I seem to be attracted to making instagram images look vintage and was exploring the attraction to that. This article in the New Yorker talks of several reasons. "essentially, we become our own documentation and archivists in order to impose meaning on daily life...." I have always been a chronicler of family life, keeping family diaries since the late 70's (pics, drawings,etc). I suppose on some level this can be true, although I don't consciously feel the need to impose meaning on my daily life as much as depict it. "Much of Instagrams appeal, however, comes from something more simple: it makes everything our lives, ..... look better". I am sure many may use instagram as a tool to do this, but there are just as many who show a side to our lives that celebrates the joys of life, the beauty of nature, the human condition, the amazing little things right in front of us we don't take the time to see as we rush around our lives. Instagram for me presents an opportunity to stop and smell the roses.
Nostalgia doesn't work either, but her take on all photographs being memento mori hit the nail on the head.
I was fighting for my breath, and trying desperately NOT to panic.
I don't even have chronic asthma
BUT the combination of anxiety, asthma, and allergies got too much. There is a sense of helplessness that in itself is scary because even when you're thinking all is calm, all is fine, your body just goes it's own merry bloody way. So off I went to the emergency room.After a few hours, ekg, saline drip, etc things calmed down and I got back to my normal self.
I read somewhere that asthma is a "risk factor for the development of panic disorder". I can see how the fear of not being able to breathe leads to that kind of vicious cycle.
While I don't fall in the category of year round or chronic asthma I think I should keep an asthma chart and action plan. It's spring and it's time to get back to using the inhaler, and take allergy meds preemptively.
Robert Cornelious is the first known selfie 1839, so Wiki says. Of course the term selfie is new, but the act itself is not. As long as there have been camera's there have been selfies. I am amazed at how many sites are dedicated to them, as well as ideas for taking selfies.
I have never liked being photographed to start with, so taking a selfie is an interesting challenge. I like art challenges.
There is, like all things taken to extremes, a BAD side to it too. From a woman spending thousands on plastic surgery so she could take a better selfie to suicide and mental health problems. I will ignore the "in bad taste" issue, it goes without saying there are just some people who crave shock value. Buzzfeeddid a list of the Best Selfies of All Time (love the cheeky monkey one). Finally there is the new movement, Ugly Selfies, "a rejection of validation through irony." In the spirit of the ugly selfies, here is mine and it was an accidental selfie I took at my friends house eeeeeek!
Scanning is sort of a version of Cliche-Verre. I love playing with the scanner now and again and did these last year.
My earliest scan back in 2010 was peacock feathers. There is something very appealing about scanned images, particularly feathers. I have a lovely collection of them (thanks to friends-you know who you are ♥)
Scanning however doesn't get the same magnificent depth like the cliche-Verre images byTaylor Curry.
okay NOT really. I don't eat chocolate. I am more of a licorice girl. Give me Australian licorice or pontefract cakes and I will stuff me face. I once overdosed. REALLY! I was in my early 30's and I went to the docs because I was having this strange tingling around my mouth. Doc couldn't find anything wrong with me. Why I mentioned it I don't know but as he was walking out of the room I told him. I have been eating a lot of licorice lately. He asked "reeeeeeeeely, when you say a lot, how MUCH licorice". When I told him his prescription was not to eat so much and I could hear him laughing all the way from the front desk. I was NOT charged for the visit.
I am trying an app called Repix that has various editing tools that are more customized than a ready made filters. My first choice was a photo I took of an old fashioned looking window display in a small Ohio town's main street. I was going for the scratched, blotchy photo vintage look. Might have overdone it, but I am pleased with the effect. I want to give a nod to iDownloadBlog where I found this app.
Seems my muse has spoken and this year is about photography. I ain't gonna fight it. Which is not to say I won't be painting or embroidering, drawing and crafting etc.
YEP, the company is using my OWN watermarked image on their listing.
Their explanation in regards to the original listing is that they found it
oh and they never sold any of the art, they say ;) Really that is beside the point, but it does beg the question why they even keep putting it up for sale on Amazon and their websites around the world.
The spin art that keeps spinning and making ya'll dizzy.
Wheeeeeeeeeeeee, let me off this ride!
Just a wee note the fair use disclaimer on the company website doesn't legally cut it
on a commercial website selling copies of current artists work. UPDATE thank you Amazon UK listing is now removed
The YS Arts Council started getting the panels up yesterday and it is looking fantastic. I decided to call my troll painting "morris" (as per KAOS Queen's suggestion) and he is happily hanging around on Xenia Ave along with the rest :) My sponsor is the gallery that represents me ♥ "would you, could you," IN A FRAME. Thank you Sheryl for your continued support.
EXHIBITING AT IN A FRAME
April Group Show
Waiting for Spring Blossoms
Opening Reception Friday April 18th, 2014
More info coming soon
but it will include a troll painting ;)
I've gotten a lot of mileage out of this little troll doll my mum ♥ bought me. Been photographed, painted, and embroidered.
