A Lot Like Love

Cover of "A Lot Like Love (Widescreen Edi...

I will never get sick of watching this movie.  Sweet, cute and funny, with More

Neil Gaiman: Best Commencement Speech for the Arts, Ever

You Are What You Think You Are

Cover of "Willie Nelson: An Epic Life"I started thinking along the line that if you put your mind to something, you could do those things.  When you think positive about those things, you have a better chance of getting them done.  If you think you can’t do it, you won’t do it.  If you want something to happen, pretend it has already happened.

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Slacker

So, I know I’ve really been slacking on the posts lately.  I can’t help it.  I’ve fallen out with inspiration.  At least, in the graphic design area.  I’ve picked up crochet and macrame, recently.  That’s been taking up most of my evenings.  I know.  I’m totally geeking out.

Really, I haven’t felt like being on the computer for the amount of time it takes to create some good works.  Maybe once I get back in the groove, I’ll post some free frames.  As, it seems, that’s what people would like.  But, that won’t be all, as I don’t find frames very fulfilling.  I like doing it as a way to give.

Actually, I’ve been thinking how it would be really nice to start creating things to donate.  I haven’t looked far enough into this or done enough creations to start it out yet, but the idea is there.

Hopefully, I’ll be around more.  This intermission wasn’t intentional.

Big Fish — The Best Movie Ever

Big Fish

No argument will convince me that there is a movie anywhere that is better than Big Fish, (except maybe Alice in Wonderland).  It’s a Tim Burton film (surprise, surprise) from 2003.  It is also a novel written by Daniel Wallace in 1998.  By far, this film addresses everything you need to know about life.  There is loss.  The impending loss of a relationship you are still unsure of.  There is regret.  The unspoken kind.  There is love.  Pure, sweet love.  There are choices.  The kind that change the path your life is on or, alternatively, the life your path is on.

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Vibrant Wood Pattern

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These are some really wonderful nature pics. What gorgeous images and colors! Only nature can provide beauty like this (a good photographer doesn’t hurt).

Great work, Jeffrey!

Originally posted on Photo Nature Blog:

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

One of the logs from a log cabin at the Connor Bayou Park in Ottawa County, Michigan displayed an interesting and colorful pattern today.

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Guitar Pedals, An Interactive Art Installation of 96 Guitar Effects Pedals by David Byrne

Interactive Art Installations

Interactive art installations, aren’t they awesome?  Of course they are!  Like this one: Guitar Pedals, An Interactive Art Installation of 96 Guitar Effects Pedals by David Byrne.

Even though I know nothing about guitar pedals (well, I know a little more now…), this is a great idea.  Anything that gets people interactive with art is (usually) a good thing.

Some more on music tomorrow…

After humans

This is a wonderful image in the After humans post on Lubaluft’s blog.  There are more posts than just this one.  Check them all out.  Eerily haunting images.  Beautiful abandoned spaces.  It makes you think: What went on in these places?  Who lived there?  What incidents transpired?  I love abandoned or haunted areas like these.  So much left to the imagination…

Awesome work.

Abstract Digital Paintings

The Dreaded Abstract Art Project

Well, I had a project to complete two digital paintings.  Oh yeah, they had to be abstractions!  Oh no!  Yeah, I’ve never had a warm fuzzy feeling about all that abstract art.  It’s something I’ve never understood and never really been into.

I’m glad to say I have a better understanding of it now.  It actually makes sense to me.  I’ll explain what I did here, in hopes that maybe some of you will be able to understand it.  It doesn’t mean you have to love it.  In fact, I still don’t have that strong of feelings for it.  Yet, it’s a little more welcoming to me now.  I hope you might be able to grasp some sort of understanding of  it.  It’s really beneficial to know what specific periods of art are about, the feelings behind and the motivation the artists had when creating them.

For the first project, I had to create a spontaneous digital painting while listening to music.  There were 5 songs, I had to listen to each one and just start painting.  I was required to let the music guide me and not think about the outcome.

I thought, are you kidding me?  Not think about the outcome?  Isn’t that what artists do throughout their working process?  Sure, a work is an ever-changing product.  But hey, there’s always an idea that sparks the start of your work.  So, this “just start painting” was just completely unheard of and semi-insane to me.

After putting it off until the unbearable last minute, I thought, “Okay, let’s just get started.  I’ll do what it says and just let it go.”  All the while thinking: this is going to look like something a 7 year old did and be completely pointless.

Well, as I started with the first song, I was really surprised at what I created.  Then, it just seemed to keep getting better.  I just played the selected song, looped it and let it go.  Paint, paint, paint.

Would you believe I came out with 5 distinct paintings for 5 distinct songs?

I chose the painting I believed to be my best.  It was done to Miles Davis, Venus de Milo and here it is:

If you want to check out the song yourself, it would help if you play it and view my abstraction, go to Grooveshark to check it out.  You can play the song for free there.

If you listen to it while viewing, you might see how this became the product.  It’s just lively and colorful like the song.  It’s a little all over and different parts represent different instruments.  It’s just fun.  That’s just the song.

I’m not saying this is some great abstraction or anything.  It’s really not.  The thing is, it really gave me a feeling about what abstract art is.

On to the second project.  This seemed even more unreasonable.  Anyone know of Van Doesburg’s Composition (The Cow)?  Yeah if you’re like me, I never understood how his final work really was the geometric breakdown of a cow.  This “universal harmony” didn’t make universal sense to me.  That’s for sure.

I guess I just didn’t understand the method.  Apparently, you take a picture and trace the basic geometric shapes over it in Photoshop or the application of your choice.  Then, you actually move those objects around until you create something that feels like universal harmony.  Oh.  Really?  Is that how it actually works?  That’s helpful because I just thought those artists threw some shapes on the canvas and chose what they wanted it to represent.  In reality, the artist actually had some sensible method in mind.  At least, that’s what they say.

For this work, I chose a farm tractor.  This is my abstract representation of the tractor:

I used pastoral colors that would create a country feeling, since there wasn’t a tractor there to do it for me.  I balanced it the best I could, as well.

As you can see, it doesn’t look anything like a tractor.  Yeah, I did the project as instructed.  You know what?  I’m not too disappointed.  It’s probably one of my least favorite works, but I know how to go about this style now.

There you have it.  That’s your 5 minute abstract art helper!  If you’re facing an abstract art project and you don’t know where to start, maybe this will help or inspire you or maybe you’re just reading this for fun!  Whatever your reason for coming here, hope you enjoy the art.

Light the way…

Rays of light

Okay, this isn’t just another Abbey quote.  I hope this discussion can catch a few people off guard and cause some thoughts to start brewing…

There’s another disadvantage to the use of the flashlight: like many other mechanical gadgets it tends to separate a man from the world around him.  If I switch it on my eyes adapt to it and I can see only the small pool of light which it makes in front of me; I am isolated.  Leaving the flashlight in my pocket where it belongs, I remain a part of the environment I walk through and my vision though limited has no sharp or definite boundary.          – Edward Abbey Desert Solitaire

Well, you can really look at this on two levels.

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