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World Whale Day

Breaching whale

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau

As nature photographers with an emphasis on the ocean and marine wildlife, we spend a lot of time on the ocean. The earth’s largest mammal never ceases to take our breath away… each and every encounter is so special.

Fascinating facts about whales

  • Gray whales have one of the longest yearly migrations of any mammal…up to 10,000 miles round trip.
  • Killer whales can live more than 100 years
  • The Blue whale is the largest animal on the planet…weighing as much as 200 tons.
  • Male humpbacks are known for their songs which can be heard for miles underwater and repeated for hours during breeding season.
Transient Orca hunting near Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park.
Gray Whale off the coast of Ventura, California with Anacapa Island in the background.

Using Art to Create Emotion

AFTER- Energizing workspace. 30″x60″ “Winter Storm” Metal Print

We underestimate the impact that our surroundings have on us.  The clutter, emptiness and everything in-between, all change how we move and respond in our space.  Have you ever noticed how your body responds to visual stimulation? We feel happier when we see a reminder of pleasant memories, relaxed when we see landscapes, or pain when we see images of suffering.  Art connects you to the experience you wish to create in the space.

Take the time to think about how you want to feel in the room.  Do you want an oasis for your master suite because it is the only space that is yours?

AFTER- Your own oasis.  33″x33″ “Lovely Petals”

 

Is your work space uninspiring and you never seem to want to be in it?

AFTER- Inspiring and inviting workstation.  33″x50″ “Sunstreaks” Modern Wood Print

 

Do you spend hours on end in the kitchen and need a rich view of the outdoors to keep you from going stir-crazy?

AFTER- Transporting scenic for daydreaming. 30″x60″ “Lasting Layers” Metal Print

 

Are your patients cringing by the time they see you because they have been staring at stressful medical posters?

BEFORE- Treatment room overload!

Studies show local scenic photography calms patients and reduces the need for medication.

AFTER- Relaxing escape. 30″x90″ “Purple Mountain Majesty” on Canvas

What do you want to feel?  Create your own reality, with art!

 

Art as Your Design Inspiration

55″x55″ “Maui Shorebreak” Acrylic Print

Sometimes a room is just uninspiring and we don’t know how to break free from the “blah”.  Other times we just want a change but don’t want to buy a whole new room.  Art can be the inspiration you need!

“Liquid Crystal” on Acrylic 50″x33″

Take a room with a neutral color palette, add a piece of art, and pull colors and textures from the art into the space with small textiles like pillows and throw blankets, or decor items like candle holders, vases or trays.

27″x40″ “Blue Sky Palms” Wrap Canvas

You can also create a color palette from a few colors, and then later, mix it up by swapping out the accent colors with a new combination taken from your art. By pulling the art into the room with color, you create a rich, 3-dimensional experience.

Art as the Finishing Touch in Your Space

30″x60″ “Champagne Curl” Metallic Acrylic

Most of us don’t have the luxury of creating a room all at once.  We often piece it together, incorporating heirloom pieces, unexpected treasures, and functional purchases.  How do you make all of these pieces feel like they belong?  Art.

36″x72″ “Aftermath” over a sectional sofa.

Wall art has the unique ability to tie a room together, incorporating all the little elements and making the room look cohesive and intentional. Our in-house designer can help you find a piece of art that hits all the checkpoints.  Contact us today for your complementary consultation and get ready for the transformation!

“Ocean Blues” Exhibit

Ventura ArtWalk October 6 & 7th

Join us in Downtown Ventura for a complete weekend of festivities celebrating the art community in Ventura, California. Our art exhibit features the ocean inspired photography of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue. From dreamy seascapes to crashing waves and everything in between, the collection captures the many moods and captivating beauty of the ocean.

10% of Sales during ArtWalk will be donated to Mission Blue, a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots.

Ventura ArtWalk at Latitudes Fine Art Gallery
401 E. Main St
Ventura, CA 93001
Saturday, October 6th, 11am-6pm
Sunday, October 7th, noon to 5pm

Focal Point- Transform your space

We often underestimate the importance of a focal point in a space. I like to say it is similar to the flow of a conversation.  When you enter a room something needs to “speak” to you first.  It should be the boldest, the loudest and set the tone for all that follows.  If you don’t have this piece, what occurs is a visual “shouting match” between everything else vying for your attention.  What do I look at first- the plant, the table, the chair, the pattern of the carpet? It all competes unless you have one unifying piece that ties it all together.  It’s the “alpha dog” of the room. The “inspiration piece”.  It’s a “go bold or go home” moment.  I have never found that multiple small art pieces will do the job the way one big piece does.  

 

Investing in one big bold piece of art ties together the myriad of “stories” that are occurring visually in a space, connecting the color palette, subtle textures, patterns and lines, fills the empty spaces with it’s presence, and creates the energy level for the room.  Wow! Did you know you could get all that from one design choice?

Our consultants at Latitudes Fine Art are here to help you connect the dots and find the perfect art for your space.  Contact us today and find your focal point.

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“Blazing Sky” is used as a focal point to tie together the horizontal lines in the front desk of this commercial space, the bold red chairs and rich dusty-blue paint.  The colors are continued with “Liquid Crystal” in a more fluid style, creating an inviting and relaxing waiting room.  The 40”x60” of “Two Trees Sunburst” peeks out through the glass window, letting the guest know there is more to discover.

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When finally reaching “Two Trees Sunburst” it leads to more drama and interest around each corner.  The art fills what would be a maze of sterile office walls, giving a presence to the empty spaces, and a way to navigate unfamiliar territory.  For those that work here, the landscapes from Latitudes Fine Art, provides virtual windows, keeping employees energized and centered.

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This dining room is filled by the soaring “Pelicans in Flight” for a private collector of Latitudes Artwork.  He is called to the ocean and seeks pieces that fill the walls with water, movement and marine life.  

unknown This commercial multi-purpose space needed artwork to represent our community and fill the massive amount of empty space.  “Inspiration Point” and “Anacapa Sunrise” provide a soothing backdrop for any activity.  The paint color changes were suggested to enhance the art and the energy of the room.

Art can truly be the key that ties an entire room together!  Find out how we can help you find yours.

Breathtaking Moments in the Camargue

“Moments that take your breath away”… As a photographer, this is what I live for. I recently was so fortunate to get to travel to the south of France and join a small group of photographers on a weekend filled with awe inspiring and breathtaking beauty.
I was immediately enamored with their powerful beauty and playful curiosity. This ancient breed of horses are semi wild but cared for by the guardians (cowboys) who dedicate their lives to these amazing creatures. It was so special to observe the relationships between the horses and also the bonds with the guardians.

After galloping through the water they would take breaks by playfully rolling in the sand, or soaking up the sunshine as the salt water dried on their glistening coats. Other more curious horses would come up close, nudging for a scratch or give us a little nibble. They are known for their intelligence, agility and stamina.

There were lots of foals… ready and eager to get in on the fun. The babies are born a darker color and lighten as they get older.

Being marshland, it was best to dress for deep water so we could get in close. One misstep and that would be the end of my camera gear.

       

This guy had a sense of humor and enjoyed sneaking up and tugging on my scarf when I wasn’t watching!

Images are available now in the Ventura, California, gallery and on the website.

Join us for an opening reception for this new collection:

July 21, 2018
6-8pm
Light Refreshments
Latitudes Fine Art Gallery
401 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
805-642-5257

 

“Horses of the Camargue” – Arts & Eats Downtown Ventura- Art Reception

Latitudes Fine Art Gallery-Steve Munch & Stephanie Hogue Photography's photo.

For July’s Arts & Eats reception, photographer, Stephanie Hogue will be here to share images from her latest project, “The Horses of the Camargue”. The marshlands of the Camargue in southern France, provide an exquisite backdrop for this ancient breed of horses. Experience this world through her eyes and discover their majestic and ethereal beauty.

Saturday, July 21, 2018
6pm-8pm
Latitudes Fine Art Gallery
401 E. Ventura, CA 93001
805-642-5257

Click here for Facebook event page

Arts & Eats is a free bi-monthly event in Downtown Ventura where participating galleries, restaurants and shops provide a special event for the evening including art and small tasty bites for guests to enjoy and stroll from stop to stop.

Click here for the Arts& Eats Ventura facebook page with other participating venue information.

“Community Strong” Arts & Eats Jan 20, 2018

Join us this Saturday for our “Community Strong” show
celebrating this wonderful place that we call home.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 6-8pm.
401 E. Main St Ventura, CA

All Ventura and Two Trees poster sales will be donated to the #ThomasFireFund

During the event we will be announcing the donation amount raised from our 2018 Ventura Calendar for the Thomas Fire Fund, and to keep the love flowing, we will be donating all poster sales during the event to the Thomas Fire Fund. Thank you for being the change and making a difference!

This disaster has changed the landscape of our land, lives and hearts. We will never forget, but we will rise again, together, stronger than ever. Thank you for being a part of our Latitudes Family.

“Community Strong”

In the last few weeks, our community has been rocked with a devastating fire and heartbreaking mudslide.  This place that we call home looks very different, and it feels very different.

We have a unique niche- part art, and part heart.  When our Latitudes Family stops by now, we ask for their status update and hold our breath.  More often than not, our exhale is with relief that their homes were spared… but sometimes it is a sigh of sorrow.  We love our community and hate to see it suffering.
One thing we weren’t expecting, was to hear from our Latitudes Family who lost their homes, so quickly after the fire.  It seemed strange to us that replacing lost artwork was so high on anyone’s list.  But we came to discover something we never really knew before-  artwork has a power that we just don’t realize.  When you are uprooted unexpectedly, and staring at blank walls in a new place with nothing that feels like home, familiar artwork can be the anchor that you need to begin to recover again.  Looking around a room and seeing your favorite little turtle or landscape of your town, or the pier that you and your partner picked out years ago, can give you hope for tomorrow.  We didn’t know how much our artwork impacted people on such a subconscious level until now, and we are truly humbled by it.  Objects carry with them energy and stories. To hear that “she just wants her Two Trees back on the wall”, breaks our hearts and opens us up deeper and in new ways, every time.  It makes us understand ourselves and others better, it makes us better artists, and, better humans.
This Saturday is our first Arts & Eats since the Thomas Fire.  We are dedicating the event to our community.  We will be highlighting images of our hillsides and towns impacted by fire to remind us all that we are stronger together and that we will rebuild, recover, and grow.  That there is hope for tomorrow.

During the event we will be announcing the donation amount raised from our 2018 Ventura Calendar for the Thomas Fire Fund, and to keep the love flowing, we will be donating all poster sales during the event to the Thomas Fire Fund.  Thank you for being the change and making a difference!

This disaster has changed the landscape of our land, lives and hearts.  We will never forget, but we will rise again, together, stronger than ever.  Thank you for being a part of our Latitudes Family.