Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Everything in Its Place

Works in progress.

My trusty studio assistant.
     So it's that time of year again.  It's our slow season at work which is good because I have plenty of time to paint and work on my own projects, but bad for my self esteem and my checking account.  Right now, I'm especially stressing trying to organize my websites.  It's tough having one foot in the art world and one in photography.  In fact, this past summer Ravenmaid Creative became an official business so now I have to consider branding, SEO, marketing, etc.   I just started a website to advertise my photography services.  My Facebook page was pretty much my photography website before that.

     Over at Square Space, I have my art website.  Like my new photography website, it has a built-in blog which I really like except that I don't think it's very visible (at least, not as visible as this one.)  I've been thinking about using this blog as a bridge between the two or a journal of sorts.   Do you think people will be confused with paintings and photography in the same spot?  Where do I put my other experiments that don't really fit in any category?  I like to get everything separated and put in its own little box, but I also desire unity.  Hence, the stress and hence the stress-reducing style of painting you see above.   We'll see how it goes, I suppose.  It's all part of the journey right?

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Art Sleeves

     Well, I haven't blogged in a while so here goes...  Today, I finally got around to this project.  I have some framed artwork from shows that I keep stored away.  To try to protect them, I cover them with old (but clean!) t-shirts.  It keeps the dust off and can prevent scratches.  It's kind of awkward with the sleeves and collar, though, so I finally put on some Pandora and sewed them into pillowcase-like sleeves.  I won't pretend to know what I'm doing with a sewing machine.  If only I could remember what I learned in Sewing Club in junior high...

It's not super glamorous, but it does the job! 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Today: Printmaking

Today, I'm trying to cross another thing off my to-do list and that is to finally do this block printing project I've had in mind for a while.  It features the "Don't Give Up the Ship" quote, a phrase that resonates more and more as I try and make my way forward in the art world.  I haven't had as much success as I would like selling my prints, but I think I'll carve my last few blocks and give it another try.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sunday in the Park in Corry, PA

     Sunday in the Park is an event put on by the Corry Arts Council.  There are vendors and activities for the kids as well as a judged art show.  Some of us from the Corry Artists' Guild entered some of our work.  I entered a painting and this photo of an old blonde violin that was made by one of my relatives.  It belonged to my grandfather at one point, I think, so I titled it "Grandpa's Violin" and it won first place in the Adult Photography division.

Regional Juried Photo Exhibit in Meadville, PA

     This juried exhibition took place in Meadville, Pennsylania and was hosted by the Meadville Council on the Arts.  Juror Gary Cardot selected entries from artists all residing within 200 miles of the city including this one by yours truly.
     I've never entered this show before so it was an honor to have one of my entires selected.  It's not the first time I've had a photograph in an exhibition, but it was the first time taking part in one that was photography only.  Hopefully, this means I'm on to something and there are great things to come.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Josh's 30 Day Photography Challenge Project: Day 26

Day 26: Light Graffiti
Tonight, I set up one of my acrylic paintings on my desk and painted it again with a different "brush" and by brush, I mean a laser cat toy.  Enjoy.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Josh's 30 Day Photography Challenge Project: Day 25

     On a chilly day, I always have the cats to model for me.  Spike is taking a break from napping on a spare mattress propped up in the living room.  He thinks it's too chilly to play outside, too.

Day 25: Shallow Depth of Field

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Josh's 30 Day Photography Challenge Project: Day 24

Today, I finally got around to experimenting with the Harris Shutter Effect today.  I can't wait to try again.  The possibilities are endless!

Day 24: Harris Shutter

Corry Artists' Guild Spring Show

Here are some photos I took from our artists' guild spring show, "Artistic Explorations" which was held at the Corry Hi-Ed building from April 17-19th.  

Some "fabulous fakes and originals" for sale!

Some work from various members of the guild.

One of my latest paintings, "Tiger 3".  It was painted with acrylic on canvas panel.

I brought a bit of an assortment this year.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Josh's 30 Day Photography Challenge Project: Day 22

Day 22: Slow Sync Flash

   When I'm in need of something or someone to photograph, there's usually a cat lurking around.  Here's a little experiment I did today involving Spike, rear curtain sync flash, and a very low shutter speed.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Josh's 30 Day Photography Challenge Project: Day 18

Day 18: Frame Within a Frame
     I held off for as long as I could.  I wasn't exactly happy with this picture and felt I could get a much better example, but it's time to move on to the next one!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Josh's 30 Day Photography Challenge Project: Day 15

Day 15: Colorful Water Drops

     This is actually small portion of the original photo (hence the pipelines,) but I thought it made an interesting abstract design.  I might have to experiment with this technique some more...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Josh's 30 Day Photography Challenge Project: Day 12

Day 12: Portrait
     It didn't say it had to be a human portrait did it?  This is my cat, Rory, and Rory doesn't sit for portraits.  He has better things to do like curl up in his bed under his blankie on this bitterly cold day.  I can set him on a stool, but he'll hop right off.  For this shot, I set him on the stool with one hand and held the camera with the other.  This was the only shot I got and I didn't think it was terrible.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

3rd Annual Art's Alive Fine Art Market

All set up and ready to go!
  Last night was my first time participating in Art's Alive in the Dead of Winter Fine Art Market in Sharon.  There were 3 floors of artists, food vendors, nonprofits, and musicians.  For $25, I was able to set up shop on the second floor with a bunch of my buddies from summer's Artiegras.  Not having been in the Arts and Culture Center before, I wasn't sure what to expect.
       Sharon is about an hour and a half drive for me.  The friends I see down there, always seem surprised I make the drive, but we have very few, if any, events like this up here.  I do it because I enjoy it. It's great to have people to talk shop with and it's fun just to hang out.  Making some money is great, too, but most of us aren't doing it for money alone.

3 floors of artists, musicians, and food vendors.

Sam Perry poses with his work.

     I ended up doing pretty well (for me) tonight once I got going.  Get going was the hardest part.  I've tried really hard to come with an efficient system for getting things all on one little cart so I only have to make one trip and having things in such a way that it's easy and quick to set up.  Everything tumbled off the cart twice on the way in, but some kind souls helped me out and I got set up well before the doors opened.

I love this shirt!

Umm... almost. 
Kit's adult truffles are amazing and Martha does awesome woodwork.  I don't know that these two should be next to each other, though!  Lol.
   All in all, I had a great time and hope to do more of these kinds of events, meet more great artists, and sell more of my art.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Josh's 30 Day Photography Challenge Project: Day 10

Day 10: Lens Flare
So much for a 30 Day Challenge!  I really got hung up on the last two.  It's hard to get a sunset when there's so much snow and clouds especially in the evening.  If you live in the northeast, you know what I'm talking about.  Then, I was trying to get lens flare... on purpose.  You spend so much time trying to avoid it in your photos, it's a little unnatural to try to get it on purpose.  Again, sun issues.  I was waiting for the sun to sink through the trees, but by then it was too diffused by clouds.  This morning, I guess I saw something in the rising sun and decided to step outside in minus double digit temperatures to snap this.  A little tweak in angles and the right camera settings and I finally have my lens flare.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Josh's 30 Day Photography Challenge Project: Day 9

Day 9: Bokeh

     Today's project involves bokeh and that deals with the way a lens renders out of focus points of light.  Most people probably picture something a little more like the photo to the left when they think of bokeh.  I took this around Christmas time when we still had a tree with tons of pretty little lights.  Today, however, it was colder here than the north pole and last I knew, we were still in the lead for the most snowfall, but there were these nice flowers by the window I could photograph with my long lens to blur out the junk in the background.  Until tomorrow...