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Vintage Typewriter
Vintage Typewriter
Words Punched on Paper by Edward M. Fielding

Perfect for writers, “Words Punched on Paper” by Edward M. Fielding features a vintage typewriter and crumbled “first drafts”.

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Available for purchase via Edward M. Fielding’s Fine Art America portfolio of fine art photography as prints, framed art, canvases, metal prints as well as cards.  Above is just one example of how one customer framed the image via the FAA online framing store.

Minotaur – Smoke Abstract

Minotaur Smoke Abstract
Minotaur Smoke Abstract
Minotaur Smoke Abstract

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THE MINOTAUROS (or Minotaur) was a bull-headed monster born to Queen Pasiphae of Krete after she had coupled with a bull.

The creature resided in the twisting maze of the labyrinth, where he was offfered a regular sacrifice of youths and maids to satisfy his cannibalistic hunger. He was eventually destroyed by the hero Theseus.

The Minotauros’ proper name Asterion, “the starry one,” suggests he was associated with the constellation Tauros.

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MINOTAURUS (Minôtauros), a monster with a human body and a bull’s head, or, according to others, with the body of an ox and a human head; is said to have been the offspring of the intercourse of Pasiphaë with the bull sent from the sea to Minos, who shut him up in the Cnossian labyrinth, and fed him with the bodies of the youths and maidens whom the Athenians at fixed times were obliged to send to Minos as tribute. The monster was slain by Theseus. It was often represented by ancient artists either alone in the labyrinth, or engaged in the struggle with Theseus. (Paus. i. 24. § 2, 27, in fin. iii. 18. § 7; Apollod. iii. 1. § 4, 15. § 8.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

Minotaur

by Micha F. Lindemans
Before he ascended the throne of Crete, Minos struggled with his brothers for the right to rule. Minos prayed to Poseidon to send him a snow-white bull, as a sign of approval by the gods for his reign. He promised to sacrifice the bull as an offering, and as a symbol of subservience. A beautiful white bull rose from the sea, but when Minos saw it, he coveted it for himself. He assumed that Poseidon would not mind, so he kept it and sacrificed the best specimen from his herd instead. When Poseidon learned about the deceit, he made Pasipha, Minos’ wife, fall madly in love with the bull. She had Daedalus, the famous architect, make a wooden cow for her. Pasipha climbed into the decoy and fooled the white bull. The offspring of their lovemaking was a monster called the Minotaur.The creature had the head and tail of a bull on the body of a man. It caused such terror and destruction on Crete that Daedalus was summoned again, but this time by Minos himself. He ordered the architect to build a gigantic, intricate labyrinth from which escape would be impossible. The Minotaur was captured and locked in the labyrinth. Every year for nine years, seven youths and maidens came as tribute from Athens. These young people were also locked in the labyrinth for the Minotaur to feast upon.When the Greek hero Theseus reached Athens, he learned of the Minotaur and the sacrifices, and wanted to end this. He volunteered to go to Crete as one of the victims. Upon his arrival in Crete, he met Ariadne, Minos’s daughter, who fell in love with him. She promised she would provide the means to escape from the maze if he agreed to marry her. When Theseus did, she gave him a simple ball of thread, which he was to fasten close to the entrance of the maze. He made his way through the maze, while unwinding the thread, and he stumbled upon the sleeping Minotaur. He beat it to death and led the others back to the entrance by following the thread.

“Minotaur.” Encyclopedia Mythica from Encyclopedia Mythica Online.
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[Accessed January 06, 2015].

Winter Arrives in the Upper Valley

Edward M. Fielding is a fine art photographer who lives in Etna, New Hampshire on the outskirts of Hanover, NH, home of Dartmouth College. The rural landscapes and red barns of Etna are a common theme in Fielding’s work especially after the white blanket of winter settles over the landscape, calming the scenery and minimizing the complexity of the land.

