Did you know that, the American Studio Glass Movement started in Toledo, Ohio in 1962?

I didn’t till I read this;…

“TOLEDO, OH.- The American Studio Glass Movement that emerged from two experimental glass workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962 has transformed the art world by making glass a popular and respected artistic medium.

The Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic moment with an array of activities, which include a major glass exhibition and hosting the 2012 Glass Art Society Conference.

The Museum will also be reinstalling and reinterpreting its glass collection at the Glass Pavilion® in anticipation of the upcoming anniversary. " news story

I attended a dinner, that was in the Glass Pavilion, for the 93rd. Toledo Ohio Area Artists exhibition and can say that the Pavilion in of itself is a work of art and we are very lucky to

The Human Race

“let us not forget the human race with technology is like an alcoholic with a barrel of wine”

From the Freedom Club by Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

Highly charged psychological family portraits in The Mark of Abel by Lydia Panas

These types of works, just letting people be who they are, and then, capture them being who they are, are to me, more than a simple portrait.

They are a type of work, I would like to try some day.

“ALLENTOWN, PA.- For three years, American photographer Lydia Panas invited families to stand before her lens. She was curious to see what would happen. Nothing was deliberate or planned. These diverse groupings of children and adults, relatives and close friends, stood graciously before her, taking positions in relationship to each other, and to the camera. The resulting images from the project are engaging and highly charged psychological family portraits that are gathered together in the artist’s debut monograph, The Mark of Abel, (Kehrer Verlag, March 2012).”


Replace Head With Instrument: Surrealist Music Photography

Really innovative and surrealistic works

“Fifteen images from Weintrob’s portraiture series, InstrumentHead, were exhibited in the hotel lobby, thanks to support from the U.S. Consulate in Barcelona. “InstrumentHead is a project I’ve been working on for five years,” says Weintrob. “They’re surrealist portraits of musicians, and I’m trying to tell their story without seeing their face. The idea is to leave hints in the images, so their fans can guess who they are without seeing their face.”

NPR Music

The New Kodak

Working in retail for the past few years, this is not surprising, the change of business direction of Kodak.…

The camera field is very crowded as well as the home printer field.

“We expect a very good fourth quarter,” said Kodak CEO Antonio Perez.

Kodak declined to speak with NPR for this story, but Perez spoke on the company’s investor conference call last month. He said that things are looking up.

“All four of our digital growth businesses will expand in the fourth quarter,” Perez said.

But none of those are camera businesses. Kodak even recently sold off i
ts image-sensor division, reportedly for a couple hundred million dollars.

Kodak has long been in the process of a painful transformation that’s seen tens of thousands of Kodak workers in the Rochester area lose their jobs.

When Perez

‘Why do you make those stupid spots, they’re dumb, an insult to painting.’

Read this interesting article about British artist Damien Hirst.

He has a body of works that are spots, in addition to other contemporary works and his works command strong prices.

“LONDON — Just as the financial markets were heading for disaster in 2008, the British artist Damien Hirst snubbed his dealers and persuaded Sotheby’s here to sell 223 primarily new artworks. There were dead animals — sharks, zebras, piglets and even a calf — floating in giant glass tanks of formaldehyde; cabinets filled with diamonds; and cigarette butts. And paintings galore: spin paintings, spot paintings, paintings with butterflies pinned under glass.”


“There was nothing to do here.” That was Toledo’s myth.

“How does a city tackle these perceptions and use its artistic and cultural assets to frame its future? In Toledo, it’s about organization and collaboration.…

Enter Toledo Arts and Cultural Leaders (TACL) group.

Originally formed to combine resources, showcase our cultural offerings, and introduce audiences to organizations and opportunities with which they may be unfamiliar, this alliance of arts and cultural organizations is collaborating to define itself as an important sector of both the economy and community.

TACL consists of leaders from the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Imagination Station, Metroparks of the Toledo Area, Sauder Village, Toledo Ballet, Toledo Botanical Garden, Toledo Lucas County Library, Toledo Opera, Toledo Repertoire Theatre, T

News Flash there's sugar in the cereals - no really!

This is news?…

As a type two diabetic, one who now has his levels under control, through diet, exercise and good old fashioned, change, people need to be aware of what we put in our cake holes.

