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Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. It's a journal of sorts. It gives me a place to show my work-in-progress for my painting and photography. Comments are welcome --- add one at the end of an entry or email me at BarbBlumer@gmail.com.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Woohoo! It's Beginning to Sink In

I am just starting to feel the positive effects of letting go of something as big as jewelry-making was in my life. I have so much more time to think!   I feel free because I don't have any obligations other than those of my own making. 

I still have a lot of work to do to finish selling off my beads, etc. associated with the jewelry business, but somehow it doesn't feel like work. 

I can't believe I don't have to spend time making jewelry for the holiday events! This is the first time in many years that I won't participate in Sparkle.  Which is a relief for me.

Instead I have been finishing up the art projects that I said I would do, and I may actually start the new year without any promises from the past hanging over my head.  That will be a first!

Woohoo!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Change is Good

Thank-You Sale for Two Sisters Studio with my artwork in the background

End of an era.  I have stopped making jewelry and have been selling off all of my stuff:  beads, displays, tools, etc. 

In a temporary storefront on Market Street, I recently held a Thank-You Sale for all of the Two Sisters Studio customers and their friends.  It was a big success and I am grateful to all who came.

I presented some of my artwork on the walls in the space so that all I had to do was turn around and show them what I will doing in place of jewelry. 


I also laid out my books, including my food blog cookbook.

Some knew of my photography.  Fewer knew about my painting.  It felt good to show everything together, even though it was a temporary space.

I have use of the storefront space until they find a new renter, so I am enjoying having a satellite studio.

It is great to have so much space.


Stop in and see me if you are in the area.  It's at the corner of Market Street and Cedar, in the old Treu Office Supply space.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New York City Door

New York City Door

While preparing the Ellis Island studies, I ran across this image from several years ago, during my "digital transition" phase.  I took it during our walking tour of Chelsea Market and the meatpacking district.  The vignetting on the edges of the images was a mistake, part of my learning curve with the new camera.  But looking at it with fresh eyes, it doesn't detract.  Some photographers even add vignetting as an artistic element.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ellis Island Study - No. 14


Ellis Island Study - No. 14

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ellis Island Study - No. 13


Ellis Island Study - No. 13

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ellis Island Study - No. 12


Ellis Island Study - No. 12

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ellis Island Study - No. 11


Ellis Island Study - No. 11

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ellis Island Study - No. 10


Ellis Island Study - No. 10

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ellis Island Study - No. 9


Ellis Island Study - No. 9

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ellis Island Study - No. 8


Ellis Island Study - No. 8

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Elllis Island Study - No. 7


Ellis Island Study- No. 7

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ellis Island Study - No. 6


Ellis Island Study - No. 6

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ellis Island Study - No. 5


Ellis Island Study - No. 5

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ellis Island Study - No. 4


Ellis Island Study - No. 4

Friday, November 12, 2010

Ellis Island Study - No. 3


Ellis Island Study - No. 3

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ellis Island Study - No. 2


Ellis Island Study - No. 2

This is what I saw at the top of the stairs, to the left of the great hall, that got me excited.  I saw patterns on patterns created by the beautiful bright light coming through the panes in half-circle windows.  The patterns of the tiles on the floor and the shadows on top of those patterns were dramatic.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ellis Island Studies - No. 1

Ellis Island Study - No. 1
Passing Lady Liberty

I have wanted to go to Ellis Island for a long time and finally got there recently, thanks to a travel gift from my generous husband. 

Like millions of immigrants did, you take a ferry past the Statue of Liberty to get there.  Then you embark, line up to enter the building, and climb the stairs to reach the large, vaulted main hall used for processing.

I did not intend to make a series of photos when I went, but I found myself responding to the patterns of light, and the emotion of the place, so I got out my little camera and came away with a group of studies which I will post over the next week or so.

First a couple of comments about the image of the Statue of Liberty.  I love the fact that I could take this photo while on a moving boat, just holding my camera above the heads of all the tourists craning to take their own souvenir photo, and still get the details in focus!  Her hands as well as the people at her feet are all in focus. Today's technology is great.


Here's what was in front of me.   A lot of time it's what you don't put in the frame that makes a better photograph. 

The snapshot above was what I would call a warm-up shot.  It's when I start thinking about what I want to do.  Am I more interested in the clamouring tourists?  There were some interesting characters on our ferry. Or the cruise ships in the harbor? or Lady Liberty?

I decided it was dramatic size and iconic nature of the Statue of Liberty.   So, I waited until we got closer and could see her face well.  I chose to put her to the left in the frame, since most of the souvenir photos put her in the middle.  And because, as painter, you are taught to give your subject some room to gaze, if you are doing a portrait.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Paintings from the Lake - Peony Farm Barn


Peony Farm Barn
10 x 8 Oil on Masonite

My in-laws chose this painting as their guest painting when they visited us at the lake last August.  I am delivering it to them this coming weekend.   I hope they like it.



I could not have predicted who would choose which painting from the grid. It was fun to give away the paintings to guests.  It was a good project.  I am glad I did it.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Paintings from the Lake - Happy Tulips


Happy Tulips
10 x 8 Oil on Masonite

My niece selected this painting from the grid at the lake because she said it made her feel happy; hence, its name.  I recently finished it and sent it to her for her birthday, belatedly.