October 31st, 2014
Hi Everyone! It has been a busy autumn, that is for sure! But the last of the art shows for the fall is over and it was wonderful to meet some of you, and also to meet some returning customers from previous shows.
The highlight of October was a trip to Budapest Hungary! I stayed in a B&B about 2 blocks from the Hungarian Parliament Building, one of the visual highlights of the city. It was also 2 blocks from the metro and tram stops so it was a fabulous location, convenient to everything. The B&B itself is in an old classical building but everything inside had been refurbished and was only open 2 wks when I arrived. The people running it are delightful, and staying there really added to the enjoyment of the trip. It's called the Annabelle B&B if any of you are interested.
Since I resided so close to the Parliament Building, I got alot of pictures of it at all times of day! A couple that I have already posted at http://joan-carroll.artistwebsites.com/ include:
Hungarian Parliament Dawn
Hungarian Parliament Building Afternoon
Hungarian Parliament Building Night
Hungarian Parliament Building
Some of the other photos from Budapest are:
View from Fisherman's Bastion
Chain Bridge Gresham Palace and Basilica
Chain Bridge Night Traffic
Szechenyi Baths Budapest Hungary
My other October adventure was a couple of days in NY/NJ where I managed to fit in some lighthouse and covered bridge photography. Those are two of my favorite photographic subjects so I had fun with that. However, the biggest surprise to me was the wonderful view of the NYC skyline that you have from Hoboken NJ. I grew up in NJ and never thought that Hoboken was someplace you'd want to go. But it has been gentrified and is now a pretty 'in' place to be. I have only posted 2 photos from that trip so far, entitled
New York City Skyline
If you saw something at one of the art shows but didn't get it, and now you find you want it for a holiday gift, send me an email through this website, and if I still have it we can figure out a way to get it to you. Otherwise, I would be honored and pleased if you picked any of my works for any of your holiday gift needs. My only other local appearance this year will be at The Exchange at the Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth TX during the week of December 15. But you have to have a military ID to get on base so it's not accessible to all.
A winter vacation to Seoul Korea is also in the works which we are very excited about! Of course it always a 'working' vacation for me, but I never had such fun working.
September 24th, 2014
We finally made it to autumn here in Texas, and a lovely 60 degrees it was this morning for my walk! Looks like there will be wonderful weather this weekend for the art show in Arlington, where I will be at Booth #2. Saturday is my 28th anniversary, it would make my day if you stopped by to say hello! It is the South Street Art Festival, Friday night, all day Saturday and until 5 pm on Sunday. The details are here:
October is a busy busy month! Right after South Street in Arlington, I am heading off to Budapest for some photography of course, and also for a taste of those famous baths! I've got my bathing suit packed so I am ready for the experience. When I get back from that, I'll be at the Fort Worth Arts Goggle on October 11. I have never been in this event but always heard it's fun and funky and eclectic. Can you believe, that is also my husband's birthday? Here are the details of that show, it's only one day on Fort Worth's South Side so come on out!
Right after that I leave for a few days in NY/NJ to visit some lighthouses along the Hudson River, maybe some covered bridges in southern NY, go to a HS reunion, connect with some old friends and family. It will be a whirlwind trip for sure but it should leave me with enough new material for some photos for 2015 shows.
Right now my final show of the fall will be the last weekend in October in Richardson TX, the Huffhines Art Trails event. We were there last year, it's a great venue located in Huffhines Park. I don't get as much of a chance to wander around the show as I'd like, but the variety of art is great, and wandering along the trails of the park to view the art is relaxing and fun. Here are the details!
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August 31st, 2014
Welcome to my September newsletter! It's Labor Day weekend, and alot of people are wrapping up their summer holidays and looking forward to the fall! Same here....it's hard to stay inspired to go outside for photography in the Texas heat so some cooler weather. But I did manage a few Texas trips during July and August, the first to Austin and some Texas county courthouses on the way there and back. Check out my photos from Lampasas (Lampasas TX), Williamson (Georgetown TX), Hamilton (Hamilton, TX), Erath (Stephenville, TX) and Bosque (Meridian, TX) courthouses in my County Courthouse Gallery
My second trip was to Waco TX for some photos at Baylor University, and to College Station TX for some photos at Texas A&M University. I wanted to time my trip so that it was in between semesters so that traffic and parking would be easier. Of course that was a brutally hot week in August. You can see some of the photos from this trip in my Colleges Universities and Sports gallery. There are also some photos from the University of Texas in Austin from that trip in July:
Upcoming in the fall are a few local art shows. The first is the South Street Art Festival in Arlington TX on the weekend of Sept 26-28. My 28th anniversary is Sept 27....what a way to spend an anniversary! This will be the first time I will exhibit at this show so I hope you will stop by if you are in the area! The second show is a one day event in Fort Worth TX, the Southside Arts Goggle on October 11. That happens to be my husband's birthday. Looks like all our celebrating this fall will be at art shows!
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August 5th, 2014
I am thrilled to be featured in the latest issue of Eye on Fine Art Photography! I've attached the pages regarding the contest on Fine Art America where my image of some of the architecture in Fort Worth won first place.
