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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Reflection on Saturday Walk About

One of the things I really dislike is shopping for groceries.  Actually most types of shopping I detest.  Mostly because as someone with visual challenges, seeing so much stuff in a constant stream can be rather exhausting to me.  I get very tired and sleepy.  That then progresses to crankiness.  Yesterday was one of those days where I had to go to the drug store for refills on medications.  Then on to the grocery store to finish up the shopping I did earlier in the week.  Once I had checked out I realized that I would have a 35 minute wait for the next bus.  Not my idea of a fun time for sure.  Then it hit me. My inner voice said, I have my little camera in my pocket.  My bag of groceries isn't that heavy.  Why not walk home.  It became a sort of walk about impromptu.

So I slung my bag of stuff over my shoulder and off I went.  It was a gorgeous sunny day and for black and white photos great for capturing lots of shadows.  There's an old church that is on the way called in it's former incarnation St. George.  Now it is a building that is used as a rental space for a variety of community events.  I have been meaning to take some shots of it over the years and never had the camera on hand or energy to walk there from home.  So, the opportunity arose as if by design.

Here is an image of the building as I approach it.  Rather looming.  Sadly it lost it's tall steeples due to a fire a few years ago. But still an interesting structure.

This is as you pass the large wooden doors, gives one a sense of strength and protection.  I think of the idea of sanctuary from the middle ages.

Here is another view of the door.  I love doors and what they symbolize to me. It certainly is an interesting place to photograph.

Then I continued on my journey.  A little further down the block I decided to cross the street to avoid a large group of people.  Didn't want to disrupt them and also I was in a creative contemplative place.  My walk was turning into an art walk about.  An impromptu lesson in seeing through the lens and artists eye.

I approached this building on a street corner and loved how the shadows of the trees fell upon the wall of the building.  I treated this as if I were Ansel Adams walking in the city.  I really love this image and the feeling it invokes.  Yes, it was a good time spent outside walking.  It is funny, I listened to my inner voice and walked home.  It is a great example illustrated from my earlier post on following that inner voice.  It will sometimes guide you to some interesting conclusions.

I hope you have the chance to give your inner voice a chance to be heard.  Maybe it has an interesting adventure in creativity to share with you.  Have a great week and an early Happy New Year to you all in case I don't get a chance to post again until 2014.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thoughts On the Upcoming Year

Hello my friends out there.  I hope your year is ending up just where you wish it to be.  For me, I am saying good bye to it like an old friend.  Knowing I will not see it again. I will welcome it's sister with open arms to see what adventures we will have together.  One thing has struck me of late.  All of the various people and groups trying to get you to follow their perfect plan for happiness.  Follow X diet, eat like a Buddhist, grow you hair longer and on and on. So, I have been asking myself why do we as humans feel the need to follow someone else's lead?  Do we seek approval, inclusion into some elite group? Maybe we just want to belong because we are truly social beings.

On this cusp of a new year I have been thinking about what I want to accomplish in the new year. How I could  improve the quality of my life. In this thought process I realized how many times I have tried this or that from others to miraculously improve my life or so the claim goes.  Take this pill to loose weight.  Eat these foods to be totally healthy and happy. The end result is it did nothing to really make me happy.  So, I started to ask my inner self what would you like today?  What do you want to eat for dinner today?  I started listening to my inner voice a bit.  The end result is I am a bit happier.  So, logical conclusion is to listen to that inner voice a lot more.  That is part of my goals for this upcoming year.  My inner voice is yearning to put my art out into the world to share how I see life.  Reach out to other creative souls to share and encourage them too. That sometimes small inner voice knows what we truly need to make us happy and healthy.  It is time for me to listen more intently.

