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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