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Is a New Year Meant to be a Happy New Year?

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:22:00 +0000

Not Always, why?  If you are concentrating on your self improvement and doing well, then by all means let's celebrate with happiness. But if not, what then? I would hope we would begin to focus on fixing that. But until we right that ship, we are partly happy, we are working on re-aligning our focus. That's moving toward happiness, which is where so many of us are, right? I hope so. I don't know about anyone else, but I haven't quite reached perfection yet. Even so, wishing everyone you know a Happy New Year is such a strong tradition that we continue to echo it among all our loved ones and friends, and many others we meet. And through that tradition our purpose is two-fold, in wishing others we offer encouragement for a happy year ahead, and we are offering ourselves the same freedom to achieve.So what gets in the way of thinking ahead to a Happy New Year? This is an endless list if we focus on the daily news. Hard to believe that too many of us do. Listening to the news is 80% negative and/or shocking, 20% uplifting and/or of very little value. I have found that any channel with commercials, does not serve my taste or calmness. So for 2018, I choose only to watch and listen to public tv and radio, well and sports. And for all the channels subscriber tv burdens us with, I can turn on my channel, and set down my remote for as long as I want, without having to change when commercials interrupt. Again, except when I watch sports.With that in mind, try to discover what calms you and leads you to your happiest of New Years. Focus on what feeds your thrill, calms your soul, and respect one another while respecting yourself as well. By the way, If you've forgotten, please reach out to everyone, even those with whom you might be currently experiencing difficulties with, just because you deserve, as they do, the natural calm, that comes from offering it. It's a small but comforting act. I'm not saying it will make changes but its a good thing.Leave your comments below please, it would be most interesting to find what you have found to improve your New Year for 2018. And thanks for reading. Comments [...]



Merry Christmas - Peace on Earth

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 15:17:00 +0000

..John LennonSo This is ChristmasSo this is ChristmasAnd what have you done?Another year overAnd a new one just begunAnd so this is ChristmasI hope you have funThe near and the dear oneThe old and the youngA very merry ChristmasAnd a happy New YearLet's hope it's a good oneWithout any fearAnd so this is ChristmasFor weak and for strongFor rich and the poor onesThe world is so wrongAnd so happy ChristmasFor black and for whiteFor yellow and red onesLet's stop all the fightA very merry ChristmasAnd a happy New YearLet's hope it's a good oneWithout any fearAnd so this is ChristmasAnd what have we done?Another year overAnd a new one just begunAnd so this is ChristmasI hope you have funThe near and the dear oneThe old and the youngCourtesy | MetroLyrics https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-rich-collins.html Comments [...]



My iPhone X is Not Sounding a Text Alert: WHY??

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:34:00 +0000

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Can you tell me why my new iPhone X is not sounding a text alert, a call alert? 

 Yes this is my first iPhone, so this may be the cause of not knowing what was up with not hearing the alerts to both texts and calls, so forgive my unfamiliarity. So this is perhaps for any of you who might also be new first time owners of an iPhone X, and maybe for other models too. It turns out there was a slider on the left side of the phone but hidden under the cover. And without even looking I pulled off the Defender rubber cover to see a small switch/slider that was showing a very thin line of red. Once I slid it to black I could hear the alerts. Just for anyone not knowing here is the slider switch, borrowed from a photo online (from of all places-androidcentral).

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And here's the link to how to find it and slide it at macreports.com
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World's Most Affordable Bitcoin 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:11:00 +0000

BitCoin .  It's on Fire and it would make a great Den room hanging..or?Bitcoin could make the perfect investment-themed image for any den, corporate lunchroom or office where those who are interested in it will devour its significance. Then imagine the uses that you can find herePhone CasesPortable Battery Chargers Yoga Mats and T-Shirts Tote BagsFleece Blankets and MugsGreeting Cards Throw Pillows Duvet Covers Shower CurtainsPouches, Weekender Tote Bag, Spiral Notebooks  Spiral Notebooks  Round Beach Towels, Towels (Beach and Bath)          Comments [...]



Day Three: Let's Do Some Balck and Whites

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 16:22:00 +0000

Day Three Black and Whites



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Day Two: Let's Do Some Black and Whites

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 14:48:00 +0000


Day Two Black and Whites


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Top Secret Seagull Drone

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You can find this and many others at my FAA site 
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Let's Do some Black and Whites

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:53:00 +0000

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For a collection of images, notably color, please link to my prints for sale site


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Photo of the Day Award

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:24:00 +0000

Always nice to receive a Photo of the Day Award

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Awarded by Capture SW Washington


An appropriate time of the year to post this photo taken on a Canon 30D in 2014 clearly in the Fall as can be seen by mushrooms, unidentified and falling leaves from a Maple tree.



