WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 14


Sunlight Breaking I, digital photograph, 2015

Sunlight Breaking II, digital photograph, 2015


“Sunlight Breaking I and II”

Hello, precious blog readers! I hope all are well! I have not posted on WordPress in so long! I am now 80 years old and enjoying the geriatric life. Just kidding. Still in my 30s and enjoying the pre-geriatric life. But it has been a very long time. I am glad to be back posting. I missed doing so!
I had to take a long hiatus. Partly out of being busy with other things (with life and with art) and partly out of not motivating myself to post (aka, laziness). I have a lot of things to share from my hiatus (new artwork, exhibits, new devices even – I am typing this on the cool RCA Viking Pro tablet after my HP Pavilion laptop display screen fritzed out, my fault installing motherboard-crushing software, and much later my Polaroid tablet fritzed out in a weird way). I will be posting more often since my situation has changed! Yay! Well, on to the post. Please enjoy!


What:  As you can see, these are two photographs of clouds. I didn’t really need to tell you guys that, but I did for the sake of writing and description. Rocket scientist not needed to know this is the sky, sunlight and those other forms are clouds!

Why: In the town I live in, I was taking a walk down the road as I do sometimes to enjoy a nice day. The day was divinely gorgeous and the why of these photographs is that I love nature; admiring God’s supreme creativity. I seized the moment to capture these scenes! Photographers know: don’t let a moment get away from you! The sun blooming brightly and gloriously from behind the ethereal clouds just reminded me of how magnificent God is. Gazing at creation is to be in complete awe of God’s work.

When: I shot these last Summer while taking a nice, leisurely walk. I saw a fox recently (the 3rd one I’ve seen since living in the South). I am glad there were no foxes around the day I was out walking and shooting these photos. I would never have shot the photos. Would have run. When nature presents a challenge, all activities take a back seat. Lol! Well, maybe I would have taken a photo of a fox if one had been around at the time…..while trying to steady my bladder. 

How:  My Polaroid tablet was what I used to shoot these images. I have a Polaroid A7 tablet. Recently, the USB port fritzed on me when I plugged charger in. Then, at same time, the screen display did some weird, fritzy, freaky stripe-y thing that was like a horror disco mess. I did that thing where you freeze and horrifically stare at what’s happening, not wanting to touch anything! Not sure why that happened. Maybe something I did, maybe not, maybe a combination of things. It doesn’t charge properly now. Thank God I was able to get a new tablet this month, the RCA Viking Pro I mentioned above. 

The Polaroid did take lovely photos on that particular day. There was a quirk to work around, though. That tablet only has ONE camera. A front camera mainly useful for selfies. When I wanted to shoot photos of anyone/anything facing me, I had to angle my tablet just right so that the camera itself could focus on the area I wanted to shoot. The only preview screen the tablet has is the one screen that is facing the subject, so I can’t really see HOW I am shooting what I’m shooting. So photos get taken, but not without some clever effort! Just a weird thing to install only one camera. My new tablet has dual cameras; I’m immensely glad about this. MUCH quicker to set up a shot, now! I also have a GE X5 camera, but I might have to get a new camera soon, too. I’ve had that one since 2010 as a gift. It seems like it might have done its job after so long. It did it very, very well indeed. Got a lot done with that camera. Back to the point: God supplies the awesome scenery and I just take photos of parts of it! 

Note: I also posted another piece involving a storm cloud I photographed some years back (just click the following link): Artwork Analysis 12.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this new post as much as I enjoyed writing it! I hope to not be a stranger anymore and that I won’t disappear from blogging long, again! As always, thank you for reading!

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WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 12


Caribbean Storm Cloud, digital photograph, 2009.

Caribbean Storm Cloud, digital photograph, 2009.

“Caribbean Storm Cloud”

What:  Unless you have never seen a cloud or a sea (if that describes you, you need a hug), I do not have to express what this is a photograph of, but if you want to know exactly what TYPE of cloud this is, thanks to Google I know: cumulus clouds! And the expanse of water that you see is the Caribbean Sea as the title of the photo conveys. That is a LOT of water, so for any seasick-prone people who also may not like even LOOKING at water-y photos…please do not throw up on your keyboard and take steady, deep breaths!

