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Nov 5 & 6 – Art Every Day Month

November 6, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m not posting everyday, but I am certainly seeing the beauty of the changing landscape everyday and taking pictures of it everyday. There’s a tree on my route, a big tree. Full of leaves in the summer, and bare-boned in the winter. In the Fall, it sheds it’s autumn coat of leaves… very pretty and makes for lovely art.

Fall glory

Fall glory

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Shedding glory

Shedding glory

 

Almost all gone…

Tree with fewer leaves.

Almost naked!

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Nov 4 – Art Every Day Month

November 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Fall has arrived! Leaves, frost, brilliant sunshine all conspire to create beautiful things.

Rain drops on fall leaves

Rain drops on fall leaves

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AEDM Nov 3, 2011

November 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Today is a special day for a special person in my life. She turns 14. To me, that’s a big number. A big number because it means she’s growing up and that’s always scary. Probably more for me than for her. *grin*

She’s also an amazing artist. She has a natural talent. I LOVE to see that blossom and to encourage it. As much as I can.

So for her birthday I’m posting on my AEDM Day 3, some birthday flowers and a drawing she did of me and her mom. It’s not my art, but I think everyone should see it anyway.

Happy Birthday Issa

Since I can't send a cake...

 

Twins avatar

The Wonder Twins avatar

 

Happy Birthday sweetie!

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Day 19: Fresh perspective

November 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Day 19/30 – there was actual sun in Seattle. I felt I could get a fresh perspective on things. Crisp, cool, apples still hanging on the branch. Amazing color…

Fall Apple

Fall Apple

 Taken with my Samsung Vibrant mobile phone.

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Day 6: Poster art

November 6, 2010 1 comment

I’m starting to experiment now.

I really love photography. I have taken photos since I can remember. I think I was probably 6 when my dad let me start playing with his Brownie Camera. I thought it was so glamorous and sophisticated (though I don’t think I knew those words nor could I spell them). I was just playing at being a photographer, pretending. I loved the click of the shutter and winding the film.

Click, Snap, Whhhuuup.

I loved how the world, and your perspective of it, was narrowed down to what you could see through a small hole and that the image that came out of it was a mystery of light and shadow only revealed later. Magic!

Since then, I’ve always loved to see what I could make of the world through the lens of a camera. And now there are so many technological advances you can manipulate your image after you take it. I don’t necessarily like to do that, unless I’m creating something fantastical. I usually don’t even like to use fancy lights or filters when shooting. Just good old fill flash and the levers of aperture and shutter speed to control the light and shadow.

Today I’m playing with fantastical. Another grey, rainy day in Seattle. So I decided to create something that was bright, fun, sunny and would make me think of summer.

Waterlilly - original image

The original Waterlilly

I decided to try adding more saturation, more color, more intensity.

Saturated Waterlilly

A more saturated Waterlilly

Then I turned up the color, or should I say, tuned-up the color and created something not necessarily found in nature, but maybe in a poster shop. Bright, vibrant, intense…

Waterlilly Poster Art

Waterlilly Poster Art

So… I wonder which one the frog would want to sit on…

Have a favorite? Would love to hear what you think.

Intentional change is choice

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m getting ready to start an adventure. I’m going to take on the challenge of creating art everyday. That may not seem like a big deal, but for me, it is. I like variety and spontaneity. I prefer doing art ‘when I feel like it’. But I’m going to take a different approach, mix it up. I’m going to be disciplined (my mother would be shocked to read this – she doesn’t think it’s possible. She may be right).

Starting November 1st, I will create art everyday and post it here. That’s 30 days of art. It’s part of Art Every Day Month challenge invented by a clever woman inspired by Nanowrimo. You can read about what happened last year, or watch what happens this year, or join in!

Change can be hard or it can be easy. We make the choice. Learning comes whether we realize it or not. I’m going to take the challenge of shifting my perspective on discipline and what I can accomplish in 30 days and see what shows up. I’m going to create art for 30 days (I have no idea HOW I’m going to make this happen…).

There is a survival guide for when there’s stuckness and there are rules. I’m going to use them both. I’m going to have fun. And I will probably get irritated when the ‘art’ just doesn’t look like art. In fact, some of it will probably be horrible. But the choice is keep going or quit. Learn or drift.

Here’s to learning, discovery and creativity! Are you with me?

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