Monday, November 19, 2012

Home for the holiday

As I was going through some old photographs I came across a hand colored black and white photo I had painted several years ago.  I haven't used this medium for awhile and I really enjoyed looking at the picture and thinking about the whole hand coloring process. 
Hand painting photos is a slow, gradual build up of color that takes a long time and is not appealing to most artists. It involves developing the photograph, using special oil paints, cotton balls, cotton tipped sticks and special colored pencils.  You have to add the color then wipe it off many times before the build up is dark enough to be seen.  I got involved in it because I love the subtle color of the old hand tinted photographs and post cards from the early 1900's. 
This photograph was taken at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Ma. and since I will be there again for Thanksgiving maybe it is time for some new photos using old techniques.  Now if I can just stay on that cold and windy beach for enough time to get some good shots.

Good Harbor Beach

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pieces of Eight Annual Holiday Sale

This year we are having our annual Holiday Art Sale on Saturday Dec. 8 (remember the 8's on the 8th). You can expect anything from fine art, collage, pottery, pillows, books of original poetry from our "Resident Muse", poet and writer Fay Picardi and this year's jewelry. We made a fun collection of mix and match black and white earrings, that you can buy individually to make your own "pair". We are a diverse group with lots of interests and ideas so come join us for some unique gift ideas for the holidays.

Here are a few things that I will be offering this year.

Geisha...Collage 8x8

Rooster with an attitude..Oil 5x7

Please join the Pieces of Eight on Dec. 3 9-4
3532 Samuel Place Melbourne, Fl