I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

Starting the first of the year my family and I will be participating in the 52 Hike Challenge. We already try to have a weekly adventure day but with the weather getting colder they will slowly stop as we bug in for the winter. I really like the idea of a challenge that will help push us through the cold parts of the season. I think it will be a good life lesson for the kids. Sometimes you have to push forward even when you don’t feel like it.

Without a hawk to hunt, I haven’t spent much time in the woods this fall except for our adventure days. Yesterday, I decided I had to get out on a trail somewhere, anywhere. It was like my mind needed to reconnect and recharge. I only hiked about 7 miles in total but I got to see a waterfall and hiked to the top of a rock formation called the King and Queen seat.

My favorite part of the day was meeting a couple from New Zealand and sitting with them on top of a rock and listening to their adventures and sharing some of their dark chocolate hot coco. After about 40 minutes we said farewell and they were off for their next adventure.

I wish I would of taken more pictures but oh well, there’s always next week.

Stay Random.

Dom

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I hope I don’t go to jail

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Beyond this sign might be your best photograph ever! 

Rules are made to keep us safe, but you have to know when not to follow them. If you always follow them you will never know the secret of what’s on the other side! In my life, the sweetest fruits have always been on the thinnest, most rule guarded branches. There have been times when I have been detained because stopping on the side of the road to photograph a bridge draws attention from the authorities; but so will scaling a building to capture an amazing sunset over the city.

 

Yesterday we went to a National Park that had so many rules on where you could go. I’m sure they are thinking about safety for the masses, but I’m not a mass. I am a person, a person who wants to show what’s on the other side of where you should be.

As a photographer, the best shots are always, without a doubt, in the places that are hard to reach or uncomfortable to get to. It’s like nature demands a test to get it’s treasure. Sometimes it’s a long walk in bramble bushes, boggy moors, bug infested swamps or smooth as silk rocks with a long drop down. Other times it may be a small ledge that holds the perfect shot if only you can repress your fear of heights to capture the sunset you’ve been after.

While I’m not suggesting we should be careless in our adventures, we only have one life and body. I am suggesting that sometimes you should take a chance and break the rules, color outside the lines, hop the guardrail to get that shot. You might be surprised at what you discover both in your art and within yourself.

Here are some of the photographs from yesterday. I will be uploading a montage video to my youtube channel. If you haven’t yet subscribed to my youtube channel please check it out and if you like short art videos, please consider subscribing CLICK HERE to visit my channel.

 

Am I cool enough for color? 🤔

For the longest time I only uploaded black and white images to my Instagram account. I have a deep love for monochromatic images that started when I rolled my film and developed my pictures in a small dark room.

One major reason I love to capture black and white is it allows me to just focus on the subject I am trying to convey. I also find it easier to focus on balance, contrast, textures and emotion.

I love color 🏳️‍🌈 as well. More and more I find myself keeping my images chromatic and at times even dipping my big toe in the ocean of HDR, for images that are rich with saturation. Maybe one day my gallery will be mostly color.  🙂 Until then, I hope you like some of my iPhoneography using black and white.

Stay Random,

Dom

 

What do you call a nun in a blender?

Twisted Sister! Hahahaha. Ok so I think this proves that at my age I’m still immature at times. Well maybe I’m not immature but rather simple. But hey, simple can be pretty fun! 

Here are just some simple high contrast black and white pics from my walk to my car. I love vibrant colors but sometimes I just need good ole simple black and white. 

And if your wondering, I love Hipstamatic iPhone app. I love using different lens and filter combinations. If you don’t have it give it a try 🙂 What camera app do you use a lot? 

I can’t believe photographers get paid for this


As a photographer and digital artists I get to come up with some neat ideas every once in a while. I wish I would of thought of some of these. Can you imagine the look on the models face when they found out that the shoot would involve things like putting an octopus 🐙 on your head. 😂 I wonder if the we’re like “wait, you want me to do what?”. 

Stay Random 🙂

Adventure day! 


