Saturday, October 03, 2009

EX-CESS Field

The festival was more than fun this year, as I had two extra days of it. In a row.
And, with my daughter beside me!
I don't remember the first year I went to Round Top-probably about 16 years ago. I was naive about it all. I didn't even know about the booths in Warrenton. But, many years of experience has taught me what to do, where to go, what to wear (& definitely what not to wear), the best time to go and way more than I can tell you here. But, with all that said, I still have much to learn and know about what is called Antique Week(s) that occurs in/around Round Top & Warrenton, Texas twice a year.
Yes, it is like everything else in Texas. Huge!
CLUTTER

What a cool store. Very chic. Very nicely done. I took many pictures there. I have been using several in my now second week of Susan Tuttle's online Visual Poetry class.
I must say, it is without a doubt, one of the best investments I've made this year! I am thoroughly enjoying the projects. Susan has done an exceptional job in designing this class, beginning with the very usable instructions for each project, to step-out pictures, great examples, videos, an art bar where we can meet online, comments galore, AND the Visual Poetry Online Workshops flickr group. If you are thinking about taking her next class, don't hesitate. It will fill up quickly, and rightly so.
I just love this stack of vintage blankets. I took this picture at Clutter.
I used the Diffused Light Technique Susan taught us Week 2 Project 2.
I used the technique again on this picture I took of a huge vintage card catalogue that was sitting in an open air building just the other side of the area they call EX-CESS Field. Another must stop. In this field, of course, is a large store call EX-CESS. It is an area full of various dealers in stalls, loaded down with all kinds of goodies.
One stall had a group of vintage crowns. Breathtakingly beautiful. This one was priced at $$$. I took a picture instead!
I used the Diffused Light Technique for this Week 2 Project 1. However, it was done differently than Project 2. And, after I finished, I decided to add texture~thus the second photo. Love it!

With all these great pictures and techniques I'm learning in Susan's class, I also found out via my friend Catherine Witherell, that LK Ludwig was beginning an online Point & Shoot Journaling class. Now I have a way to keep my technique pictures from Susan's class, by using them in a journal class taught by LK. All online. GREAT!
I met so many wonderful people at the festival this year. I have so much more to tell you. But that will have to be another day!

9 comments:

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Diane,

Sounds like you had a whirl wind but fun trip to Round Top!! I have never gone, although it is on my list of 1000 things to do before I die!! :)One of these days you'll have to show me the ropes :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Molly Alexander said...

Hi there -

What great pictures, and the class sounds fantastic - I love the texture & lighting techniques you are incorporating. I so want to make it to Antique Week one of these years - maybe next time!

:-) Molly

stregata said...

Round Top looks like my kind of place! Love the photos you took!!

Daryl said...

What great photos .. I don't 'get' textures or actions but I can appreciate a good photo

Cindy said...

Diane
OH what fun it must have been at Roundtop and Warrenton. And especially fun with your daughter along. I'd like to see more pictures of your finds (like that amazing card catalogue...I remember those!). I've enjoyed all of your beautiful pictures posted on flickr. Thanks for the link to the digital journaling class. I think it won't be long before YOU can teach a thing or two..you've done amazing things already with your pictures!

Riki Schumacher said...

Wow, beautiful Tex! Love the tiara! We all need one of those. You are having so much fun learning, good for you! Can't wait to see more fabulous photos, and now a journal! Love it. Hugs.

Jackie said...

What a wonderful trip!! I hope to go next year. I'm doing Susan's class too, but have been so busy I haven't done the project yet. I'm hoping to catch up this week - I LOVE what I've seen so far and can't wait to put her techniques to use!! Beautiful pictures by the way!!

Charlene said...

I love the looks of your photos. We will have to Chat about this when we have our little phone conversation. I am so excited that I got confirmation that I am confirmed for your Crystal Princess Class at Adorn Me in March!!!! I can't wait!!!! I have not been to that type of venue before. Hope taking 3 (really 4 since Deryn's class is 2 part) is not too much. I do get a bit overwhelmed when I am into "new territory" & I like to finish things in a class but, usually don't. Oh well... Can't wait to chat soon.

HappyDayArt! said...

I really like the photos with the diffused light!

Catherine