Remembering Mr. Parrish
The barn in this image is one I captured near Kiowa, Colorado last August. With the road leading up the hill and the beautiful barn, I liked the composition a lot. Unfortunately, the shot was a mid-day type, with the worst kind of light - glaring and harsh. So I filed it away in my memory as a location to visit when the trees changed and at a better time of the day. Like so many plans, I didn't get back to the area.
Still, the image, the composition...I wanted to do something with it. This is it - and I didn't think twice about what to name this image when it occurred to me that it reminded me of Maxfield Parrish's work. I was going to name it "A bit of Mr. Parrish", but since I have a couple of "Remembering Georgia" images (Georgia O'Keefe) I changed it to Remembering Mr. Parrish
Of course once complete the first thing I did, which I do with virtually all images I work on, was to print it out in order to have a something physical to hold on to. Folks who only look at photos and artwork online are doing themselves a disservice. I've said this before and it's true - there's nothing like the tactile feel of an image printed on quality paper. The screen glows and it's pretty - but it's not real until it's in your hands. Just photons. Glowing pixels. Gone as soon as you turn your computer off.
Next time you see a piece you really love by someone (even if it's not me!) buy a print. Hold it in the light. Hold it in different lights and watch the interplay of colors and how a print can seem to change with it's environment.
Enjoy something real again.
Keywords: Art, Colorado, Fine Art, Fine Art Photography, Fine Art Print, John Strong Arts, Maxfield, Parrish, Photography, Print, Textures, barns
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