Taking out the Laundry

 

 

 

What a feeling to have back…the intrinsic desire to create art for the pure enjoyment.  What a BFA can do to someone’s appetite to create…is slightly ironic.  There is no time to rest and think things through.  There is much inspiration… perhaps so much it becomes inspiration overload.  ‘

Continuing to work with various shapes, lines and color.   This endless supply of color is a temptation to resist.  Limiting my palette can be quite a challenge.  Although it is watercolor and not the usual acrylic, I’ve been working with overlapping  to get a variety of shades as well as cohesiveness within the work.  If you have any questions about technique please ask!

On a side note  I’ve been working through issues with graffiti in my communications technology class.  Each student picked a topic from their discipline, how it related to technology and another issue that really focuses your ideas…in my case, the influence that social media  has on graffiti on the global scale.   You can read my latest posts on my education website phersphective.ca

Sketchbook Selected for ‘A Landmark & A Mission': A Mobile Library Tour

This morning I received a very encouraging email from Art House Coop.  With generous support from Ugg Australia’s Creative Council the Sketchbook Project is building a custom-crafted trailer and there is  as there is a new and curated mobile library tour selected around the theme ‘A Landmark & A Mission’ with Colossal. Note the keyword is curated and out of the 22,000 sketchbooks submitted in 2012, I was one of the privileged  1,000!  Colossal is like a blog that explores the intersection of various art. Every week you will find an update of materials ranging from graffiti to sculpture.

How often do I spend time looking toward the future and rarely celebrating these successes and achievements?  Although I’ve completed my Fine Arts Degree, I will never tire from compliments as I have always used affirming words for motivation.  After years of doing art for the marks (extrinsic motivation),  the intrinsic side of completing work for the sheer enjoyment of process, flow and product…is slowly coming back.

“Congratulations! Your book has been selected for A Landmark & A Mission Tour! Guess what? Your book has been selected to go on the inaugural tour of The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library! The tour is presented in partnership witUgg’s Creative Council and was curated by our friend Christopher Jobson over at Colossal. Join us November 2nd, 3rd and 4th for this “landmark” tour!”

 

 

Empty Lots

As you have possibly guessed, the sketchbook finally arrived in the mail.  Every now and again the unfilled pages would appear in a drawer or on a table, reminding me that I shared time in more “meaningful” areas of life now.  What I would put on those pages I wasn’t sure.  Perhaps not knowing the subject matter was the issue.  I understand that an empty page, or even canvas, does not have the ability to intimidate me.  But each time I would walk past pigeons, I thought of how I needed to figure out what was wrong with my canon as it was eating batteries within minutes.  As the months went by, the regular areas where I saw pigeons…I saw no more.  There were days where I vowed I would walk around the campus, remembering particular walkways that were surrounded by large trees and buildings.  The birds were constantly overhead accompanied by the rustling of leaves.  There was nowhere to go but to follow where I was going.

These past few weeks I’ve ditched the concept of “flying rats” and turned over to the concept of artificial daylight.  The city has put out fresh asphalt and with the fluorescent light pouring down, the whole scene at night is quite bizarre.  Some colors appear to be more tangible.  The element that has gained the most attention are the crisp shadows contrasting with this new found light.

Golden Ratio and Musings

This evening I was able to take a few pictures downtown with my cell phone camera.  I would like to think if a picture has a great composition…the quality of the camera image capabilities doesn’t matter as much.  One could have a fantastic camera…but if they have no clue what makes up a good image?

alternative skills, 2012

Golden Ratio

After snapping images for a good couple of hours I hopped back onto the bus and had an overwhelming sense that I felt like I am suppose to feel…like myself.  It’s been a while since I have been in that place.  Where I have been for the rest of this time I am unsure.

Process verses product is a whole other entry to discuss…but basically the question that is asked “is the product or the process the most important?”  I cannot choose one over the other.  The process of making art is what I would call entering “the zone” some would call it “flow”.  Essentially this occurs when time ceases to exist.  One gets lost in the moment.  The process is challenging but at the same time achievable.

