Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fear and Loating Down Mexico Way

Fuente, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

This is one from a new series called "Mexico in Blue." This was created using textures and layers in Photoshop, coupled with some images from central Mexico. The layers and the Photoshop technique render the color palette a very blue mixture of colors, mostly blues with some other bright, vibrant colors thrown into the mix. I thought that this went well with the central Mexico feel, the architecture down there is very brightly colored so I thought that it kind of fit anyway.

It's a bit unusual and I'm still not sure I like this kind of stuff, but I thought I would give it a go and see how it came out.I think that I rather like some images presented this way-this one has a painterly feel and looks very vibrant. Some of them though, phew, they came out looking like horrible experiments gone wrong.

Very, very wrong, I guess you could say. Ouch!

Until next time...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What is it about this place?

They are filming yet another movie at the office park where I work. What is it about this place that makes them film here so frequently? I know it isn't the food, since we don't have any.

Anyone think I'll get to meet Johnny Depp again?

Until next time...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Miserable Morning Commute

Car ride, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

In case you have not heard the latest news, there are reports all over the Internets about a raging 9 day traffic jam in Beijing that spans over 60 miles. Nine days?!? That's a lot of time for a traffic jam, don't you think?

Now, we don't have traffic jams like that in Austin, but we do have some, by those standards, what you would have to call "bad hair days." You know what I'm talking about here, just those kind of annoying snarls that get you, but nothing as serious as that.

To give you an example, I was driving the other day and got stuck in what I would have to call a "bad traffic hair day." Picture this. I was driving, it's hot, I'm stuck behind this truck that just won't move. I mean, won't move, not now, not ever, just won't. I'm even starting to wonder why they bothered to put wheels on the thing. It's hot. The radio is playing nothing but annoying commercials and moldy oldie songs from the 70's-not the good ones, mind you-there were some good songs in the 70's, but do they play those? No. These are more like songs that seemed old the first decade I heard them. Crap that should have left us in the disco era and now is back like a bad case of crotch rot in a slightly humid gym. I'm punching buttons on the radio hoping to drum up some Mexican music, something on NPR, or anything from this decade that isn't an advertising jingle designed to get me to eat a my local hamburger joint or use a particular dry cleaners. I even try to look around in traffic and there's just more misery all over this highway.

There's a fat guy on a motorcycle wearing a too tight T-shirt from an Irish bar in San Diego called "O'Brien's" or some such thing. Great, that t-shirt is so far from authentic I want to cry, not to mention it probably fit him something like 2000 doughnuts ago. He's got on one of those helmets that looks like it's a hard pot from the war. I look closely, I see it's got some kind of decal on it, stuck on the back. "Fuck Obama" I think it says. Great to know the textbook picture of class and civility is stuck next to me in traffic-that's always comforting. Quick, everybody, save the children, he used the F-bomb.

Then there's this yellow Mazda. Who buys a car that color? Bright yellow with black and yellow interior and trim? It's like a rolling bumble bee with tires that. And a Mazda? Really? Isn't that the world's most boring brand of automobile? What, like you want everybody, every last person in the entire known universe, to know you have no taste in vehicles, so you went and got yourself a bright yellow one? Lucky you-I'm the one stuck in traffic forced to actually look at it. Somebody, please poke my eyes out with a stick to save me from this misery.

So, I'm bored, we're not moving, it's hot, and there's not even damn Mexican jumping music on the radio. I want to pound my dashboard. I want to pull my hair out and scream. Yeah, it's a bad day behind the wheel. God, I hope somewhere over in England the Stig is posting a gloriously fast lap time. Somebody on this freaking blue ball of a planet had better be spinning, that's all I can say.

Then, I think about the people in China. What are they doing, trapped in a raging traffic jam for nine days? Nine days?!? Imagine what you would do? Call for pizza? "Hi, I'm about 186,794,365 cars back from the light. The little white one, can't miss it!" Have sex with your girlfriend? Channel Willie Nelson and smoke some good dope? Pray the sun sets so you can take a nap and drool all over your dashboard? Nine days!

Beep beep! Nine days is a long time, don't you think?

Until next time...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Abstraction in Area code 512

I am going to start to name my abstract pieces, created using the iPhone, after wrong numbers and marketing calls. Might as well make something productive come from them, right?

Until next time...

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

The New World, Since 1878, with Apologies to Top Gear

ElNuevoMundo, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Sorry about the VW, really I am. I know how much the guys from Top Gear go on about VW's being the devil's spawn and all. Believe me, it wasn't my intention. I just loved the idea of seeing the new world since 1878. Interesting joint, don't you think?

