David Lujan of Gallery Black Lagoon

People at Work Series.

From the April wedding in Austin, Texas.

David Lujan co-owner(with his wife) & curator of Black Lagoon: art+ yoga and artist.  He tended the bar at the wedding celebration and made the little fairy chairs out of the champagne tops. He was sketching a tree house for his daughter, as I remember.  I must carry a reporter’s notebook to write down the details.

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Available light portrait of David Lujan

fairy chairs  The Fairy Chairs he created from the champagne bottle tops.

david the bartender

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“All You Knit is Love” Sign

You know how I love to photograph signage (and knit)

Joanne spotted this one!26280461321_f47dd5220e_kat the Hill Country Weavers yarn store on South Congress Austin Texas

 

and a familiar Pittsburgh icon found in at Home Slice Pizza in Austin

OUR very own Mr. Rogers

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Complete with surveillance cameras.

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.

 

 

Bluebonnet Season

We happened to hit it just right- Bluebonnet Season in Texas.  It would be a bummer to come before or just after they’d bloomed along the highways throughout the state.

We went to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. A public botanical garden in Austin, Texas.  Although they sell bags of wildflower seed, you are not encouraged to purchase it if you don’t live in the zone where the wildflowers will thrive.

Texas Wildflowers Index for identification and categorized by color is listed here

I’ll ask Ilix at Midwestern Plant Girl blog to help me identify the flowers properly because I went to the index and am thoroughly confused now as to what is what except for the lupinus– Bluebonnets

IMG_0486Rattlesnakes?   Yikes.  We did not see or hear any, thank goodness.

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bluebonnet photographer.jpgProfessional and family photographers capturing subjects posing in the bluebonnets.

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Making Eco Pots out of newspaper to plant seedlings.

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Mother of the Bride, my friend Joanne, in the butterfly chair.IMG_0454.JPGIMG_0461.JPGIMG_0455.JPGIMG_0452.JPGIMG_0473.JPGIMG_0459.JPGIMG_0500.JPGIMG_0472.JPGIMG_0472.JPGIMG_0467.JPGIMG_0449.JPGPink Evening Primrose

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Remember the bride Anna in the Bluebonnets with Champ?

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Hard Rock Drummer

Remember the post from a few days ago about how Austin Texas is Live Music Capital of the World?

This is Cody, drummer of the hard rock band Sweat Lodge.

I met him on his way to the studio as he was picking up the VINYL master for the band’s third album.

Yep, vinyl. You all know I have plenty of vinyl in boxes in my house.

Now I’m wasn’t cool enough to know any tracks from Sweat Lodge as of yet but I went and listened and here is the link to their webpage, too.

On my first Uber ride to the Austin Airport,  I said I’d be willing to carpool and although our driver Edward could not allow me to photograph him at work, Cody said it was okay by him. We dropped Cody first, I got out and photographed him.

I told him about my People at Work series and I didn’t have a hard rock musician for the upcoming show at Panza Gallery in Millvale

(did I mention that the show’s opening is in July?  July, 2018!!!  I’m serious)

Thanks Cody. Check out the music. 

As we drove to his destination, he gave an excellent guided tour of a part of Austin I had not seen on the double decker bus tour.

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It’s good to change it up on the blog.  You’ve seen a lot of my knitting, coffee mugs and tea cups, a lot of food for dinnertime, the grandkids, the recent wedding and the starring dog Champ but I think Cody has the distinction for being the first ROCK musician on the blog. Thanks Cody. 

 

South Congress Sidewalk Scenes -Austin Texas

 

We were out of the bus.  I stood on a corner, waiting for my friends in the shops.

They’d told us on the bus, Austin is the largest “no-kill city”  in the country.  Here’s an article about how that happened.

 

 

Austin is known as Live Music Capital of the World

Motorcycles and bicycles

Meet Malka- A Stitch in Dye

Austin, Texas is noted for live music and creative artists.

And stunning hand-dyed, uniquely-patterned fabrics, by Malka Dubrawsky. Touring her studio, I was reminded of my color theory class, studying Josef Albers.

In between wedding and celebrations, Colleen, who hails from Nova Scotia, made arrangements to meet Malka at her studio, A Stitch in Dye.

Colleen is an avid quilter and follows Malka’s blog.

The four of us piled in Joanne’s car and her son Chris, ferried us to A Stitch in Dye where Malka welcomed us and generously gave a tour of her studio.

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Malka Dubrawsky – Fiber Artist

26074255430_c07b8adf97_kMalka explained the dye process. We learned about the addition of soda ash.

Lengths of fabric soak in dye. Wax in electric frying pans for making the designs on the fabric

 

26321167766_3db3fc7cff_kWax design drying, ready for a dye bath

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Button jar

25741790244_61ef3cd42e_kJoanne spotted these gloves on a shelf.  Thanks J.

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Custom designs available and international shipping! Click for her Etsy Store to see samples of her vibrant hand dyed fabrics. She has written two books.

Color Your Cloth: A Quilter’s Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric and Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration.

26347120015_67c1d4d60d_oLeft Handed Appliqué Scissors.

26321137986_7e4f2f7d75_kStacks of fabric to be sewn into quilt designs

26074218620_1663b13e6f_kThanks for a wonderful tour.  Malka saw us out to the parking lot.

Glad Colleen had such a cool connection in Austin.   The fabrics she bought were richly colored and fabulous designs. Can’t wait to see your quilt creation, Colleen. Send photos for upcoming blog post!