Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lines on a page...

Art reflects life. I always enjoy creating from the bottom up. I love to draw but it has to come from inside...sit with pencil and begin. I have never sat before a sight and tried to draw it. Most of the time my art tells a story. There is always more behind the pencil than just lines connected on paper to create an image. Art reflects whats going on inside my spirit and soul. My drawing pad looks more like a scribble pad...I never did enjoy 'Painting' or adding color...too messy and took so much time, If I had a stuido maybe yes. But with no place to leave things out and having to clean up behind myself every time I painted I never really got into that. (my son did, and I cleaned up behind him..lol ) I did use acrylic pens at one time, and that was pretty easy, just put the pens away...but the pens are expensive as are oils and acrylics, and supplies. So I began to use software to complete my art/drawings. This one pictured here was inspired by my feelings or spiritual connection to Machu Picchu. I call this print the Lost Ponies of Machi Picchu. The main problems I had with this print was getting it to repeat, so it could be used for fabric designs. I did however after 3 weeks of work on this one print get it to repeat and it looks wonderful...its currently under consideration for development by Fabric Editions, I sent them some
2nd draft samples last week. So that drawing was the inspiration for my newest line called
Chi Chi...(Chi Chi is the central market where all goods are brought to be swapped or sold in the villages of old like Machu Picchu) Here is the final draft of the Ponies of Machi Picchu.

Lost Ponies of Machu Picchu

For the color I went about creating my pallett of colors that jumped out at me many of which are new for me, like the purple...not a color Im comfortable with but it works very good here. I call it Regal due to the Royal-ness of it. The other lead pattern for his collection is the Masquerade. Masks were used/worn in ceremony in the Myan and Incan Civilizations.


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Monday, September 29, 2008

Who's Counting?

Actually Im only 54 yrs and one day...if you get down to brass tacks. This week is the "hurry and gets things ready week"...First off my son cancelled his Boone, NC contest so he could do the one in Atlanta this Saturday and thats where Ill be headed early Saturday morning and we have a motel for the night...then from there its on to Greenville. All the Wallings (Me, Mom, Lil Sis, and Big Sis is flying in too) are celebrating our birthdays together...mine was today, Lil sis is on Wednesday, Mom's is Saturday and Big sis is in January but we are gonna surprise her and have it a wee bit early...we never get to be with her on her birthday..On Monday we leave Greenville to come here and then midweek we plan to take off for the beach if there is no rain in the forecast, for one overnight. Then back here and she flies out of Charlotte next Sunday...so a busy week coming up. I hope we can find gas...still have stations out of gas, or short on gas.

Anyways I got busy and printed out some of my art designs and made some gift wrap! It was kinda fun and meditational to not think about anything except what was right in front of me. One I made into a small gift bag..and the others I just printed and wrapped it like any other wrap paper. ITS definitely one of a kind.

This one I printed and then cut it out...I wrapped the gift in brown paper. I used some cool yarn to make the bridle and tail..attached it with double sided tape! We made Big sis a sweat shirt with a pic of her dog Jake on it...using an ink jet iron on transfer of a photo I took of him...in fact I made all the gifts too!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Monochrome Monday +12

Monochrome Monday Plus12

This is the original of the droplets I snapped yesterday...I like it as it, a bit dark, but for Mono Monday I took it into my HDR filter and brightened it up a bit raised the saturation...zoomed in only a bit, I used the dodge brush a bit on the drops..and then made a tile edge.

For the plus today...this one is naturally monochrome, green

I had fun shooting these droplets. I love the upside down reflections they capture.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tom Till Photography

The photography of Tom Till is one of my latest research projects. I found him sort of by accident and maybe some of you have heard of him, but I just found out about him. He is a nature landscape photographer and he resides in Moab Utah where I just vacationed a few weeks back. I didnt know about him at the time, found out about him while searching for more information about Moab. He moved to Moab after he gradutated from college and has been lucky enough to support himself with his photography. His love of Canyonlands have brought many beautiful photos to his gallery. As I said I didnt see his gallery when I was there knowing I can't afford to buy usually keeps me from going into art galleries of any kind although Im very curious, I dont want to waste people's time. His photographs sell for anything from $200 and UP. I know its weird...but If I really want a photograph of something special Id rather take it myself. Art and photography have always been a passion for me, and going in search of the perfect shot, or creating the perfect image is part of the challenge.

I found out by reading Tom Till's blog that you have to apply for a permit if you are a professional and you intend to sell your photographs of our National Parks, and BLM lands. I knew about the video permits but I had no idea still photography was under this permit as well..there is a list of PERMITS here. These permits can be $50-$100 a day for stills or if you are a video crew $150 a day. A movie crew its $750 a day...DID you know this? Neither did I. So if you sell a photo of recognized landscape of our parks you should have a permit to show for that...if you sell a photo of Disney Land you need a permit also. Its sort of a use tax.

Anyways back to Tom Till. We have had various discussions amongst the various photographers Ive read here on Multiply about processing digital photos. Wel if you want to know what the professionals are doing they are PROCESSING their photos. According to Tom Till its a must for any photographer in the market this day and time to spend even more time Processing Digital than he did in the darkroom with film. He also taked about using the HDR process which is one of my favorite formats...I never purchased the software I did download a trail version to use and its pretty good but since its a trail version its not fully functional. I do use it tho and its a great addition to my software. I just thought that was interesting to note that the REAL pros are doing a lot of processing to get those fabulous images!

While reading his blog I realize you have to really be ready to stick it out to get the photo you want...Meaning research the location to find the best light for your image...whether it be a sunrise, or midday, or sunset that provides the best look for that area...It could mean wading into water to get the best shot of a waterfall. I just think in order to move the level of your finished result up you have to be willing to raise the bar. I think its pretty fascinating...

I would love to put up one of his photos....they are so beautiful but I dont want to infringe so this is my photo at the Sand Dune Arch...I hope you will click the link up there to go see his work.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Picture Perfect Old Fashioned

Picture Perfect Old Fashioned

This great antique/garden center is located in Basalt Colorado where I recently vacationed. We enjoyed rummaging around and taking lots of photos.

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Kodak Z 712 IS

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pony Tails~

This little fellow caught my eye while we were traveling around upstate last week. The field was full of miniature horses. They are so small and cute but then I saw a FOAL, and she is just the cutest thing. I had to stop and ask the owner if I could take pics. They walked up a bit too close to the fence for me to get good shots, they are so short. The mare's name is Barbie the filly doesn't have a name yet...she is about a month and 1/2 old and she is about 2 ft tall. She kept hiding behind Mama but I got these...

This pony had the most beautiful eyes!