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Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and from the comfort of your living room couch (or take a break from your hectic day at the office) and start exploring our virtual streets filled with fine art and photography from around the world!
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: WOW we are already on Volume#3 of the new ARt diSTriCt Magazine featuring the Fine Art America group the ARt diSTriCt which is celebrating its two month anniversary. The group continues to be ranked Number One and now boasts over 900 members. It continues to be a hub of activity for its members to connect with art lovers from around the world. The mission here at the magazine is simple: To share with you "the Art Lover" some one-on-one interviews, showcase artists, keep you informed on events, news, promotions and CELEBRATE the creative arts!
Here is a short video highlighting a few of this past weeks favorite images from the ARt diSTriCt groups recent featured artists.
Admittedly, I am a Disney geek and this event is one of my top five things to do at the Orlando theme parks. The event helps welcome the vibrant spring season by treating your senses to a vast array of activities. Highlights include; Outdoor Kitchens offering delectable snacks, Vibrant gardens, flower towers and an Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback bands! It boasts a fun-filled exploration for every age and interest and is one of the premiere "Spring" events in the United States.
However, the best part in my opinion are the More than 70 world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries. In total there are over 100 dazzling topiaries to admire throughout the park. It is heaven for the flower photographer and just a delight to search out each topiary that has been carefully mapped out by the Disney experts. Each year the shrub art characters get moved around, updated, enhanced and a few new ones usually appear based on popularity and what's hot. I have put together a Topiary gallery of a few of my favorites that I have photographed over the years.
What's your story? Please introduce yourself
I'm Pamela, aka ARTography by Pamela. I'm engaged in a lifelong passion creating art in a particular mixed media, photography combining it with pigment paints or electronic brushwork...a form I call "ARTography". Some of my other interests that shape my images deeply: History, metaphysical studies/healing, anthropology, botany, interior design, history of dog breeds, jewelry design, mythology, fairy tales, folklore, and legends, painting, Ԁoral design, and gardening. My wide variety of curiosity for science and art both often influence and shape the ART I design.
What does "being creative" mean to you?
I thought a while about this. My answer is heartfelt: Using any outlet that can conceivably allow an individual to manifest an internal concept, design, or image, to transfer it into a visible realm outwardly! Allowing others to share vision, imagination, and dreams with others on a level that may be translated and understood by more than its singular originator
What’s your main artistic medium?
I started with a Nikon 35 mm at age 16 and caught the bug! I'd drive out into surrounding local countryside, looking for things to shoot....wildflowers, old railroad cars, trash with flowers growing from it.....it was sparse pickings in Garland TX back then. Once I entered college I became interested in portrait photography and started shooting what I thought were glamour poses. In fact, I asked a sorority sister to put up with my "makeover" of her, which meant doing her makeup, adding dressy & fun clothes, even blowing a fan across her face for that sexy windswept late 70's seduction. Yes! Her fiance was wow-ed! What's funny is, this was right BEFORE the popular franchise "GLAMOUR SHOTS" came into being. It wasn't until that business took off that I realized I should've started that myself.
Studying psychology on the SMU campus in Dallas, I snagged a job using my own camera for a local entrepreneur who owned "Party Pics". We took photos at sorority/fraternity parties, mostly candid shots and some quick posing. We would go to assigned parties and were paid per roll of film (before digital cameras). I continued with photography as an amateur in my spare time from there on. Over the years I dabbled in a few workshops & seminars with watercolor, botanical drawings, and calligraphy along the way, wanting to investigate other media to find a new outlet to express all the ideas I continually saw in my mind's eye.
