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Payin’ the rent

Every now and then I need to produce a post which shows potential buyers how to find the formatted pdf files from which they can produce their own A2 sized (e.g. Avery 8315) notecards.  I have them on sellfy and although these are not hot linked, the link is listed correctly in this screenshot.  Here for example is the hotlink to “Old Glory.”  And this link may show you the complete product catalog.  Read the descriptions carefully because some of the products are pdf files for full-sized photos.

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Art or Craft – My First Watercolor

If you follow Eric Gorges in his PBS series “A Craftsman’s Legacy” you know at some point in each show he asks his guest if they consider themselves artists or craftsmen.  This year I have experienced a journey from never having created a painting to sketching and now to watercolors.  At each step of the way I had to find someone who had mastered the technique I was trying to learn to “show me the ropes” very much like a blacksmith, just to name a trade, would start out as an apprentice to another craftsman who would teach methods.

It occurs to me that every artist, whether in music, writing, performing, film making, or in my case painting on paper or canvas must at some early point be shown the skills and techniques of the craft they want to pursue.  I suspect even naturally talented graffiti artists at some point are “shown the ropes” by an experience individual in that skill.  Having learned those techniques does not make the individual an artist, as hundreds perhaps thousands of people sitting around small town America thinking they are writing the next great film script can attest.

It seems to me that “art” is the vision and “craft” is the method by which that vision becomes a reality.  Every artist must be a crafter (to coin a less gender specific term) first — and a decent living can be made as a person skilled in techniques, but not every crafter is an artist.  Sometimes the vision is lacking, or simply not in tune with the times.

So here is my very first “craft” piece — an ink and watercolor wash drawing — Iris, 2017

Iris 2017 100dpi

African Iris


Florals are something of a “subject for an overcast day” for me, as you can see by looking over my florals catalog here.  They are fun to take, and I always marvel that some of the same lighting and post-processing touch-up techniques are used for florals as for portraits.  The african iris, above, was taken on — yes — a heavily overcast day.  I used a tripod as I almost always do now, and the other camera specs are in the description of the image in the gallery at the link above.  As I noted, for me, this is probably the best separation of blossom from background that I have done … and in the end photography is about improvement of skills I believe, so I am happy with it.  The only real “Wow” factor is the image is that it scales to four feet by four feet if someone ever wanted an image of an iris that large.  It was fun, and I will certainly take more flower images on the next overcast day.