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Blogging for the enjoyment of sharing information about all aspects of the Art of Photography and Photoshop Design. I also add links and information about Art in general that I find inspirational. Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Please Join us for the reception Dec 19th 2:3- to 4:30


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My First Solo Exhibit . "Creative Nature"

This is so exciting and amazing for me. I met a wonderful nature artist by the name of Janet Heaton who paints wildlife with oil and pastel . she saw my work and has organized an exhibit in a large auditorium . What a dream come true to share my work,!! For the last few weeks I have been going crazy editing and preparing prints.I created this Pelican piece as the mascot of the show.
The opening is at the same time as " Blizzard on the Beach" a big fundraiser where they make forty ft of snow on the beach.
The exhibit is located at the Nature Preserve Center in the John D MacArthur Park.Singer Island Florida.
A portion of gallery sales will be donated to the sponsors. “Friends of MacArthur State Beach Park”.
I will be available at the pavilion Sunday's Dec 5th, 12th and 19th. 2-4:30 . Please stop by !
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My First Solo Exhibit . "Creative Nature"


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hi All,
Everyone welcome to come to the reception tonight in Delray.
I have two pieces in the exhibit which is a mixed media exhibit.
It is in the Crest Theater next to the Old School in Delray.
The show will be on until Oct 30th.
Thanks, Melinda

Wednesday, Aug 25th, 2010 through Saturday, Oct 30th, 2010
Monday -Friday 9:30 am - 4:40 pm

Event Location:
Old School Square Cultural Arts Center
51 N. Swinton Ave.
Delray Beach, FL. 33444 Share/Bookmark

Monday, July 19, 2010

Making Enlargements

New blog I found with lots of good tips like the following
Thoughts and Ideas on Photoshop

#1 After opening the file in PS, go under the "Image" menu and choose "Image Size"
#2 Make sure "resample is on
#3 Switch from inches to % in pop up
type in 110%
#4 Press OK
Repeat till desired size is made. 
Scott Kelby says this does not degrade the file.


Great Spot for Info and Free Actions


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Artist of Palm Beach County. New Exhibition


New Space Artist of Palm Beach County


Friday, July 9, 2010

Infocus Reception Sat July 10th

Everyone is invited to attend the 14th Annual Juried
Exhibition at the Palm Beach Photographic Center
July 10th 5:30 to 7:30pm Reception and Award Presentations.
The Exhibit will be open till Sept 18th in the Museum Gallery.
415 Clematis St WPB Fl Share/Bookmark

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fire Works over New York

Fire Works over New York
Originally uploaded by melepix
Happy Fouth of July ! Share/Bookmark

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hi There!

Hi There!
Originally uploaded by melepix
Hi There!

Just back from holiday and will be getting back to blogging soon! Share/Bookmark

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Day After

The Day After
Originally uploaded by melepix


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Environmental Exhibit Boynton Beach

To all,
Hope to see you all next Monday, April 19 2010. I have two pieces in the Environment exhibit
Boynton Beach City Library-Program Room
208 South Seacrest Blvd.
Monday, April 19, 2010 6 - 8 P.M.
Eco/Environmental Art

Lucy Keshavarz presents Eco and Environmental Art. See examples of these art forms and learn why they are important.
Following the presentation you will have a chance to see the Environmental Exhibit in the City Library featuring artists, Lucy Keshavarz, Janice Cohen, Kathleen Foselman, Robert Ben Kline, Melinda Moore, John Myers and Chari Rocafull that runs through May 2010. This exhibit features artwork that speaks to environmental issues. The artists who created this work will be available to discuss their inspirations.