The above photo is a great symbol for me and this whole thought process of going on my own path.  It reminds me of a seldom traveled rocky path with a mysterious end. Only my soul knows where it will ultimately lead. Spiritually I have done this a good portion of my life.  Sometimes to great ridicule from others.  But, I stayed true to course.  Now I am ready to let the rest of my life follow my souls lead and embrace true happiness.  What will 2014 bring?  That I am not sure.  But, what I do know is it will be joyful and a great adventure. You all are welcome to follow along on my continuing saga.  May your journey be as awesome as you wish it to be.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tis the Season

Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, joyful Yule, whatever form you celebrate the holidays I hope it is beautiful.  To those of you having a more difficult time at this point in the year my heart is with you and know that you are loved not only by me but, by the Universe.  I for one am truly grateful for your friendship and love you have shown me through out this year and years past.  If you are new to Codyland, welcome and hope you come back often.  My hope is that you have found a tiny bit of inspiration and joy here.  Many find this holiday season bitter sweet.  We are faced with the lose of ones we have loved, or any number of other issues.  But, please know that you are never truly alone.  It took me many years to realize this.  I share my heart and soul felt gratitude for you being a part of my life.

This has been a very quickly lived year for me.  Many changes and opportunities to grow and learn.  My hope is that 2014 will continue that trend.  Have a great holiday one and all and we will chat again real soon.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Playing Is Good For Our Soul

So, I am on a mission to try and bring as much play into my life as I can.  The best scenario would be everyday but, I will try and do it as often as I can. What has prompted me on to this mode of thought today was an article I read on the Digital Photography School web site.  One of the things that make great artists is their sense of play and adventure.  Being fearless and just giving something a try.  Not being afraid to fail and fail until you happen on to something cool and inspiring. That is part of what keeps my photo of the day going on Facebook. How does one become better at something?  By doing it over and over is one way or by playing and discovering is another.  Sure practice makes perfect for some things.  But, you have to be willing to pick up that camera, paint brush, needle or violin to start to become better.  Play encourages that process better than any other I know. Thus brings me to my point of this post.  In the images below I decided to have fun and play.  I asked myself, what if?  What if, I shot all my pictures for a week in black and white?  What if I used just the available light?  So, below are some of my results.

I took this image kind of spontaneously as I was leaving to go to brunch and shopping today.  I was struck by the pattern of the spindles in the railing.  So, I asked myself what would they look like in a black and white photograph?  Pretty cool I think.  It is fun too play and explore what if's.  The beauty of the digital age is that I have the luxury of taking dozens of photographs without the fear of wasting film.

In this image my professional model is looking at herself in a mirror.  I was curious about reflections and using available light.  So, I whipped out this little hand mirror and ta da.  This is a fun image and I just love playing with these little models.  The great thing about black and white I don't have to worry about their skin color as much.

Lastly, I couldn't leave out the dude.  He would have been so heart broken if I didn't let him pose too.  I love the deep contrasts I was able to get in this image.  Partly this is due to the camera and surroundings and also to the software post processing.  I used Onone software Perfect Black and White 8 for this image.  But, what I find truly amazing is that you can get cool shots with a cheapo camera.  I used a Nikon Coolpix S350D for these shots.  It is a 20.1 mega pixel format.  Ultimately it is all about play here.  Using what I have to work with and not being too bogged down by the rules and having the right equipment.  Yes, using nice lights, better camera and a more controlled environment might give me a more glamorous picture.  But, would it have the life and soul of an artist at play?

Hope you all have a great start to your week.  An early Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you one and all.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Seeing the World in Shades of Gray

Merry winter Solstice to all of you out there in cyberland.  I hope your holidays are going well.  I have been busy keeping up with my photography for my photo of the day posts on Facebook.  My class has ended and it was clear to me I need to keep going and continue my creative journey.  My current explorations are with black and white images.  I wanted to focus on seeing the world in tones, texture and shapes without the distraction of color.  Not that I mind color, I love it, but also like the challenges of black and white.

In the two scenes I am sharing here I have chosen the busy city streets of Cincinnati.  These were taken from the street corner where my workplace is located.  I am using a simple Nikon point and shoot camera.  The great thing about these cameras is that they are simple and easy to carry around.

