I have finally finished a website that features some my photography and digital paintings! You can see it at www.gloriahansenphotography.com. I am selling both prints (for folks who, like me, would rather do their own framing) and ready-to-hang. In that department, my favorite are the prints on metal. They are very pretty and make a great gift! Please check it out and let me know what you think. Also, I will be continually adding to the site.
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I took these from my backyard in central, NJ at different times throughout the night (on September 16th into the wee hours of the 17th). What a lovely night it was!
These are some of the many photos I took of a juvenile bald eagle at the Forsythe Preserve. The lighting changed a lot from the very early morning sunrise to mid-morning, and the bird kept returning to his post (to the delight of me and several others patiently waiting with their cameras).
I spotted a heron at the Davidson Mill Pond Park in central, NJ walking along the edge with something in its mouth. As I focused my camera on it, it flew across the pond. I realized the heron had speared a bullfrog through its back rear thigh! As I walked closer, the heron noticed me and began to walk into the grass. As he looked over his shoulder towards me, the bullfrog slid off its beak and got away! The heron was none too happy and was unable to find it. I returned several days since, thinking I’d find that bullfrog, maybe morphed into a prince with a limp. Alas, I haven’t found him yet!
I’m been out photographing nature several days a week this summer (and at least once a week this year). While I haven’t been posting as many photos here as I’d like, I’m working on a project that I hope to share very soon. Stay tuned!
A couple years ago I attended a three day master class at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, “the nation’s first school and museum of the fine arts.” I loved the class, not so much the commute from central, NJ. A couple weeks ago I returned for a 5 day “intensive” on botanical drawing and painting, but I stayed at a nearby Marriott. What a difference not having to make that commute made!
I selected a Calla Lily Zantedeschia to use as my model. I worked with it several days, including doing sketches of it, a toned drawing, and eventually a watercolor painting of it. I later learned this is called called a Picasso Calla Lily!
In addition to my class, I used every break and lunch hour to wonder around the school. I visited every floor. Some hallways were near empty, something I learned only happens during the summer months. Others were flowing with artwork, and some rooms had other “intensive” classes going on.
Since I have a lot of printmaking experience, I was thrilled that the instructor of this printmaking class allowed me in to wander around the huge classroom. It was filled with all types of interesting prints, and I was so tempted to join right in!
Also fun was heading to the 11th floor where there is a student lounge and going onto the roof where there are a few tables and chairs along with great views. I took all types of photos while up there.
Then there were all of the exhibits going on at both the museum housed within the new school building and the exhibits going on in the museum of the original building. Every day there was something new to see and explore.
When I saw my reflection in the artwork, along with the building behind me, I had to snap some photos!
Each morning I woke to the sun rising over the Delaware and flooding my room with light. I took along my favorite large teacup, made tea, and wrote in my journal. These photos scratch the surface of the many I took at the school and around downtown Philadelphia. I look forward to returning again!
I have a series of these taken on a couple different days, but here is a favorite from each day.
I have been doing a great deal of nature photography. One goal is to create a dedicated website for my images. We’ll see if and when that happens!
All were taken at Island Beach in New Jersey.
I took this in Stone Harbor, NJ yesterday.