Posts Tagged ‘ARTpool Gallery’

I love love love this shot of a multi-tiered ruffled skirt that appeared on a mannaquin at ARTpool Gallery last month. The color of the skirt is a full blown red which did not interest me near as much as this image with the color removed. Often, black and white images are so much more intriguing than the original colored item. Sometimes the color of an object elicits such an initially strong emotional reaction that the beauty of the item is lost. Using a photo with these qualities makes a terrific study for drawing…just one ruffle would make a gorgeous rendering in your journal. Don’t overlook pictures with “nothing going for them” but texture because when these photos are turned to black and white in your photo editor they reveal their “true colors”. Have fun and don’t forget to practice your tonal drawings.

To get you into the mood for Valentine’s Day tomorrow we have a very red shop window photo from the window display by the talented Marina Williams of ARTpool Gallery. Bob and I had a quiet weekend because he is sick with the Creeping Crud and now I have it, so I guess it’ll be a quiet week as well. He mustered enough strength to attend the MUSE party at ARTpool on Saturday night and that was amazing. About 20 models had their bodies fully painted in all types of characters, including the good angel, the fallen angel and a parrot, a couple of skeletons and an awesome Maori inspired (to my eye) warrior. Quite a few of the models remained in character and it was great fun. We even got to see a burlesque act! ARTpool rules.

This mannaquin is set up in front of ARTpool Gallery in honor of approaching St. Valentine’s Day and the MUSE show on Saturday. I call this manny “little girl lost” because she is quite waifish and vulnerable looking. I love the mix of the black and white polka dot hoodie and the pink sunglasses. Normally I turn my manny photos to black and white but sometimes the colors drive the image. I  placed four mustachio’d lady portraits in the MUSE show that will run for the next three weeks, plus my wall space and cubby hole are chuck full of cool work, some of which sold last week.

From the amazing January shop window at ARTpool Gallery comes this fun vignette of a vintage poodle sitting pretty on an etagere with a pair of gloves casually laid on the top shelf. I love the look on this poodles face and also his body posture. The only thing missing is the chain many of these knick knacks from the 50’s had around their necks. A photo like this can bring memories rushing back of our grandmothers or great aunts living rooms or vanity vignettes from back in the day. If that poodle could only talk? Why not look at old items in the thrift store, antique or retro shop and make a note of how many you remember, what houses you remember them from and who owned them. Were they favorites or despised gifts that had to be placed on show? Did they get passed around or passed down sacredly? My grandmother had a keychain bob that I called the purple horse, even though there was very little purple left on the figure and I can’t be sure if it was a horse or a seahorse at this date. But I remember it and several cool brass keys it held! Have a good time relating to these kitschy items and don’t forget your journal entries.

or do they? She’ll never tell.

BTW, new content on the Pisces-Rising page. Under the photo gallery we now have Cigar Box Purse pix and there is a little DIY on making brown paper tape stickers under Fun Stuff. Enjoy!

Bob and I attended ARTpool Gallery event I Love St. Pete this past Saturday and Bob took these shots of a fashion show model masquerading as Salvador Dali. I wish you could have seen her body paint that included a lobster on her back and the melted clock on her upper chest. I wanted this purse to look like an old circus broadside photo so I distressed the purse with gesso and sandpaper and the photo with matte medium and sanded it heavily as well. Ranger Old Soot Distress Ink™ was used on the sides of the photo. I love this model’s attitude. At the show, she really worked that cookie duster.

Photos by Bob Getz

I spent a very happy Saturday photographing the amazing shop window display at ARTpool Gallery on Central Avenue in St. Pete, FL.  Marina Williams outdid herself with creative content spanning angel wings, the reindeer chandelier hat shown in the picture (I believe was made by the incredible  Katie Hazzard who also is a resident artist of ARTpool), whimsical hats, jewelry and vintage fashion and shoes. The combo was a photographers dream. I love shooting evocative shop windows because I have a passion for reflection shots. This shot shows the massive tree that sits in front of the gallery, reflected in the window at the right height to turn Marina’s handmade tissue pompom into a gorgeous full moon to highlight our modern sunglass sportin’ shamaness. The whole thing is ethereal, surreal and wonderful all at the same time. I am a happy girl.