Why: As a photographer, you see an opportunity and you TAKE IT, otherwise; that moment could disappear if you just sit and think about it or if you do not realize it is a great visual opportunity at all! A storm was developing and I took notice. This group of sunlit clouds, heavy with water and hovering over the deep, inky blue sea, was a shot I could NOT miss! I ran to get my camera, selected the settings quickly and snapped away. I snapped two photos and this one was the best out of the both of them!

When: This was taken November 5th, 2009. I and a group of friends were traveling on Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess liner (this was my first cruise; I’ve been on two). Having left from Princess Cays (an island that Princess Cruises owns), we were on the way to St. Thomas (one of many islands we visited on this 10-day cruise…and yes, being a girl, I DID pack a LOT in a HUGE suitcase & one or two smaller bags). One of my friends also shot this storm cloud with their camera. Our photos are noticeably different in what we captured of the cloud, but theirs came out very nice, too!

How: I guess the BEST way to start the “How” part of this is to mention that God/Yahweh (Yahweh being Hebrew & meaning LORD capitalized) placed this stunning display before everyone’s eyes! I am Christian, so I tend to have no problem with mentioning God in my posts at times. I marvel at His creations. All creation has order. Even genetics has coding (as I often remember when thinking about God and Creationism)! A non-thinking, chaotic & rather sloppy “big bang” can not create order & can not create complexities like coding, but a THINKER and DESIGNER (in this case the Highest Thinker and Designer in existence being God) CAN produce ORDER & CAN create complexities like CODING. For those who haven’t thought about this, please think about it… To continue, the next part to how I snapped this photo is the type of camera I used. I used an Aiptek DV-S ISDV32B MP4 Digital Camcorder. The Aiptek was a gift and is my second digital camera. My first ever digital camera was a really cheap one that I bought from Family Dollar. It was not quality at all, had an LCD display screen the size of a fingernail and the pixelation was SEVERELY lacking, so I did not use it, really. Hey, I didn’t have cash weighing my pockets down at the time to buy one of the better cameras at that store and I really wanted a digital camera, so I bought it!

Anyway, the Aiptek is my second digital camera and it also is a camcorder & has mp4 ability. I didn’t use the mp4 much. So, anyway, I am going to continue explaining the “how”. I was sitting on the balcony outside of our room and we looked and noticed the storm cloud. We saw that as a great nature photo opportunity! I got up off the deck chair, ran to get my camera, was back out on the deck and after adjusting the settings, I snapped a couple of images. I tried to get the most awesome perspective possible. Shooting fine photos is more than just point & shoot since there is a big difference between a just a regular, basic photo and a photo that stimulates emotion and is visually exciting. A great fine photograph takes a great subject, a good to great camera, good timing, a good eye for angles & space and the ability to use the tints and tones that are naturally available to your advantage. I did not use a flash since, thanks to the strong sunlight enveloping much of the clouds, the flash was not needed. The F stop: f/1.4 and the Exposure time: 1/7812 seconds.

Note: For a somewhat lesser known camera, the Aiptek surprisingly shot awesome images. Clear and rich. This camera stuck with me through a bad drop on this trip (the battery cover actually broke off!), many more photos and also another cruise (Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas in Fall of 2010). Unfortunately, it seems to not be working right now. I guess that fall it took and all the use took its toll.  : (  But I still hope I can get it working, so I kept it. For my birthday, in Winter of 2010, one of my gifts was a new (and third) digital camera, my GE X500 Power Pro Series Bridge CameraThis camera is a few steps up in pixelation, color and setting options and is an excellent camera. I still use it and, THANK GOD, I have not dropped it, yet! I use this camera to shoot all of my images since Winter of 2010. I want to get more into photography and so I need to buy lenses and filters for it; I’m trying to be more serious about the beauty of photography. I am also working on compiling a digital photography portfolio so that I can apply for some photographer positions (including travel photographer positions).

And as an extra, below is an image that one of my friend’s shot of me drawing this same cloud. After I photographed it, I sat down with charcoal sticks to draw it (I still have to finish it, though; I stopped to go explore the ship…distractions!).

Drawing Caribbean Storm Cloud with charcoal sticks. 2009.

