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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Long Absence

Well, it seems I can't get myself to post as often as I would like. I lost another follower. But, as my friend Buddha says, change is inevitable. One must embrace change. The world changes every moment whether we acknowledge it or not. I see that reflected in my life through my art, my body, my likes and dislikes. We all evolve which is a form of change.

The images included in this post come from one of my photography class in which we were to create a magical feeling with our set of images/ I chose to do still life's from some of my collection of objects.

I am really in love with the process of photography. The way in which an image is revealed through the action of taking and then processing the images. It is not unlike that of painting which I also love. I was remarking to my partner about how I missed painting because I love the whole process of discovery in bringing an image to life. So, I think there will be some painting in my future. A great winter creative activity.

Many times I think I know which direction my creative energies will take me. Could it be painting today or photography or doll making? Maybe another altogether new adventure, who knows? I am learning that being an artist is just as much about observing our environment as it is our own inner selves. I am coming to terms and finding peace in how I live as a creative being. I am no longer worrying about whether it is proper to focus on one medium or many. I do what I do, because I love to do it. End of story/ There will be no apologies for doing or not doing, making or not making posting or not posting. Just that I am that, I am.

Thank you for sharing my journey as always and hope you get some joy and amusement out of my musings.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

A happy Halloween out there to all of you who follow and or visit my humble blog. I have been a bit neglectful of late. It seems that life and lack of energy after a full day at the art supply store can really take it out of you. So, for this festive season I offer two recent photos taken for one of my photography class assignments. in the above is a dance of skeletons in a tree. It was hanging in a yard I came across during a neighborhood stroll. I decided on this vintage treatment to make it extra spooky.

Lastly, is a fun little decked out yard filled with ghosts and jack-o-lanterns. A little girl lives there so it wasn't meant to be too scary. It was a fun walk through the old neighborhood. I haven't had the time to do that in a few years actually. I used to walk my dog around all the streets. But, now that he is quite elderly and barely able to walk, we don't go far.

Hope you have a safe and ghoulishly fun Halloween. Mine will be a quiet night at home watching Art 21 or Constantine.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Long Pause

Hello to all of my followers and visitors out there in blog land. I have been absent due to several things. My daytime job has been a bit hectic the past two weeks which gas kept me away. In addition to this, I had a computer melt down which resulted in getting a new one. This time I decided to leave pc's out of the mix. I am now in the Apple cart. So, far I am loving the switch. We will see as time goes on how much I still love the new computer. I do love the touch response of the new keyboard a lot.

Now that all of that is behind me I can focus on my art again. So, I thought I'd show you a few images from a recent photo class assignment. Yes, I am taking the class again. This particular assignment was called Shadow Portraits. The premise was to use our interpretation of the theme to create unique images. Here are a few of what I came up with.

This image is a stretch for shadow. It is actually the chemical residue from a decaying leaf. So, in essence it is a shadow. Just not the typical idea of one.

Here in the next two images my boss was gracious enough to lend me a hand. I had her pose in front of our front door at work. The sun shone from the back which created some awesome shadows on the floor.

Here is the second version with a different pose. I really like this one the best. My teacher was really impressed with my assignment this week. That was a great affirmation that I am doing something right. Still have tons to learn. But, that is what this journey called art is all about. To enrich my life and enhance the knowledge I already possess. Thank you for being patient and having a look at my work.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Symbolic Meaning of Death

Hello web travelers. I hope this week is treating you well and not giving you any tricks. Tis the passing between seasons and the beginning of autumn. That also means Halloween is just around the corner. So, today I decided to ponder the symbolic meaning of death and how we use it to describe various stages or events in our lives. Now I am not talking about literal death as in kicking the bucket. I mean the changing of ourselves. Those times in our lives we let go of something. Many times this is through trauma but sometimes it is of our own choosing.

As an artist, I have seen myself go through these cycles of life and death within my art. Going from one medium or period of creativity to another. In my case it is my relentless search to try and better myself or find a better outlet for my inner vision. Thus my recent push in photography which has given my inner vision an outer manifestation. But, the other issue for me is that I have been missing the actual making of something with my hands. Since the onset of arthritis in my left hand sculpting is all but non existent. It is too painful to do much of it. So, I began to feel sorry for myself. Now what will I do?

