Photographing some plein air painters

(C) David Warner StudioJohn Cosby and Joe Paquet, two nationally known plein air (open air) artists, have been traveling some of the roughest areas of the Northeast for over five years now in an attempt to capture the industrial roadside of America. Last week, that journey put them in two different locations – painting the same structure from different angles – in Little Falls.

Kevin Mihaly with the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts had given me a heads-up on their visit, so I swung by and talked to John for about an hour the first day. Well, I was hooked on their Rust and Roadsides project, so I made an appointment to visit them the next day.

I did a podcast interview with them, shot some pictures, and wrote a feature story for Art in the Adirondacks website, which you can find here.  Really enjoyed it and look forward to seeing more of their work!

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Mud Season

(C) David Warner StudioEveryone says that mud season is just plain ugly – no real landscape images to capture, so just wait for the trees and flowers to come out! Well, last weekend, Deborah and I were up in Saranac Lake to give a presentation to the Saranack Lake Artworks group.  We did that Saturday night and then Sunday, we had some time to play.

We went into Lake Placid, then took the long way home through Keene, down towards the Lake George area, back over to Speculator and then home.  While things were stark in some areas, I think we were both surprised with just how beautiful some areas were, even with some snow here and there and more mud than snow in many locations. It still was just beautiful, so here are just a few of the images that I took.

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Video interview from last year

Last year, I had decided to make an IOS app for David Warner Studio that would have some of my images, my podcast interviews with other photographers and filmmakers from LensFlare35, bio, contact catalog etc. – all in one spot! Well, Apple rejected the app saying the audience was ‘too narrow’. Guess I’m not a famous enough photographer! I had all but forgotten that I had done a video interview for the app and I just happened upon it yesterday – realizing that I had never used it, nor placed it online…nobody had ever seen it! So, with that it mind, here  is the intro and the video.

Achieving artistic balance between technical expertise and creative interpretation often is as much about the person behind the lens as it is the object or person in front of it. This short video is about the perspective, insights and creative style that I’ve developed over the course of 30 years. Each photographer has a different story to share. This is my story…

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A painted portrait of Mattie

(C) David Warner StudioWell, it’s been about four months since Baxter passed away, and we’ve had Mattie (a rescue dog) for a couple of months now and I thought it was time for her ‘formal’ portrait.

We were told that she was five years old, but the fact is, she really acts like one that is a lot older.  But, she’s a joy to have around and great company as well.  She has a sweet personality and just loves everyone. She even gets along great with the Queen of Sheba (see the earlier painted portrait of her) and grooms her every morning. It’s the weirdest thing to see the dog grooming the cat.

Anyway, I did this portrait with just a little bit  different approach than I normally take – some different brushes and a ‘looser’ style. This will be printed on a fine art watercolor paper. Hope everyone enjoys it!

The winner is – Joe Mooch

(C) David Warner StudioI had an invitation from horse owner P. J. Harris to meet in what they call the Paddock area right before his horse – Joe Mooch – was going to race. It’s pretty cool really. They ring a bell seven times, which tells everyone it’s time to get ready for the race. The horses come in and warm up a bit, then they get their gear on for the jockey, the jockey comes in and talks with the trainer and gets last minute tips, then he or she mounts the horse, parades around the paddock for all the owners and spectators to see, and then they are down the walkway of champions and onto the track. In the meantime, I raced to the finish line so that I’d be in place for the end of the race.

This was a ‘claiming race’ and while I’m not sure of the specifics of what that really means yet, P. J. was a bit nervous over it. The horses warmed up on the track for a bit, got into the starting gate and they were off.  As they rounded turn four and raced for home, Joe Mooch started to really kick it in and by the finish line, he had won by a nose.  It was great to not only be invited into the owners area, but to be there when that particular horse actually won.  It was over so quickly, it was almost like it hadn’t happened, but it had, and after a bit of jubilation, P. J. was off to deal with the ‘claim’ part of it.

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