Drawing Caribbean Storm Cloud with charcoal sticks. 2009.

And as an extra, extra, here is are two posts I published about one of my more recent fine photographs: CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and feel free to comment! Also feel free to return to my blog and read this, older & future posts! Thanks!

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I’VE BEEN FEATURED!: my works have been selected for display on RAWZ


"Jacksonville Landing at an Angle". Manipulated photo, 2013.

“Jacksonville Landing at an Angle”. Manipulated photo, 2013.

I am really happy because, in the hard-to-get-noticed world of art, my work has been featured on a site called RAWZ, again! Click HERE for my first post about a RAWZ feature. Any artist knows that any amount or form of recognition is VERY valuable and VERY  appreciated. And in a world big on re-blogging and sharing, this is great for exposure. Things travel fast on the web! I will continue to submit work into RAWZ and check out other artists on their site: it’s AWESOME and INSPIRING!

For those whom are not familiar with RAWZ, it is a site connected to abduzeedo.com, which is a fantastic art and design site I found many moons ago and I even have a link to it here on my tumblr. RAWZ offers people the opportunity to post their art. So my art is alongside the awesome works of other artists!

Below is a RAWZ slogan:

“Share what inspires you or what you have done. We will select the best images for the Daily Inspiration on Abduzeedo.” Thank you people at RAWZ for selecting my work!

Here is the page link:

“Jacksonville Landing at an Angle” on RAWZ 

Also, here is the post I wrote about my work on this photo that I actually shot in 2011 (but re-worked in 2013): CLICK

And please make sure to read my recent post about my first solo art exhibit HERE! Thanks!!

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UPDATE: how to photograph how-tos


The first photo of the six.

The first photo of the six.

Hi, readers! Thank you for stopping by and feel free to navigate around this blog!

I have just completed a project for a client. Well, it’s a trial project. I had to shoot images for a wikihow-type article (or maybe the author will actually be doing an article for wikihow). This is not exactly Gordon Parks or Ansel Adams caliber work, but it is a photo project, so it is an opportunity. The how-to subject: how to make sugar goo. Sugar goo is edible stuff you can also play and craft with. It’s made with corn syrup, sugar and water. Sounds like a good way to get dizzy if you eat it. A good way to become a diabetic! Also a good way to get sticky stuff ALL over the place if kids play with it…good luck cleaning that up! But anyway, the project seemed easy enough; I got the ingredients together, took my first shot of all the ingredients together. Then…I had to cook the mixture. I was thinking it would instantly thicken after stirring for a while (taking the necessary photos as I stirred for demonstration sake). NOPE. It became more liquid with the heat. So then I figured it would thicken as it cooled, but since I needed to get a move on to edit and email the images, I put the small pot in the freezer. When I took it out a few minutes later, it was goo alright…MEGA thick! Good! I took a shot of the goo pouring from the spoon. A good goo-pouring-from-spoon-and-into-the-pot-shot.  Then I loaded the images and edited them properly.  Then I emailed them to the client, today. Six images in all.

When one shoots how-tos, as I am learning, it is very direct: shoot only parts of the process that are necessary to shoot, make sure to include images that would clearly illustrate each of the important parts  of the how-to (and only the important, stand-out parts so that you won’t have a slew of photos to edit…too many photos to select the best from would waste time). Make sure the photos are clear and that all objects are visible and easily visually decipherable so that viewers know what they are looking at. When one is finished with taking the photos, they should be cropped (don’t want too much space around the objects) and color-corrected. Wa-la!

This project reminded me of how much I am not a fan of crafts. As a fine artist, I adore everything about the wonder of fine arts. It is a very purposeful thing. I can also say that crafts is also useful in its own way. But the difference between fine arts and crafts is this: fine art is based on individual expression and even though fine arts utilizes the foundations of elements and principles, one can still use those foundations toward a unique self-expressive goal and the end result can vary as there is no real rule; crafts is based on point-by-point steps and self-expression is less pronounced, the end result is often certain and many times does not end how it is planned to end. Case in point: the art of photographing the sugar goo allowed me to photograph in no particular way so long as it helped to illustrate the how-to, but the craft of creating the sugar goo had a certain end that I had to force, by the way, with freezing it. So although crafts has its value, too, I am not a craftsperson by far. It drives me nuts!

