"CHEERFUL THOUGHTS" - WINTER TULIPS COLLECTION
I created "Cheerful Thoughts" as part of my Silver Gelatin Winter Tulips Collection.
"A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. Just like the tulip, there is room for everyone in this world". -Tim Layton
"Cheerful Thoughts" is a classic silver gelatin fine art gallery quality print made with large format black and white film.
Dating back to the 16th century, tulips have had significant meaning to people around the world. I can't think of anything more impactful to our long term wellbeing than having cheerful thoughts on a regular basis. I hope my artwork brings you cheerful thoughts and joy in your life.
In our modern society where just about every aspect of life has been digitized, it is a rare treat to collect and enjoy handmade artwork.
ARTWORK DETAILS & INFORMATION
Artwork Available in the Following Sizes (in inches):
8x10 Dry Mounted on 11x14 with Window Mat $147 [Buy Now]
11x14 Dry Mounted on 16x20 with Window Mat $247 [Buy Now]
16x20 Dry Mounted on 20x24 with Window Mat $577 [Buy Now]
20x24 Dry Mounted on 20x24 with 2 inch Window Mat $877 [Buy Now]
30x40 Dry Mounted on 30x40 with 3 inch Window Mat $2977 [Buy Now]
40x60 Dry Mounted on 40x60 with 4 inch Window Mat $5977 [Buy Now]
* Shipping and handling is extra and the fee is based on your address
Each piece of artwork is personally printed by Tim Layton in the darkroom, processed to museum archival standards, titled, signed, mounted, and matted on acid free museum board.
All prints are carefully prepared and packaged in specially designed protective shipping materials, and shipped fully insured via UPS ground.
Contact Tim Layton directly to schedule a free art consultation or to place an order.
The Tulip is a classic flower of love, although it was considered more of a symbol for charity by the Victorians. The Turkish people who originally bred the flower considered it a symbol of paradise on earth, making it a part of many religious and secular poems and art pieces.
While the Ottoman empire planted the bulbs to remind them of heaven and eternal life, the Dutch that popularized the flower considered it a reminder of how brief life can be instead. The link to love and passion developed primarily in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Although different tulip colors carry distinct meanings - yellow tulips symbolizing cheerful thoughts, white conveying forgiveness and purple representing royalty - a Turkish legend may be responsible for the red tulip's symbolism. The story goes that a prince named Farhad was love struck by a maiden named Shirin. When Farhad learned that Shirin had been killed, he was so overcome with grief that he killed himself - riding his horse over the edge of a cliff. It's said that a scarlet tulip sprang up from each droplet of his blood, giving the red tulip the meaning "perfect love."
ART BUYERS & COLLECTORS GUIDE
No other visual art can match the richness, depth, and definition of silver gelatin prints.
This is why the most discerning art buyers and collectors continue to value handmade silver gelatin fine art photographs, just as they have the last 140 years.
When you see a handmade silver gelatin print hung on the wall that is properly lit, the entire world becomes quiet around you.
The clarity, depth, detail, and tonal values all work together to silence the world around you.
My pure analog film-based darkroom methods are unique in our digital world today and my workflow allows me to create gallery-quality artwork that is unparalleled by modern digital techniques.
I don't outsource any part of my process, so when you receive a silver gelatin photograph from me, you know that my hands were directly involved in every step of the process.
When viewing my black and white silver gelatin photographs, something magical happens that is unexpected. Your mind engages in a way that isn’t possible if the images were in color and you become part of the image with me. We go on a journey together and we become co-creators.
HANDMADE SILVER GELATIN PHOTOGRAPHS
Tim Layton's handmade silver gelatin black and white fine art photographs are created from large format analog film negatives, like the one you see to the left.
Tim follows a museum quality archival workflow that ensures art buyers and collectors will be able to enjoy their artwork for their entire life.
Review Tim's Silver Gelatin Fine Art Print Care Guide to learn how to protect your investment.
Tim specializes in making very large 40" x 60" silver gelatin fine art gallery quality prints for collectors around the world, but he also offers smaller 8x10, 11x14, 16x20, and 20x24 size to make the artwork accessible to new art buyers.
WHY TIM'S BIG SILVER GELATIN PRINTS ARE SO SPECIAL
"I provide people a unique experience where you, I, and the subjects are brought together to share a unique experience. I do this in a way that simply isn't possible in real life."
When viewing my very large prints, your eyes move around the scene or subject in a way and at a pace that is surreal.
In order to better understand this experience, follow me in this exercise.
Extend your right arm as far as you can in front of you. Elevate your arm about chest height and then position your hand so you are looking at the back of your hand and then spread your fingers apart.
Now, look very closed at your thumb.
Notice how you can see every detail in your thumb, but your other fingers are not in sharp focus?
Now shift your focus to your index finger.
Notice how your thumb and other fingers are now not in sharp focus, but your index finger is sharp and clear?
You can shift your focus to any of your other fingers and the same phenomenon continues.
This simple exercises illustrates how your eyes move through one of my very large silver gelatin prints.
It is impossible to have this experience looking at small digital images on a computer or phone. You need to be in front of the large prints.
I purposely create black and white images because by removing color, your mind processing my subjects in a way that is unique and impossible if the prints were in color.