In a departure from my plan to write about some of my favorite images that Chuck has created over the last few years, I've decided to highlight one of his most recent images. The one heading this blog is part of a series we've called 'Summer Days'. This particular image is called "Umbrella's Shade". The entire series of nine images (at present count) can be found in our Latest Works portfolio (https://images.wayneadd.com/p833060011).
When Chuck moves through most any space it's hard to predict what's going to grab his attention as he generally is attracted to the details of his surround as well as the panorama. It's his awareness and attraction to the details that never ceases to entertain & amaze me however. This last year we decided that we wanted more umbrellas near the pool to shade us when we're not actually in the pool. We live in the South after all (North Carolina), and summer heat & humidity can be brutal at times. We added a number of new umbrellas keeping the crayon/primary palete that we both prefer outdoors. It didn't take long before Chuck was snapping pictures up into the umbrellas and then combining them with garden images that surround the space. The 'Summer Days' moniker just seemed a natural!
This series is marked by vivid colors and kinetic forms derived from the umbrellas combined with garden elements--blackberry lilies, butterflies, trees. But it's the evocative umbrella structures that I think draw us into them. Everyone knows the form, whether it was a rain umbrella or a parasol, a beach umbrella or patio umbrellas they all speak of shelter. They're comfortable, go-to memories. Add the brilliant colors Chuck has used and you can't help but smile.
These images are also available for sale in the Abstract folder of our GeoGalleries site: https://geogalleries.com/WAIowner/17465/1/. These will make great framed pieces or stretched canvases, and image sizes will permit large format installations if you have a large space you'd like to fill with a dramatic & colorful piece. If you don't see a size or format you'd like just drop us a line and we can make most any size available.