Blog

Displaying: 1 - 10 of 12

  |  

Show All

  |

[1]

2 Next

Chesapeake Bay And A Crab Feast

May 24th, 2014

Chesapeake Bay And A Crab Feast

Summertime is almost here and with those lazy hazy days of summer the eastern seaboard states of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware is the tradition of the warm weather crab feast. It's usually nothing complicated with newspapers spread out on a picnic table with crabs piled high in the center for the traditional meal.

Art Prints

In my neck of the woods we eat crabs with lots of melted butter, corn on the cob and of course watermelon to round out the entrees.

Crab meat is such a delicacy especially the prized sweet meat of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab and when feasting with my family there is no accompanying bread, cornbread or hush puppies, traditional sides.

Sell Art OnlineArt Prints

More Seashells By The Seashore

May 7th, 2014

More Seashells By The Seashore

When I was researching shell images for this post, the previous post had to do with the shore and my vacations to Nagshead, NC and Cape Cod, MA, I became inspired to write another post, this one, I was inspired by another artist's beautiful watercolor of a Nautilus shell.

Sell Art Online

The image above looking somewhat like a fractural is the the result of that inspiration using an image of a Nautilus shell resizing it several times, repeating it and adding textures. Click on the web link above for more shell images!


Pink Pleasure

May 7th, 2014

Pink Pleasure

Pink is such a pleasurable color it can be light or bright and comes in many forms, shapes and sizes - Spring wouldn't be spring without its glorious pinks!

Like my neighbor's irises...and the early blossoms of the redbud tree...

Photography PrintsSell Art Online

For the rest of Pink Pleasure click on the web link above.



Looking Back A Modern Cassanova In Venice

May 7th, 2014

Looking Back A Modern Cassanova In Venice

If anyone is a fan of Italy and art this post is about fashion of the 17th century using the character of Cassanova as a model for a European upper class dandy wearing silks and brocades. The images first appeared in an article in Swide.com an Italian fashion and style internet magazine. To see the rest of the gorgeous photography click on the above link.

I'm not sure why Cassanova was chosen to show what a male of the upper class of the times might wear, nothing was mentioned in the article as to the choice although the name is attention getting. The 17th century style of clothing is popular and worn by many Venice revelers at the Venice Carnival which takes place in February.

The clothes were handmade by an expert Italian tailor who makes and rents costumes to the Venice Carnival revelers and movie production companies, who's business is in Venice. I love this series it is beautifully photographed with a camera using film and is not digitally captured.

This is a historical look at what the clothes were like and Venice is a perfect place for the surroundings, since it hasn't changed in hundreds of years. The whole city is listed as a World Heritage Site.

This period is my favorite for Venice costumes and the style I plan to wear when I go. I have seen many Venice costumes for men and the color combination of white breaches, vest shirt and tricorn hat with the black wool cape is the most stunning combination.


Art Prints


How To Make Lemonade Out of Lemons The Story of A Collage

October 16th, 2013

How To Make Lemonade Out of Lemons The Story of A Collage

You never know what will be your inspiration. I’ve been told “save all your photography files, don’t throw anything away!” I believe there is another life for everything that didn’t turn out the way we had planned. As for my photography files, a lot of them go the way of deletion or I would be spending money for a lot of storage!

This though was not the case for Sarah Loft and her collage “Tulips and Violins.” Sarah had some extra “hair” clippings from a magazine that were shaped into tulips she had used in another series of collages she describes as “odd” (sounds like one of those projects artists like myself work on that don’t seem to match up to the original vision!).

She also had left over music magazines that had a lot of pictures of violins with warm wood tones from her two daughters’ years of violin lessons. The warm wood violin cutouts in concert (pardon the pun) with the “hair” tulips created a winning combination for a collage art competition at Fine Art America where Sarah also has a website.

Just click below where you can see all of Sarah’s collage artistry.

Where To Look For A Good Deal On Wacom Writing Tablets

September 18th, 2013

Where To Look For A Good Deal On Wacom Writing Tablets

I took this neat image of a star (it was on the mantel at home) put textures on it in the layers editing software and realized I couldn't write using the pad on my laptop and needed a writing tablet to implement my plan for an inspirational text "Everyone's A Star In Their Own Unique Way." I asked in my forum discussions what was the best tablet to buy. The answer I got was medium size and Wacom Intuos 5 Touch Medium. From what I have read about Wacom products is they wear like iron and are very reliable. Unless you make a wide swiping movement with your arm and shoulder like painting big canvases you probably won't need a large sized tablet.

I went on the internet and found a great deal at Amazon.com. They still sell the Bamboo Create tablet, new (it has been replaced by Intuo Pro Medium) included in the package is Photoshop Elements, Nik Color, Efex Pro, Corel Lite all for $199. The Intuo 5 Touch Medium is listed for $320. They also listed a refurbished Bamboo Create with all the same software for $116. Everything I have heard about refurbished electronics is that it is as good as new except sometimes a small scratch that is not noticeable and in the scheme of things are going to get scratched anyway.

I am very excited about my new writing tablet and look forward to not only writing script but drawing and painting. A whole new world is opening up!

