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Detail from neon sign at Yucca Motel

How to be an art hero

It’s easy to think about art fairs and open studio tours as opportunities for self promotion. Buy my work. Like my work. Compliment me for creating my work. But a recent blog post by New Hampshire artist Luann Udell was a gentle reminder that it’s not always about me.  Writing about an upcoming open studio […]

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Photo of sign showing submarine sandwich shop

A photographic journey

I went to an antique camera show the other day, and the room full of film cameras and lenses got me thinking about my own photographic journey.  Now I watch enough reality television to know that everything is a journey these days.  But I’m not talking about the journey from obscurity to 15 minutes of […]

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Two photos of Thunderbird Motel, one at night and one by day

Chasing the Thunderbird

Reno is a strange town. It has a river, a fledgling arts scene, and a lot of history.  But mostly it has casinos.  Behind the glitz and attempted glamour of the big-name casinos — El Dorado, Silver Legacy, Circus Circus, and Harrah’s — is a string of old motels, pawn shops, and other reminders of […]

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Photo of the Modern Pastry sign

From Mod Podge to metal

Remember a while back (okay, almost a year ago) when I wrote about new ways to mount my photos? It was a great idea but let’s just say I overestimated my skills in that area. I spent some fun time at art supply stores learning about adhesives and protective finishes and the difference between Mars […]

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Photo showing brushes for encaustic painting

Wax on

With my first art fair of 2012 just a few weeks away — SoWa Open Market on Sunday, May 13 — I’ve been thinking about new ways to present my photographs. For the past five years I’ve been using a pretty traditional approach, selling my work matted or framed, and I wanted to find an […]

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Three clock magnets

Talking about magnets

So if you’ve seen my work or have been reading this blog, you know that I make refrigerator magnets from my original photographs and sell them at art fairs and on Etsy.  My alphabet magnets display individual letters from neon (and other electric) signs so you can display your name, your children’s names, your initials, […]

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Photo of bridge and shadows over Truckee River

A new look for Red Nickel

After much thought, a lot of experimentation, and a few scary WordPress moments, I updated my photography website RedNickel.com. The biggest change is this blog, where I’ll be writing about my work, my process, exhibits I have seen, and more. The other major change is the transition from a traditional website to a blog platform. […]

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Photography of my Holga camera

What’s a Holga?

What’s a Holga? And why do I use one? A Holga is a cheap plastic camera with bad optics. The camera uses medium-format film and has a few settings that offer the illusion of control but don’t do much of anything. A  plastic lens means that most pictures go a little blurry, and sometimes light […]

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