Friday, April 18, 2014

Vintage Window Display

repix editing tools for iphone

I am trying an app called Repix that has various editing tools that are more customized than a ready made filters. My first choice was a photo I took of an old fashioned looking window display in a small Ohio town's main street.  I was going for the scratched, blotchy photo vintage look. Might have overdone it, but I am pleased with the effect. I want to give a nod to iDownloadBlog where I found this app.

Seems my muse has spoken and this year is about photography. I ain't gonna fight it. Which is not to say I won't be painting or embroidering, drawing and crafting etc. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Art of Poo

and I am not talking about the one in the can or the daily dealings of S*?t we have to put up with, nope I am talking about knitted poo.First though check out this video my friend sent.  
She shared it because I used to run an art gallery in a local restroom, with my friend nancy,called the Chamberpot Gallery.
extreme knitting, unique invitations

Oh, anyway, getting back to the Art of Poo.
Someone found this image online 
googly eyes and gold crown on knitted poo
and because I had my WATERMARK url on the image, she was able to contact me and ask permission to use it in a book. As I said to the author of the book, "nowt like being famous for your s*&t".

and now I POOP you not a real poo exhibit

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My watermarked image is being used by a seller on Amazon

well the saga continues
after a dmca notice to Amazon
after it was supposed to be removed
after asking Amazon UK why it wasn't removed 
after the company increased the price
then I find this
YEP, the company is using my OWN watermarked image on their listing.   
Their explanation in regards to the original listing is that they found it
on facebook.
oh and they never sold any of the art, they say ;) Really that is beside the point, but it does beg the question why they even keep putting it up for sale on Amazon and their websites around the world.
 The spin art that keeps spinning and making ya'll dizzy.
Wheeeeeeeeeeeee, let me off this ride!

Just a wee note
the fair use disclaimer on the company website doesn't legally cut it

on a commercial website selling copies of current artists work. 

thank you Amazon UK
listing is now removed

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fence Art Gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio

The YS Arts Council started getting the panels up yesterday and it is looking fantastic. I decided to call my troll painting "morris" (as per KAOS Queen's suggestion) and he is happily hanging around on Xenia Ave along with the rest :)  My sponsor  is the gallery that represents me ♥ "would you, could you," IN A FRAME. Thank you Sheryl for your continued support. 

April Group Show
 Waiting for Spring Blossoms
Opening Reception Friday April 18th, 2014 

More info coming soon
but it will include a troll painting ;)

I've gotten a lot of mileage out of this little troll doll my mum ♥ bought me. Been photographed, painted, and embroidered.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Behind the Camera

I've been exploring how I can take photographs for the POWA! Project that shows a time,a place or mood fitting with the theme of the blog. It's going slow, partly because we (Nancy and I) are waiting on a grant application (woo hoo, just heard we got the grant), and a need NOT to rush it along.
In the meantime I thought I would apply the same approach to deconstructing one of my own photographs as a good exercise. I have done some nice photographs in the past, which I would call happy accidents. Taking the time to really ask before I go out the door with the camera what is it I want to say with my photographs is a different kettle of fish.
I tried that with the Rainy Day Series of photographs in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Camera Model: Iphone
Backstory: you can read about it on the Rainy Day Series link.
Preparation for the Shoot: remembering to take my brolly
Challenges: NOT dropping my flipping phone, seriously, iphones are already slick enough without the help of rain.

Thoughts behind these photographs: 
I wanted to convey the grey wet Ohio day, and there was something about the  bright balloons waving around in the breeze that appealed to the child in me. I used photoshop to alter the background and make it fuzzy black and white.  Not sure if it gives anyone the sense of place, but perhaps it does in regards to main street America? 
Keith's Alley 
I just loved how even with paint peeling and  the dilapidated building, the old graffiti and rain made the colours just POP. 

I didn't plan it this way, but all in all I think many of the photographs I took that day were about colour. It is one of the things I love about this quirky little village in the middle of Ohio.

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