Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Britain from A to Z - K

Our A to Z of Britain continues with the letter K and we travel from Orkney, through Scotland to Falkirk and finish in Oxfordshire.
Buy wallart of Kirkwall Cathedral
Kirkwall Cathedral
St Magnus Cathedral known as the 'Light in the North' was founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of his uncle St Magnus, on Kirkwall, the largest town on Mainland in the Orkney Isles. It is the most northerly cathedral in the British Isles, and a fine example of Romanesque architecture built for the bishops of Orkney when the islands were ruled by the Norse Earls of Orkney. It is owned not by the church, but by the burgh of Kirkwall as a result of an act of King James III of Scotland following Orkney's annexation by the Scottish Crown in 1468.
Buy wallart of Kelpie
Kelpie Head

Buy wallart of Kelpies
Kelpies 
The Kelpies are 30-metre high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, in The Helix, a new parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area, Scotland. The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The sculptures form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project.
The Kelpies name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland's inland waterways. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area.

And now, as they say, for something completely different!
Buy wallart of Kestrel
Kestrel
A kestrel on display at Millets Falconry, Oxfordshire, England.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.



Sunday, 29 May 2016

Featured Artist Nadalyn Larsen

This weeks featured artist is photographer Nadalyn Karsen and she had this to say to us.

I am a photographer with an eclectic eye, and I shoot anything that catches my attention, whether a detail of a larger object, a landscape, or street photography. Before entering the fine art photo market, I sold my work on the stock photo market for a number of years and created successful lines of greeting cards based on my Saints and Angels, botanical, Christmas, and Santa Claus collections. 
Deep Canyon First Light
After a series of unfortunate events, I am challenged to take my photos from the seat of a mobility device. In many ways this limits my photo taking opportunities, but in other ways it gives me a different perspective. I have an emotional connection with my art and want those who see my work to feel something too. I recently returned to live in Houston, Texas after many years in Burbank/Los Angeles, California. 
Phragmipedium Court Jester Orchid
My website, Nadalyn Larsen, Fine Art Photography, offers a wide range of subject matter and styles; something for every taste. All works are available as fine art prints, gallery canvas wraps, acrylic and metallic prints and greeting cards. On my website you can choose from a variety of matting and framing options. Many prints are available as throw pillows and tote bags. Each purchase comes with an unconditional 30-day money back guarantee. All work is protected under copyright laws. It is unlawful to copy or use this work without permission from the artist. 
Side Street On The North Side

My Inspiration: "Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art." - Andy Warhol 
Ladies Of The French Quarter
You can view more of Nadalyn's work on her website www.nadslens.artistwebsites.com/ 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Starlings Feeding

I posted at the beginning of April that my wife was terminally ill, unfortunately since then she suffered a third brain bleed just over five weeks ago and she is now bedridden and very weak but is in no pain and is eating well. It does mean however that I am now her full time carer as she can not be left alone and have therefore been unable to venture out with my camera.

However we have been having a few warm sunny days recently so I was able to get in the garden and practice my bird photography, with these images of a starling feeding and a juvenile being fed.


As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Britain from A to Z - J

Today we come to the letter J in our alphabetical tour of Britain and travel from the far north of Scotland right down to the south of England, going via London.
John O'Groats Harbour
John O' Groats lies on Britain's northeastern tip, and is popular with tourists as one end of the longest distance between two inhabited points on the British mainland, with Land's End in Cornwall lying 876 miles (1,410 km) to the southwest.
Jubilee Bridges
A view of the Hungerford Bridge and Jubilee Bridges taken from the London Eye. The Jubilee Bridges are walkways that flank the Hungerford Railway Bridge and were built to celebrate Queen Elizabeths Golden Jubilee.
Jurassic Coast St Oswalds Bay

Jurassic Coast
The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site is England's first natural World Heritage Site - it is known as The Jurassic Coast. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.



Sunday, 22 May 2016

Featured Artist Philip Steury

This weeks featured artist is photographer Philip Steury, and this is his story.

I grew up Amish near the small historic town of Grabill, Indiana. As a young boy I spent hours wandering around the woods and fields studying the details of God's creation. 

I have always had a passion for art and creating things. I left the Amish in 2005 and developed an interest in photography. The first camera I purchased was a Canon powershot sd780is. It was a great little camera and I learned a lot about photography with it, but soon realized you could only do so much with a point and shoot. 

I have since upgraded to a Canon 5d mark 2 and have 3 lenses, the canon EF 24-105mm 1:4 L IS USM is my main lens for weddings and landscapes, the canon EF 200mm 1:2.8 L is my main portrait lens, and the canon Macro EF 180mm 1:3.5 L is my go to lens for closeups. 

Although I do shoot weddings on occasion my main interest is macro, landscapes and all things art. I'm also a contributor for Fotolia and Adobe Stock. I currently live in Auburn, Indiana with my wife and 3 beautiful children. 