Well, that's it for today.  I am gearing up for some art making on the holiday days off I will have and getting some of my subjects completed for my next series of photographic images.  Plus, I have some more painting I need to do to satisfy that particular artist residing in me.  Have a great weekend one and all.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

No Place Like Home

Today I am feeling a bit of gratitude.  Why?  Because I think it is good for the soul to be thankful and grateful for the things we have and take for granted in our lives.  My example of this thought is of my humble home.  It is here that I create some of my artful expressions, have delicious meals with my soon to be husband.  We have made our greatest part of our lives together here in this humble little place.  Yes, it has many flaws and I am not always attentive to keeping up appearances. But, nevertheless it is our home.

I took the above picture the day after our first snow of the season back in October.  Earlier than most years and a harbinger of things to come. But, as I gazed up at my little abode, I realized just how lucky I am to have it in my life.  So many people are without or have to live in much less savory conditions than I.  This time of year always brings out those feelings of thankfulness.  In addition to those feelings, I can also be at peace when I am safe and warm within  the confines of the walls of my tiny palace.

I received some very kind and heartfelt responses to yesterdays post.  I am grateful to all of you who take the time to give me your 2 cents worth of advice or your words of encouragement.  I am not seeking sympathy, but merely pondering the workings of a bigger world than I sometimes feel a part of.  It's all good.  I will continue to be creative in whatever medium and manner I choose.  At it's core, I think I am just seeking to belong to something greater than I think I am currently.  But, tend to forget I am a part of the Universe and what is greater than that?  So, look out world here I come full steam ahead.  Just wait until you get a load of me.  OK, so much for my Jack Nicholson impression.  Have a grand grateful day my friends.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

So Now What?

Today it is a cold rainy day here in Codyland.  A bit like my mood.  No I am not depressed.  But, rather contemplative.  I have been revisiting some old places in my mind of late.  Trying to navigate around who I am as an artist.  Recently I have noticed something rather profound about myself as an artist.  I must have a form of ADD.  It is near to impossible for me to stick with one form of expression or medium.  I am bouncing around from sculpture, painting to photography.  I love working in all these media.  But, while attending a few art shows this past week, I began to wonder if this way of being wasn't a hindrance? Is there a place in the art world for someone like me?  It seems most artists concentrate on one medium or process.  Sure, I can just be happy with who I am and how I make art.  But, if I want to be a part of the "Art Community" than should I conform?

I am at my most happiest when I am creating and discovering new things through my art and creative process. My hope is that this will be accepted no matter what form it takes. So, today I am a photographer, tomorrow a painter, the next day after that who knows. The important thing is to never stop creating.  This gives me life and lets my soul shine forth unto the world.

Since we are on the subject of creating.  Here is a look at what is on my work table at the moment.  I am creating a painting for a secret Santa gift.

It is an 8x8 inch panel.  I am intending to create a scene of looking at a planet from it's moon. I love those big gas giants and how mysterious they look. It will be fun to see how this one turns out.  I will post a picture or two as it progresses.  I have to have it finished by next Saturday.

Here is an abstract portrait I took of a friend at a restaurant last night.  I have been reading about using out of focus images to create abstracted portraits.  I love how this one turned out.

Not bad for a little point and shoot camera. Plus the meal was superb.

Well, that's about it for this post.  Hope you all have a lovely rest of your weekend.  May the week ahead provide your souls with riches beyond your wildest dreams.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Drawing with Light

Hello and welcome once again to my place of creative thought.  Codyland is under some renovations abstractly speaking.  I am hoping to be a bit more active in sharing my creative process.  Today's episode centers around the using of light as a means to create lines.  However it is using light that is implied through the use of software manipulation.  How can an image be abstracted just enough so that it still maintains some recognized image.  In the above image I have abstracted an image of myself down to lines of light.  It is my minimal me. I really like the result of this simple process of fractilizing and image.

In the image above I applied the same process as in the previous image of creating a drawing with light.  This is an image of one of my art models posing in a reflective mode.  I really like the power and simplicity of these black and white images.  I think they would lend themselves well in a photo collage or some other process.  Hope you found these interesting.

