Monday, June 30, 2014

The Painted Skull

posterman paint pen art
It was Sunday afternoon in the studio and I was in the mood to just doodle. I had the skull sitting on my desk and thought, hum, skull and paint pens, why not?  I wrote about these paint pens back in January and they are wonderful to use.
Not sure I could get into decorating human skulls,well not real ones,BUT check out the photographs by Paul Koudounaris.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Very BIG Jesus Statue

Roadside America
Giant Jesus Statue
Monroe Ohio
Always pass this on the way to Jungle Jim's International Market and thought I would stop and get a nice pic. Originally there was another one, many called the "butter Jesus" or "touchdown Jesus", but it was struck by lightening and destroyed.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Dark Side or Shadow Self

black and white photograph
I often have friends and acquaintances tell me I have a dark side when they see my art. I've always viewed that as just the yin and yang of life and forget that not everyone accepts it or understands it.  We all have a dark side, it's just that I show mine through my art. Carl Jung called it the "shadow self" and stated the "shadow is the seat of creativity". I'll go along with that.
Just for fun here is a wee test.
Are you aware of your shadow self?
Some don't want to show their shadow self and for good or bad reasons, some deny it, fear it, fight it, and some embrace it, but always it manifests itself one way or another. 

"if shadows could talk, they would tell us there is gold to be mined from every experience" ~ Debbie Ford

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Heart Painting on Wood

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Vintage Black & White Photographs

I love looking at vintage photographs and figuring out what it is that appeals to me about some of them. Sometimes it is the artistic quality, and other times it's the story it tells of an era or a place. 
vintage everyday
I am trying to figure out how I can create images that express similar themes. Just even writing this I am realizing that I need to hone in how I can do this. So writing my blog entry is part of the creative process ;)
In terms of composition I liked this one of my husband texting a message to our son.
black and white photograph
As for era, I think it speaks for itself ;)

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Good in Everything

Sometimes I want to try and capture the quiet beauty of a place, a place that is often seen but not noticed. A Sunday stroll and soaking in the beauty of a place does the soul good.

"And this, our life, except from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything." ~ William Shakespeare

Art Prints

Monday, June 23, 2014

Strawberry Lemon Infused Water

A few slices of strawberries, a lemon slice and water, it's as simple as that. Just cover and leave to soak overnight.My friend Sandi Sharp, made this for my reception at her Gloria Gallery and it was yummy and so simple, thanks Sandi.
photograph of water
For ideas on the many varieties of infused water check out this fabulous website.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Watching It

I used to always wear a watch, but nowadays it seems a bit redundant since all our mobile devices have the time. Still I love my Salvador Dali Watch. I am still exploring the many filters on my camera, key line being one of the fun one's. I am experimenting with close up shots and composition. 

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reflection in mirror

Friday, June 13, 2014

Mixing Life Drawing and Photography

Two things I love doing, drawing and photography. I thought it would be fun to try and mesh them together.
Graffiti Dreams
graffiti yellow springs ohio
I always enjoy Rac/Vesh's graffiti around  town and this one was on the side of Bentinos'next to the bike trail (alas painted over a couple of years ago). I wanted to see if I could match up a drawing with a photograph that makes a statement. I layered two photographs (graffiti and a street shot) and my life drawing and then manipulated through various filters on photoshop.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

MOMA Part Two

The crowds, oh the crowds!
They were overwhelming on a free friday and there was little respite.  I found am empty corner in one of the galleries and took a 
photo of the view. Phew! take a breather! Having given up on seeing much of anything in the permanent collections we headed down to the cafe 2 and indulged in rhubarb/strawberry crisp. Next stop was the sculpture garden and being a lovely day that was packed too.  
Rose by Will Ryman
Despite being crowded we did manage to snag a seat, rest our feet, and enjoy some people watching before exploring the sculpture garden. When leaving I left my calling card, hey I am a spuggy ;) after all. 
About The River 
 I have a gazillion more photos, but I think that is enough for now ;)

