Month: May 2011

Expanding

It has come to that time, where I realise that you don’t make a lot of money photographing cycling.  It has been good, but it isn’t enough to make a living on, so it is time to use my artistic talents to expand.  I am attempting to get a portrait business off the ground.  Not something new, have tried before, but I didn’t really push it enough, and let’s face it, I really didn’t know what I was doing.  I knew what type of photos I wanted to take and the premise I had was a good one, taking photos of kids in their natural environment, but I didn’t have the skills to really do it properly. So what’s different now? Well I’ve studied photography more intensely, did one year of Diploma in photography before going on to study Fine Arts.  I have also had a lot more experience with the theatre.  I think that has helped tremendously.  I believe that to do the type of photography that I want to do, then I have …

Is Painting Like Reading a Book?

This morning I was trying to work out what it is that stops me from painting, I have talked about it before, but I realised that I do the same thing with books.  I think a book will be interesting, but I am always hesitant to start.  I delay it, what if I don’t like it and am totally disappointed with the story.  That happens, it happens a lot.  I also know, that once I make a start and force myself to begin, that it will be hard going and that I have to keep going until I reach that point where the book is interesting enough that I can’t put it down and I want to continue reading till the end.  There are those books that it doesn’t matter how many times I pick it up to read I just can’t get into it, until eventually I just stop picking it up. So I suppose I think painting is the same.  It takes me ages to start and then I have trouble going back …

Some of the Collection and Things to Come

It has been a busy week and I’m starting to panic over how soon my exhibition is.  Just under 2 months away.  I have decided that instead of the whole exhibition being about cycling that I would also make it about coffee or tea.  I have been taking photos of coffee at home and hopefully will be going to a cafe this coming week to get some more.  I got some of the images I’ve been working on printed. I am thinking that 3 will be good as paintings and might do more depending on time.  Thought I might try some watercolours as well. I also wanted to show you some of my collection of ceramics.  I showed some of it the other week with a photo of the shelves in my studio, but I have so much more.  A lot is tucked away in cupboards, but when you come into my lounge room you see some book shelves.  The bookshelves are overflowing with books, but in front of the books I have, as ornaments, …