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Leanne Cole - Princess taking a Break.

I have just got home, and found an email to say that some of my work has been accepted into a show and I have until next week to come up with an artist statement, I knew it was coming, and have been working on it slowly.  I really need to refine it now and work out exactly what my work is about.

I have not been responding the comments from yesterday.  I agree with some, and disagree with others.  Some make me angry, and some are lovely.  I decided that the best thing to do was just to approve them, and you can all make of them what you want.

I am not doing anymore today, sorry, I haven’t even had time to unpack my laptop yet, not that I really took any photos while I was away.  It was lovely just catching up with my mum and taking it easy.  I did make some costumes, so it was productive.  It was a great trip on another level, but more about that another day.

Leanne Cole - Princess taking a Break.

Leanne Cole – Princess taking a Break.

Just quickly, I had this image printed on the fine art paper, and it is so beautiful.  Getting images printed is always fantastic,  I hope Alannah loves it too.

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  1. Congratulations about the show!!! <3

    July 4, 2013
  2. Great news! Congrats! Glad you had a nice time away.

    July 4, 2013
  3. this is an excellent shot……. she should be wrapped.
    Terry

    July 4, 2013
    • It looks even better printed, and I am sure she will thank you.

      July 4, 2013
  4. Congratulations on the show and good luck with your artist’s statement. No need to respond. Your post yesterday and all of the comments it inspired made very interesting reading! I think what you need now is some quality silence and head space! :)

    July 4, 2013
  5. johnholding #

    An exhibition, congrats, let me know when and where Leanne.

    July 4, 2013
    • It isn’t anything fancy, it is a show at Camberwell Girls Grammar in August, so it should be nice, but also my target audience, so I hope the work will be popular. Thanks John.

      July 4, 2013
  6. Congrats…. what art show is it?

    July 4, 2013
    • It is a show at Camberwell Girls Grammar, so hopefully it will be good, it is a start. Thanks Dawn.

      July 4, 2013
      • cool…. post an invite to the opening , would love to take a peek :-)

        July 4, 2013
      • I think you have to buy tickets for the opening Dawn, I think it is all to raise money for the school.

        July 5, 2013
      • ah yes… i have been to a couple of openings like that before in the past…. good luck…. hope you sell stuff ;-)

        July 6, 2013
      • Thanks Dawn.

        July 6, 2013
  7. Wonderful about the show! Now, go unpack, and have a cup of tea, and settle your brain a bit… The Blog World can wait a while! :D

    July 4, 2013
    • Hahaha, how funny, as I come to respond, I am in fact having a cuppa tea. It can wait, and I have realised recently sometimes it does just need to do that. Thank you.

      July 4, 2013
  8. Well done Leanne – thoroughly deserved.

    July 4, 2013
  9. Congratulations on being accepted in the show.

    July 4, 2013
  10. Best wishes on being accepted into the show. I don’t often comment, but I do like to see your work. Get that artist’s statement written and tell what is your main focus as an artist. I’ve helped my artist friend with hers as well as a proposal for a show. I know how important it is. Best wishes!

    July 4, 2013
    • Thank you, it is important, I have some more things I want to put in applications for, so it is important to get it right. I really need to get it worked out. I’ve been given so much support here and that has been wonderful.

      July 4, 2013
      • Congratulations ! You deserve all the compliments: Your work as a photographer stands above much of what is done currently in photography.

        July 4, 2013
      • What a lovely thing to say, thank you.

        July 5, 2013
      • No apple polisher here. 8-) Photography is a fine art. And every excellent photographer like you is to be envied by us non photographers.

        July 5, 2013
      • :)

        July 5, 2013
  11. That must have felt good, even if the artist statement is daunting. I love your portraiture it’s beautiful and empowering, you seem to me to be retelling fairytales (contemporary and traditional) with the princess as the hero. Congratulations on the show.

    July 4, 2013
    • Thank you, it is just hard because you have to work out what you want to say which also means working out what your work is about. That is a nice idea retelling faerie tales. I like that.

      July 5, 2013
  12. How exciting about the show! I hope you get everything done with a minimum of brain drain :) Congrats again..oh and the picture above is dreamy..the colors of warmth and comfort for me :)

    July 4, 2013
    • Thank you, I hope so too. I knew the time was coming to write it, but now it is really here, so time to get cracking. Thanks again and that is wonderful. :)

      July 5, 2013
  13. Congratulations Leanne. If you need any help with your statement or editing it, I’m happy to give you a hand.

    July 4, 2013
    • Thank you Carol, I might take you up on that, I might have to send it to you when I think it is done and see what you think. If you don’t mind.

