Just a quick post this week featuring a new fine art photograph. I titled this In the Home of the Sky due to the huge multitude of black birds roosting in this large oak tree. With the leaves gone, the top of the tree no longer seems entirely its own entity, but also a part of the sky. The birds find this their home, such a handy place to be able to go in and out of quickly. When I went up to them they were quite comfortable and not willing to leave, not that they should. They were in this tree in this field ready to scrounge the ground for any scraps of the years harvest left to remain.
This was taken late in the day into the sun to give the birds and the tree the most contrast and impact possible. The sky was somewhat dramatic, adding to the feel of the dead tree.
I hope you enjoyed this photograph. It is available for purchase as a fine art print. Just use the print order form here. I’d also love to hear any comments from you.
As a young boy I always had the great opportunity to know a real live artist. Before I really knew of any famous artists both modern and historical I could look up to my uncle Dwight Donarski. He is a phenomenal illustrator that gave my parents a drawing of my brother and I of which they proudly hung on the wall. I was always amazed at his skill with the pencil and fancied that I could one day grow up to be like him. I still don’t think I have the technical skill that he empowers. He was the first to teach me shading with my crayons as a child and I have been encouraged and inspired by him ever since. I thought to share an interview I conducted with him so that others may be inspired by him as well.
I’m the younger one in this drawing from 1988:
It is a common misconception if someone can make pretty pictures of one kind, they can make pretty pictures of any kind. Unfortunately, this is quite a myth. Though I agree that design is art of a sort, albeit commercial based art, it is most definitely not fine art. Fine art is almost entirely subjective, whereas commercial art, be it illustration, design, editorial photography, etc, has a very specific purpose. Generally speaking, that purpose is to sell the viewer something. It might not be selling directly in an economic sense, but just to get the viewer to read an article. Alternatively, it can be something like user interface design, so that something is simple to use.