In addition, a live demonstration will be performed by Sheri Tengbergen, The Watercolor Gourmet. She will demonstrate how she creates three dimensional paintings from organic materials.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Paul Caponigro Exhibit Now in Palm Bch Photocenter

Paul Caponigro (born 1932) stands among the foremost landscape photographers of our century. He is an artist who places technical perfection in the service of an intense, mystical sensibility. He once stated that, "photography is a medium, a language, through which I might come to experience directly, live more closely with, the interaction between myself and nature." In the late 1950s Caponigro studied with Minor White, finding in White's teaching both an inspiration and a challenge to pursue his own vision. For Caponigro this would mean not only refining his craft to its highest potential, but learning to approach nature receptively, intending, in his own words, "to sense an emotional shape or grasp some inner visitation."
Caponigro's first one-man exhibition took place at the George Eastman House in 1958. In 1960, Caponigro became a consultant for Polaroid Corporation in the photo-research department. During this time, he also began teaching photography part-time at Boston University. Since that time he has exhibited and taught workshops throughout the United States and abroad. Today his original photographs reside in most all major museum collections.
read more:
 There are two well known Caponigro photographers. Paul and John Paul.
So I was confused at first hearing of this exhibit and thought it was the younger who's work I would see at the Photocenter. I had just read something in a digital blog
about John Paul Caponigro who is young and very digital. I am not sure if they are related. 
You can read about him here. Share/Bookmark

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Beyond The Mind's Eye

Ian Graham .aka Gray Flannel on Flickr has been one of my contacts who's work I admire each day. He made this wonderful music slide show today and I think it is beautiful. I was reading his profile and I thought I'd share it with you. As you can tell by reading it, he has many years of experience which shows in his work.
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Ian's Profile
"My career as a professional photographer began in 1970 when I worked for the Associated Press in Vietnam as a photojournalist. My first camera I bought was a second hand Leica M3 and would later buy my first new camera in 1972, a true state-or-the-art SLR "Nikon F2". My career as a photojournalist and freelance photographer would span 30 some odd years, photographing everything from nature and wildlife, to the senseless and horrific ravages, of 13 wars around the world; my last assignment as a freelance photographer was in Iraq.

The majority of my black and white photography is done in low light situations where there is an interaction between light and darkness, such as at dusk and dawn. I often work with long exposures in order to reduce the landscapes into elemental, graphic shapes. I like to simplify, to extract unnecessary elements, in order to emphasize the subject I'm working with. I also enjoy working in bad weather; snowstorms, mist, fog, or just under an endless dull and grayish sky. I think these conditions often add an appealing element to a black and white photograph.

The reason I photograph is to experience the beauty of Nature and of wild places. I explore the essential elements of rock and tree, of cloud and rushing water to discover the magic and mystery of the landscape. My search for beauty is romantic and idealistic. It is the spirit of the land I seek-be it in a small piece of urban wildness or in vast wilderness. Rachel Carson, in her book The Sense of Wonder, writes, "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."

Photography is a quiet, intensely meditative activity for me. Minor White, the Zen-influenced photographer, stated, "Be still with yourself, until the object of your attention affirms your presence." When the light and the subject inspire me, I am compelled to compose an image. The images that I enjoy making the most are those that rely on emotional response and perception rather than the spectacle of the scene. I enjoy isolating the details of a scene, often to the point of abstraction. By creating photographs where the content or orientation is not obvious, an intimate and enigmatic feeling can come through. I would rather make an image that asks a question, than answers one, one that intrigues and arouses curiosity in the viewer.

For over twenty years, that has meant creating traditional black and white landscape photographs, though more recently I've enjoyed exploring a wider range of techniques and approaches to my subjects. The resulting journalistic and painterly imagery represents a diverse selection of emotionally rich moments

I have been fortunate throughout most of my life to be surrounded by the beauty of the natural world. My appreciation for its wonders has been nurtured by my travels and framed through the visions of traditional artists, such as Ansel Adams, Ernst Haas, Edward Weston and O. Winston Links. I’m particularly inspired by the works of such brilliant photographers as Michael Kenna, Charlie Waite, Art Wolfe and above all, the genius of Joe Cornish and Galen Rowell.

Joe Cornish – “First Light”

“First, light. Everything else follows, for light is the language of photography as well as it’s raw material. As a poet uses words, so a photographer uses light.”

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Originally uploaded by melepix
Went to the Palm Beach zoo last week and caught these Jaguar love birds , well at least he seems smitten, she maybe playing it cool.
Anyway I was in the sweet spot where the fence magically disappeared in front of their bodies. I love when this happens but is hard to make it work I guess it is depending on light and settings. But of course the back fence still ruined the shot. This is the beauty of using textures. Presto the background now looks like a dusty place in the jungle . Share/Bookmark

Monday, March 29, 2010

How Red !!