      July 5, 2013
  14. Congratulations Leanne. Your work is soon going to get the attention it deserves. As for those comments – there always seem to be people around who can never say a good word. It is the green horns of jealousy methinks.

    July 4, 2013
    • Thank you Colline, I think what I wasn’t expecting was that everyone would put all types of photography into the same basket as though they are all exactly the same. They are different. It doesn’t make anyone of them less valuable, but I was trying to explain the type of image that would go into a gallery, that collectors would buy, and that got lost, oh well. Some people only see what they want.
      I hope the work does get some attention, I really love it, so I would like that. Thanks again.

      July 5, 2013
      • Let us know how the show goes.

        July 5, 2013
      • I will, thanks Colline.

        July 5, 2013
  15. Congratulations! Keep us posted on the happenings and your artists statement!

    July 4, 2013
  16. artscottnet #

    congratulations! Best wishes with the artist statement!

    July 4, 2013
  17. I think this is the first time I see you in the photo! :)

    July 4, 2013
  18. Brilliant news about the show …. Congratulation and you’re truly worth it – this photo here is fantastic, love you have caught the light in the stairway and in her wait dress … fantastic job.

    July 4, 2013
    • … now it happen again, her white dress – it should have been of course. When will I learn not to post so quick.

      July 4, 2013
      • You know, I didn’t even notice, my brain read white, I do that all the time. Do you want me to correct it?

        July 5, 2013
      • No … don’t worry … that is the way I’m at times.

        July 5, 2013
      • I am the same.

        July 5, 2013
    • Thank you Viveka. She loved this photo which is part of the reason I got it printed. It is for her birthday, a bit late, but still, I am sure she won’t mind.

      July 5, 2013
      • I’m sure she will love it … what a fantastic present.
        I just love how you have caught the light … only thing is that she looks a bit sad – but maybe that is a model expression those days. I never see any happy or smiley faces … in any magazines those days. They all look so angry, depressed or bored.

        July 5, 2013
      • I don’t think she looks sad, she has a smurk on her face, and the way she is looking at me, gives some attitude. Take another look, there is a bit of a smart alec there.

        July 5, 2013
      • Yes, you’re right … she looks a bit cheeky – and she has a little grin on her lips. Sorry, for getting that totally wrong.

        July 5, 2013
      • That is okay Viveka, sometimes we see one thing, and I think you are used to seeing that in my photos, but she was being quite cheeky, and I was so glad to have caught that, cheeky is definitely the right word for it.

        July 5, 2013
  19. Just do what Alannah is doing Leanne (take a break, princess) and I just love that photo and I know she will too. :D
    Re the comments of your previous post. I went back and read a few of them and the only advice I can give you there is to take it from whom it comes hon. Yes, there are some good photographers out there but there’s no “soul” in their images…and you’ll know that I am talking about because that is what you have in your photography hon. A beautiful photo means nothing if it doesn’t make you “feel” something…and I’ve seen a few of those. Their photo’s have lovely colours and composition but there’s absolutely no feeling there. So, let them have their own opinions and let them take whatever you said the way they want to see or read it. It’s their opinions. You just keep on doing what you’re doing and know you are doing a great job! I love your photo’s and congrats on the show hon. It will be a huge success! :D *big hugs*

    July 4, 2013
    • Thank you so much Sonel, I think when I made the decision not to respond to the comments, that is what I was thinking, though you have made me realise that. I also realise that with some people, it does not matter what I say, they won’t understand what I am getting at. I do understand how the art world works, I have been in it, I was trained in it, so people telling me that I don’t know what I am talking about was a little insulting. So thank you for this, it really does mean a lot. you are so wonderful. :)

      July 5, 2013
      • Oh, you will always get those kinds of insults Leanne, doesn’t matter what you do. What I’ve noticed is that those kinds of people feels threatened because the minute you do something that is not in “their” point of view it means that changes are coming and they don’t like that. With your beautiful work you are certainly going to bring a change in the world of photography and well, that scares them. You take care hon and just keep on doing what you love. Here are a lot of us that do really love your work, so you just keep on going. :D *big hugs*

        July 5, 2013
      • I think you are right about that. That is wonderful to hear, it is nice to find that many people care about what I am doing, that means so much. Thank you and massive hugs back. :)

        July 5, 2013
      • You are welcome hon and you will find the majority lies in the ones that do love your photography. So why care about the ones who don’t? Just as long as you are having fun and what is more fun than creativity? *big hugs*

        July 5, 2013
      • That is very nice of you to say and I hope it is true. I will try not to care, haha.

