Friday, August 18, 2017

Foto Art Friday – August 18, 2017
Ghosts
The old deserted house stands in the ghost mining town of Kennecott, Alaska.  It speaks to time gone by, when the town was a hub of ore mining activity.  Now, the town is a tourist town, altho the way there is just difficult enough so that it will never become a tourist trap.  This house reminds me that we all have ghosts, so I inserted some into this piece.  Ghosts have a somewhat negative reputation, so another way of thinking about them is as history – sometimes our own and sometimes as society’s.  As much as we sometimes would like to forget the past and focus on the future, the danger in  that is that we will lose the lessons of the past, and in the words of an old saying, “Those who do not learn from the past, are doomed to repeat it.”  So, let us remember the lessons, the ghosts of our past.  It may sometimes be a bit difficult, as is represented by the wisps of memory clouds in this piece, and the faded words as well.  Here’s to the good ghosts, the good memories, and the lessons worth remembering!
Ghosts
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This piece is available in a variety of formats and finishes at www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/nadine-berg

Friday, August 11, 2017

Foto Art Friday- August 11, 2017
Reality
Sometimes, life is harsh.  This piece has, as its focus, a cabin called the Beeman’s Cabin, in Alaska.  Life certainly can be hard, and harsh, in Alaska.  This piece is meant to capture the reality of how hard can be.  In today’s world, it seems many want to make life unrealistically easy for younger people.  By doing that, they are doing a disservice to those individuals, because that’s not what life is.  I won’t go on, but life will hand all of us reality, which may be exactly what we want….or not.  Here’s to having the strength to survive and thrive in reality.
Reality
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This piece is available in a variety of finishes and formats at the following sites: www.etsy.com/shop/photoimagerybynadine and www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/nadine-berg.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Foto Art Friday – August 4, 2017
Homestead of Old
This piece has, as its focus, one of my favorite photographic subjects – an old deserted cabin.  There’s something about it being a living history, in a way.  Yes, it’s deserted and left standing until it falls over.  But, as long as it is standing, it serves to remind us of a life, or lives, that lived there.  Of a time in our history when brave souls faced the unknown in order to make a better life for themselves.  The image that is the base of this was converted to a sepia toned image to enhance the historic feel of this piece.  Vintage handwriting enhances the intention of this piece, as well as other brushes and effects.  It’s a homestead of old, our living history.
Homestead of Old
Enjoy!
This piece is available in a variety of finishes and formats at my web site at www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/nadine-berg.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sunflower Festival Art Exhibit
This year, I was once again accepted in the art exhibit that begins with the Sunflower Festival in Mountainair, NM, on August 26, and continues thru the month of September.  I am truly honored to have my work accepted in this exhibit.  Here are the pieces that will be on display at the Manzano Mountain Art Council Building at 101 E. Broadway in Mountainair.
Beautiful Monarch
It’s always a treat to be able to capture a butterfly in repose.  That this one happened to land on a lovely flower was a true treat not to be missed.  I processed the image as I did to add to the ethereal feel of the moment.
Package of Three
Three daisies at my feet as I walked along a trail in New Mexico were the inspiration for this piece.  I layered it graphically with a piece of vintage handwriting and then used a variety of specialty brushes in my photo imagery software.  The photograph was converted to a colored pencil drawing to enhance the soft and gentle feel.
Window in Adobe Wall
There’s nothing more Southwest (or New Mexican) than an adobe wall.  I loved the feel of the image of the adobe, with all its nuances of color.  Much like our lives – no matter how simple, there are still complexities in every one.  The significance of the window?  It’s a mystery – like the rest of our lives.  What we’ll see is what we make of it.
Old Fence
This image was taken close to my home in Edgewood, NM.  When I looked at the starkness of it, I decided to convert it to a monotone, and then added the texture to it.  It reminds me of the days when life here in the West wasn’t as easy as it is today and I wanted to honor those folks who made a living and their lives in this area.
Times Past
I saw this old windmill on the drive from Moriarty, NM to Mountainair, NM and knew I had to capture it.  When I began processing it, I realized that to truly what life may have been like when this was part of an active homestead, I needed to convert it to a black and white print.  I then added the other elements – the birds represent the fleeting nature of life, the handwriting reminds me of a journal perhaps someone kept, and the clock in the lower corner represents how time keeps passing.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Foto Shop Friday – July 28, 2017
The Perch