For some reason, I'm in the mood for Mexican today. I even got some veggie meat I can use to make some tacos. I think tomorrow's dinner is going to be tacos, at least that's how I'm feeling.

Been a quiet weekend-went down to the Texas Wax meeting and caught up with the wax folks. Got some ideas for stuff to do, stuff I need to do, and the like. We talked about East, the upcoming East Austin Studio Tour and giant artfest in the fall. Lots of stuff going on.

Then, I came home today and started playing with some stuff from Mexico. I've got some stuff too, that, let me just say, it's trippy and leave it at that. Yeah, very very trippy, that is. Think "Fear and Loathing Down Mexico Way" and you're pretty much there.

Woa Dude.

Until next time...

Friday, August 20, 2010

The camera

Carol has decided that she doesn't get many calls but she uses her iPhone as a camera so much she's decided to call it an iCamera. Please stay off the line so I can take more pictures.

Until next time...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Listen Up! The Red Leaf Diaries are upon us

TheActivist, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Listen up, people!

It's almost fall. Yes, yes, now I know what you're thinking, "she crazy!" Well, gosh actually I am, but that doesn't change the fact that it's almost fall. The leaves have started to tip a bit, even to fall in some cases. The heat of summer, the hot dry days and long golden light twilight spells are soon to give way to cooler and shorter days. I know what I'm talking about, trust me, it's almost autumn. I can see the signs if I squint and hide myself from the blaring hot sun a bit.

Autumn means many things to many people. It's back to school time, yes, it's cooler, it's easier to shoot more. Yes, yes, and why, yes. All of that and, perhaps the most important thing going. It's almost time to start up, once again the Red Leaf Diaries.

Now, since it's been hot this year, I've decided that I'm starting them now. Right now. Right this very minute, in fact. I'm secretly (ok, maybe not so secretly) plotting where I might find a red leaf. And I'm going to find it, mind you, I will. And when I do, well, in case you could not guess this part, you'll be the first to know about it (ok, maybe actually the second. After myself, of course.) So, there you have it. Red Leaf time. NOW!

Oh, and, in case you're new here and you're wondering, "What on earth is she on about today?" allow me to explain. The Red Leaf Diaries is something that I sometimes do in autumn.

Here is an excerpt from a previous post about the Red Leaf Diaries.

Sometimes, in the autumn, when the mood strikes me, I go out searching for a red leaf. This might sound a bit odd, a bit lame, a bit, "oh, is that all?" but it's not really. You see, Austin and the surrounding areas (where I live) don't really get much of the traditional "fall foliage." So, it naturally follows that, well, we don't get many red leaves. But, it's not just the lack of red leaves in the general vicinity, no the red leaf diaries are something a bit more than that.

It's about the journey, not the destination.

It's not really about the act of finding a red leaf, you see. It's about my search for one. It's about the quest, the travels, the hunt. It's about where my trials, attempts, and meanderings take me and, perhaps more so about what else I happen upon along the way.

The way it works is, if I get to see it, if I happen upon it in the great hunt for my one, single, red leaf, you get to see it too. You get to see it and see pictures of it, and explore, right along with me, enjoying that quest, that thirst for all things autumn. And, if I should happen to come up dry, well, you too can share in my shortcomings. Yes, the red leaf diaries are all about finding autumn in the strangest and slightest of places-experiencing the change of season in the smallest of ways, and also of sharing that with you.

So, this year, once again, we'll be "red leafing" it together. I hope you're up for the trip and you enjoy the view along the way. It promises to be a fun, though at times, bumpy ride.

All of that and, well, who knows? We might just happen up a spiffy red leaf.

Until next time...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Flowers for Carol

I'm not feeling well today. Is it lame to send flowers to yourself because you suffer from allergies? Gosh, I hope not.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Lamp abstract

Since I was stuck indoors on account of a bad storm, I decided to focus my attention to light. I love modern lamps, lights. And ceiling fixtures. This is an inexpensive but nice full sized paper lamp. Enjoy!

Until next time...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Please explain

Somebody stuffed a watermelon into the gluten free aisle. I know melon is gluten free but, really?

Until next time...

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Just a Little Angel

TheAngelical, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

I've been a little angel, getting things done at record pace today. Now, I know most of you think of me as a bit of a devil, especially as of late, since I haven't been around as much as I should, but here's proof to the contrary.

