Tuesday, October 19, 2010

5 Days left in the 2010 Fall Photo Collection Contest!

Only 5 DAYS left to VOTE for your favorite fall photo from the 2010 Fall Photo Collection (on my Facebook page) to win a FREE 8x10 print!

While checking out the 2010 Fall Photo Collection, "Like" or "Comment" on your favorite fall photo (you can chose more than one, but please rank your top three). On Saturday, October 23rd, I will collect all the names of the voters and perform a random drawing to chose the winner of the... FREE 8x10 print of your favorite photo. I will send a message to the winner to arrange shipment. Enjoy and Good luck!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New pictures, paintings, and decorations have been posted to my Portfolio!

It may have seemed that I fell off the face of the Earth for the past month, and I apologize!  My, now, two year-old son keeps me very busy during the day.  He and I have been out to the apple orchard, park, and zoo enjoying the Fall weather that has finally come to the South.  However, in my spare time, I have been hard at work getting more things together for Maria Rose.  The latest updates can be found in my "Portfolio" over at Maria Rose: A Prime Collection.  I have downloaded new nature, painting, and decoration pictures.  Please feel free to leave comments on your favorites here on the blog!

I also recently posted my first painting for sale on Etsy (one image is below and you will see more pictures of it in my "Portfolio" as well).  It is very Fall-ish and truly "blazes" when exposed to sunlight.  I will be posting new artwork and items for sale in my Etsy shop in the next couple of days.  Stay tuned...

Thanks for checking in!

"A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing." ~Giorgio Morandi

Friday, September 3, 2010

What's in a name...

For those who are curious, I thought I'd share how Maria Rose: A Prime Collection was created.  The name Maria Rose is derived from two of my favorite, and longtime, photography subjects: my cat, Maria, and flowers, particularly roses.  I started out photographing cats and nature when I was in my teens.  Rose also holds two other special significances.  It is my mother's middle name and she was the one who guided my development in each of the Prime areas. 

The second part (A Prime Collection) of the name was chosen during a conversation with my husband.  He and I share a mutual love of mathematics.  We also both love prime numbers.  As I was listing off what talents I wanted to share, he was taking account of how many I mentioned.  With the tally of five, my husband declared that five is a prime, and it would be wise to add that to the name of my business.  You can't go wrong with a prime!  So, the rest is history...and Maria Rose: A Prime Collection was born. 

The Prime Collection

The website is complete and ready for viewing!  Go to www.mariaroseaprimecollection.com to check out Maria Rose and my portfolio.  Here is a taste of my work...

Mrs. Anthony and Bridesmaids
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Welcome to Maria Rose's Blog!

My name is Alana Gillett, creator of Maria Rose: A Prime Collection.  I am a photographer, videographer, calligrapher, special events decorator, and artist.  I will provide updates and examples of new work here, so please keep checking back at the blog to see what's happening at Maria Rose.  Thank you!