I’ve held my very favorite volunteer job going on two years now. It involved going to my local shelter and taking photos of the newly arrived critters so they can be posted on the “available” site, shown on Facebook and generally get some publicity as they search for their forever home. I’ve fallen in love multiple times and as a result now own two rescued dogs in addition to my rescued “studio cat” that’s been with us for almost 10 years!
I’m not sharing details on these images because they span the entire time I’ve been taking photos and, to the best of my knowledge, these cute critters have all found homes. If you’d like to see some of the wonderful animals in your area please visit the local shelter or it’s website. They are hard to resist, whether you’re a cat lover….
Or prefer the pooches….
It’s an awesome thing to share your heart & life with these babies that just want to be your friend. Furry love to you all,
Six months ago I travelled west and spent two weeks driving across, around and through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. It’s probably my favorite destination, this was my fourth trip to that area of the States. I took a TON of photos as we drove and have been ever-so-slowly getting around to sorting through and editing them. I thought as I get batches of them done I will share them here.
During the two weeks we visited Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, The Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain National Park, Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore. To say it was a whirlwind would be an understatement – even after eliminating a few destinations from the itinerary! The landscapes were amazing, although all the wildfires did make for hazy skies. I think next time I’d like to visit in May, three of my four trips have been in the fall and one in the winter so Spring would be a nice change!
The last photo was repeated almost daily – we explored until there was no more light to explore in before calling it a night. I think this particular image was from a late evening in Yellowstone.
Instead of just giving you a preview this evening I’m letting you know that the last of the new items have been added and are available for bid during the last 24 hours of the fundraising art auction! With many people traveling for the Easter weekend it gives you a bit longer to get your bids in before you leave and, I won’t have to worry about getting it online and active in the morning either. 🙂
A few of the new items were featured in advertising, so if you’ve been looking for them here they are! Additionally there is a class for two, a class for TWELVE and a portrait photo shoot up for bid.
Now, a request. The last few days the bids have been dwindling. I know you are probably getting tired of reading and hearing about it but I really, really need your help in sharing this info so we can raise as much money as possible these last 24 hours! It doesn’t take long to click “share”, write a quick e-mail or tweet about it so help as much as you can. Thank you~
P.S. If you hadn’t heard yet we received a $200 donation to be applied to this lovely piece of art (that was generously donated by artist Doug Arnholter) – making this an even better opportunity for you to own this piece of art!
Just for fun I thought I’d share with you how I take photos of my artwork. (Disclaimer: The photos I’m sharing here were taken with my cell phone and would not be the ones I’d submit for shows, etc.!) Since I’ve set my website up to have all the images on a black background that is how I always photograph them. Occasionally I’ll do them on both black and white backgrounds if one just really needs the white to look good. I don’t keep my photography backdrops, stands, etc. set up in the studio so I pretty much drape the black cloth over whatever I can find. Depending on the size of the art I’m photographing some creativity might be needed to get it large enough to surround the artwork. Here’s ares pictures from this morning showing both the front & back of the set up.
As you can tell from the shot of the back this is one of those “creative” set ups since a few of the pieces were over three foot tall. As long as it works no one (normally) sees how it’s put together so who cares? I placed it up on the table so I wouldn’t be bending over so much to get the pics, plus there was more available light coming in through the windows & doors at that height. Unless it’s a late-night desperate situation I prefer to take these shots with natural window light instead of room lights or using a flash. Today was cloudy out so it was perfect conditions…not too dark but no hot spot of sun shining in to deal with. Here is a pic of a new art piece sitting in the photo area:
Doesn’t look too spectacular at this point but, as I said earlier, this was taken with my cell phone so I didn’t have a lot of control over the amount of light, etc. that was being captured.
One of the hardest parts of photographing square or rectangle images is to get the perspective correct so they actually look like squares or rectangles. Aiming your camera at the center of the piece and keeping it parallel with the artwork helps a lot, plus just being aware of that it’s not skewed when you shoot helps too. (Multiple shots up the odds as well!) If all else fails you can straighten while you’re making adjustments to the image with your computer, but that’s extra work so I try to get mine lined up correctly when shooting.
This final image was still on the cell phone but was taken closely to the art and then I also tweaked the lighting/color in photoshop before I uploaded it here. It’s an improvement over the previous image!
The one taken on my Nikon will be even better than this! Since this is a semi-flat (it hangs on the wall, anyhow!) piece of art with black borders on it I didn’t care that it blended right into the black background. With more dimensional pieces I try to place them with a space between them and background to help emphasis the depth and give them some separation.
So that’s that…
I’ll be sharing more new work as I get a chance, heck I’ve still got a couple of pieces from this summer I haven’t gotten on the blog yet.
A few more images to add from my recent photo play. This group was taken with backlight coming through the window and purposely over-exposed when I took them. Afterwards I did some digital adjustments to make them high-key, contrasty and soft.
I also did some macro, close-up images with a digital edit or two as well.
I’m patiently waiting to see what kind of flowers I’ll have to take pictures of next! In the meantime I’ll return to the up-cycled artwork next post – I promise! Lynne
Yes, there are supposed to be a couple more posts about the up cycled artwork but I couldn’t resist sharing some new images with you. I’ve not used my camera for “fun” for a while and have really gotten into it the last couple of weeks. Right now there is an abundance of blooming peony bushes in the yard so they’ve been an awesome subject. Here are a few of my favorite images:
Next time I’ll share some that I photographed & edited to be high-key, light & contrasty. More fun!
Yes, last post I was exhaling and catching my breath but that didn’t last long! Life is full of funny, unpredictable surprises and one that snuck up on me recently is that we are going to sell our home of 32 years and move. And that house also includes the current location of my studio and primary storage space for the art I’ve created. YIKES! So in addition to the cleaning of cabinets, pantries, closets and attic from a 32-year accumulation of “treasures” I also need to reduce my art supplies and artistic creations by at least 50%. Oh. My. Goodness! BUT, lucky for you, MY pain is YOUR gain!
These art pieces need a fabulous home (like yours!) to live in and to make the experience of adopting them even more enjoyable you can save on your purchases like never before and (as you can tell by the 32 year frequency of our moves) this will most likely be your only chance EVER for these kinds of savings!
I’m going to start these once-in-a-lifetime savings with a two day, online only, early bird special. I know that many of my collectors don’t live closely enough to just drive out and select their pieces in person so by doing it online I can at least level the playing field for the start of the sale. Details on how the online sale will be conducted will be posted next Wednesday and the sale starts first thing Thursday morning, June 20th! The online sale will run until midnight on Friday, June 21st. That weekend, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22nd the “live” sale begins here at my studio.
Art that is currently being shown in galleries is excluded, otherwise any piece listed with a price on my website is included in this sale! (I will be updating the site over the next few days to make sure everything is accurate.) Since orders of new digital/photographic artwork not currently in print and commissioned works don’t help reduce the inventory they are not on sale.
I’d love to share with you where we are moving but I haven’t a clue at this point, other than the fact that it won’t be more than an hour away from our current home – our roots are in too deep for a major move just yet. 🙂 I have made sure to negotiate a much larger studio space and perhaps, when we are settled, even adopting a dog after being without one for almost 10 years. I’m looking forward to both of those things, and enjoy the feeling of being “lighter” as I purge my way through each room. The aches and pains, meh, not enjoying them quite as much…but that’s part of the experience. Little did I know when I chose the word “Explore” for 2013 that this is what I would get into. What an adventure!
Be sure to check back next week for more details about the sale – I don’t want you to miss it!