Thank you for visiting my photography/art blog here at Garvin Hunter Photography. In today's blog I am going to discuss some of my latest work. I have been going though my photography catalogue and working on completing some projects that I started but never finished. This process has also allowed me to find some previously undiscovered gems. All of these prints have been uploaded to my main online art gallery at Fine Art America.
In SouthWestern Ontario we love our cottages and the lifestyle that surrounds them. On the weekends our 400 series highways are jammed with people making their way to Canada's cottage country. This beautiful landscape painting is based on a photograph I made in 2016 while vacationing with my family. The picture was taken on the shores of Lake Nipissing near North Bay, Ontario. You can see my wife in the canoe with the gorgeous sunset behind her. I love how the golden sunlight reflects one the water making a very tranquil scene. The photo was hand painted using Corel Painter 17 and then processed in Photoshop CC.
Niagara Falls is truly an amazing landscape to behold. I still remember the first time I saw the falls and how amazed I was by it's beauty and power. This painting is based on a photograph I made a few years ago while visiting Niagara Falls in the middle of winter with my sister and brother in-law. We were staying in one of the hotels right next to falls. What I love about this print is the quality of light and how it bounces off the frozen snow and ice making up the falls. There are numerous paintings and photographs of Niagara Falls taken in the summer, spring and fall but there are very few taken in the wintertime. I cannot wait to hang this print in my home.
In one of my earliest blogs I discussed the importance of being ready to make an image. It has always amazed me how many people buy really expensive cameras and when they are out walking with them they are inevitably turned off with a lens cap securely attached. Photography is the art of capturing moments and to do this one has to be ready. One of my first tips for anyone who wants to take better photographs is to always be ready. Keep extra batteries on you, leave the camera on and lens cap in you back pocket. By doing these simply things you will be more likely to capture the rare moments of light, action and gesture as they unfold around you.
This photograph was taken in Hamilton, Ontario while walking the grounds of Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. The sun was quickly setting in the winter sky and I was awe inspired by the golden light behind the trees. Shortly after snapping the image several vans pulled up and parked near the gate entrance. Had I not been ready for the image it would have never been captured. So remember always be ready!!
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I hope you are having a great weekend and enjoying life. In today's art blog I am going to share with you some of my most recent landscape paintings that I have completed using Corel Painter 17. If you are interested in digital art and the process of converting digital images into faux painting I would strongly encourage you to check out Corel Painter 17. They currently offering a 30 day trial period on their website. In the next few weeks I will be writing a blog showing my workflow on how I create my artwork using Lightroom and Corell Painter 17 so keep an eye out for it. Better yet sign up for my newsletter and I will email you when I add a new positing to my blog.
I love beautiful sunsets and I am super excited to share "Paradise Sunset" with you. This gorgeous landscape print is based on a photograph I took in Barbados a few years ago. My wife and I were getting ready to go out and celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary as I noticed this glorious sunset. At the risk of being late for our reservations at Champers an upscale restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados I ran out of our suite and quickly made a few images. In the foreground I chose to include some flat rocks which were close to shore as to anchor the image and add some visual interest for the viewer. The image was hand painted using Painter 17.
In today's crazy world we all need a special place that takes us away from the pressures and demands of life. This painting "Serenity" is my special place. The original photograph was taken a few years ago in the back of my wife's family farm. This is one of my favourite places to escape to. In the summer we enjoy: bonfires by the water, fishing, canoeing, fireworks, and just watching the sun melt into the horizon. In the winter we skate, ice fish, and play on our snow machines. I always have to laugh when I look at this print as the water looks more like a lake than a pond. My father-in-law once estimated that it is over 12 acres in size. Hope you enjoy!!
