Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Winter's Last Gasp

was heard here in Portland Maine sometime during the night or early morning.  We got about an inch and it was melted by noon.  I took this photo with the phone and then manipulated it in photoshop to get some Easter candy color into it.  What amazes me still about the snow days here is how bright they are.  The photo was almost like a black and white and it took some time with both the curves filter as well as copying the image and using different blending modes in the layers to get these delicate hues.

In other art news, I got a call from a darling little clothing store where I have shopped up in Falmouth.  They not only carry one of my favorite designers (Eileen Fisher) but they also have art shows.  Last time I was in there I must have mentioned that I thought my floral digital woodcuts would look good in there to the woman who handles the art shows.  Got an email from her last week asking me to show exactly that!  I was so jazzed that I also ended up taking a shot from last summer of these great pink lillies and giving them the digital woodcut treatment.  I really like the result.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Back to the Boards?

Well, not me personally, but after last night's meeting about the first annual Portland Fringe Festival with members of the Portland Theatre Collaborative, I'm just about to direct an old Beyond the Proscenium Productions chestnut - Dancing with Desire: A Poetic Fandango with the Erotic and the Bawdy.  This compilation of erotic poetry, punctuated with sassy, dirty limericks, last played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1996.  In that production, I played the Older Woman and received the only fan letters I've ever had in my performing career.  The other characters were the Younger Woman and the Man, played by Samatha Ostermiller and Tim Dougherty.  Here's a photo of us at Luna's Cafe where we performed it as a fundraiser for the trip to the Fringe.

Yes, this was way back before I let my hair go prematurely salt and pepper.  It will be 20 years this July.  Time sure passes quickly when you're having fun!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Altered Flares

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The title of today's blog comes from two things that are on my mind right now.  The huge solar flare that could cause problems with the electric grid system, never mind our individual electronic devices which I admit are very near and dear to my heart and the fact that I just got photos of the show that the above piece was juried into at Altered Esthetics in Minneapolis. 

Here's a link to the solar flare story which could be problematical but I haven't noticed anything untoward this morning with my experiences with electronic media.  Here's another link to the Belle Lettres show at AE.