Featured Artist Tom Kelly

Artist Tom Kelly uses bright, contrasting color to enhance his photographs, creating a vibrancy that makes them pop. Visit his website to enjoy more of his work.

 

"Flower Works" Digital Photography, Various Sizes by artist Tom Kelly. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Flower Works” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

I like photographing subjects that have a lot of things happening in color.

 

"Pier 39 Bay Bridge" Digital Photography, Various Sizes by artist Tom Kelly. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Pier 39 Bay Bridge” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

I choose things such as shooting storefronts and homes straight on with the porch and the front door, windows and curtains.

 

"Boulangerie" Digital Photograph, Various Sizes by artist Tom Kelly. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Boulangerie” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes

Storefronts make great puzzles when used for that purpose because of the variety of things and colors used to catch the eye of a shopper passing by. Homes in San Francisco, such as the Painted Ladies, so popular because of their architecture, craftsmanship and the colors they are painted, are wonderful to photograph.

 

"Blue Flames" Digital Photography, Various Sizes by artist Tom Kelly. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blue Flames” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

On each of my four websites I use a lot of bright colors to bring out subject matter that seems to get lost when the photo is printed in the standard color format such as for a postcard.

 

"Golden Gate Park" Digital Photography, Various Sizes by artist Tom Kelly. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Golden Gate Park” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

I have come to realize that when I use different colors on everyday objects like fruit, flowers, cars, houses, cityscapes and the sky, things look a lot different. But they are still the same as they were before I added new colors to the subjects.

 

"The Red Sea" Digital Photography, Various Sizes by artist Tom Kelly. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Red Sea” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

The whole picture takes on a new feeling, a new sense that something is really happening. Details that have not been noticed before are now seemingly alive, almost as if they are jumping right out of the image.

 

"Garden Van Gogh" Digital Photography, Various Sizes by artist Tom Kelly. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Garden Van Gogh” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

All of this comes from just changing the colors, hues and the contrast in a controlled manner.

 

"Moon Light Palms" Digital Photography, Various Sizes by artist Tom Kelly. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Moon Light Palms” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

I truly like being close to my work. As a photographer, when I see something that interests me, the urge to photograph it immediately takes over. After that, the image is forever implanted as a memory.

 

"Three Birds" Digital Photography, Various Sizes by artist Tom Kelly. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Three Birds” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

I take this new image and begin the process of looking at it with different colors dropped into it. Just because the fruit is yellow does not mean that it has to remain that way in the finished product. After all, the moon in all its glory has been seen by different people in many different colors. I myself see the moon as the color of Swiss cheese, now what color is that?

 

Artist Tom H. Kelly in his studio. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Tom H. Kelly in his studio

 

Whatever you do, if it comes from within you, do it for the good of all people. Then you have truly created a thing of beauty.

 

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