I lived in Great Falls for about 4 years, but I traveled all OVER that beautiful state doing my photography! (It's my 2nd favorite state I've lived in...Alaska being #1) I do have quite a few photos all around Montana in my gallery if you'd like to take a look sometime Pam (so do you go by Pam or Pamela?) Here's a quick link to my gallery...I'd be so honored if you ever wanted to do a painting using one of my photos as a reference ----> ~ laskanwlf.deviantart.com/galle…
You have an absolutely Stunning gallery! Love a lot of your photos and there are a lot of them that I could make a beautiful painting of. Thank you so much for your generous offer. Usually I try not to use anything online though. I am even careful what photos I put online myself - saving the best for my own references and not putting them anywhere on the internet. It is not just because of the copyright issues and getting permission for the photographers. It is because there are a lot of artists out there that don't care about copyrights. They grab whatever they want to use for reference - figuring if it is online it is theirs for the taking. So this poses another set of problems if I use a photo that has been online. I could spend weeks doing a painting - only to discover that someone else has done basically the same thing. Not a good thing at all. And the other reason is that I feel that a really good photo (like a lot of yours) are already art in their own right. So what could I do to improve them??? The only time I will bend and use a photo reference that is not mine is when I have a special request and don't have what I need. For example - a few days ago someone brought me a huge drum. He wants a drawing of an owl on it - which I have a lot of photos. But an owl with it's wings spread out and swooping down on something - I have nothing. haha So I am going to have to search for what I need online and ask permission. I only do that when I absolutely don't have another choice
Awwww thank you so much Pamela (you still never told me if you go by Pam or Pamela !! I'm glad you enjoyed my gallery.
All your reasoning for not doing a painting from online photos made perfect sense. But if you ever come across one of mine that you'd like to "play around with and paint or draw"...please make yourself right at home with any of them. I had an artist from Manitoba, Canada who really loved one of my photos and he not only asked me if he could paint it, but told me he would give me the original painting when he's done. I was FLOORED!! So sure enough, about 3-4 months later, he finished it and it turned out BEAUTIFUL!! It is now part of HIS online gallery here on dA. I now have the original one that he shipped to me (I also had it professionally matted and framed) proudly hanging in my living room.
Here it is ---->
Thank you for your very nice reply and for watching me now too. What part of Montana do YOU live? Just curious. I'll be spending a week at Glacier National Park hiking and doing my photography in mid-September. LOVE that state!!
I usually go by Pam, but Pamela is fine too. I have been called worse!
I like it here in Livingston. When my youngest daughter gets out of high school in a couple years I will decide if I want to stay here or go somewhere else. I would rather live in the country than in town - but we shall see. The Montana winters are too cold - but that is balanced out by the fact that I love going to Yellowstone Park in the winter when most of the tourists are gone . So I will have to put some thought into it between now and then
so much for that very nice compliment Pam!! I know the Bozeman/Livingston area pretty well and have always loved that area. I spent a few days at Yellowstone during the winter and fell more in love with that park at that time!! I rented a snowmobile and did my photography and loved every minute of it. Here's an old photo I shot with my old Canon 35mm camera while there --->
Thank you . Wyoming is beautiful, as is Montana where I live. During bad winters, I have seen herds of elk in the thousands in Paradise Valley. They come down when there is too much snow in the mountains. Beautiful creatures - and really really big when you are up close !
I have made a few, but not too many. The galleries don't really want them so much - but I do a few art fairs. I haven't made any of Reflections yet - but I could if you wanted one. Sometime I need to make a few anyway because my kids especially love that painting
Yes ,I would love to buy one from you . Thank you very much ,I am going to be the featured artist at " the Butte Frame Shop and Gallery " May 3rd , for the Uptown Butte Artwalk ,I will post more artwork soon ,getting several pieces matted and framed right now. I hope all goes well .My first showing since high school. I also just started drawing again after about a 20 year break. I missed it John Duran
Yeah! That sounds fantastic . May should be a good one - spring has sprung I do believe . Let me know how it goes. When I get a chance, I will check with the printer and see how much some prints would be. I am going to be getting some prints of the mule deer too, already have a few people wanting them, so I will check on both at once.
Yes ,I like the mule deer also , how is the quality of the prints through this site . I have not ordered anything through them yet, thank you for putting my hawk in your favorites. It means a lot coming from someone of your skill level .I am going to add you to my watch list. Let me know on your print prices and thanks again. John Duran