Category Archives: resources for artists and photographers

camera club – photography award

A pleasant surprise at the end of my first year with camera club – entries to the Dorothy Mackrill Trophy award were judged by professional photographer Philip Kurivita and i was thrilled t0 receive the award.

the following 7 pictures are the body of work entered in the award.

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‘my shadow’ – still life

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blue poles – ‘light and shade’

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paprika – ‘open’

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the rubbish bin – ‘abstract’

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into the centre – ‘image within 30cm’

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blue eyes – ‘the face’

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red and blue – ‘open’

My thanks to the Northern Tasmania Camera Club, all its members and PHilip Kurivita for the opportunity.

Do have a look at Philip’s photograhic work – beautiful pieces  from an innovative creative professional photograher.

wow to redbubble …

so as to check out the quality … i ordered a selection of my cards and the calendar from redbubble … and WOW …. thank you REDBUBBLE …   the quality is fantastic .. the cards look soooooo lovely and the calendar is fantastic !   i thought originally, what if i didnt like just one page of the calendar (and worse, more than one !) .. but gee … its looking wonderful …

i am thrilled with the products >>> Gina

PS i cant wait to produce more calendars !

poetry update and beautiful words – publications

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I have updated at Blumoon the latest range of poems, haibun, haiga that have gained acceptance and published (my) summer 2008.

Ambrosia is a new publication accepting 3 of mine for issue 1 – check it out for great reading of excellent quality short form poetry.  DUE OUT 1 November 2008 with an online version !

Haibun Today for great prose poetry.

and for those who love photoshop i found this great site on tutorials. – check it out !

i picked up a couple of very cool tips – when doing this pic

trawling for the best sites

I was cleaning out the spam comments that wordpress catch on your behalf (an excellent service!) and came across this one that turns out not to be spam – a nice surprise.

photography digest find what they call ‘the best content on the web’ ….  their words are:

“Here at the Digest we don’t write the blogs, we just provide a short snippet of the best content from around the web. If you see an item of interest, please visit the original blog. We help readers find new blogs and we help bloggers expand their audience.”

and there i found my piece(s) on Launceston, Princes Square !

A few photos i took exploring this site that is a part of the town i live in.

>>> Gina

11 October 2008

the latest cards and art prints posted

click on the red ‘redbubble’ button to the right on my site to view all artworks for sale ..  (I am yet to think how and where to present to you the originals) … do let me know what you think >>> Gina

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Invest in creativity – do it, collect it, revisit it, find it

ART is important.

Producing art, experiencing art and enjoying helps shape our cultural identity and sustains our social well being.  Artists can inspire, challenge, provoke new thoughts and ideas.  Art can give us a fresh perspective on life, the world and our place within it.

It’s been proven that early exposure to visual art, music, or drama promotes activity in the brain, that art nurtures inventiveness, aids development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation and self-motivation, art gives us the tools necessary to understand human experience, to adapt to and respect others’ ways of working and thinking, to develop creative problem-solving skills, and communicating thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways.

There are many articles to be found on the provens about art, not the least that the arts is a major contributor to the mainstream economy, yet artists face particular income and employment challenges.

Original works of art enliven your space, contribute to your sense of place, creativity and well being; show support for the artist and their work,  –

*  buy work direct from the artist ensuring those slim margins remain with the artist;

* its not about the artist being famous; its about loving the work – and if you look at enough works from different artists you soon gain a sense of what is ‘good’ art and your particular type; and look at works of art, from a range of artists, for long enough and you will find your tastes and knowledge will grow and contribute to your ways of seeing and being;

* the internet is a wonderful place to find these artists – make sure you leave a note to let them know what you thought of their work, ideas or just a hi;

*  encourage art workshops, for adults and children of all ages, in your local area;

*  be thoughtful and aware when buying, selling, collecting art or even, doing your own art http://www.iwouldntsteal.net/support.htm

Support artists and buy their works – if the originals are too expensive look at some of the other great products the artist can sell to you such as cards, matted prints, canvas prints and books.

my favourites that i visit and am inspired by are …

Martha Marshall – an artist I ‘listen’ to online, everyday – she is an inspiration and I enjoy her wide-ranging, interesting postings very much. She acknoweldges the works and posts of others, she gives us an insight into the daily meanderings and doings of an artist and I just like her and love her works.  Do go see her original works of art for sale at Martha’s Etsy shop.

Bill Kenny … a wonderful haiku poet (a mentor in my mind) whose work I wait to read whenever he posts. Do go see his work and discover a wonderful form of poetry by a well-respected poet.

A new young artist I have only recently found whose current vision, speaks to me and whose blog is on my ‘list of watchables’.  Another young lady that supports the blogs and art of others.  I look with excitement to see where she takes her gallery.

and not least, from a photographic perspective (of which there are many) one of my favourite ‘thinking’ ones.

happy creating !

Gina

(c) 10 October 2008

Gina’s art is available from redbubble

Gina’s published poetry here

maybe its just a good drug you get hooked on !

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Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem (a film by Tazuo Yamaguchi)

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http://www.brooksbookshaiku.com/haikufilm/

a couple of gems i captured from the movie …

william j higginson

what is haiku for ?
haiku is for sharing

maybe its just a good drug you get hooked on
a good drug you get hooked on

if you really start writing it
its kinda hard to stop it

beaten to death
for candy
pintata

Johnette Downing

xxx
am I
telling too much

Yu Chang

see it for yourself … >>> Gina