All posts tagged: sugar bowls

Ballet Across the Table

Lighting the Ballet

Since I had bought that globe for more a spot light, I decided to have another go at the teacup ballet, that I did last week. This is the colour that the image ended up with.  I don’t mind the yellow tinge.  I find it warm and nice.  I set the image up much the same as I did last time, but this time I put down some cloth that I was hoping would be like the original image.  I think what was used in the original image was much thicker and I found what I used a bit too flimsy. When I was processing this image I used the new software that I have, Photomatix, to do them.  I have no real idea what I am doing with it, but I just played, so I hope you think they turned out OK. After Photomatix I then did some post editing in Photoshop. I converted the image to black and white and added various filters.  I’m unsure of which one I like more.  Perhaps it really …

Imitation Teacup Ballet 2

Teacups Following the Ballet

I have been thinking of an image that I knew I had seen once before, a photograph by a well known Australian Photographer, Olive Cotton. If you click on the image it will take you to some information about who she was and what her thoughts were behind the image, from the Art Gallery NSW. I think this is an amazing image, very simple, but beautiful  It may be a little dark, but that could just be me.  I decided that I would attempt to repeat it. I didn’t have the spot light like Olive did, and if I can find a stronger light I might try this again.  Still, I don’t mind this.  It is a HDR image, but I have done quite a bit of post editing, obviously, since it is black and white with some sepia toning. I had quite a bit of trouble trying to work out the composition.  I didn’t want to put it on a table cloth, so decided to just use the top of my coffee table as if it …

Swan Lakes Ballet

Ducks and Dancing

It is a strange name for a blog post, what can I say, but you will understand soon.  When I was at art school, in my first year I started using jugs as my subject matter.  I started just drawing them, then one of my teachers, Neil, showed me some work by John Brack.  Brack used pencils in drawings and the pencils were like soldiers.  He suggested I use the jugs in a similar way.  I did many prints and drawings of jugs as soldiers.  I collected jugs and ended up with so many.  I still have lots of them. I moved on, but I have always liked that idea of the jugs being something.  They aren’t soldiers to me anymore though. Now I think of them as ducks.  Not all jugs are ducks, but these ones are.  Here is a still life of three jugs, but if you like they could also be “Ducks Socialising”.  Can you see them.  I really like the concept.  It has been gloomy week and my ducks are cheering …

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, …