I am just about ready for my upcoming art show at the Essex Studios this weekend.  The only downer is the impending winter apocalypse that is on it's way. Hopefully, it will not keep too many away from the fun. Until next time, have a great day.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Small World

I have decided to begin my visual journal a month early.  I think this will be a good daily practice to keep me writing and making art.  The above picture is one that I took in Columbus at the state fair a few years back.  It is fun to look at the tiny Lego buildings and imagine the people that live there.  This is photo of the day #75 on my Facebook page. The photograph was one in my assignment series for this past week on scale. Fascinating idea to play upon, the idea of scale and how we see it in our lives.

Scale can be a more philosophical question too.  It conjures up thoughts of my place in the world, the Universe.  Talk about a since of scale, makes me feel really tiny. But, for me it puts life into perspective too.  We seem to get so wrapped up in the small stuff and let it control our lives to the point of creating stress.  When, I look at pictures like the one above.  I soon realize that there is no need to get so overworked.  Don't sweat the small stuff.

Another thought comes to mind as well.  As I peer into the tiny city, it is like a world unto itself.  So, I too create such things in my art. What stories do the little dolls and toys have to tell.  That is what makes creating so much fun.

I hope you take time to see life in a variety of perspectives this week.  Don't sweat the small stuff and save your energy for the big things in life.  I have an art walk I am preparing for as well as a group show I am participating in at the end of this week.  But, I am not sweating about either of them. I am just enjoying the process.  Take care and live life with gusto.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Meaning of Movember To Me

Now that November is coming to a soft and gentle close, I thought I would give my thoughts on something.  In the past few years November has been made the month of men"s health awareness marketed as Movember.  I find it rather curious how we as a society latch onto something like growing facial hair to prove we are supportive of making men aware of something as important as prostate cancer. I know we have October for breast cancer awareness and so on. Nothing wrong in the idea of making those potentially at risk to be aware and observant of potential issues.  My reason for even writing about this is due to a few inquiries I have had over the course of the month.  The most frequent question of course is, Are you growing your beard for Movember? Most of the time I responded with, not exactly.  I have had this beard for quite some time.  They just smile and say, oh that's nice.  It was the last person who asked me that I had decided on a reply that I thought was more appropriate. A young male sales clerk at a local wine shop asked me if I was growing the beard for Movember.  My response this time was this.  No, I have been growing this beard for a long time.  It is a daily reminder of the fight that I have won with the big C. I don't need a month or a day to remind me.  I am reminded every single day I wake up that I survived the big fight this time.  The great divine force in the Universe helped me to survive another day to love, laugh, create and hopefully inspire others to be the best that they can be.  That's all I want is to be a good example to others.  I don't want this for some heavenly reward, but for the simple reason that life is as awesome as you can make it and maybe just maybe we can share that awesomeness with others in some concrete way.  Maybe it's a smile that will make someones day, a free meal you give to some stranger, holding the door for someone, helping out a friend.  All these things serve the greater good of love and compassion on the planet.  It is these things from the heart without expectation of anything in return which I believe comes from the highest place.

So, as I go forth into the rest of this holiday season, I will look at life as I do everyday, with a great since of passion, love and desire to be me.  Life is not like a box of chocolates but, a great candy store where you can choose the things you love if you only give yourself permission.  Taste new things if you dare and dazzle your senses.  The sun doesn't always shine, but in the darkness there is light in our hearts.  Ever guiding us to the peaks of our destined greatness however great or small that may be.  Be brave my friends and be the best you are meant to be.  It isn't always easy, for if it was, we may not value it as much. Life for me has been a great struggle at times, but it is this struggle that makes me appreciate each and every second I have on this earth.

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts.  As I said in the previous post I am planning to make this more of a visual journal.  I like to express my feelings not only in images but words as well.  Have a great week to come.  Be brave and go boldly into your life.  It is yours to make what you wish of it.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Retrieving the Lost

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my USA friends and family who visit my humble blog.  I am so very thankful for your friendship and time that you choose to visit and share with me what I create.  This blog has been such a great learning tool and way to chronicle my journey through this creative life.  The advise and encouraging comments you all leave from time to time make my day.  Some have even sharing great bits of wisdom that I take with me into my everyday life.  So, again thank you from the bottom of my heart.

