Thursday, May 31, 2012

Saturday Night, Back Bay, Boston

From our walk Saturday night from the T to Tico for dinner. There were some quirky window decorations along the way. Our meal was terrific and fun.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vintage Raleigh Bike, Dedham

Some vintage bike for you, as seen outside Dedham Bike and Leather. I had a bit of fun with photoshop and Lightroom, I used a layer of texture from Flickr and the sloppy seconds from Rad lab actions.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Succulent Green

From my in-laws garden. We had a little memorial day get-together. I took a tour of my Mother-in-law's small but beautiful garden. She told me the fuzzy cactus is called Hens and Chicks. It look like a spider wrapped a web all around this plant. Kind of creppy/cool.

Monday, May 28, 2012

White Blooms, Peony

It seems like my yard is in full bloom. Enjoy your Monday. It is memorial day here.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Mushrooms popping up

It has been so damp as of late in the Boston Area. When we have lots of wet weather, mushrooms pop up everywhere. They are kind of cool looking but maybe not.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday Walk, Dedham

More from my walk yesterday. I had a bit of fun with Lightroom 4. It is fun to find different angles to the familiar.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

After the Rain, Flora

It has been raining quite a bit. The weather pattern lately has been starting at the beginning of the week and goes for days. there was a little lull in the rain so I got to take a walk around the historic section of Dedham. Lots of flowers to photograph.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Day of Art, Dedham open studios

A successful day of art and culture in Dedham Square.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Giant Rabbits in Color

The Dedham Public Art Rabbits. They were debuted yesterday at Dedham Open Studios. They look fantastic. They were a hit with the adults and kids. I can't decide on a favorite!

1. Painted by Sarah Jane Cassie  2. Marietta Apollonio 3. Lisa Houck 4. Gary Koeppel

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Art Show Prep

I start collecting work from my art storage and think about what I want to bring to a show. Often I pile things in baskets, a bit willy nilly. You have to think about the audience the show is going to attract. Will there be crafters and artisans at the show or is it all fine art. Most show I do are a combination of craft and fine art.

The table I am using for the show is 6 ft by 3ft. My kitchen table is a bit bigger. I took some measurements and set up my tablecloth to the the size I have. I had the help from my cat, Milly. Well she was not really helpful

Always bring business cards and I like to have a small bio framed in case anyone is interested. It is good to have the business cards and postcards in a spot that is easy for people to see and reach. Some people may look at your e-shop or site later.

Once, I have everything set up, I like to take a photo and use this as a guide to my set-up when I get to the venue. It also helps me see how everything looks together. Does it make sense? Can all my art be seen whiteout looking two jumbled.

Then it is time to price everything. Most of my work has prices but I feel there should be no guessing by the people looking at your art. I used to find pricing things kind of hard. What to price it, is it too high or too low. I am getting a groove over the years.

I made a series of very small gift cards. I played with the display of them. Does it look enticing to a viewer. Will they see them? Should they be separated from the other greeting cards? All things to think about.

Milly was highly entertained in my set-up practice.

Now, it is time to pack up and hopefully, packed up in a easy, logical way

It is hard to believe all of my work for Dedham Open Studios live in just these three baskets.

It is always good to make a checklist wether written down or in your head. Things to bring are work to work on. People like to see artists at work, pens, paper, snacks, mailing list sign-up, business cards, postcards, easels, tablecloth, table, chair, lighting (if you can). I know I am forgetting something, hence the written list. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Vintage Cameras, close up

I have a mini vintage camera collection. I want to start collecting them again. My living room has been redone and now I have a shelf to put the cameras on display.

Recently, I have been given several polaroid cameras from Steve Palanscar. He used them at his insurance agency and they still work. I only need some film. A bit pricey but fun.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Backyard Macro, Flora

In between rain storms I took a little stroll around the yard. We have some beautiful flowers coming up recently. I even had a few surprises with some new flowers that have just started to grow in the yard. I will take all new comer flowers.


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