Friday, January 16, 2009
So without further ado: http://eclairre-and-coffee.blogspot.com/
Go check it out!
Friday, January 2, 2009
On the left is my 2 year old son. He was just straightening up from feeding the ducks (note the two ducks at the bottom of the picture), when I said (from behind the camera), "Look out, there's a big bird above your head!" Because while he was squatting down to take care of the ducks, the flamingo on the right had wandered over and was literally standing over him to see what he was up to. There was a moment when I was certain these two would knock heads... and then I managed to snap this shot, even while trembling at the thought that such a large bird, with such a large beak, was standing mere inches from my beloved child.
Now my son isn't prone to panic. He takes after both me and my husband in that he analyzes the situation, then comes to his conclusion based on the evidence and his own logical thought process. I can only imagine what must have been going through his head at this point: i.e. there's an enormous bird standing right in front of me, how fast can I run, will my dad protect me from that gigantic scary beak, what will this pink monster do when it discovers I've just run out of food, I've never seen a bird bigger than me and I'm feeling a little freaked out right now.
In a matter of seconds he came to his own conclusion and quickly but quietly moved away. In the next shot, which I'm not allowed to post because it shows my husband's face (he's a little paranoid about sharing pictures on the Internet), my son is standing safely BEHIND his dad, scanning the area for any big birds that might be approaching from the other direction. I have to say, smart kid.
I had an encounter of my own with a flamingo that day: as I took a few steps back to take the first shot posted here, I bumped into a flamingo that was standing right behind me. Lucky for me he just grunted his objection and didn't use his own gigantic scary beak on me. So I turned in place and took his picture, and I'm posting it here with my thanks to him for leaving my backside intact:
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
So I decided to build a light box. These are something that pro photographers use, and they can be expensive to buy. If you google "build a light box" you'll get a number of sites with instructions on how to make your own - granted probably not as nice, but for small shops with a limited budget they can do the trick. I ended up spending under $20 total for everything I needed, and last Sunday afternoon I put it together. I don't have pictures of the actual box (my studio is currently doubling as a holding room for Christmas presents and I can hardly walk in there right now, it's a complete disaster), but I figured a few before and after shots of my items are in order.
So, without further ado, here is the before shot of my Ocean Swirls notepad:
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
And lastly, here's a pic of the one I'm "field testing" (lol). I call it "The Flying Commas", which is kind of a personal joke on me - I won't bore you with the story behind that one:
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
It's called "Zeke Nudges Coffee Bean". If you notice in the lower left corner there's a little finger... well that's my 2 year old son. When I was taking pictures he was being a very big help, and in fact I got some great shots with him, too. In this particular shot he was very concerned that that little coffee bean might not make the picture, being so far away from the rest of the pile, so he kept nudging it closer to the bunch. The memory of that made me smile so I kept the final piece with his little finger included! I think it adds human interest :).
Anyway, water soluble graphite is a very interesting kind of pencil, and I'm definitely going to practice with it some more. I have no experience with watercolor, and there's some strategy involved with mixing these pencils and water to make a good finished piece, so that's where the learning curve comes in.
I'm also procrastinating on my latest graphite piece, the first in my Poker Face series. This is Antonio (gotta figure out how to reduce that flash glare):
I've always liked the "unfinished" look in some of the pieces I've seen from other artists, but whenever I try it mine always come out just looking... well, unfinished. I've still got work to do on him, I've just been lazy about it.
Lastly, I'm working on another project that I'm not going to talk about just yet.. too early. But it's exciting, and I really hope it comes out the way I'm envisioning!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I'm playing around with colored pencils but I'm not drawn to them the way I am with graphite. They're good as a supplement, and I'm happy to use them as such. I've also started playing with water soluble graphite pencils - I officially ruined my first piece over the past week! - but I'm reading up on technique with these unique pencils and I'm excited to give it another go. Hopefully some time this week I'll be able to get some practice in with those.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The pursuit of power (or recognition, or control), on the other hand, is a desire that others recognize or acknowledge your gifts. It's a self-centered desire, based on the approval of others, and really has nothing to do with improving your work or who you are or what you know. It's a need to be admired, or at least appreciated.
I'm tagging this post with my Left Brain, Right Brain tag because I think for me it has a lot to do with this difference. My left brain is always trying to figure out how to profit from what I do, how to make sales, how to spread the word about my work. My left brain wants to be recognized, admired. My right brain, meanwhile, isn't at all sure it even wants to make a sale - there's a nervousness about expectations once someone actually pays money for something created. My right brain just wants to create, to learn, to improve, and then to create some more. My right brain is satisfied with the process, while my left brain will only be satisfied with a measurable, profitable result.
Needless to say I feel far more satisfied with my art when I'm immersed in the process. On days like today I question the wisdom of even having an online shop - except that I believe hoarding one's talent is also the quickest way to lose it. I release it to the world because creative energy must always be on the move, must be free to ebb and flow, regardless of whether or not I make any sales. I tried the hoarding bit, and I ended up not creating anything. So it's off and away, out into the universe, and I release my expectations of what happens to it after that.
So there, left brain.