Ditto Cats had it’s first sale!

On June 22, 2013 I opened an Etsy shop to sell my photographs, stencil art, tee shirts and recently added digital Pop Art downloads. On August 31, 2013 Ditto Cats had its first sale! Very exciting!

A lovely couple from Australia purchased one digital Pop Art download.  The process went very smoothly and the couple has agreed to become a part of my storefront. Their fab photo is now being used as one of the example templates for the Pop Art downloads. I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Here is the before and after photo that is now part of my Ditto Cats site.

Thanks again to this lovely couple!

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Great Getaways Photo Contest

Yesterday I was notified that I was the winner of the Great Getaways Photo Contest sponsored by Cincinnati Magazine and Madison Indiana.  I have to tell you that when I had submitted the now winning photo, I never thought in a million years that I would actually win.

The now winning photo was taken at the Crazy Horse Memorial in October of 2010.  My sister, Kathy Witt, is a travel writer and was traveling to Rapid City South Dakota with the Midwest Travel Writer’s Association of which she is a member and invited me along.  The trip was absolutely amazing!  We toured Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, Custer State Park, Deadwood, the Crazy Horse Memorial,  the Minutemen Missile Silo (very cool), Dahl Arts Center… the attractions in and around the city go on and on.

While at Mt. Rushmore, I met the last of the living legends that had help to carve the awesome monument and had a great time at the reception dinner for all of the writers. How often in life do you meet someone who has actually carved one or our monuments? I’d say that would be a Bucket List item, it was quite a night!

I also had the pleasure of touring the Badlands, gorgeous!  Which I must say, if you haven’t seen them in person, you don’t know what you’re missing.  The landscape is outstanding!

the Badlands
the Badlands

Just for fun, I got my picture taken with our late great 40th president, Ronald Reagan. Rapid City has bronze life-size statues of all of our presidents erected throughout the downtown area.  Very cool.

me and Ronald Reagan
me and Ronald Reagan

Something I thought that was very interesting in the city was Art Alley.  The alley is in the middle of Rapid City South Dakota and is an open platform for all artists to share their artwork. The artwork in the alley is continually being painted over by local artists, but as you can see from the photo below, the artwork is very captivating.

Art Alley
Art Alley

One day we took a jeep ride through Custer State Park and it was absolutely stunning! The buffalo, three thousand head or so, roam around the park as they did during the 1800’s.  If you’re a fan of western movies, as I am, this was quite a sight.  The city also has the set from the movie Dances with Wolves as one of the attractions.  Filming for much of the movie took place in and around the Badlands and Custer State Park.  And after seeing the movie, I can’t imagine any other film location!

There is so much to see, do and experience in Rapid City South Dakota and the surrounding area I can now understand why my photo won.  If you ever get the chance to head out west, try to make Rapid City South Dakota a stop and of course the Crazy Horse Memorial.  After all it’s a Winner!

"Crazy Horse - Reflected" winner of the  2013 Great Getaways Photo Contest
“Crazy Horse – Reflected” winner of the 2013 Great Getaways Photo Contest

Thanks again to the staff, judges, participants and of course the voters of the Cincinnati Magazine for selecting my photo as the winner.  Oh and one more note.  As the winner, I will receive round trip airfare for four aboard Ultimate Air Shuttle to New York City!!   I can’t wait to hop in that plane and head to the Big Apple along with my sister, of course, and check off another Bucket List Item.

Stencil Art – Things you can do with photographs

I have seen many pieces of artwork completed using the stencil process, but had never tried it myself and had no idea where to begin. So to the internet I went and found many informative tutorials on the process. Recently I completed these two pieces and am working on a third piece for a friend of mine.

boy pic before and after

Wedding picture before and after

 

Each piece took me about 3 hours not including the drying time between layers, but the time spent was very enjoyable.  I had a few minor glitches but overall I thought the finished pieces turned out pretty well.  This will definitely be added to my list of hobbies and hopefully will become a source of income as I am currently selling on Etsy.com.

Please feel free to comment on each, I would love to have your feedback and any suggestions you may have, thanks!