so i've been working toward sharing my photography in an etsy shop, and recently have spent much time browsing around etsy photography. i'm looking for a way to jazz * snazz up my pictures. for some reason, all of a sudden they seem boring and bland and plain. so i'm learning how to use textures to make my pictures look old * interesting * layered * rich. and i'm also looking on etsy for different ways to present my photographs.
and then i found this:
it just so happens that i had already bought some wood blocks and canvas blocks, and had started trying different techniques for mounting photographs onto them.
promptly i left gayle a message singing the praises of her work. i asked if she'd share her technique for mounting. didn't hear back.
must admit i was quite disappointed. you see, i LOVE sharing! i don't think artists need to keep secrets from each other, because inevitably, everyone sees and works differently, uniquely ... even if they use the same technique. but not all artists feels that way. and not everyone wants to share their techniques and methods which may have taken them years to learn. it's understandable, i guess. it's just fear. still, i prefer to think of everyone as an ally instead of the competition. which isn't always easy. but which definitely is my highest self in action.
i also said i'd buy a piece from her. and so i did. and in purchasing her photograph on etsy, i wrote this:
i promised i'd purchase a piece from you so here i am. it will be a treat to have your art in my home.
i'm frequently on the shuttersisters site where so much sharing of information happens ... which is what prompted me to ask you about your mounting process. i hope my asking didn't make you uncomfortable in any way.
keep up the beautiful work!
all the best,
a few days later, the mail came and i received this gorgeous piece from gayle:
wow! thrilled! to the moon! yippee skippee! jumping for joy! happy dance all around!
not only do i now have a beautiful piece of art. and another method for mounting photos on wood blocks: 3M 77 SPRAY MOUNT. (i've been using gel medium as a glue, applied with a brush, which seems to work fine) ...
but i also have SHARED WITH A FELLOW ARTIST/PHOTOGRAPHER.
i shared my money with her. she shared her arwork with me. she shared a technique with me. and now i've shared our techniques with you. woot!
thank you gayle, for sharing with me!
q: what did you learn on the internet today, honey?
a: sharing is fun!