I hope the client likes the photos! I am really enjoying this freelance thing…so many projects!

If you are interested in freelance work, check out sites like oDesk, Guru and Freelancer (these sites incl. arts/design, writing, IT and office-type jobs to name a few)! Make sure to read their terms because while some do not, other sites require a fee for upgraded accounts. And here is a freelance site that is strictly focused on vector-based graphic, web & logo projects: Mycroburst.com. I am looking into that one, too. It doesn’t hurt to have a few freelance accounts. Happy freelancing!

This is how it ended up. This is the last image out of six.

This is how it ended up. This is the last image out of six. Not as sharp an image as I was going for, but hope it will pass…

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REFRESHED ART: before and after


Jacksonville Landing_before

BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

Jacksonville Landing at an Angle. Altered photography/graphic design. 2013.

Jacksonville, FL. This is a scenic spot and great for photographing; I take my camera with me often. The photograph is one I shot,  from Main Street Bridge, with a GE digital camera in 2011. The alterations were done in Photoshop CS6. This is called a tilt-shift effect.

This photo set begins a new category I will be posting on my blog: before and after. I am so glad I was able to finally get my laptop screen fixed because now I can get back to doing graphic pieces (for clients and for my portfolio/for practice). The person whose laptop I was borrowing for nearly two years? The person didn’t want me to download Adobe CS onto their laptop because the program is so huge. That is why it is great to have your OWN stuff! Anyway, there is a WHOLE cavalcade of dynamic things to do with Adobe Creative Suite (CS) that I don’t think someone (not even the most gifted professional on earth) could master EVERYTHING one could do with it. We are talkin’ loads of tools and elements that can be experimented with in a variety of ways. If you tried to do the math on all of the approaches that one can take with every Adobe CS program (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, LightRoom and more that I am have not even mentioned), that would be some exhausting math and your brain would probably explode… So don’t try it. The calculations that is. Don’t try that unless you want a brain with destroyed neurons. But go ahead and try Adobe CS. It will never get useless, old or boring.

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UPDATE: working is the new blogging


The iMac's that we use at work. Awesome device and I haven't used a Mac since college, but I've adapted! iMac's are on their own computer planet of operations...it takes some getting used to!

The Apple iMac that we use at work. There are 3 listers and we all have our own station and iMac. Awesome device and I haven’t used a Mac since college, but I’ve adapted! iMac’s are on their own computer planet of operations…it takes some getting used to! It seems as though if you are an artist, a designer of some sort or work in media, if you do not ever touch a Mac you are an alien… I, of course, utilize it so much at work (as it is the center of productivity besides the digital cameras) that I am very well maintaining LED Screen-itis.

Hi, all! I hope all my readers and those passing through and deciding to stop and read my blog are well!

I haven’t posted anything in quite some time because I am so busy working as an e-commerce lister (I photograph and list merchandise for a company’s online store). I started Jan. 7th. It is a very cool job, but I have to say the friendliness and neat vibe I thought my boss had (That I was shown during my 1st 2-3 times around her) was just a facade. Apparently everyone else in my dept. is knowledgeable of this fact, too, and we all seem to bond in this knowledge and look out for each other. She has deeply negative and nit-picky issues about her character and how she manages/treats employees. But one should never let outside forces deter them. I am going to keep working as I’ve been hired to do. I am improving a lot and I still love my job and what it all involves, but I don’t have to stay there for an eternity! Life is a journey and noone can mess that journey up for you unless you let them.

I hope to be posting, again, soon and until then, please keep visiting my blog (even re-reading past posts). Thank you!!

I've had headaches for the past 2 or 3 days, thanks to high level work and NO friggin breakfast. I started skipping breakfast somewhat often in college, but it looks to be a habit I need to stop before my head EXPLODES!

I’ve had headaches for the past 2 or 3 days, thanks to high level work and NO friggin breakfast. I started skipping breakfast somewhat often in college, but it looks to be a habit I need to stop before my head EXPLODES! I had to take Advil today. Not as many as in the photo…I am trying to cure it, not DIE!!

This weekend, I want to go to see a movie, but I also want to make my occassional trip to the bar, too. That'll erase a headache before it even starts!

