This month we feature the new works of five Pixiport artists. Featured
is an exciting new section found within The Quill In Focus, "Vintage and
Modern Daguerreotypes" with Charlie Schreiner. as well as his photo
gallery. We will be adding more daguerreotype photographers from his
Ken Windsor's "Images To Inspire The Imagination In Art" has been
updated along with Michael's Dubiner's "The Voice Behind The Lens". Global
Art Gallery features Helyn Davenport, PBI has settled into a new home with
Tiger-net.com. We are very pleased with our new host, and things are
running smoothly and fast!
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Pixiport and PBI Team
New portal in "The Quill In Focus" is Daguerreotype Vintage and Modern
Photography Gallery with Charlie Schreiner. Charlie Schreiner received a
Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a
freelance industrial designer and lives and works along the shores of Lake
Photography has always been an important tool in his business and he
also uses photography as an expressive medium. The daguerreotype is his
passion and his daguerreotypes have been exhibited at the George Eastman
House in Rochester, NY; Ohio State University; Tri-Cities Museum in Grand
Haven, MI; New England School of Photography in Boston; Oakland Museum in
California; the North Light Gallery, AZ U.; A Photographers Place, NYC;
The Atlanta History Center; The Henry Ford Museum; and the Nelson-Atkins
Museum of Art, Kansas City; Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA. ...
My interest in daguerreotypes came from collecting vintage images and
the periodic wistful thought of making them. I had collected copies of the
old journals and several reprints of books on the subject and on paper, at
least, understood how it was done. Uncertainties abounded, such as where
to find plumbago or whether or not to mess with cyanide of potassium and a
long list of others. In time I heard about and then spent time with a
person who made daguerreotypes and since have been making them for over
The initial hurdles in the daguerreotype are technical. The chemicals
are corrosive, toxic, and lethal. The necessary containers and techniques
for handling the chemicals must be made and established and be fail safe.
Plates must be procured--find polished copper and have it plated with pure
silver. Once these pieces are in place the hard part starts--making an
image. I have likened the process to making bread. It is simple: mix
water, flour, salt, yeast and then bake in the oven. But what if you
didn't know how much of each or how hot the oven should be? So it is with
the daguerreotype--it all has to be discovered.
Since I am a product designer, many of my images are object oriented,
recorded or catalogued in a sense like a museum might do before putting
the thing into storage. Today's common item becomes the next century's
strange curiosity and on one level I am playing a game with whoever might
look at these 150 years from now. But also, the daguerreotype records an
object with the most extreme detail and a marvelous transformation on the
surface of the plate takes place that makes the object look "more real"
than the object itself. Holographic is a common description and the detail
seen in glass or chrome or surface imperfections pop out and float above
the surface quite unlike the same image on a paper print. Plus, color--you
will see a lot of it in daguerreotypes--some controlled, some of it
unpredictable, and some real color.
Find out more....
||BOOK REVIEW-ART AND FEAR|
The Voice Behind The Lens|
If you intend to read this book in order to learn how
or where to sell your photographs-don't bother. There are a pile of
books that attempt those tasks. This book is about the creation of
art and the fears that most of us have about that process. The
authors explore the making of art, why art often does not get made
and the difficulties experienced by people who used to make art and
The writers, David Bayles and Ted Orland are teachers and working
artists. Their comments are not confined to photography. They
resinate through the entire spectrum of artistic and creative
endeavors. Almost everything they say applies to all of the arts,
and most artists as well. The authors have come up with a slim but
worthwhile book of engaging and sometimes controversial concepts.
For example, their views on the long term benefits of talent differ
radically from the time worn concept of the magically gifted artist
and give hope to those of us who sometimes feel talent-less. The
writers state; "...talent is rarely distinguishable, over the long
run, from perseverance and lots of hard work". Their notion is that
art is made by ordinary people, working hard and focusing their
endeavors on things they care about.
ART AND FEAR discusses the difference between making and viewing
art and the interaction between the creator and the observer. The
authors speculate on what the artist and the former artist have in
common, and what separates them. The authors opine on many of the
issues that artists throughout history have faced since artmaking
began. The style of writing is almost in outline form. The authors
use a word or phrase that highlight a concept, discuss it and move
on to the next one.
Most importantly, as the title implies, the authors identify,
demystify and explore many of the fears that artists experience.
They help artists understand that many of these fears are universal.
This simple discovery alone is reassuring. .
Stuck in a rut? The authors believe that; "Artists get better by
sharpening their skills or by acquiring new ones, they get better by
learning to work, and by learning from their work." The authors are
firm believers that the one's work is the artist's primary teacher.
They espouse that one's art is made the best it can be by doing it,
learning from one's mistakes and then making more art with the
knowledge that has been gained. A combination of quantity and
thoughtfulness is often what counts. However, being prolific is not
a virtue in and of itself. The authors contend that the more
proliferate the artist, the more that can be learned from the work
and the better one's work will become. Simply put, when we work and
critically review the results, we learn from our mistakes and
successes. That, in large part, is how we improve our work.
Read on... »
||Adobe Photoshop and Painter|
| Make a conté drawing from a photograph - with Carol
You can make a very effective piece of artwork from a photograph
quite easily - by Cloning the photo in Painter Classic/ Painter
6/Painter7. Using a Photoshop filter over the result allows you to
apply Blending Modes for even more artistic effects.
Open a photograph in Painter. You will see that it is very large
on the screen. Go to Window Zoom to fit. Zoom out again until the
image is small enough to fit two such images on the screen
comfortably. To give yourself space for working make sure to close
the palettes that you do not need. (You can re-open them later by
going to Window...Show palettes.) You will only use the Tools,
Brushes and Controls brush. .
||Cheryl Anne Day|
| Cheryl Anne Day joins Pixiport's greeting
card galleries. Beautiful inspirational photos with verses.
