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River’s Edge

A look at the shapes and tones at the edge of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton (in early April 2016). A few weeks earlier the river was covered in ice but now the river is clear with just a few big chunks of ice sit washed up on the shore. The ice decaying but reveals a captivating crystalline structure:

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Paths – in Black and White

Here is a collection of photographs of paths, taken in Edmonton’s river valley and Mill Creek Ravine on 2016 April 9.

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Path to the City

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Pleasant Path

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Light at the End of the Path

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A Rooty Path

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Bends Through the Spring Woods

Spring Arrives – in Black and White

Perhaps I should say “winter departs” – somehow spring doesn’t feel imminent until color returns to the landscape. While there was the bit of exposed green moss or grass and blue sky as I hiked Edmonton’s river valley, for the most part everything is a shade of grey or brown.

That said, here are 5 photos that “don’t need no stinking color” to look interesting:

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Arrival

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Ravine Path – Shady and Slippery

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Slope and Sky

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Nothing but Sticks

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Spring Sky over a Late-winter Valley

These images were taken in Edmonton’s Dawson Park on 2016 March 25th.

Trees of Late-Winter

Here is a little collection of photos of trees, taken on the last day of winter (2016 March 19) in Edmonton.

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Greenless Golden Path

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Tangle to the Sky

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Under the Spruce, Between the Fairways

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Character Tree

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Gnarled Trunk and Twiggy Shadows

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Way Up

 

 

Moodier in Black and White

Here are some photos taken on the same outing as my hike last Sunday in Edmonton’sĀ  Mill Creek Ravine – but taking out the color the images have a much moodier feel.

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Spring Slope

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Stairs and a Patch of Snow

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Trunk on a Diagonal

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All Quiet Under the Bridge

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Tangled Slope

 

and as a bonus, a black and white image from beside the river in Edmonton’s Louise McKinney Park:

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Promenade Beside the Ice

Spring Reflections

Technically it is late-winter, not quite spring yet, but the melting has begun, puddles formed and reflections are making for some interesting images:

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Chains

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Puddle and Path

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Storyland Sky

Late Winter – Black and White

Here is a little collection of black and white photos themed around the patterns and textures of late winter (late February at my home here in Edmonton).

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“Last Year’s Plume”

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“Irregular Patchwork”

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“Up”

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“Ice and the Far Edge”

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“Temporary Condition”

A few more photos from this photo shoot may be seen on another of my blogs: YEGmonton.

Twitter Art Exhibit 2016

I am participatingĀ again in the Twitter Art Exhibit. I mailed my postcard-sized painting today. It should comfortably get to New York by the March 11 deadline.
Here’s an image of my piece, entitled “Restless”:

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This, the sixth, Twitter Art Exhibit runs March 31 to April 21 (2016) at the Trygve Lie Gallery in New York City.

Like all of the preceding Twitter art exhibitions, the works are donated by artists from around the world and sold, with proceeds going to charity. There is no theme for the exhibit (the only thread connecting the exhibit is that all of the artists are on Twitter), so the range of works is mind boggling. To get a feel for the diversity, look inside the book featuring the works from the 2014 Twitter Art Exhibit that was held in Orlando.

The first Twitter Art Exhibit was held in 2010 in Moss, Norway, the hometown of founder David Sandum (@DavidSandumArt), after he called upon his many international artist friends on Twitter. The rest as they say is history.

My Twitter handle is: @RandallTT

A Kick in Your Creative Pants

Do you ever find yourself wanting to ( perhaps even needing to) do something different with your painting – but are feeling blocked, just unable to get started? One solution may be as near as your smartphone.
Specifically I am suggesting that you use some common photo apps with built-in transformative filters. Take a standard image and then apply a filter or six to see what happens. I’m not suggesting just painting the transformed photo but you might start off that way and once you creative juices are flowing, use that first painting as a jumping off point for a second.
These are some variations I came up with using the Cameraringo app on my Android device:

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To me each of these variations suggests a different  approach/media/color palette that I could use, and once applied to one image I’d likely carry the idea across to a little series.

Incidentally, here is the original image that spawned the five variations shown above:

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Lines in Black and White

Take away the color and you are left with line and value.

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Up Stairs 1

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Art of the Curve

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Hangin’ From the Moon

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EPCOR Waterfall in Edmonton’s Churchill Square

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Up Stairs 2

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