Monday, April 1, 2013

Thank you. And Good Night.



It is hard to believe that March 2013 has passed. 

As I sit, reflecting on the past month, I am surprised, perhaps even awed, by the range of emotion and depth of experience that has gone into the collection of images for The Eyes of March this year.  Everything from playful, serious, abstract, literal, and fantastical have come to life in in the form of sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and video

As in all things, however, The Eyes of March must come to an end - at least for this year.  We will be back next year - with a different theme and a new challenge for our artists. Please email eyes@TheEyesofMarch.com if you would like to be on our mailing list.  Let us know if you are an artist, sponsor or viewer - or all three - and we will make sure you have all the information you need to join the fray the next time around.

A great may thanks to all 16 of the artists featured this year.  Click on their names to see their work:

Ric Ergenbright
Lynn Dowling
Esther Watson
Megan Welch
Andrea Walker
Cathy Watson
Laura Wong
Andrea Hamblen
Michael Chilcoat
Wendell Dowling
Debbie Cruz
Erika Larson
Ken Wong
David Spencer
Caitlin Morton
Elizabeth Fischer

And an equal amount of thanks go to our sponsors.  They are truly the cream of the crop in their fields and I would highly recommend checking out their services.

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It has been a fantastic pleasure.

Thank you all. And Goodnight.

Sincerely,
Esther Watson
The Happy and Slightly Tired Editor of www.TheEyesofMarch.com

Sunday, March 31, 2013

"I See You" :: Elizabeth Fischer



"I See You" - Elizabeth Fischer
Editor's Note: It is with great pleasure that we celebrate Easter and the final day of The Eyes of March 2013 with this short video from Elizabeth Fischer.  Beth is in Kenya for 4 months filming at Kijabe Hospital.  She has seen a lot, done more, and is one of the most passionate and compassionate people I have the honor of knowing.  

Her description of this piece: "It's really just me trying to convey a fragment of the beauty I feel the Lord sees in each of us."


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Saturday, March 30, 2013

"January 31, 2013" for Megan Griffith's Sheep a Day Project :: Laura Wong


"January 31, 2013" for Megan Griffith's Sheep a Day Project - Laura Wong
This is my friend Laura's zoomed-in, lifelike, artistic response to "Will you draw me a sheep?" - Megan Griffith





About Megan Griffith's Sheep a Day Project
The Sheep a Day Project, chronicles the year I pose the question “Will you draw me a sheep?” to 365 friends and random strangers.
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Friday, March 29, 2013

"Buddha's Eyes" :: Ric Ergenbright


"Buddha's Eyes" - Ric Ergenbright
On an early scouting trip into Ladakh, sometimes called “Little Tibet,” on the edge of the Himalayan Plateau in Northern India, I spent some time at Thikse Gompa (monastery), where this large golden statue of Buddha is housed. Seeking to create an image that went beyond a mere “record shot” of a specific Buddha and to instead portray a universal vision of Buddhism itself, I chose to focus only on the eyes.

Whenever I see this image I am reminded of God’s words to Moses when He delivered the Ten Commandments: “You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold” (Exodus 20:23). So it's appropriate, I think, that this image is used on Good Friday, commemorating Jesus' crucifixion for the sins of the world.





Ric Ergenbright has been a professional travel and landscape photographer for more than forty years, and has worked on assignment for National Geographic, Life Magazine, U.S. News, Audubon, Reader’s Digest, Outdoor Photographer, and many other publications. His image licensing clients include most major companies in the advertising, corporate and publishing spheres, from Apple and AT&T to Mercedes, Nike, and United Airlines. Three television shows have been produced about Ric’s work, and an exhibit of his Afghanistan images toured the United States Senate in 1986. He has received numerous prestigious awards for his photography, including the Nature’s Best Award, Pictures of the Year Award, and the Lowell Thomas Award; and he is one of only a handful of contemporary photographers represented in the National Geographic book and exhibit, Odyssey: The Art of Photography at National Geographic. His best-selling book, The Art of God: The Heavens & The Earth, received the Gold Medallion Award as the best Christian gift book of 2000, and is now in its eighth printing.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

"Portrait of a Fox" :: Michael Chilcoat


"Portrait of a Fox" - Michael Chilcoat




Artist's Statement

There is nothing quite like being in the moment, seeing an event in nature that will never happen in exactly the same way again. The goal of my photography is to show the simple beauty in these events, such as the rise of a trout, the first storms of Winter, or the peace in the stillness of a forest. I strive to capture the essence of these fleeting moments in vivid color and detail, but also enjoy the textures of light, shadow, symmetry and balance, in the simplicity of black and white.

