Thursday, December 4, 2008

This is my version of a Kelly Rae Roberts Collage...I have her book & have contemplated what to do for over a month. I have practiced the faces over & over on scratch paper...
For the very first one, I think it came out pretty well! It took all day with periods of drying in between...

Thanks you Kelly Rae for your inspirations!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Bake It Pretty!

Bake It Pretty!

Need some absolutely FUN fUn FuN stuff to make your baked goods & gifts more fun? Bake it Pretty has some great ideas to stir up some ideas & whimsey... go go go there!

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Monday, November 17, 2008

I's fall! Collage Day!

Breezy Bay

Take Me Away!

I decided to do something beachy today. It's about 40 degrees outside & although I know it's Fall, I am in the mood to create a picture that a client of mine would like. Since Christmas is around the corner I would like to at least start on Hand made gifts. My client would like this as her house has many beachy things from travels to the outer banks, myrtle beach etc...

Breezy Bay...take me carefree days

A little S.O.S hangs on clothes pins. I had fun doing this. I hope the ideas keep coming. Collage's are a new thing for me. I have to remember that there are no wrong ideas...just think outside the box.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Present day Androgeny

Kaitlyn & Courtney

For this shoot we went for ambiguous & androgynous...we had great fun in the role reversal of these two models.

The makeup was subdued until the very end of the nights shoot.

Because I'm not Blog savvy the most glammed pic is top left...we left masculinity behind & blinged these two models out...very femme.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Death by Chocolate

Death By Chocolate...or, is there any better way to go?

These are a bit out of order as we did this in progression...from a bit of a chocolate yearning to full blown chocolate OD & comatose...a lot of fun!

A lovely start...

To "snorting" her drug of choice- CoCoa

All photos done by copyright 2008. Hair & makeup & chocolate art by *Allison Stout

Another shoot-out.

Grooming 101

He really didn't need too much done. But, it is very important that even guys groom & have they're makeup done for pictures.
He has freckles, believe it or not & I downplayed those & evened up skin tone.
If your skin shines under the hot lights it's imperative to have that matted out. Cheekbones & facial structure can be played up with contouring.

It's important to also have nice lips. I just added a bit of balm and he is good to go.
Robert is a handsome fellow! He's aiming for L.A. Thanks so much for allowing me to be part of your shoot.

Trying to play catch up & other News

This is Ariane. Had a great time with this shoot. I did her hair and makeup for all pictures. Mark from Gamboa Photos did the photography.

We started out very Gap-ish & ended in a subtle Goth style.

I am still amazed at what makeup can do.

Thanks Ariane!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Another model Shoot!

I live for the love of Makeup, Hair & Nails! This is my passion.
Courtney, my friend & neighbor & I have been planning this shoot for weeks. Actually, I've been planning it for years long before I let her in on it!
When she moved in I saw her go for her mail at the community box & thought..."Hmmmm, who is this beautiful new girl on the block?" Coming from what I do for a living it was more of a need to have her as my muse.
This is what we did for nine hours on a Sunday afternoon into evening. Gamboa Photos (thanks Mark & Crystal) gave me free reign to do all the things I had going on in my minds eye. I definitely had a Grace Kelly/ Jackie O./ classic starlet theme going on.
I am extremely thrilled to have had such an opportunity to express my art on a beautiful & willing canvass. Thank YOU Courtney!

Monday, September 22, 2008

I got a new website folks!

just wanted to spread the news along!

At First Blush

is up & running. Please go visit.


Thank you Mark & Crystal from Gamboa Photos for your help in creating my new place!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I'm by trade a "Cosmetologist"

I've been in the beauty biz for over 25 years. Starting to feel like an antique myself!

This is one of the photo shoots I've taken part in lately:

My forte is Makeup and hair as well as nails...including acrylics but not limited to. I love working in the studio or on location.

Visit Gamboa Photos for more of their expertise. And, of course visit Justin Tully to see his modeling/movie/commercials & his awesome BIO...

My other works/art can be found on MySpace...all the bad rap you've heard about MySpace is minimal. I've had nothing but positive come from being there!

Can't stop me now...

I was quite productive yesterday! I did the Japanese Geishas AND the Glisten & Gleam collages. It took a lot outta me! Who knew it would be so...thought provoking. Once I did one thing, I thought of another. So I did multiple canvasses in a molding paste and stamped them & allowed them to dry...

I also experimented with some techniques that I like to think that I thought of. I just was playing "Mad Scientist" and it turned out great! No explosions. And that's a good thing!

Been MIA!

Here's some new collages I've been working on...not sure that they are completely finished yet tho'.

I like the antique-ish look of these. I like to add beeswax but, not to these...yet!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008