Monday, January 26, 2009

In the Artist's Studio



Visiting any artist's studio for me is like being a kid in a candy store. I crave the colored pencils, paints , brushes, clay,  ..... all the tools that a creative person uses to make the magic happen. On Friday I photographed one that goes over the top!  My very talented friend Kevin Irwin let me roam around her fabulous studio,  and it will take more than a day to show you everything. I am returning to photograph Kevin and some of her finished pieces in the very near future. For now,  I will give you a smattering of the tools of Kevin's trade.  MULTI-talented, she works in glass, clay and makes jewelry!  Her studio overlooks downtown Birmingham and the old building itself is so rich in character, I had a hard time deciding what to photograph first- the bare exposed old brick or the vibrant tubes of glass, bowls of colorful  beads or the whimsical clay pieces. Enjoy!!

The Tune du Jour is "At Last " by Etta James



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22 comments:

Bibi said...

Yummy! These do look like candy sticks or straws!

Olivier said...

la première photo fait penser à une foret de crayon, superbe

the first picture is like a forest of pencil, superb

Old Wom Tigley said...

I look forward to seeing more from here... :O)

Tom

alice said...

Beautiful colors on this first shot but what is it?

Tash said...

There is motion in the color in the 1st photo. I love the light going thru them and the criss-crossing patterns that the tubes make.

angela said...

Lovely capture of those crayons. I'm looking forward to seeing some more..

JM said...

The 1st shot is simply amazing! I would like to see how your friend uses those 'sticks' in her work.

Thérèse said...

It must have been so much fun to take pictures in this studio.
WHat a challenge with the white!
The first picture reminds me of the Mikado game. How to move a brush without disturbing any of the others?

Virginia said...

The top photo is tubes of colored glass that she heats and forms into beautiful objects. I would take some photos of them, move on to something else but kept coming back to take more of the glass. Eye candy for sure!

Babooshka said...

I just want to say she is the tidiest artist I have ever seen. You should see Gary's work station- a bombsite.
Coffee jars are his pots and the place is full of rags, pencil shavings, paint splashed tables and putty rubbers. Lovely capture of one artist's work of another.

I have been told I am lone voice in the wilderness trying to convince people take honest photos. I shall continue though. It's been a good debate though, great input. Thanks you for chipipng in.

Rambling Round said...

Wish I had the talent to use these brushes!

D.C. Confidential said...

Cool pictures! Coincidentally, I have a similar post today. In fact, when I shot it, I had you in mind based on conversations we've had recently.

Peter said...

Very curious to see what comes out of this colourful equipment!

Laurie said...

I'm with Babooshka -- this is one clean studio! I can't wait to see more. (Did someone say JEWELRY!?)

Virginia said...

Oh you wouldn't believe how organized the studio is. I marveled at it myself. Very unusual for artists I think. She says since she has so many things going on she has to keep it that way. More to come!

marley said...

Two great colourful photos. I like them :)

Abraham Lincoln said...

Interesting post. I thought the first photo was of colored pencils but I see not. Lots of color.

Greensboro Daily said...

The X's of colored glass are visually stimulating! Great photo!

Ken Mac assures us you will herald the arrival of the Cheyenne Diner in Birmingham! How fun. We should find bloggers to capture it along the way. Let me know if it comes to Greensboro (NC) and we'll try to take a pic.

Jan
Greensboro Daily Photo
www.greensborodailyphoto.com

Petrea said...

I love these. Edible.

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Marie-Noyale said...

I would a blast in a place like this with all the colors!!!
Love the first shot...
and the song!!!!!!!!!

tr3nta said...

I love this kind of photos... the real essence of a place...