Daybreak

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Daybreak

“Daybreak” – copyright by Edward M. Fielding

This image of a rural farm and striking red barn with setting sun in the Fishtail, Montana area is a good example of unexpected gold when one is looking for subjects to shoot. We were staying in Red Lodge Montana after touring the Beartooth Highway region including Cooke City and Silver Gate on the edge of Yellowstone National Park. On a tip from the innkeeper we set out with some sketchy directions known only to our driver.

Unfortunately the simple directions didn’t seem to pan out and we never did find that “amazing canyon area”. But luckily I had the fortitude to risk ticking off the car load of family members with requests to pull over. I got a number of useable rural landscape shots, probably more than we would have gotten in the mysterious canyon.

It just goes to show you that life is a journey and one really doesn’t want to race to the finish line. The real living and photographing happens along the way.

“Daybreak” by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding is available as prints and framed art via Society6. http://society6.com/EdwardMFielding/Daybreak-Square-Format_Print#1=45

Formatting Artwork for Print on Demand sites

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Available on Fine Art America

Available on Fine Art America

I’ve been offering my artwork as open editions on a number of online “print on demand” sites.  These sites serve as storage for the artist’s high resolution files, to be printed as high quality Giclée or archival ink jet prints on paper, canvas, metal, acrylic and even on products such as greeting cards, pillows, phone cases and clocks.

Usually the arrange is a win win all around because it allows the artist to reach a larger audience for their work, showcase a deep catalog or portfolio (unlike at a show or gallery where one is limited by wall space).  I currently have open edition offerings on Fine Art America, Society6, RedBubble and SaattchiArt.  This are strictly unsigned, unnumbered open editions or reproductions suitable for decorating ones home.  For collectors wanting limited editions I offer them here.

So I have found Fine Art America to be the most flexible in terms of ordering a large selection of mats and frames, as well as canvases, metal prints and more.  Fine Art America was built as a front end to pictureframes.com which is the online store for Graphik Dimensions Ltd. ofHigh Point NC who have been framing artwork for artist for something like 65 years.  They do an excellent job in fulfilling the orders from Fine Art America and while you don’t get 100% customization of your artwork, it get rather close.  I’ve been inspired by a number of my customers as I get to see the final creation as orders come through Fine Art America.  For example on farm landscape was ordered with a mossy green mat and a beautiful hardwood frame.  Had I done it myself I probably stuck to the standard museum type of combination, white mat, simple black frame, but the customer’s order was an outstanding combination.  I was happy to see it done up so nicely.

Now other sites typically have less framing options.  For example Society6Society6 is a very beautifully designed website.  It really puts Fine Art America to shame with its design.  The artwork looks outstanding and everything seems hip and modern.  Society6 also stands out in terms of their product offerings.  They have some really cool products like throw pillows, laptop skins, mugs and they handcraft the items to order as they come in – all in house.  Their weakness comes in the framing department.  Unlike Fine Art America who choose to offer a dizzying array of framing options, Society6 pairs their framing and matting down to some standard sizes.  No doubt this keeps the inventory headache to a manageable level but unfortunately it leads to some weird matting of some sizes of prints.  I just started paying attention to this recently and some of the ways their back end system tries to mat my work is just horrendous.

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At this point I’m sworn to myself only to upload square formatted images to Society6 going forward.  They seem to be able to handle squares both in the portfolio views (squares display the largest on the pages) and in the product offerings.   Plus so many of my images look great on pillows and clocks which require a square file, so its easy to offer these along with my prints.

http://edward-fielding.artistwebsites.com/

http://society6.com/EdwardMFielding

Old Ford on Zatista Fine & Contemporary Art

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Old Ford on Zatista Fine & Contemporary Art

Edward M. Fielding offering limited editions available through Zatista Fine & Contemporary Art.

“Every day we’re hard at work building a company that provides you with the absolute best possible art buying experience out there. We believe buying original art should be exciting, fun, and incredibly easy. The art we present to you is from hand selected artists and galleries, affordable, and always of the highest quality.”

I’ve partnered with Zatista to bring out a limited edition of select prints. Unlike reproductions found on Fine Art America, these are artist proofs limited to an edition of 75 in a 16×16 inch square format.

Mirror Mirror

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Mirror Mirror

What does one do when nature offers up one of its own?

This poor bird broke its neck with a thud against my window. In death this tragic result of not being able to differentiate reflection from reality was sad yet beautiful at the same time. Song birds represent fragility of our natural world. They are often the victims of cats, cars, windows and larger birds. In some countries people actually catch and eat these tiny birds by the dozens in a single sitting.

I saw this death as an opportunity to capture some of the fading beauty. This image available on Saatchi Art takes a single black and white capture of the bird, mirrors it, not unlike the mirror effect that lead to its demise.

Fiction

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Fiction

“Fiction, 2014” by Edward M. Fielding

My black and white composite piece “Fiction” is my interpretation of an author suffering from “writer’s block”. Something just isn’t going right for this poor fellow.

Certainly we’ll all had experiences when the creativity doesn’t flow when we want it too. I usually solve mine with a walk of the dog, a hot shower, flipping through magazines or watching a movie. Probably most of my good ideas come from the relaxing hot water in the shower.

When I first got back in to photography after a long absence while raising my young son, I like most people I suppose, was challenged to find subjects to photograph. Flowers, the dog, my immediate surroundings, these were the obvious choices.

I wasn’t until a bit later in my photography journey that I started to see stories and started to create more of a cinematic approach to my work. This just open up endless possibilities to the point where now I rarely have “writer’s block”.

I typically have several ideas for photographs in my mind just waiting for the right prop to come in from Ebay or the right weather conditions, the right time or simply the willing model.

My new Visual Poetry series has opened up new creative possibilities because often the elements needed to create these mufti-layered images have already been shot and are sitting on my hard drive. Its just a matter of remembering, finding and piecing together the elements of the puzzle that becomes the final image.