Sunday, February 01, 2009

Artist of the Week - Barry B. Doyle

Flamingo at Rest - Image copyright © 2007 by Barry B. Doyle, used with permission.

One of our TAG parents, Barry Doyle, is quite the artist and I asked him if I could include his work in my blog. His son Colin ('05) and Tory ('06) both attended TAG and are also very artistic!

I specifically wanted to feature his photography for my AP Studio Art students. Several are going to use photography for their concentrations this semester. I recommend that my students look at the work of other artists in order to inform their own visual vocabulary. Digital cameras have made taking pictures so exciting! You can instantly see what image you have captured, download it quickly into your computer, move it about easily or modify it with the help of Photoshop. The key element in becoming a great photographer is developing a keen eye and learning how to frame the image for a striking composition. Check out his flickr photostream to see more of his work.

Barry has a book coming out featuring his photographs of Dallas - "Dallas Iconography" will be available to purchase from Amazon soon. Here's what the Dallas Visitor's Bureau says about his upcoming publication: " Just what we've needed and a fitting tribute to our beautiful city. The versatile Dallas Iconography serves as a useful guide for visitors, a valued commemorative gift and the perfect souvenir. And besides its utilitarian function, this impressive work of fine art and design makes an elegant coffee table book. --Jay Burress, VP Sales & Marketing, Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau". I'm excited to see his book - his work is evident that talented and gifted students spring from talented and gifted parents! Kudos, Barry!!

16 comments:

Taylor Hutchison - 4th period said...

Wow, I really like this picture! I've always loved the beautiful colors of the flamingoes. The white and the red of its feathers contrast ever so slightly, giving it a warm feeling. I enjoy the simplicity of the picture, while at the same time, because its so simple, it shows a complex pattern of color.

I'd love to buy his book if all of his pictures are like this one!

Jonathan period 2 said...

I think it's amazing what someone can capture in a photograph. The photograph looks like a beautifully drawn painting. The many different shades of the flamingo complement it nicely and there is even some shading in the picture. It is amazing how there is a great abundance of art in nature and just how much detail can be captured by the press of a single button.

Jonathan Hong period 2

Reggis 4TH period said...

The best part of the painting is the color. The color shows extravagant contrast and makes the imagination go WILD !!!! i heart Flamingos. One thing though is that i could of taken a better picture than this.

Anonymous said...

This photograph is CRAZY!!! The color contrast is perfect. The first time I saw it, I thought it might be a flower or some sort of cell thing, but its a flamingo (with a really weird neck)!!

Pretty Awesome.

Adarsh Jayakumar
Period 1

IAmTheWalrus said...

Wow.... This picture was visually striking because the image is very close up so it makes you wonder what it really is. The color contrast is wonderful, and it is the focal point of this. But, man, that's AWESOME! This is so cool, man! I thought when I gave a quick glimpse at it it was a picture of a heart, but when I read it was a flamingo, I was astounded!

Franco Bria-Massaro, 1st period

William K. 1st period said...

this is cool, the orangy color is really appealing and the flamingo has a bendy neck. it makes me wanna get a pet flamingo. except i think mine would be royal blue...then i could have really unique picture of a flamingo cuzz not all flamingos come in blue, and u could show the contrast between warm (red) and cool (blue) colors, of a flamingo

Jordan Coughlin said...

I love this picture! I really like the vivid colors. I think flamingoes have a very distinct color that is beautiful. I like how you can see the texture of the feathers; like you could imagine feeling them. I also really like the neck, how it has like a perfectly smooth looking curve. It's a simple, common animal and it looks so exotic with the coloring and texture.

Alan Sullivan said...

The vibrant colors catch the eye immediately. It is also interesting at first when you see it because you dont really know what it is. This is just another examplle of how anything can be art.

Kendall M, 4th period said...

I love this picture! The colors are amazing! You can see many different shades of orange, pink and red. They all contrast together very nicely. I love the simplicity of this picture.

Anonymous said...

When I first set my eyes on the digital photograph revealing the striking vibrant colors of the flamengo, the first thing that came to my mind, for some reason, was a human fetus. I examined the photograph closer and noticed how the orange-reddish, pinkish, and whitish shades reminded me of lobsters I had eaten on an island in the Caribbean. It took me a short while to realize that I was looking at a flamengo with its face hidden on the body. I admire the photograph and think it would make a nice photograph for Planet Earth, the series.- Daniel J. Gonzalez

Jeniz 2nd pd. said...

The picture of the flamingo catches my eye. The way the feathers overlap and sort of play with your eye. The color stands out and it attracts the human eye in my opinio. The white and orangy pink contrast but it makes the picture work.

Anonymous said...

The contrast of the feathers really stand out... I love the flamingos of the picture. They are
my favorite animal. It pulls me in. Art is where everywhere we look; from sidewalks tothe google homepage. nk art quarter 3

Anonymous said...

CF K6-3 I like the flamingo. It looks like a pillow because of the soft textured feathers. The flamingo looks like it is sleeping by resting its neck on its back. The colors are very interesting because it is hard to tell if it's red, orange, or pink.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. Miller,

That picture of the flamingo is absolutely AMAZING! I don't know where to start. When I first looked at your blog the vibrant mind boggling flamingo stuck out so much I couldn't believe it! When I think of art I think of paintings, murals,color pencil work, but art is every where! From animals to people! ART IS BEAUTIFUL! Can you imagine life without art? I can't.

A.A.S.
6-3 Art

Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. Miller,
I love all of the curves lines of the feathers in the flamingo's wings. I also like the way the flamingo stands out from other animals. I took a photography class last summer. The instructor talked about how the focal point should be off center to make it more interesting.
J.C. 6-3 Art

Emma 2nd period said...

I really like this artwork! I love how I can almost feel the texture of the bird, and its colors are really vibrant and just refreshing. Its value is definetely very bright! I also love the contrast between warm and cool colors! I also think that the arched neck of the flamingo creates a balnce somehow and makes the picture look fenomenal!

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Emma Servin 2nd period