Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Christmas Tree Necklace
Tree pendant with multi-colored crystals on an 18" snake chain. SOLD! :0)
A sterling silver snowflake on a heavy 18 inch snake chain. SOLD! :0)
Star of Bethlehem Necklace
A sterling silver star pendant on a heavy 18 inch snake chain. $30 plus $5 shipping. Email us if you are interested.
I LOVE YOU Necklace
When you blow on the pendant, it spins and spells out "I LOVE YOU". Really fun! Sterling silver on an 18 inch snake chain. This is currently available for purchase at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, MD, if you are interested.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
No Art Market next Saturday (Dec. 5th), but the final one of the year will be on December 12th. There is some great art available even on non-Market days ... if you are in the area, please pop on by the shopping center to see some examples in the window. If you like anything, go to Suite 9, Monday thru Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, we will be happy to help.
We have wine-themed decorated Christmas trees, novels from local author, Robert Anderson, local photography, Swedish embroidery, scroll saw woodworking (including ornaments), and jewelry.
Art Market will be going on hiatus after December 12th. We are talking about reconvening the Saturday before Mother's Day in 2010, if a space remains available and there is enough interest. Let us know what you think!
Friday, November 27, 2009
There will be no Art Market next Saturday, December 5th due to other artist commitments, but our last one of the year will be December 12th. We've been chatting about doing something special for our local supporters ...
Thursday, November 26, 2009
May your holiday be filled with love and joy ...
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Our next market is this Friday & Saturday ... 11 am to 4 pm. We will be in Suite 13 at the Palisades Village Shopping Center (between Little Shop of Hers and Country Crossroads), located at KK & 54 in Osage Beach. A full house of artists and artisans is lining up ... there will be woodworking, jewelry, photography, paintings, holiday trees, embroidery ... great gifts for the holidays and you will be supporting the arts in our community ... come by to see us! The coffee pot will be going ...
Artists interested in showing and selling your work, please let me know ... I will give you the details.
The Art Markets will be on hiatus for after December 12th. We are hoping to reconvene in 2010.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
A Taste of the Vine is lots of fun and benefits the Shriners this year ... hope you'll be able to attend and please bid on the piece!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I loved this because of the reflection of the trees on the surface, but you could still see all of the leaves and debris under the water's surface, too. I think there is stillness and depth to the photo that I like to try to achieve in my personal work.
Monday, October 26, 2009
The Art League of Germantown presents its Annual Fall Fine Arts and Crafts Show.
at the BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive
Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 6-7, 2009
Open 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2009
Artist's Reception 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 8th
Admission is free.
Midnight Blue won't be able to be there this year :0( , but DC residents ... its a great show, with incredible variety of work ... be sure to check it out!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
It is an 16"x24" metallic photographic print, matted in a double mat with the main mat in white and the narrow reveal mat in black. The frame is wide black matte metal and is 23.5"x31.5". The image is under glass, not plexi.
The image was created in November 2006 in Yellowstone National Park, in Montana. It is of blown snow on a parking lot pull off ... it was so cold and windy that day, but there was this little piece of nature's magic beauty. The print is really interesting ... full of silver and gold flecks. This piece gets a lot of attention at shows because it is so 3-D ... at first glance, it can appear to be sand. Midnight Blue does not appear in the actual print.
Please come bid on it for a great cause!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Lately, though, Jaree has been craving using a constant light source when in studio, instead of flash ... but the traditional studio "hot" lights are not the answer ... we have been watching the development of the new LED studio lights - when they get to a reasonable cost, awesome!! There are also some compact florescent light sets out there ... we may try one and see how we like it.
Our advice, photography is all about light, so just like a painter would choose their brushes, take your time and choose your lighting tools with thought and care ...
Saturday, October 3, 2009
To be printing at this level, we have learned quite a lot ... especially to be sure we have the latest paper profiles, they are very important and we have had to study color management more thoroughly to ensure WYSIWYG.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
PS - If you don't have this album yet, I highly recommend it. Still listening years later ...
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
It takes time to learn, but its so powerful, its worth every effort. If you want to use Photoshop, she recommends taking an introductory class or finding a mentor to help you get started.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Artists out there, yes, you can photograph your own artwork ... but if you really need it right on, don't forget that there are professionals like us that are ready to help you. Spend your time wisely.
