborations. Check out John’s website for details on
upcoming title releases.
Several years ago, while standing in line at a camera store,
I began thumbing through the pages of a book about photographing flowers. I
came across a section showing a studio set-up of a single rose wrapped in blue
tissue paper in a cone-like fashion. The finished photograph was a close-up of
the rose with a decorative blue background.
Since my “studio” is the Great Outdoors, I thought of ways I
could employ this technique in the field. Most of my flower shots are done in
botanical gardens. Since the groundskeepers probably wouldn’t appreciate having
their blooms wrapped up like FTD bouquets, I decided to place the paper on the
ground behind the flower.This, in fact,
worked out much better. Due to the close proximity between the paper and the
flower in the book illustration, you could clearly see that the material was
tissue. In my improvised version, with the paper several feet away, it became
nothing more than a soft color wash.
If you want to take it a step further, try using Mylar
paper. Mylar is a highly reflective material, often used as an elegant gift box
liner. When crumpled up and reopened, its wrinkles reflect light like a
glistening, crystal chandelier. The effect is most pronounced in direct
sunlight. For a multi-colored effect, I've created customized backgrounds
comprised of several randomly-sized and colored pieces of both types of papers.
I glue them to 3X3 square foot pieces of cloth that can be easily rolled or folded
to fit almost anywhere.
For best results, I use each type of paper in only certain
types of light. Tissue paper works best in the shade or on overcast days, but
Mylar does its best work in direct sunlight. If it’s used in any other type of
light, no highlights will appear at all. This can be a real headache if you’re
shooting on a partly sunny day – when the sun is constantly playing
“peek-a-boo” behind the clouds. There can be, however, too much of a good
thing. Large concentrations of highlights can produce distracting “hot spots.”
If that happens, I simply smooth out the paper to reduce some of its reflective
It’s important to keep in mind that you’re just dealing with
the background. These stunning effects can very easily dominate the photo, and
draw attention away from the real subject. If you’re not careful, they can even
become downright distracting. I come in very close on the flower, so that the
background covers little more than the outer fringes of the frame – using
extension tubes for greater magnification if necessary.
You can also top off these effects by using a soft-focus
double exposure technique, whereby, one image is shot in focus and the other
one is completely out of focus to create a dreamy, romantic look. If the background
is a little too close to the flower and in danger of being recognized as paper,
this will definitely blur it to the point where its mystique remains intact.
Lastly, for best results, you should use a lens with a focal length of at least
200mm or more. You won’t get the degree of softness you need with anything
shorter, and the effect will look more like a mistake (as though you bumped the
camera during the exposure) than a deliberate attempt to soften the image.
These techniques will help to transform your flower images
into what I like to refer to as, “Fantasy Florals.”
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specializing in unique floral and landscape images. To see more of his work,
please visit www.starlitecollection.com.
Michael Tolleson‘s art travels between two paths; one more
realistic and the other more abstract and soul based.Michael usually begins by observing and
reviewing a photo of a place, person, building, sky or a landscape.The photo acts as a tool to isolate whatever
interests Michael, and in the process, the ordinary will reveal something
extraordinary about its place in his world. These images provide the “bones” of
his work.Michael absorbs the feeling of
the image and what develops on the canvas is the feeling on adrenaline!The moment, the feeling and the colors are
punched up.Michael’s paintings capture
the essence of that moment; a feeling; a future.
Michael is strongly influenced by the Asian culture and his
approach to his paintings’style emulates
a “Sumi-E” artist’s manner of addressing his art form.Michael’s brush or palette knife movement is
quick and almost manic, although the application of the paint is calculated but
yet appears random on the canvas.Color
and emotions pour from the finished canvas to draw the viewer deeply into the
art. Ultimately, Michael hopes the paint on the canvas provides a doorway into
his world and will capture his desire to touch another receptive soul.
Mark McDonnell is a Master Carpenter and has been designing
for 30+ years.Mark has become known for
his custom work and installations.Happily married for 27 years; he and his wife Laura have five wonderful
children.Mark creates his magnificent
work in his studio, which he has named Black Snake Furniture.Mark named his studio after the mated pair of
black snakes that quietly share his shop with him.
unpredictable days of spring had arrived. Bare branches left frozen and raw for
months, were slowly being adorned by a billowing tapestry of light green
foliage. Flower bulbs lying dormant and forgotten just below the surface of the
cold Earth, were gradually releasing their colorful offspring into the world.
Although the weather can
sometimes be unpredictable, this annual spectacle of nature is not. My days of
spring had become commonplace – almost routine. Each year, I photographed the
usual daffodils, cherry blossoms and tulips. However, I would always bypass the
tulip display at the World Trade Center on my way to work across the street.
The tulips decorated the planters in the plaza area between the towers. Being a
nature photographer in an urban environment like New York City can be a
challenge, especially if you don’t own a car. However, I had learned to develop
shooting around obstacles like streetlamps, traffic and buildings into quite an
art form. People are often amazed to learn that some of my most stunning
imagery was actually created in the heart of the Bronx or downtown Brooklyn.
