Friday, December 30, 2011

Capturing Nature

It's really awesome when you come upon something magnificent in nature and have your camera with you.  I captured this spider web one morning when it had some drops of dew in it.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Star Fruit

I decided to take some pictures of star fruit the other day.  I think they are really interesting in taste, color and shape, so I wanted to capture them cut up and ready to be eaten.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Water Dam

This is a photo I took at Thurman Dix Reservoir.  I thought it was really beautiful the way the water fell in a bunch of different directions.  

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Look What You've Done

This week I actually won an award for this piece.  It's called Look What You've Done.  What do you think?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dead Roses

For some reason I keep coming back to photographing dead flowers.  I want them to be seen as beautiful even though they are now dried out and dead.  Here's one I took today.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Shadows of the Darkness

I think is is probably one of the most interesting pictures I've taken.  I'm not sure what to think about it.  It's so unique and I've never really seen a photograph like it.  What do you think?

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday, and their opener Ace Enders came to perform at my college this semester.  They put on a really great show, and we sold a lot of tickets.  Here are some photos I took during the show.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas in Vermont

I took some of these photos when I went to Vermont.  It was all very christmasy, and I wanted to capture the Vermont christmas feel that I love so much!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Zebra Rose

Here's a recent picture I took of a rose.  I absolutely love the contrast with the bright pink color and the zebra carpet in the background.  I cropped it purposely as long and narrow because I wanted to show a lot of the carpet.  I tried to make the dimensions 8x10 but I absolutely hated the photo when it was displayed this way.  It has to be long and narrow.  In my opinion, this is what makes the photo.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sophomore Review.. Over and Done

Sophomore Review went pretty well.  I got some comments that will help me to become a better artist down the road, which is good.  Most of the critiques I got were to make sure my work corresponded with my artist statement.  Can't wait to see what comments I get later on in the mail!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Colorado Hike

Here are some photos I took while on a hike in Colorado.  I loved how blue the sky was.  It was a really beautiful hike with amazing views of Boulder.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fall 2011

This year the colors for fall were so beautiful.  I went on a walk and took 100's of pictures.  Here are some of my favorite ones.  Which ones do you like best?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sophomore Review

Getting ready for the sophomore review at school has been really stressful.  I wanted to put in all my best work, and make sure I had a variety of different media.  I'm finally done setting up after lots of preparation and stress and I'm ready for the review in 3 days!

Here's what my space kind of looks like...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dulwich Tree

I took this photograph in Dulwich, England.  It's a really interesting village with so many great trees with tons of branches.  I saw this tree while on a tour at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and snapped a picture quickly past the tour guide.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dot Painting

This is a painting I did using acrylic paints.   I created this using only small dots of paint.  It took a long time because I had to do multiple layers and build up each object in the painting.  I really enjoy the end result of the painting, and hope to do more using a similar style.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hartwick During Fall

Here's some pictures I took for fun at Hartwick College.  The colors this fall were really beautiful.  I wanted to capture the views I get to experience every single day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Balloon Festival

I went to a balloon festival towards the end of the summer in Oneonta, New York.  These were some of the pictures that I took.  It was a challenge to photograph because it was really dark.  Every once in a while one balloon would light up, then another.  However, they wouldn't usually light up at the same time, which was frustrating.  

Monday, November 14, 2011


Here's a picture I took of a sunflower.  Unlike my other photograph of the dead sunflowers, I wanted to show the close up beauty of one that's alive.  I love the texture from the center of the flower in this photograph.  I think the detail is amazing.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


I took this photo the other day of a pair of sneakers.  I wanted to play around with a picture of an object I see everyday.  Here's the result.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pier Photographs

Every year I go back to the same pier at the same beach and always try to take a picture different from the year before.  It's interesting to see how it changes.  The tide could be different, people could be under it, it's never the same and I find that intriguing.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Dead Flowers

I took a lot of pictures of these dead and dried up sunflowers.  I wanted to make something people would look at as ugly and make it sort of beautiful.  I'm still not sure if I like it better in color or in black and white.  Any suggestions?

Monday, October 31, 2011


I made this sculpture (called "I Spy") while I was home for fall break.  I did it by putting lots of things that I've found onto one platform.  I wanted to take objects people normally wouldn't see as beautiful and make something amazing from them.  This is the end result.

While I was making the sculpture I took a picture every time something changed.  With those pictures I created a stop motion video.  Here is the end result of the video.  Be sure to check it out on my youtube page as well!

Architecture Photographs

I took this photograph in Paris, France.  I wanted to show the european architecture with the vines growing along the sides.  My goal was for people to be able to know the building is from Europe without me telling them.  Did it work?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happy Accidents

You know what's really great?  When you make some sort of mistake and realize it ended up making your work even better.  This photograph wasn't exactly that, but basically.  I took the photo of a cool building lit up at night.  However, the photo was really boring.  After loading it on my computer, I realized someone was running alongside the fountain.  I thought it was perfect, so I cropped it to focus just on the person.  After some editing, this was the final result.