Ending the Work Week: This weekend, I want to go to see a movie, but I also want to make my occasional trip to the bar, too. Where I live, there’s bars all over the place! That’ll erase a headache before it even starts! Hey, as an artist, I should know how to PAINT the town red!! Harhar…bad joke, I know…………………

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THE LORD LEADETH ME TO A COOL NEW JOB: and it’s in my field of study!!


GE x500; a gift from a friend a couple years back. I've two digital camera, but this is my my main one and it's almost for me what that blanket is for Linus. I HEART it!

GE x500; a gift from a friend a couple years back.
I’ve two digital camera, but this is my my main one and it’s almost for me what that blanket is for Linus. I HEART it!

A new year can often mean new beginnings that you didn’t see coming, but had hope for; my hope was fulfilled Jan. 3rd….

…I GOT A NEW JOB!

Thank God most definitely! After months of searching (yes, in this economy, weeks become months), I have been sent what I need (a job) and what I want (a job doing something in my field of study-in this case digital photography)! I know this will be awesome on my resume. My title is an e-commerce lister. That’ll look and sound good on a resume, too. I explain more about my position below; keep readin’! I mean, I am so happy to have gotten this opportunity after sooooooo long, I wish I could put star stickers around this job on my resume, but I would NEVER be taken seriously by any future employer, so I guess that is not realistically possible.  : (

Here is a run-down of what happened toward being hired: One day, I went to a job center that I’m registered with, as I built an occassional habit of doing, to write down a slew of jobs off their helpful board. I also went there to get advice on re-doing my resume. One of the receptionists there, Laurie, gave me great instructions on re-doing the resume and she also told me about some positions that their company was hiring in (they are a job center connected with that company). She felt my experience with computers, administrative assistance and my Adobe Creative Suite knowledge would work well with a few of the jobs. So, I went home feeling more confident & renewed (if you have ever spent a LOT of time job-hunting, it can have darkly depressing moments). I redid my resume and I also applied for the e-commerce lister and e-commerce scanner jobs the receptionist told me about. I didn’t know how many people might apply, so I wasn’t going to wait even a day later. (By the way, e-commerce, as you may know, is electronic commerce: it is the buying and selling of product or service over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks). Maybe about two or three days later, I received a phone call from the company about an interview. I was psyched just by that! It was as if “interview” really means “you got the job”!

So, the next day (Jan. 3rd), I prayed, also asking God to go with me and to help me to say the right things (if you pray and if you are connected to God, you know about prayer; I often pray about things & about doors opening for me career-wise) & went to the interview. At the interview with the e-commerce dept. head, Amy, I was just myself and natural. Everything she asked me concerning my skills I answered with belief in myself. And I also kept constant eye contact (a mark of sincerity). She noted many things I related on my resume with pen and seemed enthused with me and about their fairly new e-commerce department. She also perked up more when I talked to her about my enthusiasm for digital photography, saying it would work well in this field as products are shot and posted online in their online store. After the interview, she said she’d follow up with me on Monday via phone and that she still had two more interviews, but that she really felt I fit the position. I smiled beams of sunshine inside myself when she said that! She showed me around the facility and introduced me to some of the staff in the e-commerce department, telling the dept. supervisor that I was “friendly” and other positive things… *sunshine!*

When I got home, I still felt confident and just resigned my spirit to wait until Monday. I made any jitters hit the bricks (being nervous doesn’t help). I was positive. Instead of waiting until Monday, a few hours later I got a call from Amy. After the greetings, she said something along the lines of: “Would you like the job?” I said: “Hell friggin YEAH I want the job! I want to cartwheel into your office right NOW!!” LIE. I didn’t say that, but I felt that way. What I REALLY said was: “Yes, I do!” And then a slew of ‘thank yous’ spilled forth like suns, smiles and hearts exploding out of my mouth like a manga character or something. My roommate smiled because now I can help MUCH MUCH better, lol). I smiled so widely at my roommate, I think I may have verged on this:

The good news matches this awesomeness...

