All posts by Sharon

Everybody’s Favorites

Here is a gallery of the favorites everyone chose.  It was important to me to get the opinion of others because it’s hard for me to be objective sometimes. I know the story. I know the work that went into the art. I know how I felt when I took the photo, so something that is pretty blah to others might be my favorite of all. But sometimes you know when you have one that everyone will love.  Boot fan is an all around favorite for everyone. Who doesn’t love good looking boots? And Selfie in the Window. I saw the young women in the window and knew that I had to take that photo. It has proven to be popular. The flowers are favorites, too. I love all of the maps, but it seems only a few get the thumbs up from everyone else. So, here they are. Feel free to comment.

Oh, yeah, these are all available for sale in my Fine Art America Gallery – click here.

 

Advertisements

Trains! Trains! Trains!

It’s no secret that I love all things train. I am especially enamored with steam trains. A nostalgia for something I never experienced seems odd to me. I am sure that back in the day train travel was not easy, clean, or efficient. Now, everything is modernized and the steam for most is no longer coal but oil, cutting down on cinders. I have ridden a modern Amtrak train and the ride was comfortable and fun. I will definitely  do it again. But the sound of the steam whistle makes my heart sing.  To purchase any of these, click here.

 

 

 

 

A gallery of train art on Fine Art America

 

Endless Ferns

I love the delicate texture and pattern of ferns in the forest. These are located at Indian Boundary Campground in Tennessee.  Indian Boundary Lake Recreation area covers 96 acres in the Cherokee National Forest in the Tellico Ranger District.  There is a large lake with hiking and biking trails as well as a beach and a large campground.

 

 

To see a gallery of ferns by myself and other artists, click here.

A trip to Richmond, VA

I recently traveled to Richmond for work. While there, I had some down time, so I took advantage and did some sight seeing. There is so much to do and see, I didn’t know where to start. Sometimes when that happens to me, I just stay around the hotel and don’t venture out too far. Fear of the unknown, I guess. Anyway, I was determined to get out and do something. I found it never took me more than 15 minutes to get anywhere.  I went to some great restaurants during the week and did some touristy things on the weekend. The first really touristy thing was going to the Hollywood Cemetery. This is a place you have to see to really appreciate. It’s huge and full of history.  Then I found my way to Ashland. Ashland is a train town outside of Richmond. The entire town is considered an historic district. On Saturday, I made my way to Shockoe Bottom for an historic ghost tour. Ghosts tours are a great way to see several a city at night. This is true especially when I am traveling alone. I would never go to most of these places alone at night. So, going on a group tour is the ideal way for me.  I also love to hear about the local folklore and who doesn’t love ghosts?  Sunday was spent taking more photos in Shockoe Bottom (where Main Street Station is located) and then to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. I spent hours in this museum and I did not see everything. I am pretty sure that I am ready to go back to Richmond.

 

These photos were taken in the Libby Hill Park area. We were there for a photo shoot and once we finished, I walked around and shot some photos of the beautiful historic homes and the Richmond skyline.

 

 

Ashland also known as the “Center of the Universe” is a small town outside Richmond. I fell in love with this town. The town was declared a historic district in 1983.  The first time I went, I had dinner at the Iron Horse. I sat on the patio and geeked out a little when a train rolled through. The food there is amazing and worth a visit. The next day I went back to Ashland and ate at the Trackside Grill.  A little more basic, but still yummy food.

 

The Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA is 130 acres. It is large and sprawling and known for it’s beautiful gardens and history.

 

 

The Farmer’s Market was large and had just about everything, including fresh, hot donuts.

 

Trains. Did I mention trains?

 

To see more photos from this trip, click here.

 

To see prints from other artists. Click here.

 

 

Shadow Play

Sometimes my photography feels stagnate or I just do not feel inspired. When this happens, I try to challenge myself to try something new and different. I decided to do some shadow play today. Most of the shadows were organic in shape and cast by natural things like leaves or plants. But I did catch the shadow of a lawn chair and it came out pretty nice. I briefly considered making these black and white, but decided that the shadows themselves had little color already. I also really liked the pieces of color from the rust of the car or random leaves. I would love to see your shadow play, feel free to tag me.

 

 

To purchase prints or other items of mine, click here.

 

To see shadow art from other artists, click here.

Lock and Key

A recent still life series. Locks and keys have always been a favorite. I found this set a local flea market.  The unique shapes caught my eye. The rusty old look closed the deal.  I like to give the items in my still life photos life. I make up stories about them. The two smaller ones are a definite pair. They go together so perfectly. It must have been destiny. They are soulmates. The larger lock just sort of lives alone in a world all its own. I don’t think it’s lonely though. He just likes to do his thing and watch the world around him.

 

©Sharon Popek 2016
Two Locks One Key
©Sharon Popek 2016
Support
©Sharon Popek 2016
One Open One Closed
©Sharon Popek 2016
Single and Open
©Sharon Popek 2016
Locked and Lonely
© Sharon Popek 2016
Triple Locked

 

Buy prints of these or any of my other still life photos here.

View the work of other artists here.

Hemingway Slept Here

Some more map art. This time it includes photos of Finca Vigía, Hemingway’s home in San Francisco de Paula, Cuba and quotes from some of the books he wrote there. Finca Vigía means Lookout Farm and it does have a beautiful view.

“The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for” – For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway.
“You never understand anyone that loves you” – Islands in the Stream, Ernest Hemingway.

To purchase these or any of my work, click here.

Cuban Map Art

After working several of my photos from Cuba, I decided to try something different. I wanted to emphasize the idea of travel and adventure that drives me. I have always loved the beauty of maps and so decided to integrate my love of photography and my love of maps.

To purchase prints, pillows,tote bags, shower curtains, or phone cases of these, click here.

To view map art by other artists.

Cuba or Bust

I recently traveled to the beautiful island of Cuba. The visit was amazing, the people were wonderful, and the rum a little too drinkable. Here are some pics from the trip. Cuba was indeed a photographer’s dream. From the newly painted colorful buildings of Trinidad, to the old world architecture of Havana, it had a little bit of everything. The architecture of Cuba is a mix of Spanish and English Colonialism, as there were held by both for many years. Currently, Cuba is a country in flux. They are rebuilding and renovating. Most of the Cubans we met were very optimistic about their future. I had a wonderful time and look forward to returning some day.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these photos, please click here.

 

 

 

 

To view photos from other artists.cuba photographs for sale