Category Archives: photography

More slide transfers to digital

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The original photo was a 10-minute long exposure overlooking Cobscook Bay in Maine. This is all film and Mother Nature-not computer-enhancement here! September, 2000.

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This is a sunset at Gros Morne in Newfoundland. This is one of the last shots I got with my 400mm lens before a strong gust blew over the tripod. September, 2000.

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Headed back to Corner Brook in Newfoundland. The season here is short and rough. September, 2000. Below, is a Snowy Plover from Parker River, October, 2000.

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Digital, digital

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These were shot in 2000, on the Gaspe Peninsula and the Maritimes. I have long lost the camera specs/film specs for any of these.

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Nova Scotia.

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St. Johns, Newfoundland.

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Newfoundland

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St. Mary’s Preserve.

Uncharted territory

I am starting to work in a way that I never have before and the development is a bit scary. In some cases, I am not even sure if the message will be clear. I am also having to dust off old skills to make the  photographs work, or at least convey something other than “the artist hasn’t got a clue.”

The DAPL crisis is one that I am exploring. The fact that water is less important than fracked oil is a point that our country should seriously consider, since without water, we don’t live. And, then, the point of oil would be what? So, I am referring to DAPL and pipelines in general, as a crisis.

The evacuation of the largest camp of protesters was sad. After several months of standing their ground at Standing Rock, they were forced to leave. They burnt down what was left of  the camp as a symbol of protest.

Working with Barbies and other 11″ dolls leads to imagery issues. The dolls have makeup on, for example. But, as I develop this final image and others, I hope that the message will be strong enough to supersede that.

Here’s the stage of development that I am at. The teepee needs to be stiffened. And, the story will be developed from here, as well.

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Complimentary photos

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Since I now own a camera with a long lens, I will probably rarely use the shorter of the two. My 75-300 was the go-to lens when I shot film.

I shot a few back-lit birds. They were lacking in detail, and have been deleted. Since I am supposed to have my slide scanner today (Amazon has made me wait the full nine days for the free shipping), I will start compiling the nature photos tonight. There are a ton of bird photos on film.

I can hear the local Blue Jays now. Since they occasionally visit the deck, I expect to get some great pictures of that subject as I get more and more familiar with the new camera.

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With a nice layer of fog, once again I am limiting my palette. The touches of color from whats left of the flower is all I have. The rest is very subdued, like the latest MM piece and the “Mesh” photos.

I am sure that color will return to all my work, and in a big way.

Back to the working grind

What a year so far! The point now is to get my “program” back to normal. There are really only a few days out of the chemo cycle that are difficult and those are the days that the steroids have interrupted my sleep rhythm. I had one of those today, and called out “sick.” I slept until around 11 AM to normalize.

So, I am trying to balance the art/work life and in that, trying to develop a signature work. I allowed myself lots of experimentation over the last four months, including MM, watercolor portraiture and surreal photography.

The photography almost brought me to the point of purchasing a new camera today. Rather than buying an expensive new unit with income tax return money, I want to make the little cameras pay for the new big sister. I purchased a little devise to help transfer my slides onto disc, however, which will help integrate the film work that I did 20+ years ago with what I do now. Oh my, that will be a fun snowy Sunday project!!

The “Mesh” series wasn’t accepted to the show they were intended for but I am framing several of them for upcoming solos. Here are a few examples:

I considered stopping at the Goodwill also today to start shopping for random dolls to include in this series. I might also start to build “rooms” like miniature set-ups (though surreal), for those dolls. But, as I am stretching my creative outlets, I am also trying to get back into a “groove” where everything starts working together again.

 

Holiday Silliness

by Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

I am waiting for the first real contributions. The snow is falling at a fairly appreciable rate. And, well, these ornaments are just hanging here 🙂

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My creative energy in storms

We are supposed to get snow…major snow…blizzard-type weather in the next 24-36 hours. I am excited, pumped, knowing that I am “trapped” here tomorrow.

Yes, I have to do my 40-hour gig work, too, but there is something fun about having to stay in for the day. Something like getting trapped in the blanket fort, as it collapsed, as a kid. Not to downgrade the severity of what could happen with this storm. I might lose power, but I live close to a lot of medical facilities, including two hospitals. I am in one of the first grids that are restored.

