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Monday, January 21, 2013

"Silence": meditative poster art and more

'Thermo-dynamic art' is a phrase that comes to mind when thinking about how the original "ice designs" I photographed was a media prepared overnight by the transfer of energy during the freezing process.

The untouched original photograph of the patterns frozen on the glass are distinct. The spontaneous designs formed by water freezing is evident. It is also evident how the ice designs are comfortable with the new images that appear.

This image below is the one I'll tackle next. I can see a lot of potential in it.

I'm looking forward to seeing what can be done to that one but I did a number of studies of the original. Some good enough for posters. I like to develop a theme and then see how it progresses. This tendency is evident in the following images.

As the water froze the designs appeared. This happens predictably when the temperature cooperates. Each time there is a freeze the same type of feathered or fern-like designs appear. Other attributes of the image are cat hair which was stuck to the glass with the moisture and frozen into the ice design.

I began to work and soon had the sense of being on a woodland path as light was breaking, or perhaps leaving. All posters may be purchased at Details at bottom of the page.


Silence by Hermenutic
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The poster below is titled "Gate of Eden"

In the book of Genesis it is written: "...he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."

Gate of Eden
Gate of Eden by Hermenutic
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The image below is titled "Leaving Paradise"

The posters are developed from the first ice design photograph at the top of the page. You may purchase the images below at Zazzle. com by clicking the images and you can choose the size number and frame you want.

All work is (C) 2013 by David H. Roche

a Clear Running Water state of mind.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Blue Moon At Midnight

Midnight is a time of mystery. In the darkness God is said to have found light, removed the light from the abode of darkness, and begun the act of creation.

I thought of that as this image began to develop. It didn't begin as darkness but it did begin with an incoherent media comprised of colors of the rainbow in a pattern of stripes. One stripe for each color of the rainbow. With the blur tool I smudged and then highlighted the individual colored stripes and began to experiment. I was quite amazed at what appeared.

At some point I saw the image of a pond emerge. It has the features of the pond across the street but that is a co-incidence, the pond in the image never existed. But at that point I began to actively work on making it a pond.

I added the moon behind it. It turned blue accidentally and I left it that way thinking it was in harmony with the way the entire piece was developing.

I added the two ducks. Actually it is the same duck in different layers with the colors inverted. My goal was a 'yin and yang' impression in the midst of bold, diversity of color. I felt the black and white were a complementary anomaly. The heron was an afterthought which I felt was needed for balance.

After the initial image which is lost but consisted only of stripes of the colors of the rainbow which I applied, I eventually arrived at the two images below.

I combined the images to make "Blue Moon At Midnight" which may be purchased in a variety of sizes and frame selections by clicking the image below. You will be taken to where my store is.

Blue Moon At Midnight
Blue Moon At Midnight by Hermenutic
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All work copyright 2013 by David H. Roche

a Clear Running Water state of mind

Thursday, January 03, 2013

The Fungus Collectors: Art to start the New Year

I took some pictures while on a visit to Hug Point State Park. The park is dotted with sea caves. Many are accessible and easy to be explored. An essential tool when exploring these sea caves is the use of a tide table. Not a few unsuspecting cave investigators have gotten their feet wet, or worse as a result of not taking the tide to mind.

Below is one of the several caves.

I used only one initial image to make "The Fungus Collectors", the image below. I found an immense amount of possibilities in the patterns left after molten granite hardened into spontaneous designs. I began to discover and enhance what I found in the images.

The Fungus Collectors received its name in a serendipitous flash as I looked at the dark dank shapes of once liquid stone, now frozen into the face of a gnome in a cave on the sea shore.

I saw one distinct face emerge as I zoomed and edited. I said; 'wow' and copied it and used it to make the three. I was quite happy to see it turn out the way it finally did. Hence the designation "The Fungus Collectors # 5".

Below is the initial result. The'gnome' figure on the right simply appeared. I only touched up the very top of the head. The facial appearance is exactly as I found it. I copied it and used it. The entire form has an unusual shape which came about as liquid rock became solid.

The finished product below is available for sale by clicking on the picture. You will be taken to where you can select a size and frame of your choice.

"Dream Time" got it's name from the dreamy state which appeared as I worked on the picture. Several layers are involved. As I worked I remembered hearing of aboriginal myths of the Dream Time and I recalled the story of creatures emerging from inside of the earth into the light of day. So I played with that theme some. The bird in the image is a Turkey Vulture which I added for it's symbolic value.

Below are the two main images I combined to make "Dream Time". I added the 'ocean' in front of it to begin the composition after combining the first two images. So the water was not where it appears it is.

"Dream Time" can be purchased by clicking on the image below. You will be taken to where you can choose a size and frame.

This is another photograph taken at Hug Point. It is what I accomplished by taking a photograph inside one of the sea caves looking outward. I then added an enlarged duplicate of the original and combined them.

You may purchase "Hole In The Wall" by clicking the image below.

Below is a video comprised of several photographs taken at Hug Point State Park on Oregon's North Coast.

All visual images (C) 2013 by David H. Roche

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