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Space to Create

There’s a new space in my studio that I am enjoying so much.  When we first looked at this house and I saw this room, this corner was taken up with two hair washing sinks.  It was a hair salon.  But  in my mind I could see what it could be for me.  The office got set up fairly quickly but the studio in the corner took a bit longer. A bit short of a year later, and that vision has come to life.   This is a wonderful thing!  It’s set up at all times and I can pop into the studio and create for a few minutes or for hours, often the latter.  🙂

Two LED studio lights are easy to work with since they are always on, as opposed to the strobe lights I used to have that flash a burst of light.

I have so many ideas of what to put in front of those lights!

A few of the images that I’ve created thus far.  These are straight out of the camera.  I’m still pondering how to finish them but am very pleased with the initial results.  I’ll share what, if anything I do to enhance them.

A space to create, is a beautiful thing!!

Out There: News

It occurred to me that I forgot to mention some exciting news from the last couple of months.  When we first looked around Staunton, our new home town, we visited a great gallery that is the Shenandoah Valley’s largest cooperative gallery.  Co Art Gallery has been around for over 20 years and has many of the area’s most well known and loved artists as it’s members.  In my mind, I set it as a goal to be part of this wonderful space if we should settle in Staunton.

It had been on my TO DO list since moving in September to find out about applying to the gallery but I was more involved in new house adventures and it didn’t happen.  One day in late January, I looked at my TO DO list and, ignoring all the other things on the list, focused on the gallery and thought, “OK, just do this.”   I called the gallery, found I needed to drive down and get an application, so did that immediately.  I spent the afternoon , completing the application, updating my CV, and deciding what pieces to include for the standards committee to review.  The next morning I took it all down and left it at the gallery.  And then waited.  In a week or so, I was told that I had been accepted!  Woo Hoo!!  I was and still am so honored to be part of this wonderful group of artists.

March was my first month at the gallery, so I spent the rest of February deciding what to hang in my space and preparing those pieces.  Each artist is assigned a space that is approximately 5 or 6 feet wide and you can put whatever you choose in your space.  Every three months the whole gallery shifts around.  We change spaces and change art work to keep it all fresh and interesting.  I’m currently preparing new work for the next big shift on May 5. There are also bins for loose prints  as well as shelves for note cards.  I’ve placed some of my Inner Aperture Fine Art cards on the shelves and will be adding just a few prints to the bins this week.

Each day, a different artist, or two, is at the gallery as a  docent to assist people coming in to the gallery, located on the main street of downtown Staunton in one of the many architecturally fascinating buildings.   After serving as docent a few times, it’s been quite interesting to meet other artists whose work is in the gallery as well as the people who come in to see the work.

My display on the day I set it up in early March.

Close view of the pieces I hung.

Just last week, 3 of my pieces sold.  The first one, The View from Shore 10, I replaced with Flow. Flow sold the next day. and Calm Waters replaced that.  I few days later, Between the Mountains and the Sea sold and I replaced it with Golden Aspens 1.

It was a good week!  I’m happy that the work is speaking to people.

Walk along the Middle River

One afternoon recently, I had the pleasure of spending a hour or so along the banks of the Middle River that runs near my home, through Augusta County in Virginia.  This time of year it was just exploding with all the beauty and possibilities of Spring.  It was so soothing to walk along the dirt road that follows the path of the river and hear the water running over the rocks.

While the views of the river are lovely, I am more drawn to the small details along the way. The bank along this particular stretch of the river was awash in wildflowers just making their appearance for this year.  Many of the wildflowers were ones that I was not familiar with because they don’t grow in New York state where I lived for so long.   I’m looking forward to revisiting this spot many times during the year to see how it changes.

The Middle River, near Verona, VA.

The first Bloodroot flower I’ve ever seen.

I loved the way these tree roots framed another Bloodroot plant.

The flowers really do look like little pairs of pants on this Dutchman’s Breeches plant.

Cutleaf Toothwort gets its name from it’s historical use to treat toothaches.

Virginia Spring Beauty is most aptly named.

It was too early in the bloom for me to know what this shrub is but I loved the airy patterns that the branches created in the afternoon sunlight.

 

Open to Delight – Spring

Browsing the images on my phone a few days ago, I realized I had quite a few Delight images that I had not shared.  Here’s the current installment of Open to Delight with just a few of the moments that have given me delight recently.

How have you been taking note of these moments in your life?

(If you’d like to see the images larger, just click on the first one and you can scroll through all of the images.)

