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The Painter at the Wharf   3 comments

The Painter at the Wharf


After experiencing the demise of more than a few fresh Maine lobsters one evening, we decided to celebrate by catching the sunset at a nearby wharf. There was some sort of seminar or class going on in the area – there were a number of paint artists in the area set up at different viewpoints, and some were being videotaped as they worked.

It was quiet and serene as I went about catching different scenes, with Susan recording some video segments. I asked this woman if I could take a few frames; she graciously said Yes. I’m delighted that she did.


HDR from three exposures, 26mm, f/11, ISO100, merged in Nik’s HDR Efex Pro 2, modified with several filters in Photoshop with masking via Topaz Remask 3

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Artisan Series: The Metal Artist   2 comments

Kirk Davis sparks it up in his ArtForms Studio in Morehead City, North Carolina


Meet Kirk Davis.

Just don’t catch on fire.

I met Kirk when we were working on separate projects in a large house renovation. The owner was recreating a Tuscan Villa/Castle/Art Gallery (I don’t exactly know how to categorize the place!) Kirk was fabricating and installing a large number of iron pieces, and Susan and I were creating decorative plaster finishes inside. Overall, our parts in the project took up a large chunk of 2009, and we were all appreciative of the owner’s desire to let artists do what they do best: Create Without Limitations.

Kirk, operating as ArtForms Studio in Morehead City, NC, designed and installed custom pool railings, huge exterior lamps, door straps and hinges, wine racks, Gothic gutters (to go with the gargoyles), window guards, and other important elements of the house. He wanted to get some pictures of his work for his portfolio, and I wanted to visit his studio to see where he works. This is the first image from that session.

I can appreciate how Kirk approaches his art. Anyone who puts such thought and effort into their creations, and strives to develop unique interpretations while living in a world of mass-produced garbage, has my support. Over time, we’ve all become accustomed to settling for crap products, so I celebrate those who won’t sell out their creative efforts just to make a couple of quick bucks.  Slow down, take your time, put care into your work, and it will be a reflection of who you are, and will serve as a footstep in the sand that lets people know, “I was here.”

From Kirk:

“As an artist, I am profoundly influenced by space and my surroundings. I endeavor to communicate to others the power of art objects, creating bold new works that make a positive statement and contribute to the overall aesthetics of life.

“For over a decade the focus of my work has been the design and execution of unique sculpture, furniture, and architectural metal work. I encourage a collaborative design process with clients so that they may understand the possibilities of material and thus commission a body of work that meets their specific aesthetic ideals.”

We’ll likely see more of Kirk and the art he creates in future blog posts. To see the kind of quality that Kirk produces, please visit the private gallery that I’ve set up for him, Located Here.


Taken from a single exposure: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 lens at 45mm, f/7.1, 1/8s, 2EV. Camera mounted on tripod behind a piece of plexiglass, fired with remote shutter release.

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