I can only hope the magnificence that surrounds us here in the mountains of the Western US shows through in my photography, and that the enjoyment of viewing it surpasses the enjoyment I've had creating it.

~Michael Chilcoat


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Monday, March 25, 2013

"Unseen" :: Megan Welch


"The best things in life are unseen.  That's why we close our eyes when we kiss, laugh & dream."  ~ Unknown

"Unseen" - Megan Welch




Megan is a filmmaker, artist and lover of Los Angeles who currently resides in Orange County, California. She is currently in the process of making her first feature as writer-director.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

"Beauty, Ventured" :: Andrea Walker

"Beauty, Ventured" - Andrea Walker

"So she sat on, with closed eyes, and half believed herself in Wonderland, though she knew she had but to open them again, and all would change to dull reality." - Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Though my life is far from dull with a husband, three boys, nine lizards, and three turtles to chase after, one can always find beauty in the eye of the imagination. I've always found the types of butterfly species with eyes to be so captivating. If only I could see what they see on any given day. And yet because of the beauty of the written word, in books and poetry I can venture off wherever I please at any given moment, so long as dinner is made on time.





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Thursday, March 21, 2013

"Smiling Eyes, Bhutan" :: Ric Ergenbright


"Smiling Eyes, Bhutan" - Ric Ergenbright

In his shyness, this young Buddhist Monk at Bhutan's Paro Dzong partially covered his face from the camera; but the fullness of his expression was completely revealed by his brightly smiling eyes.





Ric Ergenbright has been a professional travel and landscape photographer for more than forty years, and has worked on assignment for National Geographic, Life Magazine, U.S. News, Audubon, Reader’s Digest, Outdoor Photographer, and many other publications. His image licensing clients include most major companies in the advertising, corporate and publishing spheres, from Apple and AT&T to Mercedes, Nike, and United Airlines. Three television shows have been produced about Ric’s work, and an exhibit of his Afghanistan images toured the United States Senate in 1986. He has received numerous prestigious awards for his photography, including the Nature’s Best Award, Pictures of the Year Award, and the Lowell Thomas Award; and he is one of only a handful of contemporary photographers represented in the National Geographic book and exhibit, Odyssey: The Art of Photography at National Geographic. His best-selling book, The Art of God: The Heavens & The Earth, received the Gold Medallion Award as the best Christian gift book of 2000, and is now in its eighth printing.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"Gidget" :: Michael Chilcoat


"Gidget" - Michael Chilcoat





Artist's Statement

There is nothing quite like being in the moment, seeing an event in nature that will never happen in exactly the same way again. The goal of my photography is to show the simple beauty in these events, such as the rise of a trout, the first storms of Winter, or the peace in the stillness of a forest. I strive to capture the essence of these fleeting moments in vivid color and detail, but also enjoy the textures of light, shadow, symmetry and balance, in the simplicity of black and white.

I can only hope the magnificence that surrounds us here in the mountains of the Western US shows through in my photography, and that the enjoyment of viewing it surpasses the enjoyment I've had creating it.

~Michael Chilcoat


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Saturday, March 16, 2013

"Catastrophe" :: Esther Watson


"Catastrophe" - Esther Watson

This started as a pencil sketch of the grumpiest looking cat.  Ever.  Add a little love from Photoshop to provide color to the eye and bring out some of the details, and viola!




Friday, March 15, 2013

"Whoo's Lookin' At You Kid" :: Ric Ergenbright

"Whoo's Lookin' At You Kid" - Ric Ergenbright

Three years ago we were fortunate to have a Great Horned Owl raise three kiddos on our property, and to watch them grow up and learn to fly. During that time I was able to use a long telephoto (and additional cropping) to concentrate all attention on the eyes, which was made the pictures so much more powerful than the overall scene. This was my favorite image from that time.





