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Sorry I have been absent for the past couple of months, but life has been especially hectic for me recently. I am hoping to resume my photography project in the next couple of weeks although it may be changed from a 365 day photography project to a 52 week photography project. I recently came across the following photograph that I made in June 2018 and thought it was quite beautiful. I have recently added it to my photography gallery on Fine Art America. Hope you enjoy!
Hope you are having a great week. For the past couple of days I have been busy working on some new artwork and I am pleased to announce they are now ready for public viewing. It has been busy summer with the kids being off from school and us doing day trips. Hopefully, you have an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors recently. Fall is quickly setting in here in SouthWestern Ontario. Today is the first day in which I had to turn on the heat to warm the house up a little. I am not looking forward to winter!
This beautiful nature art print was created just a couple of days ago as I was looking after my daughter who was home sick with a cold. My wife planted Zinias in our garden and they are a huge hit with the butterflies as well as the honey bees. The photograph was taken using my macro lens and a monopod to steady the shot. I love photographing butterflies and revealing the intricate pattern of spots and lines on their delicate wings. I challenge anyone to be depressed when viewing these beautiful creatures jumping from flower to flower. The original image was processed using ON1 Photo Raw 17. In processing this nature print I chose to blend the original image with various textures to give it a more vintage look. I am super happy with the outcome and I hope you enjoy the print as much as I do!!
Macro Photography of Zinia Flower
Macro photography opens up a whole new world to us as we get to explore the intricate details of mother nature's design. Zinia's are such delicate little flowers gifted with such vibrant colours that they make beautiful floral prints. This stunning floral photograph was taken on the same day as the above picture. When processing this photograph I chose to leave it as untouched as possible and therefore it received very little processing other than correcting for colour. Please feel free to share this print as well as my other work with your friends and family on your various social media streams.
Canadian Fall Colours
As I mentioned before Fall is quickly setting in on SouthWestern Ontario with the temperatures plunging 15 degrees in a couple of days. What better way to celebrate the glorious colours of Fall than to publish this beautiful print of Fall leaves. This photograph was taken a few years ago while on a photowalk with a friend of mine. I love vibrant bold colour of the Maple leaves. Hope you enjoy!!
It has been some time since I last posted on my blog. Life has been busy and working afternoons does not leave me a lot of time for my art or for posting on my website. However, I have managed to add some new pieces in the past couple of days and I am excited to share them with you.
One last thing to mention is that I recently changed my photo editing software from Lightroom/Photoshop to the new On1 Photo Raw. I really appreciate having the option of owning the software outright rather paying the monthly subscription fees that Adobe is currently asking artists other professionals to pay. Moreover, I like the direction that On1 Photo Raw is taking in terms of managing my large database of photographs. The other point worthy to mention is that On1 Photo Raw is always adding new features to its software to further improve it. I would definitely suggest checking out On1 Photo Raw for anyone looking for an alternative to the Creative Cloud platform. It is especially attractive given that they are offering a 30 day free trial.
I captured this beautiful image in garden a couple of weeks ago. I love the deep rich colours of these flowers. I processed the photograph in On1 Photo Raw and then using Corel Painter 18 I painted the image using an impressionistic brush. I am super happy with how it has turned out. This beautiful floral print is now available for sale on various fine art galleries such as Fine Art America, Photo4me and RedBubble.
Homeward Bound is an image I capture while staying at a Cozy Cove Cottages up in the North Bay region. The sunsets in Northern Ontario are simply breathtaking. On this particular night I noticed one the boats coming home from fishing all day and thought it would make a lovely wall art print. The image received only some minor editing in On1 Photo Raw. I love the warm colours in sky. This gorgeous landscape print is now available for sale at Fine Art America, and RedBubble.
The other day when I was cleaning up my photography database I came across this image. To my surprise I had never processed the image and had been sitting on my hard drive for several years. A few years my friends and I decided to make our way up to one of the car shows in Toronto, Ontario. I took hundreds of images of various exotic and expensive cars. I love this art print and think it would look great in my son's bedroom. I am having one made as we speak. If you are a car enthusiast and looking for a cool art print for your man's room. you don't need to look any further. I have added this image to my Fine Art America store, RebBubble and Photo4me. Come check it out now!!