Age 7... my mother was involved in formal flower arranging in a club for local ladies. I watched her put together many a creative arrangements with flowers. Ultimately I entered a children's division flower arranging contest. I was awarded a blue ribbon for the concept of my fairy tale themed flowers and won the Tricolor Jr. Achievement best in show. Aside from being a child crazy about coloring with crayons, I picked up a strong sense of color and learned more about mixing colors. In kindergarten, I was given the opportunity for painting on an easel using tempura, brushes and finger paints. My paintings were all scenes from the Bible, being enrolled then in parochial school! I'm pretty sure I picked up more back then than I was even aware. From coloring with crayons using the BIG crayola box & memorizing all the delicious color names, to experimenting later with flowers and then photography, I feel I've had the drive to create from early on. Writing and Interior decorating is something I've always enjoyed too, which felt very creative at times, though not in a traditional sense. Other art crafting, needlepoint, landscaping, all gave me a chance for an outlet to execute a design I originated. I like seeing a design I have become an actual visual representation I can see externally. Photography is the one I have the most experience and training with.
What inspires you?
Nature, gardening (dad was British and gardened til his late 80's), fairy tales, folktales,metaphysical studies, and myths, literature (avid reader of mythology and fiction as a child), even seeing another's art I feel drawn to. Ultimately, a way to show visuals of what I see, and
with a psychology background, a big interest in expressing emotional concepts somehow, through a media I felt I could work with. I'm not sure I've settled on the best media yet though, but I still opt the most for ARTography--the name I coined for digitally painted art in 2009. I felt that by putting pigment together with digital art, it should be considered a classification of its own!
Do you have a specialty?
"ARTography". Digital painting, layers of dimensional images with several photographic images combined along with added elements that can be pigment or electronic brushwork!
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
I've toyed with jewelry crafting--again-- lately, and hope to create some unique and unusual work there, but overall, when it comes to art, I believe I will pursue more drawings. From there perhaps collages and 3D canvas.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Whatever imagery I see forming in my mind. Ideas come to me sometimes just in looking at a single image, and then I'll toy with it for hours to see what I like most. It's not my goal to rush. I think I also try to create visuals that OTHERS CAN RELATE TO. That's immensely satisfying when someone else tells me they "love my piece" or "can see the direction I headed, the same things I felt"...things like that. We all want our Art loved though, I know....like our babies, the results we show others carry pride and feeling with them. Art that's not shared seems pointless somehow.
What kind of equipment/tools do you use?
I have a Nikon D3000 and several small digital programs that help me mix and electronically paint onto a digital display. I used to use Photoshop but haven't in a couple of years now. I favor watercolor pencils, acrylics, fingernail polish (enamel), inks, and metallic paints.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?
That is a tough one! I like an acrylic I did of a bold colored Mermaid (in my portfolio) a lot but, of everything from childhood on, it would be impossible to choose just one. My photography collection is far more extensive than what I've ever uploaded, but there's some shots I felt were pretty stellar.
What advice do you have for budding artists and photographers?
To photographers: just keep shooting in all sorts of light, in many different environments. Practice helps and eventually you may find a few favorite subject matters. To artists in general: "trust your instincts".
What is #1 on your Bucket List?
It would be great to just be known for my work and have others enjoy it enough to desire it in their own environment-whether it's on their cell phone, a coffee mug, or on a giant canvas. But the bucket list I'm working on right now is getting healthier, having had a big set back in that area. I need to feel I'm contributing again to help others and chronic pain has upset that balance. If I were healed, my bucket list would likely go back to a balance between work and play with PLAY including daily creating.
Click on the following links or above images to to learn more about Pamela Smale Williams and visit her work!
Capturing moments in time is a passion, Sharing those moments with others is a pure joy! #sharepamsart
**From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An arts district is a demarcated urban area, usually on the periphery of a city center, intended to create a 'critical mass' of places of cultural consumption - such as art galleries, dance clubs, theatres, art cinemas, music venues, and public squares for performances. Such an area is usually encouraged by public policy-making and planning, but sometimes occurs spontaneously. It is associated with allied service-industry jobs like cafes, printers, fashion outlets, restaurants, and a variety of 'discreet services' (see the back-page small-ads of almost any cultural events-listings magazine).