Michael Conway2018-05-04T11:10:56+00:00
2018-08-21T08:28:34+00:00

Winding Down: 8 Favorites – Photo Composites

Winding Down: 8 Favorites – Photo Composites

As I wind down my Creative Pinellas Professional Artist Grant obligations, I’m going to post 4 entries with 8 of my favorite pieces in the disciplines I work in, photography: color, B&W and photo mixed media and photo composites.  Feel free to comment on an image: good, bad, indifferent, appalled, pleased.  Email me at Michael@mConwayStudio.com, from my web site www.mConwayStudio.com or a Facebook comment at www.facebook.com/mconwaystudio.

Thank you for reading my blog over the past 6 months.

~Michael

2018-08-24T21:59:20+00:00

Winding Down: 8 Favorites – Photo Mixed Media

Winding Down: 8 Favorites – Photo Mixed Media

As I wind down my Creative Pinellas Professional Artist Grant obligations, I’m going to post 4 entries with 8 of my favorite pieces in the disciplines I work in, photography: color, B&W and photo mixed media and photo composites.  Feel free to comment on an image: good, bad, indifferent, appalled, pleased.  Email me at Michael@mConwayStudio.com, from my web site www.mConwayStudio.com or a Facebook comment at www.facebook.com/mconwaystudio.

Thank you for reading my blog over the past 6 months.

~Michael

2018-08-21T08:29:40+00:00

Winding Down: 8 Favorites – Black and White Photographs

Winding Down: 8 Favorites – B&W Photographs

As I wind down my Creative Pinellas Professional Artist Grant obligations, I’m going to post 4 entries with 8 of my favorite pieces in the disciplines I work in, photography: color, B&W and photo mixed media and photo composites.  Ok, you caught me on this, here are 10.  Feel free to comment on an image: good, bad, indifferent, appalled, pleased.  Email me at Michael@mConwayStudio.com, from my web site www.mConwayStudio.com or a Facebook comment at www.facebook.com/mconwaystudio.

Thank you for reading my blog over the past 6 months.

~Michael

2018-08-20T11:29:38+00:00

Winding Down: 8 Favorites – Color Photographs

Winding Down: 8 Favorites – Color Photographs

As I wind down my Creative Pinellas Professional Artist Grant obligations, I’m going to post 4 entries with 8 of my favorite pieces in the disciplines I work in, photography: color, B&W and photo mixed media and photo composites.  Feel free to comment on an image: good, bad, indifferent, appalled, pleased.  Email me at Michael@mConwayStudio.com, from my web site www.mConwayStudio.com or a Facebook comment at www.facebook.com/mconwaystudio.

Thank you for reading my blog over the past 6 months.

~Michael

 

2018-08-15T23:55:13+00:00

A Romantic Story, 4 x 5’s taken in 1976

Mike Doran, Michael Cuthbert Doran, and Florence, Florence Ivadale McCraight Doran, my grandma and grandpa.  Married sometime around 1920, a time when life was a bit more simple, straight forward, honest.

I will always remember my grandpa, walking home from the oil fields somewhere around LA where he stopped at the liqure store next to the “Dog House Bar”, barrel chested, wearing a metal construction hat with a six pack of Ham’s beer under his arm.  My grandma in the kitchen, smiling, helping to cook the evening meal.  They met in Seattle.  Grandma worked as a telephone operator.  You know, you’ve seen them in movies, sitting at a console plugging in wires, disconnecting and putting the RCA plugs.  My grandpa called, liked her friendly voice or sincerity and he called her back again and again until he got a date.

They were married under a cloud, of well, controversy; so the family story goes?  Grandma’s folks, Frank and Ida McCraight didn’t particular like Mike.  They were afraid he might persuade Florence to elope with him.  So, they would lock her in her room at night with no clothing except for her night gown.  My grandpa was a pretty shrewd guy though.  One mild southern California night, grandpa showed up with a ladder and a change of cloths, and Mike and Florence drove off and were married!

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2018-08-09T15:02:38+00:00

Where Do Ideas Come From, ‘Lavinia Forgotten’

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Where Do Ideas Come From, ‘Lavinia Forgotten’

The creative process is an amazing thing.  How an idea emerges and the process is worth remembering; how it happened, where it happened, what brought it on.

