Saturday, October 30, 2010
I received notice yesterday that it is time to jury for the Michigan Guild of Artists and Artisans. DH and I have belonged to the organization for about 20 years. We originally juried in as a team - designing and creating some very unique wooden toys. It's been a long and fruitful journey for us as a design team but we have put our business to rest about two years ago. It's a shame and it is greatly missed - by our clients and us. But, we still belong to the Guild and although we have previously juried as a team I also joined as a separate entity quite a long time ago. Well, I have a very low "wait number" - new members are assigned a number while they wait for inclusion in the Ann Art Art Fair. I've received notice to jury and a list of the fairs.
Hmmmmm, I need to get a body of work together and get it photographed by January 12, 2011. I know what I need - but can I make it happen in time. So NOT sure about that. I'd need a booth shot and everything and I do not have items to fill booth. I know the ropes and traversed them for lots of years. Can I create the cohesive body of work? Oh hell yes. ACK! - too many decisions...
For the newbies trying to figure all of this out - gosh it was hard at times - I've found another one of those "treasures" to add to the blog list for you.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I've started on the "Nightmare Before Christmas Tree". Today after I put some more bulbs on it I'll take the first photos. It's just I like the twinkle so much that I could have those kind of lights up all year long. This tree is kind of a nod to my quirkiness and a way to accomplish it! I even have a vulture for it. Hopefully I will get around to making a veil for the skelton - I've bought netting and lace to do that. Hmmmm, I wonder what the kids will think they they arrive for Thanksgiving. By then I will have Fhairy Strands back in my hair and this tree will be complete. Uh oh!
Who did Frankenstein take to the prom?
His ghoul friend
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
It's always a nice surprise to me what's in the color palettes for the season. But, I think the last time I was shocked was when lime green became so popular. Not that I don't love the color. It was a great treat to have something kind of "shocking" to work with. It's not so shocking to see it anymore but when it first hit it was kind of like "Wow, what are they going to blend with THIS color." I kept thinking of Chartreuse Fire Trucks. This fall and winter's color palette has been out for awhile but I thought I'd post it for everyone to see. I'm kind of grooving on the "clay" and it looks like they've hit just about every version of blue so the sky's (all pun intended) the limit there. It looks like designers have a wide open field of color to use this year.
Friday, October 15, 2010
These are some of the bracelets that are in my possession at the moment. Pretty cool, huh? I'd highly recommend this project to any group.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Ron Mueck is an Australian hyperrealist sculptor working in Great Britain. Mueck's early career was as a model maker and puppeteer for children's television and films, notably the film "Labyrinth" for which he also contributed the voice of Ludo.Mueck works with a particular type of super-realism that has a long history. He invites people to take a close-up look at his work, to inspect the hairs, freckles and blemishes, to scrutinize the carefully modeled expression and contemplate the difference between artist-made reality and the world in which we live.
Look at the size of the baby sculpture! Moving monumental size sculptures has got to be difficult but then moving something so hyper real on top of it...well, it's kind of wild when you think about it.
Off to class tonight - beads in the kiln and I'll post some bead photos tomorrow.
Monday, October 11, 2010
I was working with a Sony F-718 Digital after the big switch over. It's a big camera. Nice - 8 mega pixels. It's like the one Corinna Tettinger used to write Passing the Flame. Or maybe a similar but newer model. I like it but missed the versatility of that Nikon. With digital photography came an entire new set of bells and whistles. We don't exactly have them all figured out - YET!
We just wanted to take good shots of the beads and jewelry and I lusted after the "good old days" so we purchased a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 105mm macro lens. It's a brute and I am far from figuring it completely out. I will - or DH will. So far, so good with some aid of Adobe Photoshop shop (Elements 3.0 - I lust have a full blown version of that too!). I have Gimp (the freeware Photoshop) but haven't gotten the hang of it.
In all of this changing around we've gone through about a dozen different photo set ups. We've boxed, back dropped, lit with tungsten's, domed, draped, table tented, and now we are trying a version of the set up in the first photo. It is difficult to work within the confines of a tent or dome. Tungsten lights are expensive and burn out (luckily not often). Keith on the Frantz Art Glass Blog has been writing about photography and editing bead photos. He's good! Good at photography and good at getting his point across. We switched the set up so pieces can be moved around more easily and I couldn't hardly believe how they lit this photo set-up. Keith used white boards to bounce light back into the photo shot to move light into unlit areas or change a glare. We are trying that. So far so good.
It pays to be married to man who is handy. (A whole 'nother story for all of you looking for a mate. My suggestion - marry handy! - and I'm not gender specific here - just marry handy person whoever, okay?). I showed "Mr. HANDY" the company video and the photo of the potential set-up. "Uh, dear sweet person who loves me (big time butter job) so do you think you could possibly build this for little (gross exaggeration) ol' me?" LOL He saw it coming but loves Home Depot and Lowe's so off we went.
We culled the Lowe's and came up with the light. For the light I purchased two bulbs to test. One is a 5000K and the other a 6500K. They are meant for daylight/ plants/ aquariums and stuff. There is also a setting on the camera for fluorescent. Whoo Hoo! Like I said - being the spouse of a "handy" has perks. Since the original top is made of metal and that was probably out until I wanted to work with roof flashing like I use on my bench top that was out of the question. But - a little more looking and I found something I've used before. Reflective white faced oil board. Oh yeah baby, this was going to be an excellent trip. The rest was easy - he's an extraordinary carpenter. It just needed a little cutting. For the background I used a very cheap Walmart poster board. It is more matt surfaced than shiny but it's definitely white. I used two bent pieces of flashing as easel backs for the side reflectors and I'm in business. Like how the background connects? HA! We found one clothes pin and then he snitched a pair of my soldering tweezers - which I will replace shortly with another clothes pin.