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Monday, June 09, 2014

Free Friday at MOMA New York Part One

We arrived at 3:30 and started lining up for our free tickets they hand out at 4pm. Lucky we got there then because the line stretched around the block within minutes.
And off we go, our first stop being the Sigmar Polke Retrospective. WOW! It was amazing and a blog entry in itself. Thank goodness there was no photography allowed in the actual exhibit. I will explain later. We then went to see the Gaunguin Print Exhibit, Metamorphosis.  It didn't excite me the way the Polke exhibit did BUT I found myself contemplating it with a more muted wow. The NY Times article is right when it says the exhibit has a "delicacy and quiet" about it. Again no photography and thank goodness because this is what happens when photographs are allowed. You have mobile 
Viewing The Starry Night
Portrait of a Man in a Late Nineteenth-Century Frame
Portrait of a man taking a photo of a
Portrait of a Man in a Late Nineteenth-Century Frame
by Jean Miro
phones with bodies attached and good luck seeing any of the paintings in the main galleries. Woe betide someone who wants to actually get up close and look at the painting and get in the way of a camera shot.
I ended up photographing the crowds photographing the art. I watched the crowd for a bit and most looked AT the painting through the viewfinder and moved onto the next painting, click! click! We did manage, barely, to get a close up look at Frida Kahlo painting.
key line photograph
However it earned me angry rolled eyes, but it was WORTH it lol!

My advice if you a plan to go to MOMA, don't go on a Free Friday, the crowds are horrendous. Apart from making it very difficult to actually see any of the collections, people get tired and grumpy. I will say this, the staff are saints of patience and were wonderful. 

Here is an article on photographing images in museums and one statement,"is to photograph it, which, ultimately, isn't all that different from the time honored tradition of sketching", which I vehemently disagree with. It's VERY different because the observation skills required to study and sketch a painting require more than a click of a camera. 

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Central Synagogue in New York

B&W photography architecture
Central Synagogue Lexington Ave and 55th
Some of the architecture is New York is so striking and this building was one of them.
Our History
What was I thinking?
It's a dramatic building and I loved the colour photos I took but I really wanted to use B&W to highlight the drama of the building. 
I also wanted explore how to show the wow factor I felt when seeing this building, so played with the colour app on repix.  Hope you enjoyed my photos and thanks for visiting

Friday, June 06, 2014

New Website and Art Stuff

New Website Info
Finally I have a bit breathing space to spend time working on a new website. The website is a more formal presentation of my work and will be a work in progress for a while. 
I won't be quitting this blog. I've been running this blog for 8 years and love it. I can blither on and share my art journey to my hearts content, but it doesn't really present an easy way for viewers to see a cohesive body of work and get an overall perspective. If you have any opinions about it please feel free to share :)

Art Stuff
My show at Gloria Gallery is up, next on the agenda is to get the Peeps in the Park art up and then work on the For The Birds exhibit.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Curiosities at Gloria Gallery

art exhibit flyer yellow springs
My wee exhibit in the Miniature Outdoor Gallery, Gloria, is up :) So if you are in town check it out, no appointment necessary.
Painted Water Drops on Feathers
Just a wee peek :)
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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Old Fashioned Telephone

repix and instragram photograph
Thanks to my friend we managed to get into the Marriott on Lexington Avenue. Didn't need to take public transport or get a cab because everywhere we wanted to go was within a 10 to 20 minute walk.
What was I thinking?
 I just LOVED the house phone in the hallway and wanted to take a pic. My friend's reflection was not planned but it worked oh! so well. I used my iphone and then repix filter (sorry can't remember) to get that old fashioned feel.  Some photos I don't alter, some I just use a filter and others I manipulate with several filters to get the mood I want.  For me photography is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. Having said that, I feel I got a sense of the old grandeur of this landmark hotel. 

Monday, June 02, 2014

Head in the Clouds

Black and White Photograph Clouds
Went for a weekend trip to New York City. Our plane was like a long wibbly wobbly version of a limo and a bit bumpy. My excitement at going for a weekend to New York however distracted me as did the beautiful clouds.

Photograph: iphone hdr noir app and was not altered or enhanced otherwise.  My goal for this trip was to get some high contrast black and white images, as well as Key Line shots.