“Cereals like dessert for breakfast

Popular brands of cereal contain so much sugar that parents might as well be serving kids dessert for breakfast, a new U.S. report suggests.

The Environmental Working Group reviewed 84 brands that are sold in the U.S. Of those, 44 contained more sugar than three Chips Ahoy cookies, the consumer group said. One in four children’s cereals met the U.S. government panel’s voluntary proposed guidelines, a consumer group says. Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press

The top three worst offenders by per cent sugar by weight were:

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks at nearly 56 per cent.
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For the love of trees: Watkins and Adams

I owned three works, 8 1/2 × 11 albumen photographs by Carelton Watkins and his reverance for nature was evident and along with William Henry Jackson, they were moving forces in the establishment of Yosemite National Park.

“Let’s start with Watkins. Carleton Watkins loved trees. He photographed them throughout his career, often dropping what he was ostensibly working on to take a picture of a lovely tree.”

The rest of the story

New, canvas prints from your smartphone

“Seems like just yesterday we were talking about the shift from analog photos to digital images that consumers can obsessively share online — and get immediate gratification from in the form of “likes.”

Now, photo printouts are all the rage again. But not just any photo printouts: These are physical Instagrams."


NRG Gallery December 3rd--GLBT EXHIBITION

NRG Gallery Columbus, Ohio-


From 6PM TO 9PM

Featuring the works of :

Tin Rosshirt – Photographer

Adam Crum – Painter

Jamie – Photographer

Jan Solari – Pastel Drawings

Santos Gonzalez Jr. – Paint on Metal

Pamela Reed – Painter

Heather Orwig – Photographer

Simone Anderson – Jewelry

Paul Binder – photographer


NRG Gallery

Pricing For The Professional Photographer

Came across this in my twitter feed. I do not photograph weddings, etc., but members on RB have asked how to price for their services, this may prove useful.

“Pricing… you can’t work as a professional photographer for too long without becoming ensnared in the problems of pricing your work (well, you might, perhaps, but you would find it hard to make any money). Then there’s the question of, not only what fees to charge, but also how to educate your clients about your price list without them running away or thinking you’re attempting to pressurize them.”

Rest Of The Article

Hot shots: How to start a photography collection

Collect and decorate the walls and who knows, maybe even a monetary investment, but, first you need to like the art.

“For the novice collector, or aficionados at any level, photography presents a more accessible, relatable and affordable entry point to the art world than many other mediums. Making it even easier, a growing online marketplace of great work caters to a wide range of interests and budgets, whether you prefer 19th century American Indian photogravures, or the contemporary landscapes of Peter Lik”

Chicago Tribune article

The Prairie Map

From twitter follow

“About the Map

The Prairie Map is a way for those interested in the preservation and restoration of the great North American Prairie to share their efforts, big and small. If you, or your organization, are preserving, restoring, or reconstructing prairie, then let others know by adding your project to the map."

The Prairie Map

Black Iris, 1926 Georgia O'Keeffe

I had been much more of a fan of her husband, when I discovered her works.

I first saw her Cubist western paintings, which I didn’t care for at, first.

As I viewed more of her works, in person, I grew to enjoy her works.

The description on this pieces, seems to sum it up, quite well.

“When her magnified flowers were first shown in 1924, even Stieglitz was shocked by their audacity. Critics saw sexual content in their delicate contours, organic forms, and lush surfaces, even though the artist always denied such associations.”

MOMA Story

Twitter Brand Pages by Twylah. Get a custom brand page for your tweets.

Marketing ourselves as artists is our responsibility and need.

It is not simple nor fool proof.

But with the proper tools and examples we can market ourselves.

I use a variety of social media. Tumblr, blogger, facebook, twitter and now a Twylah personal brand page

How difficult? What do I have to do to get my own personal brand page from Twylah?

In a word, easy.

Go to Twylah and look for the Invite button.

That’s it! Sit back and wait for the page to be created and you will receive an email telling you when your page is ready.

Happy marketing

Gave me pause

Recent press release about redbubble

The business like any business needs to grow and expand.

And with the mention of skateboard covers in the press release, I paused like a deer in headlights.