So far the photos are turning out pretty well with this. I'm shocked that the fluorescent bulb is enough - we are using the 6500K even though the camera's setting only go up to 5000K. We are still having some issues with setting the white balance. We will get it - it's only a matter of time.
So what do you think? I like this better than anything so far. Down and dirty cheap and very functional. If you need an specs on this just leave a comment and I will email you.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
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Friday, October 8, 2010
October 08, 2010, 09:30 am - Posted by Ray Hemachandra More than 220 people left comments on our blog post hoping for a chance to win seven fantastic 500 books from Lark Jewelry & Beading!
We offered a fantastically diverse bundle of seven non-jewelry books: the newly released and incredibly beautiful 500 Judaica, along with 500 Metal Vessels, 500 Enameled Objects, 500 Knives, 500 Beaded Objects, 1000 Glass Beads, and 400 Polymer Clay Designs.
Our winner is Sharon Driscoll. In her comment, Sharon wrote, “I love this series of books. I use them all of the time to stoke my creative energy when it ebbs. The Driscoll library of heavenly inspiration and learning needs some new additions.” Thank you to everyone in the Lark Jewelry & Beading community who left a comment, and Sharon, we hope you and yours love the books!
So, do I love this? OMG - Yes I do. It's not that I just love winning something, who doesn't! But I truly adore this line of books by Lark Publishing. It is eye candy to the extreme and it really doesn't matter what the subject matter is because a graceful line in a vessel, or a pattern put in polymer clay, or Judaica can be reinterpreted into a great jewelry design. Good art works by other artists are inspiring. Good design is good design no matter what the subject matter. Thank You Lark books - my collection of these books has now grown and my smile is ear to ear.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I used to sit in meetings at work and doodle things like this. I don't think mine were nearly as elaborate and it wasn't as if I could float off into a zen like state - the meetings kind of required some verbal participation so I was stuck with kind of aimless doodling that ususally hit the garbage shortly after the meeting. These Zentangles though are kind of cool. Here is an explanation of them from Bev Gee at EZineAricles:
There is a buzzword in the world of paper arts at the moment - Zentangle. So, what is a Zentangle exactly? It is a simply a doodle contained within a predefined framework. A pattern created from repetitive lines and squiggles, which becomes more than the sum of its parts.
The term 'Zentangle' was coined by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. Maria is a graphic artist who doodled a lot and one day realised that her doodles were putting her into a state of meditation. The couple decided to explore the concept in more detail and Zentangles were born. Today, although they have not trademarked their name, they have built a thriving business based on a website, a Zentangle Kit and training classes for certified Zentangle teachers. The art is used in many ways - for children, for non-artists and in many therapeutic applications too. It has spawned blogs and websites dedicated to solely to the art of doodling.
There are videos on YouTube demonstrating Zentangles, Zendoodles and Zendalas (using a round form like mandalas). People are decorating everything from mugs to shoes, from cars to bathrooms in this distinctive style.
Zentangles are most often created by using black ink on white paper but are certainly not restricted to this form. Color Zentangles are becoming more and more prevalent, as people discover unique ways to incorporate them into other art forms such as figure and landscape drawing.
Creating a Zentangle can take anything from a few minutes to hours and hours. There is something very satisfying about producing a beautiful piece of art with nothing more than doodles... it seems to lull your mind into peacefulness while your hands are kept busy. It has been suggested that this is connected to left brain/right brain functions - giving the job of controlling the marks to the left brain while the right brain is allowed to free-associate. Indeed, it has also been suggested that it can increase creativity and idea generating in other areas of life.
Why not give it a try? Grab yourself some drawing paper and a fine-tipped black pen, put on some relaxing music and lose yourself in a Zentangle. I have to warn you, though - it is very addictive. Once you start, you won't be able to stop yourself creating them in every spare moment.
Everyone loves to doodle so turn yours into works of art! To see many examples of Zentangles and a step-by-step guide to creating your first one click here: How To Zentangle.
There are even several books around on this topic - art shows - and seminars. I wonder if I can sneak a few of these into the Sketchbook Project.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.
Anyone - from anywhere in the world - can be a part of the project. To participate and have us send you a sketchbook that will go on tour, start by choosing a theme.
Each book will be given a barcode so we can easily catalog it into The Brooklyn Art Library system. Once we catalog it, artists will be able to track where on the tour their book is viewed and how many times someone pulled it from the shelf - we want to make sure you can stay connected with your sketchbook!
So, I'm off now to order my sketchbook and pick my topic and you have the quick link button to the left on this blog if you want one too! You have to hurry - some topics go fast and you have to make your request by October 31, 2010.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Here we have “The Pines”, and it has a character all of its own. It’s a 450-seat Log Cabin Chalet that originally opened in 1941. The interior is incredible and it’s filled with trophy game animals. I’ve never seen a theatre like it and I’ve seen plenty. What you are looking at below is a shot down one of the aisles from the "family box". It's kind of special is that theatre - it's where the Mom's can go with babies and not disturb anyone. You can see a few of the animals on top of the private room.