Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

After a very long hiatus we are back with a new name, a new look, and new directions.  We hope this will be an exciting place for photographers, photo artists, and art lovers alike as we share our images and art pieces with tips, how-to’s, and works in progress.  We’ll also be happy to answer questions.

Starting off then with a new piece called ‘Scarecrow’ posted yesterday in our Etsy Shop and just in time for that most fun and spooky of occasions.

scarecrow

Work begins in Photoshop CC and assumes the readers basic working knowledge of the program.  Scarecrow itself began with the main background layer and some elements that I purchased as a kit.

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Two more backgrounds and a cloud photo were added  for texture and color, blended in soft light for the first two and overlay for the clouds.   Opacities  were adjusted and portions of each layer masked out. untitled-1Next came the addition of various elements, first the train, the tree behind the train, the skeleton beside the train, the sign,  chair,  chest, candle, and all of the various darker crows.  Some leaves were scattered under the chest.

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Finally we have the piéce de résistance, the king of the crows; the steam punk crow.  He is the product of playing around with several images to fit them into the look I was after.  I selected these layers and made a group, which allowed me to move them around as a unit once they were placed in the image.  Here’s what I used and how it turned out.

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Here is the working panel from Photoshop:

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Fun, right?

Tip:  When photographing jewelry for your shop or site keep the background as uncluttered as possible.  Don’t photograph jewelry on wood, rocks or shells as these backgrounds tend to obscure the piece.  Use neutral colors for the background, focus on the piece and get as sharp an image as possible.

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Aside

We so appreciate our friends and followers here at Granny’s Little Apples, and to show our gratitude we are happy to offer a BOGO sale exclusively for you on our holiday cards and matching envelopes.  Link to our holiday cards where shipping is always free.
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We wish you a bountiful Thanksgiving filled with the love of family & friends and the merriest of winter holidays!

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Motley sings a song, and it’s not his ABCs!

Our little rocker

Motley sings Last Resort by Papa Roach

Lyrics:

[Cut] my life into pieces
this is my last resort,
suffocation, no breathing,
don’t really care if you cut my arms to bleeding…

(Oh my gosh!  At least he cut out the bad word(s).

StudioFest or bust!

Re-posted from TPI

This entire ‘pay for a booth and be in an art festival’ experience was breaking new ground for us, and with only ten days to prepare it felt pretty intimidating as well.  What and where was the Old fourth Ward?  What and where was the Studioplex complex that was host to StudioFest?  And what was StudioFest itself all about?  What would the booths look like?  How many photos should we bring and how would they be displayed?  Well it was an experience of ‘learn by doing’ all the way, and here are some of the things we learned.

So what exactly is The Old Fourth Ward, and where in the world is it?
Commonly referred to as O4W, the Old Fourth Ward is best known as the location of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.  The building that now houses Studioplex Lofts, a complex of residential lofts and retail shops & galleries within O4W, is part of the gentrification effort in this community.  It’s a picturesque collage of historic structures…original brick, fire doors, and exposed overhead beams with peeling paint curls like the bark of a birch tree…meeting contemporary needs.  Something of a vintage grunge feel to it. Built in 1906 the building was originally part of the South East Atlantic Cotton Compress Warehouses.  A water tower across the street, which is part of the complex, served as the water source for these warehouses.

And what the heck is StudioFest, and how did it fit in?
We were contacted through our Etsy shop by Geoff & Christina Lee, owners of the gallery Modern Now, to participate in an art festival called StudioFest, this first of which is to become a biannual event.  We would have a 6 foot table and two 4 x 8 peg boards as display space…no chairs, and no hooks for the boards.  How could one hang mounted photos from s-hooks on peg board, we wondered, when Craig had an ‘aha’ moment and saw that we needed squared hooks on which the photos would sit at just the right slant.  He found and bought those, and they were perfect, but we certainly weren’t going to stand all day in 100 degree temperatures, so we made a quick trip to Walmart to buy two folding chairs…possibly the best decision of the day.

We set up our booth with photos, business cards, and an email sign-up book laid out on the table with more photos displayed on the peg boards behind.  We unfolded our brand new red chairs, stocked them with water and wet cloths, and dug in for business.

Alas, we never did make any sales that day, but that isn’t to say we didn’t do any business.  Although the lack of sales was disappointing (the expense, all the prep, all the hours sitting in the heat, not to mention the fact that we quite love our work), we found ourselves in excellent company.  All the booths were eye-catching, and many of the items for sale were stunning, but from what we gleaned walking around and talking to other artists and crafts(wo)men, no one fared much better than we did.  Especially hard hit were we print artists…the painters & photographers.

