Year: 2010

inspiration is the reward

Inspiration is a tricky thing, elusive, mysterious, and seemingly oh-so-necessary. As artists, we seem to be in a constant mad quest for it: despairing if we don’t have…

See me at ArtExpo NYC

After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to exhibit my art at the prestigious Artexpo New York next March. This was a big decision, since attending this fairs…

Desert Honeysuckle ©Daniel Sroka

two views of desert honeysuckle

I’ve been trying to photograph this cutting of a desert honeysuckle all summer, yet it kept evading me. Finally today, I think I found it. See more of…

New art by Daniel Sroka

New photographs added to my site

I just added a number of new photographs to my website, including many that I created from the beautifully unique and complex desert plants I found during my…

Abstract of a desert marigold

desert marigolds

Even though they have been yielding great results, I decided I needed a break from working with mesquite seed pods. So I turned towards this desert marigold I…

Abstract of a mesquite seed pod

abstract of a mesquite seed pod

This is a photograph of a mesquite seed pod I found on the grounds of the Miraval Resort during my artist-in-residence there this summer. The mesquite trees are…

Mindfulness and my artistic process

I have always felt that my work has a strong affinity to resorts and spas, especially ones that place so much focus on your emotional well-being. While I…

home from Miraval

I returned home last Saturday from my week-long artist-in-residence program at the Miraval Arizona Resort. It was quite the trip, and something I am still processing, so you…

All of my equipment packed up and ready to go.

getting ready for my artist in residence

Next week I’ll be heading off to Tucson, to be part of the Miraval Resort’s artist-in-residence program. The past few weeks have been a scramble, a rush of…

artist in residence

News Flash: I’ll be spending a week this summer (from July 6 – 9) being the artist-in-residence in the very swanky Miraval Resort in Tucson! My art has…

slow art

slow art

I’ve never been very prolific. My pace is slow, almost glacial. One photograph can represent days or even weeks of work… preparation, shooting, editing, revising, thinking. My photographs…

Untitled abstraction of a leaf by Daniel Sroka ©2010

another abstraction of that same leaf

I spent most of today working on a new photograph of the same leaf from the last two posts. (This leaf just keeps inspiring me!) This photograph offers…

Untitled abstraction of a leaf by Daniel Sroka ©2010

new abstraction of a leaf

I am continuing to work with the same leaf I started shooting last week, and it continues to bring me new surprises. I’ve been working on this specific…

Abstractions of a fallen leaf by Daniel Sroka ©2010

Variations on a theme

Every photograph I create is usually the result of many hours of exploration and experimentation. As I am work with a new subject, I will often create a…

Abstraction of a fallen leaf by Daniel Sroka

sensing what is possible

So much of macro photography is not capturing what your eyes see, but what your gut tells you should be there. When the slightest move can cause an…

bon voyage old friend

I’m a photographer, which means I have a deep love for the tools of my art. You grow quite attached to the cameras, lenses, and printers that help…

Me and Georgia O’Keeffe

This winter I visited the Georgia O’Keeffe Abstraction exhibit at the Whitney Museum. It was a wonderfully-curated show that explored her groundbreaking beginning in abstraction, and traced its…

new botanical abstracts by Daniel Sroka

new photographs added to my site

I have just added a whole bunch of new photographs to my website that I’ve been working on for the past six months. These new photographs include abstract…

the overlap between art I love to make and art I know will sell

making what you love vs what sells

The writer Steven Pressfield, author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, recently reflected on how he developed his business model. He drew two circles on a piece of…

An abstraction of a gerber daisy

new photographs from this week

I’ve been trying to buckle down and focus more energy on creating new art, and I managed to do a pretty good job of it this week. I…

shut up and make art

Every once and a while I need to remind myself of something important. That the primary job of an artist is… to create art. It’s not marketing, social…

the armory show

Favorite picks from The Armory Show

I just returned from this year’s Armory Show. Wow, that place is crazy. An overwhelmingly huge warehouse of identical white cubes stuffed with art. It’s a gallery on…

a visit to my photographs

My aunt and uncle had the opportunity to visit the Miraval Resort in Tucson, where I have a number of photographs installed in the lobby of their spa.…

abstracts of a fading tulip

We bought some tulips over the weekend, and while they bloomed quickly, they began to fade just as fast. This photograph was an attempt to capture the flowers…

abstract of a fallen leaf

This is a new abstract I have been working on for the past couple of days. A quiet piece, contemplating the curves and forms of dried leaf from…