You can check out Philip's work at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/philip-steury.html

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Britain from A to Z - I

I must admit that I am a little stuck for images with the letter I so today we have two photos of the Isis River in Oxford and two of my favourite insect photos!
Britain A to Z - Isis River
Isis River
Folly Bridge is a stone bridge over the Isis River, now called the River Thames in Oxford, England. The bridge stands at the site of oxen ford where oxen could be driven across the River Isis, the ancient name of the reach of the Thames between Folly Bridge and Iffley Lock. This is the likely derivation of the name Oxford.
Britain A to Z - Isis Lock Bridge
Isis Lock Bridge
Isis Lock Bridge 243 on the Oxford Canal is adjacent to the lock connecting the canal with the River Thames and leads to the end of the canal at Oxford.
Britain A to Z - Insects - Fly
Insects - Fly
Macro of a fly on the petal of a lacewing hydrangea at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire.
Britain A to Z - Insects - Butterfly
Insects - Butterfly
Small Blue Butterfly on the runner bean flowers in my garden in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Featured Artist Karen Rosenblatt

This weeks featured artist is artist and photographer Karen Rosenblatt 

Karen Rosenblatt, a former pianist and teacher, transitioned to Art after a strained finger forced her from the concert stage. Her Dad was a commercial artist/illustrator who had passed on and left her his supplies. She took his signature (“Zuk”) a shortened version of the family name (“Zukoff”) and began her journey.

After studying various mediums she entered her first art show and won First Place in Oils. A new career was born! She also studied Advertising Art and Design at SUNY and began doing pen & ink renderings for real estate ads, magazine illustrations and pet portraits.

Karen has had one-woman shows (most recently at the Downtown Delray Beach Library), exhibits in galleries, museums, outdoor shows and online venues. She has won awards in watercolors, oils, pastels and photography and her work is in collections worldwide.

Memberships include The Delray Art League and The Artist’s Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art (Signature Member and past Executive BOD).

Although most of her work is realistic she enjoys adding a bit of humor (realism with a twist). Animals (especially cats) are her favorite subject, and her hope is that people who see her work will be inspired to treat them all with kindness and dignity.


To view or purchase Karen's work, please visit her at :-

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Britain from A to Z - H

We continue our alphabetic journey through Britain, starting in the Orkney Isles to the north of Scotland, down to the seat of British democracy, the Houses of Parliament and finish with a couple of nature images from the beautiful New Forest in Hampshire.
Harbour at St Margaret's Hope
The harbour at St Margaret's Hope on the island of Mainland, Orkney, Scotland, showing the Ferry Terminal.
Houses Of Parliament
View of Houses of Parliament, looking over Westminster Bridge.
Houses Of Parliament
An unusual view of the Houses of Parliament as seen from the London Eye, with Westminster Bridge in the bottom corner.
Hampshire Woods
Woods at Bolderwood in the New Forest, Hampshire, along the Bolderwood Radnor Trail.
Heath Spotted Orchid
A Heath Spotted Orchid, or Moorland Spotted Orchid, in the New Forest, Hampshire.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.



Monday, 9 May 2016

Featured Artist Lindley Johnson

This weeks featured artist is photographer Lindley Johnson who had this to say to us:

I am a photographer living in the Chicago, Illinois, area,  specializing in travel and nature photography.  When photographing, I look for magical light, beautiful color, and interesting form and details to capture and share. 
Chicago Reflected
I love to combine my love of travel with my love of photography to capture the beauty and culture I encounter when I visit other places.  
Going Home
I have galleries in my Fine Art America portfolio that showcase my images of Mexico, Morocco, and Paris, along with parts of the USA, primarily Chicago, Oregon, and New York City.  
Rooftop Garden In San Miguel
I find the peace and beauty of nature to be soothing and inspirational, and strive to capture that peace and beauty in landscapes and floral images.
Sunset On The Oregon Coast
You can view Lyndley's work in her Fine Art America gallery:  http://lindley-johnson.artistwebsites.com
And her Facebook photography page is here: https://www.facebook.com/LindleyJohnsonFineArtPhotography 

Sunday, 8 May 2016

The Maasai's Urgent Request For Help

The iconic Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania have been fighting for decades to survive and defend their environment.

Lately, they're losing the battle: besieged by shady poachers, billionaires who want to buy up their traditional lands for safari lodges, and sketchy government officials.

But now a Maasai community in Kenya has had a killer idea to fight back -- pool their own land and form a new kind of reserve, run by themselves. This will not only ensure they protect their home and the customs of their ancestors, but will create a new wildlife passage -- a crucial corridor where elephants, lions, and wildebeest roam free.

