Friday, December 31, 2010

My Year in Photography - 2010


LoneTree, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

It's that time of year again. Time to take stock of how 2010 was photographically and see how things are shaping up for next year.

According to Flickr, this was my most popular image of 2010. 2010 was very much a year I did a lot of black and white work, and I'd have to say I struggled with doing square black and white images over my traditional color images. No worries here though, as I've always loved black and white. It's good to sometimes pull back, dial down the color, and see things for how they really are, isn't it?

2010 wasn't a great year for me photographically but it wasn't totally empty either.

Early this year a man flew a plane into a building in Austin. I was on the same road driving to work when it happened. Those were some of my first uploads to Flickr last year. I challenged myself to treat the subject as a photojournalist would-no heavy post processing, no major edits, just shoot it as I see it kind of a thing. Now, I'm not in a hurry to do that again, I can say it was a nice exercise for me. I did get some pictures out of it and I'm happy I did it. I think we all need to challenge ourselves photographically, even if we don't always love the results or if we don't get what we might expect from the camera. That's part of the journey of being an artist.

I did some drawing sessions and started taking pictures of my drawings. I went to Fotofest in Houston. I shot some pictures there but also saw a lot of work. It takes a long time to process (mentally) Fotofest, takes a long time to absorb seeing all that much work in one small spot. Still doing that really. This image actually comes from that trip down to Houston to check out all of the work at Fotofest.

I went to New Mexico and took another photo workshop in Santa Fe at the Santa Fe Photography Workshops. I studied with a great photographer and met a lot of nice people. The workshop with Elizabeth Opalenik was wonderful and time in Santa Fe is always time well spent. The workshop experience is one that I recommend highly for any photographer and the Santa Fe Workshops, while grueling and tiring really kick start everything into the next level. They really are life changing and artistic affirming events-I recommend the experience highly for anybody who's thinking about moving their work to the next level and is unsure of how to go about doing that.

I did a series of self portraits. Projected images. I finally got 20 of them done and, while I don't love all of them, some of them came out ok. It was an interesting project even if it's been a bit of a let down in terms of commercial success (I don't think most people do self portraits to sell a lot of work anyway and I'm certainly no exception to that rule.) Projected pixels, pieces of me finally started coming together in 2010 and I'm happy about that. I think it was high time I put myself in front of the lens for a change and I'm happy I did it looking back on the project. It's also not finished-I expect to do more with the projector in the years and projects to come.

I got an iPhone in July and started shooting with it a lot. I got invited to do an iPhone only show in Austin-that's going to happen early next year. Fun stuff. It's really put the fun back into photography for me and I love it for that.

I did a lot with encaustics and started doing a lot of pastels. My pastels are improving and I had a few shows of my encaustic (and photo + encaustic) panels. I expect to do more of that next year as well. I also went to the car show and changed up a bit how I shot the cars this year. They still look like me, I just expanded my repertoire a bit when it comes to shooting the cars.

I did a series called "Mexico in Blue" that's very digitally altered. I like it. Some people love it too, while others not so much. I haven't finished it and I expect to take it to the next level in 2011. Look for more of that style of work to come next year.

November brought on the East Austin Studio Tour but I did fewer shows this year. It felt good to do that. Sometimes, I do too many shows and it's good to slow down, do fewer but make them more fun and meaningful. Next year will probably find me doing more shows and getting work out more. Just a guess and maybe I'm wrong about that, but I'm itching to do some shows and get my work out a bit more than this year. In 2010 I was a bit distracted and happy to let shows slide by in favor of other things, I expect to return to the show scene with a bang, starting early in 2011.

I got a new camera and started upgrading my equipment a bit. I expect this to continue heavily in 2011, with probably another new camera, maybe even two, possibly a new printer, and lots of little upgrades here and there. This is the kind of behind the scenes stuff that helps keep things going, even if it isn't as fun for me to talk about and share with you here. I've never been a "gear head" photographer but I do need to have my gadgets in order to do what I do, so I plan on making the upgrades as best I can to keep things moving forward in 2011.