It’s the dead of winter, right after a brutal snow storm.  Most birds, in fact, most animals, are burrowed away, waiting for the sun to return, to once again warm the earth and melt the snow.  And, I see this raven, alone but not lonely.  A curious creature, seemingly oblivious to the conditions around him, perched on just about the only thing around not covered in snow, waiting, watching, content in his own environment.  Looking for some unlucky creature to venture out and become lunch?  Hard to say.  I do love the hardiness of these independent, and intelligent beings and this piece celebrates their uniqueness.
The Perch
Enjoy!
This piece, in a variety of finishes and formats, is available on my web site at www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/nadine-berg.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pencil Sketches in the Woods
If you visited my travel blogs, you’ve seen some of these images in “reality” there.   Here, however, you will see a more artistic rendering of the images – compliments of my computer.  I wish I could produce this on pencil and paper, but my talents don’t lie in that arena. So, let’s take a look at what I can do!
Summer Daisies
Here’s a softer, gentler look at what I called a very happy flower. This rendition of them focuses on the more delicate side of these flowers.  These look like something out of a dream, I think.
Alder Woods
At first, I had thought these were birch trees.  But no, they are alders!  And, in the fall, the color of their leaves is a lovely golden color.  But, now, there’s not a trace of gold – only green.  Still, for this sketch, I chose to focus on the white of the tree trunks and their pattern as they stand in the woods.
Asters in the Woods
Ok, so this is not a sketch!  It’s an impressionist painting!  But, it seems to suite these blooms just fine!  It sort of emphasizes their softness, and it really sort of suggests the movement of them thru the gentle breeze.  Makes me want to sigh……Ahhh….
Enjoy!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Silence
“Winter is a time for recovery and preparation.” Words by Paul Theroux and an image that I took during the winter are the inspiration for this piece.  There is nothing quite as silent as the world covered by a blanket of snow.  All sounds are muffled, and if they aren’t rather loud to begin with, they are totally silenced.  And, silence gives us time to recover our balance, and prepare to move forward.  That is what I feel when I look at the image in this piece, and what I attempted to convey overall.
Silence
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This piece is available in a variety of formats and finishes on my web site at www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/nadine-berg.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Foto Art Friday – July 14, 2017
Forest for the Trees
This week’s piece was inspired by a ride on a chairlift taken during the summer.  As we traveled both up and down the lift, I was truly amazed at the beautiful scenery.  I kept being drawn to the many, many pine trees that we passed over and alongside – so much so, that I totally missed this small stand of birch trees mixed in with the pines.  It reminded me of the saying about how one cannot see the forest for the trees – getting too hung up on the details to see the overall picture.  I felt a bit like that’s what I had done, totally missing all the birch trees in the forest because I was focused on seeing the pine trees!  I converted my image of the birch trees into a colored pencil drawing, and then merged it with some digital collage elements – some text from an Asian book, and some CitraSolv background paper I made.  I added some specialty brushes to the piece to add a finishing touch. I hope you enjoy the piece and don’t forget to check out all the trees!!!
Forest for the Trees
Enjoy!
This piece is available in a variety of formats and sizes at www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/nadine-berg.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Foto Art Friday – July 7, 2017
Running Free
For this week’s piece, I thought about a trip last year to the Moab area.  My husband, Jeff, and I like to explore on some off-roads, and it was along one of these that we came across a herd of pronghorn antelope running along a field next to us.  They were first running behind us, caught up with us, passed us, and ultimately crossed the road in front of us.  To create this piece, I started with some background papers I made using CitraSolv and merged it with a quote by Edward Abbey – “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view”.  I then applied some specialty brushes in PhotoShop Elements, and the result is what you see.  The antelope were truly running free, and I love the feeling this piece creates in me.
Running Free
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Note:  This piece is available in a variety of formats and sizes at www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/nadine-berg.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Foto Art Friday – June 30, 2017
Tasting Flight
This piece is based on an air race I watched recently.  I photographed the planes as they flew by the time check point for the final segment of the race.  Early in the morning of the second day of the race, I was lucky enough to capture the image that is the basis for this piece.  A small plane flying past the rising sun.  I came across a quote from Leonardo Da Vinci, where he said “Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards….”  That seems to be true for most pilots I know.  I added the quote in the background of this piece and then finished it off with some special brush effects, to emphasize the feel of flight thru the wispiness of clouds.
Tasting Flight
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This piece is available in a variety of sizes and formats at www.fiineartamerica.com/profiles/nadine-berg