So ... what do you as an artist need to know about bringing in your artwork for professional photography? There are things that you can do to help us do the best job possible for you.
First of all for all artists, please plan to bring your artwork to our photography studio (unless it is too big to travel easily). We can provide the very best setup in our space and that means the best results for you! We will take care of your precious artwork, that is part of what we are expected to do and it takes time and care to get the perfect photos. If you don't have a vehicle to carry it, ask about pick up and delivery.
We know how it exciting it is to finish a piece ... you want to get it ready to show. But if you think you want a professional photograph ... stop right when it is done and get it to us. Please don't varnish oils until after they are photographed. Please don't frame anything, and especially don't put your artwork under glass. Those of us that do this often know how to treat your work gently and with care, even when it is vulnerable and unprotected. If you want to mount it, that is fine, but leave the top mats off. Put your flat work in portfolios, wrap canvases gently in cloth or plastic for the trip to and from the studio.
Photos have a lot of detail, but they will not be at the same level as a flatbed scan (which is most often used for giclees) because the lens has distance from the artwork. If you are wanting to do fine art prints to sell, we have had great results from photos going down in size from the original, but always recommend going to a giclee print house if you want the same or larger sized than the original.
It gets trickier to provide advice here because each media is so different ... please be sure to ask your photographer what you can do to help get the best photos. Think about what type of setting you would like ... do you want a light or dark background or should the piece dictate? Will we need stands or other props? We really appreciate when all artwork comes to us clean and well protected. It helps if fibers are unwrinkled from folding and we have instruction on how to safely smooth the type of fiber. Metals and woods should be polished, if needed. For glass, ceramics, and pottery, you may want to mark the best side with a piece of tape. Whatever you can do to help get it ready for its very best presentation will go a long way.
We like to send proof sets to artists before we bring back the artwork, just to be sure that they are happy with the results. Don't be afraid to say something, if you feel it needs to be adjusted. It's amazing, we all have a different way of looking at the same piece of art ... but this is for your portfolio, so it should match your sense of the piece.
When you are happy with the results, you should get your pieces back along with the images on CD. We always provide two sets ... one set of full size .tif files and one set of web size .jpgs. This will allow you to make good prints or use them on a website or in emails without file manipulations.
Not all photographers do this type of work or can do it well ... ask around amongst your artist friends or at art groups or at galleries for whom they would recommend. Be wary of using anyone without experience ... it sounds easy and they may offer a low price, but trust us, it can be more challenging than you think and you want great results when you are paying for it.
PS - To our fellow photographers, if you are inexperienced, please be sure get help from someone who is ... this can be more challenging to do than you would guess. Work for an artist friend at first, who will be understanding as you get the process down ... we thought lunch out was great payment for our first artist portfolio assignment ;0).
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
You may find more info at the City of Gaithersburg Website or on the Midnight Blue Facebook Fan Page. Hope to see some of you there!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Just a little plea ... please support our local arts community by making a purchase from one of the artists, even just a little something ... it's how we can keep bringing the art you love to you! Thank you!!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
For more info, check out our event on Facebook or to register, visit the City of Gaithersburg website.
For more info ... check out the event listing at Facebook or to register, please go to the City of Gaithersburg's website. Hope to your favorite young artist there!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The change in look is going along with an increased dedication to providing our clients with extraordinary services and experiences when they choose to collaborate with us. Our goal is for everyone we work with to enjoy the creative process as much as the end product and come away having had an amazing experience to go with the gorgeous artwork, making it all the more meaningful.
We are also increasing our commitment to our environment, looking for ways to make our operations and products as eco-friendly as possible.
We hope you like the direction we are headed, we are pretty excited about it ...
Saturday, May 9, 2009
As a result, we are going to be running a sale on the jewelry ... everything is being marked down on Etsy and at the art shows. We hope you'll take advantage of the opportunity to get some fun jewelry at a really good price.
And for those that love Jaree's beadwork and Midnight Blue's jewelry in general, don't dismay, we will still do one-of-a-kind commission pieces just for you ...