How Red !!
Originally uploaded by melepix
Just got this notice.

Vote Here ! Thanks

Congratulations! Your Image made it to the vote
Sun, March 28, 2010 3:35:55 PM
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Re: Congratulations! Your Image made it to the vote

Hello Melinda:

Congratulations! You image was selected as one of our finalist in our "All Things Red" photography competition. You have a 1 in 15 chance of winning $500 cash and having your photo featured in our next set of limited edition note cards.

We've had four winners so far in 2010. In two weeks, we'll announce our 5th winner. We think your image will do very well, but the key to winning is letting your friends and family know your image is a finalist and encourage them to come vote your entry. Many of our past winners have used facebook and twitter to get the word out. That's ok. Everyone can vote one time per day (one vote per computer) and they do NOT have to register to vote. For reference, your entry number is #226370.

Thank you again for submitting this wonderful image and we wish you luck in the voting. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Cinnamon Beach Sunrise

Cinnamon Beach Sunrise
Originally uploaded by ArtMix2
Sue Traber and I just got back from Photoshop World in Orlando and we had a blast! She won a Guru award for this fantastic photo called "Cinnamon Beach" and was also nominated for the re-touching category for another photo. Go Sue!!!
What a great experience. My brain is over baked with all the information but it was inspirational and a great creative boost to be there! Share/Bookmark

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Strange days indeed .Digital Art

I found this well done and interesting work and also the art link to the inspiration for the work by A Dutch painter .

Acire created it and has this to say....
I turned it into a tribute to Dutch painter Carel Willink.
His Magic Realism I found always awe inspiring,once had the pleasure to be introduced to him and his then wife Mathilde thanks to my uncle,at some gallery opening in Amsterdam.
I was in my teens,he seemed very old and his wife very beautiful and so much younger than he was।
To read more click on image... Share/Bookmark

Saturday, March 20, 2010

.....Out there....

.....Out there....
Originally uploaded by Teodoratan
This is a lovely artist from Bulgaria who I'd admire on Flickr.
Teodora Taneva
Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
I am psychologist,who adore art and music:) I preffer see things when my eyes are closed. For me the inner visual world has an almost eternal demension...almost emotional experience trough colors and forms...when i open my eyes i can see only light...the light as a representation of a human soul...So complicated and changable....
Click on image to see more of Teddy's work on Flickr Share/Bookmark

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Early Bird

Early Bird
Originally uploaded by melepix
Lately I am not exactly the early bird...luckily they still eat in the middle of the afternoon.!

Quotes of the Day

"I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner."
- Alex Webb, Magnum Photographer

"I took the portrait out of the studio and started getting into real life."
- Arnold Newman

"You must learn to love the obvious"
"I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs."
- Winogrand

“My photographs are more questions than answers. I use photography as a way to help me understand why I am here. The camera helps me to see."
-Trent Parke

"They asked me:
"'How do you make your pictures?' I was puzzled . . .
"I said, 'I don't know, it's not important.'

"The world is going to pieces and people like Adams and Weston are photographing rocks!"
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.
- Robert Doisneau

"The pictures are there, you just take them."
- Robert Capa

I have no inhibitions and neither has my camera
- Weegee

"There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment."
- Robert Frank

"It's slightly dishonest, but I say I'm collecting photons that would disappear anyway. I'm not doing anyone any harm."
- Richard Kalvar Share/Bookmark

Monday, March 15, 2010

Cinnamon Beach Sunrise

Cinnamon Beach Sunrise
Originally uploaded by ArtMix2

Cinnamon Beach Sunrise

My Friend Sue just told me she is in the 3 top runners for the Photoshop World Guru contest in photography. WELL DONE SUE!!
She also was nomintated in the Re-Touching category .
Sue has been doing photography and professional te-touching for 19 yrs and is a real Pro. Share/Bookmark

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Creating A Portfolio

 I have been working on this idea and found this link helpful.

