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Man, it’s been way too long since I have updated this blog. I wanted to update you guys on what I’ve been up to over here in the cool new studio. So I’m going to make this a catch all update.

While I was working on my thesis (Mother Road Revisited) I actually went back to my roots for a bit, and did this night photo of the Shasta Camper I traveled with.

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I feel like I have a pretty good handle on light temperatures and how I want my night photography to go from here on out, I just have to find a project so to shoot at night again. I really do miss it.

 

A couple weeks later I shot a wedding in New Mexico, and then school started quite quickly. I ended up doing a photo shoot of a couple of my friends messing around with water guns in Dallas. Another night photo situation, I wish I had more reasons to be shooting with such a short shutter speed more often.

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While I was in Texas, I ended up doing a photo shoot for a friend who is also in his thesis year at a school in London, England. He is studying acting, and his thesis revolves around RipVanWinkle. Because of this, he wanted to see if I could get his character in an environment that would illustrate Rip’s world. My dad has a green house that is being over grown by plants…and I thought it was perfect.

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Once school had been going strong for a bit, I was hired to photograph a metal working shop for a brochure they were putting together to show the items they could make, and their machines..here is a product shot I did for that:Image

 

I had to go back up to St.Louis to rephotograph a couple things for my thesis, and ran into a friend from high school. We decided to go look at the chain of rocks bridge, it was pretty neat, and it is on Route 66. ImageImage

 

This year at my undergrad, the art department decided to do an alumni show, and I was asked to participate..So I put this photo of the batmen kids I photographed at a garage sale a friend of mine and I stumbled upon.

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photo of gallery courtesy of Todd Goehner

 

In October I went to Washington D.C. to talk to George Mason University about my thesis project. I spoke for an hour about pulling together all the resources I needed, and how one would do all of the work I did in the length I did it, and still want to make art…Image

 

I think the talk went very well, and the audience asked a lot of really great questions. I got to see DC for the first time, and really enjoyed spending a couple hours a day on the subway. Image

And obviously, I have been working very hard on my thesis, I finally have a working light box, which you can see in a video here. I got a friend to illustrate a 4ft x 8ft map, which we actually have mostly finished…
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I still need to add a frame and some feet on the bottom of the map, but over all I think it’s done. The frame will do a lot for it.

I asked a friend to cut together some pieces of video for a research video competition I was entering my Mother Road Revisited project in and I just found out I won the contest! The first prize is 1000 dollars to put towards your research. So I’m excited about putting that towards my thesis. (see the video that won here)

If you want to stay in the loop about my Mother Road Revisited project, jump on over to the website and take a look at the blog.

Anyway, That’s an update on my current situation…thanks for reading, and I’ll work on updating a little more consistently.

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Going on 2 weeks out on the West Coast, and as we drove down to the redwoods, I ran into this white VW Van.

VW Van 2

VW Van 2

The trip is going well, and I am really looking forward to being home, but San Francisco is really great, got to go to the art musuem today and see the “Stein Collection” which included some very interesting Picasso’s and Matisse’s.

-nattles

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So, I feel like I’m always working…so I have made a short list of things I want to do this summer, some of them are really short term goals, others are bucket list type goals…here is the photo list:

 A.  I want to make this recipe for Steak Au Poivre
B. I want to finally shoot a Star Trail

B. I want to finally shoot a Star Trail

C. Neal and I have been toying with the idea of shooting 4x5 this summer.

C. Neal and I have been toying with the idea of shooting 4x5 this summer.

D. This Watermelonade looks incredible and easy to make

D. This Watermelonade looks incredible and easy to make

E. Reel Big Fish is going to be in concert in Dallas! I'm going.

E. Reel Big Fish is going to be in concert in Dallas! I'm going.

F. Streetlight Manifesto is also touring with RBF, and they are 1 of my favorites.

F. Streetlight Manifesto is also touring with RBF, and they are 1 of my favorites.

G. I am planning a trip to drive through the redwoods and do a much needed photography trip.

G. I am planning a trip to drive through the redwoods and do a much needed photography trip.

I will also be visiting my friends Jessica, Shane, Zak and Bekah and meeting their kids! I am so excited to see them this summer! I’ll also be working on my thesis…which is always something I’m working on…even when I’m sleeping, it feels like… Anyway, thanks for reading.

-Nattles

*edit* WordPress is being difficult, and i wanted to add links to these photos, but apparently i’m not allowed to right now, so here are the links if you’re interested:

star trails: http://photo.net/photo/star-streak
4 x 5 photography: http://photo.net/equipment/large-format/choosing
watermonlonade: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/photo/Watermelonade-242611
reel big fish: http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Reel_Big_Fish/Biography/
streelight manifesto: http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Streetlight_Manifesto/Biography/
redwoods: http://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm

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On Sunday I got back from St.Louis. The print ganging and I went there for a Print Conference galled “Southern Graphics Counsel” there were panels, and demos…discussions…networking. It was great.