Friday, May 8, 2009
The D200 is in really great shape ... its been gently used for the last couple years and works perfect. It will come with the manual, an LCD cover, battery and charger and any cords she can dig out of the cord box. It is being offered for $375 plus shipping.
The D1X is in good working order and has served well for many years. It also has a manual, two batteries and a charger, and the cord/converter to plug it into an outlet. It did have a little accident that bent the hot shoe, but the hot shoe works normally (a flash unit and strobe radio transmitter slide right on and off and work) and the camera has been otherwise unscathed. It may be about time for a preventive maintenance good cleaning and tuning, but otherwise, its been working well when pulled out of the equipment cabinet. Since its just sitting most of the time now, its time for it to have a new home. Jaree is asking $100 plus shipping, but will entertain any fair offer.
If you are interested, just drop a line to Jaree at: jdonnelly at 12amblue.com. Or if you know anyone who might be interested, we would appreciate your passing along the word.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Hope you all are having a good spring ... the flowering trees are getting to be so pretty around Missouri right now, especially the Dogwoods. The Redbuds have been lovely, too.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
This is a photo by Jaree and its a personal favorite ... we think it is strking for the extreme angle of the shot and how it emphasizes the architecture, as well as the almost eerie clouds floating overhead. It is definitely best in black and white, although the colors of the painted lady and the deep blue sky were pretty that day.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Here are two photos Jaree just finished for photo club ... she loves exploring the unusual subject/composition for personal projects like this.
The rainy day was the inspiration ... the drop of water was place on a mirror, sitting on a windowsill and it was photographed with a Macro lens.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
If you are going to be in the Lake of the Ozarks area in April, we encourage you to check out the student artists work at Stone Crest Mall. It will bring a smile to your face to see the potential and vision of the upcoming generation.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Also, Jaree will be heading off to a workshop on April 19th that she is very excited about. She will be studying with Arthur Rainville for two days in North Carolina. He is an excellent teacher, very inspiring ... you can't help but come away from your time energized with new ideas.
Also, stay tuned for the Peeps adventure ... as soon as the wind and possible snow stops, we will be out with our Peeps, having some fun, taking photos for National Geographic Traveler's Flickr challenge ... if you have not seen it, check it out on Flickr ... search for "NGTpeeps".
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
We are also rebuilding our website portfolio, so that should be available soon.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Jaree had such a nice time this evening leading a presentation and discussion on photographic composition for the Lake Arts Photo Club. Its always fun to be with other people who love photography and are excited to talk about it and share great ideas.
It had been awhile since she had taken the lead in an educational event, but it was great to pull out materials and revisit the basics.
Thank you to the Photo Club for the opportunity!! :0)
This month's project was about camera white balance ... this was Jaree's study ... she never would have thought Flash would end up with such nice coloration. Fun project!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
She can't wait to see all the beautiful artwork!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
But the big day has come, the renovated space is ready and we will be settling down (at least for now). It is great space ... bright, organized, and so nice! For us, it means lots of surface area to spread out projects and really get down the creative process. We are very excited, mostly for them and their great new space and what it means to them, but feel blessed to be able to share it with them.
Once everything gets settled from the move, we'll try to take a few photos for you ...
The Maryland studio has been the stable place ... also a bright space that is lovely to work in. And our photography studio remains there, although Jaree's basic camera equipment logs many miles back and forth.
What is it like having two studios? Its nice to have working space in both places we call home, but of course, something we need is occasionally in "the other studio". Ah well ... we make notes and get to it how/when we can.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Wearable Art and Fibers: June 22 through 26
Paper Beyond Drawing: July 20 through 24
Inspired by the Masters: July 27 through 31
The mornings sessions are from 9 am to 11:30 am and are for 6-8 year olds.
The afternoon sessions are from 12:30 to 3 pm and are for 9-12 year olds.
We like to get messy and the focus is on having a great time while exploring art. There will be an exhibit for family and friends of the artists on the Friday of the session week.
If you have kids in the DC area and they are interested in attending, please call the Arts Barn at: 301-258-6394 for more information or to register. You can also register over the internet through the City of Gaithersburg website.
The descriptions are also on the city's website or you can find them on Midnight Blue's Facebook Page under "Events".