For those who follow my work they will probably recognize that this is a painting of the lighthouse at Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia. In an earlier blog I gave a quick overview of its fabled history. This is one my favourite places to photograph when I am back home in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. As a child my friend and I would often walk to the Cape and play by the shore. The lighthouse at Cape Forchu has also touched the lives of my parents and grandparents alike. My mom would tell us stories how the light from the lighthouse would shine in her bedroom at night as a child and how she could hear the fog horn warn mariners afar. While the light is no longer used for marine navigation anymore it is still an important historical landmark and is a very special place for me. The photograph was made one hot summer evening as a storm was brewing off the coast of Nova Scotia. I love the colours and the drama in the sky. Hope you enjoy this beautiful print as much as I do.
For my last landscape painting I chose to share this gem. "The Fisherman" is based on a photograph I took many years ago and just recently rediscovered it as a result of restoring my photography database. My wife and I were entertaining some friends at my wife's family farm. The sunset on this particular evening was simply breathtaking with all its colours. Given that winter has returned once again to SouthWestern Ontario this painting is a great reminder for me that warmer days will return soon. Hope you enjoy it!!
In closing I would like to thank you for visiting my photography/art blog here Garvin Hunter Photography. These prints are now available for sale at my fine art online gallery store. If you have any questions or suggestions for future blogs please do not hesitate to forward your comments on to me. Hope you have a great night and I will be talking to you again soon.
Thank you for visiting my photography/art blog here at Garvin Hunter Photography. For the past few years I have had many bouts of insomnia and spent far too many sleepless nights watching TV, playing mindless games or just counting those damn sheep. It is exhausting to spend the night thinking about all the things you need to accomplish the next day and fretting that you cannot fall asleep. Recently, I decided to try something new to battle my insomnia. Rather than getting frustrated with my inability to sleep I have begun using this time to paint. Yep, I slip downstairs, turn on some nice music and lose myself in painting a beautiful landscape or maybe some gorgeous flowers. Surprisingly, I have found that after a hour or two of painting I am tired enough to go back to bed and fall asleep. Moreover, I have also created some wonderful pieces of art in the process. In today's blog I am going to share with you some of the pieces that I have completed.
For those who follow my art blog you will remember from a previous blog that my external hard drive failed a few weeks ago forcing me to redownload my entire photography database from the cloud (i.e., 1.5 TB). I am pleased to announce that as of today my photography/art database has been restored and I am now working on restoring my family pictures (450 GB). The system now estimates that everything should be restored in approximately 5 days. Yeah!
For those who have been following me for a while know how much I love photographing beautiful flowers. For this image I chose to lay two flowers on top of a mirror which had approximately 1/4 of inch water on it. The resulting reflection makes a beautiful subject for an art print. The original digital image was processed in Lightroom as well as Photoshop CC. Once I was happy with the image I began hand painting the image using Corel Painter 17. Final touchups on the floral print was done using Photoshop CC.
"Twice the Beauty" is now available for sale through Fine Art America online gallery. I hope you enjoy this print as much as I do.
This beautiful landscape painting is based on a photograph I made several years ago while traveling around Nova Scotia. Specifically, it was taken early one morning at John's Cove which is a small fishing hamlet outside of my hometown Yarmouth , Nova Scotia. I love photographing boats of all shapes and sizes. For this image I thought having the dory in foreground would make an interesting subject. The sunrise was particularly breathtaking on this morning and made for a beautiful backdrop. This image was then used in Corel Painter 17 to make the painting. However, in this example I chose to use the auto paint feature in Painter 17 for the initial rough draft. Once the computer had finished with the rough draft I then went back and repainted various elements with a smaller and more detailed brush. The painting was finally touched up in Photoshop CC.
"Fishing Hamlet at Sunrise" is also available for sale through Fine Art America.
For this floral painting I used a photograph I made back in 2016 while walking through the park. As soon as I noticed this little flower was bathed in golden morning sunlight I knew I had to make an image of it. Using my macro lens and lying on the ground I was able to captured fine details of the flower against the green background of the park. The image was then processed in Photoshop CC and Corel Painter 17. I think it makes a beautiful floral print.
"Flowers in Golden Sunlight" is now available for sale though my Fine Art America online gallery.
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