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The Audition

Last month, I created a very unusual piece titled “The Audition” Two of my favorite models, Guis and Sami, were helping with the Westwood play and we decided to capitalize on the cool location and create something. After running through a couple of ideas, we finally settled on this puppeteer concept with Gusi standing on a piano bench to control Sami the puppet. We added a mysterious stranger in the audience to provide some balance – then I painted the entire image. The final piece came out quite cool. I entered the print in a state-wide photography competition and won several awards, including Best Overall Illustration, Best Illustrative By A Master, Best CPP Image and a Judges Choice Ribbon. Quite a showing!!
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Week 15: A Splash Of Color

Last week, I spent a few days at a photography workshop that focused on using color. For this week’s 4040 Portrait, I decided to try and push my use of color to the max – and use a lot more than I would normally feel comfortable using. I created a simple portrait then started adding on the paint! I even recorded the process. At some point – when I can figure out how to convert it for the web – I may even post it online so you can see how it unfolded.
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Bringing Things Up To Speed

I’ve been away for the past week and have fallen behind on the blog – so I thought I’d take a few minutes to bring it up to speed. I just got back from spending some time in St. Francisville, Louisiana. I attended a painting workshop with a couple of very talented artists- Darrell Chitty and Jeremy Sutton. It was a great learning experience and I think it really brought my painting skills to a whole new level. I stayed at a couple of very cool plantations while I was there. This one was located about a mile off the road – literally in the middle of nowhere. Its about as “getting away from it all” as you can get. I managed to get one of my 4040 Portraits done there also. I set the camera on the nightstand and took a photograph in the room – sitting in an antique chair. I used a painting technique I learned to give it a dark, moody feel. Here is what I came up with…
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Montana

Heather and I just got back from a fabulous visit to Montana. Reflecting on the trip, two things really stick in my mind: the people are really friendly there and it is really cold! We spent the first few days in Helena. I judged their print competition on Sunday, then got to relax on Monday. My program was Tuesday morning. We had a good sized crowd and they were very enthusiastic – especially for 8:00 in the morning! After the program, we noticed it was starting to snow outside, so we talked our pal Amy to take a picture of us outside the hotel. When you are from Texas, you get kind of excited when you see snow. Unfortunately, we discovered that fascination starts to wear off after a few days. Once we were packed up, we rented a car and headed to Whitefish, just north of Flathead Lake. If you are ever looking for a good low-key place to go skiiing or just get away from it all, this is the place. We stayed at Good Medicine Lodge, which was honestly one of the top bed and breakfasts we have ever stayed in. I photographed the owners, Woody and
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Catching Up On 40

I’ve had blog issues lately and have fallen behind on the posting. Figured I better take a minute to post the last couple and bring everyone up to speed. Week 6 was an image I titled “Blue Moves” A little on the crazy side, but fun to create. I had to break out the tux for an auction at my kids’ school and figured it would be the perfect outfit for a 40 portrait. I had a completely different concept originally, but came up with this one halfway through the shoot. The original image came out ok, but I liked this one better. You’ll have to wait til the end of the project to see the other one! Week 7 was a little tougher…. I’m in Montana right now, speaking at their state photography convention. The bad part of this is that I don’t have access to a studio and there were snow flurries yesterday – so outdoors isn’t really an option either. That left me with the hotel itself… which can be limiting. When I got back to the hotel room last night, I decided to try and setup a shot in my room. I went for a high
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Trapped!!!

Week 5:  “Trapped!!!” Whew – week five was a tough one.  I started out with a completely different concept.  Planned it out, photographed it, worked it up in Photoshop… and hated it.  It just wasn’t good enough.  I felt like I was mailing it in.  During the course of working on it, however, another idea popped into my head – then it was back to the drawing board for Week Five Take Two…. Many of us feel like we are trapped in front of our computers all day, so I took the next logical step and became trapped INSIDE my computer.  It took a while to figure out just how to shoot it – but I think it was worth the extra effort.   I hope you like it!
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Self Portrait in D

Week 3:  “Self Portrait in D” Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve started teaching Beau how to play piano.  Although I’m hopelessly out of practice, it has been fun getting back to something that was such a big part of my high school and college years.  It seemed like the perfect subject for one of the 4040 images. I hope you like it!
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4040 Project Update

Well the 40@Forty Project is off to a great start – however, we’ve run into one minor glitch… The images are all being posted on Facebook – to keep this blog from being too clogged with images of me, however it seems a lot of people don’t have Facebook – or don’t want it – so they are missing out.  To make things simpler, I’m going to start posting the images on the blog – as well as on FB – so everyone will have a couple of different ways to keep up.  As long as I’m churning out the self-portraits, I want to make sure people get to see them! So for all you non-Facebookers… here is a summary of what has happened so far: First off, if you are unfamiliar with the project, you can read about it here:  http://www.lourceyphoto.com/4040project.html Week 1: Since I switched to Mac a couple of months ago, it has taken up a great deal of my time – getting everything converted.  Therefore, I thought it fitting to start week one with an image that paid tribute to my new relationship with Mac. Now for week 2, I decided to go in an entirely
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The Vegas Experience

Wow-what a week.  Monday morning I’m having a wonderful birthday breakfast… next thing I know, I’m on a plane to Las Vegas. We stayed at New York, New York.  I had never been to Vegas and was blown away by the whole thing.  Your brain just can’t keep up with all the sights and sounds that hit you non-stop. Heck, there was a roller coaster right outside our hotel window.  You don’t see that every day. Heather even ordered me a birthday cake! We had a killer time checking out the hotels and even had a bit of success throwing the dice. On our last night there, we went to see Penn & Teller do their show at the Rio.  I had seen them on TV several times, but the live show just blows you away.  If you find yourself in Vegas, don’t miss this!  They even hung around afterwards to visit with the audience. Here I am with Teller.  It looks like he is trying to make me disappear or something.  Not sure what happened there… Here I am with the crazy-tall Penn Jillette.  I’m standing on a milk crate and he’s still a foot taller than me. It
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And so it begins…

It is now official – the 4040 Project is underway.  I hope you will take a moment to stop by my facebook page and check out this week’s portrait.  It is going to be a long 40 weeks – but you have to start somewhere!  Let me know what you think!!!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Plano-TX/Lourcey-Photography/46900287842  For more info on the 4040Project: http://www.lourceyphoto.com/4040project.html 
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