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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A New Year is Upon Us



Noe that we are poised to transition into a new year, I am once again lining up my goals. Photography will figure prominently on that list. New classes, to continue to advance my knowledge and also some new topics. Also, to enter more shows. I would hope to actually get into some this year. But, even getting denied is a learning tool.

I am exploring ways to actually present my images. It is easy to just send off a Jpeg of an image to a show. But, one thing I have learned is that perhaps they want to see how the image will be presented in addition to the actual image itself. So, that will be my greatest focus this year as I collect images to show. I am giving myself latitudes to present several collections according to my current interests. I am excited about the process of printing and finishing the presentations.

One process is that of printing on silk fabric for some of my images. I love the idea and look of this and how it can be presented as a wall hanging rather than a framed piece of art. Experiments look promising so far. I will keep you all informed.

I can honestly say I am looking forward to what this new year will bring. Things seem to be coming together and I have a real focus and intention in my work and life. More so than I ever have and that will keep me motivated during the hard times. A good friend and spiritual mentor said this year would be a real roller coaster, 2014 that is, and it was that and more.


May your new year be bright and full of promise. That is my wish for you and a blessing of sorts. We all need blessings each and every day. Thank you for following along on my journey. I am honored and humbled by the kind words of encouragement and friendship expressed by many friends who pass by from time to time. Thank you. I love you all.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays and it's years end


I wanted to wish everyone out there a happy and creative set of holidays. May your new year ahead bring new adventures. If you are into the creative arts may you find your muse and work him or her to the bone this upcoming year. If you are stuck, may your creative tow truck show up in the nick of time to pull you out of the mire.

I for one have a renewed sense of direction and plan on hitting the creative road with both feet running. It is time for me to get my goals in a row and line them up for inspection. That helps me see what worked in the past and try something new for the future. Goals really seem to work for me so that is what I have adopted as my new years ritual.

The above image suggests all the colorful options we have. It is up to us to choose the ones that will serve us well in the moment.  Good thing is if you don't like the color you chose, just put it back and pick another.

Thank you each and everyone who has followed along here and on Facebook. It is much appreciated and I am honored and humbled by your kindness and interest in my creative journey. Here's to you all and the new year ahead.

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

Apparitions

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.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Looking Upward and Onward


Happy Thursday to you all out there in cyberland. I hope you are doing well and are finding some fun and creative things to do with yourselves. I have been immersed in a photography class in the later half of the summer. It has been fun and very challenging thus far. But, well worth the time and effort. One thing I like about these classes is I am challenged to think and find new ways of looking at the world around me. As a budding photographer/artist I am still trying to find my voice or vision so to speak. It is in moments of sheer exhaustion that I realize some nice little insights. Since I started down this rabbit hole of photography, I have been in a big rush. To where you might ask? Well, it is one of those strange things I seem to get myself into. In the back of my mind I hear this voice saying,"Hurry up and develop your style. You need to get noticed and start that career of yours". So, I put a lot of pressure on myself to make everything count as if my artistic career depended upon it. Ultimately this creates many stumbling blocks, procrastination's and feelings of defeat.

Now that I am aware of this self sabotaging process I can better manage it. Looking at each class, each lesson and each day I am out shooting images I am creating myself. The thing is I am now telling this voice relax. It's OK we will find our voice. Perhaps the best part is the learning of new things, processes and techniques. I feel as if I just opened this great big toy box filled with all sorts of possibilities. I am not too old to start over or to reinvent myself. That in and of itself is a big challenge.

About this set of images. This weeks class was about looking up and how we can interpret that idea. I literally looked up in most cases. So, I chose a few examples to give you the idea. The first image is one I took on one of my walks home from my studio. It was a nice cool day with a bit of sun. There are a few interesting landmarks along the way and this sign really struck me as odd and fun at the same time. I chose to treat it as a black and white image to give it more of a fine art feeling.


The next image above is one I took while our class walked to a local gallery/coffee shop to see the current show. I loved how warm the light was falling on this little church. Though I am not particularly religious oriented, I love old churches for some reason.


Finally, we have a shot of a Ferris wheel that I took at the Circleville pumpkin show. I like how the vignette gives this shot a vintage cinema feel.

The bit of good news I hinted at some weeks ago is that I have been invited to show in a local photographers studio gallery. His name is Kent Krugh and his work is amazing. Click on his name to go and see some of his work. I was so honored to be asked. He shares a space with two other photographers whose work is also quite good. But, I felt a kinship with Kent's work right from the start. Dates have not been set yet. It is my job to come up with enough pieces for a show. I want them to all be related thematically. So, I am using this summer to try and get that accomplished. In other news I have entered a photo in the Cincinnati Public Library's current photo show and will hear in mid August if I am one of the lucky artists. Lastly, to round out the number of shows I promised myself I would tackle this year, I am entering yet another show at the Manifest Gallery. It is a part of their participation in the national Fotofocus series of exhibitions. This is the fourth of the four I promised myself I would enter. It is my way of showing the Universe I am trying.

That's it for now. Hope you have an awesome weekend ahead and keep doing what you love and love what your doing.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ghostly Images of the Former Self


Happy weekend and Saturday to everyone out there who ventures a visit to my blog. Hope you are doing well. This post is dedicated to this weeks photography class assignment of soft focus images. I decided to show just two this time around. Because they really speak to me in a few interesting ways. Both of these images were taken with a piece of hosiery or gauze placed over the lens. This creates a soft focus right in camera. The camera had to be manually focused as the auto focus would focus on the texture of the gauze which I did not want.

This first image is one I took of a doll sleeping in a chair. I place her and the chair on my bed because it offered the biggest ground. I love how ghostly she looks in the image. I am very much attracted to the idea of capturing images of ghost or apparitions. There is something so ethereal about that. Once I got the shot I then proceeded to convert the image to black and white. I thought the process was quite successful.


In the second image the dolls face and upper body were shot using the same process. I thought this produced an even more ghostly image. This process evoked a sense of those early Victorian photographs of the dead at their funerals. It is a nice process to keep in my play book as I would like to explore this technique a bit further at some point.

Well, that's it for this entry. I hope you all have a great weekend. Next weeks assignment is titled Looking Up and that will be a fun one to explore. Until then keep on keeping on.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Solutions


As I posted in the last installment, here is the cat girl character in a full pose. You can see the little dress I designed and made for her. I think it suits her. I love these little sleeping characters. My attempt at redoing the faces on both dolls is a bit crude by most artists who do this sort of thing. But, I like them nonetheless.


This is a picture above of the sleeping princess character. You can see I used a dress originally made for a Barbie doll and just altered it to fit the monster high body. I am still not sure if I am going to redo the dress totally or make a new  one from scratch. I like the contrast of the pink to her greenish skin tones.


Here are a few shots of the dolls I have changed the hair up a bit. The first is bee girls new do and he new antennae. I used a black sheep skin wool for the hair and wire and glass beads to create the antennae. She looks like a wild child and ready for some action. 


This is puma boys new hair. I like this wild look. It reminds me of the characters in the musical cats. I also added a bit of furry fluff to the end of his tail. He too is a bit of a wild child.

Thant's it for today. I need to get busy with some work on my upcoming phto assignment for my class and get some much needed studio work in. I want to finish up the set for the first few images before I move on to other ideas. Hope you all have a great weekend out there.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sleeping Beauties, Sleeping just Sleeping


My first attempts at redoing the faces of little monster high dolls just so happens to be for some sleeping characters. Yes, it might be a cop out from making eyes. But, really I need two sleeping characters. When I saw these little beauties unfinished, they seemed so serene and thought immediately of some sleeping characters. The blond is definitely going to be a princess of some sort. Not sure yet. The other is going to be her friend, they were bewitched and have fallen asleep in the forest.

Can't you just see my little Jasper and his lion Ruff coming upon them in the forest on one of their adventures? I sure can and what interesting things would happen? The first image is of the little cat like friend. I gave her really deep red hair and a tiny little black nose. I will post some better pics of the full body later. Her dress was hand made by me but, you can't really see it here.


Blondie is the one who will play the part of the princess. I don't have names for either of them yet. That will come soon enough. I put a pink fairy princess dress on her for now. I am not sure I will keep it intact or alter it. But, one thing is for sure. I am having a blast making up the characters as I go. Today I also put new hair on two other dolls. One is puma boy and the other bee girl. I will post pictures of them once they are done.

