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Arty Interests from 11/3/15

15This is a rundown of my artistic life as of late.

Last month, I made a few necklaces to practice using crimps and crimp covers. I was obsessed with jewelry for a few weeks. Then, I realized that I hated all of my beads. I didn’t want to make anymore pieces with them. I considered gathering them up and trying to sell them as a miscellaneous lot on eBay. I may do that if I ever get up the energy to organize said beads.

My attention abruptly shifted to mixed media art. I became obsessed. I made this:

Mixed media on canvas.

Mixed media on canvas.

After that I found an iPhone/iPad app called Glitché. It lets  you create “Glitch Art” from your photos.

Glitch art is the aestheticization of digital or analog errors, such as artifacts and other “bugs”, by either corrupting digital code/data or by physically manipulating electronic devices (for example by circuit bending).” – Wikipedia

I went a little crazy. Did a lot of posting to Instagram. Then I found an app called Waterlogue. It makes your images look like watercolor paintings.  Here are samples of each.

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Waterlogue 1.1.4 (1.1.4) Preset Style = Rainy Format = 6" (Medium) Format Margin = None Format Border = Straight Drawing = Technical Pen Drawing Weight = Heavy Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Normal Paint Intensity = Less Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Blurry Water Bleed = Intense Brush = Fine Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = None Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Medium Options Faces = Enhance Faces

And now, I think that’s out of my system for the time being.

I’m back into jewelry and  taking a course on Curious from the O’Neil Sisters. Here’s one of their videos on YouTube:

I understand the wrapped loop now. Wire is my new obsession.

That’s where I am. All over the place.

A Clearer Path? Maybe from 12/25/15

It came to me like. flash. A flash? The flashy notion was that I can use this blog to document my creative journey. I want to be an artist. No, I shouldn’t say that. I will say that I am  an artist! I have something to express. Something to share with the world. I have the passion, now I need the skill. I need to learn how to use those tools I’ve purchased.

Okay, I know that in a previous post I said the blog was going to be all about jewelry. That was a good thought, but now I’m thinking bigger. The concept may get bigger still. It may shrink.  We shall see. The important part is that I keep posting.

I was going to talk about a few things in this post, but instead, I’ll keep it short.

I will give a preview of what’s to come. Not necessarily in this order.

  1.  Learning how to make wrapped wire loops.
  2. Digital to physical mixed media.
  3. My next dance solo.
  4. Working with my new DSLR camera.

We’ll see how things go.

Bird mixed media painting/photo print, Nikon DSLR, wire wrapped bracelet

Crime time

The total eclipse happened. It was neat to see in my cereal box pinhole viewer, but because I didn’t see the totality, my life wasn’t changed.

Podcasts

I’ve begun listening to a few true crime podcasts. My favorite so far is True Crime Garage. It’s hosted by a guy named Nic and another guy who calls himself the Captain. Their research seems solid and they are personable. They begin each podcast by sampling a craft beer. It makes me want to try a few interesting beers, but I don’t think I like beer well enough to spend any money on one.

Another one I like is the Thinking Sideways Podcast. It features two guys in their 40s and a woman in her 30s. They aim to look into mysterious events-not necessarily only crimes. The content here isn’t as in-depth as in the True Crime Garage, but they are entertaining.

I was listening to one called Crawlspace which I think is pretty good. They turned me on to Nic and the Captain so I’ve all but forgotten about this one.  I should get back to it.

Night Time: Canadian True Crime and Mysteries is one I’ve tried, but it hasn’t gotten me hooked yet. Perhaps I prefer shows with more than one host. This one is a solo effort, but he does interview guests.

There’s one called Casefile True Crime that I haven’t listened to in a while. Serial Killers is supposed to be good, but I haven’t tried it yet.

The bottom line here is that I really like the true crime genre. This has eclipsed my interest in the paranormal-for the time being at least.

