The PPA Photographic Competition is a main event for almost 6,000 photographers from the USA as well as many other countries. It is an annual event that allows one to enter up to 4 images in two cases - Open and Artist. The Dahlia above was one of my 4 in my Open case, which is judged by 5 accredited jurors. It was first judged to be in the excellent category, which meant that it qualified for a second round with jurors (a different panel) to be judged for acceptance into this year's Loan Collection. I'm very pleased to say it was accepted! Loan Collection images are published each year in the PPA Loan Collection book. I am also proud to say that the other three images included in my Open case as well as the four images I submitted in my Artist case were judged worthy of a merit. They will all be on exhibit in Nashville, TN in January, 2018 during the PPA conference, ImagingUSA. I will also be awarded a Silver and a Bronze medal for this year's competition.
Some of my floral prints are showing this month at the Centerville Art Gallery on Spring Valley Road. It is a beautiful space and I am excited to have this opportunity to show my work locally.
The gallery is located in the spacious lobby of our Police Department, and it is open to visit 24/7! So, if you can't sleep and want to visit some artwork at 2:00 AM - it is an option! You'll have to ask the dispatcher to unlock the door for you, but it is doable!
Some of the images I took during a wonderful trip to Italy this summer have been added to the Travel Gallery. The image above was taken from a window in the Vatican Museum. I loved the shape the the main tree and the angle I had since I was on the second floor. I added a few textures to this image which made the tonal quality deeper. The visit to the Vatican Museum is not to be missed when in Rome!
"Lily of the Incas," the above image, was one of my entries in the 2016 Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition. Forty-three accredited jurors judged about 5,700 images! The images are judged first to receive a PPA merit, and then those which are awarded are judged AGAIN for the distinction of being included in the esteemed PPA Loan Collection. The Loan Collection is published each year by Marathon Press. I entered two cases of 4 images (only 4 are allowed in a case) and I am very honored to have 3 of my 4 images in my artist case receive merit status, with 1 accepted into the Loan Collection; and, all 4 of my images in my photographic case received merit status and 2 of them went into the Loan Collection, giving me the honor of being a 2016 Gold Medalist. The images will be on display January 8-10, 2017 In San Antonio.
The art piece began as an image of an Alstroemeria blossom. (Commonly available in your grocery store florist area.) I had some fun playing with it in Photoshop and then added a few additional images to create the background texture. Lily of the Incas is another name I found for an Alstroemeria, so I thought it made an appropriate title for this piece. The colors make me smile!
Wow! Where does the time go? I have been busy going through images from our trip to Italy in June, as well as getting some prints ready to exhibition, that I haven't taken much time to really see the beauty that is summer. Well, I must say, I got a huge dose of mid-summer lushness this afternoon right after a big rainfall. And it was grand! It was like getting a big hug from nature. The Morning Sun courtyard was in its glory today! I am so grateful to have it nearby.
One of the highlights of my springtime is the blooming of my wisteria plant. I have two that are on each side of an arbor. I don't know if the untimely freeze we had earlier this month, or my lack of proper pruning last year, affected the number of blooms that occurred this year but those that survived were big and beautiful! The colors are a bit stronger than you see in the image above as it has a white texture applied to give it a softer, shabby chic look. I hope your springtime has been a wonderful one!
A friend told me about some wild poppies on a local nature center's trails and I couldn't resist the urge to go searching myself! A patch of these little beauties were my reward for making it down the hill! They are known as Yellow-Horned Poppies, or Sea Poppies. (Glaucium flavum for you purists!) The image above has a wee bit of texture on it that I added to highlight the blossom and reduce the background.
Not only do I find it hard to believe that we are into February, we are well into it! That does make me smile! You'll see by the image I selected to represent the month which makes of think of love, the color red, hearts, and for some of us, childhood spelling tests, I am very much ready for spring. Carry on, February!
As I put myself in the position of creating a new website smack dab in the rush hour of the holiday season, I do want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful holiday and new year.
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