Monday, September 28, 2009
Well, I think that this goes down as one of my least productive weekends! Saturday, I got my house reappraised, so we'll see how that turned out. Afterwards, I drove to my parents' house to celebrate my mother's birthday. And along the way, I searched endlessly and unsuccessfully for an old barn. I had the Nikon all charged and ready because I thought for SURE that I would find one...but again, I have been eluded by the barns! Yesterday, I was supposed to referee my first soccer game, but with all the rains, the grass fields were closed! I seriously, went back to bed for two hours...what better way to spend a rainy Sunday?!
Twenty-seven days until my first show of the season...here's to (what will be!) a productive week!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I might be a little behind the eight ball on preparing for Christmas (HA-I think that WalMart's beat me to Christmas!) but I think it is (again) my personal disdain for winter and the cold! So, I'm developing a POA (plan of action) to get me through my to-do list and to the top of Google searches for "Gifts for Him/Her."
I'm not typically a procrastinator. My mother raised me to be an "over-achiever" so for me, it's really hard to deal with the fact that I save all my massive amounts of shooting, printing, matting, signing, dating, prepping, and framing for my art shows until the week OF the show! It a combination of not having a large in-stock inventory and making sure that I have all the most recent photographs to display. Well, I'm hoping NOT to repeat that this season. I made the executive decision that all the prints that leave my studio from henceforth will be titled, numbered, and signed...thus creating the need that EVERY print needs to be matted. I must say, a day of matting prints turns into a loopy one! The scent of spray-mount and rubber cement waft from my work space and I think that I stumble around for the next two days. But the end product is WELL worth it. Nothing says "Professional" like have the 15th print in a limited edition of 50. I'm going to get working on getting some Halloween/fall photos this weekend, but it might prove difficult! The leaves are not yet changing and my schedule's tight. I'm also on my month long search for the perfect old barn...been unsuccessful so far.
Cyber Monday is 88 days away. Just typing that sends an adrenaline rush coursing through my veins! Eight-eight days! Sunday, 1 November is going to be a BIG day for me. That will be my conversion of all the listings in my studio to appear in Christmas/Holiday specific searchs. "Is dad hard to buy for and a mustang lover? Well, here's the perfect gift!" I'll have to determine what to change my banner and avatar to at that point...since I'm HIGHLY doubtful that there will be any snow fall (THERE HAD BETTER NOT BE SNOW IN OCTOBER! Otherwise, I'm putting my house up for sale, and moving to the Tropics NOW!) so I'll probably need to bake up some Christmas cookies for a snack...I mean photograph or too! ;)
So, I may not be singing about Santa coming to visit or a silent night any time soon, but Christmas is on my mind as September is coming to a close...Much to do, better get the elves to start working overtime!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I've come away from this week, with new subject matter ideas, interesting ways to show off my prints! I unburied some note cards I had printed a year ago, which then motivated me to get some more note cards printed and some desk calendars. (Both of which, I'm still waiting to arrive in the mail....Hurry up postman!)
The next part...well, is kinda a long story. My current laptop was my high school graduation gift. It completely crashed my junior year in college (I had LITERALLY just printed the last part of my interior design studio semester project before it died...I still cried from the stress though!) My father had the hard drive replaced and boosted some memory and RAM (If you can't tell, I don't talk computer!) Well, apparently when I left college, the school-mandated antivirus software did NOT. Meaning that I've been wandering the internet past few years unprotected. My father, again, found my issue. I went to the store to purchase antivirus software, opened and insterted the disk into the computer. After a few minutes of it spinning and sounding like the disk drive was going to take flight, the computer spits it out! Huh?! Silly me! I thought that I had MS Windows XP...apparently I have the previous version of Windows. Oops! After weighting the Pros & Cons, it would be better to replace the laptop (for fear of the impending 'Crash of 2009') then upgrade my operating system (and I'm sure that would crash this poor laptop anyway!) Today, I stopped buy the computer store. I had an idea of what I wanted, but since I don't know much about technology, I asked the expert. I let him know what this is for (photography, not paper-writing) and well...I'm awaiting the delievery of my new toy! A MacBookPro!
Thinking into the next few months and years, it only made sense to get a laptop that can take the expansion of my photography. I'm hoping to break into engagements, weddings, and baby photography.
Again....I've got my eyes on the mail! I've done a LOAD of listings up in my Artfire shop...Now, I just hope that the rest of my holiday weekend is as relaxingly productive as today was!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
On a more optimistic note: I got my Artfire shop linked up to my Facebook page(s)...it also motivated me to finally publish my Vance Studios Facebook page
In other events, I've started to do a "Makeover" on myself and my life! I signed up for a gym membership a few weeks ago, and I've been going NEARLY everyday since then...some days are harder to get there than others! But my short term goal is to regain about half of my wardrobe that's been 'off limits' for a long while...my long term goal is to drop thirty! I do have to remind myself every few days that the first thing is building muscle, losing inches, then losing the excess.
