Although I am preparing new work today to hang in our photography studio at Studios on the Park in downtown Paso Robles, I wanted to post an image taken on a Sunday drive in the beautiful West Paso Robles wine country. Like many people, I appreciate the plethora of fabulous wineries this area has to offer. But as a photographer, I am most drawn to the stunning views along Paso’s backroads. If you are visiting the area, I highly recommend exploring Adelaida and Peachy Canyon Roads and Vineyard Drive on the west side. The vistas are simply spectacular.
As I was driving along I noticed a lovely stand of oak trees in an open field, so I pulled over to take some shots. This oak tree was very majestic and quite likely very old. The image is comprised of three HDR bracketed shots processed in Photomatix 4, Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5, and with Nik Software. I named it Field of Dreams. Hope you enjoy it. I will post more images as I have time and work them up.
A wonderful and blessed New Year to everyone! Apologies for my absence of late in adding new blog posts; however, things have been extremely busy here and I have very good news to share. As many of my friends and photography colleagues know, I have been working as an Associate Artist at Studios on the Park, a nonprofit open studios art center in the heart of historic downtown Paso Robles, California. Opened in May 2009 in the old Pioneer Auto Parts store directly across from the city park, Studios is a visual arts center where artists create, exhibit, and sell art.
There are eight studios with 40 working artists and two galleries: Fine Craft, representing the finest in American craft, and The Showroom Gallery, featuring members of the Paso Robles Art Association. By making the creative process open to the public, Studios on the Park provides a creative, educational, and transformational experience to enhance understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.
There are several categories of artists working at Studios: Artists in Residence, Substitute Artists, Associate Artists, and Assistant Artists. Regardless of the category, each artist must submit an application package to the Studios Board of Directors and go through a stringent jurying process. I am pleased to announce that just before Christmas my application for Artist in Residence was accepted, and I am thrilled to now be sharing a photography studio with colleagues Don Eaton and Kabe Russell.
There is much to do to ready my artwork, paint, reorganize space, and decorate, but the rich blessings of working with such a wonderful group of talented artists make these tasks joyful. In addition to exhibiting and selling my fine art photography, plans are underway to teach digital imaging and printing classes and workshops. I will post class information on my website as it becomes available. For more information and a quick tour of Studios, see the introductory video below featuring Studios Founder and artist Anne Laddon.