Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Lorikeets

I just finally got around to processing our visit to the Kansas City Zoo in October. These charming lorikeets were getting playful with their keeper - apparently they love to chew on things - and when their keeper left they settled in for a snuggle nap.





Sunday, January 19, 2014

Patrick Saunders Demonstration Painting

A demonstration painting Patrick Saunders did for his new Saturday class at Eva Reynolds Fine Art Gallery.

"Pink Rose, Green Apples" (oil on canvas, 12"x16")

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Amida Buddha Sculpture Detail

Photographed at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. This Amida Buddha sculpture, made of lacquered and gilded wood (1392-1568), is part of the museum's ancient art collection.


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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saunders Fine Arts Photography - Great Plains SPCA Pawtini Fundraiser Ad

Here's the final version of a promotional shot that Patrick Saunders and I did for the Great Plains SPCA for their 2014 Pawtini Fundraiser. The image ran in the Kansas City Independent's January 11th issue.

Shots like this are always a challenge because often the conditions aren't optimal - the people involved don't have a lot of time to pose, the room you are placed in is cramped, and photographing companion animals is tricky, especially when they are young and untrained and no professional wranglers or trainers are involved.

Joe, the male shepherd mix in this photo, was still pretty much a puppy and as sweet as can be - he immediately flopped down for a belly rub upon meeting us - but he was also highly distractible, so instead of shooting with a flash through an umbrella as originally planned, I shot with continuous lights - one to the subjects' front right, one continuous light shining on the sweep behind them, and a volunteer holding a reflector to bounce some south window light onto the faces of Debbie Ward and Ann Jandl, the co-chairs of Pawtini 2014. I was worried that shooting with a flash through an umbrella would cause this handsome pooch to constantly look off to camera left, and since the co-chairs only had a limited amount of time to pose, I decided that continuous light with daylight bulbs was the way to go. The continuous lights weren't as strong as I would have liked for this shot, but I got some decent catchlights in the ladies' eyes, and with the help of numerous other volunteers and GPSCPA employees, we got Joe and Captain, the male orange tabby, to play ball with us for long enough to get the shot. I threw a tie on Joe and some pearls on Captain - both of them were such good sports about the whole thing!

I would have preferred to have lit this shot differently, but in situations like this sometimes you just have to adapt to the conditions at hand and do the best you can with what you have to work with. The printed version in the KC Independent looks pretty good - a much darker ad is printed on the page after the Pawtini ad, which darkens the Pawtini ad a bit, but the image reproduced decently.

Shots like this are an exercise in doing your best given your circumstances, accepting the results, and letting go of the fact that you have no control over the printing of the image.

Thanks so much to Joe, Captain, Debbie and Ann for all their hard work and patience in making this photo happen!




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Friday, January 17, 2014

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Rosedale WWI Memorial Arch

Patrick Saunders and I have been checking out the Rosedale Arch for the last few days at sunset and sunrise because Patrick is considering painting it. The arch needs restoration - there is actually a small tree growing out of the top of it, but it is striking nonetheless, and has a great view of the Kansas City skyline.

I am fascinated by the wrought iron dragon heads on the fencing surrounding the arch. I haven't been able to find any information about them.





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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A New Patrick Saunders Painting In Progress

Patrick Saunders and I visited the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art last weekend, and he photographed me photographing the Chinese Temple Gallery. He has started a painting from this photograph ... can't wait to see how it turns out.



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Monday, January 13, 2014

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Buddha Sculpture

Buddha Sculpture at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art



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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Waterlily

Water Lily, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Summer 2009


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