Yesterday, they were having a film noir marathon so I shot the TV set. Literally. Well, not with a gun. I took some stills from the films with the iphone camera. They came out pretty good too, what a surprise.

Speaking of the iphone camera, I'm going to do a long post (I promise!) about iphone apps and the like. But, I have to say this, I just love that little thing. It's a great little camera. It's fun, it's so very point and click-ish. It's renewing my love of the instamatic in so many ways. It's freedom and it even comes with a phone. Yeah, I love having that little angel in my pocket.

Hopefully some additional news this week, but I wanted to check in and spread some Sunday joy before it's off to rest.

Until next time...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Film noir

Watching a film noir today. Guess which one?

Until next time...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Please let there be light

At the car shop, getting my lights fixed.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My New Hero

OJ, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

In case you have not heard the news, yesterday there was an international incident at JFK airport. According to reports, shortly after a JetBlue flight from Pittsburg taxied to stop at a terminal in JFK, Steven Slater, a flight attendant was struck in the head with luggage a passenger was trying to unload from an overhead compartment.

After being hit in the head, the passenger cursed Mr. Slater, who then demanded an apology and the two argued. Mr. Slater then got on the plane's PA system cursed at all of the passengers, grabbed two bears from the flight attendant's gallery, activated the inflatable emergency chute, and slide down the chute onto the tarmac. He was spotted running into the terminal and made he way to his car. They are reporting too that he was in "the midst of sexual intercourse" when police arrived at his residence in Queens to question him about the incident.

I think Steven Slater is my new hero. The only complaint I have is that he didn't chug one of the beers as he was sliding down the chute or maybe flip the bird back at the passengers watching. At least, I'm sure glad he stuck the landing.

I think he's really a genius who has come up with a better way of deplaning. "Two beers and down the chute." Go, Steven Slater, GO!

This now makes him the greatest airline folk hero since DB Cooper. And, even better, unlike DB (and my true love The Stig,) we actually know what he looks like so we can put his face on T-shirts across the land.

Oh, did I say, "land?" Um. Ooops. He never did make it to that pesky airport gate, did he?

Until next time...

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Today the wonderful and talented KathyV came over and we did some encaustic pieces. After a blistering hot day in the outdoor painting studio (which is *not* air-conditioned, btw, and, oh, did I mention it's like 102 degrees outside? Yeah, hot Texas wax takes on an entire new meaning come August 'round these parts) she helped me with some projections.

It's been a bit hard to get these done, because I know how I want them to look but it's hard doing them with a self-timer. I have to set the camera up, set things up, set the time, run into the photo, hope I'm in the right spot, let the picture take itself, then run and upload to see if it's working. It's a very long process to do these projections so Kathy played "photo assistant" by helping me do stuff like keeping bedsheets from sliding off my head (where, oh where is Joe McNally when you really need his "bed sheet thieving" expertise?) and prodding me to turn left or move right. It's so helpful, you have no idea.

I still didn't win the battle of the Christmas lights but, you know, I did some very Hitchcockian maneuvers with some bird-like creatures. Look for that horror coming to a blog near you sometime soon, that is, if the birds don't get me first.

Uploading compact flash now, should take quite a while given that we did a ton of work. Here's hoping some of them actually came out good enough to share too.

So, to sum it up, this weekend I completed three encaustic pieces, helped Kathy with hers a bit, shot a ton of projections, and, oh yeah, had some pizza and a few good eats in between. Productive time in the studio is wonderful, isn't it?

Out of my way! I'm Superwoman, able to scale tall projectors in a single bound. All that and I'm about to collapse into bed as soon as the compact flash is uploaded.

Until next time...

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Look what I got

A gift from the lovely and talented Tina over at Studio2 gallery! Real time zero film. Oh, how I long for you again!!!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Do You Have a Dave? Don't You Wish Everybody Did?

Face, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Sometimes, we get so caught up in the things we don't have, we neglect the things we do. For example, I don't have tomorrow's winning lottery tickets. Bummer. Nor do I have that mansion on the hill everybody always talks about. Nope, not me. I live in a small house in the suburbs. A fancy car like they twirl around on Top Gear with? No, I don't have one of those either. But, I do have a Dave.

What's a Dave? You might be asking. And, I'd be here to tell you.

He's the "most painted man in Austin."

The "most painted man in Austin?" Really? Really. Allow me to explain.

