I wanted to announce that the site where I offer prints of my art and photography is offering free ground shipping on US orders from Nov 22nd to Nov 26th. This is a great deal for those that might be interested in larger items, like framed prints, canvas, acrylic prints etc. If you’re interested, take a look at my online gallery at murdocksgallery.com
Our GPS tends to have a mind of its own. Generally it works well and gets us where we need to be, but every now and then it gets into a bad mood and takes us wherever it pleases. Most of the time it’s frustrating, like the time it took us deeper and deeper into the hills of West Virginia and told us to make a right turn onto what looked like an overgrown walking path that probably would have lead us to a horror scene like that of the movie Deliverance. Needless to say, we turned around. Then there was that time we set it to find the Amazon warehouse where my husband had a job interview, and it took us to a woman’s backyard. Thankfully, she happened to be standing in her backyard, and gave us correct directions. There was also that time when we set it to find a local Kroger’s grocery store, and it took us to the front door of what looked like a drug lord’s house. We didn’t stop to ask for directions that time.
This last time we used it, it failed to take us on the correct route like expected, but it took was on an adventure through the countryside of Ohio, down dirt roads showing us gorgeous Autumn scenes. There were no other cars, so we were able to pull over when we wanted to do our photography, and we fully enjoyed the fall leaves and colors. We had no idea where we were, but we didn’t care. In the end we didn’t get to photograph what we actually planned because we never found the place, but we got so many other photographs and found places that we never would have known about if it wasn’t for our crazy GPS.
Here are some of the roads it took us down. Prints available here, along with many of our other Autumn landscapes.
Fall started late for us this year, really late. Here we are in November and we are just now at our peek for the autumn leaves, which is a bit unusual. Last week we had mostly heavy rain, so I thought for sure we’d lose most of the leaves before we had a chance to get out and do some landscape photography, but thankfully over the weekend the rain stopped, and the weather was perfect for a little road trip with our cameras.
I’ll talk more about our drive out in the country on another blog post because first I want to show off one of the images I took at Alum Creek in the morning. The lighting was great, the water was calm, and the trees were still full of their beautiful leaves. I especially like those water reflections. The water was so calm in some areas it looked like ice. I couldn’t be happier, and I’m so thankful I got a chance to take in some of nature’s gorgeous scenes and colors.
Prints available here.
I think love is in the air for these two cardinals. Believe it or not despite the snow on the branches, this was actually taken last week in April. It’s been a bit cold this season, but we were able to go to a park and visit their nature preserve to watch some of the birds. Cardinals are some of my favorites.
Prints available here.
I decided to start my spring photography features with this Daisy photograph I took years ago. It has a special place in my heart. My nephew came into the house proudly carrying this beautiful daisy holding it out as a gift. He found it and picked it all by himself just for his grandma . . . straight from her own flower garden! I love when kids do that, and of course my mother loved the gift no matter where it came from. Of course I had to photograph this special daisy.
The site that I use to print my work is Pixels, and they recently added this new feature that allows you to view the art on a wall at various sizes. I love this feature because not only does it let the viewer get a decent idea of what an artwork might look like on their own wall, but it gives me the artist a chance to display different artworks together. Some of my art are stand alone pieces, but some are done in a series.
Anyway, I thought I’d share three of my portraits using this new feature. In this example they are sized at 16×20. These three portraits can be found here.
I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photographs from our trip to Hocking Hills last week, and I wanted to start with the waterfall images. First, we had a great trip and successful photography day, although we didn’t spend nearly as much time as I wanted to. To recap we had gone to Old Man’s Cave, one of the more popular hiking areas in the Hocking Hills State Park. We had originally intended to check out the Devil’s Bathtub (a bowl shaped basin that forms a whirlpool) along the Old Man’s Cave trail, but we stopped our hiking right before we walked over the bridge to view it. However, I believe these waterfall images are part of the Devil’s Bathtub. If he had gone just a little closer (walked over the bridge) we could have seen the basin and whirlpool, but we didn’t realize we were that close. Thankfully we plan to go back next week to get more Fall landscapes, so we’ll try again.
Regardless of not seeing the full feature of the Devil’s Bathtub, I still am very happy we got these photographs as they turned out to be my favorite from the day. I love the curves of the cliffs and the water reflection. They create such a beautiful design in nature. The first was taken by me, and the last two are by my husband.
These images have been added as available fine art prints at our site, along with our Hocking Hills photography collection here.
On our drive home from Hocking Hills yesterday I spotted this church in the country surrounded by a cornfield and trees, and I couldn’t resist the photograph. I really love the atmosphere of the image. Sometimes my favorite photographs are ones that weren’t planned.
Prints available here.
This photography series video showcases some of my still life images of strawberries and grapes. I think they work well as a collection, and I love the reds and purples of the fruit. I’ll post the photographs eventually, but wanted to share the video first as it does a good job of showing them as a collection.
A peacock feather sparkling in the sunlight. I like how the shallow depth of field accentuates the sparkles.
Prints available here,