Sunday, May 25, 2014

news ... and a studio visit ...

Hi Friends,

Just popping in to announce that I have decided to put Photo Art Friday on a little hiatus for a few months.  

It has been hard to attract and keep participants when PAF is only a monthly affair.  As participation has dwindled, so has my energy ...  seems what I thought was bronchitis, that started the first week in March, is actually walking pneumonia.  Almost three months along and I'm still having coughing spasms, am really weak, tired and lacking energy.  

So thought I would take a bit of a break for the summer, beginning now (there will be no Photo Art Friday in June). Hope you understand.  I'll still post now and then - especially when I have free textures for you.

For all of you who have been die-hard participants over the months and years, I thank you so much for your submissions.  You truly are an amazing and inspiring group of digital, photo artists!!!  Do keep your eye out for PAF to return in the Fall.

On another note, I've had a few requests for another visit to my art studio.  I'm afraid it has not been a very busy or productive studio of late.  These photos of  it were taken a few weeks ago. 

In case you have not visited the studio with me before, it takes up 1/2 of our large garage.  The garage has a couple of windows and is painted white so it is nice and bright.  It also has a large sink, which works well for the water required to paint and for cleaning up. There is an long "L"-shape, waist-high workbench which allows me to work on a few paintings at the same time, two standing easels, and two large tables for tools and paints, and for allowing paintings to dry.  Come on in and take a peak!

This is the part of the "L"-shape workbench which is under a window.  You can see some of my paints, gels and glazes, and the little TV for the times when I feel the need for some background noise.  The blue flower piece is a little painting for a special waiter in one of our favourite restaurants.  The one to its right is an abstract landscape in progress.

The landscape in progress you just viewed is one in a series, like this one, of woodland scenes.  I will soon add a turquoise glaze to this one in the series, to enrich the colours and add depth.

This painting is almost finished.  I like to leave each painting up where I can view them for a while and decide whether or not they are complete.  This one is even more richly textured than what the photograph reveals. I've always thought of it as more beige and off-white than black, but this photo seems to make the black areas stand out more.  I wish I were a better photographer.  The photos I take of my paintings always disappoint me!  :-/

I've been trying my hand at some quirky pop art.  I'm the only one in my family who sees any merit in them! Oh well, they are good for a giggle - while painting them and when showing them!  :)

My family likes the more contemporary or traditional abstract paintings, like the blue one on the left here.

The one on the left was done with "crackle paste" which makes all kinds of cracks in the base layer of paint or structure paste.  It's a bit difficult to see the cracks with this photograph.

This is a mixed-media piece using a printed digital image. The image contains some of my textures and it is now married with a painted background and some stenciling.  I am not happy with it at all at this point. It will end up being painted over.  It stands there patiently awaiting my decision about its life expectancy.

I think I did this painting about the same time as we were doing the "quirky selfies" for Photo Art Friday. Wonder if there was any connection?  Have no idea what I will do with it!  It's ripe for interpretation and I have to admit that viewing it always makes me smile.

Another quirky piece where a New York Times crossword puzzle forms the head and the clues to the puzzle are slightly visible in the lower left-hand corner.  One could actually fill in the crossword ... but I think that decision should be left to its future owner.  My son says the image looks like a drunken hockey goalie.  :-/

And so ends our tour for today.  I'll take you around again when I have new pieces to show.  Until then be well!

Monday, May 5, 2014

PAF FAV for May!

The image that received the most FAV votes for the May edition of Photo Art Friday was made by:

Andrea, whose blog is From The Sol

If you missed seeing her beautifully edited image of her cat Diva, click on the above link.

Andrea, please email me with your selection from the prizes which can be viewed on the PAF FAV page. I'll then get the chosen texture set off to you.  Congratulations, Andrea!

Please mark your calendars with the date of the June edition of Photo Art Friday:  June 6th - 7th.

The optional theme/challenge is "monochromatic".  Looking forward to seeing you then!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Photo Art Friday, May 2nd - 3rd


Time for the May edition of Photo Art Friday!  

You are invited to showcase a photograph you have edited into a piece of art.  

If you are new here, you can read all the guidelines on the page Photo Art Friday.  Don't be shy.  Beginners and professionals are welcome to display their artwork in our virtual gallery.  Participants come here from many different levels of experience and expertise.

May's optional theme is COLLAGE.  My last post featured several different types of collages - from the simple to the more complex.  Any kind of collage (grouping, collection or composite) is welcome if you choose to follow the theme.  Of course, you are always welcome to post any piece of photo art.

You will be able to link up your photo art beginning on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. EST until Saturday at 6:00 p.m. EST.  Then a 24 hour period will start where you have to come back, review all the submissions, and vote for your favourite.  The person who receives the most FAV votes will be able to choose a two-texture set of textures from among these three as a prize.

Am still dealing with bronchitis, so I am pulling a composite work from my archives to share this week. Sorry, but can't recall if I have already posted it here at some point.  If so, here it is again!  Just could not find the energy to begin even a small, new project.  :-/

This urn is an art installation outside of a gallery in Old Montreal and is the only photograph used to create the following collage/composite.

Here the photograph has been 'flipped horizontal' and then the mirror images merged in Photoshop. Everything neatly marries in the middle to create a wide stone on top, just crying for some text, a second urn and the squared-off stairs.

I then took several crops of the urn itself and placed them on the above flipped horizontal image.  A chiseled-looking font was used to add some text.  Eh voila - a collage made from one photograph.

The next edition of Photo Art Friday will be on June 6th - 7th.  The optional theme for June will be:




of or having one color.
of, pertaining to, or having tones of one color in addition to the ground hue: monochromatic pottery.

Personally, I am thinking of several tones of one color rather than just a single color, but you are free to interpret the theme as you choose, as always!  :)