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Inspired Holiday Cards from Artists, Not Box Stores PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Friday, 29 November 2013 19:49

It's Christmas card time!  Are you looking for more than the same forgettable look-alike cards from the big box store?

Consider cards offered by independent artists.  The independent artist will only produce passionate artwork.  It will be the finest they have to offer, executed with every bit of skill they can muster, because their pride is on every card.  Their soul is in their work - it will not be an impersonal generic design.

Your town probably has somebody offering cards featuring local interest.  Check your local art gallery.  Or see if an artist that you follow on Facebook or elsewhere on the web may offer designs that will appeal to you.  After all, you do share enough interests that you follow them!

Since cards from independent artists are produced in small quantities, and often on demand, they are sure to be pretty unique!  Your loved ones will not receive this card from multiple people.

By purchasing greeting cards from independent artists, you will encourage them to continue producing art reflecting their unique vision, and thus providing you with choices that are anything but ordinary.  Rather than augmenting a CEO's bonus, the money you spend will benefit the artist.  It will help fund the training, materials, and equipment necessary for them to execute their craft and pursue and share their passion.

I have assembled a gallery of Christmas images, suitable for Christmas cards.  Some are specific to Christmastime on the Outer Banks.  These, or any of my images, are available as high quality greeting cards.  You may order directly from my web gallery.

I would grateful if you chose my work to share with your loved ones.  But whether me, or somebody else, please support a deserving independent artist!

Monument to a Century of Flight PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 23:24

A study of the details in the Monument to a Century of Flight, in Kitty Hawk, NC. The monument's essential structure consists of fourteen wing-shaped stainless steel pylons ascending in height from 10 feet to 20 feet in an orbit of 120 feet, the distance traveled by the brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright in their historic first flight on December 17, 1903.

The stainless steel surfaces are etched in seemingly random swirls.  These etchings reflect the light striking the surface, creating jewel-like glows.  The hilltop monument is a wonderful place for quiet introspection.  I find it a visual delight, and challenging and rewarding photo subject.

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Faded Beauty 6393 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Monday, 15 July 2013 22:22

We often concentrate of the top and front side of flowers. But the backs and bottoms have beauty of their own. I love the graceful curve on this stem of this faded flower.

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Inspire Your Creativity PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 20:42

Inspire your creativity!  Hone your skills!  And bring home some awesome photos!

My buddy Dan Waters and I love to help you achieve these goals through Outer Banks Photo Workshops.  We offer very affordable sunrise and sunset workshops, or one-on-one workshops tailored to your needs.

This photo of Avalon Pier is one I made with participants on one of our sunrise workshops.  Want to join us?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 21:26
Kirby Chambliss 8577 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 July 2013 15:24

Kirby Chambliss and his Red Bull Zivko Edge 540.  Chambliss is a five-time US National Aerobatic Champion, and 2004 & 2006 Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

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Wild Horse Expedition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 17:04

Recently, Ray Matthews, and Jay Wickens, and I joined photography and natural history expert Jared Lloyd for a full day photo expedition to photograph the wild horses of Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout, and Beaufort area of North Carolina.  Leaving Beaufort before dawn, we boated for about one hour to the east end on Shackleford Banks, near the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.  The horses swim between islets to graze whatever grasses they can find.  We anchored and waded onto these sandbars to find the best angles on the horses.  After a lunch back in Beaufort, we crossed the narrow channel to Carrot Island.  There we found twenty two horses grazing in a tidal marsh.  We were treated to several challenges as stallions made the move on other's mares.

Jared explained that the horses eat the spartina grass in the tidal marsh, but must drink from a fresh water hole about 100 yards away.  It is often when a mare walks to the fresh water that the challenges occur.  The "infringed" stallion will run at the challenger, hooves will fly and they will bite at each other.  In seconds, one will back down.  The stallion then lowers his head and runs behind his mare, pushing her back to his safekeeping.

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Horses graze under a gorgeous sky during a spring afternoon on Carrot Island. With a charge and some high hooves, order is restored to the equine politics on Carrot Island.
Wild horses run through a marsh on Carrot Island. Wild horses run through a marsh on Carrot Island.
This horse seems to welcome visitors to Cape Lookout. A stallion swims between islands on Shackleford Banks, near Cape Lookout.

A wild horse with a wild mane, on Carrot Island.



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