I've been exploring how I can take photographs for the POWA! Projectthat shows a time,a place or mood fitting with the theme of the blog. It's going slow, partly because we (Nancy and I) are waiting on a grant application (woo hoo, just heard we got the grant), and a need NOT to rush it along.
In the meantime I thought I would apply the same approach to deconstructing one of my own photographs as a good exercise. I have done some nice photographs in the past, which I would call happy accidents. Taking the time to really ask before I go out the door with the camera what is it I want to say with my photographs is a different kettle of fish.
Backstory: you can read about it on the Rainy Day Series link.
Preparation for the Shoot: remembering to take my brolly
Challenges: NOT dropping my flipping phone, seriously, iphones are already slick enough without the help of rain.
Thoughts behind these photographs:
I wanted to convey the grey wet Ohio day, and there was something about the bright balloons waving around in the breeze that appealed to the child in me. I used photoshop to alter the background and make it fuzzy black and white. Not sure if it gives anyone the sense of place, but perhaps it does in regards tomain street America?
I just loved how even with paint peeling and the dilapidated building, the old graffiti and rain made the colours just POP.
I didn't plan it this way, but all in all I think many of the photographs I took that day were about colour. It is one of the things I love about this quirky little village in the middle of Ohio.
So I joined the Instagram crowd and I had this inner dialogue Monday with the muses babbling away about the millions of photos on there. Can I make my images interesting? Can I make the ordinary extraordinary? Artists paint a simple banana or take a photograph and make it so interesting. Can I do the same? I don't know if I succeeded, but I gave it a good try.
I have always adored the Dutch Masters and was inspired by the amazing photography ofGuido Mocafico showcased on Model's Own. I know, you would think I could have ironed the lace, right? It was intentional, something about the crumpled look with a torn bit showing worked for me.
Anyway BACK to Bananas
I thought this story was cute and I am sure his daughter enjoys all the banana art.
I love that name Succubus, the seducer,and so fitting for my clay rabbit. Sucking on a fag, no worries, no hurries, just sitting there on my shelf mocking me. Suck! suck! suck! in that smoke, oooooooooooooo yeh! I don't smoke now, quit many moons ago, but I still miss sitting in my studio puffing on a ciggie and soaking in the studio work of the day. My fave cigarettes, Sobranie Black Russian.
Oh well! Time to get in the studio with a cup of tea.
Yep, me again with the Damien Hirst Saga. You know that British artist who earns billions (not me unfortunately), has a factory of workers who implement his vision in paint, and a team of lawyers to protect his work. Spin Painting White Blossom by Damien Hirst So here it is AGAIN on the same site AGAIN
being sold on Amazon AGAIN
This will be the third time I've had to ask Amazon to remove my image. I doubt they will tell me how many have sold and I shan't see a penny of it. So while Damien earns billions with his art I earn ZIP, even when my work is being promoted as his. Oh the irony!
I have loved instagram for a long time but couldn't be part of it since I didn't have the right phone. There is something intriguing and elusive about some of the images that appeals to my creative soul.
Well I have the right phone now and started playing with it.
Not sure the issues discussed in this article Selfies linked to narcissism, addiction and mental illnesses will be an issue for moi. I find the whole idea of taking my photo a horrid challenge, but the creative in me likes that kind of a challenge. Well off to explore the most compelling artists on instagram and here is mine.
"Let the rain kiss you.Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby"
Maybe it should be gold liquid drops, because it looks like gold glitter in the puddle.
It was a wet miserable morning Firday, but off to Emporium for brekkers, English Toffee Coffee and then out in the rain with my iphone camera. Rain ain't going to stop MOI, I am British after all wink! wink! My challenge was to try and capture the mood of the morning. Life is full of magic, full of potential, full of hope, full of beauty. Not always easy to see through the mist of tears, or cloudy skies, literally and otherwise. As the saying goes
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.
If so, please remember that you can't just grab the image off the internet. There is one scraper wallpaper site I know of that is offering it for free for fb, it is NOT FREE. As usual my friend and I are finding people, companies, websites, schools and others just freely grabbing our images/work without any respect for us, our copyright, or need to earn income from our work. Our (jafagirl) flower power image has been particularly popular and as the summer plans come into swing, this is a reminder to please contact us if you would like to use/licence our images. Just leave a message here or contact us at jafagirlart at yahoo
It's really easy to just ask, and a win win situation, because not only do we get credit for our work, we will promote your event. and not it is NOT cool to see someone claim copyright to it and selling it on Deco Line
Backs! oh boy! Trying to get the shading to suggest the skeletal/muscular structure of a back is really really challenging. I can see what i did right, but there are areas that are definately wrong. It's good that I can see them so I can correct next time. Still I am quite happy with it considering it was just a 30 minute pose.
Of course before I picked up the hanging supplies at the arts council I thought I would take a pic of our old yarnbombed pole, called mellow yellow. Oh yes, getting back to today, well off to paint and draw.