Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seen at the bank yesterday...


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trying times...

Three steps forward, one step back. One day we have a will, the next day we don't. One day there's a trust, the next day there isn't. Emotions are raw, senses of humor seem to have disappeared, and there's always the house to continue emptying. Thirty-seven boxes of clothing and household items were just now loaded on a truck to be donated, and a dumpster that arrived an hour ago is already halfway filled.

Tip: Take a look around you. If you see something you don't really love, donate it or toss it. That's my criteria now. If I don't love it, I'm not keeping it. Luckily, I happen to love Chris!

This will all turn out fine, but right this minute I'm so down it hurts. And after a death, it doesn't seem right to be resenting the dearly departed.

I just want to go home.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm not here ...

My father passed away on Sunday and so I left that night for Virginia, where we are taking care of business. I'll be back here on the blog once I get a little breathing room.

I know you wish me well. And here's a little tip: if you own more than 40 polo shirts, please get rid of at least 30 of them before you move on to another world! Your heirs will love you for it.

Carol Leigh

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Latest work: "Queen Anne's Lace End of Summer"

It's mid-August and here on the Oregon coast, Queen Anne's Lace wildflowers are beginning to go to seed. I snipped a few stems that were still looking pretty good and placed them in vintage bottles. Soft and serene, quietly enjoying the last few weeks of summer.

And rest in peace Bill, a friend of a friend.

©Carol Leigh

Friday, August 15, 2014

Latest work: "Window de Santa Fe"

I created this photomontage using a variety of pictures I took in Santa Fe. I began it a year or so ago and it's been sitting in my computer, patiently waiting for me to come back to it. And now it's finished.

Love. It.

©Carol Leigh

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Photos sold so far this month

A lot of people ask me what sorts of photos I'm selling at Fine Art America, so I thought I'd show you what I've sold there so far this month. In addition, I'll give you the link to what FAA calls an "Announcement Page" that shows you exactly how the buyer had the picture matted and framed, or if it was a canvas wrap, how the picture looked in that format.

This first photomontage (a tree and rusted metal) sold last night. Here's the link to the announcement page.

The "faux poste" postcard was made using a wide variety of elements. I make so many photomontages it's now almost impossible for me to tell you what the individual components are, but vintage stamps, numbers from vintage banknotes, inked papers and more went into this one. Here's the link to the announcement page.

I'm always pleased to see that my antique car photos that have been given a heavy faux HDR treatment sell. I love the look, but I can see how others might not. Nevertheless, this is a photo of a car I shot in Florence, Oregon a couple of years ago. And here's the link to the announcement page.

The Lockheed Constellation photo also has a slight HDR effect applied to it, very lightly. And here's the link.

And then finally, two of my prayer flags sold to someone who framed them very nicely in gold frames. Here's link #1 and link #2.

Let me know if you find this information either helpful or interesting and if so, I will try to post my sales every two weeks or so.

©Carol Leigh

Monday, August 11, 2014

I got no style (part 2) . . .

As I’m poking around on the Internet looking for information about developing a personal artistic style, I came across an article by Alain Briot on the website The Luminous Landscape where he says that “Style is the extension of your personality and your personality is in part defined by your childhood.”

Well, my “eclectically weird” style can indeed be defined by my childhood, which was spent moving from place to place, school to school, coast to coast, and even country to country. Being a Navy brat meant different things to see every six months to a year. Different cultures to experience. Different  climates, foods, fashions, attitudes. That was my childhood for 18 years.

One would think that, encountering so many types of people, I might be drawn to people photography. Nope. Last thing on my list. Why? I was trained to leave. Trained to arrive, to fit in, get along, make sure people liked me, that I didn’t make waves, but never to get close to anyone because hello, I must be going.

How about you? What was your childhood like and how does it affect your artistic proclivities and style? If your childhood years were spent in San Diego, you may be drawn to boats and seascapes. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, you might be drawn to landscapes and weathered barns.

It makes sense if you don’t think about it . . .

