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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Three more Tisnikar studies

These first two were done with soft pastels:

and this with gouache:

Good news! M and a few people in my family have pooled together some money for my birthday (which is today btw) and decided to get me a nicer, better, faster digital camera ;) I've been craving this piece of gear for a long time. I love my first digital camera, but it only holds 3 megapixels per image, so it will be satisfying to take a few steps up in terms of resolution capacity. I also plan to get a nice macro lens. I'll be using the camera along with Dragon software hopefully some time next year in order to shoot this project.

added note: Many thanks to pdxsean for giving me solid camera advice about the Nikon D80. It helped to steer me in the right direction.


Blogger Sean G said...

Always glad to help! What camera are you going to go with? The only complaint I've got about mine is that it doesn't have any sort of sensor-cleaning technology built in. So after a year of frequently changing lenses (3-5 times per week) I've got some frequent and annoying spots, and will have to have it cleaned professionally ($60 or so)... not a huge complaint, just the only complaint. :) Until then, they're fairly easy to clone out.

And most importantly... happy birthday! How does it feel to be 27?

5:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Tina, the Tisnikar studies are wonderfully moody. They have the feeling of narrative to me- I keep wanting to know the story behind them. I couldn't reach the pages through the link you sent me- not sure why. I got a message that the page didn't exist, but reached it fine by following the link on my own blog.

Congrats on the new camera ANd on turning 27! (I will refrain from making jokes about owning t-shirts that are older than 27 :) Happy Thanksgiving!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

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1:40 PM  
Blogger Cayenne Linke said...

Yeah, these are really wonderful, Tina -- I especially like the faces in the third one. Your studies are pretty impressive!

Happy belated b-day, and congrats on the new baby Gary passed on an invaluable piece of wisdom to me regarding camera care: "cameras don't like to take baths in beer." I assume he has first hand knowledge of this, because he bought a new camera shortly after announcing this. So, just in case it's not in the manual...

1:53 PM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

taking note: keep beer away from new expensive camera

thank you very much. I never would have known ;)

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DUUUUUD..... happy belated birthday! I'm selfishly excited to see what cool images the new camera will put before my hungry eyes! This pics are way the F cool. Some of the characters leap off the background. I can see how cool they would look moving around.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

thanks Erawk. making the puppets themselves is going to be a big challenge. I have some ideas in mind but nothing concrete. it's all going to be one big experiment. I appreciate all of the encouraging words from you and everyone who has posted in this blog.

8:06 AM  
Blogger albert_nabernik said...

I like your paintings a lot. It seems you give some lightness and colors to original Tisnikar paintings and this looks wonderfull.
I own some of Tisnikar works and also know very good his mentor, Karel Pecko, who still works in his hometown, Slovenj Gradec. I also know some other collectors who possess his works. If you are interested in Tisnikar`s other works, I could get some photos of them and also collect some stories about him.

You can contact me at

12:05 PM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

thank you so much for your comments on the paintings. yes, I would like to see those images and hear some of your personal stories from Karel Pecko and his various collectors. I feel so fortunate that you have come across my blog. I will email you later this evening.

12:16 PM  
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2:54 PM  

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