Tonight is the second class for the Creative Photography Assignment class I am taking. We are supposed to share some of our favorite images we have created to date. Next week will be our first actual assignment. It is on using soft focus in creative ways. Saturday is going to be a nice day in the big studio finishing up the set for the first set of images. Oh, and the big news I hinted at is that I will be showing in a local photographers studio at some point in the next few months. He is a very well respected and awesome photographer and nice guy. Details will follow once I know more. Have a great weekend one and all.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cyndy Lou, Who?


I decided to play around with some lighting fun tonight. So, I got out one of the dolls I have in my collection and posed her on my computer station. I have a nice direct light from an LED desk lamp that shines down upon my desk. So, I posed Cyndy Lou on a jar of Golden brand Pumice gel to give her something to sit on.

The above image was processed into black and white after uploading it to Adobe Lightroom. Once I cropped and tweaked I sent the picture to On One Perfect B&W to create the image you see here. I love playing with available light as it challenges me to work with what I have on hand. My little pocket Nikon did a pretty good job. For me it's all about the feel of the image and I tend to be very intuitive when I do shoot a picture. Sure I pay attention to the exposure and such. But, I like the unexpected results. Sometimes it's great and sometimes it's a bust. Also, the type of camera is not as important as being free to just let go and have fun. I have learned a lot this way.


This image was processed in Alien Skin's Exposure 5 software to give it the look of the Technicolor film used in the Wizard of Oz movie. It's a lot of fun playing around with this sort of thing.

Just started a new photo class yesterday. It is a repeat of the one I took in the fall. You can take this class multiple times and still get something out of it. Anywho, I thought it would be nice to post a fun thing after my soul letting yesterday. Have a great weekend y'all.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Art of Becoming, A Little Thursday Wisdom

It is funny how the tiniest of things can change your perspective on life. For a few years now, I have been on this quest to find myself or should I say find out what I am here on this planet to do. Sure, some of you might think this is an obvious question to answer. But, for someone like me who has through a very complicated life I have lived, learned to question everything even my own soul. My heart or soul whatever you want to call that inner voice kept calling out for me to listen to it. Many times it would act out almost like an angry child. But, finally a few years back I decided to stop and take the time to try and listen. It was really hard at first.Because I had spent so much of my time focusing on the outer world that I could barely hear that inner voice once I decided to try. We spent many long hours meditating, chanting, praying, affirming and making art in the name of self healing together. A long and exhausting process that would have untold benefits.

What was surprising to me was how much this process would change my world and what I thought was the norm. So I went through the typical questions of who am I, what am I meant to do or what am I here on this planet to do? The big what am I destined to do here? After many ways of getting into this question I have discovered a lot about myself. This whole idea of the who am I question is really simpler than we might think. Many times I think because of our spiritual or religious beliefs we are lead to believe in some grand lofty idea of what we are here for. I don't know about you, but I am no saint. I don't really want that title anyway. But, what I discovered is that we are already who we were meant to be. The problem is that we get in our own way and don't see our true selves. What are you passionate about? What drives you to really want to be on this planet. I mean beyond the responsibilities that we manufacture. What is you greatest dream? Those are the questions that will give you the answer. It took me lots of soul searching, listening to my inner voice to realize this for myself. I dream of creating art. I eat, sleep and talk art all the time. I have so many projects that I want to do running in my head at all times. I even dream about making art and living as a full time artist  Duh, Cody you must be thinking. But, in my defense I have had the you must have a serious line of work thing pounded into my head just like most of you have all my life. Even some of my well meaning friends kind of do this.

All of the creative experiences, types of art and various classes I have taken were all leading me to a critical point in my life. Even non related things like health issues and relationship issues can bring you to a crucial point of realization. I Cody Goodin am an artist. That is what I am here to do. It is my passion, it is what makes up my DNA. There, I have finally admitted it to myself and the world. In addition, I am excited that at this point in my life I have found a particular art form that creates such passion in my soul. Photography and it's many forms really turns up that creative fire. Unlike any other art form or medium I have come across in my life. So, I have decided to throw myself into this creative fire. I am all in and not going back.