"Daisy" is based on a photograph that I had taken last year in my garden and it was completely edited in Lightroom, however, never posted as I thought it needed something else. Last night I decided to paint the image using Corel Painter 18 and I love how it turned out. For more information come see the various home decor items available for sale with this beautiful floral artwork come visit my online stores at Fine Art America, RedBubble and Photo4me.
People in Ontario take their time at the cottages very seriously. Every weekend during the summer months our highways are flooded with people making their way to and from their cottage. This image was captured while my family and I were staying at a cottage up in the North Bay region. I love how the beautiful light reflects on the water. For more information on the various home decor products available for sale with this stunning sunset included please visit my fine art stores at Fine Art America, Photo4me and RedBubble.
This beautiful sunset image was capture one cold winter night near my home. The Thames river meanders and snakes its way through Oxford County as it makes it way toward London, Ontario. The colours in the sky and reflecting on the water are simply awesome. Hope you enjoy. Don't forget to check out my fine art gallery stores at RedBubble, Fine Art America and Photo4me.
Thank you again for visiting my photography blog at Garvin Hunter Photography! Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather and get some to enjoy the outdoors!
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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It is Thursday which means only one more day of work. I have been painting pretty much the entire day and I am loving the outcomes. This gorgeous floral painting of white Phlox is one of my all-time favourites. These delicate and beautiful flowers make for such a wonderful subject. They look so soft and cheerful that I always reach out with my hand and touch their tender petals. Using various blender brushes I softened the background so as to ensure nothing would distract the viewer from looking at the white Phlox.
This beautiful floral print is based on a photography I made in early 2016 while doing a crop tour with my wife in our home garden. Using Corel Painter 17 I hand painted the flowers using an oil smeary round brush. For the flowers in the front I bumped up the amount of detail in the settings and reduced the size of my brush.
"Painting of white Phlox" is now available to be purchased through my Fine Art America online gallery as well as on RebBubble, Crated and Photo4Me. You can save 25% on my commission by simply using the promotion discount code DYGRUT when checking out. This promotional code only works with my Fine Art America gallery. This promotional offer expires Feb 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST. If you have additional questions please do not hesitate to drop me a line using the comments feature.
I dare you to be sad when looking at this charming floral print. "Golden Sunrise" was photographed just outside of my hometown of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. I was up early photographing the sunrise at a. local harbour when I decided to capture these little fellas. I love the warm golden light in the background against the white petals of the daisy. There is so much to enjoy in this beautiful floral print that I find my eyes just dance around the image. As with my White Phox print I used Corel Painter 17 to convert my digital image into a digital painting. Hope you enjoy.
"Goden Sunrise" is also available for purchase through my Fine Art America online gallery, Photo4Me, Crated and Redbubble. Over the next couple of weeks I will be adding these prints to my other galleries. Use my promotional offer as discussed earlier to save 25% off my commission.
One last thing before I retire for the evening. Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter and keep up to date on my most recent work and any new promotions I am offering!! Thank you visiting my photography/art blog and I will see you again soon.
I think I have discovered an amazing source of creativity for myself. I simply combine absolute exhaustion with loads of coffee and volia instant inspiration. Ha ha ha Now that I have told you my recent lifestyle choices I will get along with my blog post. Tonight I am super excited to share with you my most recent floral painting. I love photographing Brown Eyed Susans they are such cheerful flowers. I am also a huge fan of the colour yellow so I am naturally biased toward them. This painting is based an old photograph that I took several years ago but I could never figure out how I wanted to process the image so it just sat there on my database. Well until tonight that is, when I discovered it I had an "EUREKA" moment. I instantly knew that I wanted to paint it using my favourite painting software Corel Painter 17. From a creative perspective I chose to use a larger oil brush and kept the detail lower than I normally do, I have to admit I am very happy with how it turned out, Even as I write this I am desperate to find a place in my kitchen to hang it.
Before I head off to bed I wanted to remind you that my promotional sale in still on until Feb 20, 2017. You can save up to 25% on my commission and it covers everything available on my Fine Art America gallery. To take advantage of this offer simply enter the discount code DYGRUT when checking out.
Lastly, if you are enjoying my work and reading my blog please take a moment and share my blog with your family and friends.
Thank you for visiting my photography/art blog and hope to see you again soon.
