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thanksgiving in the mountains…yes, it’s january.


We got to spend Thanksgiving in the North Carolina mountains (and I WANT TO MOVE THERE) in 2016 (see? I can’t even say “this year” at this point). It was a perfect day – we were able to eat outside and it was great. I also had the opportunity to visit a waterfall or two so that was fun. I am enjoying the waterfall photography. I am just loving the mountains and the outdoors and the Western North Carolina area. Ah…the mountains.

 

rocket the cat

I did a digital painting of Rocket, my daughter-in-law’s parents’ cat. He is a rag doll and is absolutely stunning. I did this from iPhone photos that my daughter-in-law sent me. We surprised the parents pretty good! I was happy to do it – I think it turned out well. 🙂

 

2018. catch up. rethink.

Another new year. It’s here! One week in, already. I have been neglecting this blog, social media and my photography website for so long, but it always seems to end up like that, doesn’t it? This year, though, really seems to be the year where I either do something with all of the bits and pieces of all of the things I dabble in or move on to something else. To say I feel like I’m spinning my wheels is an understatement. My birthday is on January 3, so every year, while we are all in the middle of the new year’s resolutions and intentions and all of the other things – the restarts, rethinks, recommitments – all of it, I also tend to think about the fact that I’m not getting any younger (the more birthdays you have, the more real that gets) and time is wasting. I’ve hit a little bit of a milestone birthday (not telling which one) and I really do feel like I need to consider where I’m going and what I’m doing. In that process, where right now I HAVE NOTHING FIGURED OUT, I need to figure out in which direction I want my photography to go, what things are worth spending a lot of time on and which are not, what is IMPORTANT, how I can somehow serve others with what I have to work with. So….all of that to say, as a baby step, I am going to make a commitment to post on this blog once a week. It’s really for me, as an accountability thing. So, the good part is that I have plenty of stuff to post since I’ve been hoarding it all for months. 🙂

I’ll start us off with some waterfalls from October located in Transylvania County, North Carolina (I mean seriously, is that not the most fun?) where my son and his wife live. I did discover a new love of hiking during the taking of these photos, which is something I plan on continuing in 2018. Then next up will be even more North Carolina hiking/waterfall photos from Thanksgiving. I’m going to write a list of blog posts now. Who knows? Maybe one of these days someone will find this stuff useful! Sidenote: these photos were shot with the Fuji X100s which after 3 or 4 years, I am still trying to love…

 

now accepting digital painting commissions

I am now offering digital paintings by commission! Send me a clear, in focus photo in as high a resolution as possible, and I will create a digital painting from it! I craft these portraits using digital technology, but each stroke is done by hand with attention to each detail. The fee to create your painting is, for a limited time, $75, which includes a digital proof for your approval.

Here’s how it works: send a few photos to jeanette@jeanettesmithphoto.com and within approximately 2 weeks (subject to availability, season, etc.) I will send you a digital proof of your painting. Once you’ve approved the proof, you will choose your size and type of canvas. The painting will be printed then embellished with an acrylic topcoat to add texture and dimension to it. Once it is dry and cured (a few days), it will be sent to you.

Email me to order or check out my Etsy shop to order: Pugdesigns Etsy Shop

I am looking forward to making a beautiful piece of artwork for you or for you to give as a gift.

digital dodie

I’ve been working on getting better at digital painting, for now, on my own; although, I’d LOVE to take a course from Heather the Painter or Michelle Parsley. Maybe eventually but I would LOVE IT; they are such amazing digital artists. In the meantime, I’m practicing on my own and trying to get better with each painting. This one is of Dodie. For some reason, I’ve been hesitant about doing one of her, maybe because it’s sad looking at her for hours on end (I miss her so much) or maybe I’m afraid I wouldn’t do her justice. I decided, though, that it was time for her to have a digital painting now, though. Don’t get me wrong – there are plenty of photos and analog paintings of her around this house. But I wanted to do one with her using the style I’m working on now. So, all of that to say here is my digital painting of Dodie. I’m printing this and adding a top coat of acrylic medium which will let me give it a painted-like texture. 

…and I had forgotten…digital paintings

So it seems kind of wrong, somehow, to post about digital paintings after just writing a post about how much I love film photography. But here it is anyway. I do still want to explore this further, although, I’d really love to analog paint, too. I haven’t done a “real” painting in a long time (mind you, I am NOT good at it…but it’s fun). So for now, though, here are a few digital paintings I did a couple of months ago. Getting ready to start a new one of my Dodie.

film!

I did some sort of trials with three cameras: Mamiya 645 AFD, Rolleiflex, and my trusty Nikon F100. I love the medium format negatives, but the Mamiya has something in the film insert that is scratching the film. Trying to figure it out, but nothing seems to fix it and they are not the easiest to find. The Rolleiflex is just fun and a whole other way of working because it’s crazy and awkward and not totally intuitive. And I think the majority of this film except for maybe the kids are all expired rolls. I know the medium format expired in, um, 2009. 🙂

Anyway, I think my favorites were the Tri-X in the Rolleiflex, although I did love the color on the kids. I’m definitely going to be doing more film photography. It’s the one thing that has made me feel energized creatively in a while. I love it.

latest digital painting

Still working at learning Corel Painter. I love digital painting because I can work on it without getting stuff out each time and I can do a little here and a little there. I really love analog painting too, although I need a lot more practice (as I do with Corel Painter). But I do love practicing. This latest one is of Buddy. (Surprise! And I really should break out of the pug mold but they are SO CUTE.) Poor Buddy, whose loss of teeth is causing him to show more tongue than I’d like. I thought he looked pensive in a vacant kind of way in this shot, so I chose it to work on. I tried to slow down and get more detailed and I like the result pretty well, except for the floating appearance. I need to learn how to ground him so he doesn’t float. I tried to blend in the area where he meets the background, especially on his body, more, but I feel l like it wasn’t enough. Maybe I’ll revisit it. Anyway, before and after:

fun with Corel Painter

I spent one dreary winter-ish day (we haven’t really HAD winter in Georgia this year) this week painting in Corel Painter. This is an older photo of Ezra that was used. I followed along with Heather the Painter‘s KelbyOne class, which is totally worth it. I am hoping to get her DVDs eventually and I would LOVE to take Michelle Parsley’s Elevate Your Art Photoshop Artisan class too. I love learning!

new in the etsy shop for easter!

I just listed a really soft, fluffy bunny snood in the Etsy shop! This is sooo soft. I used Pipsqueak by Bernat which turned out really fluffy. Go check it out!