John Weller – Calmness, Serenity and Tranquility

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Moon Rising Over A Calm Atlantic Ocean In Vero Beach, Florida.

Moon Rising Over A Calm Atlantic Ocean In Vero Beach, Florida.

Geese Flying Over Acton Lake On A Foggy Morning.

Geese Flying Over Acton Lake On A Foggy Morning.

Foliage On A Foggy Fall Morning On The Great Miami River

Foliage On A Foggy Fall Morning On The Great Miami River

A Water Ripple On The Ohio River On A Foggy Morning.

A Water Ripple On The Ohio River On A Foggy Morning.

Setting Sun Lights Up Clouds Over The Atlantic Ocean.

Setting Sun Lights Up Clouds Over The Atlantic Ocean.

The Dock At Miami Whitewater Forest On A Foggy December Morning.

The Dock At Miami Whitewater Forest On A Foggy December Morning.

 

EWW: What is the most memorable comment you’ve ever received about your artwork?

John:  Because I sell my photographs at juried art shows, I hear a lot of comments.  The one that I like most is when people say, “Oh, it feels so serene in here.”, as they enter my booth.  However, my all-time favorite comment came from a little girl talking to her father about a piece titled “Reeds” (which can be found on my website).  She told her dad, “It looks like one of those dead, dried-out spiders you find in the basement in the winter-time.”

EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run from one work to the other such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?

John:  As an artist, my primary goal is to create work that provokes an emotional response.  The mood I try to consistently invoke is one of calmness, serenity, tranquility … perhaps the Japanese word “wa” describes it best. I find the soft luminance and pastel color of early morning light goes a long way to engender that mood.

 Visually, nature can be quite chaotic.  Locating the simple compositions that I prefer is challenging, but I find them to be very rewarding.  The elegance, the poetic beauty of simplicity leads naturally to feelings of balance and harmony.

For me, color is nearly as important as composition.   I am particularly attracted to the pastel color palette.  I have numerous photographs that I think are technically good photographs, but if the color isn’t right then the photograph isn’t right.

EWW:  Do you think it is important for photographic artists to have their own website, in addition to appearing on other art gallery websites?

 John:  Today it is a virtual requirement for artists/photographers to have their own website.  Customers expect it and industry professionals expect it.

EWW:  Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work?  If you do use social media platform seems, which one(s) work the best for you?

John:  I am on Facebook.  I use it to show select photographs to gauge the reaction to images I am considering placing in my booth.  While I may love a given image, I don’t want to take up scarce wall space in my booth for images with limited appeal.

 

Websites: http://jfweller.com

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