Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Prodigal Returns

Long time no see, eh? I just returned from a trip to Michigan – my former home that I often long for. Sometimes the place where one grew up becomes the only place that makes sense to them…even if it made absolutely no sense for the greater part of their life.

Anyway, despite the fact that I took  the most portable of my art supplies with me, I didn’t find the time to do any real work with them. I was mostly only able to focus on photography. I used to, quite literally, carry my camera (Prudence) everywhere with me. When I had to start schlepping a diaper bag and all the other accoutrement of motherhood, Prudence was often left behind.

I am slowly finding the ability to include my camera in more of my outings. Occasionally, I even manage to salvage a little scrap of time to shoot by myself without having to keep one eye on my subject and the other on my son (who, more often than not, is my subject now).

During my trip, I was able to get away for a day to drive around the Grand Traverse area in northern Michigan doing whatever I wanted (read: wine-tasting, gallery browsing, and shooting – the latter being what I spent the most time on). I really do miss working with my camera, so in an effort to motivate myself to do more of it, I am starting a 365. I’m also hoping that this will keep me committed to blogging at least once a day. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to lose interest in things after awhile, so don’t be surprised or disappointed if my 365 turns into a 180. Heh.

photo : vineyards on old mission peninsula by yours truly

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Make Art Not Web Sites

heartsMy motivation to finish start the actual web site portion of this site continues to wane. It’s one of those things that I know I have to do, but there are so many things I’d rather be doing like working on my art or…getting a root canal.

I can hear my old nemesis, Etsy, calling to me more and more…

Ruuuuuth, c’mon, forget the web site. I’m cheap, I’m easy, I’m far less time-consuming and soul-draining than web desiiiiiign. That’s why your clients like me better…

The siren song is hard to resist. However, I still hold hard and fast to the precept that any professional needs his or her own web site whether selling on Etsy or not. So, I’ll forge ahead…at some point. Not today. Maybe next week. Meh.

In other news, my scanning skills are coming along (as evidenced above). The key seems to be much tweaking in Photoshop. It’s tedious to be sure, but worth it in the end. Now to find a place that makes good quality prints at a reasonable price – suggestions/recommendations are welcome.

photo : untitled watercolor on paper by yours truly

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