April Snow

 

We woke up to a couple inches of snow the other day.  The cherry tree that had just surprised me with blossoms earlier that week was covered in snow.  It looked like a pastry chef had delicately and artfully placed frosting on all the blossoms.  It melted quickly once the sun came out but the way the light danced around the snow and the blossoms begged to be photographed. The last image doesn’t show the cherry blossoms but the forest, with bits of new green just showing under the light frosting of snow. It was a lovely morning!

Open to Delight: A Walk in the Woods

We got out for our first hike of the year the other day.  It was just a short bit of a hike since the water in the stream was too high to cross that day.  It looks like a hike that would be fun to do several times throughout the season as there are huge groups of mountain laurel as well as rhododendrons, and who knows what else?!  And if you can cross the stream and go further there is a waterfall to enjoy.  Hiking in Virginia in late March was such a delight.  We are used to  Mud season in NY’s Adirondacks that makes hiking a challenge in the spring time.

Here are just a few glimpses of a lovely time in the woods.

Out There, again…results.

Thanks for all the input to my post earlier this week, Out There, again.

I have news to share.  🙂

One of my images was accepted by juror Michael Pannier to the Seasons exhibit at the SE Center for Photography in Greenville, SC. This image is a personal favorite of mine so I’m happy as well as honored to have it accepted into this relatively small show. The entire exhibit can be viewed at this link.

Calm Waters

For the NVACC  Eighth Annual Abstract Photography Exhibit, two of my images were accepted by the juror, Joseph Miller.  The exhibit opens Sat May 5 and runs through Mon May 28, 2018 at Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts in Gainesville, VA.  I’m not sure if they will show the entire exhibit online at any point but will let you know if they do.

Marina Reflections 3

Ribbons of Color 3

Now I need to prepare prints and get them shipped.  Thanks for all your input and support!

 

Out there, again.

A while ago, I shared a post about submitting my work to exhibits otherwise known as call for entry.  In that post I explained why I spend the time, money, and emotional energy doing this: Entering images provides me with another outlet for my work, a way to have BNF’s (big names in the field) see my work, and to receive some feedback on it, even if that feedback is simply being accepted or not.   Having work accepted for an exhibit helps me to build a resume that shows my work has been exhibited at the national level.  And it’s just fun!

I’ve been up to it again recently.  The themes for three calls for entry seemed to fit with some of my work.

Photo Place Gallery in Middlebury, VT had a call for the theme, Capturing the Light. None of the images I submitted were selected for the exhibit, but you can see the final selections here.

The Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC) is currently putting together their 8th Annual Joseph Miller Abstract Exhibit.  This is a new venue for me but it was appealing because it is in my new home state and because much of my work falls into the category of abstract, so I thought this call for entry would be worth a submission.  Do you think any of these six images will be accepted?  Results are due this weekend.

The SE Center for Photography in Greenville, SC. is also a new venue for me apply to a call for entry.  They currently have a call for the theme Seasons.  “Spring is fast approaching and what better time to celebrate the use of color in photography. We usually think of color and seasons to mean landscapes, but this time let’s not limit it to just the landscape, or Spring. All subject matter relating to seasons, digital, analog or alternative methods.”   What do you think the chances are for these images?  Results will be announced next week.

I recently found this wonderful article by Douglas Beasley, a well respected photographer, on what it’s like for a juror.  It helps put the whole process in perspective for those entering their work.

I’ll let you know next week how my images did in the Abstract and the Seasons exhibits.

 

 

 

A Glimpse of Spring

I was going through my image files today, getting prepared for an exhibition that I am applying for (more about that another time).  My files are full of images that I haven’t done anything with yet, just waiting for their time to be noticed.  Sometimes, when I create images they don’t really speak to me at that moment in time.  I have learned to be patient and revisit them at another time.  Not always, but often, the images will speak to me months or years after I’ve created them.

As I was reviewing image folders, I found several different groups that had a similar point of view.  They were all taken at ground level and very close up, sort of like an ant’s view.  So I began to put them into one collection and see where that leads.

Perhaps because we are on the cusp of spring, these four images particularly appealed to me today, so I thought I would share them with you.  Meanwhile, I will continue to think about the idea of shooting with the perspective of an ant.

My new Photo Encaustic Workshop

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you my new studio space.  Since then I’ve been working on setting up the encaustic workshop and it’s ready to do it’s job.  I became interested in photo encaustics in January and took a couple of workshops over the summer. (I shared about those workshops here.) Moving time came and all the encaustic supplies were packed up.  Here is the great unveiling, so to speak.  I haven’t yet, actually worked in the space creatively but will share as the experiments and creations emerge.