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Gay Abarbanell: Essential Magic

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Sierra Art Trails 2015 Catalog #71

Nature is full of magical abstracts; capturing that essential magic excites me and keeps me walking through the world, camera in hand. Line, color, and shape expand the fun as I try to find new ways to express that excitement.

I particularly enjoy “abstracting” the vision. Sometimes I do it subtly, as by softening an image, at other times by capturing a small part of a whole or by adding motion. I find the most fun in finding the actual abstract ‘live’ in the world I see.

GAY ABARBANELL 11X14 Saddle  Tack-ReynosoMy artist father taught me darkroom techniques from a footlocker as we traveled by ship from Guam to the United States when I was 9. This started me on my journey as a photographer and, since then, I have studied with contemporary professionals such as George Lepp and DeWitt Jones.

During the intervening years I progressed from my Brownie-brand camera and film to professional Canon equipment, and ultimately to digital. I love digital for the many conveniences it offers and the many things we can do with such ease.

GAY ABARNANELLI have also explored poetry writing, watercolor and fabric painting, ceramics, sculptures and other three dimensional work from various materials.

I found each provided another avenue for self-expression and fun. They also give me new techniques to incorporate into my photography.

I strive to capture the image and produce the picture as I saw it. I have recently, for fun, been modifying images. These “digital photo paintings” have given me another path for my creativity, unlimited.

Images and biography submitted by the artist.

GAY ABARBANELL E-Jack-O-Lantern Mushrooms Cascadel 3-14 1000943s_1Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 2, 3 and 4, 2015.

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