When I look at a work of art I ask myself: does it inspire me, does it touch and move me, do I learn something from it, does it startle or amaze me…do I get excited, upset? That is the test any artwork has to pass: can it create an emotional impact on a human […]
Recently, I had an exhibition at DLF Promenade mall, New Delhi, India. I had a great footfall of all the age group, Had interaction with different institute students about photography, beginners photographers. Got the appreciation for all the photographs and sold few images too. Based on these exhibitions experiences, I thought, I must write a small article and share the planning process for the exhibition for those who are planning to have their exhibition soon.
Proper planning of an exhibition, will always give you a profitable exposure. Let’s discuss the exhibition planning
- Finalize the venue– Before finalizing the exhibition venue, Please spend a couple of days to know about the footfall, age group of visitors, number of footfall, gentry type etc, Accordingly, you can finalize the images as per the age group. So that you can have the maximum number of visitors for your photography exhibition. Which is the main…
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As a child the thought of Russian children hating me and me hating them made no sense, we didn’t know each other. Around six years old I set a goal to see the world, little did I know how much money it took and the politics involved.
My girlfriends parents subscribed to National Geographic, this must have planted the seed to travel. Her parents kept years worth which kept me quite busy. I live in Texas, born is Big City Dallas however had not left the county.
I saw animals unknown to me, people who lived very different. A women who didn’t wear bra, strange. I was a tomboy, never wore my shirt but the only thing on my chest were nibs. This was a very exciting time for me, learning about lands far way.
Move forward to 2001, exactly 9/11/2001. I’m heading to door to catch airport shuttle, my Gamps called hysterical something about a plane. Ok, I’ll call from airport. Other passengers board the bus, more of the story comes clear. This was no Cessna Gramps was talking about. Somebody from the back asked “Who would do this to us?” Before I could help it Bin Ladin came out of mouth. What the hell did I know?
The airports were closed for ten days as we watch WWIII unfold. My plane left for Russia ten days later, numb feelings, suspicion towards everyone, what am I doing on a plane????? Plenty of Xanax were taken during that trip.
I traveled to Russia alone, didn’t speak the language, didn’t know anyone and would not pay for a guide, learning is half the fun. This trip taught me more about human nature over ethnic background. Most women don’t travel alone in Russia, it was easy to see I was American. People from all over the world were coming up crying saying how sorry they were, hugging me. It was a unique moment frozen in time.
Bringing home a piece of art is a must for me, cost is not the point. The feeling I get talking to artist about their work, information beyond art. Near The Church of Spilled Blood is where the street artist and gypsy’s gather. I saw this piece of art and had to check it out. Something drew me in, a beauty in her eyes. It’s a small piece about the size of a magazine.
ART IS ART!
This is my favorite one! The perfect toasting on marshmallows, the fire, grate, it’s the perfect BBG. Melinda
Today’s #WorldWatercolorMonth prompt is “Barbaques & Bonfires,” and at our house, that means toasting marshmallows to me! Here’s a triple stack of nicely toasted (not burnt) schmellows. Watercolor and gouache on tan toned paper. #toastedmarshmallows #art#BBQ#watercolor#yummy😋 And P.S. This was a cool 😎 challenge to try to paint 🎨 for me. If you can tell what it is, I’m happy!
P.P.S. I spell it Barbeque – an acceptable spelling, although you may spell it Barbecue. I also like the abbreviation, BBQ! According to Wikipedia …
While the standard modern English spelling of the word is barbecue, variations including barbeque and truncations such as bar-b-q or BBQ may also be found. The spelling barbeque is given in Merriam-Webster and the Oxford Dictionaries as a variant.
I’m talking with Cynthia Maniglia from Sand Salt Moon at http://firstname.lastname@example.org Run over and visit her blog, Cynthia’s work is fantastic, she really captures the each subject. The piece above is called Fall Mums.
Coloring in coloring books was a big thing for me and my generation when we were younger. I suppose it still is today with kids, and I know it’s become a big thing with adults as there are many adult coloring books on the market. I used to color with my girlfriends – we’d sit or lay on the carpeted floor and color all afternoon. If we went visiting, we brought our coloring books and crayons with us. We were all around kindergarten/first grade or so age, so at that time we were coloring in school with our classmates and art teachers or classroom teachers. I would say we learned from each other, although I did have a slight little advantage. My dad. He was an artist – so I grew up with paints and paper and art around me. My father was never educational about it at that age, simply encouraging. He brought home paper and paints for me to play with in my playroom. I colored in the lines, but I also liked to draw and color what I drew. I always enjoyed art. It was always a fun thing for me to do as a child.
How did you discover your artistic skills? What age were you?
What advice would you give an artist just starting out?
Your art is shown at http://www.Society6.com, what lead you to the site?
Your favorite or favorites piece of art and why?
Do you want to grow into other mediums like oil or etching?