The good news matches this awesomeness…

Amy even said, “I just wanted to make sure noone else gets you.” Now, I am one of the most humble persons one can meet, but that there made me feel pretty dang good…

I am the 2nd spot. One more person will be hired to work with me and one other person in that position (3 people). I will be starting Monday as an e-commerce lister. I explained e-commerce above (though most people know what it means, anyway). I will be one of the person’s behind the listings and descriptions of merchandise on my company’s online store and I will also be photographing the merchandise…right down my alley, yeah!! I won’t be using my GE x500 camera (shown in the 1st image above), but I will be using their Nikon, also a fine camera. I will also be using the fabled Mac computer (I haven’t used a Mac since college). If you are an artist and you are found out to not have a Mac as an artist, people look at you like you just morphed into a villainous purple and green monster before their very eyes! “You don’t use a Mac??!! Get thee back with your error!! Gaaaasp!!” Yes, Macs are like computer gold in the media world. Amy even said that with my art degree, I can add an artistic bent to the photographs. Even when I was being shown around the photographing/staging area, my brain generated images of the cool perspectives I can give a skirt on a mannequin or an electronic device or a pair of shoes. If you love photographing things and have a creative slant on it, you know how exciting that would be! A photographer can find artistic value in a beat up garbage can on a lone, grimy, bare street by using the right angles and filter…and it will become the classiest, most sophisticated garbage can on a grimy street that you EVER laid your eyes on! But I digress. I remember telling my new boss how excited I was. Goofy, yeah, but TOTALLY sincere…

Speaking of sincere, I sincerely thank God. VERY MUCH. Like THIS WIDE___________________________________________________________________________________________. Well MUCH more than that, I just do not have enough space for all that line. It would go on forever. Just imagine an infinite length…that is how grateful I am! With all of the challenges, red tape, closed doors and hard-heartedness in this world, it’s easy to be refused and; therefore easy to get discouraged. I got discouraged plenty of times. Many times, discouraged enough to wanna smack up every HR department that is in existance. I’m a believer, but I’m also human. But though I was discouraged, I managed to pick myself back up with the strength, endurance and the resolve God enables us with and managed to pick myself up with the prayers and advice of others (incl. good ole Mom!). I kept going.

A journey worth taking in any situation.

A journey worth taking in any situation.

I kept going in large part because I know God knew I needed a job, so of course it would come. I also have long realized what the image below states:

Logic and wisdom.

Logic and wisdom.

God doesn’t do things when WE want Him to, but when HE knows we are ready for it. That is how caring and careful He is…He isn’t going to let us have something at the wrong time, He isn’t going to be so quick to bless us if we do not even believe He can. He also is not going to give us something He KNOWS we cannot handle so that we can hurt ourselves or fail (for ex: like sending someone a car when they are a bad driver; He won’t send that car because He knows you’ll KILL your crazy self…you’ll get it after you’ve improved), He isn’t going to give us something if we didn’t do anything or enough to earn it. He also isn’t going to give us something if we do not pray properly (go into prayer w/ respect, go into it believing, ask for forgiveness of sins-go into it pure of mind/heart, praise Him-He deserves it, be honest, ask that it please be done in His will-it’s not up to us if it happens, end with the prayer ”through Jesus’ name”-Jesus is the messenger). IF IT’S FOR YOU, YOU WILL RECEIVE! IT’S REALLY HARD AT TIMES, BUT BE PATIENT!

I thanked God even when I got the call for the interview; I was soooo psyched!! He is always present; we can’t do it alone! So, thank you God , Jesus, Holy Spirit & Heavenly family and thank you my encouragers!

I went to the job center and told Laurie that I got the job she told me about, I thanked her a mazillion times! I know mazillion is not a word, but it is now! Hahaha!! #obnoxious

Well, I’m out with this post. Into work Monday. Looking forward! Now, when I whip out a camera & take tons of photos around people, the people won’t look at me and roll their eyes with infinite, annoyed agony…it’ll be my JOB to be a photo freak, now!

(PS…My blog was featured on a blog awards list, for a second time, last month. I will do a short post on that, soon!)

