Can Beauty be a Political Statement?

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I speak for myself. Civility in America’s public arena is under challenge through crass, vulgar and denigrating speech. The growth in tolerance and egalitarianism over the past few decades is facing a setback through intolerant language and actions. When I watch tv news, read newspapers and listen to the radio I come away with the sense that America is in a dark threatening time.

As an artist what can I do to contribute to a more civil, tolerant, inclusive and positive society?

Can beauty be a counter to ugly language and behavior?  I believe it can. The laws of science and human behavior support the principle of balancing forces. I offer beautiful images as an artistic and political counterbalance to the ugliness. I invite you to join me in the affirmation of life as we strive for refinement in our lives. What we visualize will have an impact on our attitudes and behavior. This is not a naive call for putting our heads in the sand or pretending that there aren’t a multitude of challenges to the common good. For me it is a recognition of the negative and a choice to turn toward the positive. In the face of darkness and ugliness, light and beauty is a revolutionary action.

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Can Beauty be a Political Statement?

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Yellow on Gold

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Yellow on Gold

Abstract color study. Yellow and Gold.

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A guest brought these tulips to a tea party my mother-in law Reba was having at our house.

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Standard Red & Yellow Tulips, “Leen Van Der Mark” processed as a black & white image

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Standard Red & Yellow Tulips, “Leen Van Der Mark” raw image as captured in camera.

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Standard Red & Yellow Tulips, “Leen Van Der Mark” processed via Lightroom to produce this beautiful but a little disturbing image.

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Bi-Color Standard red & yellow tulips “Leen Van Der Mark”, at the end of their bloom.

 

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Tea Party Tulips

Standard tulips you can buy at the grocery store.

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A N N O U N C E M E N T

FLORAL ESSENCE is available in hardcover and softcover versions through Blurb.

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42 page book showcasing photographic art prints of flowers on exhibition at the Flour Parlor in Sarasota, FL

The 42 page book showcases the photographic art prints by Wayne Eastep on exhibit at the Flour Parlor in Sarasota, Florida. I hope you enjoy the exquisite design and lush beauty of these flowers. Thank you for your support.

When you are in Sarasota come by and see the show and enjoy some very fine coffee and tasty desserts by Amy Nichols of the Flour Parlor.

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One of Sarasota’s finest boutique bakeries is exhibiting Flower Essence, a show of photographic art prints by photographer Wayne Eastep.

 

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FLORAL ESSENCE published

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Collins residence, 200 square foot dining room, Sarasota, Florida

Ian Collins, the client:     

“I didn’t want a big place,” he says. “I didn’t want to insult any of the things around it.”

Dale Parks, the architect:    

“You don’t want to decimate an established neighborhood with a gargantuan house.”

Wayne Eastep, Photographer:

“After Dale explained the concept for this project I knew it would be  to be a pleasure to photograph.”

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Entrance and Cantilever Dining Room


Ian Collins knows glass.  He is CEO of Novum Structures, which builds some of the most innovative structures using glazing in the world: Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL; The Palladium Mall, Istanbul, Turkey; MGM City Center, Las Vegas, NV, to name a few.

Architect Dale Parks knows design.  He works within a modern architectural vernacular. His designs have contextual integrity that shows respect for the environment within which they exist.  If I were to use hashtags to describe his work they would include:  #Modern Architecture, #Architecture meets Nature, #Beauty through Design, and #Design with Integrity.

Ian and Dale showed respect for the neighborhood by keeping the scale of the house within the context of the neighborhood.  The living a.c.square footage is 2,800, porch 500 sq. ft. plus  garage. The design solution also built on the idea of connecting the inside of the shelter to the nature outside.  Dale the architect and Ian the engineer and client created a successful relationship between commercial material – the large glass panels by Novum Structures – and a residential shelter connected to nature.

Read the feature story in Sarasota Magazine.

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Back of the Collins house with a view into and through the structure

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View from foyer with view through the house onto the deck and pool looking west

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Living room, dining room and kitchen looking east

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Living room with media wall and fireplace

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Open loft office

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(R) Staircase to open office and guest bedrooms (L) staircase to master bedroom and bath

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Staircase leads to guest bedrooms and open loft office .


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Master Bathroom

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Point Supported Glass connecting glass panels at the corner of the dining room.

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Front of the Collins residence  facing east

 

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Exhibition “Flower Essence”

A collection of 26 images expressing the essence of flowers: design, beauty, grace and sensuality, is on exhibit Feb. 4 through May 2016 at the Flour Parlor in Sarasota, Florida.

The variety of print sizes and frames in the exhibition illustrate ideas for displaying photographs in homes and commercial spaces.  The prints are for sale at the Flour Parlor and through Wayne Eastep studio website.

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Flour Parlor, 128 N. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, Florida

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White Rose, print 42 x 62 5/8″ frame 48 x 68 3/8″

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Parrot Tulip:  Large print 29 x 40″ floating frame 29 3/4 x 40 3/4.” Medium size prints  10 x 1/2 x 13 1/2″ frame 18 x 22.” Small prints 9 1/2 x 7 1/2″ frame 16 x 13″

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Sunflowers:  Large print 24 x 36″ frame 26 1/2 x 39.” Medium prints 10 1/2 x 13 1/2″ frame 18 x 22″

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Amaryllis buds, print 13 1/2 x 10 1/2″ frame 22 x 18″

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Southern Magnolia, print 12 1/2 x 9 1/2″ frame 20 x 16″

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Snapdragons, FL and Feather Grasses, Kazakhstan: print 16 x 24″ frame 20 x 30″

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Amorphophallus Titanum, print 13 1/2 x 10 1/2″ frame 22 x 18″

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Giant Stapelia Cactus, print 13 1/2 x 10 1/2″ frame 22 x 18″

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Framing (white rose & large parrot tulips):  MetroFrame                                                          Design and Installation:  Polly Johnson                                                                                          Curators:  Faye Foster, Layla Eastep                                                                                     Installation:  Diederik Tamson                                                                                                            Design Consultation:  Sven Mohr                                                                                                      Editor, Creative Co-Conspirator:  Patti Eastep                                                                              Gallery, CadCam Design, Promotor:  Amy Nichols                                                                      Exhibition Vision, Promoter:  Irina Shtarkman

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Sunrise in the Najd

Sunrise in the Najd, or “highland,” the central region of the Arabian Peninsula. 

The dromedary camel walks moving both legs on one side then the other while its body rolls side to side.  This seesaw movement can cause a storage bag to rub against the camels body developing  a hole.  As best I can tell this is what most likely took place on one of the caravans crossing the Arabian desert.

Numerous caravan routes criss crossed Arabia.  This image is of one traversing the  Najd in central Saudi Arabia.  Along this ancient trade route a hole wore into a bag carrying iris bulbs.  The seesaw movement of the camel deposited bulbs along the desert floor.  Wind blew sand over the bulbs and they lay dormant until in the spring the winter rains enable the iris to bloom.

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Gift of the Caravans

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