Art

After spending hours making wrapped loops, I have attained an intermediate skill level. Practice really does make you better! So I figure if I practice drawing, I can get better at that too. I’ve been drawing hands. I don’t know that I’ll ever be a drawing master, but I can get a little better. There’s not enough time to get good at everything. Writing should be my focus.

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Work

While I’m on the subject of writing, I’ll mention my last Science Node article. It was a simple overview of the Citizen CATE project. The project was the National Solar Observatory’s (NSO) effort to collect images of the recent total solar eclipse. Volunteers across the country used telescopes and other NSO provided equipment to get images of the eclipse. The goal was to create a 90-minute video of the event.

I’m moving on to the next story. I wanted to do something on data art, but the paper I found about it was published too long ago for my editor’s liking. Instead, I’m covering research that some people are doing in Switzerland on software that makes creating computer animation accessible for novices. I’m hoping I can get past the more difficult technical bits and write something interesting. Gotta read the paper tomorrow!

Harvey

The hurricane has devastated Houston and other parts of Texas. Could things get any worse on this planet? I’m going to try and stay away from the news and keep my head and heart up.

Lost My Mojo

For the last few weeks I've been getting my spiritual groove on. I was secure in the knowledge that I am at one with the universe and that my thoughts have the power to shape reality. I felt as if everything was fine because everything I see is only an illusion. I was feeling infinite and eternal with no beginning and no end. Something happened to make me lose those feelings.

Could it be that I subject myself to too much noise? I have been spending too much time on Twitter. I get free access to the Washington Post online edition with my IU credentials, so I've been spending too much time there. I listen a lot to the Thinking Sideways podcast. Maybe I've got too much of other peoples' stuff in my head.

I've been working on wrapped loops.

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I started a couple of collage collage projects. I hope to find some greater meaning through these works.

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I finished writing a piece for work that I'm proud of.

Now to take some time for myself. It's time to start meditating. It's time for silence.

Two Canvases from 7/4/16

It occurred to me that while the paint is drying on one canvas, I could begin another. That is what I have done.

These two pieces have a relationship.

Canvas 1

Canvas 1

Canvas 2. This one was a black canvas.

Canvas 2. This one was a black canvas.

They look better to me in real life than they do in the photos. As I look at them, a story is beginning to suggest itself. Something about morning, night, and water. I’m not sure what will happen next, but I’m looking forward to finishing them and moving to a completely different palette. I’m thinking reds and yellows.

I’m also getting closer to doing jewelry again. This sketch came up on Timehop from two years ago. I’m inspired to sketch some jewelry and then make it. That is progress.

Necklace sketches.

Necklace sketches.

Not a Studio from 6/18/16

In the Cat Room

I don ‘t have an art studio. I have a cat room. I could easily use that as an excuse to not make art, but I have other excuses like not having enough time or not being good enough. I’m getting too old for these excuses. If I don’t get to work soon, I will run out of time.

This Blog

I started this blog to make myself get serious about making art. I want it to be a regular practice–something that nurtures my soul. I plan to share my exploration of mixed-media and art journaling techniques. Currently, I’m signed up for Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday and Tamara Laporte’s Life Book 2016. I’ve worked on some of the Inspiration Wednesday exercises, but I’ve done none of the Life Book lessons. It’s that thing about not having enough time.

Photo of messy craft table

My table and supplies.

My assignment for today is to at least gesso the next two pages in my journal.

Photo of open journal with blank pages

The proverbial blank pages.

I’ll do some work in it tonight or tomorrow. I’ll post the final results toward the end of the week, or maybe sooner. The journal, by the way, is one I bought from Donna Downey’s store.

Writing this post is a big step in the right direction for me. Gotta keep the momentum going!

One more thing…

I was watching one of those tiny house shows today. It featured a woman looking to buy and move into a tiny house. She was an artist. I looked at her and thought, I want to be called an artist. I want to live the life of an artist. That is just too cool!

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