Georgia O'Keeffe has always been one of my heroes. My admiration of her work first began when I was in a high school art class. She pushed the boundaries of the time by painting flowers extremely close up. Her critics accused her of painting sexually explicit images even though the organic forms were just flowers.'Keeffe'Keeffe

Judith Leyster was the most famous female painter of the Dutch golden age. There is no information known about how she became trained in painting. Her work focused on figures rather than the flowers and insects most women artist of the day painted.

I am very inspired by this artist's work. She started out with a love of drawing and finally found her voice as a sculpture. She lives along the Devon Coast in Wales and became inspired by the shapes she saw in the driftwood on the beach. Her two passions were her art and horses. She found a way to fuse her passion into these beautiful graceful structures.

Here she is in all her glory, dusted off and amazingly the manual was still in the case and in good shape. Goods were really well made 75 years ago! I opened the manual and started to read it from the beginning. I remember machines that looked like this from when I was a kid. Teachers used to roll them on carts to classrooms and they spent most of the time trying to make them work. The film was for ever breaking.

Now is the moment of truth I attach the electrical cord to the projector and plug it into the wall outlet. I flip both switches, the bulb lights up and the fan comes on! This projector is so old it has an option for DC current and this was not a product developed for the european market. There was a time when not all the electrical grids in the US were on AC current. Next I carefully thread the film through the sprockets and onto the take up reel. I flip both switches again and and engage the clutch. Unfortunately the film did not run. At that moment I decided that I had to work with the digital files. This gives me an opportunity to learn something about both the analog format and the digital manipulation of film footage.

My husband will help me trouble shoot the problem when he comes home this weekend. It will be fun to watch the uncut footage on a screen in the living room like families used to do. A retro experience…


I decided to use rush processing just in case none of footage turned out. This camera is 75 years old after all and I had no idea if it would still work. The package arrive by Fedex on Monday morning. Both the rolls of film I shot ,100 feet total, were developed, sliced together and wound onto one reel. I also ordered a the footage in a digital format so I had the ability to mix old and new technology. The Filmo Sportster Movie Camera is a completely manual device, You have to wind it up to make it run the film and of course there is no sound recording. I am hoping to review the film using the Bell & Howell Filmo Projector that is the companion to this camera. It is an interesting experiment to be walking the line between old and new technology. Both are a learning experience for me. Now I must figure out the projector.

The 84-year-old Japanese artist's polka dots have been a signature of her roughly 60-year career. She continues to exhibit at museums around the world—including a major solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art last year—and collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a line of merchandise. Known for her bright wigs and unusual home address—she has lived in a Japanese mental hospital since the 1970s—she is now the top-selling living female artist of all time, selling a total $118 million at auction, according to auction database Artnet.