Entries in photography (8)


oversize seascapes from minted

Despite the fact that it's fall, I never have the beach too far from my mind.  And what better way to capture the essence of the sea than with an oversize photographic print of it in your home?  If you guys have been following along here a while, you know I'm obsessed with prints of the sea on as big a scale as I can get.  Minted is killing it lately with their budget-friendly pieces and I still can't get over how affordable they are framed!  It's such a great way to make a dramatic impact without breaking the bank!  Below is a roundup of some pieces I'm loving lately; I'm seriously thinking East Coast Surf would make a great gift for the hubby!  It's so hard to pick a favorite; which one is yours?

Rocky Coast / Blue Monday / Seaside Contrast

Monochrome Shore / Diverge / Praia da Ursa

Foaming Sea Water iiiWave Patterns

East Coast Surf / Staten Sea I / Malibu View No. 2


deb achak: ebb and flow

If you've been following here for any length of time, you know that I have a weakness for/mild obsession with oversize photographic prints of the sea, so it was only fitting that I would fall head over heels in love with Seattle-based photographer Deb Achak's Ebb and Flow series.  And since we are about to head back to the beach, I can't think of a better time to post! 

Taken off the coast of Maui and the Amalfi Coast of Italy, the shots are from the vantage point of the swimmer's eye, which I absolutely LOVE, and the colors are absolutely stunning!  Can you just imagine the dramatic impact one of these prints would make in a room on a very large scale?  I have been following Deb for a while on Instagram and have particularly enjoyed all the snaps she's shared on her stories of her recent trip back to Italy; her feed is full of so much inspiration, she's definitely one to follow!  In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites from her Ebb and Flow series

And just to see how amazing these prints truly are on a large scale, here are a few snaps from her Instagram.  Most are in her all-white studio, which make for the perfect backdrop for her beautiful prints:

Happy Hump Day!


GIVEAWAY with lauren marttila photgraphy!

If you guys have been following along here for a while, you know I could probably designate an entire page on the blog to just oversize photographic prints of the sea, I love them that much.  I'm also a huge fan of surf prints, which also hold special meaning for me and my husband (he spent his first four years in the Marine Corps in Hawaii, where he learned how to surf).  I'm always on the lookout for a new piece of art or photographic print of a lineup or silhouette of a surfer because, not to sound like a broken record, but art that holds personal meaning is my very favorite kind!  So, it's only fitting that I would fall in love with the work of Nantucket-based photographer, Lauren Marttila and her stunning seascapes, beachscapes and, especially, black and white surf prints!

Lauren is an absolute sweetheart; I've been following her work on Instagram and obsessing over her "Wait" and "Lineup" for a while now.  Lucky for us, she has graciously agreed to give away one of her framed "shelfie" prints to a lucky reader today - a 5" by 5" print, that includes a white mat and frame!  Below are the three prints to choose from:



"Emoji in the Wild"


1.  Leave a comment with the name of the shelfie you like.

2.  Make sure you leave your name and email so I can get in touch with you!

3.  Make sure you are following @Bungalowblue and @Laurenmarttila on Instagram, too!

We will select a winner at random this Friday, 26 January, and Lauren will then ship the framed print at no charge to the winner, (within the Continental U.S. only)  Best of luck trying to decide which one you love the most!  So excited for you guys!


philip barlow at one kings lane

I've been a fan of South African-based artist Philip Barlow since I first stumbled upon his amazing oil paintings of hazy summer days spent by the sea, so I was ecstatic to discover that One Kings Lane is now featuring a few of his paintings!  At first glance, they look like out-of-focus photographs and it takes a little getting used to the blurriness, but that's what I happen to love most about them!  Each painting is available in two sizes, the largest at 42x30 inches, which is a great way to add a little drama to your walls!  And at less than $350, they really are a steal.  There aren't many featured, but what they do have is absolutely breathtaking:

And just to wet your whistle a little more, here are a few more from his collection entitled, "The Sea" from his portfolio.  Aren't they incredible?!

What do you think?  Are you a fan of the blurred photography and artwork that is popular now?  Would you ever hang one in your own home?


oversized ocean photographic prints by tricia mckellar

Last weekend as I was thumbing through Instagram, I stumbled upon an oversize framed photograph of the sea by a designer/blogger I follow and stopped dead in my tracks; it was absolutely beautiful! A little sleuthing after I couldn't get it out of my head and I discovered that it cost a pretty penny (I'm talking well, WELL into the thousands of dollars).  Now, I'm all about investing in a piece of art or photography that you absolutely LOVE and that not only reflects your taste, style and personality, but also if it's something you just can't stop thinking about, HOWEVER, if you can save a little dough in the process (and have more to spend on lighting, accessories and window treatments), I'm all for it!  I got to thinking of Raleigh-based photographer Tricia McKellar; I had done a post on her oversize ocean prints a few years ago and so I checked to see if she was still selling and she was!  The best part is that her work is not only beautiful, but she is super affordable - I'm talking 40x60 inch prints for $425!  Considering how much it costs to frame a print of that size (which is ridiculous in and of itself), it's nice to get a break on the actual art, don't you think?  Here are a few of my favorites:

To see more of Tricia's work, check out her website and to see what she has available for sale, check out her Etsy shop.  Happy Hump Day, friends!