Weather Art Thou!

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Wicked Your Way

Wicked Your Way

Like I said before it’s a little difficult to go out to shoot when the weather is being a..well I’m trying to come up with a nice word. So I really don’t have much to say on that subject.

While it has been stinky outside I have been doing a lot of thinking and that’s dangerous with me. Here’s my rant – I WANT A NEW LENS!  I’m tired of having a slow zoom lens.  Every time I see a fast-moving object, birds, animals or sports my lens will not focus fast enough. Again, I’m going to go back to when I had no problem with my film camera – nope.  My shots of sports and fast-moving objects were great!  Is it just the digital I can’t master?  Or is it my age that want let me think fast enough?

If I could start all over again when I was trying to figure out what to do with my life – I know where I would want to start.  Well I want to be a photographer, but I would like to be like Jack Hanna.  He gets to travel and is a brilliant master at wild animals.  I love to watch animal adventures on Saturday mornings.  It’s so interesting,  What would you do if you could start all over again?

Well that’s all from my monkey adventures today. Oh, and another thing.  Do you actually read these blogs or just like them?

 

 

Southport’s Art Gallery Walk – Success!

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Tonight was the night for my first showing at the Outrageous Art Galley.  It got real busy and it stayed that way all evening.   Most of the town’s local came , as well as some tourists.  I was quite impressed.  The towns editor of the local newspaper told me that this particular gallery was a favorite of the locals people.  I could tell by the amount of friendly people who came through.

With wine and lots of light tastings it became a lively place!   People bought jewelry, paintings, clay work, and lastly, several pieces of my photography.  So I would say it was a great night.

http://www.vickiehibler.zenfolio

It’s Show Time!

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Yabba

Yabba

I have two events coming up in April – one at the gallery where I have my work, and the other at an Art Show where only 55-year-old people can enter and show.  I guess getting older has its perks. :) The problem I’m having is deciding which photos to show.  this is where my lack of confidence comes in.  I start second guessing my work by deciding if it’s good enough. I start spending money on getting more photos printed, and now I have tons of photos in front of me to choose – and the anxiety sits in.  Not only that I need more frames and mats. (the photo on the right was edited in a cartoon like software – Pelican is always a comedian.)

Doing art shows and having your work in galleries is not cheap.  You have to spend money before you see it and then you might not sell anything.  There’s a slew of great artists and photographer’s out there and I work hard to make my different.  The ideas sometimes run low and that’s the time I take a break.  However, you can’t do that when you’re in a gallery.  You have to give the gallery more work to sell.  Is this something I really want to do?  Of course it is – I’ll never know if I’ll be successful if I don’t try.

One thing they didn’t have been postcards so I have made some up hoping she can sell some of them.  She wants to make money to.  This is the one thing in the gallery that makes me different.  They may not make a lot of money selling postcards but it’s a start.  Millions of tourists come through this little coastal town and they will want to take souvenirs home.

Photography – Art Galleries – Fear Of Rejection

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Oak Island Lighthouse

Oak Island Lighthouse

In the past, I’ve been so afraid of approaching art galleries to present my portfolio and to display my photography/art in their art gallery. Why have I not done this? Fear. I don’t like rejection and I’m afraid someone will tell me my photography sucks.  

So now I decided to approach a few and the feedback on two was – sorry not accepting photographers – they had one. Most of the art was paintings and pottery. I wouldn’t have fit in so I’m okay with that.  I was just about to decide it was no use. But then I got an email from the third gallery I emailed.  She apologized for the delay and we set an appointment in a few days.  I frantically put my portfolio together and arrived when the doors opened. It’s like applying for a job – be punctual! I showed the owner the portfolio and she was very quiet while looking.  I was starting to feel she didn’t like any of it.  Then to my surprise, she said she would love for me to display in her gallery. Yea! Yikes! Yea!

We talked about what she was looking for as far as some new work.  This is a tourist town and thousands and thousands of people come through the Southport, NC area. The little coastal town is so cute with lots of history.  So my approach was to photograph the places that people come to see.  Plus, I thought I would make some postcards,  note cards, etc.  Not all at one time – need revenue first. I already had some items in stock so I’m going to start out with what I have.   Open day for me is April 4th.  I’m stoked!

Summary – it shows to never give up on yourself. Low self-esteem, fear, lack of confidence – if you don’t try you’ll never know you’ll never know about yourself. Face your fears it will come easier each time until someone around the corner will say, “I’d love to show your work.”

Giclee Canvas – Art Show

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Stump-a-lone

Stump-a-lone

I have an art show coming up and I’m having a hard time deciding which photos to display.  Ii don’t do art shows often because they can be very expensive.  But this one is only 12.00 – for people over 55 – LOL!

I thought about this one.  I’m having it put on a Giclee Canvas. I saw one in an art gallery and the colors were so enriched and beautiful. This is the first time – a first time for everything.

Tulips – Sign of Spring

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Flowers are one of my favorite subjects to photograph. They are so beautiful and there is so many different ways to photograph them. My garden usually will be filled with most of my flowers that I enjoy photographing. Tulips are blooming already – these are from last year and taken in the studio. From full bloom down to its last petal.

Photography – Written in the Water – Mystery

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It was a beautiful morning and decided to take a walk with my doggie, without of camera. Well, I had my iphone with me. I can’t stand the thought of missing something interesting, and I did something. I may be the only one that happens to see it. I see words in white that start with an R – written in the water.

Words in the Canal

Words in the Canal

Old Smithfield Burying Ground – Southport NC

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In 1745, Fort Johnson was built-in a community called Smithfield founded around 1792.The community need a place to bury the dead during the war.  Today Smithville is Southport, NC where the burial ground lays “Smithville Burying Ground.” Some say it’s haunted by the dead.

Old Smithville Burying Ground

Old Smithville Burying Ground

http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/smithville.html

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