The solar eclipse we had recently felt very powerful to me. I feel like it was trying to relay with it’s energy for us to pay attention. It seems like the eclipse started a wave of natural disasters and other things happening that we should take a serious look at. I think we are needing to take a look at our humanity, the way we treat others and our earth. I don’t think there’s any question that our earth is angry right now, but many of us are not paying attention. It’s time….
I think sometimes I am just drawn to see if I can capture something specific in a photograph. If it seems difficult it just makes me try to figure out how to do it.
The other night it was raining really hard, and the drive at our apartment complex had water rushing over it. I really wanted to capture that so I could share it. I didn’t really feel like going out in the rain and covering up the camera, so I set up the tripod right inside my window and I pretty much just did a long exposure.
I have had several paintings in the studio I have been “stuck” on. I just have not know what to do next on them. I have started and finished other paintings and those still sit there, staring at me. Am I afraid of “messing up”? Waiting for them to “speak to me”? That’s one of the things I find fascinating, challenging & frustrating about abstract painting.
Finally yesterday I decided to take desperate measures and just add paint to them. I feel that at least something changes on them and maybe then they will “speak to me”. This is the experimental part of my painting. If I am stuck, the painting will never get finished, so if I at least add paint, whether good or bad, the painting has changed. That is when I have found some of the most exciting things happen in painting! Sometimes it’s a happy accident. Sometimes it’s just something I would have never thought of that just comes out in frustration! But it sure is exciting!
Here’s a few photos of my stuck paintings in progress… (excuse the photo quality! cell phone photos at dusk!)
I finally know where I am going with this one… stay tuned for the final version!
Please share what you do to get unstuck! Would love to hear!!! 🙂
Well, I thought it was time for me to write a post, and when I pulled my blog up I could not believe it’s been that long! I guess I do have a few excuses, I have been pretty busy. But that has not stopped me before.
One major thing was my move! I have not decided if I love or hate moving. I don’t like all the work involved and the hassle involved in moving, but I love the change, the “new”, the “starting fresh” part of it. Lot’s of great things about my new place. #1 cheaper, #2 walking distance to my art studio, #3 free cable & #4 direct route to work. So it’s definitely a good thing.
Another major “distraction” was SXSW. I volunteered again to work SXSW EDU & SXSW Interactive. I love it! I actually took vacation time to do it and it was lots of work, but ended up getting in to see Bruce Springsteen in concert! I was right by the stage, and it was an amazing concert! We also made it to Rachael Ray’s free breakfast! (but never got near the food! my friend waited 2 hrs!). Here’s a few photos taken with my phone camera. Boy I wished I could have had my big camera there! 🙂
I got a bit of painting done in February (one day I actually painted 5 minutes!). I submitted a piece to the #TwitterArtExhibit in Norway! The exhibit is a fundraiser organized my artist David Sandum. This is the 2nd year he has done it and it sounded fun! Plus I love the idea that I will have a small piece of art in Norway!
I also did a couple of paintings for the Arthouse 5X7 fundraiser, which I got to participate in last year and was fascinating. If you happen to be in Austin and want to check it out, they will be having 2 events next week, the 5X7 Splurge & the 5X7 Social. Look at their website for details.
Now I have no excuse to just get busy with my art. I am a few minutes away from the studio, and I will be participating in the West Austin Studio Tour in May. So I have lots to get ready for. This is the first time I really get to participate with my studio in the tour! I am very excited.
I will get back to posting more regularly. I have a lot of art “business” to take care of, so I will share some info!
I got to check out the amazing cows done by some local Austin artists for Cow Parade Austin. CowParade Austin is proud to partner with the City of Austin and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation to benefit Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and Superhero Kids Fund. You can go see them right now at the Long Center (not sure how long they will be there). I got to photograph almost all the cows, but I realized I missed one of my friends cows! I have them all posted on my Facebook page (and will add my friends cow when I get the photo! 🙂 )
Here’s a few of them!
The Republic of Texas Biker Rally (ROT Rally), is always a great photo opportunity. So much going on and quite entertaining. And YES, it’s loud! I took quite a few shots, and these were my favorites. I did just use my 50mm 1:4 lens, I thought I would see what I would come up with, and I knew it was going to get dark. (The first shot here is my favorite! It’s a bit blurry but I love it!)
I realized a couple of days ago that I forgot to take a look at my lightning photos from a few weeks ago. I was quite disappointed in most of them, but I guess it’s all about the learning process. This I think is the best one out of the bunch. My problem with most of them was that they were out of focus! (Grrr) Oh well, I will work at it next time.
Today I had the urge to play with my camera. I thought I would take photos at both extremes of the apertures! I like the different effects you get from both ends. Love the star burst shape from the f/22, and the bokeh from the f/1.4. Here’s what I got! (And thank you to my hubby for posing for me!!!) 🙂
Today I thought I would share a photo of one of the pianos around town. There are several towns that have had pianos around town as part of “Play me, I’m Yours”. I realized that they will just be around Austin till the end of the month, so there’s one week left to check them out. We happened to find a young man playing it when we went to Doug Sahm Hill this evening, and it was wonderful! I think I will try to photograph the rest of them if I can this week, and I hope to find people playing them! If you happen to be going to play one of the pianos, let me know! I will try to come by and get a photo. Check out the website http://www.artallianceaustin.org/play-me-i-am-yours.html for more information.
I took this photo at the Zilker Botanical Gardens of the water lilies right at the entrance. They are just beautiful right now! It was pretty bright (middle of the afternoon), so I tried different photo apps on my Evo. I think this was my favorite, it was with Vignette for Android. Right now I do not remember what setting it was in, I wish I did, but I guess that makes it one of a kind! 🙂