I ended the year by doing a bit of commercial work and getting ready to start 2011 with a bang. Next year, I'll be adding a new word to my photographic resume and that's: educator. I've been approached by several different places to teach art and photography and I'm looking forward to that opportunity.

Looking ahead, I've got classes coming up, (I'm teaching soon) I'm in the process of updating my equipment, and I'm going to do a larger project which (I hope) will turn into a big one person show (somewhere.)

I'd have to say 2010 was the year of mixed media for me. Mixed media, self portraits and the iPhone mostly. Not a bad year for me, not one of my best but I look back and see signs of growth. The pastels and encaustics are moving me in some new directions and I explored some old favorites with the square black and white work. All in all it was another year for the books, and I'm looking forward to 2011 and all of the joy this will bring.

I hope you have a happy photographic and artistically successful new year and 2011 brings your creativity to life.

Until next year, this time...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

More On the Christmas Tree Bandit


Bandit handiwork, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

So much has happened regarding the Christmas Tree Bandit, I hardly know where to start.

First off, Cedar Park, the small, ahem, humble town in which I live now has its very own bandit. Now, it's not the same bandit as the "official" Christmas tree bandit, mind you (can there really be an "official" bandit? I'm not too sure about that but, if there were one, it would be the one from Austin I suppose.)

For those of you unfamiliar with the Christmas Tree Bandit, you can read up on him here or just take my word that he exists. He randomly decorates trees along Austin's 360 corridor. Why is he called a bandit, well, that's an easy one. Because the City of Austin, in their infinite wisdom, declares the trees "trash" since, though he does clean up after himself, more than 30 days elapses between the time he hangs the decorations and the time he tears them down so, technically, they are "trash" at least according to Austin Police (APD) and the City Council in their infinite wisdom.

Cedar Park has taken a proactive stance with regard to this bandit behavior; they've started alerting the citizens of this "random Christmas decorator" (as they call him) by making an official statement. Brace yourself, my fellow citizens, for the City has spoken and, well, we hardly know of anything else that makes sense coming from a Town Hall these days.

The statement says that the City of Cedar Park will allow the "bandit" (or bandits, as the case may be) to decorate but asks that anyone participating in decorations consider the "welfare of the wildlife that lives in the trees." Ok, so we're allowed to put up Christmas balls, provided we don't strangle the squirrels. Got it. Check. They also tell us that they "won't be dusting Christmas balls for fingerprints anytime soon." Phew! Now that's a relief. (I guess the new motto of Cedar Park could be: "Welcome to Cedar Park. We're not as loony as Austin. Just yet. But, you know, give us time and we'll catch...er...up?")

Next in my seasonal Bandit news briefing, it was just yesterday that I happened upon the actual Christmas Tree Bandit. The real one. The original. He was down in Austin talking to the pinon wood selling guy on highway 360. And, big news here, he's married now. He was actually standing there, talking to the pinon guy with his new bride. How romantic. (Congrats, Christmas Tree Bandit guy, and bride, wherever you may roam!) They were both parked next to his truck which is a white Chev...oh wait, I can't tell you that much information now, can I? (I'm certainly not going to finger the Tree Bandit, no no no, we can't have that now, can we?) He drives a Dodge actually, or maybe it was a Toyota. Gosh, it was really hard to make it out. Come to think of it, it might have been a Ferrari. Yeah, that's it. A purple Ferrari, with orange bucket sets and a big longhorn on the front. (What's that you say? Ferrari's don't come in purple? Yeah, well Christmas Tree Bandits don't actually drive now, do they? Since they don't really exist and all. Not if APD has anything to ask me about them, they don't or like they wouldn't. "Honest officer...he looked just like the Stig without his helmet." That's all I got.)