 Article and Photographs by: Alain Briot


Creating a portfolio of your work is one of the most important things you can accomplish as a photographer. Unfortunately, relatively few photographers create portfolios because they find the process daunting or think their work is not good enough to be included in a portfolio. Others squirm at the idea they will have to review thousands of photographs taken over many years. Yet others do not know how to select photographs for a portfolio. Finally, there are those who believe that a portfolio cannot be created by themselves, that such an endeavor has to be conducted under the control of a museum or a gallery or needs to take place in the context of a retrospective of the artist’s work.
While these concerns are fair, let me start by saying that they are inaccurate. Assembling a portfolio is not the daunting and frightening task it is touted to be. Let’s start by taking a close look at what is a portfolio, proceed to study why it is important to create portfolios of your work, and finally learn how you can create a portfolio of your own work. Throughout this article I will use portfolios I have created as examples

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Free Texture Groups on Flickr

The are a number of groups that share textures for free but my favorite group is "Texture for Layers"
Click Here

Many artist upload textures to share and all have free "creative commons" license.
The Group rules from Telzey. Lydia Marano
"This texture is free to use in your personal or commercial work, but you may not reshare, distribute, or claim/imply it to be your own." Update , i have learned that you can not join group unless you show you have active photostream showing your work on Flickr.Sorry.

Lydia is a very creative artist and I found this fun utube video showing some of her work.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Good Tutorial on Texturing


Sunday, February 28, 2010

After Capture Magazine Free

This is a nice magazine that gets delivered to your house for free. Just go in and subscribe. Nice.. Share/Bookmark

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Little Green on the Hunt

Little Green on the Hunt
Originally uploaded by melepix
Went out to Loxahatchee today.Cool clear a bit breezy Looking for the perfect shot to enter into the contest. Last day is Sunday. Check out the rules and submission guide below. Took this one at Green Cay, wish he had been at Lox. Share/Bookmark

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Flypaper Textures_Learn Texturing with Paul and Jill

 Paul Grand is British but lives in France and Jill (Borealnz) is from New Zealand, they met via Flickr and have been collaborating to create beautiful sets of textures with " how to" explanation an great before and after shots of there work. It is a great teaching blog about texture art. I purchased both sets of high resolution textures and love them because I can experiment following along with their directions and have an idea what the final outcome may somewhat resemble. But remember no two images are the same and every textured piece with have its own personality.
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Flypaper Textures Share/Bookmark

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bill Cross's Walkabout Blog

The wandering Flickr blog for your viewing pleasure:
Flickr Walkabout

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Night of Fashion for Photographers

166 SE 2nd Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444

On Saturday March 6th from 8:00 to 12:00pm; SFAA is hosting our first art/fashion/music themed event...and we hope you will mark your calendar and plan to attend. The event will feature five fashion photographers (Tara Hauck, Gregory Ross, Gary Kane, Tracey Ahrendt and Michele Eve Sandberg). Karen Reinstatler of Pink Slip Threads will be introducing a new funky clothing collection for the first time. Throughout the evening, the models will surf through the crowd, so let the cameras begin flashing!!

Please be sure to invite anyone you may know in the fashion industry as well....we'd love to open the invitation to any makeup artists, models, hairstylists and others "in the biz".

We will enjoy the original music of Alex Nelson and Roxanne LaMendola. Both are fantastic local singer/songwriters that you won't want to miss!

This is also planned to be the first fundraiser since SFAA has registered as a non-profit organization. In order for us to develop more opportunites for the creative industries, we could really use your support. So, if you have benefitted in anyway within the last 3 1/2 years from this meetup, we really hope that you can make it a priority to attend this particular event! 100% of the $5.00 door charge will go to develop programming and workshops to assist the local arts community! Bring friends...we need you!

Thanks again for your help spreading the word, and we continue to strive to support and provide opportunites for the local arts! Share/Bookmark

Friday, February 19, 2010

My Photo "Stormy Light" on Exhibit

Rainy Day At Peggy's Light
Originally uploaded by melepix
 "Stormy Light" is a photomontage of images I took last summer at Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia.

GardensArt presents
Artists of Palm Beach County Juried Exhibition
February 24, 2010 Through April 8, 2010

Palm Beach Gardens City Hall
10500 Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Open Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 5pm, Closed Holidays
Ample parking in rear.

