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.
Feeling very honored that my photo, “Folds at the Edge of the Sun”, was chosen for a Special Recognition Award in the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery “All Women” 2016 Art Exhibition. This was my first time entering an online international art event, so I am feeling pretty excited right now. A very nice way to start 2016!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
5th Annual “All Women” Art Exhibition Results Now Posted Online
JUPITER, FL – January 1, 2016 / — Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that its January 1, 2016 art exhibition, the 5th Annual “All Women” Art Exhibition is now posted on their website and can be viewed online. The theme for this art exhibition is for women artists only and they were asked to submit their best 2D & 3D art. There was an open theme for this competition.
An art competition was held in December 2015 which determined and judged the art for this exhibition. The gallery received submissions from 33 different countries from around the world and they also received entries from 38 different states and the District of Columbia. Overall, there were 890 entries which were judged for this art competition.
Congratulations to the artists who have been designated as this month’s category winners, along with the winning Special Merit and Special Recognition artists. The gallery commends all of the winning artists for their artistic skill and their creativity, as this online art exhibition is indicative of their creativity.
To proceed to the gallery’s 5th Annual “All Women” online art exhibition follow this link:
Each month Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts themed online art competitions for 2D artists. All participating winners of each competition have their artwork exposed and promoted online through the online gallery to thousands of visitors each month. If you know of a talented 2D artist who may benefit from the exposure and the publicity that the gallery can provide to them, please forward this press release to them.
About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly themed art competitions and monthly art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. It is Light Space & Time’s intention to showcase this incredible international talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these artists. The art gallery website can be viewed here: https://www.lightspacetime.com
Having fun making new glass worlds and finding some interesting images. Since it takes a good amount of time to do the kiln work, I hadn’t had much of a chance to do this lately. Feels good to be back in the studio.
To continue with Holiday specials, starting today, Dec. 4, at 8AM and running until Dec. 5, at 8AM (Central Time Zone), I have free or discounted standard shipping on selected items in my Etsy shop. Standard shipping is US Postal Service Priority or First Class Mail, and these classes are free for shipping within the US. International orders will receive a discounted shipping fee. If you need expedited shipping, or request another carrier, there will be an additional cost.
Check back for another special offer tomorrow!
With the start of the holiday season I have decided to daily promotions through December. These may be a percent off deal in my Etsy shop, a free item with purchase, or, like today, a donation of a certain amount of my sales to a cause of my choice. You can “like” my Facebook (Ladybug Glass Studio) page to get daily updates, or check back here. To start the month off I am donating 10% of my Etsy shop sales from 1 PM Tuesday Dec. 1 through 1 PM Wednesday, Dec. 2 (Central Time Zone) to White Paws German Shepherd Rescue, a group we were lucky enough to find and adopt our 2 dogs through.
Making the fabric with Spoonflower’s program made me think about creating mirror images that could be printed on other materials, i.e. standard photos, metal prints. There is a great tutorial on making them in Photoshop, so I got to work. Finally got to bed about 1:30 am….. (which was a bit of an issue because our Great Dane/White Shepherd mix had decided he was sleeping in my spot). My husband questioned whether or not these new images were true to my claim that all of the designs I show are “in the glass”. Well, the only manipulation I do is to multiply the photographic image, so I’m thinking it’s not much of a stretch. And what I am seeing seems worth the work! Enjoy!
I couldn’t wait to make something with a piece of the new fabric made from my photos, so this morning I got out a needle and thread and got to work. Now, many of the women in my family (including my mother who still does some sewing and even made my wedding dress as well as a few others) are or were great in the sewing arts…not me. That gene totally skipped me. So putting something together with fabric and thread is a bit of a challenge, and, since I don’t sew, I don’t have a sewing machine. Slippery fabric and hand stitching….but I did it! Add to that the fact that I start ed about 6:30 this morning and you can understand why I don’t want anyone to look too closely at this first bracelet. But, it shows just how excited I am by this new material! Here are some pictures. Remember, 6:30 AM, needle and thread, slippery fabric, non-sewer who is very excited to see the finished product.
The new throw pillows available through Fine Art America started me thinking about having some of my images printed on fabric once again. This is something I have had in the back of my mind for a long time, and I have played with designs on Spoonflower, but never followed through with an order. Well, time has come! I ordered a few designs in their 8″ swatch format and they arrived today. With arrival of an adapter to try my macro lens on my husband’s new Sony a6000 mirrorless camera I had the perfect photo shoot opportunity. Here are some of the designs (I created a total of 11). They are “mirror repeat” patterns, each made with one of my macro photos. The pictures could be better, but this gives you the general idea. New product concepts are forming…..2015 should be interesting!
Happy New Year! and a belated Merry Christmas!
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.
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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!
After a long, cold winter I think it is safe to say spring has finally arrived. Thank goodness the hummingbirds didn’t show up too early or they would have found frozen food. We are seeing lots of migrating birds passing through, and a couple of the photos I took today look kind of like birds to me. Of course they are pretty abstract and surreal, nothing like the Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tanager, Orioles, and yes, finally Hummingbirds that have been visiting the feeders all day, but there is a kind of bird-like something to them. Maybe it’s just that I have birds on my mind, but you can be the judge.
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.
Sometimes I just have to share! This week I am working on multiple images from just one of my glass disks with an idea to change my Greco Gallery “An Artist Boutique” wall in the near future. The idea is to highlight one piece of glass and all of the photos that I find in it. Sound good? So, in working on the images, I have found a few that I am really excited about. Here are a couple. If you would like to give input, please do.
Another image with a “celestial” feel to it. I love these! Part of the reason I named this collection of images “Worlds Within” is that some look like things that should be of another universe. Can’t you imagine the Enterprise sailing past something like this in the old episodes of Star Trek?
Finally, I have upgraded my Photoshop and Lightroom programs, so I hope to be able to do some extra fine tuning of upcoming images. While I don’t like to do a whole lot to the images, sometimes the color really isn’t quite as true to the actual color of the glass as I would like, or there are a few extra bubbles that take away from the overall photo, so I do a bit of refining. This one had some specks that weren’t a part of the glass and needed a bit of sharpening. Much to explore!
Ok, so my last post was titled “New Photo of the Day” and I thought that maybe I would try to post a photo a day. I should have known better. While I probably have enough photos to do a daily post, that just isn’t going to happen. So instead I’m going to try a “Photo of the Week”. Now that sounds like something I should be able to handle. Maybe even once in a while I’ll do a couple of new photos if I have a really good week of picture-taking.
I’m still playing with the extension tubes and today took a few shots of an older piece of glass using just the 36mm extension. It still allows me to get closer than I had before, and seems to get great detail. These were taken with a Nikon D3200, with a Tamron 60mm F/2 Macro 1:1 plus the 36mm extension tube.
I am still amazed at the textures and details that the camera brings out. So much beauty that has been hidden!
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!
I started this blog over a year ago, but then was so busy creating glass and photos that I haven’t been back since. Well, it is time to get going again. In the last year I have had one gallery show at The Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace in Algoma, WI and have another scheduled for September at The Meadows Gallery in Sister Bay, WI. I guess you could say the photos have been well received. The photos are also now in a gallery in Sturgeon Bay, WI – The Greco Gallery, which is a wonderful co-op place with wonderful artwork and artists. Below are a few images, hope you enjoy them!
Welcome to one of the first glass worlds created in my studio. Most of the images photographed from this world were on a larger scale, about 3/4 by 3/4 inch, and easily seen without magnification. What I saw here was enough to make me want to continue and see what else I could make and find. More coming soon….