Turns out that APD also had their hands full this past week. One of the Yogurt Shop Murder suspects got stopped at a red light, bolted, and wound up stabbing a police officer in the neck. The officer is ok (he'll recover) but the Yogurt Shop Murder suspect was killed by APD over the course of defending themselves. Now, I can't speak as to why somebody would want to run away, stab a cop, get shot, and killed two days before Christmas but I can probably safely guess that APD was a bit busy this holiday season, so much so that they appear to have let up their search for Christmas Tree Bandits everywhere and have actually started, oh I don't know, hunting murderers instead. Something tells me this sounds like a bit better use of taxpayer funds so I'll just leave it at that. (Apologies if you'll have to cancel your BOLO's, tear down your police sketches and re-decorate the Post office looking for more hardened criminals, but the tree decorating bandit is still on the loose. Citizens of Austin should be vigilant in locking their...um...pine trees up tight I suppose. You wouldn't want any free roaming holiday decor landing on your front porch-it could be hazardous to your squirrels. Unless, of course, you live in Cedar Park, where it would appear all of the town squirrels got some memo from Town Hall asking them to go to Florida for the winter so we can decorate our highways without coronating a new batch of felons on the lam from the law. Or something like that.)

With all of this bandit news happening, I'd be remiss if I didn't tell you that, this year anyway, there's a new form a decoration appearing. Since the bandit got married many folks (not just the bandit himself, mind you) have taken to putting up decor in honor of a loved one or for the recently/soon to be married folks they know. There are now a bunch of trees sprouting up with decor that reads thing like, "Greg and Susan, November 29, 2010" (and the like.) It's a new trend in Christmas Tree Bandit Decor I'd have to say, if such a thing can be construed as a trend at all, since as the whole thing is illegal unless, of course, you live in Cedar Park and then it's just annoying to squirrels everywhere (I suppose.)

I'd say "that's a wrap" but it might be illegal in my town (no word from Town Hall regarding Christmas wrapping paper just yet) so, instead, I'll just send you a picture of a short tree with some balls on it and leave it at that. Oh, and, should you happen to see a purple Ferrari with orange bucket seats a big longhorn on the front being driven by a Stig and his misses, don't forget to wave. (*Waves* Hi Bandit! Merry Christmas!)

Is there someplace where Christmas is normal? Yeah, I so want to move *there* don't you?

Until next time...

Christmas Tree Bandit Handiwork

I have much to share about the Christmas Tree Bandit with you today, though longer post will have to wait until I get to a real keyboard. A quick snap of his handiwork will have to do for now.




Until next time...

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ok Go on How to Be A Star in a Few Easy Steps


SpiralsAndSpokes, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

The other day, I was reading this article written by Damian Kulash over at the Wall Street Journal.

Who is Damian Kulash? You might ask and I might be here to tell you.

Mr. Kulash is not some boring economist, marking strategist, or dullard CEO, rather he's the lead singer and guitarist for the rock band Ok Go (apologies if you do not recognize them sans treadmills, but they are one of the more popular acts of 2010.)

It dawned on me as I was reading the article that a lot of what he says about music also applies to photography. You could say the same thing about a lot of successful photographers nowadays, in fact, image if the article were written by a photographer. It might run something like this:

"My photography has been viewed by millions of people on Facebook, I've made videos on YouTube and thousands have watched me take a shooting vacation to the Grand Canyon, coming back with the most stunning of prints and a how-to video for aspiring photographers. I have several thousand followers on Twitter and my Flickr images are instant faves for hundreds of people.

For most people, the obvious question is: Has this helped sell [prints]? The quick answer is yes. We've sold more than 600,000 [prints] over the last decade. But the more relevant answer is that doesn't really matter. A half a million [prints] is nothing to shake a stick at, but it's the online statistics that set the tone of our business and, ultimately, the size of our income.

We once relied on investment and support from a major [gallery]. Now we make a comparable living raising money directly from fans and through licensing and sponsorship. Our bank accounts don't rival Lady Gaga's, but we've got more creative freedom than we did as small fish in her pond.

[Pay attention-this is where the parallels get really interesting.]

For a decade, analysts have been hyperventilating about the demise of [photography]. But [photography] isn't going away. We're just moving out of the brief period—a flash in history's pan—when an artist could expect to make a living selling [prints] alone. [Art] is as old as humanity itself, and just as difficult to define. It's an ephemeral, temporal and subjective experience.