I've also decided to dedicate time to a local youth group. I'm no longer coaching soccer, so I have a whole in my life in more than one way...so I thought that it would be the best way for me to meet other young adults in the area AND to serve this group of high schoolers! I'm really looking forward to the adventure that is in store for me! :)
Well, I have some ideas for a few more prints to add...let's see if I can actually stay put long enough to get them done! ;)
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I'm looking forward to this weekend...for one, I get to sleep in (YAY!) but I'm getting the Nikon back out (first time since the vacation!). I've joined a DC/Maryland/Virginia photography group and I'm going out for on outing! We're going to the National Shrine in DC (Not to be confused with the National Cathedral...that's in a few weeks!) I've been to the Shrine many times before, but mainly for the purpose of Mass...not photography! I'm really looking forward to the trip! Next Saturday, I'm going to the Bull Run Battlefields...it's actually really close to my house, and to think that I've lived in the Civil War Battleground State of Virignia for....far more years than I would like to remember...and I've never yet been to see them!
Hope to post and list some new prints this weekend! :)
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
My sister and I (I'm in the black dress) with a donkey in front of the fort in Puerto Plato.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Last week, I came down with the flu...nasty fever, muscle fatigue and soreness, sleepy, sore throat, coughing, want to crawl in hole forever, kind of flu! Well, after getting my employee evaluation-based pay raise (supposedly, the evaluation determines the pay raise...my evaluation was great but I'm still a "below average" employee for pay raises?!) I thought that it was best to call in sick only if needed...aka, I'm dying and cannot drive! With the proper timing of dayquil doses, I wasn't feeling TOO bad, although I could feel when the fever returned!
And to make the whole (short, holiday) week even MORE fun, the AC at work broke too! So I only was getting cool air in my car...!!
I'm currently having a Buy One Get One Free on all my metallic 8x10 prints in my Artfire shop! (http://www.artfire.com/users/vancestudios) It's also helping get my prints out of the tropical heat of my house and onto your walls at a great price!
Monday, June 22, 2009
The weather-guessers were wrong AGAIN! There was not supposed to be any rain yesterday afternoon, but when the dark clouds rolled in and the rain came down, we decided to head out. The drive back into Northern Virginia was good...I don't remember most of it, until I stopped at a rest area to say 'good-bye' to my parents. We conversed about the recent 'scare'...It was about a mile beforehand that I had a State Trooped on my bumper and (sleep-deprived and scared!) I was freaked out that I was going to get pulled over when I had done nothing wrong! We parted with the "Love"s and my mother saying "Call when you get home." About 30 minutes later, I realize I haven't seen my cell phone in a while...and while in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I start turning through my camera bag, my purse, my beach bag...can't find it! "Maybe it's under the seat?"...I get off at the next stop, pull into a gas station (with a pay phone, just in case) and turn the contents of my car upside-down! It's nowhere! I panic and worry that my parent's aren't yet home...but it doesn't matter. As the tears begin flowing, I insert my 75 cents into the payphone ::ring ring:: "Hello?" My beloved sister! "Megan!" "Are you calling from a payphone?"...and after more tears & frustrations, we hang up with the idea that she'll call my cell phone...it's on sound, I'll hear it ring! Silence in the car drags on...so I start my car and head towards the interstate leading AWAY from my house...destination: Rest Stop. Winding through more traffic (my life is filled with more traffic than should be legal!) I decide after more crying & screaming (the point where I usually call my mother) to go to my parents' house.
I pull up the long, winding, familiar drive-way, "Good, everyone's here"...walk into the house (sunglasses still on, because I KNOW that I look less than presentable from all my crying!) "Don't worry, they won't run up your bill. I've already shut down the line"...my father then explains that 'they' hung up on him three times...'they' were just a bunch of kids who either didn't speak English, or were pretending to. *sigh* I really didn't want to have to buy a new phone...it's not in the budget...but it's my only mobile form of communication! (No landline in my house) So, after our make-shift, impromptu Father's day gifts and ice cream cake (which I had TOTALLY thought about doing, but apparently so did my sister! Her real cake was better than my thought-that-didn't-happen!), I headed out to the Verizon store.
At first, I was told that I didn't have insurance (Really? Oops!) and that I'd either have to purchase a new phone at the one-year price or get someone's old phone connected to my number until I'm eligible for my upgrade in August. I kind of needed a phone now (or two-hours ago!) so I decided to cave and get a new one-year phone. The 'Sales' guy tried to ask me again if I knew anyone with an old phone (I did, but I don't WANT someone's old phone...I want my OWN phone!)...and then he tells me that someone had called Verizon to report my phone...Did I want to go back to Customer Service so they can "investigate"...I hate be transferred while I'm IN a store (as if phone transferring is any better?! GAH!)...I ask what this person's number is, I'll call him. After a few minutes of clicking and typing, I'm about ready to repeat my question (while thinking that the lady in Customer Service should have TOLD me they tried to contact me!), he looks back up at me and says that "it's really strange because Alberto didn't leave any method of contact & there's no way for me to get in touch with him...so new phone it is?" I tell him that I'll take the new Envy...even though it's supposed to cost me MORE than I paid for that stupid (only works when it felt like it) Krazr! More computer mouse clicking, signing on the line a few times, a few manager questions ("shh, I'm getting you your upgrade now")..."Oh! You should play the lotto today! The system...never mind! I'm not even going to try to explain what it did, I'll just give you the total"...after this WHOLE thing was said and done, the new phone costs me $35! (Mind you, if I was to go in as a new customer, I'd be paying $50 for the phone!) Kudos to Verizon!