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The 1st Fine Art Photograph Beleived to be Taken

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 15:20:00 +0000

.Ist Fine Art Photograph Ever TakenWhen did Fine Art Photography begin, and who was credited ?  Alfred Stieglit's photograph of 'The Steerage' in 1907 is considered by many historians to be the most important photograph ever made. Stieglitz was notable for introducing fine art photography into museum collections.Any one of us could pick this photo apart on numerous points in the world as great or even good photography. It looks mistakenly disheveled, even messy, the subjects aren't particularly interesting, it is not level, the best focus is perhaps on an empty plank which does not indicate or highlight much interest, there are no vessel markings, no way to tell if passengers are continuing to embark or disembark on some kind of journey, literally the composition is sloppy at best, and no single point of subject  which is clear in our minds as we attempt to clarify the meaning of the photograph. However it does something at that time, that no other photo has ever done, at least to many historians. It offers a particular photographer's artistic expression. Many of us continue to argue against that specifically when viewing photographs such as the one above, or, quite honestly millions of other photography supposedly deemed Fine Art. Why? Quite simply because photography used to be referred to as a craft, not an art. And here begins the legacy of the argument for which we all wonder, 'What is it that makes a photograph not a craft, but an art'. If it is exclusively that a photographer in planning their shoot, their subject, their technique, is to be something they created, as a style, then indeed any one who picks up a camera can claim that, but only if they can demonstrate that it is their own style. I can buy into that, but can anyone who copies a style then claim that their photography is fine art? That's a question that can only be answered by the buyer. ..   Certainly this shot I took of a streambed well below a waterfall is considered fine art, merely since I took creative license to enhance beyond what mother nature presented when I took the shot. That is clear. If you could see the original you would immediately recognize muted colors. Composition and all the other photographic factors aren't enough. They help quite a lot, but they cannot alone make a photograph fine art. Below is an example. .... It is merely a bird in flight. Now how one could make this a piece of fine art to hang on a wall, is then up for discussion. Which then leaves us with the struggle to find photography as a Fine Art.I am offering up my interpretation of my photography, as an example, and it is up to you to judge how well I have done in creating pieces which you might consider as a work of 'fine art'.Rich Collins Fine Art  I'd enjoy hearing your thoughts once you return here.Comments [...]



New Artwork Blue Mountain Layers

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:18:00 +0000

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Blue Mountain Layers

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Available now at my website Blue Mountain Layers

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Products

Canvas Print, Framed Print, Art Print, Acrylic Print, Metal Print, Wood Print, Greeting Card, Throw Pillow, Duvet Cover,  Tote Bag, Shower Curtain, Phone Case, and more


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New Artwork "Blue Parrot"

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:03:00 +0000

Blue Parrot


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Available now at my website Rich Collins at Fine Art America

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Products

Canvas Print, Framed Print, Art Print, Acrylic Print, Metal Print, Wood Print, Greeting Card, Throw Pillow, Duvet Cover,  Tote Bag, Shower Curtain, Phone Case, and more



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Price Increase: Happy Valentines Day

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 16:22:00 +0000

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Your Corporate Wall Art is Lacking Inspiration

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 13:52:00 +0000

.Your Corporate Wall Art is Lacking Inspiration . Part of a company's responsibility is to Inspire their employees Think about all the areas you are not currently demonstrating this   You use training methods, seminars, management and bonuses What about your walls as they enter or leave the buildings? You have the opportunity to inspire, through the use of wall art. Use all available avenues when reaching out to your valued employees potential. To see if I have anything you can use, reach out at my site,  Rich Collins Fine Art America Comments [...]



Your Office Wall Art is Getting Stale

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 15:09:00 +0000

Your Office Wall Art is Getting Stale

You've probably been thinking about what your clients are seeing every time they come into your office(s) and how stale is might be to them. A lot of us feel that way. Think about how you feel when you repeatedly go into your dentist or doctor's offices, your attorney's office or even your veterinarian's office, and there's no changes to their wall art. It is quite a boring state. They know it, and you may know it about your office art too. 

The question is not is it stale, the question is when will you do something about it? Regardless if you buy today from me, or not, at least take this quick opportunity to copy the link, or if you have a few minutes, link through to view if any of my art will be appropriate for your walls. Isn't about time? 

Rich Collins at Fine Art America

 

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Working Horse Art

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000

For Lovers of Working Horse Art

The true horse lover knows when a working day starts and ends. So does the working horse. You can hear it in their breath, feel it in their sweat and muscles. And you can see it in their tongue and teeth as this photo reveals the effort it takes to get the job done.

