Friday, October 17, 2014

Judgment Day Is Coming…

...and I'm thinking some Willy-Nilly thoughts about it.

This weekend the 11th Annual Art Show of the Massasoit Art Guild is being held at the Spencer, Massachusetts, Town Hall.  If you are around and have some time, the show goes on from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.  I’m pushing this because I am a member of the Guild and have three photos in the show.  I don’t expect to win anything, because I have seen the work of others who are going to enter the show, but I’m going for it anyhow.

The thing about preparing for a show like this for me is that I have to go through and evaluate my own work.  I find that incredibly difficult.  You see, I know what I like but I don’t have a clue what might or might not appeal to others.  In the end, after long and hard consideration, I sort of closed my eyes and picked three of my photos and had them framed.  Of course, now I am wondering if I shouldn’t have picked something else.  Here are the ones I am entering:




I have a photo that I really like and spent some time on trying to make it work for the show, but no matter how much I messed with it or how I cropped it, I just couldn’t get it right.  That’s frustrating.  Wondering what you think.  I like it but can’t put my finger on what's wrong with it.  It’s this one:


This morning I took the time to adhere the identification stickers to the backs of the photos.  The IDs ask for the artist’s name, the name of the picture, what category it belongs in and what the price is.  I could remember my name and what I decided to name the photos, but I’ll be damned if I could remember the number of the category they belong in or the price I put on the entry form I sent in a few weeks ago.  I was not happy.  I usually agree with Rita Mae Brown’s quote, but not this morning.


I want to acknowledge an old friend of ours, Newton Frost.  Newton was a true Renaissance man and a member of the Massasoit Art Guild.  Sadly, he passed away in March of 2012, but three of his paintings are hanging on the walls of this house.  Whenever I look at one, I remember him and know that he lives on through his art and that’s a wonderful legacy.

Linking to Tanya's Willy-Nilly Friday 5!


17 comments:

Marie said...

Your photos are exquisite...especially the macros! Best of luck to you!

Tanya Breese said...

i love your entries and that extra one, i like that, i don't know what you see wrong with it lol...it looks rather vintage. i'm sorry about the loss of your friend but how wonderful you have some of his artwork which makes you think of him daily! best of luck at the show and thank you for linking!! have a great weekend and i can't wait to hear how it went!

Dayle H Los said...

Hi Barbara, I think what you don't like about it is the yellow strip of wall down the right side. I get the feeling that the guy's backside is cut off. I think if the rest of him was included you might feel differently about the photo. Good luck with the show. I hope to stop by to see all the art.

TexWisGirl said...

i liked your choices. the only thing that throws me on the bar photo is the fellow's t-shirt. not sure why, but that throws me off, somehow. :)

Pamela Gordon said...

These are beautiful choices. The one of the hall is from your visit to PEI I think. I love the one of the milkweed seed pod. Of course, I like most of your photos anyway so it would be a win/win in choice. The one of the barstools is awesome too. The work boots remind me of our son's wedding when he and the groomsmen all wore work boots like those with jeans. Love that quote and the photo of the keys. All the best to you in the show Barb.

Tom said...

Hi Barbara,
1 & 2 neat shots of nature!
3 King George Hall is a beauty or is it handsome.
4 I like it, perhaps you are trying too hard.
5 With my memory, I must be the happiest guy in the world.

Thanks for making me smile. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Barb said...

Barbara - good luck to you - I hope you enjoy the experience and it's not too nerve-wracking. My choice is the second photo. I like the strong lines and the stark background. It is a look inside... I do like the bar photo but I wish i could see the logo on the guy's T! (Ha!)

Gail Dixon said...

Your choices are great. Gosh, that is hard to narrow down a vast portfolio into three choices. Not sure about the man at the bar...maybe try converting to b&w? It's got potential! According to Rita, I should be one slap happy girl. :)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Exquisite photos, Barb, and good luck with the show! And kudos to you for entering and putting your work out there. You have a gift for this art. :-) I am wondering about the gold edge on your photo-in-progress. Maybe crop that out?

Lynn said...

your three choices are amazingly beautiful, good luck! Your shot of the cafe is striking, I like the warmness of the colours and visual text, the geometrical lines, the humour in the boot position, and I like the anonymity by not seeing their heads...

Nicki said...

If photo #2 doesn't haul in something, well then I'd poll the jury cause something ain't right - ab.sol.utely love it. On the bar stool - I would black out the print on the back of his shirt and then go vintage/grunge/ or sepia with it. It has visual interest, I think you are struggling with setting the tone and I read vintage - but that is just me. (not that this helps you - but I am glad to read someone other than me that gets a picture that speaks to me but I just can't get the process right to relay that to others).

Sandra said...

my condolences on the loss of your friend. and i wish you much luck. all three are beautiful. i think number 1 is my favorite.. i don't see anything wrong with the man on the stool, i love it.

Lydia Martin said...

Go with what speaks to you. My best sellers are the ones that I was told are too dark or too 'artsy' or too black and white (haha) Sure I miss out sometimes and wonder why people have bad taste...LOL! tongue in cheek...

We are always our own worst critic and harshest in our personal critique but your attitude of go for it is what makes the diff between trying and never knowing...all the best!!!

Debbie said...

All great choices!! I love the bar stool, blue jeans and boots (x2) image. It's hard core, rural America!!

Debbie said...

ohhhh and I should say that I know nothing about photography and I never edit my pictures. Yours are always so special to me!!

Brian King said...

Beautiful choices! Good luck. Your odds are better than most. I like the bar scene! The only thing I could say is that maybe the top of the photo feels cramped compared to the bottom which is very open. There's a lot going on in the top space and not much happening at the bottom. Like the balance is off. That's not even a criticism. I was just trying to see if there was anything that could be altered.

Kerri Farley said...

I LOVED them all!