Once again Saturday has totally snuck up on me. Phew. Luckily I have some wide angle shots from our recent ski trip. Greg and I were skiing together down a favorite path - a slope that looks really steep (thus giving us credibility with our fearless kids) but isn't too hard to navigate. I wanted to see what the combo of a wide angle lens and the late afternoon sun would have on a picture.
The other day I was poking around Michael's for supplies, and passed an aisle cap with "Artist Tiles." They are made by Strathmore and come in a pad of 20 - thick, luscious paper.
I sorta hrumped at the meditative part, maybe even at the artist part, but I have doodled so much in and around my work notes I wondered how it would go with reaaaallllly nice paper and no lines or to do lists in the way.
My question answering quest (see here) got helped out yesterday afternoon because I had about 5 hours to myself. Greg and Emma used up some ski passes and Michael was at an all afternoon choir festival. Since another parent volunteered to chaperone I scored some free time. I really wanted to make something of this unusual gift of time, so used it to finish some projects in my studio. First, I tackled making a hole in the countertop for the cord to my OxyCon. I was able to change this cord arrangement...
To this one!
I finished assembling the chairs I bought at IKEA.
And also installed a vent cover made of screen clips and plexiglass - turns out when you have a vent that goes outside it also works in reverse and lets in the cold winter air :-) This will help keep things warmer in winter and cooler in summer! My honey gave me some cool lights that you can see I installed also over my torch area (since I was on a roll)
And now get to answering some of my questions. I wanted to set up a corner of my studio as a permanent photo area - especially since I would like to become a full time bead maker and seller. I bought hooks and the dowel at Home Depot, and the roll of drawing paper from Michael's. I thought I hit jackpot because they had sketching paper on a roll that was white, unlike butcher paper that is more off white. The legs on my lights are long, so I got two pots and a floor tile to elevate the photo area above the legs so that I didn't have to spread the lights so far apart (if you can follow all that).
One problem. The paper is tissue thin. Do you think it will work or should I look for thicker paper?
Here are some quick shots using my phone, that I tweaked little in Aperture (but not too much). What do you think?
These are the latest batch of lamp work beads I've made. Do you like? You realize there is only one answer, right? :-) Give me your opinion on the paper or any other ideas for my photo area and I will draw a name on March 8th and send the lucky winner a couple of these!
This week we are looking up close! Ol Man Winter still has a grip on our area - so I thought I would look up some sunny pictures from last summer. These were taken in August in Denver, in the backyard of my Aunt and Uncle's house. It was the kind of summer day that made me think that I should move to Denver immediately :-) I didn't manipulate these pictures at all - just cropped them so you could get really close!