This months artist who ROCKS is Sarah of SAS Photo's! Sarah exudes a vampy-edgy & cotton candy sweetness, while being very provocatively polished. I ADORE this!! She specializes in self portraits but she goes way beyond that. I have admired this chickie for years (yes Myspace again) but since getting to know her a 'lil better I am smitten even more with her awesome personality and not just her fabulous talent. Besides, being totally talented & genuinely sweet, she is gorgeous. Just look at her photo's! Oh, plus she is a local Jersey girl so of course I am a 'lil bit biased ;)
I guess I started taking really horrible self portraits around 2004, but that's how I learned a lot. Then I would take pictures of my friends. I just kept doing it and the images and my editing skills got better. I'm still learning and trying to improve my images though.
What got me started was a mix between boredom and having a slight desire for modeling. I don't consider myself a model though...maybe I'm just my own model. So I guess I'm just an experimental portrait photography geek with some Photoshop skills.
I wish my photos could have more of a cinematic feel with more of a story behind them...maybe that is a goal I would like to achieve at some point. I'm completely inspired by films more than photographs. My favorite filmmakers are David Lynch, Alexandro Jodorowsky, John Waters, Todd Solondz, Gregg Araki, Harmony Korine, and a bunch more. I'm always searching for more films to obsess over.
Ah..judging by the above photo you are well on your way, sister!!
Same goes for music. I don't really have any favorite photographers surprisingly but I love the work of Lithium Picnic, Chas Ray Krider, Troy Paiva, amongst many others. I love so many different styles that I never know what direction to take with my own work. I'm a bit of a mess.
I had to giggle at that statement because I always think the same of myself.
NOW... Look at these model shots below. THEY ARE brilliant!
In closing what I like best about Sarah/Sas Photos is that she is self taught & approachable while her work makes her look totally at the top of her game and unapproachable. I suspect she has no idea just how good she is. I have to wonder if she could make me look even just a smidgen as fab as her and her models! Man oh man she would have to have some serious Photoshop skills for this 30 something Mom of 2 teens...eek!
Friday, October 31, 2008
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
>YOU MUST WATCH OOGIE do his BOOGIE!!!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Boo Ghosty is paperclay sculpted on a turned tapered wooden leg that has been heavily crackled. Tied with Bethany Lowe tinsels and attached wooden tiles read "BOO"!. Tapered leg grows out of sculpted pumpkin with moveable stem, all attached to a German Glass glittered block base.
Cheery Pumpkinhead box is a paperclay sculpted pumpkin on a wooden tapered heavy dowel. with feathers around the collar. German glass glitters used on hat and box. Wooden box has a finished interior with black flocking! Resin bead finishes his polka dot party hat!
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just before friends arrived.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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Finally, this is what I woke up to this morning. I actually thought I was hallucinating at first. I had to go outside and show you my outdoor ghost which has a black cat and pumpkin in his belly with flying bats swirling around. However, not today...today they are FROZEN!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
How would you like to win the Winter issue of Art Doll Quarterly??!! This issue is not released to the public until November 1st but as an advertiser I receive them earlier!! Just so happens I received two of this issue and I will share my good fortune with you!!!
So, to win you MUST comment on this post and tell me what/who has influenced you most in your art or love of art
I have many contemporary favorites but 2 people jump to mind instantly. I have always loved Maxfield Parish for his use of light. The way he portrays light through clouds is so dreamy it feels magical. EVERY single time I look at the clouds I think of him and wonder how he he did it.
and Alexandra Nechita (mini master-child prodigy) for reminding me to paint for me and no one else.
I was lucky enough to see her original works in person in NYC about 10 years ago. She blends so many colors in a single piece and they are all work brilliantly. Although, I am not a big cubist fan, I am when it comes to her. I actually went into the city a 2nd time to see her works again the very next week but my train derailed when it abruptly stopped due to a sudden warning of a methane gas leak in Penn Station. Alexandra is now an adult and somewhat reclusive but her art still sells for 100's of thousands of dollars since she was 7 years old!
