Behind the Scenes: Watermelon

July 15, 2012

BTS Photography by Katherine Sandoz and Libbie Summers

Katherine looking on as Chia is shooting Andrea.


We are lucky to have jobs where we can sometimes bring the kids along. As we worked this piece, Ava and Yiming were having some fun of their own in a tidal pool.


Chia’s balance always amazes me. Here she is on a cement ledge getting the shot while I can barely hold a watermelon between my legs.


A perfect day on Tybee Island and a super cool silhouette of Katherine and the jar of shells/penguin.

Funny story. After we had schlepped our props just over the edge of the sand dunes, we set it all down and went to scout the perfect waterside location. Katherine looks back up at our stuff, now about 30 yards away, and says to the rest of us “what’s that woman doing?”. Turns out, just moments after we walked away, a budding photographer was setting up her own photo shoot with our props! We were loving it! She was very serious too –moving the chair and shell filled jar around and refolding the watermelon colored scarf. She even had a model step in! So, somewhere out there is another photo series with our same props (sans watermelon since it wasn’t out yet)! Beach photographer lady, if you are reading this, we would LOVE to see your shots…if only you had been around to help carry it all to the beach.


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More Inspiration

October 17, 2012

Coffee Break

Coffee inspires me daily I am afraid to admit just how much. What could be better than a drinkable driving force that lights a fire under me and makes me think I can do anything! No sugar or cream for me, please, the stronger and blacker, the better. The theme of coffee intrigues me, as do all the things artful that are drawn from its inspiration– artists who throw actual coffee on mixed media paintings, dye photographs to look old and right down to a charming tea towel appliquéd with a coffee cup.

December 31, 2012

How To: Making Kimchi

STEP ONE : In an extra large mixing bowl dissolve 1 cup coarse sea salt into 6 cups of cold water and place cabbage halves in to soak.

April 20, 2012

Woodcut Artichoke

This week we are peeling back the layers of the dear artichoke to reveal just what it is that makes its thorny heart beat. And what better way to introduce you to the artichoke than through the artwork of SCAD professor Marcia Neblett. She is responsible for the intricate woodcut print before you. For those of you who are a bit sketchy on just what a “woodcut” is, let me clarify this medium a little further. A woodcut is a technique in which an artist carves away pieces from a block of wood. Rather than creating artwork from the pieces taken away or using the wood as a canvas, this form of art, instead, makes the wood itself and what remains of it the artwork. The image that is left may then be covered in ink, as Neblett does so skillfully above, and voila! you are ready to print!