- Arts and Design
Coffee With The Stars
Celebrity Art & Coffee
My gloved hands were cold. My feet were cold standing on the snow-covered ice in tennis shoes with a hot cup of coffee in one hand, and camera in the other. I looked down to capture the reflection from under the steam in my cup, and then I saw a monster. "Coffee With Karloff," inspired by the photo I took out in the cold.
The first cup of morning coffee is special to me, and one that is meant to be shared. My daily blog began as a personal Coffee Note. It is now shared on the facebook page "Art & Coffee." The daily post involves my preparing and consuming at least one cup of coffee every day, five days a week, and taking three to twenty photographs of my cup between sips and the weather of the moment.
"Coffee With The Stars" is one of several coffee projects I am working on, and you are viewing exerpts of a work in progress.
Coffee With Joe Friday
Art and coffee are a big part of my life. More often than not, the reflection in the light from the top of my cup has been more accurate in predicting the day than reading the tea leaves that sank to the bottom of a cup.
I try to capture the world as it reflects in my cup of coffee with my camera. Approximately seventy-five per cent of my coffee photographs are untouched, fifteen per cent have been edtited (cropping or fade adjustment), and the remaining ten percent devoted to imagination.
I am not sure if it is insight, or an artist's muse, but the reflections are what they are. "Coffee WithJoe Friday" is the merge of an untouched photo of my coffee with an uncredited photo of "Joe Friday." The purpose of this composition was to celebrate Friday (as in TGIF).
Coffee With Mrs. Skeffington
"I find one should never look for admirers while at the same time one is falling to bits."
-- Bette Davis as "Fanny Skeffington" from the movie, "Mr. Skeffington," 1944
"Mr. Skeffington," is a Warner Brothers movie about a lady who marries for money to get her brother out of trouble. The man she married loved her so, but she was a shallow self-centered flirt who never realized that time took away her beauty. The story is well written, well acted, and well told. So many memorable parts of the movie - Bette Davis literally aged more than forty years throughout the course of the movie. But it was the scene where she was served breakfast in bed. She realizes for the first time that the years have taken their toll, as she lifts her cup in a moment of reflection
Art: "Coffee With Mrs. Skeffington"
Photograph and Edit: Tonie Cook, 2013
Source Of Inspiraton: "Mr. Skeffington," 1944 - Warner Brothers Pictures
My Day Begins With A Shot Of Coffee - How I Take My Coffee Photos
A couple years ago, my sweetheart surprised me with the gift of a new camera. It was an Olympus fe. The best part I like about the camera is that it is not heavy, has a ton of features, and it is easy to use. One of the favorite features is that it is small enough to fit in my pocket. I can take it anywhere, any time.
Although I have a pro camera that is used for special events, it is not practical for my everyday captures on the run. The little Olympus is a pocket utility camera that works very well for me. I use it outside with me in the wind, rain, sleet, and snow to take my coffee pictures.
The coffee photos shown on this page were taken with my little Olympus. My camera is a couple years old now, and it is the one I still use in the morning. So far, it has been very reliable for me. It was a joy to learn that it also records video with sound. (That has come in handy for me on more than one occasion.)
Five Star CoffeeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Coffee On The Dark Side - My DeviantArt Dark Shadows Contest Entry
"Coffee On Blacktop Pond" is a project I've been working on over the past few years that entails photographing my cup of coffee during or after the rain. It is the only time when the lighting is just right, and the puddles in my driveway pool upward like giant reflective mirrors. From that point, my cup sets the stage.
2012 was the first first time in my life I decided to enter an art contest. This particular contest was a promotional sponsored event by Deviant Art and the Tim Burton people who produced the "Dark Shadows" movie.
The contest involved using one of four photos provided by the movie maker to manipulate manually or digitally into art, and design a poster out of it. One of the supplied photos looked like it would fit with one of my images of Blacktop Pond. The image above is one of the four entries submitted for consideration. I did not win anything, but appreciated the opportunity to create something unique yet commercially viable again.
Coffee With Marilyn
Pictures of celebrities drinking coffee are usually scripted. Every once in a while, someone gets caught in a candid moment. I like the candid moments the best. You can view more of my work here: charlino coffee note canvas prints
Your taking time out of your busy day to visit and view my art is sincerely appreciated. I would love to hear from you, and hope you will visit me again.
© 2013 Tonie Cook