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Over the summer I've been working with a client that's in construction but a bit different then restaurant construction, something we can all appreciate, especially living here in the Sacramento Valley with our hot weather - Pool Time Pool & Spa. I spent my time with them photographing beautiful pools - I know, what a tough gig - and then creating a new brand image starting with their web site and Houzz account.  Today we launched the new site.


What was interesting to me of course were the similarities I found with materials that made up the hard surfaces, just like with The Bar at Morgan's On Main project.  This past week for The Bar we've been installing the flooring - tile was first, hardwood floors and epoxy flooring (a multi layer process of sand and resin made up of prepolymers and polymers).


Pool StepsCamaroon Black Pebble Floor with Abalone Shells. For the pool surfaces materials can include tile, glass, pebbles and mini pebbles (to replicate sand for a beach entrance into a pool) and one pool even had abalone shell.


Surrounding the pool can be anything from stamped concrete, bluestone, marble, granite and brick - sound familiar?


Copper Pot Water FeatureRepetitive line up of small water falls.

I love using lighting as a special feature in my spaces, the cherry on top if you will or "surprise" look at me aren't I fabulous.  For the pool it's the water feature.  These beauty's take on a life of there own with the constant flow of water running over their surfaces - copper, steel, rock, stone - you name it, it's probably found it's way to a water feature.


Just like in The Bar, pool surfaces take you from one area to another, allow for our feet to experience varying palpable textures, upon connection produce sound, and visually lets your space tell a story.


Beach EntryMini pebbles used to create sand to give this pool a beach entrance.



(Farrell Scott) California Pool Time Pool & Spa backyard beach concrete marble outdoor pebble photography pool spa stamped tile water features https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/whats-under-foot Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:12:06 GMT
Painting The Bar https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/painting-the-bar I love paint and the versatility it brings to design, besides the obvious, it can act as a mood setter, be the grounding of a room, create volume or make a space feel cozy.  My first approach to paint is how it can move your eye around a room and take you from one end to another as you walk throughout an entire space – so when selecting the pigments I’m making sure to stay true to that journey, forming connections as people move in, out and around the interior and exterior. When you stand in any particular spot in a room, be it your home or a public space, you usually don’t just see the immediate walls around you.  You see trim to doorways, ceilings and partial walls to other rooms.  That is all taken into consideration when creating the flow of the color palette.

For Morgan’s On Main I built the color palette by first selecting the flooring, due to it being the largest continued surface besides the brick walls.  The floor also had to play a part in toning down the very orangey hue of the brick and ground the long narrow room that is reminiscent of a bowling alley when empty.  The key to this was finding flooring whose undertones would be drawn out by the brick color, thus blending well together.


The next main element being brought into the space was the reclaimed wood, again the tones of that wood had to merge well with the other two surfaces.   These three elements are what lead me to the paint selection – a combination of dark and light tones that would bring out certain highlights and low values of the woods.


There are four paint colors being used in The Bar, at first you’ll see a neutral range but with a closer look you’ll see cool and warm tones playing off each other to connect all the surfaces, producing a very inviting color way. 



(Farrell Scott) California Kelly Moore Morgan's On Main The Bar Woodland brick construction interior design paint paint brush painting photography remodel https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/painting-the-bar Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:12:45 GMT
Four-Weeks of Progress https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/progress day before demo I'm usually on site for The Bar project daily but a few days last week I had a prior commitment to teach up in the Sierra's at Camp Sacramento. Today upon my return there were some pleasant surprises - for the past four weeks, seeing the construction day by day, it starts to feel like everything is moving at a turtle's pace. Demo, clean-up, trenching, framing, laying all kinds of pipes, wiring for all kinds of stuff and the list goes on.

But when you miss it for a length of time, it's as if the hare stepped in. Of course all along progress was happening and when you start seeing the underbelly of finishes start to appear, you get a little giddy.

Today the face of the bar appeared with the kick plate and shaker style outer skin making an appearance.


first day of demo


almost clear

framing coming together



inner skin applied


ceiling all wired up - time for dry wall

kick plate and outer skin applied to bar

(Farrell Scott) California Woodland construction design interior photography remodel https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/progress Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:45:57 GMT
Dancing with Ladders https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/dancing-with-ladders Ladder Dance One Ladders are ancient tools that were first featured in a Mesolithic rock painting that is at least 10,000 years old, depicted in the Spider Caves in Valencia, Spain. The painting depicts two humans using a ladder to reach a wild honeybee nest to harvest honey. The ladder is illustrated as long and flexible, possibly made out of some kind of grass. (Wikipedia)

Ladder (noun) a structure consisting of a series of bars or steps between two upright lengths of wood, metal or robe, used for climbing up or down something. The vertical members of a rigid ladder are called stringers or rails in the United States or stiles in the United Kingdom. Rigid ladders are usually portable, but some types are permanently fixed to buildings.