The playing field is getting crowded and I am photographer and this is no ding to others, but, the product offering is, or so it seems to me, getting crowded.

Have to consider this and think on it.

Linnaeus Tripe

I learned of this photographer, today, a very early practioniner of the craft.…

“Tripe began work in Madras on 19 March 1857. He started work on glass negatives, taking photographs of objects shown at the Madras exhibition. He then worked on portraits of Madras residents. He sold copies in addition to those required by the government in order to attempt to make his photographic office self-supporting.”



“On Nov. 15, Sotheby’s in London will auction off some of the earliest photographs ever taken in India, which have been out of public view for more than a century. The collection of more than 220 images from India and Burma, taken by Linnaeus Tripe shortly before the first war of independence in 1857, is unusual both for its content and its provenance.”

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Negative to Positiv

Cave painters were realists

And darn fine artists at that

“The latest analysis published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focused on horses since they appeared most frequently on rock walls. The famed Lascaux Cave in the Dordogne region of southwest France and the Chauvet Cave in southeast France feature numerous scenes of brown and black horses. Other caves like the Pech Merle in southern France are adorned with paintings of white horses with black spots.”

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If you like vintage photography and photographs

Then you might like this newsletter.…

“In the interest of space most of the items that I will report on here will be
$20,000 and up, including the buyer’s premium.

Lot 3, Lillian Bassman’s Barbara Mullen (Blowing Kiss), sold to a phone bidder
for $21,250 over an order bid. That was well over the estimate range of
$7,000-9,000, which doesn’t include the 25% buyer’s premium.

Not surprisingly many of the bidders in all the auctions were not in the room
for these sales. Order, phone and internet bids have supplanted the dynamics
and drama of bidders at the actual auction. So it was not unusual to hear that
there were two order bidders on lot 4, Richard Avedon’s Dorian Leigh, Evening
Dress by Piquet. The lot, which was estimated at $15,000-20,000, opened at
$28,000. The phones took the order bidde


Another point of view and discussion about, copyright, improper use of images and why this person is relaxed about it.

“Yes, last, there will be bottom-feeders that steal your stuff. I call this the cost of doing business on the internet. These are the Tic-Tacs that are stolen from the 7-11. It is impossible to maintain 100% of your digital inventory, so wanting “perfection” in your online strategy is an illusion.”


Toxic Ingredients in Baby Shampoo

It’s not just food we are killing ourselves with.

And let’s try and remember, we need less regulations on businesses.

“Less than a month after Johnson & Johnson ranked as the most trusted brand in America in Forbes‘ survey comes a report that could give consumers pause, calling the company out for removing chemicals of concern in its iconic baby shampoo in some countries, but not others. The product currently on shelves in the United States, Canada, and China still contains known carcinogens. In recent years, J&J baby shampoo has become the poster child for the need for chemical reform in the United States; nothing says we need tighter chemical regulation than toxic baby shampoo.”


Galleries that charge fees for exhibitions seem to have multiplied in recent years.

There has been discussions and inquires on this site and others, about offers from galleries to show works for a fee.…

Here is an article about that very subject.

“Galleries that charge fees for exhibitions seem to have multiplied in recent years. My file containing copies of their contracts has grown. Many of them have become very adept at luring the unsuspecting artist into the palm of their hand with the right buzzwords and sales psychology. Their letters include such statements as, “We are located near the Guggenheim Museum . . . ,” when they are actually located in a 12-story building down the block and are undoubtedly never visited by the same people who visit the museum. Their advertisements appear where artists are likely to look for legitimate opportunities. Always seeking new art

Size Matters: Paper Size vs. Print Size

Listening to comments on a recent conference call, a comment was made about text on images being cropped off when printed.…

Most consumers are not aware of the inherent loss in printed images, as, if it is an ink jet printer, the printer must spray over the edge of the paper to achieve proper coverage.

Shooters bring in shots, that they have added text too, near the edges and are disappointed when the text is cropped off, because of the template driven software systems.

This article summed it up, quite nicely.

“The borderless conundrum

We’ve discussed how most printers and print drivers behave in their default configuration and that you will likely not be able to produce a print as large as the full paper size you are using. Many newer drivers, however, offer an option called borderless pr

My visits are down, where is everybody?