Sunday funday! The last few Sunday afternoons my wife and I took our kids on an adventure. Today we coined it adventure day! Nothing extravagant, just time away from Minecraft, Pokémon and even for us making art. Today we’re going to drive to Elk Neck state park to visit a lighthouse and just to see nature.

It’s fall on the east coast of the United States so we’re blessed with a brilliant display from nature. The trees are ablaze with fiery reds, oranges and yellows. A perfect backdrop for those seeking a meeting with her, or just looking to see something beautiful.

Look at the different coloured leaves, Swaying gently with the breeze, Lovely reds, browns and greens, All waiting to fall from the trees.

When they leave they twist and turn, Ready to join the masses of fern, Landing softly on the ground, You can taste the smell of autumn, all around.

by Ernestine Northover

Never shake hands with a cactus.

There’s magic in a desert night. When stars fall down to human height;
I filled my pockets, filled my hands, and more stars fell upon the sands.
The gentle breeze that shook the sky sent starry windfalls sailing by,
And whirlwinds scuffling on the ground, kicked stars into a silver mound.
Despite this bounty in my clutch, millions more were there to touch —
The desert night must play a trick, hanging stars low down to pick!

~Lenore Eversole Fisher, “Desert Harvest,” in Arizona Highways, February 1965

Becoming stale is easy. Growing, that’s the real challenge.

Moving forward

Photography has always interested me.  I began my study of the art of photography in high school and continued through art school.  But as the great Albert Einstein once said,

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” 

After graduation, I believed I had the technique and skill necessary for my photography to continue to flourish.  Not so.  After a few years as a young and inexperienced artist out in the real world, I had plateaued.  My photographs were boring and my desire to create was fading.  Yet I was blown away by the work of other artists!  I attended my school colleagues’ art openings and exhibits and realized that, while my style was stagnating, their styles were continuing to evolve.  My friends had passed me by because they pushed themselves to continue to grow and learn.

Here was the ugly truth: I had become too complacent in my learning, and my art suffered as a result.  I decided to make a change, and, looking back, this proved to be one of the best decisions I made, and served as a great life lesson too.  I once read that you have to kick your own ass.  So, I started giving myself assignments.

If I was going to the zoo, I would prepare by making a list of the shots I wanted to get.  If I was working on a design, I would create different versions to ensure I had produced the best work for my client.  I continually studied the works and processes of other artists to see what I could learn from them.

These self-imposed assignments also had an unintended benefit which took me some years to realize.  I had learned how to work within the confines of strict parameters.  Most people believe that artists are free, uninhibited creators.  While that sounds like an awesome notion, it’s almost never the case in the commercial art world.  If you’re a designer, illustrator, graphic artist, photographer, etc…, you are given guidelines to follow, a box to stay within.  It’s what you do with these guidelines that makes the difference between good work and great work.

So, if you have a chance, confine yourself to silly parameters.  Find a way to limit your subject and then see what you can do with it.  Critique yourself honestly.  I have employed this method as a way to push myself, to redefine my eye and mind.  Perhaps next time, I will only photograph things that are orange, or objects that start with the letter “G.”

If you decide to follow this piece of advice, I would love to hear about your experiences!

Until then, Stay Random!

Welcome! What do you do?

artfullyrandom_art makes you happy.jpgWhat do you do? I wonder if that’s an American phrase or if other cultures asked a similar question. To me it’s a question that hides another question.  it’s not what do you do.  it’s what defines you? 

I tell people I’m an artist but I love to do more than art. I love to paint draw, make bowls on a lathe, play guitar and design graphics and website, make soap and fly falcons. 

I don’t know if I have ADD but I can never just do one thing. Some of my friends just do one thing and they do it well. I wish I could be like them. I’d love to have one focus and hone it daily. 

Maybe I’m a wandering generality. Maybe I’m just a random guy who has add. Whatever I am, I wanted a way to show other people how to do fun stuff like make soap or carve a bowl or whatever random thing that’s caught my attention. So I thought a blog would be a fun platform. 

So welcome to my blog. I hope you like the random things I make. 

Stay Random : )

Dom