28 August 2008

Fresh Colour!


Yesterday a wonderful new store opened in our town ~ Fresh Market! I wanted some colour inspiration for my Sunny Disposition paintings so I brought my camera and shot some gorgeous cut flowers. I think I need to go back and buy some of these luscious bouquets immediately!





If I list some of these in my shop they will be available as limited edition ACEOs, 5”x 7”, and 8” x 10” signed and matted photographs. Check back.



26 August 2008

Vitamin D


We have had rainy and muggy and steamy days here for the last week…Hurricane Faye is sprinkling on us and our garden is bright green, but cabin fever is starting to set it and I need my vitamin D!

I have had many sunny moments, however, on Etsy! My photographs have been featured in about seven (I lost count!) treasuries this past week…currently they are in four, as I write this…so I thought I would get my brushes out and paint some sunshine. My way of thanking all the Etsians who have included my work in their fabulously curated treasuries. You all certainly have brightened my days and I appreciate it.

Here is a sneak peek at “One Sunny Disposition” and “Sunny Disposition Too.” I will be listing these by the end of the week on Etsy ~ after the paint is dry.

23 August 2008

My Bermuda

Last month we went to Bermuda…I had been there before about fifteen years ago and simply LOVED the place! I have a few photographs from that trip, but wanted to shoot more ~ especially of the colourful and beautiful and unique architecture.

I was full of anticipation and ideas for new photo ops. I packed my little digital camera for snap shots and my trusted Canon EOS SLR with my mega lenses and lots of rolls of colour film for the good stuff.


Pegam Cottage ~ our hangout for the week.


So I thought that while scooting around on a moped on trails less traveled I would be able to capture some photographs that the average tourist does not. You may know that non-residents of Bermuda are not allowed to drive; therefore the only means of transportation is by “pedal bike,” motor scooter, or the dreaded taxi, which are now mini vans ~ aaahh! Well, during my first visit to the island(s) I of course rented a motor scooter (with my mother even riding on the back holding tightly to me). The speed limit was a mere 25 mph or whatever it was in kilometers and I explored as much as I could. We scooted from one end of the island to the other and back again and again.

However, this time around it was a little different…the speed limit has increased to 45 mph with most drivers hitting at least 55 mph on the narrow, hilly, and winding roads. The scooters are bigger and faster too. But I was determined ~ I was going to do it again. The joke was on me! Forget about it ~ as I got off the scooter, just after practicing in the parking lot, I popped a wheelie, almost ran over the rental agent and another scooter that fortunately my husband had just gotten off of and parked! It was hysterical and scary and my adrenaline was pumping. My husband and I decided it would be best if we rented “pedal bikes” instead. After all, we have a little guy we had to go home to. We pedaled, it was fun. I shot over one hundred photographs in the span of four days ~ here are some photos to share with you…most before Bertha hit and some after she paid us a visit and delayed our flight home one day.

Ironically, all of the photographs I made were with my digital camera and most of them scenic, but as I shot all of these I thought of it as a short documentary of our trip. I hope you will enjoy it.





Anchored Aqua Boat in Aqua





Miss Sally, Mangrove Bay ~ View from Pegam Cottage






Cambridge Beaches Architecture



Yummy Yellow!



Love the Lush Green Foliage!



Fig Tree Leaves




Parson's Bay



Two Rock Passage ~ View from Ferry



Somerset Village...or maybe a Rainbow Village





" The Face of Bermuda"
I wonder if the homeowners planned this landscape design and facade!



White Rooftops

This photograph is available in my Etsy shop.



More White Rooftops...I just love them!

This photograph is also available in my Etsy shop.




And Some More...White Rooftops at Cambridge Beaches



View of Harbor





The Day Before the Storm ~ View from Pegam Cottage


Bertha is on her way...




Bertha Makes a Hit ~ View from Window of Pegam Cottage



Old Mossy Tree


The Day after the storm it was gorgeous outside, so we went for a short walk while waiting for our ride to the airport. This tree was spectacular! I had not seen any like this in Bermuda and it so reminded me of the old mossy oaks found along Coastal Georgia.




Old Archway and Walking Path




Pink and Lime Kayaks



Old Boat with Oar



Coconuts on the Beach



Blue Boat



Bermuda Bungalow

This photograph is available in my Etsy shop.



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Bye for now. Thank you for visiting my Bermuda.

19 August 2008

School Days

Do you think these kids are ready for school?

These photographs are featured in my Etsy shop
to mark the beginning of the new school year and
I think that their “uniforms” are perfect!





Celebrate after school snacks and add some fun to the table with Raggedy Ann and Andy. I found these dolls at an antique market and they just happened to be perfectly posed and ready for a photo shoot! Original, fun, and playful placemats which are just right for your little ones to use. Printed from my original photographs and sealed with a heavy duty, water resistant plastic laminate. These are terrific for everyday use, parties, picnics, a second home, or play room.

Fruit Loops


This colourful twosome was hanging out by the beach in Puerto Vallarta one hot Spring day. Actually, they were sitting on a table taking orders for tropical drinks for the tourists! This is one of my favorite photographs. I have it hanging in my kitchen and even used it as a “Save the Date” card for our wedding! It makes me smile and laugh a little every time I look at it.

In the Navy



I found these charming patriotic little lovers at the same antique market that Raggedy Ann and Andy were hanging out at...I think there was a party that we did not know about. These precious vintage dolls are an adorable addition to any cozy cottage...or classroom.

Don’t be late to class!


17 August 2008

...benvenuto and welcome to my studio


Thank you for waiting. Step right on in!






It was about a year ago when a friend of mine introduced me to Etsy and suggested that I sell my photography and art in my own shop on Etsy. She also told me about Flickr and what a fabulous venue it was for promoting ones work. I was skeptical to say the least ~ there are millions of beautiful hand made works for sale on Etsy and millions of lovely photographs on Flickr. How would I ever be noticed?

However, after about a year of not being involved in any gutsy project ~ just a few small interior design projects ~ I thought I might consider her suggestion. For a couple of years after my baby was born, I had been doing quite a bit of interior design and architectural work ~ restaurants, medical offices, retail spaces ~ which kept me away from home quite a bit. I was ready to work in my home office/studio again and spend more time with my little boy. I was craving the creative challenge I got from being involved in something in the art and design field. The timing was good for this.

I poked around Etsy, did some research, worked on a logo, shop name, etc. and took the plunge earlier this year. The inspiration for the name of my shop, “
Italian Girl in Georgia,” came from one of my favorite photographs, “American Girl in Italy” made in 1951 by Ruth Orkin. That, and the fact that I am half Italian. My maternal grandparents immigrated to the United States and when my Grandfather arrived at Ellis Island, his name was changed so that it would be more “American.”


American Girl in Italy by Ruth Orkin, circa 1951


It has been a delightful experience working on Etsy. The people I have met through my work being featured in their treasuries, our e-mail exchanges, and the commerce of it all, have been a joy to work with in every way. I look forward to our relationships continuing for a long time.

Then I tentatively took a look at
Flickr.
I saw some gorgeous photostreams and noticed that many were connected to Etsy, as well. It sounds like a cliché I know, but it has been a great way to not only promote new work, but also interact with many talented designers, artists, and photographers.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you will come back often. Enjoy!

13 August 2008

Have a Seat

I am almost ready to open my door...

Please have a seat and enjoy the view while you wait.

11 August 2008

Building this Blog



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