As the Universe always does, it gave me a push and an answer. I was recently asked to create a healing doll for someone. In the past when I made these on a regular basis, I made them entirely out of cloth and other fibers. So, I decided to do the same this time around. Once I began to contemplate how I was going to do this, I remembered that once upon a time I used to design entirely in cloth. Gave that up once I discovered clay and all of it's detail possibilities. But, now the spiral has come around and I am once again looking at cloth. It will be slow and steady, but it will get me into the grove again. You can also bet that photography will feature heavily in the mix somewhere.

It will be fun to try something old in a new way. Glad I didn't throw out all of my old pattern designs. I will have fun tweaking and updating some of them. Will keep you all posted of my progress.

Have a great weekend.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Discarded Portfolio Part 1

Hello Saturday surfers. Hope your weekend is going well where ever you are today. I have been going to a season full of art openings which I do enjoy. It is nice as it gives me pause to look at the work I have been making over the past year or so. In my last photography class our final assignment was to create a portfolio based on a theme or subject of our own choosing. My final choice was that of trees. But, that is not what this post is about. Instead I thought I'd share a few images from my discarded ideas. One was that of images of dolls in a human environment. I like the idea of these dolls living in an alternate time frame along side of we humans. We don't see or perceive their movements. We are out of time sync with them. I know that sounds very scifi or Dr. Who'ish but, that's my way of looking at them.

The above picture is a black and white treatment of one doll I made I call the Prophetess. She is a little touched, whether by God or not remains to be seen. But, she spends her days preaching the coming doom of all doll kind to anyone willing or unwilling to listen. I thought this treatment gave a particularly creepy vibe.

The second image is that of my fortune teller psychic Willimena Tomko. I wanted to create a painterly feel for this image. It was one I snapped after I had finished her and she was sitting on my work table. I just love the lighting of this image. I am planning on a more elaborate photograph of her with all of her tools of her trade. She photographs quite well I think.

So, I have been busy exploring a variety of subjects figuring out what I want to say with my art. Let me know when I get there will ya. Hope you are enjoying my journey as much as I am at least. Hope you all have a great weekend whats left of it.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sleepy Saturday

I thought I'd share with you some of the black and white images I have been playing with today. I took some shots of the two sleeping dolls I created out of some Monster High dolls. I love their serene look once they are posed as if taking a cat nap. Here is Katrina above taking a little snooze. I actually converted to a black and white infrared image with a bit of fog tossed in for good measure. It lends itself to the dreamy quality of the image.

Here is a close up view of her as she  travels through dream land.

Next we have my sleeping princess. Princess Nay Neh is dreaming of her prince to be as she takes a break from her duties. Here again I converted the image using a black and white infrared process. I like the dreamy feel.

Finally here she is in a close up. It makes me want to curl up and take a nap too. I was finally able to rehab her dress. I took off the long skirt part and added a lighter flouncy paw print organza. It's all in shades of pink to contrast her greenish skin tones. Obviously you can't see that here. The awesome thing about black and white is that it allows one to play with light, texture and contrast without dealing with colors that might not otherwise work together.

Well, that's it for now. Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Greetings one and all. Sorry for the delay in my weekly postings. I had been out of town for a four day weekend to Washington DC for a friends wedding. I had the opportunity to visit some interesting sights as well as national monuments. This afforded me the chance to take some images I may not get a chance to do again. However that being said, my photographic skills were certainly challenged. I forgot to take a tripod which is essential for night photography. But, despite that I had a great time and came away with some interesting images.

Now to the point of this post. I have been wanting to experiment with black and white and the idea of apparitions. I am trying out a technique using a combination of blur and blend modes to give me the effect I am trying to achieve. I wanted the image to be somewhat recognizable. Yet, ethereal in feel. I discovered that this was a great opportunity to use the blurry images that didn't turn out that great for other things. So, you be the judge.


This first image was taken at the Lincoln memorial. It was one that I took at night and with my cell phone. I couldn't get my expensive Nikon to get a good image. I really like the ethereal feel of this picture.

This was taken at the FDR memorial. I really find that statues really make interesting subjects. The only downside is the hard lines of the sculpture. Real people have a softness about them that lends itself to a more believable apparition..

I am not sure who these two are but, I took this at the same FDR site. I just liked this composition and the bit of text that appears in the image.

Finally this is FDR again as a younger man sitting in his study I think. I am not really sure as it was really dark and hard to read the little plaques. But, all of these images were converted to black and white and processed with a blur and blend mode. It is fun to experiment with some new ideas.

I hope your week goes well as we are headed towards the end. May you have peace, love and a whole lot of creativity grace your path.