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Been Awhile….

DSC_5942HI, all.  I know that it seems like it has been forever since my last post.  I cannot even remember when.  I know that I could look, but it will confirm what we already know.  It has been quite a while.

My brain has been so overwhelmed that it has been a bit difficult to concentrate.  I’ve not touched my camera in well over a month.  I’ve not really edited any new photos.  It has been something, but I will not whine.


Since my last post, I’ve successfully completed my first major art show.  Though, it was not my first…it was the biggest out of the three.  I am quite happy with the outcome.  It was non-stop from the time that the show started.  I didn’t sell any of my big pieces, but I was selling so many smaller pieces that eventually I lost count and was shocked when I counted my earnings.  I didn’t bring back my actual investment, but the amount I did clear was much higher than I ever anticipated.  There was so much positive feedback and several people came back around a couple of times.  Cards were taken, so we shall see.

I know that my investment will not have to be as much next year, but I’m unsure whether I will be submitting an entry for it.  Part of me wants to and the other part struggles.  A year seems so far away and unlike this year…well, I’m unsure what next year holds in store.

This month I will be a vendor a charity event for one of the therapy barns, Courage Rock.  Two of the horses from the farm, Acers and Gracie Bay, now reside there.  Kim is an amazing woman and her program is designed to bring horses and vets together to therapeutic healing.   I’m looking really forward to setting up there and I hope to bring in enough revenue to make a decent donation to the Courage Rock program.  I am staying positive.  DSC_5950Next on my agenda is finishing school.  I have just three weeks remaining for this class and then just two more classes before I complete my bachelors.  With that said, I’ve been working my grad school applications.  Personal statements are a requirement for the schools that I’m considering it and they all require multiple parts…..they’re taking a bit to get done.  That is good, though. I’m actually putting thought into them and not rushing.  I hope that it has a successful outcome.

I think that is about it for news on my end.  As for the picture. I went to a buffalo ranch here in Indiana.  It is a family owned business and one of the children is a Hippotherapist out at the farm.  This beautiful girl is her brother’s horse.  Her name is Chase and she is the most beautiful and loving thing.  She’s a Rocky Mountain and just purely to enjoy and admire.  There is something wrong with her leg(s) that prevents her from being rideable, but I don’t remember all the details.

Anyway, that is all that is going on in my world. I hope yours is a bit more entertaining and that you enjoy the pictures.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Wish I Was Cat…

DSC_2779Or a wall or something that didn’t have to make any major decisions.  Right now, I’m tapped out and my stress is beyond what it normally is.

For those that have attended art shows either as patrons or as artist, I need some advise.

The art show in July, it is simple…I know that I can only take three photos, they must be framed, and they must ready to hang.  Simple enough.  I like simple. I like not having to make any real decisions. I mean, I already know which photos that I would like to take.

The same goes for the exhibition at the local community college (that coincides with the September art show).  Two pieces, framed, and ready to hang.  Simple. I know which two pieces that I would like to take.

As for the September show…not so simple and everyone that has a million opinions of what I should do, what I should take, and blah-blah-blah.  It is stressing me out like no other because the truth is, my funding is limited but I do want to make an impression.

Frame them. Don’t frame them. Mat them. Don’t mat them.  Don’t take big sizes. Take lots of standard sizes.  Take animal pictures that is what will sell. Don’t do this. Don’t do that. Do this. Do that.  None of which is actually coming from anyone that has participated in an art show.  Not that I’m not grateful for the input, but….wow.

So, with that said.  Do I frame them? Do I not frame them?  I get that people tend to refrain from framed things because they want to be able to pick their own.  There are also a lot that do not.  I get that people do not necessarily want to buy large pieces.  I get that there should be small pieces for the frugal buyer.  Price them at this. Price them at that.  All this information and no actual help.  What I do know is that things cost money, when you don’t have a lot of it….it adds up so quickly and goes even faster.

I knew that doing this art show was not going to be cheap.  I’m not that naive, but I do believe that I can do it within my budget.  It is just a matter to what extent.  And whether I buy precut mats, frame them, don’t frame them…with the printing of the pictures, the building of my displays, entry fees…on top of everything else.  It all adds up quickly.

I know for sure that I have to have eight pictures.  Whatever I submitted to be juried, I have to take it to the show.  Beyond that the details are sparing and up to the artist.  What are some your thoughts and/or suggestions?  I welcome and appreciate any input.

As for the picture.  It is Sass.  I was bored and I had this picture sitting in a file I was going through. I decided to play with it.  I don’t hate it. Hope that you don’t either.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography



The Dude

DSC_2639.jpgThe Dude in all of his glory.

Is this the perfect picture?  Of course not.  Someone somewhere will find issue with it, but I like it.  I did not like the original.  The original was overexposed so I played with it…this was the result when I found something that I liked.

Could I have done something different? Of course. There is always something because hindsight is always 20/20. Do I care?  Probably not as much as I should. That is if I should.  I probably should, but it is the pictures like this. Like ones that I have posted in the past that played a part in me getting accepted into the art show that will be held in September.  Pictures like this that resulted in someone reaching out to me today and asking me if I’d be interested in participating in the art show that they are having in July.  Both are things that I should be proud of.  I want to be. I’m trying to be.

I forgot where I was going with that.  I think that my point is…art is cutthroat.  Everything is.  There will be people that like it and people that do not.  It is a perception thing and we know how I feel about perception thing.  It is also something that we are constantly learning.  I don’t know everything and not every picture is going to be perfect. I try. I learn. I do it again.  Either way, each one is mine and I should be okay with that.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography