Free Photography Book – Black and White Photography

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I’ve just released by newest book on Blurb. Black + White is a collection of fine art photographs by Edward M. Fielding. It’s available in softcover for $14.99 and hardcover for $29.99 but right not you can download an ebook version for the iPad for zero dollars.

The book highlights the breath of my black and white work from still lifes to portraits to landscapes and provides a sampling of my work as an fine art photographer. Prints, cards and wall art from the series of images in the book are available for purchase and are fulfilled by Fine Art America.

If you’d like your own eBook copy of the book click here.

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New Watercolor Series!

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Just released – a new watercolor series from artist Edward M. Fielding (www.edwardfielding.com) available as art prints, framed wall art, canvas or even on the latest phone cases.

The series features scenes of New England, classic cars and Old Quebec City as well as beach themes for vacation homes, inns or hotels.

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The series of watercolor artwork from Edward M. Fielding also features beautiful barns and farms along the Connecticut River which cuts through Vermont and New Hampshire as well as scenes of the Upper Valley region which is home to Fielding’s Dogford Studios.

Watercolor (American English) or watercolour (Commonwealth and Ireland), also aquarelle from French, is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble vehicle. Fielding starts the process with a photograph from his collection of images from the region.

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Classic, beautiful doorways and home from Old Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts as well as ornate scenic classical brick and slate roofed timber framed barns from Shelburne Farms outside of Burlington, Vermont feature in several of the pieces. And of course the beautiful Autumn fall season foliage makes for a fantastic watercolor subject.

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The above image is the the stucture known as the Old Red Mill in the small Vermont town of Jericho outside of Burlington, Vermont.  Chittenden Mills – the “Old Red Mill” – in Jericho, Vermont was declared a National Historic Site in 1972 and is one of two remaining mills out of eight that were once sited on the Brown’s River’s seven water privileges in Jericho. The Chittenden Mills at site number 2 now houses a small museum, gift shop and cafe.  There is a park along the river behind the mill.

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This classic antique vintage blue Cadillac was spotted at the National Cadillac and LaSalle convention in Lake George, New York.

The sharp fins on this classic Caddy were also found at the 2014 Grand National, Lake George, New York.

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To view more of the watercolors in this series and to purchase cards, frame and matted artwork, canvas or metal prints or even a cool and unique cell phone case, visit edwardfielding.com and look for the discount code for savings at check out.

More info:

Fine art prints, matted and framed prints, canvas and metal prints as well as products such as throw pillows and tote bags featuring select artwork by Edward M. Fielding/Dogford Studios are now available.

Links:

North America & UK Sales – Framed and matted prints, canvases and more – http://edward-fielding.artistwebsites.com/

North America Product (pillows, tote bags, cases and more) – http://society6.com/edwardmfielding

Europe Sales – Posters, prints, canvases – http://www.artflakes.com/en/shop/dogfordstudios

Licensing RM/RF: http://www.arcangel.com/search?s=edward%20fielding

About the artist:

Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.

My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.

Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.

The Peaks and Valleys of a Creative Journey

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“Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.” –Pablo Picasso

When you set out on a life journey based on creativity, be it a writer, artist, actor, photographer, one has to be prepared to experience the peaks and valleys of the creative path.   Unlike a salaried position or even a business with predictable seasonal fluctuations, the creative person will find success bundled with failure, rejection and simply lack of interest with no predictability.  The release of a new book, a new piece, a new show, a new movie will bring about a sudden influx of popularity and attention only to be replaced by a (hopefully!) temporary lull in activity.  Its easy to be excited by ones choice of a creative path during the peaks but it can also be emotionally draining during the low points.  An extra kick in the butt is needed to push forward in these times.

Here are some ideas to help you through the slow times, time when you might be feeling creatively drained, perhaps unappreciated or simply wondering what the heck I am I doing?

