Getaway in Sacramento – Photos

Hello everybody.

I recently went on a little mini-getaway to (arguably) nearby Sacramento. As always I took my camera with me. When Alyx and I take pictures in places  we go, we just snap anything and everything that piques our interest. Let’s just say that not all of them are gems. But there are usually several that we really like, but may not make the website.

I thought it would be nice to just throw some of these up on our blog here, just to let you see them. I haven’t decided whether or not these particular images will be included on the website and sold as prints. Some may. Some may not. But I think you all still may enjoy them, so here they are.

These photos were taking in a tourist-y section near downtown called “Old Sacramento”. So most everything is themed or restored to the Gold Rush days of the 1800s.

Thanks for reading our blog, and as always, feel free to share, re-post, re-tweet and visit our website: M·A·S Artwork

Craig P. Smith

Congratulations to our Free Print Winner…

During our last Art Fair, The Alameda Spring Festival, we ran a drawing for a free print for all those that signed up for our newsletter blog. Congratulations to our winner, Tom Wilson.

Tom has made his choice for his free print. He has chosen the image “Santorini Sunrise“.

Santorini Sunrise

This image is really special to us. This was taken by my wife on our honeymoon, on the gorgeous island of Santorini (famous for it’s buildings with the blue rounded roofs).

Come see some of the other images we took in Greece here, and look around at some of the other places Alyx and I have been. And, as always, leave us a note so we know you were there.

Stay tuned for details on our next Art Fair coming up at the end of July in Alameda, CA! Hope to see you all there.

 

Craig Smith

Do Yourself a Favor; Come to a Gallery

As Alyx wrote last time in this blog, it’s time for the Alameda On Camera Event again at Frank Bette Center for the Arts. I would like to personally invite you to the gallery to check it out. It doesn’t cost anything and there’s plenty of free parking. The Gala Opening event takes place 4/10/15 at 7 to 9pm. That’s this Friday.

If you can’t make it for the opening, don’t panic. This event will be up in the gallery until May 30th.
For those of you who would like to know how the Alameda On Camera, or 48-48-48 event works, check out Alyx’s blog from last year that explains the in’s and out’s.

Seriously, when was the last time you ventured out and checked out a gallery? I think it’s time. For those living in the SF Bay Area, I want to emphasize that it’s not that difficult to get to Alameda. It’s a wonderful community just off the Bay Bridge and squeezed in beside Oakland. If you visit, you’ll see a lot of the charm and personality that we keep going on about, and that makes up the subject of the current photography/art exhibit at Frank Bette. And it’s all FREE (did I mention that?)!

Here is the address and a map to the gallery so you don’t have to go hunt it down.
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru Street (at Lincoln)
Alameda, CA 94501
510-523-6957

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.774166,-122.2575802,18z?hl=en

Here are a few images that I took for this year’s event that I didn’t submit for the final images.

Model T at Sunset - BWFoggy Marina Line-Up

 

 

 

 

 

School Buses in the FogVictorian Porch with Green Man OrbVictorian and Palm Tree

 

 

 

 

 

As Alyx mentioned in the last Blog, if you know when you’re going to be visiting, drop us a note. We’d love to hear from you, and may be able to meet you there and show you around the place. Don’t be shy, and enjoy the art.

Travels to the Midwest

Alyx and I are currently on a vacation trip to our homeland of the Midwest. Specifically, Mid-Michigan. We both grew up there in neighboring small towns, and both graduated from Holt High School in Holt, Michigan. We took this vacation to show my daughter Athena where we grew up, and introduce her to the finer things of Michigan, such as: its summer, Faygo Pop (Red Pop, Rock & Rye, Creme Soda, etc.), Vernor’s Ginger Ale, swimming in Lake Michigan and the many inland lakes. Athena was in Michigan only once before, but she was only two years old, so she doesn’t remember it. It was in the winter-time, so it was her first experience with snow. We bundled her up in a snow suit and went sledding as Michiganders do in the winter months. She had a ball, but as I said, she doesn’t remember it. So, now that she’s 14, she’ll remember this trip much more, and the bonus is a very wonderful Michigan summer.

Michigan had a really long, cold, snowy winter this year, which is now resulting in such lush greenery I feel like I’m wearing emerald goggles at the Emerald City in Oz. My first picture is a typical dirt road in Michigan. Let me just say to all of you that live in cities and never see them that, yes, they still exist. This is the quintessential dirt road in my mind.

A Michigan Dirt RoadWhile we were staying with my wife’s family, we took our cameras on our short journeys and didn’t have to travel far to get great pictures of some interesting barns. Here are a couple images for all you barn- and country-loving people out there. These barns can be found in Mason, Michigan.

Broken Barn DoorSpare Barn with Wagon WheelsMany people from Michigan are vary familiar with the phrase “going up to the lake”. ‘Up’ in this instance can mean anywhere north of Lansing. There are countless small to midland sized lakes in the lower peninsula, and more in the upper peninsula. Most Michiganders have relatives, or know friends or friends’ relatives that have summer cabins on on of these lakes, and it is a great summer past time. My wife has family with a cabin at Crooked Lake. Here are a couple pictures from that area “up at the lake”.

Dock on Crooked Lake Michigan Stone HouseBecause of our trip (and my own procrastination), this blog is a little late in the launch. I apologize to everyone for the delay, especially those who wait with baited breath every 2 weeks to see what we are up to. I’m sorry.