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This photo was captured at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, Washington, on a day historically celebrating when the Hudson Bay Company occupied the land and the laborers, known then as Kanakas, Hawaiian laborers, who were charged with farming the land with horses. Thus this represents the era of the early 1800's. By 1828, the farm “reaped 4,000 bushels of potatoes, 1,300 of wheat, 1,000 of barley, 400 of corn, 300 of peas, and 100 of oats, and in the spring of 1829 they tended 200 pigs, 153 cattle [not including calves], and 50 goats.” By 1829, 200 hogs and an Hawaiian swineherd kept the Fort supplied with pork (*1). This photo represents all the hard work done by the horses of that era in the Pacific North West at the Hudson Bay Company.



If you'd like to read the long story, Hawaiians at Fort Vancouver

*1 Credit to the web site of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
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The When and Why of Buying Art

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000

The When and Why of Buying ArtAre you the type that sees a piece of art, be it a painting or a photo already in the frame in a variety store, and stuffs it in the shopping cart? Is that really all the thought you give to buying a piece that represents what you enjoy in life? Or do you give it more thought than that? Do you for example, go to art galleries, or farmers markets to peruse the local talent, taking your time and perhaps even snapping a phone photo to remember the piece and the artist, the photographer? Taking that pic home to think it over, and/or discussing it with another? I am a photographer and that is exactly how I do it. I have been known to buy on the spot. But the piece has to be something that grabs me, or is relevant to my surroundings or my treasured past. But mostly I am thoughtful about a purchase. It's not so much what it costs, though it can be if the piece is expensive for my budget. It is more about what I want on my wall, and what I want to project to the world of visitors to my home or office, about who I am, what I respect and how they might think of me. Our lives, all of us, are full, and we are busy, so busy it seems we hardly have time to think of adding another project or event which involves choosing art. But we return to our homes nearly every single day. And what I want in my home, besides all the expensive furniture and appliances and technology gadgets, is something which either relaxes and comforts me or what inspires or motivates me. And that is the art I choose to hang. I take nothing away from all the photos of family and friends, those are keepsakes revered for ages, to be passed on. But the art that we choose for motivation or comfort, should be something we take time to think about, reflect upon, and hang in special places in our homes.I wrote this piece to help you make choosing a piece or two here at my gallery online nearly effortless. I would be honored if you took the time to visit before moving on. Thank youThe Site to Buy Art for Your Home or Office   Comments [...]



International Women's Day 2017

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:31:00 +0000


Celebrating International Women's Day 2017

 

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 A few examples of why I am celebrating this day. Honoring the women in our lives should bring us cause for joy, respect and love for the women in our lives. Please take a check on the women in your lives and honor them.






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Sat, 04 Feb 2017 18:21:00 +0000

If You Could Choose any Art to Hang, what would it be?Something ExperimentalSomething Less Traveled?Something more Creative?Something Flowery?Something Wet?Something Animalistic?Something Personal?Something Unusual?Like a mushroom face in a log?or several images in one?Or a Grandiose Mountain Storm?Which would it be? For Your Walls?A few other choices reside hereComments [...]



Puxatawny Phil Predicts an Early Spring 2017

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:39:00 +0000

Phil Predicts an Early Spring



He crawled out of his hiding spot underground and just before the sun broke, Phil, under a cloud-covered shadow, predicted an early Spring. I'm not entirely convinced though, as he was partially in the sun as he peeped out the message. I'm losing faith in his integrity.


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Merry Christmas is for Family

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 14:45:00 +0000

Merry Christmas is for FamilyNo matter what else you do this Holiday, get together with your family, and friends, or at least call them. Include them in your conversations, ask about their lives, their thoughts this season.  All of them have plans, goals and concerns they would love to share with you. If you can do nothing else, take a walk together, go cut a tree together, enjoy a Christmas meal together. And make sure in your busy life, that you set aside time to spend together, talking about you and them spending even more time together throughout the year. Maybe if you think some, you can even work in some time with them as they fit into plans you have set for a New Year's goal. Wishing you some together times this holiday that will create great memories, for you, your friends and family, and the children. They are all so special. And take pictures so you can bring them out the next year, or a few years into the future.Enjoying the Christmas season, opening presents, sharing a holiday meal, reminiscing about the past and planning to spend time together as the year unfolds is Christmas at its best. Oh and don't forget the sled or the snowman if you are fortunate enough to have some of that white fluff. Merry Christmas, be kind to all, walk with a gentle spirit, keep your expectations low. And more than anything, long for those moments together when smiles and laughter are your top priority. There will be another time for discussing troubles, Christmas is the time for sharing your very best. Comments [...]



Affordable Iron Creek Bottoms Photo Art

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 20:14:00 +0000

Iron Creek Bottoms


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Can You Afford my Photo Art?

