Get ARTSY! It’s Spring!


This past weekend I had a booth at the Druid City Arts Festival. Thanks to all who came out and especially those who gave my paintings some new “homes”.

There are a number of opportunities for you to get out and “get artsy”.

Sometimes, just getting out in the countryside can be all it takes to get you in the mood to create!

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Photo: Magnolia Springs

If you are along the Gulf Coast, you can stop on Hwy. 98 just west of The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL and watch Bill Harrison do a demo or take a class at The Garage Studio. www.facebook.com/thegaragestudio

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On APRIL 18 Art on The Lake at Lake Guntersville (www.artonthelake-guntersville.com) will host 130 artists and craftsmen with juried requirements. It is held rain or shine indoors at the Recreational Center. It benefits local scholarship programs.

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Photo: Laurel Browning’s Paintings at The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival in March

April 24-25 The Magic City Art Connection (www. Magiccityart.com) will be in Birmingham. If you have not been to this one, it is worth the trip. Many of the artists I have seen at national shows such as the renowned Coconut Grove show in south Florida travel this circuit. There are stages with music and educational events, a Corks + Chefs special dining event and many activities throughout the weekend. It is located downtown Birmingham in the green spaces and fountains of the beautiful Linn Park.

May 1-2 Foley Hot Air Balloon Festival

This years festival will feature a Crawfish Boil and is sponsored by Tanger Outlets. There will be chances to go up in tethered balloons beginning Friday night.

See the site at www.southbaldwinchamber.com/gulf-coast-hot-air-balloon-festival-overview/

May 9 Art in the Park Jasper (www.facebook.com/artingamblepark )

Will take place from 9-4 at Gamble Park in Jasper with more than 80 artists from a variety of medium.

May 16- Birmingham’s Do Dah Parade (which begins at 11:01 am along Highland Avenue and the festival (www.dodahday.org/ will take place in the Caldwell Park with bands, families and their pets on blankets on the grass soaking in some good music and laid back dog focused events.

Be sure to share YOUR favorite events and get the family out (this week don’t forget the umbrella) and GET ARTSY!

Allison

Blogging Basics~ Great Photos


There are blog posts and then there are POSTS THAT POP.

With so much going on this summer I fell behind in getting the great photos transferred from camera to blog.

I discovered some handy tools to help me “spice things up”.

I took a photo and used each of the following to show a bit about what they can do for YOU.

Foter- Photo Editor. (Click to left to go to site)  This site runs from the internet and lets you import your photo from dropbox, your computer, flickr and other sources on the web. Then you can re-size, edit, crop, enhance color, add text and add some fun features for Logo design.  Send it immediately to Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter!  I love that it is also available for mobile apps.

Tired of all of your photos being digital? This app lets you PRINT ACTUAL COPIES- on your own computer or through CanvasPOP (order them on canvas for instant artwork!)

  1. PicMonkey
    I’ve been using PicMonkey in the past and love its ease of use, but have had to upgrade to a fee based version. I am not too keen on the idea that when I forward those photos to others there is an advertorial for Pic Monkey before they open it. It has been my go-to until I found Fotor.   I used the same photo above and edited it in PicMonkey to come up with this: cropped-framedgirlfriendsapa.jpg
  2. Instacollage
    This is a free app and easy to use for those wanting to do something quickly from your iphone that creatively mends your photos together. There is a version on Facebook that lets you collage pics from there as well and with VIDEO being the way to go recently, you can get your feet wet at this site.
  3. Picasa
    Not only is this Google’s image system, but it also provides a storage backup version for those with lots of images. You can keep them private or share with your google account. It also has editing tools as well as collage options.
  4. Photovisi
    The ones above look too complicated? This is a great place for beginners!
  5. Photocat (free) This is another one that is simple and fun. A kid can learn on their phone how to edit photos and share. Icons are kid friendly and they can edit faces, make themselves skinny. It’s a beginning editors dream!photocat
  6. Befunky This one is free and makes collage photo creations FUN with a few more bells and whistles. This is the one to use if you want to do a GREAT Facebook Cover. (free)BeFunky_Fotor081813198.jpg The collage maker was a bit confusing but this was one of them: BeFunky_Fotor081813198collage.jpg
  7. PiZap This leads you to a site where there are a number of options from basic free collage that can be set to music to video creations and professional logo design.
  8. Picstitch This leads to the demo in the itunes preview. It is a great one for your phone. It is free but there are upcharges for frames and extra items.
  9. Ribbet (free) Ribbet is the next one I plan to test out. There is free cloud storage of your past work so you don’t have to download it to your hard drive. Great to know when you are like me with nearly 100,000 photos in your library.
  10. YOU share with us YOUR favorites!

Allison Adams