Of course, when turning my car upside-down last night, my work ID badge got left on the passenger seat of the car...and it's NOT my turn to drive the car pool...so I'm now sitting 'illegally' at my desk because I refuse to visit the unpleasant receptionist to get a temp badge (for being here for 6 months, I've forgotten my badge twice before this morning...)
Is it Friday yet?!
I have a small group of close people to me. One of these such friends, has worked her way from being merely my kid sister to confidant. We've gone through a LOT in our 21.5 years together. I go to her for advice, for support, & for fun! She's more than just my little sister (or maybe that's what it means to be sisters & it's just taken me a LONG time to figure that out..??!!) There's nothing I won't do for her, no one's face I wouldn't break (only if I have to...so far I've been lucky!), and no distance that I wouldn't travel for her. I would like to hope that we're at a stage where she knows this & knows me well enough to know when something is "out of character."
I've been informed from a trusted source (and through a very vague conversation...I don't know details, just 'generally' speaking) that allegedly I've said 'something' about her that was 'hurtful.' I was TRULY baffled. The only thing that I would say about her, is that she's got better luck than I do at winning free give-away's...that she has better luck with the boys than I do...The last time that I've had a complaint about her was back in high school (over stupid, petty stuff that didn't really matter in the grand scheme of life...but that's high school, right?) Why would I EVER have anything to complain about for a sister I'm so blessed & lucky to have?! Okay, well maybe my only complaint is that we don't spend enough time together!
...I've always seemed to have the personality to be a social butterfly...Ms. Popular. But THIS is exactly why I only have a few close people in my life. I feel that I've been betrayed...
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Well, my mother has been saying for a few months now that she's the ONLY one in the family without a dark blue car...so, my father just bought her a dark blue BMW yesterday! He didn't have the driving arrangements to get it home last night, so I got to drive it from the dealership to my house, and then I got to drive it into the office this morning (he carpooled from his house, and I carpooled home...thank goodness we work in the same building!) I have to say...my poor little 4 cylinder Asian-made car CANNOT compare to the smooth and easy acceleration I enjoyed this morning! I was VERY lucky I didn't run into any police officers on my commute...otherwise I would have been seeing some flashing blue lights!
Here's a picture of the beauty:
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I've been spending the past week trying to ponder how I would sneak up on a beautiful car...and here I found one! I couldn't pass up the blue paint on this Mustang...and although I prefer Chevy Camero's to Fords, I still LOVE this shot!
This is the bridge of a local legend of the "Bunnyman"...stories vary greatly of course. I was introduced to this legend of a insane man wearing a bunny-suit roaming these woods last year. I protested going to see this site (I don't handle scary movies, and just having these stories recounted to me made the adrenaline pulse through my veins!). Supposedly, this bunnyman would murder local people and hang them from this bridge with a note attached to his victims which read "You'll never catch the BunnyMan"
Looking at the bridge, it would be quite impossible to be able to do these allegeded actions, but I still felt my stomach drop when I saw it!
Either way, it's a very interesting photograph.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Red with yellow tipped tulips in the Tulip Library, Washington, DC.
Looking across to the Jefferson Memorial
Foreground: a deep pink (with white interior) tulip. Background: Washington Monument.
This is listed in my etsy shop for an 8x10 metallic print: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24148119
Giving the tulips an artistically modern approach.
This print is for sale in my etsy shop-an 8x10 metallic print: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=24147733
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The Moonless Night.
I'm not too sure where the inspiration for this black and white acrylic paint came from, but here's the finished product.
Here's the listing in my etsy shop:
Friday, April 10, 2009
After paying a visit to the Cherry Blossom festival in Washington, DC, I wanted to find a way to keep the delicate blossoms alive longer than their short reign in the Captial. I orginially photographed the blossoms from underneath, looking towards the sky, and I loved the way that in this shot, the blossom opened up to me, almost to greet me - it has provided me with a perfect angle to capture it in acrylic paints on canvas.
I did a lot of paint mixing right on the canvas to create custom paint combinations which are near impossible to duplicate. I actually think that my favorite part of this painting is the partical blossom hanging off the edge of the canvas. He was an after-thought for me to add him on there, but I'm really pleased with the the final painting.
It can be found in my etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23529650