At the moment, I am not too sure how I feel about the Golden Ratio concept.  This initial shot is more compelling for me as there are elements of symmetry, the integration of a figure’s reflection and the isolation felt by the vast cold space.  Concerning the image that is cropped, the focus is more on the composition and not on the subject matter.  Crucial information is lost just because one is attempting to “follow the rules”.

listen to the urban cave, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communication and Design

In a few new courses and I am really excited about what I am going to learn in this short period of time.  Our one class is working on a photo project and going through photoshop.

Our instructor isn’t focusing on really specific composition rules…which is good.  It has been interesting to watch how she presents the material and anyone in the class is able to grasp it.  This is what I want in my art classes as an instructor.  Of course I want to challenge those that need to be challenged.

This photo has potential and I am pretty excited to see where things are headed!

 

Elements to consider when taking photos

-Symmetry

-Converging Lines

-Texture

-Focused and Unfocused

-The Rule of Thirds

-Repitition

-Patterns

The other day I had been looking into HDR photography.  Wiki is doing a photo competition to increase their photo bank.  Check out the winners from last year.

 

 

With a free day from school and work I decided to head down to the mill creek ravine along with my Schminke…

With a free day from school and work I decided to head down to the mill creek ravine along with my Schminke paint set, bag and watercolor moleskin.  There are great dirt trails that weave in a out of the tall green trees and if you’re lucky, the sun casts beautiful shadows off everything it touches.  Today was one of those days.

Overgrowth in Mill Creek

With a free day from school and work I decided to head down to the mill creek ravine along with my Schminke paint set, bag and watercolor moleskin.  There are great dirt trails that weave in a out of the tall green trees and if you’re lucky, there are beautiful shadows contrasted with everything the sun touches.  Today was one of those days.

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As the ArtHouse Coop has made it an option to digitalize the art work for others to view, the “Nothing…

As the ArtHouse Coop has made it an option to digitalize the art work for others to view, the “Nothing new in E-town” sketchbook  was viewed today by Sergio E in Oakland, California!  Not just digitally but physically!

I have notice when others emphasize that something was seen or there was a conversation in the physical presence.  However, there definitely is an experience that occurs when being in the presence of an object.  I recall one of my professors describing  the connection that develops between the viewer and the work, that for a moment time ceases to exist…that they are somehow “transported”.  I would like to believe that these experiences hold some truth to them.  Donald Kuspit describes this experience as a  “presentness” which “entails a sensation of timelessness, or eternal nowness, because the picture is apphrehended instantly in its entirely: being impersonal and anti-theatrical, the audience has no sense of time passing (duration)” (as cited by McLain, 1985, p. 9).  There are many philosophies on the aesthetic experience!

McLain, J. (1985). Time in the Visual Arts: Lessing and Modern Criticism. Journal Of Aesthetics & Art Criticism, 44(1), 41.

Art as an Experience

As the ArtHouse Coop has made it an option to digitalize the art work for others to view, the “Nothing new in E-town” sketchbook  was viewed today by Sergio E in Oakland, California!  Not just digitally but physically!

I have notice when others emphasize that something was seen or there was a conversation in the physical presence.  There definitely is an experience that occurs when being in the presence of an object.  I recall one of my professors describing  the connection that develops between the viewer and the work, that for a moment time ceases to exist…that they are somehow “transported”.  I would like to believe that these experiences hold some truth to them.  Donald Kuspit describes this experience as a  “presentness” which “entails a sensation of timelessness, or eternal nowness, because the picture is apphrehended instantly in its entirely: being impersonal and anti-theatrical, the audience has no sense of time passing (duration)” (as cited by McLain, 1985, p. 9).  There are many philosophies on the aesthetic experience!

McLain, J. (1985). Time in the Visual Arts: Lessing and Modern Criticism. Journal Of Aesthetics & Art Criticism44(1), 41.