Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Make Art Work, Hartford, Connecticut

Make Art Work is a comprehensive professional practice program for visual artists in CT. The program, which will run through June of 2014, is designed to support artists who are in pursuit of a professional career as an artist. The Hartford cohort met for a potluck supper and discussion session. We each were given ten minutes to present two areas we would like help with and get feedback. So nice to learn other artists are struggling with the same problems. A recurring theme was how to use Social Media and time management.

We met at the home of woodcarver Steve Balkun and his wife, installation artist, Anita Gangi Balkun. It was a treat to see the studios of these artists. Their son, Steve Balkun, is a certified lutheir and creates custom guitars. His studio is also there in the house. Young Steve and his brother, Nick have a band called the Balkun Brothers. What a talented family. In addition, Steve (the elder) is a published author.

Make Art Work is now planning their next session which starts in the fall. An explanation of the workshops is here.

No post is complete without a sample of my latest work.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Nancy Olivia Designs Photo Cards for Sale

My photo cards are selling quickly at the Willimantic Food Co-op.  I delivered my fourth order of cards to them since the middle of February. After the long, cold winter, I think everyone craved color and spring flowers. My cards are on colored card stock that compliment the flower photos.

Drop into the Willimantic Food Co-op and check out their selection of tasty foods that are good for you. Many of their products are from local sources. You may find me there as a "working member" volunteer.

A butterfly fly on Joe Pye Weed.

Tulips grown from bulbs purchased by me at the Garden Club of Windham's Fall Bulb sale. These have been an eye-stopper in my front yard.

Just this week I delivered cards to the expanded retail store at Logee's Greenhouse, 141 North Street, Killingly, CT. These cards feature Logee's flowers and the photos were taken in their greenhouses and shop. Gwen Glass-Carbone, the retail supervisor, took me on a tour where I had fun snapping sixty pictures of show-stopping-blooms!

Do go to Logee's and see the wonderful selection of exotic plants! My fellow Garden Club of Windham CT members are big fans of Logee's.

A pitcher plant in the greenhouse.

 Logee's has the largest selection of begonias that I have ever seen in one place!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Nancy Olivia Designs photos in Joshua Trust Exhibit

I was honored to have some of my work in a exhibit of photographs taken of Joshua Trust properties. The event was a wine and craft beer tasting fund raiser to benefit Joshua Trust, a land trust in Northeast Connecticut.

A closeup of the stonework of the Gurleyville Grist Mill in Storrs, Connecticut. 
Photo by Nancy Hoffmann.

The fund raiser was held at Church Farm in Ashford, Connecticut, May 18, 2014.

The art show was in this barn. As well as photographs by Marcia Kilpatrick a trustee of the group and me (Nancy Hoffmann), there were  watercolors by Charles McCaughtry, visible in the open barn door.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tulip Petals

When you take a photo, look at it as more than just the entire picture. Consider zooming in on a portion of it. That is what I did here.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Tulip and Bud

I'm having such fun photographing my tulips. While the yellow and red are pretty, it is the orange ones which impress me. The fact that they are not solid, but have subtle lines and colors ranging from pink to purple as well as orange makes them very interesting to photograph.

I like to take the photos with the golden setting sun hitting the flowers. Even when the direct sun's rays are gone, there is still good light to use.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tulip Glow

This photo was taken in my yard with the setting sun highlighting the tulip.

These tulip bulbs were sold as a fund raiser for by the Windham Garden Club to benefit  Willimantic public gardens. The garden club member plant and maintain twelve public gardens in Willimantic, including The Garden on the Bridge.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Waiting for Spring

This sums up spring exactly. Waiting for Action or, Plant me First.