Year: 2007

Wave ©Daniel Sroka

Wave (fallen leaf)

My latest work-in-progress is a photograph of a fallen leaf, that has curled nearly in half, and then bowed again in opposite direction, like a fortune cookie. The…

Horizon

Like so much of my work, this photograph came about from a happy accident. I was exploring a leaf for a couple days, with little to show for…

Selling prints of my works-in-progress

Making art is a long and involved process, even in photography. People are often surprised at how much work I put into each photograph! You might think it…

Fuse

Fuse

Speaking of glowing embers, I’ve been working on this photograph of a wild grape vine, which to me looks like a burning fuse. I found this vine growing…

telepathy, art and fire

In science fiction, whenever a character develops the ability to hear other people’s thoughts (like Parkman in the show Heroes), they go through an intense struggle to control…

hungry for your art

What makes you hungry to make art? What conditions do you need to to be in to find enough fuel to fire your creativity? In his blog today,…

Autumn is here

Autumn is here. In my opinion, the best time of the year. The weather was perched on the edge for a long time, unsure if summer was over,…

gotta love the internet

Gotta love this internet. I am constantly amazed at the positive impact it has on my life. From a business perspective, the internet is what lets me make…

a benefit of working from home

Working from home can be tough. Working for yourself can be tougher. It’s hard not having an infrastructure to work within, guidelines that help you know what’s expected…

An interview with… me!

A couple weeks ago, I received an nice surprise: an email from Positive Focus asking to do an interview about my photography. Positive Focus is a great nonprofit…

Ex Ovo

This is one I nearly thew away. I took this photograph over four months ago. It is from a series of photos I took of a very dead,…

a portrait of my hometown

Joseph Tripi made a series of photographs called All America City that create a wonderful portrait of our mutual hometown of Buffalo, New York. It’s a misunderstood place,…

more thanks

One more time! Thank you to Andrea of Anything Indie for posting about my art. She said “…I really love a great bit of photography with images that…

bloggers

I just wanted to send out a thank you to the always-fun art and design blog Another Shade of Grey for showcasing my photograph “Sun and Moon”. It’s…

and also boundless and trunkt

I’m on a bit of a roll. After successfully setting up my Etsy store, I decided to create galleries on two other sites I respect: Boundless Gallery and…

now with added etsy

After thinking about the different art markets for a while, and asking a lot of people for advice, I finally decided to open a shop on Etsy. I’ll…

life as an artist/parent

My art group was recently talking about how having kids impact your art career, and Cynthia described it really well: “It requires discipline and a letting go of…

Mask (abstract of a leaf) ©Daniel Sroka

Mask – abstract of a fallen leaf

What is your best work? That’s a tough question for any artist. Your opinion of your own work changes every day. As Ted Orland discusses in Art and…

the beauty of science

The New York Times has a good article today on Felice Frankel, an artist who is the head of the Envisioning Science program at Harvard. She uses “cameras,…

Crown Vetch ©Daniel Sroka

a beautiful weed

My three-year old son present this flower to my wife as a present. It was such a sweet thing to do, I had to try to preserve it…

finding a market for art

Seth Godin and I seem to be on the same wavelength: his post today on pricing models is eerily similar to notes I scribbled down yesterday on potential…

same old same old

There’s a well-known fine art photography competition that happens fairly regularly. (It shall go nameless to protect the innocent.) I’ve considered entering it, because it receives a fair…

Stargazer Lily ©Daniel Sroka

stargazer lily

On Mother’s Day, my wife’s grandmother was admiring some stargazer lilies, and suggested that I should take some photographs of them. It was the first time she had…

Thank you Charles Schulz

My nearly-3 year old just discovered Snoopy. He’s known about the Peanuts for a while, but recently he really connected with the stories. We have several of the…

Art and News: Spring 2007

Spring has finally taken hold, and just this past week all of the trees suddenly decided that having leaves would be a good idea. It’s been a busy…

the myth of the tortured artist

Our culture holds onto a myth that artists need to be filled with grief, stress and turmoil in order to create great work. That work that made about…

art from the sun

I was reading the news this morning, with coffee and scone firmly in hand, when I stumbled on some beautiful art that really knocked my socks off. The…

what have you done lately?

Whenever I talk to someone about my art, one of the first questions I get asked is if they can see my most recent work. Sure, I love…

Let me be your artist in residence

If you are a nature-focused organization looking for its own artist in residence, I’d like to offer my services. My fine art photography explores our relationship to the…

on buying art

One of the challenges of being an artist is trying to convince people to actually buy your art. There are a tons of art fans out there, but…

the infrastructure of a creative life

I believe that the most creative act an artist can do is figuring out a way to give themselves the opportunity to create. It seems that the majority…