Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Sundry in the Creative Mind of an Artist

It just never stops, that need to create even when it comes to the Sunday morning dishes and the irresistible sun shadows reflecting through the glass onto the kitchen counter.prisma app
various items not important enough to be mentioned individually

Putting aside a lazy start to the day, I am back to sewing blue felt butterflies for the DML residency, and have taken a few photos of two artists for a Dayton City Paper article, and will get back to working on my wee BIG BOY painting. Meanwhile as I sew blue butterflies my mind is buzzing with ideas for a future project. 
Gotta clean up the kitchen
help mr. b make sushi for lunch
cheers all and thanks for dropping by

I forgot to mention my POWA! blog I run with jafapal Nancy Mellon was featured in the Dayton City Paper 


As if dealing with sexism in the arts isn't enough, older women face another ism that gets little attention, ageism. Older women artists continue to be overlooked, ignored or presumed past their prime or ability.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Getting Your Nose Stuck In a Book


Residency Notes: Week two and we were are not quite as exhausted. We are finding we have to rethink some of our public drop in project ideas after the flower making session is done as they seem rather ambitious given the time constraints as well as age diversity of our drop in library patrons.

Well not quite, we are too busy working with the patrons and getting our installations up, but we thought it would be fun to use our old nose in the children's section of the library. Meanwhile back in MY studio I'm working on a small Americana painting.
Yep, wasn't kidding about it being small.
Oil on wood and 8" x 8"
The first time I saw a Big Boy was in Gatlinburg Tennessee the first year we came to America in 1978. I thought it was typically American, and wonderfully cheesy and I loved it.
As for getting my nose stuck in a book.
Off to read Gerda Saunders Short stories
and listen to the rain

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Telling a Compelling Story with a Camera and Spontanaeity

Instead of complaining when his 93-year-old mom moved in, he got his camera.

The photos he took are haunting, playful, and breathtaking.

I just think this is so beautiful and amazing, and what a way to share this precious time with his mum.
You can keep up with him on his fb page.

How to tell a story with a camera is easier said than done and I find myself sometimes asking more and more why I need to  share an image. Sometimes I don't know if that is a good thing as per the advice on photofocusI am not knocking the advice, it's great for professionals who are trying to earn a living with their photography or for an assignment but do we need to worry too much each click of the camera.
"What is it about THIS photograph that is important"
 Sometimes images take on a new importance a day, a week or even years later. Perhaps the important part is being engaged with where you are and the process of photographing.  
Why do people need to see it?  
 I am not sure this is a good idea. Maybe a good question AFTER you've taken the photo. That's kind of like trying to paint what you think people want to see, but it destroys your original voice trying to cater to what people "might" like to see.
Why do you need to make it?.  
The reasons are varied and I usually know beforehand why I am photographing, so I don't struggle with that question for each image before I take it. If I spent time doing that I wouldn't get some of the shots I do, especially some of the street shots. 
Never underestimate spontaneity.

Fore example here is one of my fave photos taken as I walked past a vendor at a Night Market in Kaohsiung, Taiwan 2014.
travel pics of Taiwan

 Olympus Stylus 1 
I had no time to process why I needed to take it, or if people would be interested in seeing it. It captured the mood of the evening and brings back wonderful memories of my visit to Taiwan. 

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Cloudporn Is A Thing

The new hashtag you should be following? #Cloudporn

INSTAGRAM IS CHOCK-FULL of great travel photos. Even to the extent that there's so much that it can be hard to know exactly where to start. There are a number of great hashtags to start following, but my new personal favorite is #CloudPorn. It's exactly what it sounds like: amazing photos featuring amazing clouds.

I love photos of clouds, but learning how to paint them is a whole other thing. I have tried in the past with little success. It was only this year that I felt encouraged after painting a stone for my radiation series and decided to give it another shot.
 So today a friend and I spent an afternoon practicing painting clouds on some old posterboard panels. 
Not brilliant, but not bad either. I just used white, black and ultramarine blue for this session. I really like this video and may give it a go using the colours and not doing such hard edges.
thanks to Nagualero for the great video

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Calm Studio Time vs NOT so Calm Studio Time

The Calm Place
Jafabrit's Studio
Well, ahem! okay studio is looking a wee bit messy BUT it's quiet, and it's the place I spend the most time in. I read here, or listen to bbc radio, or quietly create, or just sit/listen and center myself. That sounds awfully woo woo, but it's just finding that quiet spot and giving in to it. If the weather wasn't so hot and humid I would go dadirri. 

An Indigenous Approach to Healing Trauma

People have always experienced pain, and in the vast span of time before the colonial expansion of western culture, indigenous cultures weren't without their methods of dealing with trauma. For centuries we've largely ignored the wisdom of those among us who are still directly connected to ancestral ways of knowledge.
I can't really get into any new painting projects as my focus is on  preparing and planning the Dayton Metro Library Residency projects but I have doodled and I always leave the studio feeling 
 refreshed and calm.

 NOT So Calm Studio Time
Creative Space DML Northwest Branch
jafagirl flower power
Nancy and I have several hours studio time and then several hours open studio time each week for 6 weeks and it's go go AND go. I was so happy that some wanted to help create flowers for the installation Nancy and I will put up in the children's part of the library.
We are also facing some challenges on how we want to install the various projects , but I feel this is part of the residency; trying to figure things out and how to use the space creatively. This first week was exhausting, mostly due to carting two car loads of supplies etc in a car without air conditioning (it's fixed for next week thank goodness) and setting up the creative space.  Not so calm studio time BUT energizing and the library, staff and patrons are wonderful.