        July 5, 2013
      • Don’t try…do it. See their “disapprovement” as their own incapability to create something beautiful. :D *hugs*

        July 5, 2013
      • I will. :)

        July 5, 2013
      • Good then! :D *hugs*

        July 5, 2013
  20. Congratulations.

    July 5, 2013
  21. Wonderful & best wishes!

    July 5, 2013
  22. Tricia SweetRascal Photos #

    What exciting news! Congratulations. Defining yourself in a concise statement is much harder than one would think. Good luck and let us know what you come up with. ~Tricia

    July 5, 2013
    • Thank you Tricia, I will let you know, I will probably publish here first, not sure. It is definitely a hard task. It means I have to really know what I am doing.

      July 5, 2013
  23. Congrats Leanne! Rude comments? I can’t understand that – if you have nothing good to say about what the site owner has posted, then simply click away.

    July 5, 2013
    • Thank you John, I suspect, that I shouldn’t have asked people for their thoughts, I won’t make that mistake again.

      July 5, 2013
  24. Congratulations from across the ocean !!!

    July 5, 2013
  25. Congrats and good luck with your statement, how exciting!

    July 5, 2013
  26. Congratulations on the show, that’s fantastic! Good luck with your artists statement, I’m sure the right words will come to you! :)

    July 5, 2013
    • I hope so, I have to start on it today, so time will tell, thank you.

      July 5, 2013
  27. Congrats! Well deserved. And pay no attention to the negative comments…you do great work.

    July 5, 2013
    • Thank you Leah, it wasn’t that they were negative, but more that they really didn’t understand what I was talking about. There are many different types of photography, and that doesn’t seem to be understood.

      July 5, 2013
  28. This is great news I enjoy your work.

    July 5, 2013
  29. Johann Briffa #

    Congrats on being accepted for the show, and best wishes for the artist’s statement. I admire your courage with your last post in risking such strong opinions from people. Personally, I tend to go with the definition that ‘fine art’ is something that is done purely for its aesthetic value (as opposed to having a more practical function, such as documentation in the case of photography). Which seems not too far from your point of view. And I stress I’m not a professional artist!

    July 5, 2013
    • Thank you, I think I need all the luck I can find for the artists statement, haha.
      I am not sure courage was the right word for the post, or stupidity. I won’t make the same mistake again. For me art images as those that galleries would show, that people would buy because they won’t to collect your work. For the two images I posted the first, a gallery would dismiss it, there are probably thousands of images like that around the world, but the second image is more unique and it is more likely that a gallery would show that. There is more intention to the image, and I am trying to express something more. For me, that is exactly what fine art photography is, is about that path, getting it into a gallery. Finding people who want to collect your work. Which isn’t that different to what you have said. Thank you so much for your comment, it means a lot.

      July 5, 2013
  30. That really is a fantastic image, Leanne. I’m sure Alannah will love it. Congrats on the show!

    July 5, 2013
    • Thank you Richard, I think she will look, it looks so much better printed.

      July 5, 2013
  31. Well done on the show! Now good luck with coming up with the perfect statement!

    July 5, 2013
    • Thank you, I have been dreading writing it, but it seems the time is here to get stuck into it.

      July 5, 2013
  32. Wonderful! Great news. :)

    July 5, 2013
  33. Terrific news about the show Leanne ! What a lovely thing to find in your email box !
    I’ve no doubt you will come up with your Artist Statement . I think you’ve had quite a bit of practice @ explaining and honing your descriptive skills here on your blog for starters Lol

    July 5, 2013
    • Thank you Poppytump, I am kind of excited about it. It was great, I had forgotten all about it. It should be the perfect audience for the work, a school for teenage girls, my target audience. I am allowed to show 4 images.
      I hate writing artist statements, but a few people have offered to help, so I should be able to come up with something pretty incredible. I haven’t checked my mail box yet, but will let you know if there is something there.

      July 5, 2013
  34. Good Luck with the show …..very exciting

    July 5, 2013
  35. Congratulations on the show!

    July 5, 2013
  36. Congratulations – and good luck!

    July 5, 2013
  37. Now, your breakthrough! Great going!

    July 5, 2013
    • I am not sure it is a breakthough, but it is a great start. A breakthrough will happen when I get accepted into a national art prize, that will be something. I am happy with this though, means my work might be accepted. Thank you.