Storms like this bring out the best in my photography, and I love to play in that medium on the day after a big one. Unfortunately, this year, it’s not happening on a Saturday, so I will have to work. But, here are some images from a storm two years ago…

Rochester Snow God, (c)Daryl-An Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photograph

Rochester Snow God, (c)Daryl-An Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photograph

But, there is something about hearing the wind through the Sumac that borders my apartment and knowing that I could lose power any minute that increases the need to get to the paint or photo or blog 🙂 , or maybe it is just Mother Nature.A minimal take on a storm, "Through the Bars, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photography

A minimal take on a storm, “Through the Bars, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photography

Snowstorm Nemo in 2013. "Closed Due to Blizzard" (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013. Digital photograph.

Snowstorm Nemo in 2013. “Closed Due to Blizzard” (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013. Digital photograph.

We’ll see how intense this one is-Nemo was a week-end storm so sorta fun. Iola could be a pain!

I follow my gut with what I should do creatively and when. But, I create, regardless. Let it snow.

 

 

BAA Artshare meeting, January, 2015

We had a very successful Artshare meeting tonight. Another reason to champion a local library! The Berwick Art Association has no permanent building for meeting or showing, and the Berwick Public Library allows us to use their conference room for our business meetings and their one large table in the main library for our Artshare meetings.

In attendance tonight, there were four new members and ten of the older members, which is the best turn-out yet. These meetings are all about bringing work to share. If it is in progress, or the artists has issues they would like to discuss about their piece, that’s what we do. Otherwise, we converse casually about each sharing person’s work-BTW, you don’t have to bring art.

The group discusses Christine Kfoury's "Packer's Falls"

The group discusses Christine Kfoury’s “Packer’s Falls”

Tonight was special for a number of reasons: Gloria Houlne has returned to BAA for these meetings, Beth Wittenberg gave away ten copies of her first zine, and it was the most art shared at one of these meetings, to date.

Ruth Ann Bleau had her hands full as meeting chair getting us through the abundance of great art showed. Gloria’s piece,  was discussed probably longer than it should have been, based on the size of the group, though it was worthy of the time.

Gloria Houlne, Ruth Ann Bleau with Gloria's offering

Gloria Houlne, Ruth Ann Bleau with Gloria’s offering

Ruth Ann Bleau and Anne Vaughan injected the evening with politically charged art. Beth Wittenberg brought her first zine based on her series of works called “Buildings, Beasts and Storms” which depict some of the nastiness and craziness that lives in all of us, and gave the original signed copies away. A new member, Aaron, brought his Comic-style book based on his daily life. Other work included a pen and ink of James Dean, a spin-art on a light fixture cover, a large acrylic abstract, a series of autobiographical photos, a small architectural rendering and my random small paintings done for “painting challenges”. And, Kristen’s cow.

Kristen Dolloff shows her piece.

Kristen Dolloff shows her piece.

As this group grows and matures, the work does, as well.

The BAA Artshare group meets every third Wednesday night at the Berwick Public Library, Berwick, Maine from 5:45-7:15. We never know who will be there or what they will bring. Snacks are also welcomed-we do munch, too!

 

Pinterest

I thought I should add that I do also have a Pinterest board: Dartt Hurst Gallery. There are a few of my “straight” photographs on it, as well as some random paintings.

Stay tuned

I have not been overly excited  with the offerings of free web sites. I know Weebly, etc.  are in business to make money…but I need to save where I can. Hence, I have returned!!

Now, to justify my existence, I have been working two jobs. I have dealt with a broken leg, and have returned to the retail gig, 2nd job, the week before Thanksgiving. Now that the season is close to ending, I will be cutting that schedule down, giving me time to create, write, and promote. And, promote.

The promotional plan again includes posts. The art is going to get larger, but since I work in a small place, I have no ambition to change the blog title.

I also want to make this blog a work, in and of itself-more detail about what goes into each piece, the catalysts and inspiration behind each piece, associated silly cat stories, dreams, non-related conversations and anything else that may add interest/relevance to a piece. A friend of mine would call it context. But, I want to add these details more to make the blog more interesting than the piece. It is all artinsmallplaces-so I will include something visual with most posts.

So, on that note-here’s a Holiday image with my darling Prudence…

Prudence Under the Tree, 2013

Prudence Under the Tree, 2013