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Post by RBorud » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:29 am

Hi All I have been asked to enter an image of a project I did awhile back of the elevators of the prairie area of Minnesota. I did about 70 of them.
I shot them tried to make them into artistic statements. I showed 3 at the UHH. I was bought by a grain company which pleased me.
I rarely show them as I really don't own them any more. But minneve asked if I would show something here. Please enjoy. RBorud
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Post by minniev » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:15 am

I just love this series! Thanks for humoring me. I never get tired of them. They have inspired me to pay more attention to what I call "industrials" and find the beauty in their shapes and lines and textures. I've never seen this one and it's a gem too. The leading line dominates the frame and forces the eye to go where it goes, down to the vanishing point which is in the perfect place. Even those tiny splashes of red on the rail cars serve as punctuation marks to take us on a visual path across the frame. The texture, though strong, works really well and enhances the image without distracting from it. Wonderful. I hope you start over and do a new series!
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Post by RBorud » Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:55 pm

Thank you minniev for your very nice comments, for all the work on these it makes it all worthwhile. RBorud

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Post by LindaShorey » Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:12 pm

Your artistry is breathtaking and inspiring, RB. Thank you!
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Post by pop511 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:53 pm

Wow, what a picture.
I love the scene within a scene and the texture overlay is executed so well.

I am always fascinated in how these "fantasy" ( sorry my terminology ) pictures are built up.

Did you have a clear idea when you started, or did you build up on a succession of ideas?
The background is superb, and the brush strokes are really something. How was it done?
Did you import the brush(s) into P/Shop?
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Post by Charles Haacker » Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:51 pm

WOW what a picture! Just amazing artistry. Linda said "breathtaking and inspiring." Industrials is a whole genre, and an important one for its historical significance, but most of the time we see pretty straightforward takes. That's fine, I do them myself and I like them, but this is a whole 'nother art! Really, really very well done! :thumbup: :clap:
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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:17 pm

I have long been a fan of your work - anything that you might share about your workflow would be most appreciated! Do you go B/W to establish tones and lines and then paint color?

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Post by RBorud » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:49 pm

LindaShorey wrote:Your artistry is breathtaking and inspiring, RB. Thank you!


Thank you Linda for your kind words RBorud

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Post by davechinn » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:00 pm

A very fine piece of art that I can't find the words to describe at this time. Very impressive and look forward to seeing more.
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Post by RBorud » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:30 pm

pop511 wrote:Wow, what a picture.
I love the scene within a scene and the texture overlay is executed so well.

I am always fascinated in how these "fantasy" ( sorry my terminology ) pictures are built up.

Did you have a clear idea when you started, or did you build up on a succession of ideas?
The background is superb, and the brush strokes are really something. How was it done?
Did you import the brush(s) into P/Shop?
kind regards;
ed

"pop511" Yes I try to have a finished image in my head before I shoot. I also for this project I had formed a rough idea of what form factors I was after. The 70 image where a distillation of many more taken over a four year period. All this together with a long term collection of colors, textures, assorted ephemera gathered over years, was this collection put together. I would also be open to any serendipitous ideas that floated by. Thanks RBorud

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