Well, maybe, we have not given our friends on our watch list a reason to comment or visit?…

But, I’ve uploaded twenty five photo’s or twenty poems or sixty two oil paintings.

Well, okay, bit much maybe?

There is a crush of art pieces on this site and practically any POD site.

Readers, viewers get art fatigue, I know I do. I need to take a break and not look at so much because it starts to look the same after awhile.

Writing about the same subjects that have and are being written about a daily basis is not new content, it is merely recycled.

Art viewers want new fresh works. Perhaps, weed our profiles and put us some never before seen works and wow and dazzle our viewers and followers.

Try a new art form, maybe.

How about post modern hybrid abstract exponential finger painting on Jade glass

I've long thought we are poisoning ourselves with our own food

An article in Time, seems to extend the thought, that we are poisoning ourselves for profit, and wonder why the health of the population and planet is degrading.

“Why Lovin’ the McRib Isn’t Heart Smart”

“If you haven’t indulged in one yet, here’s what you’re missing: azodicarbonamide, ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80 — those are just three of the 70 ingredients (34 in the bun alone) that go into the BBQ pork sandwich, according to the restaurant’s website.

These components are in small enough quantities to be innocuous. But it’s still a little disconcerting to know that, for example, azodicarbonamide, a flour-bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like in gym mats and the soles of shoes, is found in the McRib bun."

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Seemed fitting for the world to remember

“Once there lived an ant and a grasshopper in a grassy meadow.

All day long the ant would work hard, collecting grains of wheat from the farmer’s field far away. She would hurry to the field every morning, as soon as it was light enough to see by, and toil back with a heavy grain of wheat balanced on her head. She would put the grain of wheat carefully away in her larder, and then hurry back to the field for another one. All day long she would work, without stop or rest, scurrying back and forth from the field, collecting the grains of wheat and storing them carefully in her larder."


Photographers - Optimize photo filenames

“Optimize photo filenames – This only works on some networks, which I will mention below. It doesn’t hurt to upload photos with your name or keywords in the filename, but networks like Facebook rename the photo filenames anyway, so for some networks, it’s useless.”


Troubleshooting basics

Apply to most anything a car, a toaster, life, web sites, etc.

A problem is encountered, before there was none.

To begin, start at the beginning.

What were you doing?

Can you replicate the problem?

Did you change something? If so, return the settings back, of course, did you remember what you changed.

Did you try the troubleshooting techniques

Is the related to some recent site changes?

Last but not least, have you submitted a help request

DPI, PPI, oh my, what does it all mean?

“Believe it not, DPI (dots per inch) and PPI (pixels per inch) are not the same thing.

There is a lot of confusion on the usage of PPI and DPI. Though quite often used interchangeably, PPI should be used when referring to the size of the printed image.

For example, a 150 PPI image will produce a larger print compared to a 300 PPI image. An image 3000 pixels wide printed at 150 PPI will use 20 inches of paper to reproduce the photo, where the same image printed at 300 PPI will only need 10 inches."

link to the blog post

93rd Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition Awards and Opening

This past Friday evening, August 26, 2011, my wife and me attended the reception for the 93rd Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Ohio Museum of Art.…

I was lucky, and grateful, to have one of my submitted works accepted into the exihibition.

When the artists and visitors were called to gather for an awards ceremony held in, the Great Gallery, of the museum, we walked to the gallery and as we did, hung on the walls, are the works of the great masters, Monet, Manet, Gauguin, and many others.

As we took our seats, you could not help by notice the enormous classical period paintings in the Great Gallery. The masterpieces with the warm glow of the subjects and the scenes depicted.

It was almost as if the paintings were looking down and asking, why are you here?

We enjoyed the a

Madonna of the Mills: Puppy Mill Exposé on HBO

While this is expose is on HBO, the big movie houses make movies with dogs and puppies in the movies and there is an almost immediate response from the big screen movies, an explosion of breeding of the dogs or puppies in the movies, while many die in shelters each and every day. The shelters are not too blame, we are.…

Dr. Kay is a well known DVM blogging and speaking on a whole range of pet issues.

I listened to her on an interview with Diane Rehm and have to come correspond with Dr. Kay, from time to time.