This could become a shining example for conservation and for our campaigning. Normally if we want to protect a precious ecosystem, we have to campaign for years to get a government park set up, and then all too often officials fail to protect it. This time, the Maasai could establish their own reserve, and manage it themselves!

But with a number of foreign buyers eager to take their land, the tribe needs funds fast to get the reserve up and running, take down fences, then train and pay young people to become wildlife patrollers. 

They've turned to the Avaaz* community with an urgent request for help.

Chip in now  -- let's throw them a lifeline, then campaign to help the Maasai, and indigenous communities under threat around the globe.

I have donated to help the Maasai and you can by clicking here.

Furthermore, if you would like to buy a print of this photo of Maasai Dancers in the Serengeti, I will donate all profits to this cause - you can buy it in a variety of formats from a large canvas print to a greeting card, or have it printed on a T-shirt, a tote bag or even a shower curtain!
Maasai Dancers
For decades the Maasai have struggled to hang on to their ancestral lands as profit-hungry mass tourism companies and government officials buy up, sell off, and repurpose the countryside that has sustained them for generations. Tourism has brought billions into the Kenyan economy -- but the Maasai (the land’s rightful owners!) have barely seen a drop.

This is our chance to help change that. Experts say securing these communities’ control over their land and giving them a chance to benefit directly from conservation and responsible tourism is the best way to protect it.

The corridor is crucial for the survival of some of our planet's most magical animals which move across the Serengeti to the Masai Mara every year during the Great Migration. The community has already pledged 4,000 acres to create the reserve. If we all donate now, we could provide the first year of funds for their amazing plan, then come behind them to leverage international organisations to match our grant, and campaign to defend indigenous conservation worldwide.

Nelson Ole Reiyia, the community leader heading the project, says: "With support from Avaaz, my people's dream of uniting to save our land can finally happen! It's an incredible feeling to have our community backed by people all over the world to make our dream a reality." Chip in now: 

Our community has a proud history of working with the Maasai. When the Tanzanian government tried to kick them off their land so hunters could shoot big game out of helicopters, we came together to stop it. Actions by over 2 million of us helped persuade the Tanzanian President to commit to stop the evictions. Now, we can help another Maasai community bring to life their inspiring vision for their land.

PS: The corridor of land was once home to an ancient elephant nursery -- and now we can help bring it back! After only 3 months of work by this community, lions, zebras, giraffes, and elephants are returning in large numbers -- even giving birth there! 

*Avaaz.org is a 44-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

More information: 

Tanzanian land rights victory earns Masaai leader Goldman prize (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/apr/18/tanzania-land-rights-victory-earns-masaai-leader-goldman-prize-edward-loure 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Britain from A to Z - G

Today we take at look at places beginning with the letter G and we have two waterfalls in Scotland, a Cambridge College and an iconic image of a Dorset village.
Grey Mare's Tail
Grey Mare's Tail is a 60-metre (200 ft) hanging valley waterfall near to Moffat in southern Scotland. The fall is produced by the Tail Burn flowing from Loch Skeen cascading into the Moffat Water in the lower valley below.
Golspie
Big Burn Waterfall at Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland.
Gibbs Building
The Gibbs Building in Cambridge, viewed across The Backs.
The Gibbs Building is part of King's College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge which was founded in 1441 by Henry VI, soon after he had founded its sister college in Eton. In 1724 James Gibbs redesigned the front court, but was able to only build the west range of his scheme, which is the present Gibbs Building. 
Gold Hill
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury was the main setting for the 1973 "Boy on Bike" television advertisement for Hovis bread, which has been voted Britain's favourite advertisement of all time. It was directed by Ridley Scott, and the hill is still known to many people as "Hovis Hill".

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Featured Artist Earl Eells

This weeks featured artist is photographer Earl Eells who had this to say to us:

I've been on Fine Art America now since August of 2014. I hope that I have learned along the way as I have studied what others are doing and the beautiful pictures that they are posting. 
The Grand Canyon Mathers Point
I'm longing for warm weather to return so that all of us can be out and doing what we all love, shooting incredible images. My wife and I have definite plans to visit the Grand Canyon later in early summer. I am excited about the experience and I'm sure you will get a chance to enjoy what I see there.
 
Come Sit With Me
I'm still using my imagination and see things that may be no one has seen before until someone puts it in a picture. I love to shoot small things. Flowers and small insects and small objects. Scenic pictures are amazing. We live in an amazingly beautiful country and I love to capture some of that beauty. 
Purple Phlox
The heavens above have started to catch my interest. I would love to capture the Milky Way on film but have as of yet failed but will succeed at some point. Hoping that the pictures I upload to Fine Art America will catch the eye of many and result in successfully selling many of my pictures. 
Abandoned
Earls work can be viewed at http://earl-eellsa.pixels.com/
and you can follow him on Twitter @eellsearl