For several decades, though, from about World War II until sometime in the last 10 years, the [print] industry managed to successfully and profitably pin it down to a stable, if circular, definition: [Photography] was prints of [photos]. [Photos] not only made it possible for [photographers] to connect with [viewers] anywhere, at any time, but offered a discrete package for commoditization. It was the perfect bottling of lightning: A powerful experience could be packaged in plastic and then bought and sold like any other commercial product. [He says plastic, but it might as well be silver/paper, a frame, or a magazine subscription just as well.]

Then came the Internet, and in less than a decade, that system fell. With uncontrollable and infinite duplication and distribution of [images], selling [images] suddenly became a lot like selling apples to people who live in orchards. In 1999, global record sales totaled...[I've left the actual sales figures out, but you can catch the drift here.]

[Photography] is getting harder to define again. It's becoming more of an experience and less of an object. Without [prints] as clearly delineated receptacles of value, last century's rules—both industrial and creative—are out the window. For those who can find an audience or a paycheck outside the traditional system, this can mean blessed freedom from the [photo] industry's gatekeepers.

Georgia singer/songwriter Corey Smith has never had a traditional record contract, but in 2008 he grossed about $4 million from touring, merchandise and other revenue, yielding roughly $2 million that was reinvested in the singer's business, according to his manager, Marty Winsch. Mr. Smith makes his recordings downloadable at no cost from his website, and Mr. Winsch emphasizes that they are promotion for his live shows, not the other way around. "We don't look at it as 'free,' " he says. "When people come to the website and download the music, they're giving us their time, their most valuable commodity." Recently, Mr. Smith entered a partnership with a small music company, but unlike a traditional label deal, the arrangement will give him 50% of any net revenue.

Mr. Smith's touring success, unfortunately, isn't indicative of industry trends. Live performance, once seen as the last great hope of the music industry, now looks like anything but. Live Nation, the largest concert promoter in the U.S., recently reported that concert revenue is down 14.5% since last year. A report by Edison Research found that in 2010, 12-to-24-year-olds went to fewer than half as many concerts as they did in 2000; nearly two-thirds went to none at all.

[The same can be said of the print world in the land of photography-a place where subscribers are drying up faster than water drops in the Sahara, magazines are folding at record pace, and books are no longer being produced at all unless they come from the mouth of Blurb and are completely artist funded.]

So if vanishing [print] revenue isn't being replaced by touring income, how are [photographers] feeding themselves? For moderately well established artists, the answer is increasingly corporate sponsorship and licensing—a return, in a sense, to the centuries-old logic of patronage. In 1995, it was rare for musicians to partner with corporations; in most corners of the music industry, it was seen as the ultimate sell-out. But with investments from labels harder to come by, attitudes towards outside corporate deals have changed. [Same can be said for photographers.]

These days, money coming from a record label often comes with more embedded creative restrictions than the marketing dollars of other industries. A record label typically measures success in number of records sold. [Same is true for a photographer working for a magazine-you find yourself facing a staff of editors and have to "sell" an idea, often leaving little in the way of artistic freedom for the photographer.) Outside sponsors, by contrast, tend to take a broader view of success. The measuring stick could be mentions in the press, traffic to a website, email addresses collected or views of online videos. Artists have meaningful, direct, and emotional access to our fans, and at a time when capturing the public's attention is increasingly difficult for the army of competing marketers, that access is a big asset.

My band parted ways with the record label EMI a little less than a year ago....[Many photographers no longer carry gallery representation, many do not have book deals, most no longer work for publications, either in the form of newspapers or magazines/print who once provided a stable income for the working photographer. Even stock photography, the once bastion of money making for struggling photographers, is now a well that has run dry. Thanks to the advent of micro stock and diminishing fees for stock photography, photographers can no longer depends upon the income from these revenue streams to support themselves and their creative outlet.]