And of course, we are always happy to talk with you more about our teaching personally.
Fun, fun, fun!! We can't wait for summer now ... hope to see lots of our young artist friends at the Barn ...
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
So projects remain sitting on our "to do" list while we take care of these necessities. But there will be lovely joy when it is complete and we can get back to creating. I think this time I will refrain from saying when that will be.
Part of the admin tasks has been that we are working on our show schedule for 2009 ... it has been interesting as we are applying for some juried festivals that we have not vended at before. You never know what will happen ... we remain positive that opportunities will unfold nicely for us ... we are always amazed how things work out. It's so cool!
We'll be posting again soon ... its just been a little hard to focus on bringing something really interesting to blog about with all the other tasks. But once the creativity breaks free, the flowing thoughts and ideas will, too.
And with regards to the photo included ... just a happy reminder that spring is around the corner ... and for those of you that reside in the DC area, it won't be long until Cherry Blossoms. We love it!
Friday, February 20, 2009
The good news is that there is a prototype now underway of a silver shamrock for pendant necklaces or maybe even a bracelet. It is already showing signs of being very lovely (as the Irish would say) and we are excited to share it with you soon.
That's all the news from here! Back to work we go ...
Sunday, February 15, 2009
It sounds like a kind of fun project for us. We can make them into earrings, bracelets, or necklaces ... they will be simple and kind of earthy, like all our silversmithed work.
Photo By jonmatthew photography @ Flickr
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
See all the details about them on Etsy. We think they are sweet and pretty ...
Each heart was handcut from silver sheet, formed, and delicately refined at the bench. They were then polished and carefully finished into pendant necklaces.
#3 did not make it through the finishing process ... such is life in the jewelry studio with occasional pitfalls of working totally handmade, but with each failure comes the lovely success of final pieces much improved . We hope you enjoy!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
It should be even bigger and better this year ... hope to see you there!!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Enjoy celebrating love this week!!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Midnight Blue's blog is "wearing red" today in honor of National Wear Red Day ... its a chance to help raise awareness of women and heart health. We hope you will throw something red on today, too!
Also, we are offering the matted print of "Two Hearts" at a special price just for today ... check it out on Etsy. If it sells today, we will be donating the proceeds to the American Heart Association.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Besides the camera, it would be her old standby lens that she has had for decades ... a Nikkor 35-70 mm zoom. It takes great photos, is pretty fast at f2.8, and can handle most situations.
After that would be her monopod .... its easier to carry around than a tripod and will steady most shots and keep them crisp and clear.
Friday, January 30, 2009
My Heart Valentine Jewelry Set
There really will be no doubt about your feelings with this set of jewelry...
This set of jewelry includes silver lever back earrings, a pendant necklace, and a matching bracelet. All have been created with Rose Quartz, polished silver, hammered silver heart, bright Bali spacer, and freshwater pearl beads. GORGEOUS!
The bracelet has been hand-beaded on steel beading wire, crimped with silver. The clasp is a simple silver lobster claw, so as not to compete with the heart. It is approximately 7/12 inches long. It may be adjusted if needed, please ask.
The necklace includes a pendant hand-beaded on a silver headpin, wire-wrapped and attached with a large silver jump ring. It hangs from an 18" snake chain with a spring ring clasp. The pendant is 1 7/8 inches long.
The earrings are also hand-beaded on silver headpins and wire-wrapped for security. They are approximately 2 1/4 inches long.
Great Falls I - Framed Photograph
This is a 8" x 12" black and white photograph on metallic paper that is custom matted, museum-style in an 16" x 20" white mat and custom framed in a thin, black metal frame. This image was taken in April 2003 at Great Falls on the Potomac River, just north of Washington, DC. The river was in flood due to all the spring rains.
"Midnight Blue" does not appear in the print, it is just there to help protect our copyright.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Check out some of their photos using the links ...
Monday, January 26, 2009
Every photo has a story ... here is the first of many ...
Evening at Ha Ha Tonak #1:
This photo actually was done as part of a series of photos, taken in preparation for a charity event. It was a gorgeous autumn day and I had been anxious to get out to Ha Ha Tonka State Park. I had not been there since I was a young girl with my Dad and I could remember how pretty it was and also, in the heat of summer, how lovely it was to be down by the spring, where the air was so much cooler in the valley.