Winner announced by October 27th but will be anytime I can fit it in or feel like it!
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Sunday, October 19, 2008
So, here are a few quick highlights of the day trip that Marie and I took, that turned into 3 days!!!
We got up at 6 am (after a late night of wine and scrabble-ugh!) to see the sunrise over the ocean. It was a foggy morning but the temp and breeze were great and it turned out to be lovely watching the orange sun peeking through the clouds as it rose.
During our trip we visited some of the area cemeteries and found some beautiful masoleums.
Here is a photo looking through the copper door at the beautiful stained glass.
While we were taking pics, Marie realized we could see each others reflection through the glass. Can you see Marie?
We shopped in Manasquan and Pt. Pleasant Beach and found some wonderful shops with lots of ooh's and ahh's! Finally on the ride home we passed this farmers market and I just had to take a quick video. It so makes me laugh.
I needed this break and am so glad Marie was right along with me!!
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Monday, October 13, 2008
Hey all my sweet blogger friends! Just wanted to say hi and bye..lol! I am a wee bit burnt out these days from the oodles of updates on all fronts.
I am going to take a few days to recharge and enjoy the beautiful Autumn days that are so quickly passing me by. With the start of SpookyTimeJingles.com this summer I literally spent the ENTIRE summer in my studio working with the exception of 6 days in the last week of Summer and I don't want to do that again.
So here are my plans:
We live in a historic river town with a State park that has two parks, one on the NJ side and one on the PA side. The NJ side has 369 acres & the Pa side has 478 acres with great hiking trails. I can literally walk out my front door, cross the street and hit the wooded trails.
So Colby (my sweet athletic dog) and I will be hitting the trails together this week and seeing what we can find!
For you history buffs this park also marks the site where, in a blinding snowstorm on the night of Dec. 25, 1776, General George Washington crossed the river with 2,400 colonial troops and captured 1,000 Hessian mercenaries.
Every Christmas morning their is an re-enactment in our town of General George Washington and his troops crossing. Cool, I think!
Ok, so enough of the history lesson. So hiking and then Marie of Marie Patterson Studio and I will be taking a day trip to the beach for some walking & inspiration and then shopping in the sweet lil town of Manasquan. Hope I can remember what it is like to relax (Marie be patient with me..lol) Finally, for some spooky fun....a haunted hay ride this weekend and a haunted tour of the Pennsylavania Pennitentiary is in order. I am excited to have some fun!!
~Thanx all see ya next week~
Oh, BTW...Anyone who mentions this blog gets 20% off of ANY and all items I have for sale..yep.. Etsy, SpookyTimeJingles, Pfatt-all of it!!! Enjoy~
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008
We had said we would trade paintings months ago. She wanted one of my naive cottage paintings (haven't done one in almost a year) & I wanted one of her witches. Well, it arrived yesterday and I was totally surprised as I forgot all about it! Luckily, I did her painting way before SpookyTimeJingles, otherwise she might be waiting a long long time..lol
Thanx Marie, I love it!! Great Spooky Spirit!
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Sunday, October 5, 2008
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Thursday, October 2, 2008
I stumbled on this gripping short story blog while searching for images of The Bride of Frankenstein.
It is a collection of life's saddest objects, their sad stories, and our reasons for holding onto these sad things.
The Saddest Thing I Own is a 2005 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It is supported by the Jerome Foundation in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial and in recognition of the valuable contributions of artists to society.
I thought it was such a unique and honest approach to art and life and I wanted to share that with you. Some stories are quite sad, so be aware if you are feeling sad or sensitive yourself. Certainly a quick yet worthy read.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Here is a link to a awesome site to help you all countdown the days to HALLOWEEN!! SO fun and artsy! Enjoy~ http://www.gothtober.com/
Posted by ~dani~ at 10:39 PM