Throughout the construction of The Bar at Morgan's On Main, I have found it kind of humorous to see how many times the ladders get moved around the site - looking at the progression I start to think if it as a dance. The different shapes and sizes - tall and narrow, short and wide - all have a specific purpose and move around the floor as the sub-contractor leads them.  Once settled I start to recognize a "partnering" up in their placement.

As they glide around the room, just like in dance, there are patterns made in how they step and when they come to a stand still and pose, the light catches them to form their shadow counterparts. Creating their own unique rhythm.


Ladder Dance Two

Ladder Dance Three

Ladder Dance Four




(Farrell Scott) California Woodland bar black construction cross ladders metal photography process remodel restaurant white wood https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/dancing-with-ladders Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:23:58 GMT
Don't Forget the Walls https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/details Barn, County Road 29 We've all been to restaurants, right? They undoubtably leave some kind of impression on us - and we pass along something about the food, service and/or atmosphere to anyone that asks.  To get all three just perfect for every single personality that graces the establishment is extremely difficult, if not impossible.  Thank goodness I'm only responsible for one of these areas.  Just the atmosphere alone has so many layers and communicates volumes about the brand - the space layout, the materials on every single surface, what you walk on, sit on, eat & drink with, listen to while your dining, how the staff is outfitted, is the menu readable for an 18 and a 74 year old, the weight of the fork even says something.  This kind of detail would drive some people mad but I love it!  


One of the details, that is usually left to last or not planned for at all - is what hangs on the walls.  Of course as a photographer this is prime real estate and as a designer, visually, it's the cherry on top.  Planning for this in a commercial space needs to speak to the brand, what's the mood and message?  Morgan's On Main is in Woodland, California an agricultural community since it's founding.  With the restaurant being surrounded by fields and farms the menu was created to reflect this heritage, sourcing local, and continuing its long history of farm to fork.  This was my cue for what would be the permanent art installation, pay homage to this beautiful, fertile land that is Yolo County.

Old Growth Olive Treeentry to restaurant

Sprinklers Waiting Patiently

Landscapes in The Room Olives and Grapes

Almond Orchard To see all the images in the installation, click here.


(Farrell Scott) California Morgan's On Main Woodland black and white farm field fine art grapes interiors landscape olives photography sunflowers https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/details Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:20:00 GMT
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly becomes a Swan. https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-becomes-the-swan Photographing the construction progression of The Bar at Morgan's On Main for the past two weeks. You're probably thinking, Why? It's a bunch of rubble or a mess or why are you showing us a toilet? That's my challenge and that's what is fun about documenting a transformation such as this. Finding the beauty of the mundane or not so pretty work site, and bringing a point of view to the viewer that is unique and hopefully interesting. Most of the time it seems we just walk into buildings and never think how it came to be. As a designer, it's really thrilling for me to know what goes on behind the scenes and as a photographer, to share that experience with you the best way I know how.

Several years ago I had my first experience photographing the events of a building being remodeled - for one year, every week, I witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly turn into a swan. I found the prospect of this project really exciting and went about finding what was fascinating on a construction site. Of course what I was really in search of was light!


A Peek of Morning Light


Through the Veil

Hand Tool

The Closet

By Candle Light

Just the Right Spot

To see more of the construction journey for Blackpine Holdings visit the gallery, warning 1000+ images!

To view the progression of The Bar, follow me on one of my social sites and check out #morgansonmainbar on Instagram.

(Farrell Scott) California Woodland architecture black and white building construction photography remodel transformation work https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-becomes-the-swan Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:43:03 GMT
Morgan's On Main https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/morgans-on-main Last year I was commissioned to work on a very exhilarating and challenging design endeavor, culminating into Morgan’s On Main in Woodland, California.  This past September Morgan’s On Main or MOM as we like to call it opened a steak house restaurant, cozy lounge and banquet space.  All along there were plans for a dedicated bar area just as big as the restaurant space.  This past week, we demolished what was once a hair salon and started construction on The Bar.

This project was a labor of love for me, as most of my projects are, and multi-level in the exercise of my creative muscles.  First was the interior design of the space itself, then the identity design - logo, business cards, stationary, exterior/interior signage, etc. - then came the imagery that graces the brick walls of all three spaces and soon The Bar.