You may not have noticed that my most recent two post are gone.  Well, I ended up picking up an adware virus thingie and had to do a total system refresh.  But, before I discovered the true culprit, I thought my blog had been hacked and deleted two posts before realizing that it was something entirely different. No biggie but, annoying.  So, I will recap a bit and continue from here.

These first three images were taken for an assignment in my photography class.  In this particular lesson we were to create images that represented the theme of dreams.  So, in the first image is a composite I created to illustrate a door to another world.  I really like this image. It was a simple layer and filter process in Photoshop.

In this image I used one of my artist manikin models to create a dramatic theatrical mood.  I used simple side lighting from available light source, beside table.

In this image I used the male manikin artist model with the same process.  Except here I applied a filter technique which seemed to create the look of metallic skin.

This image was created for the monochrome assignment.  I love the look of the black and white image here.  I am interested in exploring more of this style at some point in the future.

This next photo was for my latest assignment on scale.  We needed to interpret scale in some fashion.  So, I found this door whole walking through a little place called Secret Garden which is located near Waynesville Ohio.  I thought  it rather surreal and dreamlike too.  I included this as my photo of the day over on my Facebook page. I call this "Step On Through to the Other Side".

Lastly another one of my toy scenes I created and shot.  Hear I converted it to black and white, but it worked really well for the scale assignment. Not too bad for my first semester I don't think.

This photography class has taught me many things.  Most of which are encouraged self realizations through exploring my own way of seeing through the lens.  I consider that one of the most valuable pieces of discovery I have made yet.  I am encouraged to keep looking and pay attention to my heart and soul.  As artists we use a variety of vehicles to let our souls speak to the world to share our truth, our vision of the world around us. That is so precious to me.  I live art every single moment of my life in one form or another.  That is how I know it is my calling.  It seems to be an all consuming passion of which I am so grateful for.  This consuming passion keeps me alive.

Starting in January, I am going to change the format of my blog here to a visual journal.  I have been doing thatof sorts but, now I want to make a commitment to do it daily if I can. My hope is to include my photo of the day project that I started on my Facebook page.  I can write more about it here as it will be my journal.  I like sharing my process, thoughts, discoveries and failures in hopes that others will be inspired to follow their own passionate paths.  As I mentioned in the deleted post I am also planning a give away in December, so stay tuned.

Again thank you all for keeping up with me on what I am up to here.  I appreciate you all and even the new people that discovery my humble Codyland.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Explorations in Light

Hello to all my friends and followers out there in cyberland.  I wanted to take this chance to share with you some of my discoveries I have been making while taking my latest photography class.  It is a class offered at the Cincinnati Art Academy, taught by Lisa Britton.  Lisa is a gentle and caring instructor who has the ability to coax creative images out of her students by her gentle prodding and use of questions.  I wasn't sure I was going to like this class at first because I am used to the lets do things in class approach.  However, this class encourages us to go to our own space and time to discover.  I have learned so much about my own camera and creative process just in the few short weeks I have been in class.

So,the point to this post is to share with you the most recent assignment.  Time and images that depict the passage of or manipulation of time.  I decided to try my hand at light painting which requires long exposures, meaning the shutter remains open for a long time and a very dark environment.  The next essential thing is a movable light source such as a flashlight.  In my case I used a variety of colored glows sticks supplied by my partner.  Speaking of my partner, he was a willing subject for most of these shots.

This image I have titled, "Green Ghost" after the whispy green light that is surrounding my subject.

This image is called "Consumed by St. Elmo" as it reminded me of that elusive plasma like lightning.

Here is an image of one of my dolls surrounded by this ethereal light.  I call this one "Covered by Ectoplasm".

In this shot my partner obliged to be my subject.  Here I wanted an otherworldly portrait.