‘Lavinia Forgotten’ is one of my favorite pieces.  The photograph was originally shot in my Siesta Key Studio back in the late 70’s.  I’ve printed the image in the darkroom many times.  But as I started moving in the direction of photo mixed media, it was an image I thought might be interesting to work on, but couldn’t seem to find how.

One evening I caught a 1999 film ‘Titus’.  It was a remake of Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Titus Andronicus’. What a great film, with a great supporting cast; Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange and Alan Cumming to name a few.  If you don’t know this tragedy, it’s about the downfall of Titus Andronicus the Roman ruler of Britain and his violent relationship with the defeated Tamora, Queen of the Goths.  The relationship comes to a head when Tamora’s sons rape and brutalize Lavinia, the daughter of Titus.  They go so far as to cut off her hands and rap her wrists with sticks.  When I saw that scene, I connected the photographic image to the story and the allegorical piece was created.

‘Lavinia Forgotten’ is 72″h x 60″w, photo mixed media and is on loan to the City Gym in downtown St. Pete.  It is available for purchase.

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2018-08-05T05:45:10+00:00

Exquisite Corpse, An Exhibition Of Fun and Interesting Art

Exquisite Corpse, An Exhibition Of Fun and Interesting Art

Exquisite Corpse, also known as Exquisite Cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis), is a game thought to have originated by the surrealists in the early part of the 20th century as a parlour game.  Lore has it that it started with players passing a folded piece of paper around, concealing the written parts and adding to the writings until an entire piece was finished with each player’s writing part of the whole.

The name was derived when the surrealists first played the game in art.  Each participant drawing an image then piecing the drawings together.

Exquisite Corpse started in St Petersburg in 2015 with Exquisite Corpse International and morphed into it’s current Exquisite Corpse Games.  Artists were invited to participate being assigned a portion of the human body: head, torso and legs/feet.  Non of the artists new who the others were or what part the others were assigned.

The resulting works were unveiled during a special exhibition night.  It was then that each artist, and visitors to the exhibition, saw who they were paired up with and how their work meshed with the others.  The opening exhibition has always been held at the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg and in 2017 was display at the Chihuly Museum in downtown St Pete.

I had the honor and pleasure of participating in the 2016 and 2017 exhibitions and can say in all sincerity that some of the most interesting, fun and engaging work in the Tampa Bay area has come from the participating artists in Exquisite Corpse.

2018-07-31T11:42:45+00:00

How Far Have We Really Come?

How Far Have We Really Come?

I don’t remember much about that day back in 1971.  I just remember I was walking around the downtown/waterfront area of Pensacola when I came upon this partially demolished building.  There was nothing else around it, just the foundation and this one existing wall.  What struck me was that if they had all the equipment on site to demo the building, why did they leave this wall.  And then I remembered this is the south, in 1971.

Flash forward 47 years and I wonder with all the conflicts, alien hate, shootings, marches in Virginia; how far have we really come?

2018-07-24T08:17:53+00:00

It’s In The Detail

It’s In The Detail

I can’t help it.  When I walk into a museum or gallery and spot a piece that is of interest to me, I can’t help but study it.  Usually I walk around the room quickly looking at a piece then move on to the next and the next and the next.  And then one will catch my eye, my imagination, my interest.  I’ll stand there and gaze at it, study it from a distance.  As a shark moving in for the kill, I walk up to the piece and get as close, as close as I can to study the technique; texture is always of interest, detail in a section of the work, color and brush stroke.  I’ll step back a few inches or move in with my nose almost touching the piece.  The beauty of a piece is in it’s full composition but for me, the interest is in the detail.

It shouldn’t be any different when presenting a piece to a gallery, show or competition.  Whenever possible, I always include detail of the work.  I include details of mixed media painting work as well as individual photographs if possible. To prepare, this always starts at the time I’m shooting.  I set up the lights, camera on tripod, adjust for exposure and shoot as tightly framed as I can.  I usually shoot 3 bracketed shots; one at exposure and then one full stop under and one full stop over.  But next, I remove the camera from the tripod, step up and start shooting detail, at exposure, one full stop under and one over.  I just select areas of the piece that are of interest to me and shoot.  Later I edit out the ones I don’t like.

2018-07-23T12:44:49+00:00

The Prowl Series

The Prowl Series

After completing the Film to Mixed Media series around 2010, I decided to concentrate on one image and try different compositions.  Prowl I was worked on birch substrate frame 60 x 48″”.  The additional Prowl pieces were worked on birch substrate 48″ x 36″.

 

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