Taking on something like this you have to see and understand the “big picture” and how it all works together creating a brand.  All along making sure each piece of the puzzle fits and plays nicely with one another.  So your end result is cohesive and authentic in communicating your brand.

Before/After of restaurant entrance.

Before/After table for two in front window at entrance.

Before/After just inside looking toward entrance.

Before/After entrance view from West side.

Before/After as you enter the lounge from restaurant.

Before/After bar view in lounge.



(Farrell Scott) California Morgan's On Main Woodland bar exterior food interiors lounge photography remodel restaurant steak https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/morgans-on-main Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:16:50 GMT
Portrait Photography II https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/portrait-photography-ii Students will learn the basics of studio lighting, gain experience working with a live model, and explore ways to find the most intriguing pose and lighting to enhance the subject’s features. Class activities include demonstration and discussion of post editing techniques, such as sharpening, vignetting, color correction and more, using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Students will walk away with a basic understanding plus handouts for continued learning at home. Though portrait photography experience is not necessary, the class is designed for those with a working familiarity with their camera.


Three Sundays, April 24 - May 15 (except May 8) • 1-4pm
​Sign-up through the Crocker Art Museum

(Farrell Scott) California Crocker Art Museum class photography portrait workshop https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/portrait-photography-ii Sun, 10 Apr 2016 21:54:53 GMT
Night Sky Photography Workshop https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/night-sky-photography-workshop Friday night and into the morning hours of May 6 I'll be teaching a one night photography workshop at a private vineyard, want to join in?  Sign up through the Crocker Art Museum.


Milky WayMilky WayIn vineyard, Woodland, California


(Farrell Scott) California Milky Way Woodland fine art night photography vineyard workshop https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/night-sky-photography-workshop Wed, 23 Mar 2016 22:22:39 GMT
Portraits at the Crocker https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/portraits-at-the-crocker Explore the visual qualities of candid and posed portrait photographs - your backdrop? The grounds and interiors of the Crocker Art Museum.  Learn how to arrange a background to complement the subject, use a wide array of views and focal points. This class is designed for those with a working familiarity of their camera.

Three Sunday's January 17, 24 & 31 - 1-4pm 

Visit the Crocker's web site to register.


(Farrell Scott) California class photography portrait workshop https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/portraits-at-the-crocker Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:08:31 GMT
Get to Know Your Digital Camera https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/get-to-know-your-digital-camera For those of you who have never taken your digital camera off the AUTO setting - this class is for you.  Come join us at the historic Crocker Art Museum for a fun day of exploring all the buttons, bells and whistles of your camera.  Two Tuesday's, October 13 & 20 • 5:30-8:30.

Go here to register.

(Farrell Scott) Art Crocker Museum class photography workshop https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/get-to-know-your-digital-camera Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:08:20 GMT
Milky Way https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/milky-way It's been awhile since I've shared any night images.  This summer I've gone out several times with a few evenings (early mornings really) intended on photographing the Milky Way.  Lake Tahoe from Bonasi Rock on the northeast shore and Windmill Vineyard in Woodland, California - considering Woodland has an elevation of about 20 feet I was surprised how well you could see it at midnight.  Being away from city lights sure helps.  Heading out tonight as well for Loon Lake can't wait!

Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe looking West.

Bonsai Rock at dawn.

Windmill Farm & Vineyard, Woodland CA

Old Olive Tree at vineyard.

(Farrell Scott) California Lake Tahoe Milky Way fine art night photography https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/milky-way Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:37:02 GMT
Storytelling https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/storytelling One of the most inspiring aspects of photography is how it can tell a story in one frame.  It can communicate a sense of place, a mood, a moment, an emotion.  For the viewer and the photographer it can conjure up a memory that would be completely different from each other.  For the photographer it would be the experience they had making the image - the place, time, who they may have been with, possibly the emotion of the subject let alone the emotion they may have had while being in that moment.  As a photographer capturing the "precise moment" is thrilling.  

For the viewer the same thing can happen - even though they were not in that moment of the image - the image has the chance to speak to them in a way that recalls a moment they may have had similar or the image reminds them of a place, mood, moment or emotion they experienced.  Either way there is a communication between the image maker and image viewer.  The potential of two strangers, possibly worlds apart being able to share a moment.

This is why I'm an image maker.

Farmers Market in St. Remy, Provence

At the beach in Marin Headlands, California.

(Farrell Scott) California France San Francisco beach musicians photography storytelling https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/storytelling Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:55:03 GMT
Photography Workshop Video https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/photography-camp-video This past summer I taught an intro photography workshop for young students at Blue Line Arts in Roseville.  A video was made to promote the classes the gallery offers and this one is for the photography program.  I'll be teaching there again this coming summer and would love to have your child join us.