This photograph was taken in New York City.  I think it looks very european, which is interesting.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Art Event # 4: "Living as an Artist in NYC" Opening

            The exhibition called “Sense of Place:  Living as an Artist in NYC,” was unlike any other opening I’d ever been to.  These artists were so creative in so many different ways.  It was interesting to have pieces that interacted with sounds.  It made the exhibition experience a lot more interactive and fun. 
            One of the most interesting pieces to me was the water bucket in the middle of the gallery. Inspired by performance art, the piece encouraged interaction by having lots of rocks next to it.  When a person threw a rock into the bucket the piece would make sounds (there was an underwater microphone in the bottom).  There were small rocks and larger ones, and when thrown in the bucket the sound would be loud or soft depending on the impact.  The artist also said it attempts to measure the pitch of the stones.  This piece was basically a virtual simulation of a rainstorm.  The storm would start off quietly, then get louder with thunder, then slowly soften again as it passed.  It was really peaceful, almost like hearing rain right above you on a tin roof.  
            There were lots of other pieces in the show that weren’t interactive.  One of my favorite was by an artist names Peter Schroth.  His pieces were very colorful and abstract, similar to my artistic style.  The pieces I enjoyed the most of his were a triptych inspired by dead flower bouquets.  The piece called Orange + Gray almost seemed 3-dimensional to me at times.  The longer I stood in front of it, it seemed like the whole piece was moving.  The piece was very abstract.  I couldn’t see the inspiration of a flower bouquet until after I read the artist statement.  I liked Orange + Gray a lot because the color seemed to pop out.  Outlining his orange abstract parts with blue was a really great idea.  Using complimentary colors helped both of them to stand out better and really pop out at the viewer.
            This exhibition was absolutely amazing.  It really inspired me.  It was nice to see some interactive pieces in Foreman because I’ve never seen any there before.  I loved the whole modern feel to exhibit.  It really made you think.

New York City Twist

Last weekend I went on a trip to New York City.  It was really fun just looking around with the perspective of an artist.  Although I think cities are really exciting, I'm from a small town and I can often see them as chaotic and stressful.  I decided to play around with one of the photographs that I took and try to make the viewer see the city through my eyes.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spot Toning

After going around and taking some pictures of the foliage this fall, I really wanted to find a way to make the colors pop, so I decided to spot tone this photo.  I didn't play with the colors at all.  I just made the background black and white and left the vines their original color.  I think this made the color look a lot brighter and made the picture more exciting.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Photos Everywhere!

I took this photo at an antique barn.  It really surprises me how many places there are that can have a great photo waiting to be taken.  It seems like I need to take my camera with me everywhere I go.  If I don't, I usually end up regretting it.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Drawing: Shattered Image

Here's a drawing I did using only pencils.  I translated my passion for soccer into my  piece of work.  I really enjoy the almost 3-dimensional aspect of the hidden soccer cleat in the middle.

Commercial Photography

I've been playing around with the idea of commercial photography.  I think it's interesting to take artistic pictures of foods and make them seem really appealing.  Here's some of my photos so far...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Changing Heads Project

For a project we had to change two peoples head's together and morph them into each other.  Here is my final result.  Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman make one interesting person.

Monday, October 10, 2011

ART EVENT # 3: Guerrilla Girl, Jane Kaufman

On October 6th, 2011 Hartwick College was privileged to have Guerrilla Girl, Jane Kaufman come and speak.  Kaufman was an original member of the Guerilla Girls.  Starting in 1985, the group was formed by a bunch of passionate women in the hopes of getting more women artists the recognition they deserved.  During this time period there were very few women artists, and they strived for there to be more.
            The Guerilla Girls took place in New York City.  The group of about 15 would get together to come up with ideas for posters.  These posters would express important messages using humor.  Once everyone agreed on every word in the poster, they would be created and put up all over the city during the night.  Two Guerilla Girl members would go out with a shopping cart, posters, and glue.  One person would put up the posters as the other looked out for policemen.  It was important they didn’t get caught, some of the things they put up they could have been sued for.  Once the morning arrived, there were posters with these messages covering the whole city for everyone to see.
            My favorite poster showed a traditional woman holding a fan with a gorilla mask on.  The woman was nude and the poster said, “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?”  This was the humor of the piece.  However, they followed it up with a shocking fact.  “Less than 3% of the artists in the Modern Art sections are women, but 83% of the nudes are female.”  Combining factual information and humor, the Guerilla Girls created posters like these to inform people on the sexism of the art world.  They really made people think, causing this issue to rise in museums such as the Met.
            Jane Kaufman showed us a lot of the work the Guerilla Girls created.  She would explain the posters and answer questions we had about them.  After the Guerilla Girls work was shown, she showed us her individual artwork.  This woman was extremely funny.  She loves to show her sense of humor in her work.  It was truly entertaining to be able to see her pieces and ask her questions about her life as a Guerilla Girl.
            Going to this event really helped me understand and respect the Guerilla Girls as a group.  I think it’s incredible what they were able to do.  Remaining anonymous until just last year, this group really changed the art world for the better.  Who knows where the art world would have been today without them. Maybe I wouldn’t be able to pursue my passion as an art major.  They deserve a huge thank you for putting themselves out there for the future of art.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Abstract Line Painting

I did this painting last year in response to watching a performance by Maureen Fleming.  I used a lot of masking tape to help me create the lines with all the different colors.  It was a lot of fun to create and I loved the end result.