I had a vision for the photos I wanted, so I had been collecting the props I needed for a bit of time, picking up a last few things on the way to the park.
I went up by the "castle" first, to scope out the setting, since my memory had faded of the details. I took some photos then, but light was still quite bright and not conducive to the image I had in my head. So I went down to the spring and photographed there for quite awhile, enjoying the beauty of the spring area.
When the light started to turn that lovely late-day golden, I went back up to the castle. I got out all my equipment and props from the car, hanging bags all over me, and hiked up the path back to the castle. I walked around the ruins one more time and tried to observe the best locale. The left window frame seemed like an ideal spot.
I set up my still life props and took a few test photos, moving the items around until they were pleasing to the eye. I then got out the red food dye and bottle of water, making my "wine" for the photos. I ended up taking close to 100 photos, moving the items around and changing my angles, throughout the process And also stopping to chat with a few people, interested in what I was doing.
When I felt like I had what had been in my head, I packed it all back down to the car, just in time for the park closing for the evening.
This photo was a result of that series ... it has been worked with in Photoshop to get the romantic quality, but the image remains what was there that day.
Hope you like it!!
More stories of other photos to come ...
Friday, January 23, 2009
For you, our faithful followers, we have decided to try a little fun game of seek & find and have taken one of our items and are offering it at a a seriously amazing price ... you'll have to look to find it, but until its snatched up by a lucky person, it'll there and has been marked as such in the description. Have fun!!
And thank you again for being part of our creative journey ...
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Update: January 23rd - Congratulations, Amanda! Your earrings are on their way ... :0)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
For kids, she has taught all ages ... from 3 years to 12 years old. Classes have planned projects to build skill and technique, but are kept free-flowing enough to encourage critical self-expression.
For photography, she has taught both kids and adults ... the classes are planned as explorations of techniques and materials, focused on building skills and knowledge.
She was the Arts Coordiantor for the Gaithersburg Arts Barn for several years and was responsible for scheduling the arts classes, workshops and visual arts events held there.
Currently scheduled, Jaree will be leading a discussion on composition for the Lake Area Photo Club on March 10th.
If you are interested in a class, please drop us a note ... if we get enough people, we will definitely put something together.
Monday, January 19, 2009
The beading work, Jaree is self-taught in, as a follow-on to the silver-smithing and a request from a friend. There is TONS of great and detailed information out on the web, in books, and the very best place is your local bead store ... they can answer questions like no one else. It is also fun to go to the gem and bead shows that pop up through the year around the country. The vendors there are also a great wealth of information. Again, its just practice. You can see a lot more beadwork on Etsy ... these are in Jaree's private collection.
Jaree has worked a little bit with PMC, taking a workshop. But we don't have a kiln at this time, so that is something not pursued. But it is a very, very cool way to create unique jewelry in silver without all the sawing, hammering, soldering, etc. Try to find a local workshop or class, you will need some help at first, there are tricks of the trade, but if you can work with clay, you can work with PMC.
Jaree has also taken a class at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia in wax carving and casting. Most commercial jewelry is made this way ... a model is made in wax, which is used to cast the jewerly piece in a choice of metals. This is actually Jaree's favorite way to work ... the wax is fairly forgiving and fun to work with ... the pieces created are more intricate and interesting. Again, this is something you will need to study in person, there are a lot of tricks of the trade! And you need to find a great caster ... that is serious equipment to melt metals.
That's how we got started ... now its your turn ... tell us about your jewelry work and send us some photos!
Friday, January 16, 2009
We can work in the studio or we can go on location with you.
Jaree has been to California to study with Tim Meyer the technical aspects of "Old Hollywood" style portraiture and its become a specialty of our studio. She has also studied with photo-painting with Arthur Rainville, which is a beautiful, unique method of portraiture.
We have taken photos for actors, musicians, families, couples, and individuals. And we love working with pets, too.
We have a ton of photos to show you in our portfolio, which will be up on the main website, soon ... but in the meantime, please just ask if you would like to see examples of our work. We are happy to email you copies.