Now when we need funding for a large project, we look for a sponsor. A couple weeks ago, my band held an eight-mile musical street parade through Los Angeles, courtesy of Range Rover. They brought no cars, signage or branding; they just asked that we credit them in the documentation of it. A few weeks earlier, we released a music video made in partnership with Samsung, and in February, one was underwritten by State Farm. [How many photo blogs, including this one, are sponsored or have some form of corporate sponsorship? Is it really going to be a big jump, if it hasn't happened already, to envision corporations sponsoring, actually commissioning photographic work that exists only in the realm of new media? How long before Nike pays some sharp shooter to go and shoot the sneakers for Twitter or Facebook, without making it look like some kind of ad? Has it already happened? Probably so, would be my guess.]

We had complete creative control in the productions. At the end of each clip we thanked the company involved, and genuinely, because we truly are thankful. We got the money we needed to make what we want, our fans enjoyed our videos for free, and our corporate Medicis got what their marketing departments were after: millions of eyes and goodwill from our fans. While most bands struggle to wrestle modest video budgets from labels that see videos as loss leaders, ours wind up making us a profit. [How many photographers will start to turn a profit from avenues like Facebook or Twitter in 2011?]

The unsigned and unmanaged Los Angeles band Killola toured last summer and offered deluxe USB packages that included full albums, live recordings and access to two future private online concerts for $40 per piece. Killola grossed $18,000 and wound up in the black for their tour. Mr. Donnelly says, "I can't imagine they'll be ordering their yacht anytime soon, but traditionally bands at that point in their careers aren't even breaking even on tour."

What Killola is learning is that making a living in music isn't just about selling studio recordings anymore. It's about selling the whole package: themselves. And there are plenty of pioneers leading the way. Top-shelf studio drummer Josh Freese sold his album online with a suite of add-ons. For $250, fans could have lunch with him at P.F. Chang's; he says the 25 slots he offered sold out in a day. One fan sprung for the $20,000 option, which included a miniature golf outing with Mr. Freese and his friends. [Ok, so why aren't there photographers offering to sell lunch with them at P.F. Chang's or private lessons, "go shooting with a pro!" for exorbitant fees?]

Not every musician takes the project of selling themselves literally, but the personality and personal lives of musicians are being more openly recognized as valuable assets. [Same for photographs. We've known for a long time that photographers lead interesting lives, travel a lot, work with glamorous models, etc. and there is a huge market opportunity to show the "behind the scenes" type of work-the artist at work, if you will. This demand, while it can seem outright silly at times to a working photographer, it can be a huge untapped marketing opportunity: show yourself at work, show the wizard behind the curtain to help sell the finished product.] The Twitter account of rapper 50 Cent arguably has wider reach than his last album did, and Kanye West has made an art form out of existing in the public eye, holding spontaneous online press conferences and posting rambling blog entries.

This isn't so revolutionary an idea. Pop music has always been a bigger canvas than beats, chords and lyrics alone. In his early days, Elvis's hips were as famous as his voice, and Jimi Hendrix's lighter fluid is as memorable as any of his riffs, but back then the only yardstick to quantify success was the Billboard charts. Now we are untethered from the studio recording as our singular medium, and we measure in Facebook fans, website hits, and—lucky for me—YouTube views.

[The same is true for photography and the photographic medium. Look at how many artists were "personalities" in that they capitalized on some quirk or small aspect of their personality.]

I hope this article gave you something to think about or solidified some of the ramblings we read about social media and marketing for photographers in this new dawn of scattered Internet content.

Until next time...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Autumn is Here Now


SoftTREE, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

It's pretty much peak autumn right now in Cedar Park. The leaves have all turned red and it's a balmy 75 degrees in the sunshine. I am going to be home this week and have many tasks to do but I'm not going to bore you with those details.

I shot this picture of the big Bradford Pear tree in my backyard a few days ago. I managed to soften it up a bit in camera and took its picture before what's left of the leaves have fallen off and blown away.

