Another cold day, so it the idea of staying in and playing with Photoshop sounded pretty good. Wanting to apply to a competition, “Same but Different” I needed to figure out how to make a diptych in Photoshop. Now, I can show the original glass world and the photos that come from it. Above right is the eight inch disk and on the left is Folds at the Edge of the Sun, which you can just make out at the very bottom of the disk. This world has a lot more to it, so I will have to make a few more combo pieces. Now, on to some more same but different pieces.
On October 2nd and 3rd, Tom Krueger and I will be hosting an Open Studio once again. This gives folks a chance to come see us in more of our element than at an art fair. Tom will once again have his work in the greenhouse, and also plans to throw pots in the kiln area of my work space. I will have much more than you see at any show, covering all aspects of my glass work. The photos above are of Tom’s booth at Artstreet this last weekend with mobiles made by his son (Casey Early Krueger) hanging from the tent rafters. Hopefully we will have some of Casey’s work as well. And, just maybe, another artist or two….
The hours planned are noon to 4pm on Friday Oct. 2 and 10 am to 4 (or 5) pm on Saturday, Oct. 3. That’s what we have planned right now, but we’ll keep you posted if things change. Address is Nsixsixoneeight Hillside Road, Casco WI and you can send a message here for more information.
Tomorrow’s the day! Even though it may be cold and grey outside, inside it will be cozy and bright. My studio is almost ready, and Tom (TJ) Krueger will soon be setting his stuff up.
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4. 10 am to 5 pm both days
North on Hillside Rd., (about 2 miles from Luxemburg or Casco), 3rd house on the right.
Give me a call at nine2zero-845-five85eight if you need more information. Or send me a message here
This time next week, the first day of the Tour d’Art will be done. Tom Krueger will be moving his pottery, painting and mixed media into the greenhouse and I will be opening up my studio for a couple of days. Since there is no Art Studio Tour this year this will be the only time for the public to get the behind the scenes studio experience. All of the details can be found on my Events page.
I should have have posted this a little earlier, but a lot of my time has been spent getting our newly adopted pups accustomed to their new home. Yeah, we went kind of crazy and adopted a 2-ish year old White Shepherd/Great Dane/who knows what else dog and a 5-7 month old White Shepherd puppy last week. Having so much fun with them. So, instead of artwork I am posting a picture of the new family members. Hope they don’t mind visitors next weekend!
Just made some new glass pieces and of the three I really like two of them. The third, well, sometimes the colors just don’t work well together. I keep hoping to make some glass that I just want to sell, but then I do some exploring and find all kinds of things going on. I’m really happy with these, so I am posting more than just one image. Don’t worry there are plenty for future posts!
First, the two 8 inch glass discs
I was trying to create some lighter pieces to compliment my mostly darker ones, and succeeded. As the next few macro photos show, there are at least a few really interesting brighter and lighter images to be found.
My favorite of the day (and I took about 35 photos).
I am really excited about these and can hardly wait to see them in print. My favorite way of printing is on metal, so I won’t get instant gratification, but I do have some metallic paper on hand, and that gives a pretty good feel for how they will look. One thing I am also excited about is that these are all very large images to start with, so they could be printed on a very large scale.
For the last year and a half, or so, I have been taking my photos with a Nikon D3200 with a Tamron 60mm F/2 Macro 1:1 lens, and have been pretty happy with most of the images. Sometimes, though, I find an interesting area that is smaller than I could shoot and enlarge to the size I really want (I have some images enlarged to 30″x40″, but they have to be pretty big to begin with). I have been dreaming of the Nikon D800 because of it’s 36 megapixels, but the reality is that it is not yet in my budget – just need a few more big prints to go to new homes to justify it. While I was at my local camera store (Camera Corner in Green Bay) drooling over the D800, the salesperson suggested trying extension tubes to allow me to get closer to the glass and thus increase the size of the photo. Finally, I have been trying it out. I can get much closer and stay in focus on some of those tiny portions of glass that have a lot going on. My full frame now is approximately 12mm by 5-6mm and there is a lot of detail that I can now get in focus. It will be interesting to see how some of these look enlarged.
Here is one photo I took last night. The glass is a 6″ disc that looks a bit boring without just the right light. Plus, as I find is often the case, most of the fun stuff can’t be seen without the magnification. I’m calling this one “Eye of the Beast”.
Some of the photos that made their way to The Flying Pig in Algoma today. All are aluminum prints, my favorite printing style right now. High gloss prints on metal give amazing depth and dimension to the prints – they almost look like the glass. Looking forward to seeing them on the walls!