2012: A Visual Recap

21 12 2012

I’ve picked one photo from each month of 2012 to recap the year visually. Now here’s to 2013—hoping it is a year of immense creativity, creating more issues of Celebrate Home Magazine with my publishing partner Barbara Kelley, staying connected to family, nurturing friendships both near and far and old and new, growing my graphic design and photography business in fresh and challenging directions, getting back to painting with my friends (Cam, Dana and Cathy) in our one-painting-a-week resolution, hosting soirees, communing with nature and photographing more flowers and bugs (I can never get enough of that!), updating my garden with quirky and photogenic new plants, hitting the road in search of adventure (and fresh photographs), getting back to my painting (fine art, not walls), shooting more photos (and not just botanical), the wonderful opportunity to teach photography workshops in spring with artist Suzy Olsen at her villa in Tuscany, honing my writing craft, acquiring new skills and learning something new every day.

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Announcing Art, Photography and Cooking Workshops in Tuscany in April and May, 2013

16 09 2012

Earlier this year, my friend and fellow artist, Suzy Olsen, invited me to teach photography workshops at her villa in Tuscany. We had originally planned for workshops to happen later this month but the timing was too short for planning, so we moved the date to spring 2013.

Join us in Italy for a feast for the senses!

Spend seven days/eight nights in Tuscany for workshops in watercolor painting and photography, topped off with authentic Italian cooking lessons! Accommodations are in a lovely artist community at the top of a hill overlooking Poppi. The little town of Poppi is located in the beautiful Ortignano Raggiolo region at the center of the Casentino Valley, not far from Florence.

Two dates to choose from: April 19–27 or May 2–10, 2013

Trip includes accommodations, all meals, and daily workshops—watercolor and pen and ink classes with Suzy Olsen each morning; a travel, nature and portrait photography class with me each afternoon, and three authentic Italian cooking classes in the evening with Chef Daniela Cursi.

WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

Artist Suzy Olsen will teach you a great way to use watercolor with pen and ink for travel sketches using just the supplies in your backpack. You will learn how to access views and single out what works best—sketching and using your pen, then you can later fill in with watercolor back at the studio where you will utilize photos for reference. Her demos will be done every day to assist you with how to use pen, papers, and watercolor to your best advantage. You can paint with both a notebook and a watercolor paper pad, and are encouraged to further your creativity in the studio at the villa. She will share her paintings and demonstrate watercolor and sketching techniques during the morning hours.

Graphic designer, avid blogger and award-winning photographer Cindy Dyer will show you how to capture the beauty of the Tuscan countryside with your camera including landscapes, nature, still life and portraits. You’ll learn about composition, depth of field and lighting and receive hands-on, personalized instruction in every session. Cindy will review your digital images throughout the week so you can improve your skills with each session. She will show you how to combine your watercolor paintings, sketches and photographs with narrative and captions to create an online blog or publish a travel journal with magcloud.com.

Chef Daniela Cursi has spent more than 20 years mastering traditional Tuscan cuisine and has worked as a chef since 1998. She will prepare our food and teach us how to make our favorite Tuscan meals such as homemade pasta and wood-fired pizza. She has mastered the local cuisine of the Casentino Valley near Poppi and Arezzo, which is famous for lasagna and ravioli. During late afternoons, Chef Daniela will host three cooking classes in which she will focus on these areas:

Homemade Pastas—You’ll learn how to roll it out using fresh country eggs to make the classic noodles: raviolis and lasagnas. Chef Daniela will also teach you how to create pestos and vegetable- and meat-based sauces.

Vegetables and Roasting Meat—You’ll learn to use fresh vegetables in side dishes and salads and how to grill meat over an open fire. Chef Daniela will share how the locals prepare wonderful appetizers—the traditional way to start a great meal!

Pizzas—You’ll learn how to make homemade pizzas using wood fire and desserts using pastries. You’ll see firsthand how beautiful simple food can be. We embellish with good wines from the area, and we’ll sample cheeses, local delicacies, sweets and more.

QUESTIONS? Contact Suzy directly via e-mail at suzy2art@gmail.com or text her cell phone at 210.556.8909 for more information. Contact me at dyerdesign@aol.com or call 703.971.9038.

For more details, download the preliminary brochure by clicking this link here: Tuscany Workshops

If you are unable to download the brochure, please e-mail Cindy at dyerdesign@aol.com and I will send you the brochure electronically.





Composition and Macro Photography Workshop at Green Spring Gardens

3 04 2012

On Sunday afternoon I did a composition and macro mini-workshop (my first ever!) at Green Spring Gardens with more than 30 members of the Northern Virginia Outdoor Portrait Photographers meetup.com group. I started with a “what’s in my bag” tips and tricks presentation, followed by a tour of my photography exhibit in the Horticulture Center and a great Q&A session (with excellent questions and observations from the members), and then a brief outdoor photo excursion with the group.

Outdoors, I showed them how using a diffuser makes all the difference in getting saturated color in their flower photographs. In the photo below, we used the diffusers and a silver reflector to show how it’s possible to get great shots by harnessing the sun when shooting a human subject, too. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the presentation and look forward to working with the members again in a future portrait or flower photography workshop. Thanks to Rob Bergsohn, the group’s founder, for organizing this event. You have assembled a really a great group of enthusiastic and talented photographers!

Workshop reviews:

“Very informative and excellent opportunity to learn from a masterful artist.” —Tommy Duffy

“Great fun, very nice folks, and Cindy was knowledgeable and fun as well. Her work is amazing.” —Michael Wine

“Cindy was great! She shared just a ton of info and was extremely helpful answering everyone’s questions. The only thing holding this back from a 5 star rating was I would have like to shoot more and had time to get her help/feedback. Her photography is outstanding, if you have never seen it, take the time to view her work, it is truly worth it.” —Doug Stroud, Doug Stroud Photography

“Cindy gave us her all, shared her macro background, walked us thru her exhibit, and then took us outside for a hands on shoot. We each received packet of handouts and info as well! Thank you Cindy and Robin!” —Sally Wood, Sally Wood Photography

“This was such a nice meetup. Thank you Cindy for taking us all out on that fine day. I learned a lot and saw a lot of inspiring work. Thank you!”Dino Tiongco Photography

“Thanks to Cindy for sharing her insights and trade secrets. Her work is amazing and this meet up was a great opportunity to learn first hand from a wonderful person and photographer. Thanks, Robin, for organizing this event.” —Prateek

Photo © Michael Wine