(Farrell Scott) California classes photography workshop young students https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/photography-camp-video Thu, 04 Dec 2014 01:30:21 GMT
Harper's Harvest Web Site Launch https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/harpers-harvest One of my favorite client's is Harper's Harvest - grown from owner Sheryl McKeown's passion for making home made jams and chutneys. I've been working with this start-up for about a year first designing their corporate i.d., signage, jar labels, etc., recently I've been photographing product images and designing a full scale web site with online shopping.  This past weekend and in celebration of Small Business Saturday, Harper's Harvest came online to offer their products nationwide.  I can whole heartedly endorse their yummy creations since I've also had the pleasure of being one of the official taste testers.  A few favorites: Caramel Spice Pear Butter, Apricot Basil Jam and Strawberry Rose.  Check them out at harpersharvest.net

Apple Chutney Harper's Harvest home page Strawberry Rose Jam

(Farrell Scott) California chutney food fruit home made jam photography https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/harpers-harvest Mon, 01 Dec 2014 01:49:32 GMT
Food Stories: The ABC's of Food Photography https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/food-stories-the-abcs-of-food-photography Food Stories: The ABC's of Food Photography 
October 27, 2014 8am-6pm

Food Stories led by Farrell Scott and Melanie Dubberley will guide you through your ABC's when it comes to photographing food. Styling and shooting Apple, Blueberry and Crostini recipes to illustrate basics and fresh ideas in choosing props, building visual texture, the KISS factor to lighting and much more. The session--part demo, part interactive, and all fun--is much more than just an 8-hour photo class!  It's a learning opportunity where attendees make new friendships, share talent and are immersed in the art of food photography, all in a truly unique Napa Valley venue.  There will be critiques, hands-on help and one-on-one time with Farrell and Melanie.

Who Should Attend

This class is designed for the emerging professional photographer, student or food blogger interested in food photography. There will be critiques, hands-on help and one-on-one time with Farrell and Melanie.

Go to Napa Valley Photographic Workshops for more information.

Melanie Dubberley food styling

(Farrell Scott) California Napa class food photography teaching workshops https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/food-stories-the-abcs-of-food-photography Sun, 07 Sep 2014 22:11:36 GMT
The Fig and The Fig https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/the-fig-and-the-fig We have a fig tree and I can't keep up with the abundance of fruit it is producing this summer.  My girlfriend Sheryl is a pro at making jams, preserves, chutneys, etc., so much so she has started a new business Harper's Harvest. Yah for me I am one of her official taste testers!  Being inspired by her awesome creations I thought I'd try my hand at making fig jam - no where near hers but not to bad.  My recipe included honey rather then sugar and I was surprise by the slight nutty essence of the final results.  I love the shape and color of these little guys - my pugs love them as well, it's there favorite spot in the yard this summer.

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(Farrell Scott) fig fine art food fruit harvest photography https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/the-fig-and-the-fig Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:38:04 GMT
Triple Cream https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/triple-cream I absolutely love the texture of the rhine surrounding this triple cream cheese. It creates a unique pattern all on its own allowing light to find its beautiful curves and rolls in order to show off its character. And then there's the opposing smooth, lush inner world that shines through with just one slice. Is your mouth watering yet?

(Farrell Scott) cheese dairy fine art food photography texture triple cream https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/triple-cream Mon, 04 Aug 2014 03:06:04 GMT
An Edible Bulb https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/an-edible-blub The Onion. This pungent plant is estimated to be grown annually around the World, in over 9,000,000 acres. They are very versatile in cooking and can be baked, boiled, braised, grilled, fried, roasted, sautéed or eaten raw in salads - I love the smell of sautéed onions and caramelized onion, yum. Photographically its concentric layers of skin and flesh create a strong graphic element of repetition.

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(Farrell Scott) bulb fine art food onion photography vegetable https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/an-edible-blub Sun, 03 Aug 2014 04:50:40 GMT
Sea of Cortez https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/sea-of-cortez While in Los Angeles this week I'm staying with my girlfriend Wendy whom I've known since I was 14.  And as long as I've known her she has been a lover of salt.  I mean really loves salt - when we were teenagers I use to tease her about the only thing she didn't salt - ice cream!  Lucky for me, this week, I get to explore the plethora of salt varieties adorning her cupboard.  This image of natural coarse salt comes from the Sea of Cortez.

(Farrell Scott) Sea of Cortez fine art food mineral photography salt https://farrellscott.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/sea-of-cortez Sat, 02 Aug 2014 05:45:01 GMT