  • Make a list of things you want to accomplish with your work.  Is this a good time to contact that gallery you’ve been meaning to approach?  Time to organize your work into that book?
  • Put down your brushes and camera for a while.  Take longs walks without your tools and simply soak in the inspiration and store it away for your next burst of creative.
  • Get organized.  Slower periods are great time to clean out and get more organized.  Clear away the lingering chores that will hinder your creative process in the future.
  • Connect with other artists.  See what they are up to, get inspired by their work and projects.
  • Keep focused on the big picture.  Where is it you see yourself in five years?  Plan out the little steps you need to accomplish to reach your goals.  Keep in mind that there are very few overnight successes.
  • Take time to balance your life.  Have you been so busy with your artwork that you have neglected other aspects of your life?  Spend more time with your significant other, your family, your friends.  Get some exercise and eat better.   Pick up a new skill like cooking and find some inspiration excising a different part of your brain.
  • Get out and see other work.  Go to museums, galleries, art fairs.  See what is going on in your art community.  Learn more about the buyers of art

Its all too easy to become sad and disappointed when one is in a valley but if you turn it around into an opportunity then you’ll be all the more ready for your next climb to a peak.

 

 

Thoughts? Comments?

Edward M. Fielding is a fine art photographer. His work can been seen www.edwardfielding.com

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Roadside Oddities: Solomon’s Castle, Ona Florida

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Far, far, away from the tourist trappings of Orlando and the sandy beaches of the sunshine state, following the power lines that criss-cross the unbearably flat landscape and down back roads frequently mostly by orange trucks and buses transporting fruit pickers, lays the wonderment that is Solomon’s Castle.

Shining like a knight of the round table in the full brilliance of the hot Florida sun, this folk art wonder tucked away in the deepest, most remote, out of the way places of Florida accessible by automobile.  On a plot of land formerly submerged by the summer rains, art Solomon Howard has built the ultimate roadside attraction.

Getting There

We made our pilgrimage to Solomon’s Castle on a trip from Fort Myers to Orlando via the really empty back roads.  Its a bit out of the way from anywhere but if you plan your trip with the idea of having lunch in the “Boat in the Moat” it makes for a fun half day adventure.

“The first thing to remember, is to make sure you have a full tank of gas before you leave civilization. We are pretty far out in the central part of Florida and there are not many gas stations out this way.”

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GPS:
N 27 22′ 26.5″
W 081 58′ 40.1″

Once you start getting close, there are signs for “Solomon’s Castle” on all of the “major” roads in the area leading to the castle.

What to Expect

When we visited about 2 pm on a Weds in late April.  The place wasn’t too busy.  There was a tour of about six people ahead of us and one person in the restaurant but there is a big parking lot, room for buses and the restaurant can hold tons of people so they must be busier on the weekend and during the winter season.

When you arrive, head up to the castle and pay for your tour.  A quick restroom break and you are off.  The scripted tour if full of painful puns delivered non-stop as the tour guide’s follow Howard’s script and show off the castle which is full of Howard’s amazing sculptures and artwork.  There are several large rooms full of his artwork, most done with tongue in cheek type of humor.  The output of this castle builder really is amazing.  You hear about the building of the castle, made from recycled materials such as the newspaper printing plates used as siding on the castle and the recycled materials used in his sculptures such as auto parts, oil drums, scraps of wood etc.  Not too much about the man’s career as an artist and the tour tends to stay on script.  I got the feeling that I was messing up the guide when I tried to ask questions but the guide did answer them and then got back on track.

Part of the tour is seeing Howard and his wife’s living quarters complete with a quirky elevator and other homegrown inventions from this amazingly creative mind.  After the tour you are invited to explore the property and even check out Howard at work if he is in his workshop.  There is a nature trail that is a bit overgrown and lacking in signage.  Watch out for the gators!  We saw one basking in the sun.

There is also the “Boat in the Moat” restaurant run by his daughter and her husband.  Its rather impressive as a structure – built to resemble a Spanish Galleon, it “floats” next to the castle.  Lots of seating and an especially beautiful tree house like function room.  Seems like a cool place to get married and have the reception.  There is even the “Blue Room” that you can rent for the night to see, as the guide put it, “what goes on there at night”.  Convenient for a honeymooning couple.

