Aug 22, 2011
A Guest post from our photographer friend Vitaly Geyman who lived in Australia for many years.
Where ever you go in the world you will find the most amazing nature
Recently I have visited my homeland Australia for a taste of wild life and
adventure. Australia is an amazing country by any means. For example it has
one the largest sand islands in the world called Fraser Island.
There you can slide down on white sand dunes into a crystal clear lake. Yet
it is completely surrounded by an ocean of salt water. However my most
amazing encounter was with the gum tree forest, also known as Eucalyptus
trees. These 30 ft giants glow in the day and night like a beacon. There
are over 700 species Eucalyptus trees.
Eucalyptus from Australia
Australian aboriginal people believe that tree spirits are with us all the
time. Tree spirits are part of the “dream time story” which tells the story
of the creation of the universe.
Walking through a Eucalyptus forest one gets a strange feeling that someone
is watching you. My biggest fascination was with the bark of these amazing
tress. The White Gum Tree stands 30-40 ft high its smooth silky bark glows
in the dark. The patterns in the bark reminded me of the tree spirits. A
women like figure, a face of a ship started to appear as I kept working on
The Red Gum bark is even more dramatic. Filled with fine grain, you can
almost see it as an abstract painting of a modern artist. A ghost like face
floating through space. It is though the tree spirits that aboriginal people
talk about have carved their signature in the bark of the tree.
Australia is certainly an amazing continent full of adventure and mystery.
The aboriginal people tell us that we are all part of the story of creation
the trees are our cousins and we should look after them just as much as they
support our very existence.
Australia Travel Article Provided by: Vitaly Geyman - Giclee Art Prints from Art Prints America
Jul 27, 2011
Stages of US Art History
The US History of art has gone through many transitions. Indigenous Indian art is represented in many forms, from the symbolic rock art created by hunters and gatherers to Totem poles carved by several of the groups in the Pacific Northwest. Wikipedia has an excellent treatment of Native American art here.
The next stage of art can be described as European religious art. This appeared with the first settlers and the influx of Christianity, representing deities, saints, and the story of Christ.
Following the religious art was the influence of French impressionist painters of the 18th and 19th century.
The 20th century is known for its modern art.
Modern art, such as cubism and minimalism, are almost a Zen approach to art, with minimal expression yet lots of symbolism.
Finally there is spiritual art. This form of art is not religious yet honors the divinity of human beings and the earth. Spiritual art demonstrates the power of the spirit and the beauty of nature. Spiritual art is just beginning to flower but it may become the next evolution of art.
Each of these stages had a profound impact on the artist and the art we see around us.
Each stage represents the evolution of art and human development contributing to our society as a whole.
Provided by: Art Prints America – Unique Flower Prints
Jun 21, 2011
Georgia Totto O’Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was one of America’s most famous women artists. When we think of Georgia O’Keeffe we think of sensual large floral paintings and bright daring colors.
Georgia once said “I’ll paint what I see-what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it-I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers”. Another great quote that Georgia is well known for is “To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.”
Edward Weston 1938- 1958 was one of the greatest photographers in US history. The birthplace of many of his images is the area around the west coast town of Monterey, California. Many of Weston’s photographs that now sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars were printed in the Monterey Area. Weston’s commanding series of seascapes and landscapes were taken in the place now known as the Point Lobos State Reserve.
In the spirit of Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Weston is the work of Vitaly Geyman, an internationally acclaimed fine art photographer. Check out Vitaly Geyman’s Flower Prints and Black and White Prints.