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:32:00 +0000

.Can You Afford My Photo Art?..First off you have to have an eye for Photo Art that you want to hang on your walls. You will only find that with enough searching until you see what you really want. I will leave a link for mine in this article. Second you'll need to establish the price that you won't go above, per print. Get that set in your decision-making mind before you link to my art site. Look at your needs, your empty walls, or your walls where hangs art you are clearly tired of looking at, then assess your financial discretionary dollar amounts and finally head over to take a good, long look. I am unclear if I'll have anything within your budget, but it can't hurt to take a look. Who knows, maybe you've got quite a stash of greenbacks in your account and won't mind spending a fairly large sum for something that really catches your eye. Something that will turn heads when visitors drop by. So Where's the Link to Your Photo Art Already?Just one more thing before I send you on your way, be prepared to draw down your savings in an effort to really create a special wall, or a full room of art. And if you spend more than you wanted, well you can always buy your own frames for less than you can at my site. Alright already, here's that link to Rich's Photo Art  Comments [...]



My Photography: A Personal Story from Start to Present

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 15:25:00 +0000

How my Photo Art Developed Living in town was fulfilling for our family life, as we mostly all lived within the confines of a village, if you will. All other family members were within a block or two, church was literally a 5 minute walk. The market was only a 5 minute drive. Our neighbors were quiet gardeners and church folk. An idyllic setting one would think. And we did believe that, I am told. But at some point my Father decided to uproot our family, to a 15 acre plot of land, that became a working farm, where we raised chickens, pigs, cattle, horses and from time to time, geese, sheep, ducks, a peacock, dogs, cats and assorted farm animals too numerous to mention. We also grew crops for our animals and food in a large garden for our own family use, in short, a lot of hard work. I was five and a half when we moved, and by the time age 6 arrived I had been converted to a full time farm hand. Twice a day I found myself tending all the animals, feeding and gathering eggs, milking cows, slopping the hogs, as we called it then, and filling lots of water troughs. It was hard work, but it wasn't nearly enough for the likes of a young lad yearning for something more.   The Yearning For my Love of NatureWhen all the duties were done, and sometimes even before they were finished, I would run to the back porch door, where I could quickly enter the kitchen door and grab the Kodak Brownie from the shelf above the table. On a warm summer morning I had huge fields to explore. Within those fields, at alfalfa level or down to ground level were thousands of compliant subjects which sometimes happily, sometimes warily self composed within the confines of my lens. Flies and dragonflies, spiders and butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, starlings, finches, robins, crows, raccoons and porcupines, moles, and many many more would get lodged between a glass lens and a shutter on film. At the time I hardly considered how lucky I must have been to have all this nature at my reckoning. I simply went through rolls of film like there was not tomorrow. It was not till around 7 that the subject came up. "Son, what are we going to do with all these rolls of film?" That's when it really hit me. The idea of preserving and printing started to weave its way into my mind. It would do no good to keep shooting at such a frenetic pace, as do digital shooters do today, without some sort of preservation which from that point on became the standard of my obsession for Photo Art.My world of photography at that time was a fairly narrow focus for a photographer of adult perspective, but to me at that age, it was a vast field of exploration. One week I would focus on flowers or seed heads, fresh or at advanced stages. While the next would bring me to shots of hawks in flight, red-winged blackbirds posted on alfalfa stalks or insects of every variety imaginable.  It took me a long while then, to move from the unlimited sources of photographic captures in the outdoors to venture inside, a very long while indeed. And still to this day, people and their social habits are not nearly as strong a draw as is nature. You will do me and yourself a favor, I hope, by visiting my Photo Art Collection at my website where you'll find a lot more than insects, birds and mushrooms.   Comments [...]



Details on any Particular Print Available Now

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:12:00 +0000

.Looking for Details on any of my Photoart Prints? I've made many sales in which I did not get the email address or phone number of the buyer, only to find later that I wondered if they wanted information related to where I got the shot, the location, the directions to where it was captured, how I created it, what I did creatively to cause the effect, or any other relevant data they might now wish they had asked about at the time they purchased it. It makes sense that a buyer, now owner of art, is able to discuss it with visitors to their home. It makes the piece much more interesting, than just the piece itself, even if it is dazzling, powerful or just the right color for their decor. If you, as you wander through this blog, happen to locate pieces you'd like data on, just email me at rcphotos @ q. com and I'll be more than happy to send you all I have so your understanding is better than just the appearance of the photoart piece you're admiring. Also if you like, let me know in your email request, if you would like me to send an occasional email about future works coming up. Thanks for stopping by and here's wishing you the best of Christmas and Holiday Cheer. You'll notice I've separated my email, please push it back together, as I am preventing machine bots from emailing me. I'd rather not have to deal with tons of those, thanks.  Comments [...]