Artist at Work

Meet Janice Schuler.  Artist.  Today there was an Artist’s Studio Tour in Lawrenceville. Her painting studio is in the basement of this repurposed church and was number one on the tour.  I’d met Janice last night at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and she invited me to visit her studio during the Studio Tour.  There was wine and beer, bottles of water and cheese and crackers and a tray of sweets, too.  Other artists studios were open as well but I sat in a comfortable chair in Janice’s studio and watched people come and go as we talked.

 

 

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Artist Janice Schuler at work in her artist studio.

Janice Schuler- Pittsburgh Artist Registry

 

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There are several artist’s studios in this church- architects, fiber artist. photographers and painters.

 

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Abstracts: Shot with Intent

For this week’s challenge, which I thought was a true challenge, I was taking photos I already had and tried to crop bits of them to create abstracts.

I just don’t shoot abstract photos so the ones I posted were incidentally abstract, not intentional.

 

These few were shot with the idea that they were true abstracts. I thought of making them black and white but stuck with color.  I’m ready for the new challenge on Friday I think and will abandon the abstract effort.  But it is good to challenge oneself.

On occasion.

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IMG_3882IMG_3711This one a mistake with lights and took it accidentally.  Looks abstract to me.

Extracting the Abstract: Gallery in Color

Yesterday I met the weekly challenge in black and white.

Converting pics to black and white  helped them transform into ABSTRACT

Today I sifted through photos from nature and tried to extract the abstract.

abstract autumn reflection1.

 

bluebonnets from the bus2.

 

lemon3.

 

lobster4.

puddle reflection5.

 

peeling paint

bridge in autumn

 

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  1. Upside down Monongahela River reflection in Autumn
  2. Bluebonnets and Paintbrush in a blur from the bus, Austin TX
  3. Lemon wedge
  4. Ed’s Lobster
  5. Puddle reflection
  6. Peeling Paint
  7. Homestead Grays Bridge upside down- definititely still literal.

So I guess I think turning the image makes them abstract?

Fun to play with bits and pieces of photographs, like a jigsaw puzzle.

 

 

Abstract: Weekly Photo Challenge 

Abstract gallery from archives

 
I don’t shoot many intentional abstracts 
my photographic style more literal. 

   
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1- freight train,chain link fence, building by East Liberty busway 

2- Raeffetto’s wild mushroom ravioli NYC

3- Lincoln Logs in the toy drawer Ohio

4-Twister  Heinz History Center Pittsburgh

5-Philadelphia shadows 

All You Need is a Ceiling Fan, a Light Source, and Tape

Tonight I was camping out in my 5 year old granddaughter’s room, lying on a mat on the floor.

I looked up and saw the ceiling fan.

I  remembered a youtube demo of light writing.  Have been working on light writing at school with the students and thought I’d experiment.

Maura said the fan made her too cold so it was not a lengthy experiment.  Not as many variations as I would have liked to try.  I think it would work well with regular glow sticks.  She liked the way the photos looked, though. Crazy Grandma.

Photo-  light   graph – write

You need a darkened room.

Set your camera on bulb setting ( or long exposure)

      Manual focus

A tripod would have been useful.  I just braced it so it’s soft focus.

I used a Flashing/Glowing White Lighting Stick and tried three different settings.

You need some tape (that won’t damage the paddle) to attach the light source to a ceiling fan blade.

Here are  the Light Write Experiment results

Moving the camera around
Moving the camera around

 

Holding the camera as still as I could
Holding the camera as still as I could

 

 

 

 

With the Light Stick on blue
With the Light Stick on blue

 

Moving the camera around
Moving the camera around

 

Multicolor flashing setting on the Lightning Stick
Multicolor flashing setting on the Lightning Stick

 

 

 

Here is one I did at school with LED Christmas Lights, trying to make and intentional circle shape.

 

LED Christmas Lights in the Dark Room at school
LED Christmas Lights in the Dark Room at school