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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.