      July 6, 2013
  38. Whoa this is exciting news Leanne!! Congratulations, it’s time for much deserved recognition for your work – I’m thrilled for you. You have an incredible statement to be told, it will come together easily – the world will be your oyster. Best wishes ~

    July 5, 2013
    • I so wish that were true Mary, I spent all day yesterday working on it, got something, but not sure it is nearly good enough. Art speak is so hard. I am happy to have got work into a show. It may not be a really classy one, but it is a start. Thanks

      July 6, 2013
  39. Fabulous news! Congratulations & best of luck :)

    July 5, 2013
  40. Yeah! I’m so glad about your show! Your picture is adorable, and Princess A will love it. Happy birthday to her. Lots of love, M

    July 6, 2013
    • Thank you Marsha, I am sure she will love it. Thanks about the show too, means some work, but I might sell some stuff, so that would be great.

      July 6, 2013
      • And you will !!! 😃

        July 6, 2013
      • :)

        July 6, 2013
      • Be sure to take her picture when you give it to her! :)

        July 7, 2013
      • I already gave it to her Marsha, and I didn’t even think of taking her photo.

        July 7, 2013
      • AWWW I would love to have seen her reaction! :)

        July 7, 2013
      • I think you would have been disappointed, she was doing homework and wasn’t going to stop doing it for anything, her mother loved it, and Alannah did love it, but was a bit too busy to really look.

        July 7, 2013
      • Bummer! But what a great kid. Can’t stop her from doing her homework!!! :)

        July 7, 2013
      • You will love this next bit, she is doing history, so we were having a massive discussion about the American Revolution.

        July 7, 2013
      • hahaha! Bet it’s taught differently there! :)

        July 7, 2013
      • I have no idea, probably wouldn’t go into as much detail. We are trying to work out the Townshend Acts now.

        July 7, 2013
      • WE??? You are good! :) Let me know if you need anything. :)

        July 8, 2013
      • Yes, LOL, WE, apparently I am her tutor now and she wants me to help her. I love history, so it is interesting, the revolution that happened there is not what I thought, so I am learning lots of new stuff. I will let you know. ;)

        July 8, 2013
      • I know. I learn new stuff all the time. I just learned about a year ago that many of the loyalists moved to Canada and established themselves there. It got pretty rowdy here.

        July 8, 2013
      • I can believe that, haha. :)

        July 8, 2013
      • Well enjoy the studies! :)

        July 8, 2013
      • :)

        July 8, 2013
  41. That’s a great picture. And very exciting news about the show. Congratulations!

    July 6, 2013
    • It is exciting, it will be nice to get some work into a show and start getting some current exhibitions on my CV, it is looking a little old at the moment. Thank you.

      July 6, 2013
  42. Huge congrats Leanne!!
    It is exciting to be accepted to an exhibition… wishing you all the very best!

    July 6, 2013
    • Thank you Robyn, it is exciting, now I have to work out what, and write that artist statement, for real this time, haha. :)

      July 6, 2013
      • ha ha Wishing you good luck with that too.
        It can be difficult… You’ll do fine!

        July 6, 2013
      • Thanks Robyn, I had a go, and now I have sent to three people to fix it up, I hope. Hopefully they can do something better with it than I can.

        July 6, 2013
      • A few sets of eyes is always a good idea.
        It’ll be great :)

        July 6, 2013
      • I think it will be now. :)

        July 6, 2013
      • :D

        July 6, 2013
  43. Congratulations! Doing a show is a lot of work, but it’s an even harder type of work to do the ‘artist statement’! I’m sure you’ll get it right, Leanne, as you’re such a detail-oriented photog! Sounds as if the travel may have tired you out a bit, so rest well…and long!

    July 7, 2013
    • Oh yes, the artist statement, is really hard. The trip was great, it was so wonderful sitting around doing nothing. It was so relaxing. Thank you 1000

      July 7, 2013
  44. Great news for you! Good luck with your artist statement…if I’ve understood correctly not an easy thing to do…you’ve got to get inside yourself and discover where you’re going and why! Bon chance though I don’t think you need it! :-)

    July 7, 2013
    • Yes, that is it exactly, I know what I am doing and I know what I like doing, but to describe it in art speak, well that is a whole other thing. Thanks, I am terrible at writing them. LOL :)

      July 7, 2013
  45. Congrats Leanne on the show! I’m glad you got your mum to help you with some of the costumes. Did you get the cloaks made? I have to make a new one for my daughter for her trip to Universal Studio, she is dressing up as a Ravenclaw student from Harry Potter. She does like to go in character, but no cheap costume will do for her; she wants a real one. Now if I could just find a pattern. May have to make it up. :-)
    Don’t let the naysayers get you down.