One viewer who did not dismiss Millet was Vincent van Gogh. In 1875, he visited a large auction show of the artist’s late pastels. Van Gogh, who had not yet fully embraced his own artistic vocation, was smitten. When he entered the room, he later wrote his brother Theo, “I felt something akin to: Put […]
I’m thrilled to talk Mosaics today with Patricia Grace from Grace to Survive, http://email@example.com. The Dove is my favorite, the details are amazing. Be sure and stop by Patricia’s blog for more great art and photographs.
Can you share more information about yourself and the process leading to art.
Were you creative as a child? Staying in the lines while coloring or getting A’s in art class?
I did receive A’s in Art! It was the one place to unfold. In grade school a sculpture made from strips of thinly planed wood hung on our living room wall.
In high-school it felt like my ‘safe’ place and I was there as much as possible. Jewelry making was especially memorable, filing the silver for a ring and figuring out the design.
In college many courses were enjoyed but my favorite was once again sculpture.
What was the catalyst for you to start working with mosaics?
The catalyst was taking a ceramics course in the city. After the course I loved having my hands in wet clay so a kiln and potter’s wheel was purchased. But making glaze properly is difficult. The glaze on my bowls dripped onto the kiln shelves and stuck. Being someone who hates waste, and remembering during summer camp as a child how much fun is was making trivets from tile, I decided to try a mosaic.
After breaking all the bowls on the garage floor the fun began and I never stopped. Birds, flowers, dogs, cats, butterflies, whatever I could imagine I made. After the broken bowls ran out, I made my own tile rolling the clay out with an over-sized rolling pin. Since the tiles lay flat, the glaze stayed where it was supposed to.
I’ve love the stepping-stones you’ve made, what other items do you make with mosaics?
The outdoor tiles, stones and rocks are the very latest projects. Before that the items were decorative, either framed or free-form to be hung on a wall.
You have a nice work area, is this your corner to unwind?
The studio, also doubling as a bedroom when the grand-kids stay, is definitely my corner to unwind. In there I lose myself and time passes quickly with great satisfaction. All worries float away. Suppressed feelings sometimes rise with the release of tears falling onto my work which adds to the freedom experienced.
It is my place where there are no mistakes, no one telling me what to do and no expectations from others especially from myself. What is created comes from a place not often heard from deep within.
What other hobbies do you have or learning?
I love growing flowers and photographing them, and taking photos in general, especially close-ups. An entire world exists that cannot be seen until you enter that small world. Many delightful surprises show up on the computer that my eyes did not pick up through the camera.
Other hobbies include cooking, crocheting, making greeting cards with my photos, and flower arranging.
What advice would you share for someone just starting to learn the art?
Mine came from a childhood memory then morphed into a more adult version. I’d say take something you loved doing and do it again, or delve into something new you never tried but secretly wanted to. And remember, there is no wrong way, there is your way. It is your true expression which is always right…and feels so good.
Thank you Patricia for sharing insight on your art. It was a pleasure talking with you.
Cindy Knoke has traveled the world, to the most unusual off the beaten path places you can imagine. Her photography is a window to the world. I ask Cindy a few questions to learn her photography background and how she plans for the monumental trips.
At what age did you pick up your first camera? Did the world look different thru the lens?
My first camera was a silly Swinger Polaroid camera which I got at around age 6. It had a jingle associated with it which I loved and remember verbatim today, “Meet the Swinger. Polaroid Swinger. Only 19 dollars and 95! Swing it up. It says Yes! Take the shot. Rip it off.” This was the essence of my photographic knowledge!! Laughing……. Here’s the jingle starring Ali McGraw:
I had family members growing up who were talented photographers but I never even thought to be one of them and never had any cameras. In adulthood, my husband, Jim, was our photographer and had good cameras. I used to buy those throw away cheap plastic cameras at drugstores for trips since I liked taking different photos than he did.
When we retired, we started dedicated chunks of travel time. Jim looked at my photos from the cheap camera, compared them to his, said, that I had something “special,” and gave me his camera a Canon, and showed me the basics on how to work it. That was my introduction to photography and it has been a serious joy in my life ever since. Jim is the person who encouraged and guided me to it for which I remain very grateful. He still encourages me to this day. I am not a trained photographer by any means, definitely self-taught and a hobbyist, not a professional.
What type of camera and software do you use now?
I use two cameras a Sony HX400 and a Sony RX10 V. I use the 400 the most due to its variable zoom up 1200mm equivalent. I also have a Sony underwater camera which I hopefully will have a chance to use during our upcoming trip to the Cook Islands.
What software package do you use for editing?
I use Sony Play Memories Home and Windows Photos.
How do you get access to the amazing Cathedral’s and the intricacies of others visited.
We use the internet extensively. We research online before we go, and while we are traveling.Whilst traveling research for each specific locale is key to finding unusual places. Blogs are excellent travel resources leading us to interesting out of the way places. Travel is so much more fun when you plan a trip according to your particular interests, and internet resources allow everyone to do this!
Thank you bloggers!! Your posts improve my travel, and my life too, of course! Bloggers Rock!
You can’t miss Cindy’s blog cindyknoke.wordpress.com. You won’t forget the great places she’s been.