Monday, July 26, 2010

Seven of My Favorite Art Supplies

from my sketchbook

  1.  Moleskine notebook - I use the larger one (5.25x8.25in.) sketchbook.  The pages are pretty sturdy, which is a good thing for all the abuse I give 'em.
  2. Pitt pens - brush tip.  I love to work over acrylic paint with these pens because just before it dries I give it a little smear with my finger tip.  Great for shading.
  3. Everything Golden - paints, grounds, mediums.  Golden paints are wonderful, whether, heavy body or fluid.  The grounds will open your mind to amazing possibilities.  And the mediums are just perfect.
  4. Prismacolor Pencils.  Tons of colors.  Smooth and creamy.  Great coverage.
  5. Derwent Inktense pencils.  I cannot tell you how much I enjoy these things.  They are watersoluble.  So when I put water to these guys the colors are intense, brilliant.
  6. Stabilo pencil.  I like the black for its deep richness.
  7. Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper.  The 140lb. hot press is my favorite.
Currently, these are some of my favorites.  The list tends to be a bit fluid.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Elevator Pitch in 30 Seconds

This is a quick overview of your blog, 30 seconds or so that you can say to someone who asks about you and your blog. Here are some guidelines - should solve a problem, clear, short, stands out, intriguing, energetic and consider using a question.
Here is my Elevator Pitch:
My blog chronicles my development as an artist living in Detroit, who desires to make a living creating life affirming, soul-stirring images.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Now and Then

There are times when simple words of affirmation help bring me back to center, to peace.  Most of the photos were taken while on a walk in downtown Detroit.  The others I took on trips to Hilton Head, Savannah and Martha's Vineyard.  The music is a beautiful chant by Rickie Byars Bechwith.  I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Ambassador Bridge

One night in early summer, I was on the upper deck of the Detroit Princess, cruising on the Detroit River.  When we got close to the Ambassador Bridge, I was ready to take a picture.  I don't know too much about bridges but I think it is a beautiful one.  It is a suspension bridge by design.  The construction started in 1927 and finished in 1929 and it connects Detroit, Michigan, United States of America to Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  That makes us kinda international, huh?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

When A Door Closes


Get to Know...Mike Greer Photography

Company: Mike Greer Photography

Tell us about yourself and your company.
Wow! Not an easy question to answer. First and foremost, I’m a husband and father of three. I’m biased, but I think I have the best family in the world and I thank God for them. My formal educational background is in mechanical engineering. I spent 17 years doing that in the automotive industry. I didn’t know it at the time, but my heavy involvement in computer graphics during those years would lead me into what I do today.

In 1987, I bought my first personal graphics computer and started messing around with digital imaging. In 1992, our first child was born and we purchased our first “serious” camera. Because of that, my interests in digital imaging grew even more and I became even more ingrained in the technology. By the late 90s, due to the exploding popularity of the internet, I was considered by many an expert in digital imaging. Then it happened, somebody asked me to shoot their wedding. I discovered that I really enjoyed it. Then I shot another one. And another one. And another one. So I started Mike Greer Photography. Then in 2001, another monumental event happened - 1,300 people, me included, got downsized! What to do? Search for another job or go for it? Well, I decided I never wanted to experience getting terminated again. So Mike Greer Photography became a full-time business.

Since that time, we’ve specialized in wedding photography and have had a tremendous time doing so. Then in the spring of 2010, another life shifting event took place. We moved out of our house into a studio. We still specialize in weddings, but we’ve added high school seniors and newborns (less than a 1 year old). Our studio is located in downtown Farmington, next to the historic Civic Theater.

How did you get started?
Oops, answered that one above.

What’s the best part about your job?
The best part of what I do is that I get to use my creative abilities to make people look beautiful and capture times of high emotional importance. I’ve discovered that most people don’t think they are very attractive and their self image suffers greatly because of it. So when I get to present images to people looking beautiful, it pleases me greatly. In addition, when mothers see their graduate-age children or see their babies frozen in time, there is a feeling that I’m doing something that is meaningful to people. I love it.

What sets you apart from others in your industry?
The industry tends to want to categorize photographers as “traditional” or “photojournalistic”. Traditional photographers are very heavy on posing. Photojournalists are very hands-off and seek to document things as they happen. In my opinion, neither is better or worse than the other. They are just different. However, I’m after great-looking images regardless of the approach. If that means hand off, so be it. If that means I need to direct people, then so be it. I care about 2 things: not being intrusive and great-looking images.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Many moons ago I played collegiate basketball. I’m also a pretty good cook.

This interview was originally posted on July 15, 2010 by Laura Davis Events.  I think it is a wonderful example of being open, following your bliss and loving what you do.  Congratulations to Michael for crawling through the window that opened when the door closed.  Thanks, Laura.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

No Cable For Me

I am not making a declaration.  It's not that I have been emancipated from some corporate scheme to control my mind.  And it's not that I don't like cable.  It was a financial decision.  You see,  I am not working with a lot of big money here.  Out of all the things I am currently paying for cable is not one them.  I'm thinking, I can't miss what I never had, right?  Yes, there are plenty of programs on cable I'd love to see.  But, I watch a little more television than I care to admit.   And I get juicy bits and recaps at work of shows others are watching.
My t.v. is a little older with a digital box and I have access to thistv giving me movies, movies and more movies.  I get RTV.  I believe, the R is for retro, giving me The Rifleman, I Spy, Kojak, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Bachelor Father, Wagon Train, Peter Gunn, It Takes A Thief and more.  Now, if they could just get rid of Simon and Simon and Knight Rider.  That would make me happy.
Sadly, after I attached that box I lost three Canadian channels I enjoyed.
Ummm, let's see, if I were to pick a "back in the day" show to see again my choice - The Rookies.  I love police stories and the 70's are my "back in the day".  When was your "back in the day" and what show would you like to see again?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Look! I'm a Genius.

I bought a book, awhile ago, that I thought I'd use a lot, that I'd work out of a lot, that I'd try to keep open while following the instructions and doing the techniques within its pages.  Let's call that kind of book an "art workbook".  So, I went to Kinko's and had them shave off the spine and re-bind with a coil binding.
I can fold the pages back.  And when open it stays flat. 

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Oh, Detroit!

The fireworks were held more than a week ago.  Actually, Monday, June 21st, earlier than usual.  They are always kinda early around here.  The event takes place over the Detroit River.  Rather breathtaking.  For those that ask why so early, I wish I could offer the reason being, because we share this celebration with our friends across the water in Windsor, Ontario.  They have Canada Day and we have the Fourth.  But this year, even that didn't make sense.  So to answer the question "why so early"?  I really do not know.