Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Changes have been made!

2 days left until the show!!!!  Well, technically 2 days and 29 minutes as of right this second :)

The gallery opening is going to be amazing!  I have to share a few things about my day today that had everything to do with my gallery!!!

First off - 

I loaded the van this morning with most of my prints (minus 9 of them) and headed out to Southern Pines to deliver them to the Gallery and help set up what I could.  This is that the van looked like....

Now what you can't see is the three boxes underneath the big box, the super cute pink tool box and my Canon camera case.  Along with two other boxes with my 9x14 prints in them up against the front seats.  See!  A LOT of stuff!!!!

After we got there we unwrapped stuff and set things out to see where we might want them to go.  

There was already the perfect nail for my Lightning Strikes aluminum print so we hung it first, just to make sure it was perfect.....

Cell Phone Picture

Canon Picture

Brian (the gallery owner) started on my three large 20in x 30in prints first......

So glad he knows how to use a tape measure and is really focused on the tiny details of hanging everything up!  See the Grand Canal, Venice Italy picture on the floor next to him?  Yup, a 9x14!  It's super awesome too!!!!

After we helped as much as we could, my best friend Sandy and I went downtown Southern Pines and ate at the super cute Ice Cream Parlor!  It's like this little town took us back in time.  I'll be going there more often for sure! 

As we were walking around, about 10-12 stores had my awesome little print/poster thing hanging in their windows.  I tell you, it's just awesome seeing your name in large letters in so many windows!  So many people out there rooting for me and showing their support!  I'm forever grateful and know this event is going to turn out amazing!!!!

THEN!  To top everything off, I get a text from Brian with this picture.....

Yup, that is totally MY BIO in the newspaper!!!!  EEK!  How amazingly cool is that!?!?!?!?!

Everything is coming together perfectly.  There are so many people interested in my photography and I am hoping there will be many MANY more after the Gallery opening on Friday night!

And just in case you missed it.....

And now there is just 2 days and 9 minutes until my show!  That's it folks and I will be a SOLO Gallery show pro....well, maybe not a pro at the gallery shows but one step closer!  Hope to see you there!!!!!  (Cash and credit cards accepted)

~Till Next Time

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What a life it is.......

SO MUCH has been happening in my life lately that I'm needing the moment to just sit back and "chill" a minute!

To start things off, on Sunday while my husband was still home, we went and talked to a guy named Brian about me getting a wall in his gallery.  I was super excited to have a whole wall.  When we got there it was not what I had expected at all.  It's not a "art council" type of gallery.  It's a "real world" type of gallery.  Does that make sense???  It's basically a small apartment that has been turned into a gallery.  I was a bit skeptical at first, I mean, who really does that to an apartment?  BUT, he doesn't live there, just rents/owns the space for this gallery.  His first show was a solo show of his work.  He does some really awesome paintings on canvas.  He had three hanging in the room when we walked in, the Jack Daniels sign, some dance steps and the gang from the foxtrot cartoon.  It didn't take me long to figure it out that the three went together as "Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot" or in people terms "What The F***".  It was actually quite neat.  

Brain told me I would be the first actual Photographer to be in any of his shows.  That most of them are local artists from the Southern Pines are and most just do cell phone pics, canvas painting, wood drawing, or even sticky note drawings!  But I guess it's been a great turn out for him so far.  We were talking about my favorite images of his and his all time favorite was the Lightning strike one (duh LOL).  Brandon said something about me getting that image as a large one and Brian said that would be great.  Then all of a sudden Brian says, "wait, you know what.  Your pictures are just so amazing and different then what I've done in here before, I'd love to start the new year with you doing a SOLO show!"

WHAT!!!!!  A SOLO SHOW!!!!!  How in the world could I pull that off in such little time????  GAH!

But low and behold, my husband came home that night and sat me down and we made it work!  I ordered every framed print I needed from my website and also ordered a bunch of 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10s for little back up pictures.

The prices for my work I think has turned out good too, not too high, not too low.

The 4x6's will be $15, 5x7's will be $30, 8x10's $50, 9x14's $150, 20x30's $400 and the big 48x32 metal print of the lightning will be $550.

I often ask myself if someone would buy these prints at that price.....honestly, I have NO idea!  The 20x30 that I already did at the gallery downtown was $400 and it sold so......possibly LOL

Should I make then a little lower in price though????  *sigh*  

Anyways.....The stress of all this was deciding what pictures to put where, what size those pictures need to be, how many to put on each wall......Here's a small run down of what we came up with.

There are 4 main walls that I will be getting.  I'm just now thinking about it and I might ask him to put some more up through-out the little apartment so there is more room....hum, a need to ask question for sure.  Then I don't have to have the "door wall" so cluttered with prints.  AND I have 20 more prints ordered that aren't accounted for in these diagrams so yeah :)  I'm SO EXCITED!  What do you think?  Does this look like enough?  Too much?  Should I change some around a bit?  See how this could be so stressful?  LOL


In other news, there has been a little bit of chatter on my part about going to Australia next spring with my MOM!  Yup, I've always promised her that I would take her to the wonderful land of OZ and I'm not going to disappoint!  We both are getting older as the days go by and I want to make sure that we are able to still have an amazing time while we are there!  So, plans are being made as of right now, to go in April of 2016!  What does a trip like this cost?  Well, an estimate I came up with is about $12,000.  But the cost is totally going to be all about how long we stay and how many amazing trips we want to do while we are there!  I even saw they had a hot air balloon ride along the Great Beerier Reef!  How amazing would that be.   And could you imagine the pictures I'm going to get while I'm there!  EEK!  So much to think, plan and do.

Because of this new adventure that's in the works, I'm doing a bit of babysitting on the side while the kids are in school.  I'm also going to be pushing my photography a lot more :)  Who knows, if these prints don't sell at the Gallery Night I might just sell them from my Facebook page and lots of people who really love me and my work can buy them from me!  Wouldn't that be great.  (Jeanne and Marnie, if you are reading this, I've got the perfect ones for you ladies LOL).

So if there's anything anyone of you need from me, or pictures you'd like to see me take, please don't hesitate to ask!  I've got 12 grand I need to make in a YEAR!  hehehehe


OH!  And I've done more weeks with my 52 week photography challenge.  Remember me telling you all about that a few weeks ago?  Well, here's what I've done so far.....


This pocket watch belonged to my husband's grandfather.  He was an amazing man!  From the moment I met him (and Granny) I knew they were going to love me like I was blood family.  I would do anything for them (and did when I was needed).  Paw-Paw was our Santa Clause.  He was the closest resemblance I have ever seen with the white hair and beard.  He even had his very own Santa suit!  He always made me smile and loved listening to my stories.  He passed away in 2009 and I miss him so very much.  I know he's keeping an eye on us though.  While we lived in Italy, every 6 months or so, we would see a guy who looked just like Paw-Paw.  He would always smile at us with a twinkle in his eye.  Every time I saw him I would be sure to stop and ask how he was and that I hope he had a great day.  I would leave him with a tear in my eye.  I had seen him twice before my husband saw him for the first time.  When Brandon saw him he couldn't hardly believe his eyes.  I told him it was Paw-Paw checking in on us and from then on every time Brandon saw him he would shake his hand.  Since we've moved to the states it's only been once a year or so that we see someone resembling Paw-Paw.  It's only been while Brandon and I are together and every time I squeeze Brandon's arm or hand, smile, make it a point to at least say hi and walk away with a tear in my eye.  I've never missed anyone so much after they've passed *sigh*


I'm sure you remember this picture from the frozen fountains post but it's really been brown and a whole lot of nothing lately so I haven't taken the camera outside much at all.  So Ta-Da!  Nature LOL

And there you have it, my few days in one (kinda long) blog.  Next post will be MY PRINTS ARE HERE!  Hopefully LOL  Stay tuned!

~Till Next Time

Monday, January 12, 2015

FROZEN......fountains that is :)

Well, because of yesterdays little trip downtown I couldn't help but go back down there today since it was still super cold.  I wanted "good" quality shots of the frozen fountains and I'm super glad I went.  I didn't want to go and waste the gas but I knew if I didn't I would regret it and this year I am hoping to not have any regrets.  So far, so good LOL

Yesterday morning I got these cell phone pics of the frozen fountains downtown.....

I knew of the two fountains downtown and ended up driving by a third one that looked really neat too so I stopped and took a few pictures of it.  Then I headed to the Veterans Memorial in hopes that their fountains were frozen but they weren't.  Not even a little bit of ice on them *sigh* but the plants/grass had some amazing frozen parts so I took pics of those instead.  Here's what I got this morning ;)

Fountain at Linear Park near the Wells Fargo building - 

Fountain downtown Fayetteville on Hay Street - 

Fountain at the round-a-bout in downtown Fayetteville near the Cumberland County Library - 

Veteran's Park at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville - 

So, what fountain is your favorite?  I kinda love all the pictures myself LOL

~Till Next Time~

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 has started!!!!

Wow, 2015.....I can't hardly believe it.  I've been out of high school for 15 years *sigh*  where does the time go?

I've got an idea for this year, it's not a resolution because those always get broken at one point or another during the year.  This idea has to do with my physical health.  With my appearance and hopefully my mood.  I've joined a "club" if you will.  It's a biggest-loser type of club.  There's cash prizes for the ones who lose the most weight, inches, etc.  I'm not sure how long I can stick with it but since there is something in it for me then maybe, just maybe, this is the push I need to get going on being back down to my after college look.  I was way too thin in High School so after college is good for me :)  My starting weight is, well, I don't want to put it on here but it is 18lbs higher then the "bad" mark for me.  We'll see how it all works out!  Wish me luck!

I also had to go downtown today to pick up my things from the Gallery.  Super happy to have gone through that whole senario.  It's been a great experiance.  While I was downtown I found these awesome fountains....

I'm really kicking myself for not having my camera but I might head down there again tomorrow morning and see if they are still frozen.  They really are awesome aren't they!

As far as my photography goes this year, I'm going to get out and push it.  I'm also doing a 52 week challenge.  I'll have to keep the blog updated with those too :)  Here's the list!

Super cool huh?  For my first week, the "you, at the beginning" I put this picture.

Granted this was a few months ago (November) but it's me.  Tank tops, glasses and my really awesome streaks in my hair :)  I've got some really great ideas for several of the weeks so we will have to see how they turn out!  I can't wait to finish this challenge.  It's going to be AWESOME!

So that's my year so far, lots of great ideas on the burners and hopefully everything works out perfect this year!  Love to you all in this new year!  Happy 2015!!!!!!

~Till Next Time~