I was really worried that the friends I made while making other types of art wouldn't understand and walk away from me. A few have, but mostly they have applauded me and cheer me on. Now that I know I can move forward with confidence and conviction, I am excited to see what happens next. I am learning as much as I can to further enrich my photographic experiences. This art form is a really cool way to tell stories and try different possibilities that I couldn't do in other art media.

I have been planning a huge photo project for nearly two years now. It has gone through many changes, edits and what if's. Finally, I am at a point of just getting my hands dirty, my feet wet and plunging into the big void of infinite possibility. Thank you to all my friends, fans and collectors for hanging in there with me. I appreciate the encouragement and support. Now I would like to share three of my most favorite photographs I have taken with you. You have or may have seen them before. But, perhaps I have not expressed why they mean so much to me.


This is one I titled "Little Cody". It was a doll I created in honor of my inner child and the childhood I had that was so difficult. I wanted to honor the innocent that we all are born as. I shot him on a black background because it gave a since of mystery and also timelessness. It could be viewed as either light or dark which sums up life pretty well.


This is a photo of a character doll I created called the miser. He was a representation of my own selfishness and miserly feelings. Holding onto everything so tightly which gives it little chance to grow. It was also one of the first photos that seemed to generate such emotional reactions in people. It made me realize I did have something to say in the photographic image.


This doll is based upon a character from the Wizard of Oz called the China Doll. She is a store bought doll. I have moved on to using mostly store bought dolls lately. This is for many reasons which you may already know. At any rate, I love the light I was able to capture in this image. It really moves me and gives me a feeling of nostalgic innocence. It looks like a warm old movie from yesteryear.This was a look I had been trying to achieve and finally made it.

There you have it. I hope you didn't mind my little bit of sharing. It is more than I normally do but, felt compelled to share my excitement. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend ahead.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Studio Time and My China Doll


Hello my fellow blog explorers and art seekers. I hope your week has been going well. As we head into another holiday weekend I wanted to post a little update. I have been on vacation for over a week now and have made a little bit of progress in the studio. Not as much as I would have liked but, at least it's a start. Above is a picture of the black back drop and staging table I have put together to do most of the photo shoots on. This is what I will build a majority of the sets on. The only time I will not is if the set requires a larger surface. The table is an old paper cutter table that was abandoned in the halls of the Essex oh so many years ago. It has served as our snack table during shows and as a table for classes. Handy little thing I guess you can say.

I have placed two 16 x 20 inch hardboard panels on top of the table and a piece of 20 x 30 inch black foam core on that. The black foam core is going to serve as the floor of the bedroom I am going to create for Jasper.


Here you can see that I have begun making the walls. I have the wall where a window and the closet will be located. I have added another piece to this to make it long enough to completely cover the back side of the floor. I also put the little closet door in the shot so you can see how it is going to look. I have painted the door already just didn't get a shot of it. The room set will have three sides but, no roof. I want this to be like a theater set. Once the walls are ready I will begin the painting of everything. Once the rooms is painted and put together, I can then dress the set. It will then be ready for a few photo shoots.

I plan on taking more in progress pictures so you can see the process and how I put everything together into the final shoots. I will also try and talk about the lighting and such too in case any of you out there want to try something like this yourself.

On a different subject the little china girl is starting to feel at home.


Here she sits gazing out the window on a lovely afternoon listening to the birds and feeling the warmth of the sun on her face. It is a rather lovely afternoon here in southern Ohio. It will be in the low 50's tonight.

Well, that's it for this time around. I hope you all have a great holiday for those of you in the states and elsewhere, a lovely weekend.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I could escape this feeling with my China girl...


The newest member of Codyland has arrived. Her name is China Girl and she hails from Oz. She plans on teaching classes in tea appreciation and traveling the countryside. Perhaps she will run into Jasper and Ruff on her adventures. At the moment she is giving me some good advice.


Miss China likes my selection of music playing at the moment. It is very meditative and calming. Just what I need in the absence of a good cup of tea. I find her to be quite charming and very bright for such a young person. She told me her friend the wizard said she was wiser than her years. I am sure of that. This little one is quite photogenic and we will probably see more of her in the weeks ahead.

