Friday, September 19, 2014


Well, I put it off for awhile, but it was finally time to jump in and start swimming.  I've opened a Facebook page for Capirani Photography.  It is listed as Cynthia A. Pirani Photography.  Of course most of you already know that Capirani is simply my initials with my last name.  I think it makes it easier to remember one word than a whole name.  Anyway, the page is up and running.  So if you will please go over there and visit, click the LIKE button and help me get my first 100 likes, I would really appreciate it. 

One of my friends said this gorgeous star above would look awesome on top of a Christmas tree.  She suggested using a 3D printer to make it work.  Having never even seen how those things work, I can only guess at it.  But maybe it would work.  

In the meantime, I've been searching out some new filters for my PSP program so I can make some more interesting artwork.  It's been very interesting to find out what I can do with the new ones.  Many of them were difficult to get loaded into the program because they had so many files inside files inside files.  But all I had to do was to keep following the path and then moving the individual files to the main folder.  That was a bit time consuming but worth it.  The quality of designs I come up with are so much better than what I was doing before.  At least I think so.  Maybe it is just because I was using the old ones for so long.  Take a look at what I did with some photos of cabbage from this past July.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Creative Live Photo Week is NOW!

This week is Photo Week at Creative Live.

Creative Live is a website and company that offers free, live workshops for all kinds of creative projects, from photography, to music, to crafts, and more.  If it is creative, there will probably be something of interest for you on Creative Live.  This week is their annual Photo Week and they have all day broadcasts of live workshops pertaining to photography, as well as a couple other topics.  You can pick and choose which workshops you want to attend online.  

I found out about Creative Live last year during their Photo Week broadcasts and I have been following Creative Live's programming ever since.  This is very educational and a great asset for improving your work.  

The great thing about it is that for those who cannot take the time to watch live, they also have videos of each broadcast available for sale at reasonable prices.  So you can check which ones may be of interest to you, purchase them, and watch them at your convenience.  

The time schedule for the broadcasts begin at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time, or Noon Eastern Time.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Granddaughter's Art and More

The other night I decided it was time to try out some new filters to see what I might be able to do with them.  After getting several installed, my granddaughter and I started playing around with some of her photos to see what effects we came up with.  She's 12 years old and has been greatly interested in learning photography and how to use editing programs to make her own photographic artwork.  The following photo is what she came up with on her own using one of her own photographs.  It's so good I just had to share it with you.  The original photo is of a sherbet glass and a small flower vase containing multicolored glass marbles.  She would love to hear your comments about her photo.

Since that night, I have started working on my own photos to see what I might come up with using these new filters.  Yes, I tried to use her special effects on my photos but so far they just do not look this good.  So I used my own choices with my photographs.  Here are the newest results.  You can also see them and other photographs on my new website. You can also see my work at Xanadu Gallery.

As much as I love making the kaleidoscopes, I might just end up not making many more.  Then again, who knows?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Announcement: Brand New Website

I am very happy to announce that I now have a website apart from this blog.  You can find it at this link.  I am really impressed with the art organization program at Artsala.  With this program I am able to make a complete and organized inventory of all my photographs, make those photos available to Xanadu Galleries IF I so desire for them to jury to see if they want to represent me (which they already do thanks to this program) and also Artsala will create a website for the artist.  Getting my website set up only took a few minutes last night and by this morning, it was live and ready to share with everyone.  Since then I have been inventorying even more photos and adding them to the website.  Just as quickly as I press the button to save my photo to my inventory, it is added into the proper category on my website.  Nothing could be easier!  I don't have to do my inventory separately from my website.  It is all done in one easy step.

A word about this blog.  For now I have decided to continue with this blog rather than changing locations.  There may be some fine tuning to be done in the near future, however.  Between this blog and the "Page Two" blog that holds even more of my photographs, (you can find a link by clicking the tab at the top of this page) you can find almost all of my best work, as well as my learning experiences, and other photography related topics.

So, now with my new website and my Flickr Photostream you have access to everything I am doing with photography.  As always, please take time to check out the photos I have showing at Xanadu Gallery also. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Posts, Portfolios, Brochures, Business Cards, and More?

Here it is early morning, September 1st, Labor Day.  Very early morning.  A little mood music on the side.  The Monkees.  Who remembers them?  Growing up they were my favorites of many musical groups of the day.  Growing up.  Now there is something to think about, but I'll leave that to your imagination because right now I want to talk about the e-course I've been taking that is given by Jason Horejs, owner of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.  When I signed up for this free course ( click here  for more information on this free e-course) I didn't realize how much information I would get.  The course is so easy to take.  You get one email a day with information and an assignment.  The assignments are fairly simple to understand and complete.  In most cases I finish with each email and basic part of the assignment in a few minutes time.  However, right now I have reached the place where I have to be creative in regards to promoting myself.  UGH!!!  Does anyone really enjoy this part?  But I have to say that since I started this course, I have progressed much further than I would have at this time without having taken the course.  Of course the most amazing part is having my art accepted into Xanadu Gallery's website gallery.  It took me hours to try to decide which of my photographs to submit.  Since then I have been busy making more art to hopefully submit soon.  Oh, and also working on my first brochure.  For this assignment I have decided to pretend to have a specific show date that I am preparing for and I gave myself a deadline to get it completed, which is September 15, 2014.  Since I am still working on ideas for a realistic concept for my business cards, I haven't made those yet.  My portfolio right now consists of everything you find here and on my second site which you find in the Page Two tab above, as well as on my Flickr photostream.  Right now, in addition to writing this post, I am tweeting, and reading this article about how to increase the number of followers on Twitter.  By the way, you can find me on Twitter by simply typing in @capirani. But in all honestly, I really hate the promotional portion of this.  I would much rather just be creating art.  But I tell you this much:  I would much rather be doing this than what will come soon and that is the bookkeeping.  Oh I better leave this blog right now before I get a headache...