The "Dave" in question would be Dave Larson. Dave is married to painter and figure drawing instructor Eve Larson. Eve has been teaching, painting, leading life drawing sessions, etc. in Austin for over 30 years. During this time, whenever she needed a model, she conveniently used her husband, Dave to pose. Consequently, Dave has been drawn, painted, sketched, pastel-ed (yes, I know that's not really a word but you get the idea) etc. many, many times, by many different people. There are young Dave's, older Dave's, modern Dave's, Dave's from the disco era. There are even Dave's with other people and Dave's alone. Dave's head has been drawn, his torso, his feet, his "fill in your favorite body part" so many times, if he were to rob a bank, the police sketch artist would not have to lift a pencil. Dave's everywhere!

To celebrate the omnipresent Dave, the Austin Visual Arts Association is having an exhibit. From their brochure, "As part of the collaborative process, artists from around Austin will participate in the first annual "DAVE" display — a massive mural comprised of artistic renderings from the past 30 years by local figurative artists of Dave Larson, "the most painted man in Austin." Wow! What can I say? That's a lot of Dave's.

I think this is a great idea for a show, in fact, it's one of the most original if you think about it. An entire Dave mural! An entire Dave show! An exhibit showcasing Dave through time and history, as drawn, painted, photographed, sketched, etc, by artists all around Austin. There will be new artists in the show, as well as old favorites. Beginners and some of the most highly acclaimed artists in the world. Everywhere you look, somebody's got a Dave and many of the scattered Dave's will be rounded up for this show. What a fantastic idea!

So, today, instead of telling you how I don't have this, I'm missing that, my life would be complete if only...instead I'm going to tell you this. I've got a Dave. Yes, me too! Even I have a Dave.

I'm happy to say I've got a Dave. And you should have one too.

Don't you wish everybody had a Dave? If everybody were out busy making Dave's, there would be no war, no poverty, no hunger, no strife, there would just be a lot of charcoal, some paint, and lot of Dave's running around. The great thing about Dave is that, even though everybody's got one, we can still make more. The world can always use one more Dave, it couldn't hurt, right?

So, go ahead make a Dave. Do you already have a Dave? Don't you wish everybody had a Dave? "Dave?!? He's not here right now, can I take a message?" He's on display in downtown Austin this week and I hope you get to enjoy some Dave too, in your own little way, of course.

Until next Dave...

Monday, August 02, 2010

Nocturnal Photographer

PoolEveningReflections, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

The big project over at Utata is live now. Check it out here.

Well, go on. What are you waiting for?

Until next time...

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Route 66 Motel

Route 66 Motel, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

This is one of my additions to the "oh so very soon to be released" Utata "Big Summer" project called Nocturnal Photographer 2010. From the looks of things, it's going to be an absolutely fantastic project. I would encourage anybody with nocturnal leanings to tag their work and participate (there's still time-you have until midnight in your time zone tonight!) and, for the rest of you, I hope you will enjoy the link once it's available. I'll try to post it here sometime tomorrow, as soon as I get it myself.

For this project, there's a bit more excitement because we don't have a "hidden preview" (so not many of us know what it looks like yet either!) combined with the fact that the first night photographer project was such a sweeping success. You can imagine how excited we all are about this year's project.

So far, I've completed three of the themes-I've done places, people, and lights. I am probably going to do interpretive before the night is over, but not totally sure about that one yet. We'll see and, as they say, the night is still young! (Heck, it's daylight where I live now.)

For the places theme, to give you a bit of a tease, I shot a Route 66 motel at night. I shot mostly the big neon sign (that you see here) and also around the pool area a lot. It was fun to do, though a bit quick as far as projects go. I did it over my recent trip to New Mexico.

Route 66 motels are sort of interesting subjects even without the night factor coolness. For those of you who don't know, Route 66 is a class highway, one that originally ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. It's known as the "Main Street of America" and also the "Mother of all highways" since it was one of the first interstate highways in the United States. The motels along Route 66 were famous for being friendly "mom and pop" style hotels, not the big chain motels we're so used to seeing today. Catering to drivers passing through, many of the famed Route 66 motels are in odd locations, places like the wilds of New Mexico and deserted stretches of road in California. Sadly, many of these motels have been left to rot, torn down, "modernized" or done away with by some other horrible means of slow death, but they were an active part of the history of Route 66 and even a good chunk of Americana itself. If you can find one, they are fun places to visit and total throwbacks to that bygone era of summer vacations, road trips, and back country highways that's now a bit out of place in modern times.

Look for a link to the big Utata project sometime early next week.

Until next time...