Farmers Market by Daley Center   Leave a comment

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Clark st and Washington Ave, Chicago, IL.


Why I am painting frames?   Leave a comment

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If I just order prints and frame them in standard frames the process is as following:

1) take pictures
2) choose some to get print
3) decide on size
4) order print
5) find frames and buy them
6) Frame the picture in the frame and wallah… ready to sell.

Now when I paint the frame the overall process goes like:
1. take pictures
2. choose some to get print
3. decide on size
4. order print
5. find frames and buy them
6. Decide on colors and find and buy colors
7. decide on how to paint them (design the painting)
8. paint them in some cases wait for first coat to dry and do the second coat)
9. wait for paint to dry
10. Coat the painted frame with clear protection coating and wait for it to dry
11. Frame the picture

Of course when we order prints or buy frames or colors we don’t do one by one. So even I say that I on average spend 10minute per frame for each activity (because it is just not the purchase but travel time and browsing time to find right stuff etc has to be included because I am working for that time period) and 2min for framing the picture it is 32minutes. So I at least need to make $5 in profits. So in any case I should not be selling a framed picture less than $5+fixed cost+cost of material+sales tax. But for 4×6 that is impossible.

Where fixed cost is cost of space used to do all these activities, utilities consumed during that time period etc. $10 an hour is really a modest rate for a skilled person.

Anyway, considering the painted frame assuming when paint and clear coat is drying I am doing something else. So I ignore those from above list and allocate 10min to rest of activities it is 10×10 = 100 minutes i.e. say some will be done sooner than that so I take an average of 60min per print framed in hand painted frame. So I should at least charge $10+cost of material+sales Tax. The prices increases so, why the heck I take the pain of painting the frames.

Well there are several reasons behind it. One I always inspired by paintings. How they look so close to life or abstract leaving you wondering. But I never had a talent to really be able to paint a painting as such.

I like to create things specially when I am stressed, upset or even angry. This is my way of relaxing me. So far I have painted, which used to be ugly until now, I have designed, cut and stitched my cloths and for my sister and mom. I always get involved in analyzing, designing and coding of User Interfaces when working on a software development project. Even when I am not hired for that purpose I smoothly make my way to that effort.

Anyway, so this time around when I ordered my prints and obtained frames and framed some of them they looked so standard, plain and simple. Beside that I think unconsciously I was looking for a way to create something. So combined those two the idea of painting the frame was conceived. I guess I am more angry and upset on my circumstances than I realized. But I am happy that when I am angry I create and not destroy. This is a blessing of God and I am thankful to Him for this.

My work of art, excellent, good and not so good…   1 comment

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So finally I decided to get some of my photography work printed. So I ordered prints. Of course the intention was to sell them.

I started to plan selling and in the process I was identifying differet venues and then it occured to me that if I am selling only prints my solution is offering half the product and I am leaving for customers to find appropiate frames.

Hence I bought some frames but they seamed so plain and standard as I did not had budget to buy expensive styish frames. So I decided to add my own flayer of style to those plain frames. So I ended up painting them.

Once I painted them I wanted the paint to stick and not scratch as eaily so, I ended up buying a coating material to make the paint morescratch resistant. I chose satin over gloss as I still wanted the paint to show without that artifical shiny look.

All this seams so simple in writing. But first when I painted the frame I had to wait for paint to dry. Some of them needed two coat so waited twice. Then I applied to protection coat and waited for it to dry. Then I had to figure out the picture that will best go with the frame color and design and finaly had to find the right glass and the back to fit the frame.

The other issue is that I have been doing all this work in a storage unit so I clean and remove the dust and I turn around and it is dusty again. So for now I have given up. I will clean them as I sell them so that I donot have o clean them again and again and yet my customers can get dust free product. Oh well LOL.

So here I am uploading some samples. See more detail on :

Pets Photography   1 comment

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So we love our pets. We hug them, we kiss them, we clean them and we clean after them. They are like our kids, even when we are mad at them we are really not that mad. When we tell them get out of here we really absolutely do not mean for them to go away. Sometimes they are really annoying and we really want someone else to take care of them for us for a while but as soon as we leave them at a baby sitter place or at home with a baby sitter we start missing them.

So what about capturing that lovely innocent or naughty expressions of our pets that we adore and long to see when we get home after a day of work. What about sending out that pretty picture to your friends and family members as greeting card and showing them the treasure you have in form of your pet.

Here is my greeting for the coming fall for all of you. This is Mr. Odas. I named him Ghuchoo after I adapted him from a friend. Just see how lovely he is. He is really fond of getting his pictures taken. I bet you can tell from the pictures.

Let me know what you think of him and his pictures.

Navy Pier – Quite or Party like   Leave a comment

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Humm. So you always thought it is a busy place with a lot of people always there as if there is a crazy party going on there. But have you tried it on a weekday or even evening (excluding Fridays)?

Take a look at the pictures to just get an idea. Also notice new additions to allowing sit down in comparatively quite areas.

Larger Than Life statue of Marilyn Monroe – a job well done   Leave a comment

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So finally I paid visit to much talked about Larger Than Life statue of Marilyn Monroe by Seward Johnson. I just wanted to take few pictures and was really not that excited. When I started to take pictures I was more absorbed with the people posing my the statue and how they differ from each other. Some shy, some naughty and what not and what not.

Then I came home and started to review the pictures and first time the detail of the statue got my attention. The skirt, the blouse, the under wear, her muscles, the lips, even the mole and the facial expression so real.

We often hear that a lot of times good opportunities seams like a lot of work for most people and they pass on them. After noticing all the detail and the work that possibly has gone in designing and making of this statue, I have to say this is a hell of a fine example of that saying.

Good work Seward Johnson. Keep it up.

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My Kitchen, dinning room and bar   Leave a comment

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When I was taking these pictures I only meant to practice my still life photography skills. It was only later when I looked at these pictures on bigger screen and realized that I have created some pieces of artistic pictures. Second thought was that they are perfect for kitchen, dinning area, bar, even commercial bars and restaurants.

When choosing art work or pictures we know what we like when we see it but the question is if it will suite and go with rest of the colors and stuff we have in a room. Should we get dark or bright colors or neutral or even just black and white?

I usually find it appealing if the walls are neutral colors but art work and other décor is bright or dark colors and if walls are bright or dark colors then art work that is more light in color. Black and white tends to go with every color scheme as long as not every thing is black and white or neutral in colors.

I think I will like to experiment with colors in my next project with neutral wall paint like white, beige or even gray and more brighter pictures and other decor. But I will pick one color for each side of the room and every thing I put on that wall will be same color may be different shades. Neutral furniture, same curtains all over if the room is more formal but for casual space like entertainment center same design of curtains but differenr color matching to the other décor on that side of the room. I think it will give the room a hip look without going too crazy.

Anyway, if you want to take a look on more of these pictures check my fcebook page; where I am also running a sweep stake.