All in all a trip to Solomon’s Castle is a bit wacky, a bit of fun and certainly an out of the ordinary experience.  Plan your trip well so you can have lunch at the “Boat in the Moat” restaurant or on the weekends, stay for dinner and few drinks.  Some nights they even have entertainment.

Fun Facts about Solomon’s Castle

  • The castle is big and shiny.  It has a tower, stained glass windows and a moat.
  • The gleaming exterior is made of the printing plates discarded by the local weekly newspaper.
  • Inside are the family’s living quarters, a stained glass studio, a main entrance hall, and the extensive galleries, exhibiting Solomon’s “found object” sculptures.
  • More than 80 interpretations of stained glass windows in the castle.
  •  It took 16 years to build the 10,000 square foot gleaming castle
  • Howard bought the 45 acre property for less than $400 an acre not knowing it was a swamp in the summer.

More info:

Solomon’s Castle
Howard S. Solomon
4533 Solomon Rd.
Ona, FL 33865
Telephone: (863) 494-6077

Additional reading – http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1988-10-16/news/0070380236_1_gold-mine-solomon-s-castle-hardee-county
Fax: (863) 993-0755
Email:  castle@wildblue.net

Man Shoots Dog

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Man Shoots Dog – Photographer Edward M. Fielding creative journey with man’s best friend

Etna, New Hampshire www.edwardfielding.com

Local artist Edward M. Fielding never really considered himself a dog person.  Growing up his family had a series of dogs, a pointer, a boxer and a golden retriever, but he never really felt a strong bond to them –  a lot having to due with his allergies.

It wasn’t until his wife and son convinced him that it was time to have a dog.  Knowing full well that that as the one working from home, he’d be the one most responsible for the care-taking, he agreed to let the little white, hypoallergenic rescue dog into their lives.

Tiki the West Highlands White Terrier made his journey from a backwoods illegal puppy mill in Tennessee in a van full of scared and barking dogs to the Petsmart in Manchester and then into the arms of the Fielding family where he became the newest addition to the family.

At the time Fielding was honing his craft by producing work for the stock photography market which required a large volume of work and thus a large variety of subjects.  Tiki being the only model available during the day became a natural partner in the creation of a series photographs that grew into the publication of a book “the Quotable Westie” and some of the most popular images on Fine Art America the online art store.

Tiki has modeled in a variety of photographs ranging from Aladdin to appearing inside a Halloween Jack O’ Lantern.  Often the images are inspired by trips to the local Listen stores where Fielding buys bags full of toddler clothes.  These are often cut and pinned to the canine figure.

Recently Tiki’s fame as a model has increased as he landed his first magazine cover for Pet Junction Magazine distributed throughout Florida.

The question that comes up most when people see the series of photographs is how do you get him to sit there like that?

Fielding explains, “I started working with Tiki when he was a puppy.  It was like any training, treats were involved so eventually Tiki has come to believe that flashing studio lights mean that a treat is coming soon.  Anytime I set up the studio, he’ll be around even if I’m just setting up a still life or something.  He is such a good model that I’ve put him in a scene and then forgotten something like a memory card in another room.  I’ll leave the room, come back a few minutes later and he’ll still be there waiting patiently.”

“Of course shooting with split second flashes helps also.  Especially when working with other dog models who are not as calm in the studio environment.  I also have a few tricks up my sleeve, a bit of bacon grease on the muzzle if I need a tongue shot or hiding a treat somewhere.  One of my most popular images is Tiki pretending to be a photographer looking into a vintage 4×5 press camera.   What the viewer doesn’t know is that there is a doggie treat sitting there in the viewfinder and Tiki has his nose pressed up smelling it.”

Fielding works out of his home which he has dubbed “Dogford Studios” and sells his work through various stock agencies for commercial usage and to the public via his website www.edwardfielding.com as well as doing private studio sessions.

Besides canine photography Fielding works with a variety of subjects including mysterious images for the book cover market through Arc Angel Images and is working on an ongoing series looking at traditional maple sugar production in the region.  Four images from the maple sugar series will be shown at Gallery W at the Whitney Museum in Pittsfield, MA this March.

Fielding also teaches a popular series of Lego Robotics classes for children at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH.

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