Cheryl's love for photography started a long time ago, but she
never really thought she would indulge in it, after the passion
could no longer be contained, she started in investigate, and here
is her journey.
Cheryl attended photo classes at Saint Petersburg Jr. College in
1993 under the instruction of Miss Terry Rogal. After a long battle
with severe health problems she realized that she would no longer be
able to work as a postal carrier. It was then that she realized that
her strongest love outside of working at the postal service was
photography. In 1998 she went back to school. This time she attended
PTEC for Commercial Photography under the instruction of Mr. Terry
The rest is history, her works have been published in newspapers,
postal communicators, promotion work of models, album covers and now
she makes all occasion cards. She represented the entire Pinellas
County Area at the Florida State Florida County Exhibit Showcase in
1996. Then on her spare time, was asked to help create Your Best
Shot Photography Group.
In 1999 Cheryl started working towards her a digital masters
degree as well as her photographic masters degree through the
Professional Photographers Association.She has many honor prints,
and 3 loan prints with the PPA. She earned her Photographic
Craftsman Award from PPA in 2001. She has also earned her Florida
Degree of Excellence in 2002. She is a member of FPP, SEPPA and PPA
& Robert Faber's Photo Work Shop In 1999 Cheryl was named
Photographer of the Year by the Tampa Area Professional
Photographers Association. In 2001 & 2002 Cheryl was named
Digital Artist of the Year by the Florida Professional Photographers
||Global Art Gallery-Helyn Davenport|
| Instead of usual BIO-info fragments that
often read like an old resume pages, I decided to write a few words
about my encounter, which today I consider a firendship, with Helyn.
We met some years ago on the world wide web and since then a day
does not pass without a brief message from her - ' I need this and
that ' which usually means a graphic or a bit of HTML. Such request
usually ends with a smiley :) as if she wanted me to know she is not
demanding, just quietly and politely asking. Knowing the sound of
her voice, I suspect she is not able to be quiet. The words come out
like a stucatto of a rapid firing machine gun and that is exactly
how she works. Furiously, with a total dedication, and with a lot of
Helyn built one of the greatest photography portals and it is
shocking her server is not bursting in its seams. The site is for
all interested in photography, with presentation of a many artist
worldwide. If she likes someone's work, the door to her 'pixiport'
is open wide. Add an interactive board, a web design studio we run
together, an array of photo experiments of her own, active pursuit
of her art, for which purpose these pages are presented here, a
'live' exhibt now and then, a large dog, a flood of messages going
in and out, a newsletter, interviews, and you have a recipe for,
under normal cicumstances, a disaster.
But Helyn handles everything in a spectacular fashion. Quick
maneuvers and sound decisions by this little lady benefit everyone
who appreciates the art of photography. I often try to pull her of
the path and torment her, just because I can, but she just giggles
and keeps on steady.
Helyn's art: be it a standard or a digital
camera, a digital image software or her darkroom, the results are
equally unique, fascinating and her own. Not bound by her experience
or knowledge, she captures her subjects as if they were butterflies
- not disecting, not analyzing, but capturing the flight and the
George Bradford Director of Global Art Gallery- Hellford.com
A selection Of Works By
Helyn Davenport... »
| Featured photographer Mario Pischedda and
his Sub Minimal Art.
||Lucio Valerio Pini|
| I look not for the new, but for what's at
least different, uncommon, surprising, fun, magic, absurd.
I don't care for reality, I don't care for
the certainty of what's in front of my lens, I care for the
creativity, the fantasy, the invention, that can gush from a
Between the certain and the uncertain there's
a possible space, for example in dreams and in fables..
Ciro was born in Salerno, Italy in 1953,
received a degree in Geology and has been a professional
photographer since 1984.
His office and studio are in Salerno, where
he specializes in photographing people, still lifes, and unique
photos of fruits and vegetables.
||Judy Mandolf & Shirley Cross|
| JUDY MANDOLF has exhibited her handpainted
black and white photographs throughout the US and Europe for over a
decade. Since shifting her focus to computer- generated imagery in
1996 she has garnered three "Best of Show" awards at the Fallbrook
Art and Cultural competition and the Del Mar Exposition, as well as
a first place in Computer Edge magazine's art competition.
Her images have their genesis in her original photographs which
are scanned into her computer, collaged, "painted" and otherwise
manipulated by various software programs. They are then printed on
textured paper with archival inks and sometimes further enhanced by
applying various paints and pencils to the surface. "I had images
floating in my mind for years that I was unable to reproduce
photographically" she said. "I am so fascinated by the absolute
freedom afforded by the digital medium to create my mindscapes."
Shirley Cross was born and raised in Oregon. She is a "young"
grandmother who loves her family. Her great passion is photography.
She was always artistic: drawing and painting from an early
age,trying to get 'art' photos with her brownie camera. She became
serious about photography around 1984.
Shirley graduated from New York Institute of Photography in
November 1991. Her photographs have been published in several
magazines and calenders, and have won awards both nationally and
internationally. Beginning in 1988 and each year thereafter,her
photos have been included in THE BEST OF PHOTOGRAPHY ANNUAL, which
is published by PHOTOGRAPHERS FORUM magazine.
For the last three years she has had photos accepted for the
Austrian Super Circuit,the largest photo salon in the world. In 1999
she received medals both in Austria and South Africa.
Fantasy and futuristic,spacey things
fascinate her. At the same time she is an incurable romantic who
loves flowers and the wild natural settings. Her latest thrill is
using the computer to bring her imagination to life. Shirley enjoys
creating art that is pleasurable and uplifting and sometimes