Since it’s Bluebonnet season here in The Lone Star State, it seemed like a good time to both shoot some new material – and create note cards from some archival images. As a result, we’ve uploaded 7 new images of Bluebonnets and assorted Texas wildflowers to the Flora and Fauna page. In addition, we’ve finally posted a Yellow Rose!
Our acerbic baby Mockingbird (also just happens to be the State bird of Texas) has been busy expanding his vocabulary lately. As a result, we have several new entries in the Holiday Greeting Card series. Just released today is the “Don’t Mess With Texas card.
Go to our Greeting Card page to order all of these priceless cards. We will also be producing prints and posters (likely T-shirts) of these in the near future.
Check ‘em out:
As most people know by now, our iconic Big Tex who has welcomed visitors to the Texas State Fair in Dallas for 60 years, burned right down to his steel frame on October 19, 2012. As a memorial to the “Big Guy”, we’ve released the RIP Big Tex note card as seen below.
Order it from the Texas Collection on our website today.
The inscription reads:
RIP Big Tex
From the Texas Collection
Big Tex greets thousands of visitors to the Texas State Fair every year. Note the moon under his left arm.
On October 19, 2012, Big Tex burned down to his steel structure. We know that like the Phoenix, Big Tex will rise again from the ashes, better than ever.
Dallas, Texas 2012
Over the last several years, we’ve traveled extensively and collected a lot of images for the master collection. In this process, I’ve added a lot of historic, architecturally significant and amusing signs to the collection. In recent months I started processing each image with a consistent, classic aged theme to amplify the natural character of these classic slices of Americana. This evolved into the SignZ of Our TimeZ collection, which you can now purchase in gallery-quality giclee format Fine Art note cards.
In this collection, we have some classic theater marquees, aging edifices and more often than not, the only remaining “sign” of once-prosperous establishments that have fallen victim to time and economy.
This is also the first gallery where you can enlarge the images by clicking on each thumbnail.
With that said, I give you: SignZ of Our TimeZ
After a lot of time sitting on a stool with a legal pad and pen in our warehouse, I finally finished the inventory of our print catalog.
Now it’s all online and you can save big by ordering from our Inventory Prints. We will still produce any image in any size on short notice, but you save at least 50% when you order from our existing inventory.
From 8×10 prints in 11×14 mats up to Limited Edition Gallery-Wrap canvas Giclee prints five feet long, we have a substantial variety from Texas, Tuscany, Route 66, NYC, TreZ, Abstracts, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas, Winston the ORIGINAL Angry Bird and LOTS more.
FREE delivery in the D/FW Metroplex.
FREE shipping (in the Continental US) on matted prints.
Most orders ship within 24 hours.
All Limited Edition prints come with Certification.
A few new images were added to the library this morning. Some from recent shoots and some that had simply fallen through the cracks.
In the Texas Oddities section, we added Texas Nessie and Stonehenge II.
And in the Texas Historic section, we added the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City.
Just because May 13, 2012 produced some of the most amazing cloud formations I’ve ever seen in all the years I’ve lived in Texas, this next image was added to the Scenic Texas section:
The most requested image at the Deep Ellum art show last month was the Margaret Hunt Hill (Calatrava) bridge that now spans the Trinity River. Something I had been meaning to shoot for some time, but just did not have the “right” conditions when I had the time to shoot.
So finally last week, I decided I was shooting no matter the conditions and would just tweak the images to my liking.
We will be distributing these to our dealers shortly and have plenty on hand for our upcoming art shows: May 18-20 Grapevine, Texas and Memorial Day Weekend – Granbury, Texas.
We have one panoramic shot that is very dramatic and ethereal titled “Oz”
And then we have the much more “standard” version of this iconic gateway, titled “Calatrava Reunion” with Reunion Tower framed by the cables of the Calatrava Bridge.
As a result of incorporating 4Legs Marketing to recruit new resellers for our line of Fine Art note cards, our stable of resellers has recently increased.
Our selection of Texas note cards has expanded significantly with the addition of 27 images from Austin, our State Capitol. We will be updating some other categories in the near future as time permits.
Our newest resellers include:
Lucy’s Moms on Main
The Gaylord Texan
As we approach Art Show Season, it’s time to let everyone know where they can find us this Spring. We will be exhibiting at a couple of major festivals over April and May.
Deep Ellum Arts Festival
Main Street Days
In addition to our line of amazing Note Cards, we will also be exhibiting for sale our coffee table book on Texas titled Texas As I See It. Meet the author and have your copy personalized!
We will also have a collection of Fine Art Prints for sale. Most prints are signed and numbered Limited Edition Giclée prints. All production takes place in Frisco, Texas. It’s the Real Thing, folks.
Mosey on by and say “Howdy!”
October 26, 2011
Press Release: Book Signing
Frisco photographer Warren Paul Harris, in conjunction with the release of his first coffee table book, Texas As I See It, will be available to sign copies of the book in several locations over the coming months.
Warren’s view of the Lone Star State is evocative, compelling and insightful. Capturing everyday vignettes from our surroundings and processing them to enhance texture, color and detail, much of his work seems more illustrative than simply photographic.
With a keen eye for composition, Harris brings us the mundane, as well as the unusual with compelling results. From the amusing to the poignant, his combinations of light and shadow, texture and relationships, evoke a visceral response in the viewer.
As a long-time contributor to many local papers and magazines, Warren has captured some amazing events included in this book. But Warren’s love for his adopted home comes from exploring the back roads and small towns of Texas on his Harley and by car, for no other reason than to see what he can discover. A Licensed Texas Investigator, his natural curiosity serves him well in ferreting out the unusual among Texas’ hidden treasures. His experience as an architect, designing and building recording studios for 20 years, gives him a unique appreciation for line, light and shadow – and copious examples punctuate this volume.
While Warren has been best known for his time-exposures taken from unusual locations in the middle of the night, this first volume of three books is entirely daylight-centric. “After creating the prototype for this book in 2009, having the time-exposure work next to my daylight images seemed in conflict” says Harris. “As a result of adding a lot of new material from my library, it seemed best to break up the work into three volumes, which keeps the production costs lower and allowed us to produce a higher quality product.
Spanning 158 pages with 204 images, the book is hardbound with dust jacket and sells for $34.95.
Published by Brown Books in Dallas, Texas As I See It is endorsed by Ebby Halliday and Terry Box, the Sheriff of Collin County, among others.
Texas As I See It website:
Warren Paul Harris Photography:
- PPA (Professional Photographers of America)
- SEP (Society of Sport and Event Photographers)
- ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers)
- NPPA (National Press Photographers Association)
- IAAP (International Association of Architectural Photographers)
- PSA (Photographic Society of America)
Book signings for Texas As I See It – a coffee table photography book by Warren Paul Harris
Guests will be able to purchase copies of the book during this event, in addition to Fine Art note cards from the book’s contents. A small selection of very large canvas prints from Texas As I See It will be on display (and for sale) as well.
The first printing of my book arrived in the local warehouse on November 7, 2011 and can now be ordered from the website for immediate delivery. Books can also be ordered from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
November 12, 2-4 pm
Cute Little Shop
3245 w. Main Street, Suite 225
Frisco, TX 75034
November 17, 6-8pm
MarketPlace at Frisco Square
8861 Coleman Boulevard
Frisco, Texas 75034
November 26, 1-3 pm
Bishop Street Market
419 N. Bishop Ave. at W.7th.
Dallas, TX 75208
In researching my vast library of images, several desolation-themed shots stood out as candidates for processing. In talking with Realtors the last few weeks, a recurring theme came up regarding staying in touch with clients. Employing an abandoned house on the cover, along with text implying it just might be time to move, was the impetus for digging through my collection for more examples on this topic. As a result, several more abandoned buildings have been added to the Desolation library. In the process I also reprocessed a rusted-out, abandoned car I found in Lampassas last year.
On my way to Babes for a meeting the other day, I noticed Old Number Nineteen, Frisco’s historic steam engine, was perfectly clean. This is unusual, to say the least. In all the years we’ve lived here, I’ve stopped by Heritage Center in hopes of finding the train is pristine condition for a dramatic shot – and it never has been. It is typical for it to be coated with dust, dirt and water spots from one end to the other.
But this time it looked like someone had just given the engine and caboose a thorough bath and it sparkled in the autumn sun. So I took the opportunity to properly capture this bit of Americana for addition to my Fine Art note card collection – and inclusion in Volume II of Texas As I See It. Below is one of the two photos of Number Nineteen added to the gallery today: