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“Edge of the Forest”


“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”
― Susan Polis Schutz

Echoing my photographic attraction to nature and abstraction, this is my second attempt at painting with acrylics, it has been over thirty-five years since I last painted. I’ve also been extremely inspired by the community of artists I’ve gotten to know in the past few years.

The painting is loosely based on a few of my photos, depicting the edge of a dense forest, with dark trees opening up to a display of golden light. An effect that I named, “God Light” in a recent series of photos. At this point, there is no deep meaning hidden in the painting, that I am consciously aware of, other than a longing to be in the light, rather than darkness, the light serves to call us from darkness to enlightenment.

The main purpose of my blog will remain focussed on my photography, but I thought I’d share my journey into the world of painting as well, as it has been strongly influenced by wanting to take my photography further.

Acrylic on Canvas
11 x 14
© Ed Lehming 2017

“Dawn’s Soft Whisper”

“Dawn’s Soft Whisper”

“When I think of whisper, I think of tenderness, gentleness, beauty. And that was God’s voice. The hard part with whispers, though, is we have to be listening for them. They are just loud enough that only the people listening will hear and those who are distracted won’t.”
― Jefferson Bethke

A long-lasting snow squall blanketed my area yesterday, transforming the world into a wonderland and there’s more to come. It was one of those snow falls that just keeps coming, gentle yet persistent, snow sticking piling high on branches and wires. So, I set out this morning hoping to capture the moment. I have lots of photos of trees blanketed in white, weeds wearing tall caps of snow, and bunches of frozen berries that the birds have not devoured yet. Through all these images, the light, soft, diffuse, hinting at warmth that was not there, dominated.

The sun never quite broke through the thin layer of cloud that hovered on the horizon. Yet some light made it through. A soft, pale yellow whisper of light that floated in the air. It was like a whisper in the morning, a promise that could not be kept, and it brought a wonderful sense of peace. Of all the images I made, this is the one that speaks best to the ‘feel’ of this wonderful walk, after the squall and before the next storm, hidden somewhere in the whisper of this dawn.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 110 mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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“Dogbane Blossoms” – near Maynooth, Ontario

“Dogbane Blossoms” - near Maynooth, Ontario

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.  
Anne Frank

Such a menacing name for such a beautiful, delicate flower. But, the Dogbane plant’s latin name, apocynum cannabinum, means “poisonous to dogs”.

This is another new plant to me. I noticed the white/pink blossoms as I was photographing a nearby creek, so I made a photo of the flowers and leaves, intent on identifying it at a later time.

This year, I have been much more deliberate about learning about the plants and animals I encounter during my time in nature. I’ve spent my whole life enjoying the outdoors, hiking, hunting, and fishing ,but never really cared much about the names of the lesser known plants. It’s been a great year and I have expanded my knowledge significantly. I’m also more observant about the cycles of these plants and where to find them. It has given me a great deal of pleasure and sense of being connected with the cycles of nature.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
1/125 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200

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“Baptismal Elements” – St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York

“Baptismal Elements” - St. Patricks, Cathedral New York

“The Church does not dispense the sacrament of baptism in order to acquire for herself an increase in membership but in order to consecrate a human being to God and to communicate to that person the divine gift of birth from God.”
― Hans Urs von Balthasar

I can’t fully explain what it was that attracted me to this composition. Yet, I find myself processing that very though in this post.

The golden urn and bowl seemed to stand out from other elements around them. The soft, natural light playing on the mottled gray walls further enhanced the image by isolating the table in the foreground.

It’s a simple scene really, and reminds me a bit of the still life paintings in the Dutch Golden Age style, with their bright golden tones and simple depictions of everyday items.

I also thought this composition might make a nice church bulletin cover, celebrating baptism, which is something I used to produce regularly a few years back. The table seems to be ready and waiting, prepared for something to happen.

Nikon D300
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000

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