As creative team advisor for Bouler Architecture, I'm working on new ideas to reach more people. I confess, my Facebook page is a quiet affair. As my sister, Jenn Palumbo, puts it, it's like I'm in the witness protection agency. But I was really excited to hear that one of my longtime favorite blogs is taking advertising. Ciao, Chessa is the blog identity of the very talented photographer Monica Shulman. Her work, taken from travels around the world and her own back yard of NYC, has great range. It is beautiful without being sweet, relying on a complexity of light and dark, composition and spontaneity that leads me to follow her blog daily-- just to get my new art fix and once to pick up a gift for my father.
So where do you come in, you ask? Please tell me which image you prefer as a digital button representing this blog and Bouler Architecture. I have a feeling but will keep my mouth shut.
Exhibit A: House in Flight was created as a photoshop collage at first. I scanned the actual butterfly and cut up pictures of houses from a trip to Montpelier, VT. I painted the image with a magnifying lamp and size 1 brushes, and it was the promotional card for my December show at Ripe Art Gallery. It now hangs in the chic and elegant household of Modernemama, surrounded by three other pieces of mine.
Exhibit B: Two if By Sea is a mixed media collage that I created for Ripe Art Gallery's upcoming Valentine's Day Show, which opens, when else, Valentine's Day. It uses an old painting of mine of the Blasket Islands in Ireland. I had been studying the islands as part of my YA novel Celtic Cross. Considering the isolation this seafaring community faced, there were many poets who came from that dying culture. We have tried to get to the islands on four different trips over, but alas the tides never cooperated. So I cut up my painting of the Blaskets into a diptych. Then I scanned our 19C German biology illustrations from an antique store in New Orleans (go Saints!) and photographed our place, Potic Cottage, where Jim designed a modern addition to a basic 600 square foot ranch. The string is scanned from a shopping bag in my office.
By the way, I'm also thinking of having reusable shopping bags made from the image, but cost may be prohibitive.
So what do you think? Which one works better as an ad-- graphics/content?