I have been dragging my feet these first few days of vacation. Best laid plans of mice and men as they say. But, my sweetie had a wonderful birthday to kick off his 50th year. We ate, laughed spent some money at the slots and even got a bit of art gazing in to boot. Yesterday I helped a coworker photograph his art work. Tomorrow it is a third trip to the dentist for a deep cleaning and other unpleasant things. Then finally some much needed time in the studio. Hope you all have a great week.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bees Knees and so on...


One of the newest arrivals to Codyland is Beeatrix Honeypot. She is the Codyland spokes person for the plight of the honey bees. Her mission is to tour all of the local farms and educate on the hazards of over using insecticides and herbicides which have been known to cause bee colony collapse. One of her favorite foods is watermelon. She is showing off one of the miniature ones in the kitchen.


Beeatrix is anxiously awaiting the cutting open of this delicious little melon so she can have herself a late day snack to cool herself from the summer heat. Beeatrix is a monster add on kit for the monster high dolls. She will probably get a new hairdo as she doesn't really like what the hairdresser did this time around.

Stuff and lots of it has been moved to the Essex studio. So work can commence on the photo sets. It is really hot in the studio this time of the year. Even the little ac unit I have is barely able to keep it tolerable. Of course this would hit right in time for my vacation I am hoping to use most of to work in the studio.

Anyway, hope you all have a great week and weekend. Will be celebrating my sweeties birthday tomorrow. He is turning the big 50. I don't think he is too excited about it either. He keeps avoiding the topic. But, hopefully, a fun dinner and night out art gazing will cheer him up. Until later my friends. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Design of Slumber


I have been working on a bed for my character, Jasper to put in his bedroom set. I wanted it to have a space or astro theme. Here is the bed completed with just the sheets and pillow.


Here I have placed his blanket on the bed. The bed is made out of foam core 3/16" and painted with several layers of acrylic paints. I then stamped the images of stars, comets and a ringed planet on the different sides. The final step was antiquing it all with a burnt umber glaze. The mattress was made with a sheet of foam core as the base, 1 inch foam as the core and covered with a layer of muslin. I also  pillow quilted the mattress to give a more realistic touch. A little silly I guess since you can't really see that in the final picture. But, I know it's there. The sheets were a cotton that I then attached by sewing to the foam board backing. The blanket is a piece of polar fleece I had left over from a long ago project.

This bed turned out pretty good for what I had in mind. I learned a lot about construction of things with this process. I haven't actually made things like this in many many years. Foam core is a craft guys best friend. I am planning on making some other furniture pieces as needed. One is a toy box and the other a side table.

I am getting everything packed up at home to transport to the big studio space at the Essex this weekend. Then hopefully the magic can begin. I am so excited to get into the thick of making the sets and other characters. There may be some other good news coming my way soon. I will keep you posted. I don't want to jinx it by saying anything else about it. Have a great weekend one and all.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Oh What A Sky


While life has been throwing a few curve balls, broken molar, my way and a busy work schedule. I thought I would share a few moments that just took my breath away lately. I was walking home from dinner out one night and I looked up to see the sky. Oh what a sky it was in all it's colorful splendor. Lucky for me I have a really good camera on my cell phone. So I snapped off a few pics to remember the glory of the earth that night.


Here is another view as I was getting to my neighborhood. I have been exploring photography in so many ways this past year and have to say that I just love it. It helps me to capture so much that I can't in other creative mediums. Luckily I am able to take another class from a really good teacher who helps me to see potential in my images and gives good but gentle critique. I learn a lot from those sessions.

I am busy as always with my doll collecting to build up my resources for characters in the photo series I am working on.


Here are the two main characters in the series. The boy's name is Jasper and the lion his friend is Ruff. They will be setting out on many adventures together in the coming months. You know a little boy or girl for that matter usually has an active imagination. Well, Jasper does in spades and it will lead to lots of interesting encounters.  Ruff will hopefully be the voice of reason. We shall see how that works out. If I know Jasper he is pretty head strong and may not listen to his conscience.

Hope you all have a great weekend and week ahead. It will be filled with five days of work instead of four for me. But, an eleven day vacation is on the horizon in a little over nine days. Then I can get some power studio time in. Until we chat again.