Sometimes the simpliest things are tough to do

I took this photo Monday morning at the farm stand across the street. They are sitting on a rusty pipe that is part of the sprinkler system by the greenhouse.

These little birds have so much personality.

Yesterday was a pretty productive day. I signed up for a domain name www.monachdesigns.net at lycos.com. I am excited, and a bit apprehensive to start working on the website. I just keep plodding along:)

I am pretty intimidated by writing, so I have been procrastinating writing a profile for etsy. I finally started working on it the past two days. It is still a work in progress but I am excited that I got it started.

A few people wanted to see pics of my newly organized studio. I have to admit-it isn't very pretty-it is just functional. I have a ton of prints I want to fame and put on teh walls, but I haven't gotten to it yet. I will post some pics of my space soon.

I have a contest for you-the prize is one print of any of my photographs on flickr.

I need a good idea for a consistent background to use to photograph my pendants. It needs to be simple and not distracting yet interesting. So give me your ideas-the most specific, interesting one will win.


Blogger Star said...

This is not meant to be contest worthy, but I was just reading somewhere (maybe "Artful Blogging") that black velvet is a good background choice for photographing small things since it absorbs the light and allows the item being photographed to be the star.

I'm glad you've made a start on your web page and Etsy write up; it is so much easier to keep the ball rolling than to get a start.

8/14/2007 9:58 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I always liked the look of antique hand written letters or sheet music - in sepia tones.

8/14/2007 10:32 AM  
Blogger turquoise cro said...

How about the sky as a backgroud, just a random thought! hehe I need to go photograph my Cosmos, more are surprising me by the day! Happy Tuesday dearie! Are those birdies chicadees??? They are sOOOooo SWEET! TWEET! TWEET! Chickie!

8/14/2007 2:48 PM  
Anonymous ceanandjen said...

Honey, dancing over here for your progress!!!!! I am so excited that you are taking these steps. It's funny, because after we talked, I kept thinking about what the background should be, and the thing that keeps coming to my mind is that is should "look and feel" like the photography that you are creating right now. That softness and color that is represented in all of your works is what makes your creations special, notable...you. *Feel* what you use...use an image that is a favorite...that makes your heart sing when you look at it. I firmly believe that will shine through in your final logo design.

all my love, J xoxoxo

8/14/2007 2:49 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

good girl! keep it up.

8/14/2007 2:53 PM  
Blogger megg said...

very very very faint and delicate and almost unnoticeable snowflakes... like shadowy lace - white on blue like you are looking through one to the sky...

that's my thought.

How are you - haven't heard from you in AGES!!

8/14/2007 5:13 PM  
Blogger Georgia said...

That is a toughie... I can never think of a consistent background for mine...

I do like the thought of the antique handwritten letters... or what about a dictionary deff. that goes along with the meaning of the pendant? Have it sitting on the page, so you can still see part of the words?

Probably too distracting actually... I will keep thinking.


8/14/2007 6:44 PM  
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8/15/2007 3:03 AM  
Blogger daisies said...

your pendants are such beautiful works of art that you don't want anything too distracting i think ... i know that i had fun photographing the one i bought (and love) with my favourite antique ink bottle and a light box.


i like the idea of something simple like sheet music or the sky or something like a pretty glass vase or bottle that you can hang it on in good strong light, something that adds atmosphere without taking away from your amazing art and photography ...

i look forward to your website and am dancing a little happy dance for you ... xox

8/15/2007 3:06 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

That picture is DARLING!


8/15/2007 1:55 PM  
Blogger Kirsten Michelle said...

you know how some sand just sparkles a little when the light reflects off of it?
your pendants have such a timeless beauty to them, in the right light, i can totally see them photographed on a bed of sparkling grains of sand.

...but what do i know?
honestly, nothing about photography!!!

congratulations on all your hard work thea, i can't wait to add another original to my wall.

8/15/2007 5:16 PM  
Anonymous lcox3@nycap.rr.com Lisa said...

I like wood grain for a background for small stufff!

8/16/2007 10:55 AM  
Blogger Kirsten Michelle said...

ps...i feel the need to clarify. when i posted yesterday about hanging another of your originals on my wall...i was referring to making another ETSY purchase and not in reference to the contest!!!

there, i feel better now ;-)

8/16/2007 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some ideas off the top of my head:

1. Grow some grass in a shallow, square container. Cut it fairly short and place your pendants in it for photographs. It would be monochromatic and not too distracting, yet interesting.

2. You could also fill the same shallow container with other interesting items: sand (like someone else suggested), river rocks, a bunch of beads (all the same color) - you could even experiment with things like rice or beans, just to see what kind of background they'd provide.

3. You could place the pendants on an interesting, textured fabric. Probably not a pattern (too distracting) but an interesting texture or weave could set them off nicely. Something heavy and thick, like decorator fabrics or twill or corduroy or wool.

4. Find an old flat wooden board - maybe one that has old paint that is flaking off, for interest/texture - and photograph on it.


8/16/2007 3:47 PM  

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