The First Shots of 2013


Happy New Year friends! Hope you brought it in like it was 1999! This morning I had an immense hangover and am still in recovery now at 11:50 pm, but despite my head and stomach aches I decided to take a few pictures for today’s post.  Such passion. I only took a few and didn’t come out with anything great, but these are the best of the bunch. My first edits if 2013. Enjoy!

Ameteur Photo Hr.


clark ave.

A shot I took with my Cannon Powershot SX40 HS.  I’m a novice photographer with no formal training, but with the help of Scott Photo Graphics I was able to come up with some descent edits of this photo using The Gimp photo manipulation software. A free and open source equivalent to photo shop. You can view Scott’s “Dramatic Skies” tutorial here, and can download The Gimp here. It’s an easy way to beef up your digital photos.

#The Instagram Effect

In 24 years, I have never been interested in photography. For 20 of those years I wasnt’t interested in social media.  I thought I was too cool for Facebook until I found out how cool it actually is. I didn’t know a lot about Instagram either upon it’s Android release. My friends were using it, but there not creative people like me. They’re self-portrait people… Continue reading

Artwork Organic: The Original Works of Tee Monette Lartey

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T. Monnette Lartey (Ms. T) is an organic artist with a flair for interpreting nature’s art.The materials often used in her art designs are found objects originated by the Creator. Acorns, straw, fruit, vegetables, wood, sawdust, flowers – fresh or dried, and bones are only a few of the items often artistically    arranged in her works.

A native of St. Louis Missouri, a “Statesman” from Webster Groves High School, Ms. T attended the Kansas City Art Institute and holds a Bachelor degree in Fine Art from Avila University and an Associate degree in Commercial Art from Pen Valley Community College, both in Kansas City, Missouri.

She has displayed her work in a variety of fairs, festivals and private showings. She is currently at work as the illustrator of a motivational children’s book.

T. Monnette Lartey is the mother of three sons: Tarik, Siddik and Rashad Lartey. She is also the proud grandmother of two grandsons, Lucas C. Andering and Taheem-Wasra Lartey.

TAN: How old are you? Continue reading