I will be teaching a 2 part class on papier mache sculpting on Sunday, September 26th and Sunday, October 3rd at Studio Claremont in the historic Packing House in downtown Claremont, California! Sign up soon as the class size is limited.
Please come to my gallery show reception on Saturday, August 28th from 5:30 to 8:30pm. It will be at Studio Claremont in the Historic Packing House building in downtown Claremont, California. I will be displaying a variety of my art in different mediums and serving refreshments! Hope to see you there!
On this wonderful day 22 years ago I gave birth to my sweet son, Ryan. Weighing in at 9 lbs 15 oz. (I begged the doctor to give him the extra ounce, since I had been through hell and back to give birth to this child. Endless hours of labor only to end up with a C-section.)
Ryan has grown to be such a wonferful human being and such an old soul that I feel I've known all my life. He was my first child. The moment I looked into his eyes I knew he had many things to teach me. He's taught me about being passionte about life. I marveled at seeing the world through his eyes. Children seem to do that to you. He is such an amazing soul. I cherish every moment I get to spend with him. He is truly special! I LOVE you Ryan, my son, my friend.
P.S. - Sorry about the mullet...I had so much parental pressure to get you a haircut. I couldn't bear to cut off those sweet curls in the back though. :)
Through the Viewfinder (TtV): These images are shot using the TtV (Through the Viewfinder) method. TtV
is achieved by taking a picture through the viewfinder of any camera
with another camera. In this album I have an assortment of photos taken
with my Nikon D80 using a 50mm lens with a +1 and +2 Hoya close-up
filter added to it. The Viewfinder camera used is a Kodak Duaflex IV
Reflex Camera. This camera was made from 1955 to 1960. I built a TtV
device for it. The images are
achieved by focusing my Nikon on the viewfinder of the Kodak. This
results in a square formatted photo with a rounded corner black border.
The image captures all of the unique details like specks, blurry edges
and more that contributes to a soft image with a vintage and sometimes
dreamy, surrealism about it. The viewfinder uses a mirror device so your
images are flopped or mirrored when you download them. I find that some
images are best left this way or I will flop them in Photoshop depending on the image. There are no hard and fast rules except for one. To be a true TtV image it must be shot through the lens to create the distinct border and for the image to not be cropped in any way. As you
can tell by the wide assortment of images in the album, you can shoot
just about anything you want with this method. It’s great fun to find
new things to shoot and experiment.
Most of the time I feel quite insignificant. We all love to feel validated, I suppose, but lately I haven't even taken the time to blog because I have just been feeling so small in a competitive world of such fabulous artists! Every time I am asked to contribute to an art format, I think to myself, "ME" they're asking "ME?" Why would they ask ME? Well, we need to just ask ourselves...."Why NOT me?" We all have something wonderful to offer. Especially in the ART WORLD! Its all about different perspectives. Different ideas that will hopefully cause an emotion in someone. Something that is beautiful, or maybe not so beautiful, but will make a person stop and think! CREATE SOME ART TODAY!!!!! MAKE THE WORLD STOP, if only for a minute or two...and THINK!