Posts Tagged ‘ARTpool Gallery’

Sometimes when you are out there shooting a subject comes along that is just plain hard to shoot. Shop windows tend to be difficult in general. There is usually a glare on top of the reflection, then the reflection, then what is in the foreground, the subject itself, and a background. Imagine being a camera lens with one or more focusing points trying to figure out what to focus on? I don’t know about you, but i only have one brain and it is hard enough to focus that. It is not unusual when trying to shoot shop windows to have to not only move the camera around to somewhat realign the focus centers, but also move your body to different positions and angles. Sometimes if you can remove one or two layers by doing this you can get a focus on what you want. Sometimes you can’t. The last time I was at ARTpool shooting the big storefront windows I had a great deal of trouble with focus. No matter what I did, the camera preferred to focus on the reflection, not the contents of the window. I finally decided to just go with it and see what happened later. While I prefer to remove color from my photos this one is all about that yellow popping off the blue, and to change this to grayscale would be a muddy mess. I like the moodiness…she looks almost like a ghost from the past. Not every photo taken under these conditions would work. You need a bold out of focus subject and a focused subject that doesn’t compete too terribly much with it. If you are shooting something you really love, and the focusing is off, try everything you know to do and if it doesn’t correct, try going with it. The results could surprise you.

I love the face on this mannaquin. She has lovely features and I think the feather hat sets off her look perfectly. The fringe earrings are the creation of Marina Williams of ARTpool Gallery. I particularly like the way the smaller side of the face is highlighted, although the window from the other side is blown out. I was surprised that the shot came out as it did, considering the camera had three completely different levels of light to meter. Got lucky. This girl will probably be featured in upcoming artwork.

An old jewelry holder turns eerily gothic under Topaz Labs “simplify” filter. I love how the filter kept the touch of dainty rose on the flower, while converting the rest into black and grey tones. “Simplify” removes details and smooths the pixels. Another good look for this photo was the “gritty” i used on the display i showed last week, the flapperish girl with the sculpted hairstyle. A program of plug ins (plus the standard filters that come with Photoshop Elements) can change your photos in amazing ways. Don’t be afraid to take a favorite photo and apply a bunch of filters to it. This photograph was taken at ARTpool Gallery, as usual, the wonderful vignettes are made possible by the magnificent styling of Marina Williams.

This vintage gal wearing a starfish reminds me of the 1920s. The original shot was much smoother and the red was more of a tomato color. I altered it with Topaz Labs filter “gritty 2” which changed the red to this burgundy and the creamier skin tones to a greytone/sepia look which i thought fitted the referenced time frame. I found her at the fabulous ARTpool Gallery in St. Pete on my last visit. Posting to the blog has slowed down reflecting my current activities of cleaning house, decluttering rooms and garage and working on the runway show at ARTpool in July. We have our photo shoot the last of June and all looks have to be complete for that. I ended up using drink umbrellas and party flowers for the accessories and silk flowers for the headpieces. Working primarily with a geisha inspired theme. It’s been a fun experience even though it is out of my customary box. Special thanks to my sister Linda and mom for all their support. Plus husband Bob of course.

Playing around with a mannaquin image shot at the marvelous ARTpool Gallery in St. Petersburg. I flattened the image by pushing the contrast, highlight and shadows to the ends of the scale, creating a less detailed surface. Then I applied the Lomo filter from Topaz Labs, making it look sepia, vintage and edgy all at once. I like the stuff in the background playing across the flat look of the profile, and the detail in the jewelry. This kind of altering, using filters and pushing the lighting levels takes only a few minutes and gives you many options for one good photograph.

I’m working on several tote bags for the Trashion Fashion show at ARTpool Gallery in July. This one features an original photograph, Asian newspaper, napkins and tissue. I put a very thin wash of gesso over the top of all the components and scrubbed most of it off, to unify the elements a tad. I will probably do some additional surface design to soften the edges of the photo, perhaps some stenciling on the darker parts of the photo or some stamping. I found these totes, about half a dozen all the same, at a thrift store for $1 each. They are canvas-y material and had the company’s imprint on them. Easy to cover that up with a photo. I usually start the process by gesso-ing the front of the bag in white and I leave the sides black for the graphic quality.

I picked up about half a dozen black edged canvas totes at a thrift store a while back and decided to alter them with photography and mixed media. The mannaquin photo is an original, altered a bit in Elements. That is a flattened drink umbrella in the upper right corner and a sassy crow image from Kerry Carbary in the upper left. The rest is tissue paper, asian newspaper, stenciling and rub-0n letters. The other side is collaged in a similar manner. This bag is about 4 years old but I notice my style hasn’t changed all that much. These materials remain favorites, as does my love of mannaquins as photo fodder. This tote and several other altered purses will be featured in the Trashion Fashion show at ARTpool Gallery in July. The first time any of my wearables have been in a show. Yippee!

A print of my original portrait of a model named Jennifer at one of ARTpool Gallery’s soirees is featured in this stitched collage. Vintage linen, pom pom fringe, lace and a handmade heart stitched to a linen background. The print was toned with pink watercolor crayon. I’ve been doing a lot of stitched pieces lately and four of them are hanging in the gallery for $45 now. P.S. There are new photo galleries at pisces-rising.com!

This is another painted print from a styrofoam plate that I did a few of last week. They are now in my cubbyhole at ARTpool Gallery for $12. The plate was printed on a 5×7 canvas board. I drew  a child, not a cherub, but the printed face looked so angelic and the clothes more like a robe than what I drew, that I turned the figure into an angel. I believe this is what is called Artistic License! haha. Have a blessed day.

Same mannaquin from yesterdays collage piece, only this time Marina Williams of  ARTpool Gallery gave her oversized heart shaped glasses and a polka dot hoodie to wear. I gave her some “simplification” and “solarization” filters in Elements and Topaz and her persona is a tad stronger, as is the visual. “Solarization” is not by any means one of my favorite filters but in this case it highlighted her eyes which are very pretty for a mannaquin.