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22 Apr

The Business of Tea Parties

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Tea With Dee

Tea with Dee Tea Set. Photo by Larny Mack Photography
Tea with Dee, tea set. Photo Ⓒ Larny Mack Photography

When Larny Mack Photography contacted me about a possible new client he said, “I referred someone to you in need of your help. She needs marketing materials for a new Tea Party business… not the political kind”. I laughed at the qualifier. Honestly I was relieved. I’m not interested in getting into business with any political party. I have my beliefs and some strong opinions. Half the people I know agree with them and the other half don’t. I want better odds than that for my business so I keep the politics out.

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15 Apr

Multiple Artboards Part 2

Illustrator Artboards and Align to Artboard

I use Illustrator’s Align tools with every project. The Align to Artboard function is my favorite, because it is a fast and accurate way to center objects on a layout. To work correctly, Align to Artboard needs an artboard that is the same size as the layout. This is a really good reason to embrace the multiple artboard work flow.

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04 Apr

Flower Power PAG Show

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Coordinating my first show

Saturday we hung PAG's Flower Power photography show. I am proud of how great it looks because I coordinated the show. This is my first time coordinating an art show and I’m sure it’s not my last. It was a positive, educational and rewarding experience.

I volunteered to be the show coordinator after some friendly ribbing from the rest of the group. Admittedly I was a little nervous. What do I know about coordinating a show? Fortunately it was really easy thanks to helpful and supportive PAG members.

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03 Mar

Insight on Metal – Exploration Atlantis

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Composites, Metal, QR Codes and a peak into my creative mind.

To create is to explore. This is a simple fact. It’s easy to accept this fact but difficult to embrace. There is a fear of trying and failing, of wasting time and accomplishing nothing worthwhile. I think linearly, work linearly and try to stay focused on a clear goal at the finish line. Linear thought is great for production work but not so good for the creative process. Sometimes the end goal isn’t clear and that’s the point.

Fear of failure can paralyze creativity. I found some solace in reading “Art and Fear” while on vacation. I am not alone in my fears. The point is to keep doing, exploring, creating, making, and experimenting.

Exploration Atlantis, printed on brushed metal is both the result of a creative exploration and the start to many more creative journeys.

comp on Metal

This is a digital comp of the Exploration Atlantis on metal.

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27 Feb

Zihuatanejo Mexico

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Part 8 - Details & Textures

I love colors and textures and the details of things I see. I take pictures of everything, looking for the beauty in the details. These images, especially the abstracts, are amoung my favorites.

This is the final post in my Zihuatanejo Mexico photo journal. I'm kind of sad to have finished it.

Coconut tree reflecting in the pool water.

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21 Feb

Zihuatanejo Mexico

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Part 7 - Tentaciones Hotel

Our final two nights in Zihuatanejo were spent up on the hill in a hotel called Tentaciones (temptations). The view is 180˚, offering endless photo ops. The changing light continually repaints the beautiful scenery. I took many, many pictures trying to capture its beauty.

morning panorama

This is a full panorama of the bay, with the town bathed in morning sunlight. The town is to the right. Playa de Gatas is tucked in the cove towards the peninsula on the left. The boats look much further away then they really were. The round pink shape in the lower right is a staircase entrance to the hotel.

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17 Feb

Zihuatanejo Mexico

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Part 5 - Zihuatanejo Bay

Panorama of bay

Zihuatanejo Bay is lined with some of the best beaches in the world. The waters calmly caress the shores with a steady beat of small waves.

This is a quick panorama shot looking south from the spot where we first landed on the beach. We cooled off under the shade of the thatched roof patio covers to the left. Almost dead center of this picture is a white hotel on the ridgeline of the hill in the distance. We didn't know it at the time, but this would be our hotel for the final two nights of our stay.

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15 Feb

Zihuatanejo Mexico

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Part 4 - The Town of Zihua

street view of hills

Our first impressions of Zihuatanejo were not exactly positive. The hillside is stacked with rundown homes. The town is old and it is crowded. There are way more cars on the road than we expected to see.

We had no idea where we were going or what we should try and see. We just parked the car and started walking. It was hot out, really hot.

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09 Feb

Zihuatanejo Mexico

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Part 3 - Ixtapa

We spent a couple of hours one afternoon in Ixtapa. I'm really glad we visited the town and even happier that we didn't stay there. Ixtapa is a short drive north from Zihuatanejo but it feels miles apart for so many reasons. I remember hearing about Ixtapa back in the 80's when the town was pretty new and being heavily marketed in the United States. It's still a popular resort destination for Americans and Canadians.

I didn't take many pictures of Ixtapa, just a few snapshots to remember the town.

Ixtapa street

The street is lined with well manicured lawns and beautiful landscaping.

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08 Feb

Zihuatanejo Mexico

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Part 2 - Playa Blanca

Hotel Las Palmas is located on Playa Blanca (white beach), about 15 minutes South of Zihuatenejo. The resort is down a dirt road behind the airport. The road takes you to the beach, and a small handfull of residences and resorts that are located there.

dirt road

This is the road as you enter Hotel Las Palmas. I'm not even sure it has a name.

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