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A MULTI-TASKING GALLERY: a day at City Art Gallery


When I lived in South Carolina (I moved to FL, this month!), I made an effort to visit this very chill and awesome gallery in Columbia, SC. I call this a multi-tasking gallery because it is 3 things rolled into one: exhibit/gallery space, a place to buy art and a place to buy art supplies. There are even 3 levels: the basement has a MEGA shipload full of art supplies, 1st floor is an exhibit area featuring  current shows and the 2nd floor is an exhibit area for local artists. Classes and discussions/events on art also take place, here. It’s a vibrant scene. Stopping here is always a treat and I hope I can visit again! Here, I have some highlights of my last visit which took place in April.

(Note: The smaller photos were taken with my cell-yes, I doubled up using that & my digital camera-hence their much lighter coloring-I did not adjust the settings, 1st.  Also, I like to credit artworks by other artists, but the labels I photographed featuring the artists’ names turned out blurry…so I hope I don’t get in trouble!!)

City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC (this photo is from kathycaseyart.net)

  • This is the front of the building, but the way into the lot makes it look like it is the side. and it is in the same area as restaurants, other art venues and interesting little shops. On this visit, I forgot that there is free parking in their lot and, instead, parked in an area you gotta pay to park. Once I had my duh moment, I re-parked in this lot. Saved me some quarters because I stayed longer!

This is the 1st floor of the gallery. There is a wide space for exhibit space and classes, discussions.

  • As the caption states, this is one view of the 2nd floor. It’s a gorgeous scene and I love the strings of lights, classy piano, gritty brick walls and the natural wood floor and other wood touches. It is about as artful as the actual works featured. This particular floor houses current exhibitons. the exhibit that was up during this period included neat, quirky photography. I strolled around them for quite a while!

Another view. I want a piano! (As mentioned above, this and some others were taken with my mobile, hence the size.)

  • I wonder if I would have played the piano would I have gotten kicked out?……………………………?

A series of photographs depicting night scenes! Makes me want to go out! Lights! Bars! Night time! *sigh*

  • I love the vast perspective in these images and the coloring.

Really?? This was too fun! Photography depicting people sleeping in various places and spaces.

Feel sleepy looking at these people sleeping, aren’t ya?

A triptych of a skyscape. I stared at this for quite some time…

This is really neat, the freeing imagery and the arrange,ment work well together.

This is another room off the 2nd floor space. I felt this was a ragingly perfect photo opp! Reminds me off the Three Graces…

Neat!

Made it to the 2nd floor gallery space which featuresmany local artists. This series of lowcountry scenes are peaceful and light!

A piece by famed artist & SC native Tarleton Blackwell depicts Uncle Sam in the midst of social concern. Read more about Blackwell in the link at the end of this post!

  • When I was in college, Tarleton Blackwell was one of the names our professors mentioned and I took my 1st trip to City Art with my a college art class. I fell in love with the place that day and I saw Blackwell’s work for the first time that day, as well. His work speaks very much on society, racism and politics. His work goads you into thinking and introspection…and into remembering reality.

I really took to the bold industrial paintings of this artist, Joseph Byrne. The details and colors are vivid! Read more about Byrne in the link at the end of this post!

Another dynamic piece by Byrne…

A cavalcade of very unique works by different artists…

  • I trolled this section for quite a long time taking in so much and taking alot of photos!!

 

Like the Great Wall of Charcoal Stuff! *drooooooool*

  • I made it to the basement. I intentionally saved that for last! City Art has more art supply goodies than you can throw a brick at!….I know, that makes no sense. I didn’t know what else to say!! When I was here on that visit, I bought a drawing pad, a compressed sanguine (reddish clay color) charcoal stick, a black charcoal stick and a couple other things. But I think HALF that store would be dry if I coulda gotten all the things I REALLY wanted! But I was glad for what I did get because I needed them!

Paintbrushes and other painting supplies. What I would like to do is position my arm on every shelf in this ENTIRE basement and run my arm down them, knocking every supply in sight down in one fell sweep…right into a HUGE bag. That is what I would like to do.

Canvas. *weep*

And that is IT!! I had a lovely visit and soaked it all into my mind, but I’m glad the post is done. PHEW!! I had to deal with some glitches, but it’s completed. I really hope you enjoyed reading and viewing the photos and there are links below for more info on City Art, Tarleton Blackwell and Joe Byrne!

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WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 8


"don't even ask..." 2011Digital photography and graphic art

“don’t even ask…”
Digital photography and graphic art. 2011.