Ric Ergenbright has been a professional travel and landscape photographer for more than forty years, and has worked on assignment for National Geographic, Life Magazine, U.S. News, Audubon, Reader’s Digest, Outdoor Photographer, and many other publications. His image licensing clients include most major companies in the advertising, corporate and publishing spheres, from Apple and AT&T to Mercedes, Nike, and United Airlines. Three television shows have been produced about Ric’s work, and an exhibit of his Afghanistan images toured the United States Senate in 1986. He has received numerous prestigious awards for his photography, including the Nature’s Best Award, Pictures of the Year Award, and the Lowell Thomas Award; and he is one of only a handful of contemporary photographers represented in the National Geographic book and exhibit, Odyssey: The Art of Photography at National Geographic. His best-selling book, The Art of God: The Heavens & The Earth, received the Gold Medallion Award as the best Christian gift book of 2000, and is now in its eighth printing.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"Mother Nature is Watching Us" :: Michael Chilcoat

"Mother Nature is Watching Us" - Michael Chilcoat





Artist's Statement

There is nothing quite like being in the moment, seeing an event in nature that will never happen in exactly the same way again. The goal of my photography is to show the simple beauty in these events, such as the rise of a trout, the first storms of Winter, or the peace in the stillness of a forest. I strive to capture the essence of these fleeting moments in vivid color and detail, but also enjoy the textures of light, shadow, symmetry and balance, in the simplicity of black and white.

I can only hope the magnificence that surrounds us here in the mountains of the Western US shows through in my photography, and that the enjoyment of viewing it surpasses the enjoyment I've had creating it.

~Michael Chilcoat


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Monday, March 11, 2013

"Roots" :: Andrea Hamblen


"Roots" - Andrea Hamblen

This is an experimental piece I've done playing on the idea of our "lens" through which we view our world. Rather than just a lens, however, I believe we are shaped by much more than what we perceive and that our perception is formed by that in which it is rooted...experiences, emotions, genetics, etc. - a list that could encompass everything about our human existence. This piece in particular is up for interpretation by its viewer.




About Andrea Hamblen

I've got metal in my blood. Physically everyone has some sort of "metal" elements in their blood, of course, but when it comes to metal art, my passion for it began with appreciating my dad's uber skills in metal work. He had a job at a sheet metal company and I remember him taking me on a tour of the shop where most of his creations came to fruition. My favorite of his works is a gorgeous copper rose that he gave to my mom. In college I took a metals studio class and after having my professor walk in and say that one of my projects was "way over the top" I knew I was born to create with metal, just as my dad was.





Friday, March 8, 2013

"Rajasthani Eyes" :: Ric Ergenbright

"Rajasthani Eyes" - Ric Ergenbright

Scouting the Pushkar Camel Fair in 1976, I was among the first Westerners to photograph this now famous event in Rajasthan, India. Being the “circus come to town,” I knew that capturing any candid portraits would be impossible, but it also created a fun “cat and mouse” dynamic with many of the veiled women that resulted in some wonderful relational moments such as this.




Ric Ergenbright's photographic career has spanned nearly four decades and taken him to many of the earth's most exotic and remote locales. One national and two regional TV shows have been produced about Ric's work, and an exhibit of his images from pre-war Afghanistan toured the U.S. Senate in 1986.

He has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Nature's Best Photography Award, Pictures of the Year Award, and Lowell Thomas Award, and is one of the few contemporary photographers represented in the book and exhibit, Odyssey: The Art of Photography at National Geographic. His best-selling book, The Art of God: The Heavens & The Earth, won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award for the best Christian gift book of 2000, and is now in its sixth printing. Its sequel, The Image of God: The Glory of Man, was the 2005 runner-up, and his 2003 title, Think About These Things, also won the Gold. Ric is currently working on a major new title, Creation's Hope, for 2012 release.

As owner and president of Thru The Lens Tours, Ric was an early pioneer in photo travel workshops, and also founded one of the country's first specialty stock photo agencies.


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