Thursday, September 24, 2009
The seasons are changing quite quickly and the fall colors are apparent as well as the warm fall sun. The lotus have almost finished blooming, but provided over 500 flowers this summer to enjoy. The leaves are gradually turning yellow and brown and will decompose in the pond during the winter. The many pods are starting to hang their heads so the seeds can fall out into the pond. Please note some of the pictures I took today of the fall colors in my yard.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I found a company that will print my photographic montages on silk. The website is
and I am on the Artist Third Page. Any of my images can be modified for silk scarves, with a discount price of $125 plus tax and shipping for a 14 inch x 72 inch long scarf and $140 plus tax and shipping for 35 inch x 35 inch squares.
The image attached is a scarf I ordered for myself.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Giclee is a term that refers to the use of archival ink for printing photographic art. These prints will last for a long time!
I began my retirement career in photographic art in 2006 by taking courses at a local community college. The Photoshop courses introduced me to a whole new world of manipulating digital photographs and I have enjoyed the years of experimenting ever since. My first subject was the lotus flower that grows in a pond behind my home. A few plants reproduced to what is now about 500 plants that bloom over a two month period.
I am a member of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail (http://www.arttrail.com/), with open studio events on the weekends of October 10th and 17th. I also maintain an active website at which anyone can purchase prints using Pay Pal. Please check it out. www.nancyridenourartist.com
Buddhism is the major religion in Laos, where I lived for five years in the 60's, so I have incorporated Buddha images in my artwork as shown here.
I have worked with flexible copper tubing and copper pipes for several years, creating both garden art and art for inside my home. Many of the pieces are in my garden, but some at in those of colleagues who commissioned to have them done.
Many of my sculptures reflect my admiration of Picasso's paintings and sculptures. I saw one of his cement sculptures of three faces in Dallas, Texas. Using that as a template, I produced a sculpture that included ferro-cement partly embedded in the ground and partly enclosing copper pipes. The three faces were then constructed of 60 feet of large flexible copper tubing. The price of copper now is three times what it was when I first started this type of sculpture.
Copper tubing can be treated with acid to produce a blue patina. It can also be heated with a propane torch to burnish the surface.
The attached sculpture has blue patina and is embedded in a cement block for support. Would love to have comments.