No one of us could find just one convincing explanation for this global lack of sales.  Speculations ran from the oppressive heat to wondering if the turnout was fewer than expected.  Maybe people didn’t have money to spend and were instead looking for a unique setting to pass a few hours on a Saturday afternoon.  Or possibly those who did turn out were were looking for something trendier.   We considered the fact that the beer table was placed at the entrance, enticing people to hang out there socializing and listening to the music, only to stroll around the venue as a second thought.  Maybe it was the table of Serpas Restaurant where people were more than willing to pay for a taste of Louisiana & the American Southwest.  We simply don’t know and never will…the difficulty being that we can’t know if we could have done something different.

Here’s a gander at the venue:

We most definitely did ‘do business,’ though, as I said.  We experienced our first art fest as a part of the artist community, and we met many fine artists, crafters, and jewelry-makers.  We made a lot of contacts, including a couple of galleries that may be willing to host our photos, and we were delighted at the opportunity to hear the many accolades spoken by those who stopped at our table to admire (if not purchase) our work.  And, finally, we were invited back in September.

Many thanks to Geoffrey & Christina of Modern Now, Walt Woodall of Metro Gallery and Framing, and to all the volunteers for StudioFest.  I never saw people work any harder than these folks…under pressure, with little sleep, and in sweltering temperatures.  Awesome job, guys!  We had a lot of fun.

StudioFest or bust!

This entire ‘pay for a booth and be in an art festival’ experience was breaking new ground for us, and with only ten days to prepare it felt pretty intimidating as well.  What and where was the Old fourth Ward?  What and where was the
Studioplex complex that was host to StudioFest?  And what was StudioFest itself all about?  What would the booths look like?  How many photos should we bring and how would they be displayed?  Well it was an experience of ‘learn by doing’ all the way, and here are some of the things we learned.

So what exactly is The Old Fourth Ward, and where in the world is it?
Commonly referred to as O4W, the Old Fourth Ward is best known as the location of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.  The building that now houses Studioplex Lofts, a complex of residential lofts and retail shops & galleries within O4W, is part of the gentrification effort in this community.  It’s a picturesque collage of historic structures…original brick, fire doors, and exposed overhead beams with peeling paint curls like the bark of a birch tree…meeting contemporary needs.  Something of a vintage grunge feel to it. Built in 1906 the building was originally part of the South East Atlantic Cotton Compress Warehouses.  A water tower across the street, which is part of the complex, served as the water source for these warehouses.

And what the heck is StudioFest, and how did it fit in?
We were contacted through our Etsy shop by Geoff & Christina Lee, owners of the gallery Modern Now, to participate in an art festival called StudioFest, this first of which is to become a biannual event.  We would have a 6 foot table and two 4 x 8 peg boards as display space…no chairs, and no hooks for the boards.  How could one hang mounted photos from s-hooks on peg board, we wondered, when Craig had an ‘aha’ moment and saw that we needed squared hooks on which the photos would sit at just the right slant.  He found and bought those, and they were perfect, but we certainly weren’t going to stand all day in 100 degree temperatures, so we made a quick trip to Walmart to buy two folding chairs…possibly the best decision of the day.

We set up our booth with photos, business cards, and an email sign-up book laid out on the table with more photos displayed on the peg boards behind.  We unfolded our brand new red chairs, stocked them with water and wet cloths, and dug in for business.

Alas, we never did make any sales that day, but that isn’t to say we didn’t do any business.  Although the lack of sales was disappointing (the expense, all the prep, all the hours sitting in the heat, not to mention the fact that we quite love our work), we found ourselves in excellent company.  All the booths were eye-catching, and many of the items for sale were stunning, but from what we gleaned walking around and talking to other artists and crafts(wo)men, no one fared much better than we did.  Especially hard hit were we print artists…the painters & photographers. 

No one of us could find just one convincing explanation for this global lack of sales.  Speculations ran from the oppressive heat to wondering if the turnout was fewer than expected.  Maybe people didn’t have money to spend and were instead looking for a unique setting to pass a few hours on a Saturday afternoon.  Or possibly those who did turn out were were looking for something trendier.   We considered the fact that the beer table was placed at the entrance, enticing people to hang out there socializing and listening to the music, only to stroll around the venue as a second thought.  Maybe it was the table of Serpas Restaurant where people were more than willing to pay for a taste of Louisiana & the American Southwest.  We simply don’t know and never will…the difficulty being that we can’t know if we could have done something different. 

