Painterly Play – with Cardinals

blog_17-Jan-2015These days my garden is filled with these lovely Red Emissaries,  they grace the trees and feeders, six pairs by all accounts and of course, the boys are prettier than the girls….

The straight out of the camera shot is quite lovely…. but as one of the new tutorials for our Pacific Grove Workshop in February, I have rendered my pretty bird in Photoshop… using some of the textures from our store….and using a few other tips and tricks that will be revealed to our Students!

Alison - Your students have a fantastic workshop to look forward to.OXOX M

Joanne Thieme Huffman - Beautifully done. Lucky students.

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A Weekend of Dance

blog_13-Jan-2015After quite a bit of time off from messing with my camera, this weekend delivered an abundance of catch-up …

Photographing the lovely Emma on Friday night with my Studio 51 peeps and then a jam packed day on Sunday working with Bunny Luna in the morning and then two delightful sisters, Heather and Amber, who are professional dancers, in the evening.

I’ve now got another slew of RAW files to process which will keep me pretty busy, in addition to getting ready to teach with Karen Burns in California in not too many weeks time!

Alison - Would be great to be so light on MY feet. OXOX M

joanne thieme huffman - Such graceful photos!

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Some Still Life – Before Real Life

blog_8-Jan-20152015 is not off to a great start … my 74yr old Mother has broken her foot and is in plaster up to the wazoo for 6 weeks…. and there are less than lovely changes afoot in the Otero Household….

Seems the Good Luck New Year’s meal of Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens is not working too well so far…

Allen Moore - Marie,

Lovely painting…really like your style. Sorry to hear about Mum – being the primary caregiver for my 90 year old, I quite understand and empathize. If there is anything I can do – if just listen – I’m a mouse-click away.


joanne thieme huffman - Lovely art piece, despite having bad things to contend with.

robin aka gotham girl - Oh…so sorry to hear this!! Hang in there and your fan club will continue to send positive thoughts your way!

Alison - perfect, OXOX M

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The Unwitting Power of Social Media

blog_4-Jan-2015DH has this weird and wonderful penchant for “Googling” my web presence…. not something that I do often, but tonight as we waited for Beers and Dinner to arrive, smart phone in hand, off he went…
Turns out that this photo painting of Venice, by hook or by crook, via Tumblr, Twitter, Instawhatevertheheckyoulike… has been reblogged over 4,200 times on the internet! 4,200! OMG!

There’s also another of my Iceland pix that has been reblogged over 2,000 times!

I’m not sure whether to be happy or sad?… I guess it’s good as people like the images, and I love that…. but honestly it appears that you have NO control over images once they are  posted on the internet…. they are OUT THERE….for better or for worse!

All I can say is thank goodness it’s a nice image and folk like it …..

Joanne Thieme Huffman - I wonder what people do with the images they “hit” on – do they just look at them? forward them? print them out?

Vicki in Michigan - Watermarking is clearly a really really good idea…………..

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Vintage Glory

blog_3-Jan-2015When shooting a Wedding recently for some clients I had the chance to use this fabulous old General Store nearby as a location for some of the wedding shots.  It was a fun and intriguing backdrop.  So yesterday, on the way to the park DH and I stopped off so I could get some clean shots to PLAY with.  The charming old store rather begged for a little painterly treatment …  and so you have it!

Joanne Thieme Huffman - Delightfully retro.

Terry - great atmosphere!

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