Fielding’s work can be purchase as prints, canvas, cards, pillows and more through his online gallery at www.edwardfielding.com
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The Upper Connecticut River: New Hampshire and Vermont – from Wiki

The Connecticut River rises from the Fourth Connecticut Lake, a small pond that sits 300 yards (270 m) south of the U.S. national border with Chartierville, Quebec, Canada, in the town of Pittsburg, New Hampshire, United States. Beginning at an elevation of 2,670 feet (810 m) above sea level, the Connecticut River flows through the remaining Connecticut Lakes and Lake Francis – for 14-mile (23 km), all within the town of Pittsburg – and then widens as it delineates 255-mile (410 km) of the border between New Hampshire and Vermont. The Connecticut drops more than 2,480 feet (760 m) in elevation as it winds south to the border of Massachusetts, at which point it sits 190 feet (58 m) above sea level.
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The region along the river upstream and downstream from Lebanon, New Hampshire and White River Junction, Vermont, is known locally as the “Upper Valley”. The exact definition of the region varies, but it generally is considered to extend south to Windsor, Vermont, and Cornish, New Hampshire, and north to Bradford, Vermont, and Piermont, New Hampshire.

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Etna New Hampshire –

Etna, originally named “Mill Village”, is a small unincorporated community within the town of Hanover, New Hampshire, in the United States. It is located in southwestern Grafton County, approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Hanover’s downtown and 2.5 mi (4.0 km) south of the village of Hanover Center, on Mink Brook. Etna has a separate ZIP code (03750) from the rest of Hanover, as well as its own fire station, church, and library.

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Commerce revolves around the Etna General Store and the Etna Post Office for the 814 residents[citation needed] and occasional visitor in what a small blue-and-white sign in a yard along the main road humorously calls “Metropolitan Downtown Etna”. The Appalachian Trail passes a mile or so north of the village before it turns northeast to cross Moose Mountain on its way to Lyme. Etna can be accessed from NH Rt. 120 via the Greensboro Road or Great Hollow Road (Etna Road, north of the Lebanon exit from Interstate 89), or from Hanover via Trescott Road (E. Wheelock Street).

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Why are classic New England barns painted red?

The image of a quaint red barn against green grass is as American as apple pie, but where does the tradition come from? Although there are many myths about their rusty hue, early-day barns were painted red out of convenience and frugality.

One belief is that barns are red so a farmer’s cows can find their way home, but if so, that’s a failed strategy cattle are colorblind to the colors red and green .

Others believe the popularity of red barns came from copying Scandinavian farmers, who painted their properties in rusty hues so that they would appear to be made of brick, a material they considered to be a sign of wealth.

I think the best reason is because the red looks great against the snow!

But barns weren’t originally red in fact, they weren’t painted at all. The early farmers that settled in New England didn’t have much extra money to spend on paint , so most of their barns remained unpainted. By the late 1700s, farmers looking to shield their barns’ wood from the elements began experimenting with ways to make their own protective paint.

A recipe consisting of skimmed milk, lime and red iron oxide created a rusty-colored mixture that became popular among farmers because it was cheap to make and lasted for years. Farmers were able to easily obtain iron oxide the compound that lends natural red clay its coppery color from soil. Linseed oil derived from flax plants was also used to seal bare wood against rotting, and it stained the wood a dark coral hue.

Farmers also noticed that painting their barns with the homemade paint kept the buildings warmer during the wintertime, since the darker color absorbs the sun’s rays more than plain, tan wood. So red paint spread in popularity due to its functionality and convenience, becoming an American tradition that continues to this day.


When you are ready, success will come



I was hanging out with a group of artists at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, New Hampshire, my hometown arts center where I had a few pieces on display in the Holiday Arts member show.  There were young artists just starting out and older more established artists in the twilight of their careers.  The younger artists were eager to learn from the seasoned artist about how to make it in the art world and how to make sales.

One of the respected well known artists in the group had this to say:

When you are ready, success will follow.