Friday, June 23, 2017

Foto Art Friday – June 23, 2017
Truth Shines In
When exploring in our home state of New Mexico, my husband & I came across this door, or rather, this wall, with a door in it.  What struck me about this wall was how it was still standing, while apparently very sound structurally.  After all, the light was shining in at almost all the seams where the wood boards were joined.  The color was warm and lovely, and truly accented the light nicely.  It made me think about all that one hears in today’s world.  What is true? What is assumption?  What is an outright lie?  Sometimes they all sound the same, all are believable.  The key, I feel, is to listen with your heart.  When you do that, the truth will shine in. 
Truth Shines In
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Foto Art Friday – June 16, 2017
Adobe Wall
Recently, I toured Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio in the little village of Abiquiu, New Mexico.  This piece is influenced by that tour and visit into the surroundings in which she lived her life.  She had incredible talent, and a look at her art reflected great diversity – from stark complexity to stark simplicity.  This piece is focused on simplicity.  The color of the adobe, converted from photograph to painting, reflects all the nuances of our current life, whatever it may be.  Shades and tones are what makes it interesting.  The window reflects what is unknown, what is left to be.  It’s whatever we make of it.
Adobe Wall
Enjoy!
This piece is available in a variety of formats at   www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/nadine-berg.



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Foto Art Friday – June 9, 2017
Just Living…

This piece was inspired by a recent visit to a National Monument in New Mexico, called Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks.  As we walked the trails there, I came across this manzanita shrub bloom.  I believe the quote that I found mirrors what I often share with people – live your life to the fullest.  Don’t “just live” – seek to live your life to the fullest – seek beauty, experience all that you can and make yourself open and free to new things.

Just Living

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This piece is available in a variety of formats on www.fineartamerica.com/prifiles/nadine-berg.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Foto Art Friday – June 2, 2017
Haunted Impressions
Recently, Jeff and I spent time exploring the back roads in Texas, near the town of Fredericksburg.  We located a number of old one-room country schoolhouses, many of which were in a state of disrepair.  One image that I took of a window in one of the buildings reminded me of someplace that could possibly be haunted.  For this piece, I decided to run with that idea and added a hazy image of a small child as a ghost that still lives on in the building.  Various other digital collage backgrounds and effects were added to add to the overall feel of this piece.
Haunted Impressions
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This piece is available in a variety of formats on www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/nadine-berg.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Foto Art Friday – May 26 2017
Package of Three
When I was in Texas on a pleasure trip a couple of weeks ago, I captured an image of 3 daisy-type flowers blooming on the side of the road.  After capturing them as an image, I decided to play around with effects and convert them into a pencil drawing.  I absolutely cannot draw to save my soul, but I can recreate the effect using photographic software.  I then used that image as the foundation for this photo collage piece. 
Package of Three
Enjoy!
This image is available in a number of different formats and finishes at www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/nadine-berg.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pencil Sketches of Wildflowers and Roses
As I reviewed images I photographed of wildflowers and roses while on a recent trip to the area around Fredericksburg, Texas, I was reminded of how much I like pencil sketches, using colored pencils.  I decided to try to replicate that, using my photo software, since I am completely inept at drawing!  I’m not going to try to talk about these images and how I created them – instead, let’s just enjoy them!
Dual Waterlilies
Floating Invisibly
Beautiful Monarch
Poppy Peeking
Larkspur
Winery Rose
All of these images will be available for purchase in a variety of formats and finishes on www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/nadine-berg.
Enjoy!