"don't even ask...II" 2011Digital photography and graphic art

“don’t even ask…II”
Digital photography and graphic art. 2011.

Another in a series of analyses on my art. This one’s OVERDUE!!: This is my FIRST REAL post since LAST YEAR (The update posts about my smashed laptop screen and other weirdness do not really count as posts…not to me, anyhow)!! Still waiting on that laptop screen replacement, but 3 weeks should finally do it. Thanks to my precious readers & new readers for still reading my blog and being patient for another post!!  : )

UPDATE: I have been asked (by a fellow art student alumnus) to have a solo art exhibit at her parents’ art studio/gallery. Her parents are artists as well. I will have it this Fall! Yippee (Don’t know who says “yippee” anymore, but it is fun all the same)! Also, I have work to do on two logos for a friend’s non-profit. I’ve done a logo for her before & so this project should tie in well with the 1st logo. Thanking God for all the blessings! (I used alot of exclamation marks, huh?)

Feel free to comment with questions you may still have.

DON’T EVEN ASK… & DON’T EVEN ASK…II

What:  Exaaaactly what the titles state (yes, those ARE the titles and not me being a HUGE MEGA douchebag): don’t even ask! Well, you can if you want to (in person or in the comment box), but I would not know what to say because WHAT these pieces are is actually me throwing ideas out of  my brainbox just for the sake of  ideas and visual satisfaction. They are an amalgamation (BIG word usage alert) of more than one object magically joined with Adobe love. Digital marraige. Wow. They are actually architectural structures, but just to be an artsy jerk, I won’t divulge what those structures are. You gotta guess!! Haha! Man. That did sound pretty jerky……..

Why: The new crop of extremely post-post modern art (I wonder how many posts art can have…a great mystery) is a pretty big influence on me, right now. I am in awe of the lengths these artists’ minds go to create beautiful and profoundly imaginative, conceptualized art that make viewers go: “WOW, art is AWESOME!” and that make the artist him/herself go: “What the hell did I just do?…but it’s cool, though.” I also LOVED the architectural structures that I came across on a trip to Florida (adore going there) and went photo crazy! Remember…usually only artists are mentally/emotionally enamored of things like architectural details to the point of  fainting  when we see the potential in it for a drawing, painting or photograph… It’s like a cornucopia of creative possibilities!! So that is the why: The new wave of art, beautiful architecture and the irresistable opportunity to transform those ideas in Photoshop. HEAVEN!!

The other why has to do with me doing two. Simply, I wanted to try two different approaches visually. And you know…it would be cool if put side by side, they would form a diptych (“a work made up of two matching parts”-http://merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diptych). I would display them side by side in my exhibit! The main why would be trying things and progression. It’s important for artists to grow in their artistic experimentation. OR YOU WILL BE LIKE STALE BREAD. Yuck.

When: I produced these two pieces last year. I was Adobe crazy!  When I get my laptop back, I will be going at it, again. Don’t worry…I haven’t forgotten how to draw or paint!

How: The pieces were generated with my imagination, first of all (thanks, brain!) and nextly with digital photography and Adobe. As stated above, they are titled don’t even ask… and don’t even ask…II (the ellipses, the dots, are intentional to indicate pondering; like this…  The works cause much ponderance. I like that word. For some reason, I feel British or like a person from the Victorian age. Anyway, waaay off topic……..). I really do hope viewers find something to like in both pieces! Whether it is the structures (which I still won’t reveal!), the coloring, the textures, the composition or the everything. In both of them, I wanted to mix it up as far as joining the parts; thereby resulting in a labyrinth (really goin’ all out on this wording) of overlapping and intersecting posts and beams and framework. Fun to look at, I feel! I personally favor the 2nd one with its sharp and gritty, raw black and white hitting against the saturated blues and black. The1st one I find a liking toward as well. The popping Pop art red contrasting so sharply with the blue is shocking! Which one do most visually catches YOUR eye? Or do they both? Feel free to comment on that, too!

Thanks for reading this post and please do view my other posts and also pages in this blog! I can’t really convey how glad I am to be posting again, except to say…I love to blog, it’s a gracious outlet and I am soooo glad to be back!! 

view more art HERE. THANKS!