Friday, January 28, 2011

Aloha

Looks like I've been scanning old photos you say?  Au contraire mon frere - it's a photo I took yesterday with my groovy little iPod camera.  Have I told you lately how much I love JK for getting that for me for Xmas?  We're here at Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head standing guard because it's JK's 60th birthday! 

I don't know if you folks remember that my sister used to live out here and then my mom moved out here - but to Big Island near Hilo.  Mom got sick so since sista was the primary caretaker, I flew out every six weeks to give her a long weekend away.  I racked up tons of miles by the time Mom died and sista moved to Savannah. 

So I thought,, why not take JK out here for his b-day since we're moving to the opposite coast?  He loves Hawaii and Wakiki even though it's tourist central here in O'ahu, the most densely populated of all the islands.  After all, the flight is freaking free!!! 

Crash the wonder dog (we wonder about him all the time) is staying with his Aunt Barb and Uncle Dan up in Lakeport and Bob & Vivian have a house sitter who cares for them.  So this means we are carefree until we land back in Sacto on Monday night.

Tonight we're gong to Alan Wong's for dinner.  I called a couple of weeks ahead for a reservation, after I heard that its President Obama's fav place here in Honolulu.  A lively report on that and pictures will come in the next few days.  In the meantime, it's time for my massage and perhaps I'll have another Blue Hawaii after that!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Happy New Year


The way I look at it, New Year's wishes can still be spread around until Chinese New Year, which is February 3rd this year - the Year of the Rabbit.  Since I am a Rabbit in that astrological system, I'm looking forward to a very good year!

So far it's shaping up very nicely with a solo show at Luna's Cafe in April and two other shows in October - one at the E Street Gallery and another at Lumen's Lighting through the Center for Contemporary Art here in town.

One of the things JK got me for Christmas was an iPod Touch with a camera in it!  I was so excited to use it and the hipstatmatic and other apps for it!  Even if you're not on Facebook, you can still see some of my posts HERE.   If you click on the Shop tab, you can even order some of my work via Fine Art America.

So now I'm an iPod camera fanatic.  The other day I was in the store and saw these beautiful eggplant and not only do I think I'll ask JK to make his famous garlic and eggplant sauce for pasta, but I'll do a little photo shoot in the kitchen with them! 

What's cool about getting this new camera is that with the hipstamatic app, you can choose different film and different lenses for each shot.  Or you can just shake the thing and it will randomly change, which is what I do of course with my penchant for working within a "chance dance" aesthetic.

Now, you might think that I would leave well enough alone since the photos with this camera almost have built in filters, but au contraire mon fraire!  Sometimes I think a picture will work better with more saturated color or the like.  Here's a hipstamatic shot that I did a little work on in Photoshop


I added more blue and red to it and deepened the colors a bit from the original which is below

Which do you like better of the two?  I'll send a small print to whoever answers this question first!  I think that might be one of my loyal readers (Maureen) or it may be someone stumbling upon it by chance.