Artwork

Behind-the-Scenes: Photographing in Washington

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For those of you who do not follow me on Instagram, I wanted to share a few brief video clips from a recent trip to Washington. A lot of my photography work was done in the early mornings and the evenings - around sunrise and sunset. There were a few mornings and evening when I thought I would capture the perfect photograph but the clouds moved in or the rain started pouring. I wanted to share these videos with you so you could hear the quietness of nature around me and envision what I was seeing while I was crafting my artwork.

On a side note - from a travel standpoint, one week is not nearly long enough in this beautiful state! There’s so much to see, so many trails to hike and such beautiful land to soak up. I had the chance to witness beautiful tulips blooming, hike to Rattlesnake Ledge, and see Mount Rainier poking out of the clouds.

 

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View from Gig Harbor

 
Quick video showing behind-the-scenes when I'm photographing the San Juan Islands from the mainland. Beautiful sunset! Check out the final piece of artwork at: https://bit.ly/2XwF5a2
 
 

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival at Sunrise

 
Quick video showing behind-the-scenes when I'm photographing tulips at the Skagit tulip festival from as the sun comes up. Check out the final piece of artwork at: https://bit.ly/2XwF5a2
 
 

Rattlesnake Ledge Outlook

 
Quick video showing behind-the-scenes when I'm photographing from the top of Rattlesnake Ledge in Washington. Check out a few pieces of my artwork at: https://bit.ly/2XwF5a2
 
 

Sunset at San Juan Islands

 
Quick video showing behind-the-scenes when I'm photographing the San Juan Islands from the mainland. Beautiful sunset! Check out the final piece of artwork at: https://bit.ly/2XwF5a2
 
 
 

 
Mary Parkhill, Photographer

Mary Parkhill, Photographer

 

Abstract Art: Using Photography to Give Your Wall Decor Color

We have all been there.

Wall Art Layout Ideas  here !

Wall Art Layout Ideas here!

You’ve finally figured out what your wall art layout is going to be and where you will place your frames. You’ve spent hours exploring Pinterest for layout ideas and other creative options. But now you’re stuck. You need to add a little color to the overall layout but you’re not sure where to get that color.

Consider photography abstracts. Like most other photography pieces, abstracts can come in all types of sizes and mediums to fit your home. Flat prints that can be matted and put in a frame or canvases that add more dimension.

Here are two of our canvases that you can find on Etsy:

 
Shop this instant download abstract  here

Shop this instant download abstract here

Shop this canvas  here

Shop this canvas here


Below are a few more color options - blues mixed with greens, yellows and oranges, and pinks with blues. If you’re looking for a specific color or want an extra set of eyes on the color scheme that you’ve selected, feel free to reach out to me here and I would be happy to help!

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Artwork as an Investment: Things to Think About When Purchasing Artwork

Artwork is an investment. Like any other investment that you make, you want to make sure you are thinking about various aspects that might influence your decision. While everyone’s evaluation criteria is different for selecting their artwork, here is a quick list of items to consider before making a purchase. This list is based on the questions that I receive from clients as they work through the process of selecting their pieces and displaying them.

  • Placement: Is the artwork placement permanent or is there a chance you will move the artwork to different places in your house or summer house?

  • Longevity: How long are you thinking of displaying this artwork? Would you like to pass it down to your children or are you looking to change out your pieces as the seasons rotate?

  • Artwork Weight: How sturdy are your walls and how secure is your artwork mounting? Some acrylics and frames can be heavy (especially the larger pieces). If applicable, consider purchasing a lighter canvas or photo print for less sturdy walls.

  • Budget: Sometimes people ask me how much $$ they should spend on artwork (in comparison to other items in their monthly budget). This depends on the person, their desired lifestyle, income, etc. I encourage you to spend only what you feel comfortable with. Please note that many small businesses and artists are willing to work with you to find the right price. If you really like a piece, do not hesitate to contact the artist to discuss.

Have questions about investing in a Mary’s Mark piece of artwork? Feel free to reach out to us here and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you have.