This is what the text says, if you don't feel like squinting: My twin loves of photography and travel emerged early in life. I remember being enchanted by rare trips to an airport to meet an arriving flight, and equally enchanted by a train trip on the California Zephyr from Denver to Salt Lake City. Clearly, I wanted to go places! On these trips I had my trusty Kodak Instamatic camera, with those funky flash cubes! But almost as soon as I could, I was out traveling on my own! Luckily this coincided with an interest in 35 mm photography which I learned on my own and from friends. I can remember taking dozens of rolls of film on every trip...black and white and color in every ISO I thought I'd need! Fast forward to 2008 after multiple academic degrees and a couple of careers...I found myself at the Beijing Summer Olympics. Two very memorable things occurred on that trip. The first was that a random picture taken of me showed a woman who was bursting with happiness. I was actually shocked when I first saw the picture for I had never seen myself look so happy....and I had just been laid off from my job! That had to mean something. The second was the amazingly inspirational nature of some of the sights that I encountered along the way in Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai (China) and Lhasa (Tibet). My love of photography reemerged and I decided to devote my time and energy to it. While I was first introduced to photography through landscapes, I began to find my niche in architectural photography, finding inspiration in urban scenes and urban architecture. In my hometown of Fort Worth TX, I have explored our historical, endangered, and modern architecture. Farther afield, I have come to love the amazing historical county courthouses of Texas as well as other iconic Texas landmarks. From across the US, you will discover in my portfolio my love of lighthouses! And from around the world you will discover in my works some of the wonders, large and small, from places such as Alaska, Colorado, California, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Washington DC, Florida, the Canadian Arctic, Fort Worth, China, Tibet, Australia, New Zealand, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Brussels, Berlin, Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent, Istanbul, London, Prague, Rome, Vienna, and Spain. I would be honored if you would browse through my portfolio!
Here is a link for the entire magazine if you would like to subscribe to the digital version: https://sellfy.com/CTPublications
June 17th, 2014
Do you have any great ideas for photo ops in the DFW area?
People at art shows often ask me "Do you have a picture of ____?" Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. And when I don't, it's a great opportunity for me to get out and find some new local treasure! It's amazing how many interesting places there are to go around this area, if you only know where they are!
If you have a favorite place in the Dallas-Fort Worth area you'd like to see a photo of, drop me a line and let me know at email@example.com.
June 11th, 2014
I happened to run across this link today...do our schools kill creativity? Without weighing in on that topic specifically, it got me to thinking about my days in elementary school and even high school. I don't feel that creativity was encouraged, not in the places you might expect it (like art class) or even in any academic subject. Different ways of looking at things were not the norm. I grew up believing that I was not creative, but that I was very logical, analytical, and objective. And while I still believe that I have these qualities, I have lately discovered that there was creativity lurking there all the while.
All it took to uncover this creativity was being laid off from a job! That may not sound like the ideal situation, and in many cases it isn't, but in my case it was the perfect confluence of events. I probably would not have quit that job on my own, electing the security of a paycheck and health insurance. But the payback has been happiness and health and a discovery of the creativity that was there all along, just waiting for the opportunity to emerge.
May 4th, 2014
Hot weather approaches in Texas, signaling the end of the outdoor art show season! We may love the warm weather here but we don't want to stand outside in it all day! My last show for the spring will be at the Allen Arts Festival in Allen TX on the weekend of May 9-May 11. That is Mother's Day on may 11 so this is the perfect opportunity to buy your mom some wonderful art....something made lovingly in the USA! Art is a lasting gift, so I hope to see you there!
April 1st, 2014
In Toledo Spain, I had churros and chocolate for breakfast at a place called El Cafe de Las Monjas, When I just looked online, it didn't get very good reviews and I have to say I didn't really disagree with the reviews. The cafe is on one of the main tourist drags so that is never a good indication of a place to go. Nevertheless I went there because the urge for churros and chocolate hit hard, PLUS they had this super-cute window display on the making of marzipan, part of which is shown in this photo. In Toledo, and probably other places in Spain, marzipan is made traditionally by religious orders in the convents. You can buy it in the shops but it is WAY more fun to go to the convents to buy it. If you don't speak Spanish, it is also a wonderful adventure rather than a routine transaction. You find the unpretentious doorway with a small sign saying to ring the bell for 'dulces' (sweets). When I did this in Toledo, a voice came over the speaker speaking rapidly (to me) in Spanish. I had no idea what they were saying but tried to tell her I wanted to purchase dulces. She kept talking and talking and I felt more and more helpless! Finally a lovely local person came by and talked for me. At that point I was buzzed into a dark foyer and I walked in what seemed a logical direction. Finally I came to a old cabinet with some examples of packages you can buy. While you are looking this over, a small door in the wall opens and a disembodied voice within asks you what you want. You tell them (you try your best to tell them!), you wait, and then the door slides open again and your selection is pushed out. You pay. It's way more fun than buying at the shops! I felt that I had been momentarily transported to another world. And Toledo marzipan is one of the best things you will EVER eat!
March 22nd, 2014
It's time to learn how to make a video of my photos. I started out by cheating with an Animoto video! Click on the button for the link to the video
March 19th, 2014
I took this picture in February 2012 on a trip to Istanbul. My husband was there with USA Track and Field for the World Indoor Championships but as the schedule worked out I never saw him the entire time! So I had a week on my own in Istanbul. This fish market was a bit intimidating....everybody hustling and doing business. But when I was brave enough to buy a fish sandwish, it was definitely the freshest of fish. Do NOT picture Pike Place Market in Seattle where the vendors often cater to the tourists as they throw the fish around! This was definitely NOT a tourist market! The market is located on the New District side of the Galata Bridge in case you are in the nieghborhood!