Year: 2013

Conjure by Daniel Sroka

Conjure – an abstract of a leaf

Leaves are my favorite subject to photograph. They seem simple at first — straightforward with no surprises. But when you take the time, you begin to see that…

advice to an art student – part 1

I received a great email the other day. A college student wrote to tell me: “You are a huge inspiration to me as a photographer. I wanted you…

Airfoil by Daniel Sroka

Airfoil – an abstraction of a shell

We found this broken shell on the beach during the last week of summer vacation. It’s not a “pretty” shell, by any definition, but it does have a…

collecting the new fall leaves

Summer feels like it just barely ended. But with the arrival of October (already?!), the temperature has begun to creep down, and the leaves have started to fall.…

Success

Just as failure shouldn’t be feared, success shouldn’t be placed on a pedestal. Success is neither impossible nor assured. It is just another part of the creative process,…

Failure

We are all so afraid to fail, or even afraid to admit it when we do. But failure is a normal part of life, especially the life of…

an abstract of a calla lily

My kids gave a bouquet of calla lilies to my wife on Mother’s Day, so I created this photograph to make their present last a little longer. This…

I’m the Featured Artist at Plywerk

Plywerk is a cool company that makes gorgeous art panels out of bamboo. This month, they selected me as their Featured Artist for the month! In this photo…

Inward by Daniel Sroka www.danielsroka.com

Inward – an abstraction of a shell

The spiral is a powerful symbol in art. It creates a feeling of motion that draws you in, focuses your attention, and calms your mind. In this photograph,…

how a new collector chose my art

A new collector of my art shared with me how she chose my art for her home. With the art she selected and the way she installed it,…

Two perspectives on a shell

Sometimes, one subject can reveal two completely different personalities, depending on how you interact with it. These two photographs are of the same shell. But one is bold…

learn the craft of selling your art

The incomparable Ze Frank just put up a video talking about living the creative life. Go, watch it. Wisdom is contained within. A lot of the “secret” behind…

3 variations on a shell

I must be getting tired of winter, because once again I find myself photographing shells my family collected last summer in Cape May, New Jersey. These three photographs…

Daniel Sroka booth 1011 Artexpo New York

See me at Artexpo New York

Once again, I am busily preparing to show my art at Artexpo New York. It will be at Pier 92 from March 21-24, and I hope you’ll come…

Spectrum – an abstract of a leaf

This leaf is a tiny thing, no bigger than my thumbnail, and would have been very easy to overlook. But its vibrant colors caught my eye, in spite…

The One

I’m on my fourth day of photographing one tiny maple leaf. Have taken 100s of shots so far, but the goal is to create The One. I’m getting…