Good afternoon everyone,
Is it spring yet? Do you know that I have been sick twice now since the beginning of the year? Enough is enough Mother Nature let spring come early to SouthWestern Ontario, Canada!! Okay now that I have vented I feel better. Thank you!
In today's blog I am excited to report that today I released another floral painting on my Fine Art America online gallery as well as on Redbubble, Crated and Photo4Me. It is amazing how creative one can be when they do not sleep. I started this project last night as a way of settling me and finished this morning with the help of several cups of coffee. "Geranium Painting" is based on a photograph I made a couple of years ago at wife's family farm. I love photographing at the farm with its rolling hills that are basked in golden light each night as the sun swiftly melts away into the horizon. Floral paintings have a magical power to them. I don't think it is possible to be sad or upset when looking at something so delicate and beautiful as a flower. They are instant mood shapers.
Remember that my promotional sale is still running until 11:59 pm EST on Feb 20, 2017. You can save 25% on my commission simply by entering the discount code DYGRUT when checking out. This promotional sale includes all of my products available through my online gallery hosted by Fine Art America. If you interested browsing my collections of beautiful art prints please click here.
I would also like to add that over the next several months I will be adding new features to my photography blog and expanding its focus. I am particularly excited to start discussing applications like Lightroom, Photoshop, On1 Raw and Corel Painter 17 to name a few. As a result, if you have not yet sign up for my newsletter please do so now. This is the best way to keep up to date on my blog features as well as any new promotions.
Thank you for visiting my photography blog and see you soon.
Thanks for dropping by my photography blog. Well it is now Tuesday and I am still sick and bored out of my mind. I am not one for staying inside for long periods of time. To make matters worse the majority of my photography database is still stuck in the cloud. I just recently checked CrashPlan's progress and I still need to download 1.3 TB of data from the cloud. However, the good news is that I found this gem in the images that have been restored to my external drive. Purple Loosestrife is kinda like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. On one side I find it a gorgeous and beautiful wildflower and on the other side is the reality that it is an invasive species here in SouthWestern Ontario. This beautiful painting is based on a photograph I made a few years ago while trekking across a local wetland. The image was then hand painted using Corel Painter 17. I love the bright and vibrant colours.
"Purple Loosestrife Painting" is now available for sale through my Fine Art America online gallery, I will also be adding the floral fine art print to the following online stores: Crated, RedBubble and Photo4Me. Don't forget we are having a promotional sale this week until Feb 20, 2017 so there is no better time to buy this gorgeous fine art print. Thank you for visiting my photography blog and if you enjoy my work please consider sharing this post on your various social media streams to increase my website's exposure.
Until next time!
Good morning everyone,
It is hump day and that means we are half way done our work week... YEAHHHHHH!! The weather in SouthWestern has been depressing to say the least and I have found myself daydreaming of warm summer days more and more. To beat off the winter blues I have been painting flowers and summer landscapes pretty much anything to take my mind off the weather outside. I am pleased to announce that "Floral Oil Painting" is now available for sale through my various online gallery stores Fine Art America, RedBubble, Crated and Photo4Me. This gorgeous print is based on a photograph I made a while back. The original image was used as a source file in Corel Painter 17. I am very pleased with how it turned out. If you enjoy my work I would deeply appreciate it if you would share my post on your various social media streams as a way of increasing my website's exposure.
I am sorry to report but I am going to have to run to work now. So until next time I hope you have an awesome day and thank you for visiting Garvin Hunter Photography. Don't forget to bookmark my website as I am always adding new artwork and announcing new promotional pricing on selected pieces.
In the past couple of months I have been exploring the world of digital painting and having a blast at the same time. Corel Painter 17 is an extremely powerful program. It offers its users an endless realm of opportunities to explore both their imagination and as well as their creativity. I have been using the software to transform some of my photography prints into digital paintings. Here are some examples of what I have been working on for the past couple of months.
All of these gorgeous prints are available for sale through my online store hosted by Fine Art America. In the next of weeks I will be adding these prints to my other stores. These prints can be purchased as canvas prints, acrylic prints, framed prints, phone skins, duvet covers, pillows, shower curtains and greeting cards to name a few. Don't forget to bookmark our website as we are always offering promotional pricing on selected items. Thank you for visiting Garvin Hunter Photography blog and we look forward to seeing you agin soon.
Mallard Duck On The Water
Red Rose Painting
Red Rose Abstract