I took a semester off school, and I feel displaced. It’s difficult to set my own deadlines and make work for myself when I’m used to the structure. I haven’t picked up my camera in months.
I took a summer course in screenprinting, which was really great. I enjoyed it a lot and learned a lot about working under tight time constraints. Those of you who follow my instagram have seen some of the work from that time.
I made my first sale on society6 with this print. I’m working on getting some more work up there.
Right now I’m importing 67 gigs of files into lightroom and looking for work.
Leucadendron presents “Experimentation” # 3 “Naked Animals”-Leucadendron’s Choju-giga-
From Swinging Bridge, photograph by Ron Reeder.
Reeder works with palladium prints made from digital negatives that are made from scanned analogue negatives. He gets some beautiful results using the same paper I use for salt prints – arches platine.
I was looking up more microscope photography for a new body of monotype work, and came across these:
Eckhard Völcker – Exploring the Microscopic World
I also really dig this photo of microscopic soy sauce
via the blaze
And these: Microscopic Images of Alcoholic Drinks
The above photos by photographer Michael John Grist (website) during his haikyo trip to Nara Dreamland, an abandoned amusement park in Japan. Haikyo (Japanese for “ruins”) is the hobby of urban exploration, which often includes trips to abandoned places and nearly always includes people photographing their experiences.
I was particularly drawn to these images because they were at once formally beautiful, but also emotionally evocative. They are haunting images of a constructed reality that was enjoyed, then abandoned. I saw these awhile back, but I was recently reminded of them when I was trying to think of other artists that work in capturing constructed realities.
Dear friends, sometimes I get carried away into the artistic arenas of decorating and just beautiful things I see in every day life. That is one of the points of this blog: to catalog what inspires me. But my outlet is painting, and painting is what the things I see inspire me to DO. So here’s a little process for you.
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Crunchy Betty has this great tutorial about making picture tiles. It uses mod podge, so it’s not archival, but they look really nice. There is a tutorial here, including how to hang them. Tutorial includes pictures.