A Work of Art!

 

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Pumpkin Pies made by my wife. They are indeed a work of art!

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend Everyone!

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Visual Effects Artist: Chris Cameron

Going boldly, here’s a post on a guest artist who just happens to be my oldest son! He’s a freelance visual effects artist mostly specializing in Star Trek related effects and spin-offs. His effects work has been appreciated and enjoyed both in Canada and the U.S.A. and he’s worked with a colleague from Portugal on a Star Trek online game. Chris has had a long-time contract with Project Potemkin  series of Georgia, USA providing visual effects for their Star Trek fan series. Another long term friendship with Chris Kroznuski of Burning Earth Productions has turned up some interesting projects.  More recently he has also been working with another fan-based production  called Star Trek Reliant from Newfoundland, Canada. These productions are showed at Sci-Fi conventions like Treklanta. His effects have generated applause and excitement by viewers both young and young at heart!

Chris was always a huge Star trek and science fiction fan since as far back as I can remember. His first adventures were in writing his own series called Captain Heroic and Gemini where he drafted the help of his younger brother and sister.  Back then he started with  online software known as Anim8or and later with the help of an Aunt and Uncle supplying him with a 300 dollar program called Animation Master he was able to make significant strides to the stars!  Today he mostly uses 3D Studio Max and After Effects  sometimes reverting to his old friend Animation master to create such things as a recent retro robot.

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One of his greatest likes, he says, is compositing!  That’s where the real and imagined are combined in a shot. It’s where digitally created shots are mixed with real ones. Here’s another sample:

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Chris says regarding his passion, ” I like the different challenging shots.  I like to see myself getting better and better the more I do it.”

Chris has worked at his current other job for nearly 8 years but still it’s a challenge to provide the best effects with changing and updating software and equipment.  It’s costly! He likes to give these fan groups a break and doesn’t charge but only asks from fans if they wish to donate they may do so.  Every five bucks counts, he says.

Here’s a link if you wish to donate and support fan based science fiction.

Chris’ other science fiction likes include , of course the Star Trek franchise, Stargate, Firefly and he really appreciates the work of Chris Nolan and his use of practical special effects and not only computer generated ones.  O and I can’t forget his loyalty to Batman.

Here are a few more shots of his work. Sometimes for the sake of speed, he uses pre-made models and modifies them.  Visit his website at www.DWFlash.com and be sure to check out his demo reel. Some reel cool stuff there!

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The Art Of Art Lee ( In Loving Memory of…)

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“Wintertime”

This summer I lost a good friend and fellow artist.  He was only 59 and yes it was caused by the dreaded ‘C’ Word. Life is not easy to understand sometimes. 

I met Art Lee just over 20 years ago.  Him and his wife were especially kind to me and mine.  He loved music and art, hockey and some football but most of all he loved his family.  There’s much more, as you could guess, that could be said of such a person; wonderful things that have already been thought and spoken.  Right now I am pausing to share some of his work with you that a bit of him will live on in all those that view this post. These are perhaps not all his best work.  These are pictures I took for my art gallery a few years ago.  

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One of the last words he spoke to me in the hospital, as he held two of my paintings,was “…if only ya had the time.. “ They weren’t spoken in a tone of regret but of insatiate interest, as if to say in wonderment, ” oh, what one could do if they only had the time.”  I’d like to think he was getting a glimpse of that eternal “time” where he can create forever.   I’d say “Rest in Peace,  Art”  but I know he’d rather be working, painting…

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Deserted by Arthur Lee

Pam Black Art

You haven’t heard from me much in January due to the loss of my computer. It’s tough bumming everyone else’s computer to check your email, etc.  So I’m happy to report I’m back with a better desktop and back to writing.

From time to time I’d like to showcase the work of artists that I know.  Today I’d like to share with you:

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Pam is a dear friend who I met a long time  ago and have just in the past few years caught up with again.  As it says on her website she

” enjoys working on wildlife paintings in her studio-with her yellow Lab by her side -surrounded by nature in her country home.”

She’s a gifted and perseverant  Canadian artist.  If you are familiar with Canada you will know that it has some of the most beautiful landscapes and ocean scenes in the world. It is also home to many of Nature’s most beautiful wildlife.

Much of this beauty is portrayed in Pam’s pastel work.  Vivid colours and striking textural detail make her work a pleasure to view.  Let me show you some examples:

The painting above is a new one from Pam called “Left Behind”

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In the detail above from an (to-date) unfinished work you can see her wonderful ability to make you feel the texture of the fur. Here are some more samples below.

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Pam Black has prints of her work which you can purchase by contacting her at her website. These are quality limited edition Artist Proofs handpicked by the artist.  One of those prints is of the painting “Evening Watch” (24.5 x 30.75) as you can see  here.

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