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I took photos of this teeny hummingbird at a Rutger’s University extension garden located in central, New Jersey.
My sister came over for a visit and to use one of my computers. While she was working, I started sketching the cover of a magazine (the model biting her lip). I used a large sheet of Epson archival matte paper, only because it was handy in a nearby printer. The paper has a lovely finish — similar to a Bristol paper — and the Pentalic Aqua pencil that I also had nearby worked very nicely on it. Why I placed the first image where I did is beyond me; I suspect because it was initially a doodle that I kept at as she kept working. Because there was so much white space, I decided to add another model (the top right) and then another (center) and finally the one on the left (which is my favorite of the bunch, although more so the head/face than the shoulder area). While I don’t mind the color, and I did like how soft the pencil is to work with, I wondered how it would look without the color. I photographed the drawing, and put a Photoshop black/white layer adjustment on it. I’m not sure which I like better. Here’s the result:
These were primarily taken at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in NJ, except for two taken near my home bird feeder.
I did both of these based on photos I took.
This winter I have shot hundreds upon hundreds (okay, into the thousands) of birds and outdoor nature images. Some of my images I used as references for paintings and drawings, which I am truly enjoying. While my goal today was to finish weeding my winter photos before starting a new season, that didn’t happen. Instead, with yesterday’s snowstorm and this morning’s beautiful lighting, I was outside shooting more. Here’s a favorite of the day.
February 4, 2014 – update!
I am thrilled to report that the fundraiser was a complete success! In only 2.5 hours, $10,000 was raised for The American Cancer Society! My piece has a new home in Irvine, California!
The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer starts tomorrow, February 4th, at 10 a.m. CST. I am one of the 100 selected artists participating in the event, and the above work, featured on page 45 of my book, Gloria Hansen: An Evolution in Stitches, Paint, & Pixels, is my small contribution. Please get involved and make a difference. For more information, please visit Fiberart For A Cause.
I’m honored to announce that I am an invited artists for “The 100” – a fiberart fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society – to be held on Wednesday, February, 4, 2015. The goal for this event is to raise $10,000 in one day.
Cancer has robbed from the world several people that I dearly love. I do not know anyone whom cancer has not affected. More than a year ago I had a diagnosis of a rare salivary gland cancer. I was extremely fortunate in that I received my diagnosis in a very early stage and surgery completely removed it from me; I am considered cured of that particular cancer. Others are not so fortunate and have endured long and difficult battles to combat their disease. Research dollars are desperately needed to continue to find ways to help provide better treatments that extend the quality of life and ultimately to provide a cure.
Through Fiberart For A Cause, Virginia Spiegel, the mastermind behind the cause, has raised a total of $240,000. The goal with this fundraiser is to bring that total to the quarter of a million dollar mark.
Please get involved and make a difference. Only 100 patrons can participate! Your donation will ensure that you will receive a piece of artwork created by one of the 100 participating international fiber artists. All artwork is valued at least $100, and the piece I am donating is worth more than three times that amount.
For more information, please visit Fiberart For A Cause. Please spread the word about this event!
A couple weekend ago, Rich and I went to an antique car show, something he use to do with my dad on a regular basis. Sadly dad is long gone, and Rich hasn’t gone to many shows since. However, I agreed to go with him to a show in southern NJ. While he enjoyed all of the beautifully restored cars, I was far more interested in the rusted relics strewn along the property edges. They, along with the late afternoon glowing sunlight, had me climbing through all kinds of weeds and trees to take shots. I found it all peaceful and beautiful, the way the autumn coloring so complemented the decay of the cars. In that junkyard of sorts, I found beauty and even some hope.