If you’d like to be one of those baited breath people, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog, and be free with the comments. That’s what makes it fun for us, and hopefully you as well.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Craig.

www.masartwork.com

Past Vacations – Yosemite National Park

Alyx and I find ourselves with lots of great photos whenever we go on vacation. If we took every picture we love and made prints of them, we’d have thousands, and you would spend days and days sifting through them. So, we need to go through a very painful process of choosing which ones we WON’T post and sell on our website.

So, we decided that this Blog was a prefect venue to post some really great pictures from vacations and trips in our past. Here are some pictures that were taken by me during a trip to Yosemite Valley for Alyx’s birthday some years back.

Yosemite - Cloud-Spotted Valley

Yosemite – Cloud-Spotted Valley

This trip was a single day adventure to the Yosemite Valley. This photo was taken on our way out near the end of the day. I loved the way a few puffy clouds dotted the valley.

Yosemite - Artistic Tree Roots

Yosemite – Artistic Tree Roots

This fallen tree can be found on the south side before you get to the valley. It’s in one of the first hiking trail areas that have some of the tallest redwoods of the Yosemite area (or the world, for that matter). What caught me about this image was the radial patterns made by the combination of the roots and the shadows and light.

Yosemite - Bridalveil Falls Mist

Yosemite – Bridalveil Falls Mist

 

Bridalveil Falls is one of the most popular sights in the Yosemite Valley. We were lucky that this particular spring had a good amount of rain and snow, so there was still a great flow of water in June. We got quite close on this brilliantly sunny day, and the mists made for a wonderfully atmospheric portrait of this majestic waterfall.

 

 

Yosemite Valley - Mountainous Granite

Yosemite Valley – Mountainous Granite

 

For those that have never been to Yosemite National Park, what makes it the awesome spectacle that it is, is just the immensity of the rock formations. Massive boulders of rock, separated by massive amounts of space (air). In this picture I tried to show the comparison between the flat expanse of meadow on the valley floor, and then this massive chunk of granite the size of a mountain (which it is), plopped right in the middle of it. Remember, most of the trees you see at the base are about the size of a 5-story building already.

 

Yosemite Valley Crying Arches

Yosemite Valley Crying Arches

Even within the massive formations are infinitely numerous and wonderful forms of nature. The above picture is of the Royal Arches, but I loved how the vertical stripes of the dripping water cut perpendicular to the lines of the arches.

Yosemite - Half Dome from the Valley Floor

Yosemite – Half Dome from the Valley Floor

Here is your obligatory picture of Half Dome taken from the valley floor.

Ahwahnee Lodge Greenery

Ahwahnee Lodge Greenery

If you’re ever at Yosemite, it’s worth it to visit the Ahwahnee Lodge. It’s a gorgeous lodge that has nice dining, and of course, awesome views. Even if you don’t stay there, or dine there, you can still look around, learn some of it’s history, and stand in their huge walk-in fireplaces. Seriously, the openings are about 5 feet tall. This picture was taken just outside and the perfect leaves and the fabulous green makes this one of my favorite pictures, even though there’s nothing famous about it.

As you leave the valley, and I’ll leave the blog with this, there are mini-falls at the side of the road. Some bigger, some smaller, but all beautiful and dotted here and there as you drive. Sometimes it is hard to find a spot to pull over to take pictures and not stop traffic, but there are still plenty of opportunities to do so. Here is one of my favorite little nooks half way up the valley slope.

Yosemite Valley Slope Mini-Falls

Yosemite Valley Slope Mini-Falls

I hope you had a good time taking this mini vacation with me. If you like the photos, be sure to visit our website for more. www.masartwork.com. And don’t forget to comment below, just for the heck of it.

Thanks,

Craig.

Grand Opening of the MAS Artwork Website!

trumpets trumpets2Roll out the red carpet! Sound the Trumpets!
It’s done.

We’ve completed our brand new MAS Artwork website (www.masartwork.com), and it’s up and running. You can now browse our many galleries and then purchase any of the images at a variety of sizes to hang up in your very own living room. Our payment services are with PayPal, so it’s quick and easy, and you can use PayPal itself or use your credit cards with them.

The New MAS Artwork Website

The New MAS Artwork Website

On our site, we’ve separated our photography and artwork into various galleries. They are: Architecture, Cemetery, Scenic, Stairs, Portraits, Miscellaneous and Statuary & Fountains. We will still have our images up on our Etsy site (masartwork.etsy.com). But we will have much MORE on our own site, with more coming all the time.

In honor of our launch, I have added a preview of my images from my recent trip to Lake Tahoe. Tahoe was beautiful as usual, and the warm low-precipitation Spring season made for some unique images showcasing a mixture of snow-capped peaks and exposed mountainsides and earth.

Fallen Leaf Lake - Lake Tahoe

Fallen Leaf Lake – Lake Tahoe

These first images are from a nearby small lake called “Fallen Leaf Lake” just south of Lake Tahoe. I caught it in the early morning, and the water was as still as ice. It was also super-reflective and clean, making it perfect for mirror shots. I had to do a bit of walking through some pine tree woods, and down a grade. It was very relaxing though as I was the only one for miles it seemed. When I reached the bottom there was a rocky edge just wide enough to stand on, and the trees parted and I was confronted with the view you see below. Beyond the mountain peak in the images is “Emerald Bay”, a famous inlet of Lake Tahoe you’ll be seeing pictures of soon. The climb back up the grade was pretty strenuous, but I had the memories of the scenes I just experienced reminding me that it’s all worth it.

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Thanks for spending some time with us.
MAS Artwork