Finally we have one of me and here it looks as if something is coming out of my mouth.  I call this "The Exhalation of Spirit".  As you can see I have had a lot of fun with this particular assignment.  Our next challenge is to create images which depict dreams or dreamlike scenes.  I am mulling around some ideas for that one as well.  In the meantime I need to get back to the studio to continue working on my current series of figures.  I still have to get bodies on four more before I move on to putting their cloth skins on.

Until next time.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone.  Here is my broom dancer making her way back from the past to give a little scary appearance here on the old blog.  She was one of my earlier grand ladies.

I hope you all have a spectacular Halloween and may it be safe as well.  The weather here in Cincinnati is supposed to be a bit stormy and rainy.  Kind of appropriate for this day I supposed.  See you all in November.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sprucing up some old doll photos.

So, I have been going through some of my old pictures of my grand ladies and decided to resurrect them and give them new life.  I am able to do this thanks to some new software I have  been using recently.  I am loving the life this process gives my old girls.  I am also, really looking forward to bringing a new series of these ladies to life soon.

Hopefully, you don't mind revisiting my past creative efforts with me.  My new ladies will all have legs and a little more detailed in the costume department too if I can manage it.  I have eight figures started with a completion date in early December for our next Essex Studios art walk.   In addition to these I have several other projects I hope to debut during that show.  So, I am going to be a busy little bee for the next six weeks.

Thanks again as always for taking the time to stop by and say hi and see what I am up too.  I do love your comments so don't be shy.  I am planning a giveaway soon so stay tuned.

Friday, October 11, 2013

More Exploiting my Doll Making Past

Wow!  Another post in the same week.  I must have a fever.  No, actually I wanted to post a few more of my photographic manipulations of some images I took during a past doll making frenzy.  I am having such fun playing with all this new software I recently purchased.  Oh, and I decided to treat myself to a little pocket camera so as not to load up my phone with too much memory eating pictures.

It wasa bout seven or so years ago that I created a whole series of dolls I lovingly called "Grand Ladies". They were a basic stump style doll which means they have a cloth body shaped somewhat like a doll in a dress.  There were no visible feet as they are usually implied on this style of doll.  They had heads made from Model Magic or Sculpey.  Their hands were generic vinyl hands purchased through a local craft store.

The heads and hands were painted and detailed.  The cool thing about this type of doll is that ultimately it was bout the costume and the character that came out of that experience.  So, I took some in progress pictures with the intention of creating this behind the scenes dialogue with the dolls.  That's were the cations on the pictures in the last post were derived from.

All of these pictures were processed as an HDR or High Dynamic Range process.  That really bumped up the color quite a bit.

I know these shots are very similar to one another.  But, I wanted to show the process a bit.

Here is one of the grand ladies, her name is Elizabeth.

This fine looking lady is Geraldine.

Last but not least silent movie star Claudette rounds out the finished examples of my grand ladies.

I hope you have enjoyed my little diversion down memory lane.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

What's old is new again.

Well, it has been a bit long since my last post.  But, I have been playing around with some new photo editing software.  I have purchased two different software alternatives to Photoshop.  Not wishing to keep upgrading to infinity and paying such great cost, I opted for some highly recommended pro programs.  OnONe Perfect Photo Suite collection and NIK Photo collection.  Both of thes software packages offer some great versatility.

SO, I am going to post a few of my fun little redoux's for your viewing pleasure.  My subjects are some heads awaiting bodies and partially completed doll projects from the past.

This series of images was created by processing them in the High Dynamic Range module from the NIK collection.  This first picture is entitled Judging from behind.

This picture I have titled "In Search of Peace".

This one is called "Oh?"

Here we have" Eunice trying to say something meaningful."


I hope you have enjoyed my fun little diversion.  I am really enjoying the heck out of my new found love of photography and it's creative potential.  I am posting a photo of the day over on my Facebook page.  If you haven't checked my page out you can find me under my name.

Have a great rest of the week my friends.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Playing with Photography

Hello out there kiddos.  I am sorry for such a long absence from my ole blog here.  It has been a rather exhausting few months here in Codyland.  I have been dealing with homestead issues and also the migration to a different mode of creativity.  I was recently diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and that made it official.  I have been experiencing severe pain and soreness in my left hand which puts a big damper on sculpting.  So, now that I have some meds to help I can do limited amounts of sculpting.  However, I have been busy trying to make a transition to a different medium or mediums.

