Sunday, March 26, 2017

"Weathered Pages"

This is a photomontage I created at the beginning of 2014 and it's been sitting patiently in my "blog images" file all this time, waiting for me to upload it here. Not sure why I never did, because I do like it.

The inside cover of an old book forms the base, and to that I just kept adding old papers and ink. Ahhhhh!

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Daily bit of creativity, #012: Mobile project finished

Here’s the mobile hanging from a cedar tree branch in the front yard. It looks smaller than I thought it would, but I wanted to start small, just to see if this would be something I could stand making on a much larger scale.

Gotta say, it was tedious painting the sticks.

I used a few beads in between each of the sticks to separate them nicely, and that was fun to do.

I especially like looking out the kitchen window and seeing the unexpected touch of color among all the green trees and brush. Makes me smile.

To make a big one would be a huge project. Not sure I’m up to it right now. Could be a good winter-time activity toward the end of the year. We’ll see! Now on to something else...

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Daily bit of creativity, #011: Burned driftwood

I burned marks into a piece if driftwood to see what it would look like. Well, it's kind of cool, but not cool enough for me to put on a wall in the house, so I strung it up in a tree in the front yard.

It's near the handmade paintbrush that hangs from another tree . .  on the other side of the yard from a barnacle-covered piece of wood dangling from a different tree . . . next to a mobile I made in Nevada City, California out of cherry tree twigs and beads and a piece of obsidian . . .

I won't bore you with the rest!

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Experiment #0753

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Yesterday's sunrise

A quick iPhone shot of yesterday's sunrise, which was quite pretty behind the trees. The day ended with a rainbow in exactly the same spot. One of those days where sunshine and passing rain showers collided, creating surprise and beauty all day long.

So where's the rainbow shot? Well, it's total garbage. If it were a physical print, it would be hanging from a tree somewhere in the yard, where all of my art rejects tend to go. Good thing the yard is big and we have lots of trees!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Daily bit of creativity, #010: Bad Art

This is not good. Well, I think it’s good, but it’s really not.

Yesterday morning I got up really early and began working on this piece. It went through a lot of changes before I began feeling it was coming together. I prepped it for uploading to Fine Art America. Named it "Ecliptic Shadows." Keyworded it. Wrote a description.

My final step is always to look at the image at 100% to make sure I’ve not accidentally cloned something improperly, to make sure everything’s in focus that should be in focus, etc.

And that’s when I discovered my mistake. My big, big, mistake.

This is a photomontage, and the big brown semi-circular element is a scan of a monoprint, a print I’d made using a gelatin plate. I’d painted an image on the plate and then, before the paint dried, pressed a piece of clean white paper onto it, transferring the paint from the plate to the paper. It looked good!

My mistake was that in pressing the paper onto the gelatin plate, the paint you see toward the top of that circle was thicker and it squished down more than the rest of the paint. So even though the print was scanned and perfectly in focus, that squished area looks soft. Really, really soft. It’s a sharp image of a blobby section. It looks out of focus.

I had spent hours on this photomontage. I was finally satisfied with it. But in my rush to create something, I was careless. I should have examined the focus on that section of the circle before I did anything else.

I thought I might be able to fix it. But damned if I was going to rip the whole thing apart and spend more time at that point!

So here I am this morning. I tried a number of tricks to fix just that one layer, and none of them worked. I have to give up. It will never go on sale at Fine Art America. But it’s GREAT as a teaching tool!

And the lesson is this: Before you jump into any photomontage in the future, puhleeze check all the elements to make sure they’re sharp if you want them to be sharp, soft where you want them to be soft. Don’t wait to check until the end of the whole process, when your energy is depleted and your hopes dashed.

You do not want to begin your day with dashed hopes! Think I’ll go watch a cat video…


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Daily bit of creativity, #009: Mobile sticks

Painting sticks to make a colorful mobile to hang from a tree in the yard. A silly little project, but fun. (Laura: Nothing like your huge TEEPEE that YOU'RE painting!)

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Daily bit of creativity, #008: Prints

Making prints to use (perhaps) in an assemblage piece I'm working on. We shall see . . .

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Daily bit of creativity, #007: Journal bits

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Friday, March 17, 2017

"Bird" photography


While walking along the dock last week in Anacortes, I spotted some scratches on the hull of a fishing boat. I'm always drawn to this stuff because I can use the textures in my photomontages. In this case, however, I found the cutest little "bird."

The top photo shows you what I saw; the bottom photo shows how I framed the "bird."

A fun and happy little moment.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Daily bit of creativity, #006: Journal Bits


Art journals are just places to play, to explore, not necessarily to create the perfect page ready for framing. On this page, all I was doing was making marks with Tombow markers, seeing how the colors looked on this particular kind of paper. Photographed it with my iPhone and then, just because I could, turned it into an orb. Ta da!

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