Because why are so many photographers/artists, no matter where we grew up, drawn to barns, landscapes, boats, and seascapes?

See? This isn’t an easy pursuit, this quest to discover a personal style, or to create a personal style. And it’s one I’ll continue writing about as I do more and more research. Fair warning!

©Carol Leigh

P.S. For those of you who might be interested, I photographed the gull on the rocks here on the Oregon coast. And the fishing boat as well. (See? Navy brat? Oceans? Boats? Gulls? This makes sense.) The photo of a physical collage that I made using a variety of old papers has a Japanese vibe to it. (I lived in Japan for a year, but I was just 12-13 at the time, more interested in hanging out with my friends than exploring the culture.) And then what's with the covered bridge? Well, I lived a year in Pennsylvania . . . could this Oregon bridge be channeling from that? Somehow I doubt it. . . Like I said, this isn't an easy quest.

Friday, August 8, 2014

It's a good day to . . .

. . . go to the library and look at art books!

I created a little photomontage of old-fashioned library "date due" cards as well as a picture I took of a doodle in one of my art journals. It's tough to read my writing this small, but what it says is, "I've been looking at aboriginal art lately and am enamored of the movement and design and dots!"

May you find something today and become enamored.

©Carol Leigh

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I got no style . . .

I’ve been thinking a lot about my own work lately (narcissist that I am) since I don’t seem to be going anywhere in particular. (I really am, but I just don’t realize it yet.) So I began looking online for thoughts about developing one’s photographic/artistic style.

At this website called The Polar Route the author wrote:

If you’re unsure of your style, look back at your body of work and ask yourself which images you felt most comfortable shooting. If you don’t yet have an extensive body of work, ask yourself a few simple questions:
    •    What interests you?
    •    Do you like people, nature, or architecture?
    •    Do you like vibrant colors or black and white?
    •    Do you prefer shooting bright and happy images or dark and moody ones?

He calls these “simple” questions. Go ahead. Try it. Answer some. Like “What interests you?” I can say line, design, architecture, landscapes, seascapes, macro, color, texture, creating faux postcards, making physical and digital collages, antique cars, hot air balloons, airplanes, nautical stuff, trees, etc.

And try this question: “Do you prefer shooting bright and happy images or dark and moody ones?” My answer is yes. What’s yours?

I’m being glib, but I’m also being serious. My collages do seem to have a Japanese vibe to them, as do a lot of my photomontages. And I often enjoy incorporating crows and ravens in my work whenever possible. And postage stamps.

The person who wrote the blog article encourages us to really ramp up whatever style we have. Enjoy bold colors? Max them out. Enjoy creating dark images? Make them darker. Find your style, find what you like, and then pump up the volume. It’s actually a very good idea. However . . .

What if you don’t know what your style is? And so the quest continues . . .

©Carol Leigh

P.S. For those of you who are interested, these are photos of:

(1) Bales of hay between the Oregon coast and the central valley.

(2) A physical collage I made using my own hand-printed paper, a page from a vintage Japanese book, and a postage stamp from my collection.

(3) Graffiti on the side of a railroad car. I was initially attracted to the eye. Squint and you'll see it's actually Michael Jackson.

(4) A faux postcard I made using my photos of old stamps, ink on vintage paper, faux labels, numbers from old banknotes, and who knows what else.

(5) A photomontage I made with my photos of texture from an old fishing boat, a monoprint I made using acrylic paint and rubber bands, hand-painted stripes, and more.

And finally (6) a blending of photos I took of a mural and paint streaks on the side of a building.

Maybe I do have a style after all: eclectic weirdness!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Latest work: "Tenacity"

I photographed this tree (in Lee Vining Canyon, California's eastern Sierra) with my very first digital camera (a Canon EOS D60, 6MP sensor) in October of 2003. I combined it with a photo I took of the sun reflecting in wet sand here in Oregon, added some more texture, and there you have it. Eleven years of digital photography packed into one small photo.

© Carol Leigh