There was a panel that had two presses represented on it, there was a press there called “Little Friends of Printmaking” their biggest advice was to do what you do until someone notices, and if they don’t, Make them notice. they seemed really interesting, and easy going…the other press that talked at the same time was called sonnenzimmer …honestly i didn’t like their look…and they didn’t have a lot of applicable advice. but you might like their stuff…

I also went to a demo on this girl who does woodcuts with a drimmel…  she also prints it all by hand…because she prints things that are 8ft by 5ft. Her stuff was quite stunning

There were two things that got me really thinking and one of them was that we heard Swoon speak and she talked about these boats they made out of found items…she told this story about how she made the boats to the size that they’d fit under the bridges of the grand canal in Venice…and how they floated them through the grand canal…it was so whimsical and vagabond-esqe…made me wish i could embrace that kind of lifestyle and be fulfilled…but…i don’t think it’s made for me…although i really admire people who can do it. She also talked about her woodcuts,wheat pastes and how she gets her inspiration. She really said some things that made me start to think about what I really want to do with my career and how I want to work with a community of artists. She said things like “once you find a community of artists you work well together with, don’t lose that, even if you move far away from people, you can still collab on things” and she talked about becoming part of the space, and knowing your community. She talked about how she makes art that isn’t suppose to last…how she puts up her woodcuts and then it becomes part of the environment when the weather gets to it…just interesting ideas…and she deals a lot with social justice in art, and portraits…a lot like a documentary photographer….also she’s getting into architecture in haiti, which is really cool…She also did an installation piece in St.Louis just for the conference, so it was cool to see one of her pieces in St.Louis.

Swoon

Swoon

Swoon Close up

Swoon Close up

Another Close Up

Another Close Up

There was a parade that night that we randomly got caught up in…with fire and stilts…and bicycle art….

Random Unsactioned Parade we were a part of

Random Unsactioned Parade we were a part of

Crazy Parade

Crazy Parade

I also got to watch some people with a letterpress print a few posters, and even got to run the press myself! that was pretty cool.
Box of letterpress letters

Box of letterpress letters

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Letterpress letters

Letterpress letters

Pretty cool. Want one. Don’t know where I’d put it.
The last day we went to a show by Tom Huck he is such a talented woodcut printer. here are a few images i snapped of his work:
Tom Huck Close up

Tom Huck Close up

Tom Huck Close up

Tom Huck Close up

These pieces are at least 7ft x 3ft. He also had the blocks there so it was really neat to see how we cut the blocks and the lines he made. It really helped me understand how woodblocks work and what mine needed to look like in the end.
Anyway, St. Louis was a really good Southern Graphics Counsel Conference. I am glad I went, I got a lot of great advice about my printmaking and photography merging together. Eventually I will get some of my most recent work up on this blog so you guys can see what I”m up to. It’s been a crazy March though. I’m impressed I’ve done 2 blogs in the midst of everything that’s going on.
Anyway, continue working on stuff! Do what you love, and make people notice.
-natalie

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Hello all,

I just wanted to tell you guys about a few things, I’m in a group show at “Club 209” on Brady St. and Boulder St. They’re open Thursday-Sunday. If you wanted to go by, there’s a bunch of work in there from all of us in the print classes. There are prints that rang from screen printing to lithography and mono-types… anyway, here are some pictures of what the show looks like.

From Left to right: My work, Michelle Martin is the middle and the top right, John Bryant bottom right

From Left to right: My work, Michelle Martin is the middle and the top right, John Bryant bottom right

Club 209: Our work is on the left and right walls

Club 209: Our work is on the left and right walls

One of the walls....

One of the walls....

Another wall...

Another wall...

The club had board games and such...you can see some of our work behind their heads.

The club had board games and such...you can see some of our work behind their heads.

It was an exciting show to hang, and a great little venue….but if you have time, drop on by, or give me a call and I’ll take you over there.

Plus One…..
Also, I would like to thank TOMS Shoes for uploading my photos to their facebook site. That’s a pretty exciting thing, and an incredible gesture.

My photos on TOMS Shoes facebook page.

My photos on TOMS Shoes facebook page.

If you want to see in on the site itself….this link might work, I’m not sure. But if you don’t “like” TOMS on facebook, you won’t be able to see the photos until you do. Just FYI.

Anyway, that’s about it. The show went well, I sold that bottom print; “The Queen” so that’s good news. 🙂

Thanks for reading. See you soon.

-Natalie

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Well, snow day number 2 of 7…and i’m already procrastinating at a very high level. Instead of doing all the things my art director is giving me to do….(sorry scott)…. I am going out and playing in the snow. Thought you guys might want to learn how to make a snow angel. So, here are my steps:

Snow Angel Steps 1-3

Snow Angel Steps 1-3

happy snow angeling!

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So, I’ve really been thinking about what photography projects I want to do this semester. And with my printmaking degree in full swing, it is becoming difficult to think about lots of projects at one time. But, I have really been considering food photography for awhile, and checking out all sorts of food blogs such as www.sprinklebakes.com and www.thepioneerwoman.com. The problem is, I don’t really cook, and on top of that, I don’t have time to cook extravegant things. So, in an effort to at least practice, I’m going to try and shoot the food I eat on a regular basis. Which, in my head, includes everything from snacks to meals.

So, here is my first photo…my dinner..last night….

Dinner: Chicken and Peas.

Dinner: Chicken and Peas.

Also, some people have expressed want to see my humble abode in Tulsa…so I actually cleaned my room yesterday….and shot some pictures of where I am living here in Tulsa…(just my room really….I do live in an apartment, but I didn’t feel like cleaning the _whole_ apartment…just my room…)

so…here’s that. And yes. these are shot with my 14mm f/2.8:

Room from the doorway

Room from the doorway

Room from closet

Room from closet

Room from desk

Room from desk

So, there you have it. That’s kind of what I’m up to. Hopefully, I will get some pictures of the prints I did last semester so I can upload them here to this community….also, I’m going to the Palm Springs Photo Festival in March, and I’m hoping to enter the slideshow contest, so if you have ideas on what I should shoot for that, go ahead and leave a comment.

Thanks for reading,
Natalie

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