I thought this statement was rather profound. In any career, the freshly graduated are eager to seek success, but there really aren’t any shortcuts to the top when building a career. Ask any one hit wonder in the music world if they would rather have a chance to do it all over again. Perhaps have that hit single when they were ready to back it up with a full album or even a developed style. Maybe then they would still be putting out music instead of waiting on tables and picking the occasional royalty check when some gets a hankering for a “Best of the XXs” CD or a period movie soundtrack.

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Any career is a series of small steps all leading towards a goal. Each step along the way one learns more about the business, their art and themselves. The short gamers fall out as its gets too tough and their passion is too weak. Along the way growth and maturity occurs as the artist develops their style and unique vision. They begin to find their own special way to put their mark on the medium of choice. Or they find out that being an artist was just something they thought they wanted instead of discovering that being an artist was something in their soul.

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My own journey has been a series of steps in which I’ve found myself ready for the next step as my skills and creativity have developed. I got back into photograph after a long slumber as I focused my attention on job of stay at home Dad. Once the little guy reach the age of more independence I found myself rediscovering photography. There was a lot of learn as photography had transitioned from film to digital in my absence.

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Luckily the learning curve with digital is so much faster with the instant feedback available. No longer did I have to wait to finish a roll and send it off to the lab to see the results a few week after pressing the shutter. Even in my days of carrying around a vintage 4×5 Graflex press camera and shooting Polaroid Type 55 Positive/Negative black and white film in which you could obtain a rather instant negative (after a process of chemical pod spreading and water bath clearing), the expense of the film, $50 for ten shots, was prohibitive for learning and improving rapidly.

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I started out with an inexpensive camera quickly figured out that photography is an expensive endeavor. I sought out ways to earn money for better equipment. Discovering micro stock sites, I started submitting images to the agencies. Early on my rejection rate was probably around 99%. Undaunted I learned from the rejections. I started figuring out the technical requirements (microstock site have some of the highest technical standards in the industry) and learning the business so I could provide the type of images that were in demand.

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You will find success when you are ready, Grasshopper. I started seeing more of my images accepted and some sales start to happen. I still did not have the quality needed to get into some of the market leading agencies that required a portfolio review to join. So for three years I concentrated improving my skills. Then when I thought I was ready, I re-approached the higher level agencies and was accepted. This required leaving exclusive status with the first agency so I took a six month financial hit when I became a free agent. But eventually I worked my portfolio with the new agency to achieve better results.

By this time I was starting to become tired of producing the same technically proficient images that everyone in the game was producing. I invested in professional equipment, learned studio lighting and started producing more creative, artistic work. I started selling prints on fine art sites.

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When you are ready…When my technical and creative skills reached the point of artistry I started selling prints on a regular basis and began creating a deep portfolio of images. From this I was able to create a series around a particular theme and package it as a book for more exposure.

My book “the Quotable Westie” was both something to sell as well as a promotional vehicle and a way for people to be introduced to my artwork.

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Learning the promotional and business side of being an artist and putting it into practice lead to my discovery by a gallery in Berkshires who requested I show my work at their photography show.

Fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding at the Gallery W photography exhibit.

When you are ready…At this point I was ready to expand into a higher level of stock. I approached a small boutique, curated stock collection which specializes in the book cover market. Accepted by the owner, I started to develop a portfolio of book cover worthy images and sold a few book covers as well as editorial magazine images.  With higher quality product and exhibiting along with higher quality artists, the financial rewards are also at a higher level.

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Working with the book cover market allowed me to discovery new ways of introducing more story telling into my work.  I started to develop a more cinematic approach to my work.  I also improved my post processing skills to further enhance my imagery to create the images I see in my mind.

Now I have a multi-pronged but interconnected group of markets for my photography and artwork, always striving for the next level of quality.  The next level of achievement along a long career path.

An art career is a staircase with several landings along the way to the top.  The goal of reaching the next landing requires learning and skill development.  There is no elevator to the top and no ways to skip a step along the way. You build your career one step at a time and you will know when you are ready for the next one.– Edward M. Fielding