Here’s a gander at the venue:


We most definitely did ‘do business,’ though, as I said.  We experienced our first art fest as a part of the artist community, and we met many fine artists, crafters, and jewelry-makers.  We made a lot of contacts, including a couple of galleries that may be willing to host our photos, and we were delighted at the opportunity to hear the many accolades spoken by those who stopped at our table to admire (if not purchase) our work.  And, finally, we were invited back in September.

Many thanks to Geoffrey & Christina of Modern Now, Walt Woodall of Metro Gallery and Framing, and to all the volunteers for StudioFest.  I never saw people work any harder than these folks…under pressure, with little sleep, and in sweltering temperatures.  Awesome job, guys!

Orly Art Exhibit Concludes

Reposted from TPI

My brother, Craig, and I reluctantly attended the Orly Art Exhibit Silent Auction and Cocktail Party at the Millennium Gate Museum Friday night as my Gardenia photo was one of the pieces up for auction.  I say ‘reluctantly’ because we each border on being pathologically shy, we’re generally not fond of ‘dressing up,’ and we knew essentially no one.  To our utter surprise and delight, however, we found ourselves having an awesome time right from the get go.

The museum is stunning…a nicely curated tribute primarily to the history and people of Georgia.  The Orly Auction & Cocktail Party were held under a large tent on the Oval Lawn in front of the Commons pond (I think those names are correct).  The weather was balmy, and the city lights shown brilliantly in the background.

Lovely centerpieced tables and art easels were stationed throughout the lawn displaying the various pieces of art being auctioned, while drinks & hors d’oeuvres flowed to our beck & call.

Here’s the information and photo of my piece.  It auctioned for less than I might have hoped but more than I had expected, so Craig and I were quite content.

We send our appreciation and congratulations to Katherine Bell McClure who presented this event in a chic and graceful manner.  Thanks for everything, Katherine…finding us on Etsy, inviting us to be a part of this exquisite event, picking up my photo at the library, and last but not least, putting those gardenias from your yard on our table.  Thank you also to Jane Kimbrell who hung in there and purchased our piece.  We so appreciate it.

Before we left Craig & I toured the museum and came upon a fabulous find…a circa 1930 Corona typewriter in the office of historical figure, Thomas K. Glenn.  I thought of Ernest Hemingway pecking away on his own Corona that traveled with him just about everywhere and wondered if his might not have been very similar to this.

Many thanks to Craig who is always there for me.  You were the perfect date.  I had such a great time, and I know you did too.  Such fun, let’s do it again sometime!

Orly Art Exhibit Concludes

My brother, Craig, and I reluctantly attended the Orly Art Exhibit Silent Auction and Cocktail Party at the Millennium Gate Museum Friday night as my Gardenia photo was one of the pieces up for auction.  I say ‘reluctantly’ because we each border on being pathologically shy, we’re generally not fond of ‘dressing up,’ and we knew essentially no one.  To our utter surprise and delight, however, we found ourselves having an awesome time right from the get go.

The museum is stunning…a nicely curated tribute primarily to the history and people of Georgia.  The Orly Auction & Cocktail Party were held under a large tent on the Oval Lawn in front of the Commons pond (I think those names are correct).  The weather was balmy, and the city lights shown brilliantly in the background.

Lovely centerpieced tables and art easels were stationed throughout the lawn displaying the various pieces of art being auctioned, while drinks & hors d’oeuvres flowed to our beck & call. 

Here’s the information and photo of my piece.  It auctioned for less than I might have hoped but more than I had expected, so Craig and I were quite content.


We send our appreciation and congratulations to Katherine Bell McClure who presented this event in a chic and graceful manner.  Thanks for everything, Katherine…finding us on Etsy, inviting us to be a part of this exquisite event, picking up my photo at the library, and last but not least, putting those gardenias from your yard on our table.  Thank you also to Jane Kimbrell who hung in there and purchased our piece.  We so appreciate it.

Before we left Craig & I toured the museum and came upon a fabulous find…a circa 1930 Corona typewriter in the office of historical figure, Thomas K. Glenn.  I thought of Ernest Hemingway pecking away on his own Corona that traveled with him just about everywhere and wondered if his might not have been very similar to this.

Many thanks to Craig who is always there for me.  You were the perfect date.  I had such a great time, and I know you did too.  Such fun!