The third in my series: Fish River Koinobori This is my latest Manhole Covers of Japan series. I've developed this series a little by adding the black background. It provides the simple background contrasting to the highly busy, vibrant photos the fish bring. This piece is all about fish! Fish swimming on the manhole cover. Koi fish windsock streaming in the background: full of color and movement. And a few stray Koi fluttering across the scene. Some above the silhouette desi
Welcome to my newest series of photo montage work! This visual idea has been in my head for several months now, and with my pending commissions now completed, I can give my time to this new series. I love the details of Japan. Everyday things have a beauty in their design. Little cute pictures on envelopes, embroidery on hand towels. I love it! One of my great delights has been in the manhole covers of Japan. Each district has its own unique picture on them. Some are just gor
I think I've developed a series with this 'shape of Japan' idea. After creating Structures That Shaped Japan, naturally I extended the idea to explore blossoms that shape Japan. With Spring around the corner, it made sense. So here's my recent photo montage. Blossoms That Shape Japan 2018 You can purchase this print here. Various print sizes available. You can view the progression of this montage in the video below. Have a wonderful Spring where ever you are! #blossoms #sakur
I've accumulated so many photos of girls in kimono, women in yukata, Geisha, and Oiran. It's what speaks to me when I think of Japan. One of the top things, at least. I love the vast variety in colors and patterns of kimono. I like to rifle through racks of kimono at Hard Offs, Flea Markets and Shrine Sales. I don't have many sewing skills, but I do appreciate fabric patterns. It's just a different kind of palette and canvas, if you think about it. Paintings by the loom. This
The half of me that is British is very British with my tea. At about 3 pm, its Tea Time. And what is rather amusing is that in England, 'Tea Time' in in fact dinner time. There's not normally tea to be had at Tea Time. For me, it's usually an Earl Grey caffeine boost to see me through the evening. I love my Peppermint tea in the morning for that refreshing wake up; especially with a drop of Peppermint Essential Oil. I miss tea with my family. Siblings chatting over cups of te
Since I started the custom travel montages for clients, I realized I hadn't actually got a Japan shaped montage of my own! Well, let's remedy that, shall we! Here's my Japan Photo Montage. I've limited it to the Torii Gates, Pagodas, bridges and Temples of Japan. Lots of vermilion red and some green and gold. I could do a city-scape one in the future, as I have plenty of those photos in stock: full of lights and neon signs. But this one is my traditional buildings ode to Japa
This commissioned piece is all about Mount Fuji! Most of these photos were taken at the Chureito Pagoda at Fuji Highland, Fuji Q; at the base of Mount Fuji. I went in the height of Autumn; when the leaves were at the reddest and most vibrant. It is a beautiful sight in the Autumn for the leaves against Fuji. In the Spring, it is more famous for the blossoms at the foot of the pagoda, with Fuji in the background. In the afternoon sun, they glittered and gleamed like rubies. Th
This is a commissioned piece for a client who wanted a montage of the Great Buddha in Kamakura. I had visited the Daibotsu (Great Buddha) in the Autumn and taken lots of photos of it. It was a perfect blue, clear sky. The green statue stood out well against the sky. I had some late morning sun highlighting the Buddha. It was an impressive sight. I started my photographing journey from a distance; including the trees on either side and behind, as well as the paving stones. I w
Greetings, Welcome to some new Photo Montage Custom Work I've started. I take your travel photos, your holiday snaps, and make a beautiful, colorful collage with them. When it's displayed in your home, what a conversation starter it will be! A little bit of a Geography quiz: guessing the outline of the country, using the photos as clues! What I love about this idea is that it is subtle. I haven't kept to the outline of the country all the way round. That would be too obvious
Greetings, I am delighted to receive the news that my Photo Montage piece, 'Crane' was selected for the Special Merit award with Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery in the Nature 2016 Online Art Exhibition - Part 1 - Overall, Special Merit & 3D Art Categories Competition. In the YouTube video, you can see my artwork at 3 minutes 11 seconds into the video. This was the art piece selected: Crane And this was my certificate: And here's another link to the list of artists who w
I'm excited to share with you my newest Photo Montage Art! During the Spring, here in Japan, I relished, savored and celebrated the blossoms: Sakura Season. But, I must confess it has taken several months and many failed concepts and compositions before reaching these two concluding pieces. Dreams Blossoming in particular, reminds me of a dream-like world: its very soft in its layering, soft in texture and hue. There are areas of the piece that are pillow-esqe (just made up t
Today one of my Photo Montage pieces went up for exhibition in The East Design Festa Gallery, in Harajuku, Tokyo (near Shibuya and Shinjuku area). This is a great location; down the road from Harajuku station, passed the busy shopping street, and in a more laid back area. The gallery has a lot of rooms available for exhibitions; some small rooms, some very large! This is a new gallery for me, so I am only exhibiting one piece of work, but I am very pleased with the location w
Greetings Lovelies, I'm excited to announce I shall be showing some of my Photo Montage Art work in the Design Festa Gallery in Harajuku, downtown Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. It's a really convenient location; very close to Meiji-jingumae Station, and a 9 minute walk from JR Harajuku station, just up the road from Forever 21, Starbucks and McDonald's. I'll be exhibiting from Saturday July 2nd for three weeks until Saturday July 23rd, 2016. The gallery opens at 11 am and closes at
With a break in Arts and Craft fairs for at least a few months, and my most recent commissions completed, I’ve started the sketching for several paintings. I’m working on a watercolor painting to add to People Being Series. This one will be of South Korea. Two girls in yellow hanbok dresses with dark blue sashes. The wind that day means there is lots of movement and fluttering. The girls were part of the Jindo Sea Parting (Moses Miracle) festival in 2008. I put them into a ba
Another great Craft Fair this past Saturday. Due to space constraints, I only displayed my Photo Montage prints and a few paintings. A few things surprised me, upon reflection. Customers who have bought from you previously, really do come find you, and purchase from you again! I love the conversations I get to have with customers and admirers of my work. The biggest surprise is they get it! My message; what I’m trying to say, is conveyed! Very cool! Everyone has been very enc
I was walking passed a photo of mine I have hanging up, and I realized this is where it all began! I thought I came across the cutting and layering, erasing and adjusting world of Photo Montage while in my second year at university. But no. It was much earlier than that. It all began in the darkroom at high-school. We were shown how to do double exposures; laying one negative over the other in the little view holder, and exposing both negatives onto the paper. It is a delight
It's been quite a dry spell, so to speak, with regards sales and promotions. Relocating has had something to do with it. I must confess it has got me down a little. It's a fine balance between doing something you love; when you go too long without doing it, you feel short on oxygen. That's how painting and drawing feels for me. But the business, promoting, selling side of the art can suck the joy out of the creating. But I can share with gladness a few emails I recieved over
I get lots of ideas in the middle of the night after my son has woken up, gone back to dreamland, and I'm still struggling to fall back asleep.
This new body of Montage Photography work has developed from one of those middle of the night ideas.
I love taking photos when I am traveling, or visiting a new place. New scenes, new landscapes, culture, architecture. A subject I realize I photograph a lot is the church: cathedrals, chapels, mosques temples. Not too many synagogu
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If you keep head butting a wall, eventually you will break through; of course after enduring mild concussion, taking plenty of aspirin, and supplying lots of determination. I may have reached that point with these most recent works to my Montage Photography Art. I loved my 2007 Skins piece, and have tried to recreate it, limiting myself to photographs of birds. I loved the vibrant colors and contrasting textures in Skins, and I have tried to recreate those aspects in Birds Of