Opening Reception: Sat, March 13th - 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Founded in 1989, the GardensArt program is a unique program that exhibits the work of locally and nationally recognized professional artists and photographers. It was established to increase the opportunities for cultural exchange between artists and the community. The rotating exhibits are loaned to the City for approximately six to eight weeks and provide contact with a broad spectrum of high quality artwork through varied techniques and mediums. GardensArt has earned and maintained an exceptional reputation among professional artists and the community as a whole. The program offers workshops, artist demonstrations, musical performances, and community partnerships in order to make the program more interactive. All of the exhibits are free and open to the public.
City Hall Lobby
10500 N Military Trail Share/Bookmark

My Photo "Old Florida Soul" is on Exhibit in Southeast Gallery

 Florida Soul
Southeast Gallery of Photographic Art
Old Florida .  Exhibition Dates: January 2 to February 27, 2010Public and Artists Reception: Wednesday January 6, 2010   7pm to 9pm
Old Florida is disappearing fast. If it's not termites and hurricanes, development has mowed through old schools, churches, and homes. Preservation is not easy and too often economics wins over conserving old buildings. This exhibition will feature pictures of architecture and landmarks, styles and colors, life in a slower time.      

 I created this photomontage for the exhibit Old Florida after meeting Willie Anderson an " Old Florida Soul" in downtown WPB playing the saxahone on the street. After I took some pictures of him I  interviewed him. He told me about his long life in Fl living on a farm , his mother the horses he loved and how they traveled in wagons to church' but most of all he talked about the music which he dreamed of while he worked. One dream he realize he traveled to Chicago for a time and played in a blues band leraning many instuments.  
Now he is back in Florida and life is harder he says. "Life was hard on the farm but we always knew we had the crops in the field and food on the table". I hope this picture is a tribute to his dreams his music and the life he lived.

                                                          Click Image to Enlarge


My Photo "Marsh Meditation" is on Exhibit

Marsh Meditation
Originally uploaded by melepix
 Photo taken at Grassy Waters Preserve in WPB
It was also the Grand Prize Winner of their
Annual Photo Contest .

Palm Beach International Airport - Liquid Assets
December 19, 2009 through March 25, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010
5:30 to 7 PM

Artist Reception on Level 2 of the Main Terminal, across from
Travelers Lounge.
Park in Short Term Parking Levels 4 - 7.

Melinda Moore, Esther Gordon, and Barry Seidman are exhibiting photographs or paintings in the winter exhibition at Palm Beach International Airport, sponsored by Palm Beach County Art in Public Places. Share/Bookmark

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bubble Fun


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tom Tracy's Slide Show of Haiti

 My Friend Tom Tracy courageously traveled to Haiti with a group from South Florida shortly after the earthquake. His images are so moving and powerful.  I hope he soon finds them with a wider viewing audience as they are a motivating force for the World to Help in this terrible crisis.
Click on link below to view slideshow:

Please email Tom if you have and advice or just want to tell him what a great job he did with his photojournalism. Share/Bookmark

Valentine's Day

 Yesterday was Valentine's Day, so I am a day late posting. It was a special day for my daughter as she was married one year ago to a great guy. I designed a first year card for them using PS and textures.
The textures I am favoring right now are called Flypapers and you can find a blog link at the bottom of my page .
Be My Valentine Share/Bookmark

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Making a Musical Slide Show with ClipCook

This is a great quick slide show maker with music . You get the codes from your pictures via Flickr or other sources where you have your images.
You can add it to your facebook page or send emails to friends.

I have made two. Hope you enjoy. To see them click on the links not the images

Click Here "Sail Away with Music"

Sail Away

Clip Andalucia with Music

Ronda Bridge at Sunset

There is a Group in Flickr where they share and even have contests with the shows. Share/Bookmark

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Egret in Morning Light

This Grand Great White Egret was standing on the rail at Grassy Waters Preserve , the morning light was illuminating his feathers beautifully and his commanding presence was so elegant .I hoped to capture it in this image.
I warpped the wood some in PS and added a soft texture to give a painterly feel.
In the future of this blog I will share information and links on how this process is done.

Egret in Morning Light Share/Bookmark