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Oktoberfest Fall Sale and Blog Update

It’s great to start the Fall season with a triumphant event.   Our artwork is now available at 2 Cafe Brazil locations in the North Dallas Area.   You will see our works hanging at the Beltline and Richardson (U.S. 75) locations.

If you’ve never seen a photographic work printed on metal or acrylic before, you really need to go see it for yourself.  It’s an incredible product that really amazing to see.  Our special thanks to both Philip and Jessica the managers who so wisely chose us!  Go, eat, buy art!

Also, we continue to be a force of influence on the Internet. Our posts have appeared on several other design, gardening, and photography e-newsletters over 27 times!

All the while our Facebook and Google+ followers have continued to grow and expand our art across the cyberspace.  But, our Twitter followers have grown to over 1920 with more and more following every day.  Most of these are fellow artists, authors, and interesting entrepreneurs.   If you’re not following us on Facebook or Twitter yet, what’s stopping you?

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See! That was easy and we won’t sell your information or flood your box with emails.  We average about twice a week.  Stay tuned for more exciting news in the future.



How to FLOAT like a Pro!

How can something as simple as a floating jellyfish improve your life as an artistic person?  Well, after spending quality time in my super-secretive mad scientist photo lab I came upon the idea of FLOAT and how we as artists use this in creating our work.

Floating JellyfishIn order to FLOAT we must:


Function as an artist.  Artists are creators.  We delve deep into our souls and transfer that ethereal realm of thought to canvas, clay or even photograph.  While every artist is different in our methods, our philosophies, and yes even our madness, we all create.  Painters dabble in paints; sculptors in clay and photographers use a perspective as seen through the lens of a camera as our tools to place our feelings of wonderment and awe of the universe in tangible visible form.  To be a successful artist you must create!  Function like an artist makes good art.

Locate places with similar people like yourself.  Artists are people too.  That sounds like a bad bumper sticker doesn’t it?   But the truth is that there are other artists who have the same kind of personality you do.   Find them.  A quick search on Google will yield all kinds of fellow artists to communicate with.  It might be in a downtown nightclub, maybe at certain art fairs, or, as I hope, even this blog.   Discover each other and make an effort to make friends among them.  You can share ideas, philosophies and even business advice, whatever you want.  Locating other artists is a must for a FLOATing artist.

Observe what they do.  This is perhaps the most difficult part of being a FLOATer.  Once you have met other artists; watch them.   No, I don’t mean become a weird stalker or anything illegal.  Just pay attention to the work and attitudes your fellow artists keep up.  After a time, it will become clear who the leaders in your art community are, and who are the followers.  Observing these successful leaders allow you to learn through their experience also.  Don’t exist in a bubble.  Observe!


Assess what artistic techniques work and those that do not for what you want to do.  Concentrate on the techniques that work. One key element overlooked in the proper assessment of the effectiveness of a technique is its relationship to your own personal goals.   If you want to become a successful wildlife photographer but find yourself constantly chatting it up with wedding photographers, you will learn new techniques, but your growth as a wildlife photographer will not advance very quickly.  Assess what works!


Try new things.  To grow as an artist you must try new things.  This is the hardest part of the FLOAT system.   Why?  Failure.  People hate to fail.  What is the number one reason for failure?  People hate trying new things and making a mistake in their technique.  The trick to successfully trying new things is by understanding that failure in technique will happen.  Failures are an opportunity to learn and refine the proper technique for next time.  Never take yourself so seriously that you can’t laugh at yourself.  Try new things and have fun doing it!  Your confidence will grow and so will your art.  Try it!

So FLOAT your way to success as a creative artist.  Most of all have fun doing it!

We hope you also enjoyed our photograph of  Floating Jellyfish.

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Our New Artist- Barbara Stevko


Are You a Mouse?
Are You a Mouse?

Our newest artist is Barbara Stevko.  Barbara has lived in Texas for over 30 years  and has retired from a successful career as a social worker/ Mom in the North Texas area.  Barbara possesses the ability to travel in the United States and abroad to Europe while  visiting with relatives and her grandchildren.

A fine art photograph of a Low Tide by Barbara Stevko.
Low Tide

As an artist, she uses her knowledge of the world to capture the essence and beauty of the moment.  Her intention is to use the camera to share forms of nature and the things that intrigue her. She prefers to take pictures of a non-linear fashion, letting nature create it’s own lines and space while enhancing the action or story of the photograph.  When she does include manufactured  shapes such as pipes or bridges it is in always contrast to the natural lines of the animal or landscape that is the subject in the picture.

4 Qualities of Any Artist

It doesn’t matter if you are a photographer, designer, painter or sculptor, you have the 4 qualities listed below.

Intelligence-  Most people learn to hate this word.  It defines so many things about us as people that it is frightening. Some people think it is your IQ.  Others believe it’s the number of professional certifications and degrees you have on your wall.   No matter what your degree, your IQ, or what school you attended, you must have an operating definition of what your job is.  If you’re a designer it’s creating and implementing your design for the client.  A wedding photographer needs to have knowledge of how a wedding is typically organized and use that knowledge to decide what shots to take and so forth.  When your working definition of your job and the definition your boss, client, partner, etc..  have are different, then unhappiness and confusion begins.

But it’s not that simple. – Other intelligences also exist and you’re not good at all of them. Don’t worry, no one is good at all of them, it’s why we have the personalities we do. Your social intelligence has a large effect on your ability to market and create a brand name for yourself.  Your ability to work with models, clients, or even the guy behind the paint counter at the hardware store is dominated by your social and emotional intelligences.  Your ability to work extensive technological devices like DSLR cameras, computers, cell phones, and even your DVR at home is your technological intelligence and so forth.  An idiot savant is an extreme example of this principle at work.

Ambition – What is your ambition level.  What is your goal orientation?  A seeker of goals is not necessarily a maker of them.  A seeker is the person who finds or is given meaningful life influencing goals and then completes them .  A maker is what you are on New Years when you know by February you will have forgotten them.   Do you keep a record of your designs, compositions or photographs to look at later and track how far you have grown in your field?

How you work towards that goal is your ambition.  Can you take criticism?  Do you take a negative experience like rejection and turn it into a positive outcome?  That is your ambition.

Curiosity-  How often do you ask why?  When you heard that a camera’s aperture influences the depth of field in a photograph, did you take it on the authority that someone was telling you, or did you grab your camera and try to figure out how it worked?  Are you able to suspend your belief or disbelief in a topic until you can research it and find your own answers?  That is you curiosity level.

Mindset-  How do you react to failure?  If you have a failure happen in you life or business how do you react?  Let’s say your USB or the camera memory cards fail before you are able to get the images or design work on to your backup computer.  Do you go out to watch the sunrise with tears in your eyes?  Curl up in a ball?  Do you laugh it off?  Or, do you find a dark corner with something to pummel?

Still another aspect of mindset is your willingness to try to go past your natural ability and improve your technique to the next level.

These 4 qualities are essential to your success as a photographer or designer.  They will show you where your weaknesses are and how you can either improve them or respond to them in a positive way.  Can you see these qualities in your own lives and art?

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