So the abouve picture is an experiment with High Dynamic Range photography.  I just have scratched the surface of this particular form of photography.  But, I like the potential of it.  It exaggerates the colors and tonal range of an image.  This is typically achieved through taking several exposures of the same scene at varying exposure levels.  These are then combined in a software program to achieve a more intense or richer look. Needless to say, I am having a great deal of fun.  In addition to that, I am signed up for another photography class this fall.  So, in honor of that I have been posting a daily photo on my Facebook page.  It isn't official just a way for me to stay disciplined enough to keep my eyes open as a budding new photography artist.

Well, that's it for ow.  I will certainly try and post a little more often.  Don't give up on me please.  I am excited to share my creative journey with you all.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Toy Box Confidential taking shape

So, to end this weekend and begin the next I wish to share some pictures that I have been working on for an upcoming photo book.  The book will be called Toy Box Confidential.  It will be stories of the sorted lives of toys and the lives they live behind our backs.

In this first picture the Cat In the Hat is discussing toy box politics with the man in the moon.  The cat doesn't like some of the toys all that much.  Especially those arrogant soldiers.

In this quaint picture a tiny transformer is trying to woo the artist model of toy box.  She is having any of it.  For she has her eyes set on someone else.

The artist model female has finally been approached by the man she has been admiring for some time.  Artist model male is utilizing some liquid courage to gain some much needed confidence.  Too bad he doesn't really need it.  Only if he really knew how artist model female really felt.

I hope you enjoy the beginnings of my fun diversion for the summer.  I am having a great time searching for fun characters and situations.  I am trying to use the surroundings of my humble home as much as possible to tell the story.  Have a great week one and all and thanks for stopping by.  More to come.  Oh and don't forget that I am offering a free course for artists to help them find their true selves or something like that here at Alchemy of ME.  TTFN.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Having Some Fun

I thought it was time I start showing some art on here.  So, for your Friday afternoon entertainment is one of my recent photo stories called Friendly Chat.  You can make up your own story if you want.  But, I am having fun playing around with different characters and settings.

I hope you all have started to check out my Alchemy of ME blog.  It will be a fun blog course in getting in touch with your creative self.  As for this old dude, I have been putting in a lot more hours at the art supply store of late.  Good thing is it gives me more to add to the depleted art supplies.  So, not as much time to make art.  But, I have been trying to do a variety of art related things.  I also see I have lost a few followers. Oh, well I guess you can't please everyone.

Will be posting more art stuff again soon.  Thank you as always for keeping up with my goings on.  Have a great weekend one and all.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

New Blog for you all to check out

Hello out there my friends and followers.  I wanted to take a minute to post that I have launched my new blog Alchemy of ME.  It will be a continuing series of lessons from my online class of three years ago called Artspell.  I am offering this to you all at no charge.  It is my way of giving back to all those that inspire me, help me and keep me going.  So, I hope you all will join me along this journey.  You can access it here at

Alchemy of ME.

See you all there.  Have a great day one and all.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Becoming ME

Hello my wonderful friends out there in blog land.  I hope the summer is treating you well.  Are you exploring some new territory?  Perhaps revisiting familiar places both literally or metaphorically   I am finding that I have been slowly evolving underneath the surface of my consciousness.  My ego mind has had such a great time trying to figure out what to make of my creative career of late.  So many ideas, so many new explore were like delicious foods I had to examine and taste.  But, the down side to all of that is sometimes a bit of confusion   What has all this to do with me you might ask?  Well, I am finding myself in need of a reinvention of sorts.  Due to some minor physical health issues my sculpting days are numbered.  So, I have been exploring other avenues of creativity.  Hence my experiments into photography.

