Sunday, October 16, 2016

New Mandala Designs

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Are You Curioos About What We've Been Up To?

We just launched a new Janusian Gallery print-on-demand store on Curioos:

This print-on-demand site is unlike others we're on in that it specializes in only art prints, on a variety of surfaces. We submitted some brand-new mandala designs there that you won't see anywhere else because we love Curiooos' round disk format so much.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Trick-or-Treating Tips For First-Time Parents

Some well-intentioned parenting discussion threads recommend taking your child trick-or-treating around the time he is about two or when she can eat the candy herself.  This presupposes that the annual first-world Halloween begging ritual all about your kid.  However, we've collectively raised four kids to adulthood and know differently: trick-or-treating is  ***really*** about acquiring vast quantities of free simple carbs.... for yourself to feast upon while binge-watching your favorite horror movies. The following are pointers we've learned over the years for using your tiny hobgoblins as "candy bait":

1. Choose your trick-or-treating costumes carefully.  The most successful beggars are those who can tugs at the heartstrings of their intended targets while looking irresistibly  cute.  So your kid's Halloween outfit should invoke a sense of "aw": princesses, firemen, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hamilton, etc. Consider wearing a coordinating design for maximum cuteness.  (Down to your pre-pregnancy weight yet? If so, make sure it's form-fitting so everyone will be envious of how quickly you got back in shape.) Finally, make sure everything's bathroom-friendly.  If you've ever tried to wrestle with a costume that won't come off while balancing on one leg behind a dark tree, fervently hoping you're well out of sight of passersby, you probably know why. (Or so we've heard... from ***others*** who said they've had this happen to them...yeah, others...)

2. Got a pet? Consider getting it a costume to match baby's. (Obviously, this works better for a puppy than a goldfish.) Refer to the pet as your child's "brother" or "sister." This arrangement also makes it easier to justify eating all the chocolate yourself: you're merely keeping Fido safe from toxins.

3. Choose your candy donation route wisely. Find that neighborhood that gives out full-size candy bars to help make the most effective use of your valuable time... and caloric intake plans. It's not always the wealthiest neighborhoods who give out the best chocolate. (Those streets are instead usually filled with dentists who pass out toothbrushes and stay-at-home yoga moms who distribute gluten-free cookies.) Instead, look for the "aspirational" middle-class neighborhoods with Pinterest-inspired yard displays.

4. Play the "keeping up with the Joneses" card to your advantage. Once you're handed your candy, look it over and mention how nice it is that someone's still "keeping it real" and not distributing  some overpriced limited edition Swiss chocolate  like their neighbors are. Don't be surprised if you're suddenly gifted with more candy.

5. Visiting friends or neighbors you know well? Master the "presentation of the baby" technique. This is most effective with summer babies, because they're still squishy little lumps by Halloween. Hold out your child with both hands while dangling a candy bag from your forearm. Remember: the reason for the season is to show off your superior gene pool and infant costuming skills, State multiple times that "you only stopped by to say hi",  then casually remark that you feel your sugar level dropping dangerously.  (Bonus point if you say that you hope you're not taking anything away from the other neighborhood kids as you plunge your manicured fist into the candy bowl.)

6. Feeling a little self-conscious asking for candy for a child who isn't even teething yet? (Which means you might have a residual shred of self-respect...) No problem! Let your little pumpkin do most of the work himself with a custom t-shirt or hand-written poster board sign. Feeling extra sassy? Tell your "mark" that your kid designed it herself.

7. Knocking on strangers' doors? Keep the spouse/ significant other waiting at the street, so homeowners might think you're a struggling single parent and take pity on you. No only will you get candy, but maybe also even some canned goods. This strategy works best when your town's trick-or-treat hours are at night: otherwise, you beloved looks like either a creepy stalker or a thief casing the joint.

Follow these tips religiously to significantly increase the odds you'll be in a sugar coma 'til Thanksgiving. And Happy Halloween from all of us at Janusian Gallery.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

More New Hampshire Fall Foliage Photos

Headed to New Hampshire's White Mountains today for some pre-holiday weekend shooting and hiking. Purely a personal project:
Above: Frame a landscape with a tree branch to add visual interest.
Above: The water came so close to the trees that it's hard to tell where the reflection begins.
Above: The eye-shaped knot in this white birch tree makes it seem as if it's looking at trail visitors.
Above: The "rule of thirds" helps organize a photo with several points of interest.
Above: Leaf shadow on a rock.
Above: This row of brilliantly-colored trees help create a focal point.
Above: The row of green trees in the foreground helps accent the mountain of trees behind it.
Above: The vivid reflections add to the Walden-type feel of this Tamworth lake photo.
Above: This yellow bush stands out against the darker trees behind it. Photos don't need a riot of color to evoke the feeling of fall.
Inspired to do some shooting on your own? Click HERE for tips on how to take outstanding fall foliage photographs.
-Lynne Guimond Sabean
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All photos copyright (c) 2016 Lynne Guimond Sabean for Janusian Gallery.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Autumn Shooting on a Rainy Day

"Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor dark of night..." While most of us may know this an the unofficial postal worker creed, it could also apply to photographing the fall season here in New Hampshire. So many factors go into when the leaves change that it's become quite the art to predict when the best time to shoot is each year.

We didn't let a gloomy weather forecast discourage us from taking out the camera today. Below are some photos we shot today during rain and mist:

The above picture is of a tiny leaf on an abandoned, moss-covered car hood.

The above picture is a detail of an iron fountain. We liked the chipped edge: just think how strong something had to be to do the chipping!

We noticed this red leaf from about 30 feet away and had to take a closer look.

Sometimes, rolling fog sets off the brilliant tree colors even better than does a clear blue sky, as in the above photo.

We get distracted by flowing water at any time of year. Neither shot used a tripod. Instead, we set for 1/8 sec. shutter priority, braced ourselves against nearby railings and trees, and set the camera for multiple shots.

And while you're at it, why not take a pic of the railing itself, too?

These bright yellow mums were outside the welcome center in Lincoln, NH.

Inspired to do some shooting on your own? Click HERE for tips on how to take outstanding fall foliage photographs. It'll give you more inspiration and advice for making the most of whatever Mother Nature sends your way.

-Lynne Guimond Sabean

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