"Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses."
A couple of weeks ago my good friend, Mike Houge and I returned for our annual shoot to the tulip gardens of Orange City, Iowa for our "game of chance" photographing flowers. There was a bit of wind and some of the tulips looked a bit spent, but we gave it our best shot. I think we were both happy with our results and the blog post is one of my favorites.
I read in a blog some years ago that when shooting flowers it's sometimes productive to look for the unusual. Well, with rows upon rows of tulips it becomes a little easier to accomplish just that, especially when some of the flowers are reaching the end of their show. With shade, wind, and spots of hard sunlight the task was challenging, but as Tony Sweet always reminds us, "if you wait long enough, the wind will stop"...if only for a second or two.
This image is pretty straight forward, but I did apply a couple of textures to make the background a little more attractive, even though the soft light is a plus. I like the lines and curves that create some tensions and the contrasting colors as well.
At about this same time I learned that the Side Street Gallery in Arnolds Park is changing hands and the present owner of 30 years, is going to use the next few Saturdays (May 30 - July 11) to celebrate her artists, the community and her years of commitment to the arts and promoting local artists. Mari Stewart, the present owner, has, over the years, created a unique space full of amazing art by some very talented artists. On the "special" Saturdays she will have different artists present so that visitors can meet and talk to some of those artists.
The new owner will be Roberta Williams, an astounding artist in her own right. She will continue to maintain the space as a gallery and all of us are happy that Arnolds Park will continue to have a top notch gallery for visitors and art lovers to visit. With all that being said I hope that the local readers of this blog will visit the gallery to enjoy meeting artists and seeing a collection of very nice art, including Mari's work. Check the local paper for dates, times and list of artists that will be "spotlighted".
I hope you all have a great weekend and take the time to find your "tulips".
"Sic 'em Bears".
For more views of my work visit;
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Side Street Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa www.okobojiimages.com