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Free Stock Saturday! This stock is sure to be a treasure! ARG!

This lady rocks photography!

#SharingItForward

One of my favorite themes in conceptual portraiture is fairytale. I have a soft spot in my heart for children’s storybook themes. I have found myself collecting a lot of stock with those themes in mind. I seem to come up with little girls themes easier than the boys so whenever I find something for a boy, I always take the time to shoot good stock. This one would work for a boy or a girl. The following images are decorative trunks. I shot them from a variety of angles and perspectives in order to to give more flexibility in their use. These images would make great jewelry boxes or treasure chests. To download the full resolution just click on the image below and it will link you to my stock gallery on DevientArt.com. All of my stock is Creative Commons Attribution Licensed. This means you can use them for anything, including commercial projects…

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What Is In the Toilet at the Murray Art Guild?

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Here at the Murray Art Guild is a new international show called “In The Toilet” that I was graciously allowed to curate by Debbi Danielson, Executive Director of the guild in Murray, KY.  She also desiged the beautiful arrangement of flowers for the show.

People who know me and my sense of humor didn’t know what to think of this show. Now with it being set up, most of the skepticism has waned and have been met with many postive responses. Even some of the older members of the Murray Art Guild are promoting the show to visitors here. That means so much to me when other people are just as excited to tell others about this. It really has been an amazing time of it! Rick Mjos donated the vinyl lettering for the show. Basically there was no budget for the show and it was still able to come to fruition. People are so helpful here in the south I am coming to find out. So much diffenrent from the art atmosphere that I was used to in Chicago!

Local artists as well as some from as far as Singapore, Germany, and the Netherlands have contributed work. I am forever in the gratitude to the ladies of fPOE (Female Photographers of Etsy), who made a substantial contribution of work to this endeaver! The first entry in fact was from DK Miller (The Shutterbug Eye). She is a wonderful photographer and friend from long ago. You can find her work on Etsy, Through the Chicago Photography Center, and with The Artisan Group. There are many other talented artists to in this show as well.

Currently I am surprised by the submissions. There is a great deal of time and care that was taken by each artist. I was half expecting some crude or unusable images to be sent in. That ended up not being the case, people took thoughtful and funny images. I was told by one of the contributors, that she had been dreaming about toilets upon hearing about the show. What a compliment!

I am also very proud of the communtity photography group that I facilitate called MAGPix. Most of the members took the time to enter creative work. I had given them fair warning about what I was putting together and they gladly accepted the challenge. It was also my hope that more contributions would come from the other local photography groups. The Marshall County Photography Club had an entry by Phyllis Russell. It quite lovely! On a side note MAGPix Currently has work hanging at the local coffee shop called Fidalgo Bay.

If you have some extra time please stop by the Murray Art Guild and check out the show. it will be up till October 1st. I will then be putting it online for all the lovely people to view, who couldn’t come to see the show in person! In case you are wondering, many of these works are for sale! Part of the sales will go to the Murray Art Guild and to the artists. Thank you and have a great day!

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about this or my other works in progress 🙂 I am always looking for new and interesting ones to be a part of.
Send email to: stacy.frett@yahoo.com

Cheers,

Stacy Michelle Frett

Curator, Photographer, and Artist

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Relaxing at Home
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Creative Paralysis In The Arts Will Kill You!

Relaxing at Home

Playing with light at home.

Hard work or dumb effing luck? For me it has been a bit of both. My work has evolved and in some cases come to a complete grinding halt for years at a time. Not many people want to talk about what sends them into a creative paralysis. At my age I think it is good to share these moments for the benefit of others in the same position or as a preventive measure. Growing up I excelled in art, I started drawing and making things early on and was told so frequently by friends and family. To me making art was always a linear race of excellence. You do well in one aspect of it and move on to something new. By the time I reached my late 20s and early 30s I had shown pieces in photography and mixed media at some pretty decent places in Chicago. I was soo proud of this, but retained my usual sense of modest shyness about the work. Little did I know that later on my own creativity would come to a stand still. It all began to unravel the night of the opening of a group exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center which coincided with the an opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. It was such a beautiful night. My mother came to Chicago for the event as well as my aunt Sharon. All the artists were in attendence as well. There was a sort of shared excitement. We knew how special this evening would be. In my haste I forgot my camera, which is highly unusual for me. My own stomache was doing flips in anticipation. I truly believed that this was the pinnacle of my career as an artist. How the hell was I going to be able to top this. Slowly and unaware of the changes in me, I lost complete direction and concentration. I set the bar so high for myself that it became impossible to continue. What could or would I do next? People who had purchased my work wanted me to contact them. For some reason I refused to call them. That reason was fear, illogical and constricting fear. These people liked my work enough to buy it and here I was being what appeared to be an ass and not calling them to answer their questions. Still have their numbers and messeges in a notebook and thought about calling them over the years, but it has been well over a decade. I have let that go. I went so far back then as to quit my studio job, pack up my entire life, leave the creative world behind, and hide out in Kentucky for the next couple of years by going back to school, having several different jobs,  going clubbing, and moving to Nashville for a bit. None of this made me happy. Misery is a sneaky beast, that got a hold of me and hung on for almost a decade. I seriously figured my artistic life was over for good. Well one should never hold onto absolutes as I found out. Little by little I started to get back into creative work. I started simply and have been steadily making my way back to the artist that I used to be, only more well grounded and a bit more mature. No longer do I see my work as linear, it is constantly evolving. I have repeatedly revisited concepts that I have worked on earlier. The work has become more circular. I don’t need to top myself anymore, I just need to keep making art in whatever medium I choose. Nowdays if someone inquires about my work, I call them back and will freely discuss it. I am getting to that lovely point of middle age where I don’t care what others think of me or my work, but can now take compliments and criticism objectively. Funny, I am also much more full of opinions on my work and the work of others to.

Have you ever experianced an emotional, creative paralysis? Leave me a comment about it. I love hearing from other people about their experiances in making art.

Cheers, Stacy Frett Artist

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Dragon Found in Murray, Kentucky

Was asked to help out with a prop for the Murray Playhouse by this wonderful artist named Pam. She constructed this fantastic armiture for a life-size dragon to be used in an upcoming production of Shrek. I couldn’t resist helping out. Watching the dragon start coming to life after hours and many layers of papier mache was reward enough. I look forward to helping out with the rest of the process. Her design is spot on! Plus it was nice to hang out and do something that didn’t involve photography. I studied several disciplines in college and it is nice to know that I retained these skills years later. I promise to post more photo updates as the process continues. Have a great and creative day!
Cheers,
Stacy Frett
Photograher and Artist

Life Sized Prop For Shrek in Process...

Life Sized Prop For Shrek in Process…Photo By Stacy Frett (c) 2013

 

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