    July 8, 2013
    • Thanks Darla. I didn’t get the cloak made, I didn’t have enough fabric in the end. I managed to get a cloak from ebay for next to nothing, and certainly a lot cheaper than I could make it, so that might have to do for now. It is black with purple lining. I think it will be a hit with the girls, so I might try that for a while and maybe later on try making another one. I would love to have a deep red one. Don’t the cloaks from Harry Potter have arms, or am I just imagining that. I am sure you can get patterns though. Good Luck.

      July 8, 2013
      • You need to keep on the look out for fabric on sale, it you get it cheap enough, you can make it cheaper (not easier, but cheaper) Just remember it takes about 6 yards of 60″ fabric.
        Yes, the Harry Potter ones have arms and they are lined with the color of the house. I think she is in Ravenclaw. I found a diagram that someone made, I can’t seem to find a pattern. Of course, I haven’t been to a fabric store to look, but if I can make it without a pattern that will save me $7 bucks.

        July 14, 2013
      • Have you looked on the internet, people often have patterns that you can just have, I am sure you have looked. I think one of the great things with what I am making is that they don’t really have to look great, I can rid of any imperfections on the computer, so that is good, I can sew but I am not a patient sewer, is that the right word, LOL.
        I found a couple of links for you

        http://patternila.info/harry-potter-costume-patterns/

        http://www.instructables.com/id/Sewing-a-JEDI-or-Harry-Potter-Robe-or-Cloak/step4/I-reveal-to-you-THE-PATTERN/

        July 14, 2013
      • Thanks, I had looked, but couldn’t find anything. I will check out the links!

        July 15, 2013
      • LOL, these were actually some of the same sites I went too! I did get a diagram off a different one that I think I can duplicate with no trouble. I’m pretty good at making stuff up. I used to go to stores when my girls were little and see dresses I couldn’t afford and come home and duplicate them using a pattern that I had that was pretty close. I would just get the same type of fabric and tweak the pattern. Did pretty good at it sometimes. (as long as you didn’t look too closely)

        July 15, 2013
      • I am sure you will make something really good, it sounds like you are really handy with that sort of thing.

        July 15, 2013
      • well, I can fake with the best of them!!!!! :-P

        July 19, 2013
      • Haha, that is great. :)

        July 19, 2013
      • :-P

        July 19, 2013
  46. Congratulations, Leanne! You deserve it. I hope you become very well-known and get lots and lots of paid work. Everyone should know your photos!

    July 8, 2013
    • That is so nice, thank you, I really hope you are right and it does happen, that is the goal. Thank you so much.

      July 8, 2013
  47. Congrats on the show Leanne…your work is fabulous you deserve to be in many shows!!! love the photo of Alannah…so beautiful, she will love it as well!

    July 8, 2013
    • Thank you Heather, I really hope so, I love having work in exhibitions. She loves that photo as well, she was great to photograph and wants me to take more, now that is saying something, I used to have a lot of trouble photographing her.

      July 8, 2013
  48. That’s an amazing shot…

    July 9, 2013
  49. Great news about the show :) I had a quick look at yesterday’s post, and will go back… but just wanted to say, as a (very casual) photographer, I’ll never need to write an artist’s statement… :) My belief is let people kid themselves if that’s what they want… so long as you are true to yourself :)

    July 9, 2013
    • They are hard to write, and they have to be fairly short, I have one now, so that is great, I am already to enter a couple of comps, and get work ready for this other thing as well. Haha, it is actually not a bad thing to do, to write one as you really have to be able to say what your work is about. It can be very helpful. Thanks EllaDee.

      July 9, 2013
  50. Congratulations, that is wonderful news! I hope the exhibition is a complete success for you. Is it an exclusive show or a collaboration with other artists? Either way, it is wonderful! :)

    July 9, 2013
    • It isn’t so much an exhibition, more a show, and many artists will have their work in it, I don’t know how exclusive it all is, I did have to submit work for consideration. Thanks Colin.

      July 9, 2013
  51. Congratulation on your show. I’m sure you will do great. Your photos are awesome..

    July 22, 2013
    • Thank you, I hope so, certainly the right audience for it.

      July 22, 2013
  52. I “had” been an admirer for quite some time, but i have problems with those “like” button, I just don’t like ‘em. So I just visited and saw… besides there were times when nothing seemed to happen around here. And just now I saw my reader stream… to put it in a simple way: I am in awe.

    Lately I’ve been feeling like a zombie with cameras, now I think I have to do some revisiting.

    Thank You.

    July 24, 2013
    • Haha, the like button, some love it some don’t. Sometimes it just isn’t appropriate.
      thanks for revisiting,

      July 24, 2013

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