Now, most of us who went to art school were told or encouraged to stick with one medium so that we could make a name for ourselves and people would know what we did as an artist.  That's all well and good for those who can focus on one form their entire life.  But, for myself on the other hand, this was quite difficult. I love so many different things that I couldn't focus on just one.  It was akin to being in a candy store and only being allowed to have one treat amongst all those available.  I just can't do it.  My point here is for those of you who know me and have followed me for some time know that I do change things up a bit from time to time.  But, when I begin to contemplate radical shifts in what I do or how I create it conjures up a whole host of fears and doubts.  So my lack of posting here has been for several reasons.  A lack of time or motivation is one.  Another more potent one is that I am undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts within myself.

This leads me to my real reason for posting today.  I have decided to give back to my creative community and others who may be interested.  How I can do that is unique for me.  Due to the circumstances in my life, I can not give large sums of money to my favorite charities.  I can not donates hours of time in my local soup kitchens or other places.  I can't drive or get around with that much ease.  So, I thought long and hard about how I might be of service to my community.  Then a flash of inspiration hit me.  I can offer my class "The Alchemy of ME" as a free blog  diary of sorts.  I have discovered many things along my spiritual journey that has helped me cope and evolve as a person.  So, I thought it might a good way to give back to all of you who may be interested, to take a trip into my world of becoming enlightened.  The fun thing is, it does involve creative projects and it doesn't matter what your religious beliefs or lack there of are, all can gleam something from my process.  All I can say is, one person in my life who has noticed a great change in me, who is very skeptical about self help stuff was impressed with what I have achieved in just a few short years.  But, this whole process is lifelong.  It doesn't matter where you are or where you have come from.  It all leads up to each moment. So, right where you are is the perfect place to start.

In the next few days I will be rolling out my new blog dedicated to offering the personal alchemical process of discovering who you are and how to make the most of what you have in life.  Are you interested?  Would you like to see what it's all about?  Awesome!  I will be making the big announcement here soon.

Thank you for taking the time to read what I had to say.  I love you all and am so very grateful for your comments, encouragement and support over the years.  That means the world to me.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Oh my! Two posts this week.

Hello my favorite blog people and visitors.  Yes, I am posting twice this week.  Shocking I know.  But, I wanted to share my first test photo from the new series I am currently working on.  After my previous post on having a hard time focusing, I decided it was time to put the petal to the metal and just start something, anything.  So, I am committing myself to one of my project ideas.  In this series of images I am hoping to tell the story of what our dolls and toys do when we are not around.  What kinds of things do they engage in or how do they really get along.  It is a fun way to explore our own ideas of community, societal issues and what it is that makes us who we are as people.  Toys and dolls have that uncanny almost creepy way of telling more about us humans than they do about themselves.

This new series one of several, is entitled "Toy Box Confidential".  It is the seedier side of the toy world.  The not so glamorous world of the Barbies, Kens, G I Joe's and our toys.  The premise is that all these stories unfold in our very own homes.  So, to that end I am attempting to shoot all the images in various places in and around my home.  I guess the good thing about that is it is cheap, easy to access and no traveling.  My little home is old and shabby so it will provide an interesting backdrop.

My intent is to do most of the images as black and whites.  But, I suppose that depends on the image itself and of course I will take creative liberties where I feel necessary.  But, my hope is to create a more vintage feel of the 1950's and 1960's.  My ultimate goal is to produce a book telling the stories both in words and pictures.  Think pulp fiction, crime dramas, mysteries yo get the idea.  It has been hard to decide upon an actual theme and then get down to shooting the scenes.  I have so many ideas flying around in my noggin.  So, I decided to just jump in.  Below is the first test image to get a feel for the scene and to see if using my home would work as the backdrop.

This image is the first test.  The title of this story is "Where is my pet rat, Cat?".  As you can see the Cat In the Hat has gotten himself into a bit of trouble with one of the soldiers patrolling the premises.

So, that is what I have been up to this summer.  Getting myself to a point of actually shooting images.  I intend to do a wee bit of sculpting here and there.  But, I am still having issues with sore hand joints from sculpting so I have been slowing down on creating new things.  Transitions are good if you keep a positive frame of mind around them.

Have a great weekend one and all and thanks for stopping by.