Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dodged the Bullet, Again

Remember Hurricane Irene?  It was last year, near the end of August.  It looked like it would wreak havoc all over New England, but it was mostly Connecticut, and parts of Massachusetts, then up on into Vermont and upstate New York that caught most of the damage.  Same thing with Sandy here in Portland.  We got rain, wind and some of us (lucky me) didn't even lose power.  But what a mess Manhattan is in now.  Folks up in Connecticut were also hit hard.  My sympathy and condolences to those who lost loved ones in this storm.

The photo was taken at Short Sands Beach in the town of York.  That's just down the road from Cape Neddick where I lived as a kid.  I can remember feeling the energy of the hurricanes and nor'easters we had and always wanting to run down to the beach, which my wise mother forbid.

I forgot to tell you about the winner of a print for October's First Friday at my mini-gallery inside Constellation Gallery.  The October Print Winner is.... Heather Chandler.  I don't have a photo of her because you don't have to be present to win and she wasn't around when I picked the winner.

Did I tell you about our trip to the Fryeburg Fair?  I used to live in that town too before my family moved to Cape Neddick, but I digress.  One of the best things about the fair was the goats!  Who knew that you could fall in love with goats!!  I was so enamored that I had to take some photos and even did a goat portrait.  So who would be interested in my goaty images?  My friend Margaret, comic genius behind Nanny Goats in Panties!  Go click on this link for her blog and then page back to read some of her other posts. 

Meanwhile, I'm stewing over creating a marketing piece for the gallery's Nov 14th fundraiser and I'm already behind the timeline....

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sorry Zeva

Three out of 30, not a bad average for being in a photo a day challenge!  Well, not bad for me as it's the first one I think I had ever done.  And when you add the art projects I had going, along with the PR consulting, along with having two sets of company come visiting and overlapping... well you get the idea.  But the other day as I was driving the short 2 mile distance to drop off art for the new show at Constellation Gallery, I saw this:

but what I was going to blog about today is from another blog that is geared strictly to photographers.  Many commercial photographers send out direct mail to agencies they would like to work for.  But now, with social media rising, that may or may not be the best way to go about promoting yourself.  This probably holds true for artists as well.  I remember reading something a few years ago about way to approach a gallery and one thing they said was NOT to keep sending them postcards of your work. 

What do you say my friends?  Traditional promotional tools of direct mail or sending folks email with links?

Friday, October 12, 2012

This Little Piggy

Today is the 12th day of the 30 day photo challenge hosted via Zeva's Inferno and as I sat in Constellation Gallery yesterday doing my sitting duty, I kept thinking about 5 and then I choose the cheap shot - my foot!  Five little piggies ... but thru the lens of the PaperCam app on my 'Droid!

I finally got those photos of the Fryeberg Fair up at my Flickr site and do I have one spectacular sunset shot.  I've also got it up at the Fine Art America site as well.

Hope ya'll have a great weekend.  We have some friends coming into town for a week and then another friend showing up midweek for a few days.  Should be big fun.  It's also getting to be fall around these parts and the hubby brought in all the tomatoes before they could freeze.  Tonight's menu?  Fried green tomatoes along with shrimp and cheesy grits - we're gonna eat like Southerners!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Two for One

Since I missed yesterday's deadline for the Zeva's Inferno 30 days of Photos III, I'm going to make up for it by posting yesterday's theme (stalker) and today's theme (heavy).

This is my dog Crash stalking me in the studio.  Yes, he's stalking me for food because he's bored downstairs.

This is rather difficult to do today as I'm gallery sitting at Constellation Gallery this afternoon until 4 pm.  So my source of photos right now is whatever I have on Facebook or Flickr.

You know the day might be a heavy one if Zombies are Ahead!  Yes, this is from this morning's Portland Press Herald.  Tomorrow in addition to the topic of  "Five", you'll finally get to see some photos from the Fryeberg Fair!  Including Goats, Hear that Margaret Andrews?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Photo a Day - Day 9

My friend Margaret over at the Nanny Goats in Panties blog is participating in a photo a day project put together by Zeva's Inferno.  When I saw today's theme, "Rules", I had to join up with them even though I'm starting this on day 9.  You see I remembered I had this great photo


See what I mean?  I posted this on Facebook almost two years ago, but it's perfect! I also wanted Marget to see the goat photos from the Fryeberg Fair.  But that will have to come tomorrow!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Just One More Reason to Love Portland

This afternoon, we had ourselves one, fine cultured time!  Ya'll know what a big modern dance fan I am (after being a dancer/choreographer in my salad days) and I wanted to see the newest piece of work from a company I'm not familiar with - Bridgeman|Packer Dance.  Saturdays are generally just another working day for me and the hubby, but I wanted to catch the first performance of the day at 2 pm.  We decided to have lunch out and then see the show.  Had a great salmon Cesar at the DogFish Bar & Grill over on Free St, while JK scarfed down some very good bison chili.  We popped in over at Space gallery to see their special show of Alison Pebworth's work in Beautiful Possibility.  WOW... it was a great show and if you get a chance to see it where you live (she is traveling with it), run to see it.  Here's a couple of examples


It's a brilliant show and then it was off to the dance concert over at Maine College of Art or MECA as it's called.  The audience was allowed to explore the set if we took off our shoes so we wouldn't mar the dance floor surface.  Which I did and got this shot
 
I don't think I have ever see such fine integration of video into performance.  They also used live video in the performance which made for an amazing show.  I was sitting next to an older woman (maybe late 70s?) who had never seen the group before either.  I had a feeling that she would have been more comfortable at a ballet performance, but gave her kudos for being adventurous.  If you have the chance to catch a performance by this duo, by all means do it.  You won't be disappointed as long as you don't need a strong narrative line to hold your attention.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Interview Time

I was interviewed the other day by a young man who is helping us at Constellation Gallery.  I thought it was going to be on the website but it's HERE.  For those of you in Portland, I'll be showing some of my iPod Touch photos of Bonaventure in the little space inside Constellation.  See you for First Friday!
Gotta give photo credit to Jude McElroy for this one of me shooting in the rain in Savannah.