Saturday, December 29, 2012
The past six / seven months I have been concentrating on simplifying my creative process. Ink, graphite, a swipe of watercolor has been the recipe for my recent pages. I also find myself battling between illustrative and a more realistic approach. It's become frustrating but that's the point where you push harder. Make ugly and sit in the ugly for a while and still continue to create.
Not an easy road but a deeply satisfying in the end.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Don't worry about what will happen when you've reached your destination. Instead, why not enjoy the journey?
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
My laptop died before I could put up my post. I've instead created a vlog post about the subject.
Please check out both Less Herger (http://comfortableshoesstudio.com) and Traci Bunkers (http://tracibunkers.com) for their posts.
Also, I invite you to check out http://artjournaling.ning.com for more information about visual / artjournaling
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Originally, I would download my photos into my personal computer and use a program like Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop to alter my pictures. The great thing about these programs is the amount of control you have over your pictures. You can create any look or correct almost any flaw with them. The downside? The time you spend altering your pictures to get them just right. I find myself using this method less and less as my time gets taken up by other responsibilities.
Then I discovered the smartphone and my way of dealing with photos changed.
Vignette is a cool little app that offers a free and paid version to Android users. The app gives you a few options that mimic certain types of cameras: Holga, Diana, Polariod. More importantly it is very customizable and once you get the hang of it creates amazing pictures. The paid version offers more options and allows you to save your pictures at a larger resolution, which the free version does not. Another thing I really love about this app is the fact that is allows me to load pictures from my gallery and alter them as well.
Retro Camera (free and paid)
Retro Camera is an app that - you guessed it - mimics the look of cameras of times past. The free version offers five options: The Bärbl, The Little Orange Box, Xolaroid 2000, The Pinhole Camera and The FudgeCan The sixth option: Hipstamatic only comes with the paid ad free version of the app.
There are many more apps, so many in fact that I could not even begin to list them all. No matter what you're looking for though, you'll find one that fits your needs.
On Friday we'll talk about how we use our photos in our journaling practice. Leave a comment to add to the discussion.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
My big investment was a Canon Digital Rebel XSI. This was a huge jump from my point and shoot because now I had complete control over my camera. This requires forethought on my part. To think through what it is I am going to take a picture of. When this camera comes out, it's about creating a moment instead of capturing one. I see photography as a artistic medium. Creating a moment (as I did above) means orchestrating the scene in a picture to convey the emotion and story in your head. I have a number of lens with this camera. I have a zoom lens, a fixed focal length lens (50 mm) and a lens baby which is a tilt shift lens.
Point and Shoot:
I have an android smart phone and to say that this little device changed the way I take photos is an understatement. As smart phones become more sophisticated their cameras become better. My phone currently boasts an 8mp rear facing camera which is pretty amazing considering that it is, in fact, a phone. I can see why they say that the point and shoot cameras have taken a hit in terms of sales. Why have a point n shoot when you can have pictures of comparable quality come out of a phone? It is one less thing to carry around.
But this is only my way of using my cameras. Hop on over to Less Herger's and Traci Bunker's blog to see how other artists use their cameras.
Next: What types of programs we use to alter our photographs.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
|"EARLY MOSES" - 1983|
I am convinced were he alive, Jean-Michel Basquiat would have been enamored with the sudden surge of people creating art in their journals. Truly ahead of his time Jean-Michel combined words, color and bold imagery that hinted at a deeper meaning. Something to scratch at until it bled. In the movie, "Basquiat" there is a scene where he approaches Andy Warhol in a restaurant and asks him if he would like to by some, "ignorant" art. When questioned, he responded, (link) "you know, like stupid, like ridiculous crummy art." This made me laugh as on the surface it seems self-effacing but if you think about it, how freeing is it to already say to yourself, "I'm going to create crummy, ridiculous, stupid and ugly art." The pressure is off, there is no expectation to create some masterpiece just the void left where true expression can bubble forth.
While I find the movie a little pretentious it still has its moments but if you really want a wonderful view into the man they called, "The Radiant Child" I highly recommend you watch the documentary that was released about two years ago by the same name. I found myself charmed and fascinated by an artist that I never truly paid attention to before.
|"Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump" - 1982|