Tuesday, October 5, 2004

PHOTOSHOP ATTEMPT

SAINT JAMES COURT ART SHOW

The first weekend of October finally arrives! I look forward to it like a child looking forward to Christmas morning. It is the weekend of the St. James Court Art Show held in a section of the city known as old Louisville. 700 artists come from all over the United States to show off their art. It is a visual kaleidoscope of mind blowing proportions. I spent way too much money and had an absolute blast doing it.

My favorite was an artist from Micanopy, Florida, Sandra L. Russell, who had the most unusual photo's on display. She uses an old style Polaroid that takes several minutes to develop the picture. While it is setting up, she uses a hooked needle to manipulate the colors! The effect is very Van Gogh-esque. Then I fell in love with the art work of a women who works with textures combining photos, fabric, knickknacks, whatnots into collages and shadow boxes. Very interesting.

I spoke at some length with Ms. Russell about her photography, computer programs etc. I have the Photoshop program which I installed some three months ago. I have not taken the time to experiment with it. To tell the truth, it seems very difficult to learn. She encouraged me to launch into it and discover the delight of photo manipulation! The above collage is my first try. As you can see, we spent the day eating and drinking......a lot.

The weekend passed so quickly!

 

18 comments:

sonensmilinmon said...

The collage above is AWESOME! I LOVE it!  Sonny has tried to encourage me to try doing a few collages on our program but, I HATE it! I really think I'd like another photo program.  

Anyway, sounds like you had a lot of fun. :-)

Monica

mlraminiak said...

If you don't mind my asking, Mar, how much did you pay for your Photoshop program?  I went to Computers USA the other day and looked at them, and they had several different versions, priced from $25 all the way up to $1200.  I'm sure I don't need the $1200 one...but I don't know that the $25 one would do anything more then the programs I already own.  Got any advice for me?  Lisa  :-]

cneinhorn said...

awesome collage! that turned out great!
~JerseyGirl
http://journals.aol.com/cneinhorn/WonderGirl

readmereadyou said...

I have to say these are such HAPPY photos. I loved seeing them.
Angela

my78novata said...

great job. I cant figure out how to do it. But I guesss I need to spend more time fooling with it. Lori

mrccgoody said...

Great pictures!  I love going down there but didn't get to this weekend because I was so sick...I was so disappointed.  You can find the most amazing, original (read: expensive) stuff...I just love it.

sistercdr said...

It looks like you had a great time. I'd love to get more into digital photography, but it's on the back burner for now.

judithheartsong said...

Can't wait to see what you will do next.... the art show sounds delightful. judi

st0rmwhispers said...

I have photoshop...but ya know I've never even tried it...pathetic huh?

redhdka said...

The weekend did pass fast but the week is going really fast in itself. So before we blink it's gonna be friday again. You did an awesome job on those pictures. I love it. You have flare

bccundiff said...

I admire your appreciation of art; its a love of mine too! Love your style of writing and your collage. As for painters I like Monet and the Old Masters; Van Gogh is a little bit over the edge for me and makes me feel like I've lost touch with reality...just not a comfortable feeling for me. I find the early impressionists delightful though. I'm  with you on those weekends flying by so fast:(

hope5555 said...

Looks like you had a great time! Nice job on the photo collage.

quroboros said...

You should check out the computer graphic art in the AOL downloads.  Like this stuff:  http://aolsvc.downloadcenter.aol.com/categoryn.jsp2?platform=2&cat=1402   It might help give you some incentive to venture into what can be a really entertaining waste of time!  ¤Holly

karensull12 said...

Very cool.  I hope that someday I can master something like this!

oceanmrc said...

Oh wow -- that is WAY cool!

andreakingme said...

Pretty pictures! Looks like you guys had fun! (But where are YOU? Dang it.)

Photoshop is indeed difficult to learn. It's one of the most sophisticated programs out there and it can do AMAZING things. But I bet you could spend the rest of your life learning about the program. (Take a class, Mary. Really.)

krobbie67 said...

I have Photoshop Elements. It is a bit intimidating but just start knocking around in it. You'll learn more and more as you go along. I love doing photo manipulation. A lot of the photos that I post that look altered are stock photos that I've played with, I consider it a form of creativity. Oh, and great pics Mary! :-) ---Robbie

txsguinan said...

I seriously want to come and hang out with you.  You absolutely know the coolest places to be, and how to appreciate them.  That Polaroid photo-manipulation gal's work sounds fascinating ~ I never suspected you could even do something like that.  Makes you wish you had an old polaroid camera & give it a shot, no?  Photoshop may well be the next best thing...  

What I want to know is ~ what did you buy?  ;)