Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sony Nex-5R Camera

I purchased my Sony Nex-5R camera on January 25, 2013. Loving it! Can't wait to start capturing images. Really want to take a day road trip and shoot some outdoor scenes. To get to know the camera better I did a rice bowl study and shot these without the flash. These are rice bowls that are 60 and maybe even 70 years old (circa 1940s) that were used at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association for several years for dinners and banquets.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Camera Fever

On the left is a Yashica-Mat camera my grandfather used in the late 1950s and 60s - it's now on my mantle as a treasured heirloom. I am really excited to be looking at the Sony Alpha Nex-5R as my next camera. I've been using a Sony Cybershot 5 mpx 4x zoom compact camera the last 8 years (from 2004) - loved this camera and I believe over 40,000 shots were taken with it (the image counter has cycled about 4 or 5 times). The new Alpha Nex series offers interchangeable lenses and has gotten some stellar reviews. I'm using more photography in my personal work and will be able to offer professional like work once I get my hands on this camera.

I have talked to someone local about creating a postcard series or flip book that would be scenes, landscapes and landmarks around the Augusta area. Then apply a design treatment around the series to give it a unique look for retail. I'll be pitching the designs by the summer. So this means I need to get my new camera and start shooting.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Art Prints now on Hi-Art Press

More works of art are showing up on Hi-Art Press. These are landscapes or a more appropriate name, 'coastalscapes'. These 2 prints are some of my favorite images I've taken and are framed in my home studio (as you can see in the desk calendar shot on my mantle). One is 'Driftwood' taken in the middle of winter on Tybee Island, GA and the other is a coastline at dusk on Fripp Island, SC. Both images are printed on my 2013 Nature Desk Calendar. If you order a print you'll get a FREE calendar. Visit  Hi-Art Press to view and purchase original works of art.

Friday, January 18, 2013

2013 Nature Desk Calendar

I designed, photographed and illustrated this original work of art intended as a self-promotion piece sent out to family, friends and prospective clients. There are plans to enter the piece in PRINT's Regional Design Annual competition later this month. I really loved the final outcome of the calendar and decided to print a few extra. Over 300 calendars have been distributed around the country and one was sent to Australia. A few local stores in Augusta, GA are retailing the calendar - including the gift shop of the Morris Museum of Art. 

Personal photography I took of southern coastal and inner waterways, combined with custom digital illustration, make this limited edition calendar a whimsical wonderland to be enjoyed throughout the year. 

The desk calendars are 4 sets of postcards (4"x6") with 3 months each and professionally printed on a 14pt board stock with a matte finish. Visit to purchase a calendar for $5 with FREE Shipping. The back of the calendar has some information behind the artwork and artist and a blurb about Animal Alliterati, an abc eBook that I wrote and illustrated (available on the iBookstore and NOOK). Thank you for supporting an indie artist.