She has a program, Speaking For Spot, where she generously donates a portion of the sale of a copy of Speaking For Spot to participating rescues, of which the one that we, my wife and me, operate is one, Angel On Call Dog Rescue.

The public needs to be aware of the pet population prob

Toledo Ohio Area Artists

Had the privilage to attend the 93rd. Annual Toledo Ohio Area Artists exhibition dinner on August 19, 2011.…

My first time in this exhibition and first time attending the dinner, so, I was a bit unsure what to expect.

There were many of the artists that will have pieces in the exhibition and the networking was enjoyable, sort of a social media, but face to face.

I was and, still am, a bit stunned, I think would describe it, at the event.

I have wanted to exhibit in places here and there and apparently I have arrived.

The Museum Director, Brian Kennedy and Associate Director Amy Gilman are the jurors for the show and they are two warm and wonderful people. I enjoyed listening too and offering some comments to both, as we sat at the same table.

I am not well versed in who is who in the area

The value of a Facebook Account

New gallery opening in the Columbus, Ohio area.

Owner/artist of the gallery contacted me through Facebook with a very attractive offer to show works in the new gallery.

Facebook is but one mean, of getting your name and work out there to the wider public, managed properly, it can bring leads and rewards.

Stieglitz And O'Keeffe: Their Love And Life In Letters

“From 1915 until 1946, some 25,000 pieces of paper were exchanged between two major 20th century artists. Painter Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz wrote each other letters — sometimes two and three a day, some of them 40 pages long. The correspondence tracks their relationship from acquaintances to admirers to lovers to man and wife to exasperated — but still together — long-marrieds.

The first volume of those letters has just been published. My Faraway One, edited by Sarah Greenough, features 700-plus pages of the couple’s correspondence, sent between 1915 and 1933."


Work by 65 Artists Chosen for 93nd Toledo Area Artists Exhibition

July 18, 2011
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Kelly Fritz Garrow, APR, Director of Communications
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Work by 65 Artists Chosen for 93nd Toledo Area Artists Exhibition
TOLEDO, OHIO—The Toledo Museum of Art has announced that work by 65 artists will be seen in the 93rd annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition later this summer.
The juried show, which offers an eclectic mix of works in a variety of media, is organized by the Museum with support from the Ohio Arts Council. This year’s exhibition, which takes place Aug. 26–Sept. 25 in the Canaday Gallery, also is supported in part by Huntington Bank. Admission to both the exhibition and the Museum is free.
One of the few regional exhibitions of its …

Nikolai Andreev

Looking at Bromoil images, I found these gems.

Nikolai Andreev was an internationally recognised master of pictorial photography. He lived and worked in Russia in the early twentieth century.

To stress the romantic mood of images, the artist used soft-focus lenses often made by himself and a variety of alternative developing processes such as bromoil with transfer and handcolouring. Many of his darkroom techniques resulted in incredible tone grade and enigmatic lightness forever remain a secret.

gallery of his works


“The history of photogravure also parallels the history of photography’s struggle to be recognized as a fine art. Photographers like Peter Henry Emerson, Alfred Stieglitz, Alvin Langdon Coburn and Paul Strand made it their mission to open the eyes of the western world to the artistic potential of the medium of photography, and they relied on the supple and rich photogravure process to accomplish this end.”

A member recently uploaded a work and made mind think to the Alvin Langdon Coburn photogravure that we own

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George H. Seeley, William Dassonville and others

An inspiration and, we own one of his works, “Known for the lyric quality of his outstanding pictorial photographs, George H. Seeley was brought to the attention of Alfred Stieglitz about 1906 by Alvin Langdon Coburn. As a member of the Photo-Secession, he was a leader along with Stieglitz, Clarence White, and Gertrude Kasebier in the battle to have photography recognized as an art form.”…

Read more about George H. Seeley Photography by

We, my wife and me, saw our first Dassonville work at a show in Boston, Mass., Mack Lee of the Lee Gallery had Dassonville’s works on display, we went onto own two.

“While Dassonville created an outstanding body of fine photographs in the pictorialist tradition, he was, as well, an innnovative and skillful craftsman and self-taught chemis
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