Since avoiding man-made
objects in my nature shots had always been a top priority of mine, I never
considered the WTC tulips a worthwhile photo opportunity. I could never figure
out how to shoot them artistically in such a confined area. Depending on the
time of day, the plaza would be filled with vender carts, tourists taking
pictures, workers hustling back and forth, or musicians performing for the lunchtime
crowds – not exactly a prime backdrop for creative nature photography. The
biggest obstacles, of course, were the towers themselves, which I viewed as “in
For some reason, I had a
change of heart in Spring 2001. Succumbing to the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join
‘em” mentality, I decided to include the buildings in the shot. On a clear
April morning, I shot a series of low-angle close-ups with a 16mm fisheye lens.
The extremely wide view enabled me to capture the tulips and the towers
with room to spare. A right-angle findercomfortably allowed for
an even lower than normal perspective, and a lens setting of f/22 brought the
foreground and background into perfect focus. I don’t normally use this lens
due to its extreme barrel distortion, but in this particular case, I felt it
served as an appropriate aesthetic element.
I learned a lot of
things from the pictures I took on that cloudless day. As one of my first
attempts at deliberately combining natural and man-made objects, it’s clear that
the two don’t always have to remain exclusive. Great images can be made by the
skillful juxtaposition of these two worlds. Sadly, five months after this scene
was captured, it was wiped away forever, along with the now dismantled Deutsche
Bank building where I used to work. That taught me to never to take things for
granted – things I might even consider obtrusive. Perhaps my most sobering
realization was that this was a time of innocence – a time when everything was
right with the world. Those seemingly “routine” days of Spring ’01 truly were
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F.M. Kearney is a fine
art nature photographer, specializing in unique floral and landscape images. To
see more of his work, please visit www.starlitecollection.com.
Catrin Welz-Stein creates her works by digitally collaging old illustrations
and photographs. She combines, divides, removes, fills and
retouches elements in Adobe Photoshop to produce digital images that explore
the worlds of fantasy and fairy tale. She says her images, “speak from
inner feelings which we often hide in our daily life.” A former
professional graphic art designer, she feels free from the rules and
compromises she felt in creating art for clients. She now enjoys
“creating art that does not explain itself from the beginning.” Based in
Malaysia, she says “a large part of my work is the search for license-free
images, illustrations or photophos, for which the copyright has long
expired. Old books, magazines and the Internet are my primary resources
for that. Once I have found a fitting image, I break it into pieces,
until the original image is no longer recognizable and an entirely new image is
created.” Visit her website
to see more of her images or purchase the artwork at Redbubble.
Lynette is an art student, working on her bachelor’s degree
in art and creative writing.She enjoys
writing; however painting is her love.Lynette’s portraits are bold and zesty, with a little attitude sprinkled
Katie began painting
at Luther North High.Katie attended
Columbia College in Chicago, where she earned a BFA in Art & Design. During Katie’s freshman year of college, she
worked as an apprentice artist at Gallery 37.Katie then progressed to the Art Students League, in New York.
Since then, Katie has been featured in one person and group
shows throughout Chicago and New York. In addition, Katie has designed and painted
dozens of murals for New York schools, events, homes, and historical sites like
the Stanton Island Ferry Station for a NYC Best Chefs reception. Katie has also
collaborated with fellow artists to create a “Peace” mural for Lasalle Bank
seen by thousands daily on the Kennedy Expressway.
Katie’s recent work can be seen on the cover of a new book
New York is a city known for its attractions: The Empire State
Building, The Statue of Liberty, The Bronx Zoo, The Brooklyn Bridge...Waterfall?
For a brief period, in the summer of
2008, there actually was such an attraction, thanks to the imagination of
artist, Olafur Eliasson. The Brooklyn Bridge Waterfall was part public art project,
consisting of a series of four artificial waterfalls situated along the East
River and the New York Harbor. They were created by pumping river water up and
over 100 foot tall scaffoldings. Like a typical New Yorker, I suppose, I never really paid much
attention to public art installations. But, a waterfall flowing under the
Brooklyn Bridge is something you don’t see every day. From a photographer’s
standpoint, it was something I just had to shoot.
In the light of day, the falls didn’t look like much at all, but
after sunset, they were illuminated and became much more impressive. The one
placed under the Brooklyn tower of the Brooklyn Bridge was the most
picturesque. Combined with the regular bridge lights, it became a nightly
photo-fest with scores of photographers lining the banks of lower Manhattan
with tripods to get a shot of this unusual spectacle. For this image, I used a
shutter speed of several seconds to give the water a silky look – a common
technique I use with real waterfalls.
The waterfalls were taken down in October. I have to admit, I was
a little sorry to see them go. It takes a lot to stop jaded New Yorkers in
their tracks. Whether they loved it or loathed it, I think many would agree
that this art project was certainly one of a kind.
Only in New York!
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landscape images. To see more of his work, please visit www.starlitecollection.com.
Before the golden
age of photo manipulation, extreme breast augmentation, Penthouse and
Victoria’s Secret, randy men the world over turned to pin-up art for a
thrill. The artwork reflected the rampant consumerism of the mid-century,
offering sexuality as a product: processed, packaged, and sold. Mostly
anonymous, the women in the paintings are coy, sexual confections in
fantastical settings. The images reflect a bright, sanitized, and
Caucasian reality where feminism has no place. Gil Elvgren was the best
pin-up artist the world has ever known, at least according to his own
website. Like his contemporary Norman
Rockwell, Elvgren also worked from staged photographs, changing facial
features, expressions, and atmosphere at will in the final painting. And
like many of Rockwell’s illustrations, the paintings present an idealized
vision of American life. Click here to read more about