Inspiration

September 11th, 2013

I don't know about you but I need to be bowled over when I need inspiration, don't give me nice, give me stunning! That's what happened when I did a search on FineArtAmerica.com and came up with a stunning stage set image of the 18th century by Tobias Toball of Duirwaigh Studios. Not only is Toball's art stunning it was life changing for me and gave me a new perspective on the kind of art I want to do. I got more than what I bargained for and I feel infused with excitement for future prospects. Below is the link to his gallery at FAA and the inspirational image:

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/midnight-at-la-fenice-silas-toball.html

I have had a lot of fun since being introduced to the layers program and would like to continue in the fantasy vein since my inspiration. Toball and his wife Angi Sullins have a lovely and inspirational how-to-book (probably more for beginners), 'Digital Art Wonderland' that I plan to buy at Amazon.com.

How To Be Remembered For Your Art

September 1st, 2013

How To Be Remembered For Your Art

As an artist I like to be remembered by friends and acquaintances by giving them a notecard of handmade heavy cardstock mounted with a 5" x 7" print of my photography (handmade matching envelope included) either in a set of four or a single card with a business card inserted in the back.

I have a better camera so the photograph has an HD quality with added color depth. The photograph mounted on the card gives an added dimension to the card. I usually tie a thin ribbon or raffia around the card/envelope and wrap it in cellophane. With all the colored and handmade crafted papers available it makes for a stunning presentation!

Sounds like a lot of work, although I believe it's worth the time, effort and enjoy the process as long as it can be spread out and not have a lot to do all at one time. I believe it is effective because I am seeing the results on my website. I am giving someone a quality gift, a piece of my artwork that they can either put in a small frame on their desk, hang or send to a friend.

If you are not inclined to make your own notecards you can still have your photography made into unique notecards at a printer like Moo.com. They will also, for no extra charge, put your name and website on the back of the card.

How To Be Remembered With Notecards of Your Art

September 1st, 2013

How To Be Remembered With Notecards of Your Art

As an artist I like to be remembered by friends and acquaintances by giving them a notecard of handmade heavy cardstock mounted with a 5" x 7" print of my photography (handmade matching envelope included) either in a set of four or a single card with a business card inserted in the back.

I have a better camera so the photograph has an HD quality with added color depth. The photograph mounted on the card gives an added dimension to the card. I usually tie a thin ribbon or raffia around the card/envelope and wrap it in cellophane. With all the colored and handmade crafted papers available it makes for a stunning presentation!

Sounds like a lot of work, although I believe it's worth the time, effort and enjoy the process as long as it can be spread out and not have a lot to do all at one time. I believe it is effective because I am seeing the results on my website. I am giving someone a quality gift, a piece of my artwork that they can either put in a small frame on their desk, hang or send to a friend.

If you are not inclined to make your own notecards you can still have your photography made into unique notecards at a printer like Moo.com. They will also, for no extra charge, put your name and website on the back of the card.

The Importance of A Quality Memory Card For Your Camera

August 23rd, 2013

The Importance of A Quality Memory Card For Your Camera

I have learned a few things in the year and a half since buying my DSLR Pentax camera. A word of warning, it's probably not a good idea to go to the big box stores before you thoroughly research first the camera accessory you want to buy. I discovered that none of the clerks I talked to owned an SLR camera and the only one that professed to owning an SLR camera confessed months later it was his mother's film SLR camera and he had never used it! I asked the clerk at Office Depot why there was such a disparity in prices between the highest priced memory card and the lowest (approximately $50 dollars). I don't think I got more than a sentence of explanation. It certainly wasn't enough to sway me into paying a lot more dollars for the more expensive card. I ended up a year later after a lot of camera shake and unclear photos realizing the higher priced cards translated into not only more memory but a faster card which can mean several things.

You have to be informed before you buy anything having to do with a camera whether it is the camera or the accessories. I learned the hard way. I say this because I thought all memory cards were alike and it was just memory that made the price higher. Memory cards are extremely important, not only do they affect how many pictures you can take it also affects, among other things, camera shake, which translates into how clear the pictures turn out, quick turnaround for burst shooting and how fast your camera downloads your photos to the computer.

I have read (recommended by informed photographers on the Pentax forums that SunDisk Ultra memory cards (rated 10, although the ratings are decided by each manufacturer) are one of the best and get high ratings for speed and reliability. Unless it is overkill for a smaller camera (I'm not sure) I would look into buying the SunDisk Ultra (between $25 and $35 dollars depending on the memory). Your camera should come with information on what the card requirements are, not all cards are for all cameras. Just before I found out about SunDisk I bought a Sony UHS 1 card, from what I can surmise, similar to the SunDisk Ultra. It was on sale at Target for $18.00 for 16 GBs. I saw what looked like a 10 rating on the card (I asked an employee if it was rated 10 but they didn't know for sure) assuming a 10 rating was universal (as mentioned ratings are made up by the manufacturer). I do know my pictures are coming out clearer and sharper and I am enjoying my camera a lot more than before. I don't take much action shots so I am not as concerned about those although I'm sure those photos will be better too.

 

Displaying: 1 - 10 of 12

  |  

Show All

  |

[1]

2 Next