I hope to get out some shooting this week but I'm really enjoying my time resting up and getting stuff done around the house. I got a new TV set for my bedroom and set that up yesterday, so now I can watch TV in bed again (the other one, it would appear, just stopped working one day. I don't know why I have such trouble with television sets, I really don't.) Chase is enjoying having me home too, he barks at me and demands that I stop and pet him on a regular basis. I've been doing some pastels too, at least I did another drunken building over the weekend.

Today I'm meeting some friends at Z Tejas at lunch and then I'm going to start working on my sketchbook project. I have to find a "super hero" at the dollar store, at least that's my goal for today. I'll work on the project once I get the super here in place anyway. Watch this space for more details as that project unfolds.

Until next time...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

First Photo from New Camera


AgaveHeart, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Greetings, Snowflakes! Queen flake (that would be me, in case you weren't paying attention) has just completed her Photoshop upgrade and can now safely upload shots from her spiffy new camera. Well, ok, maybe it's not so spiffy, it's just sort of a camera, but...like...you get the idea. It's new photos from new camera time.

This one was taken on one of my many trips over to the Hill Country Water Gardens. It's a close up (detail) view of one of the plants they have there. This is shot number 2 from my new camera (the first one will be uploaded at a later time.)

Since I'm now uploading photos from the new camera, I can now tell you that this means I'm also running Adobe Photoshop CS5. And, as if all of that new stuff were not enough, CraftyGuy has been teaching me some new teenage lingo so now I can say CS5 is the shizz or, as he so eloquently put it, "it's all that and a bag of chips."

Of course, when I first loaded CS5 it did what all Adobe apps do right out of the box. It crashed. Oh, and it wouldn't open my files. Lovely. I just love computer programmers, they #$%^ things up before they get them right. But, fear not, not to worry and all, I managed to run the super secret upgrade program and arm wrestle CS5 into recognizing my camera RAW file format. Yay! Score one for Canon. I mean, um, yeah, Canon wins that battle this time. (They screw up so many other things, we should just quietly let them have this little victory, shouldn't we?)

Still getting used to the Adobe Camera RAW new format and the spiffy new camera RAW editor/viewer program. It's got all kinds of new slider thingies and lots of little buttons and do-dahs. Oh, this is going to be fun, I already like it, even though I don't know what's in it or how to use it. Yes, I know. I'm easily amused.

Next up, Carol tries to use her printer. Oh, right. Now, how many of you out in Internet lands think that's going to go just swimmingly? Yeah, if you believe that, I've got a bridge to sell you and, the bridge? It's all that and a bag of chips really.

Until next time...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Red Leaf Diaries on a Crisp Sunday Morning


Red leaf glory, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
There's nothing quite like a crisp, clear, Sunday morning, is there? It's the snap in the air, the chill that wakes you up. Well, ok, maybe it was actually Chase barking at the cat again that woke me up, but you get the idea.

Top o' the mornin' to ya! It's Sunday.

On slate for today, I have some pastels to do this afternoon and I've already had a bit of a morning walk, at least I went back outside to the backyard where I found some beautiful autumn glory. The trees are quite nice now, just turning all red on us. This is what they look like from my yard.

Austin is not famous as an autumn location and, for the most part, I can see why. This isn't your mother's Massachusetts after all, but there's something about sometimes hitting a nice little autumn, neatly tucked away in this quiet little normally autumn-less place, that really makes me smile a bit. Sure, we don't have the glamor of Maine or even the sweeping colors of Connecticut, but we all experience autumn in some little way, even if it's only in the form of one little red leaf. There's no escaping autumn, even if you only get to see it for a short time and with only a few leaves to point it out.

So, here you go. Here's the Austin version of autumn for you. Is it autumn in your little world? It it winter yet?

(Hey, that's the other neat thing about seasons: they change!)

Until next time...

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Still No Sober Buildings and Some Show News


Windy city, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Still no sober buildings today, but I wanted to post this, which is a better picture of the windy city (aka "drunk buildings" project) that I'm working on now. This one is a bit more of a straight shot, yesterday's was thanks to the hipsta. While I love the hipsta for what it does to photographs, I am really not sure it's the greatest thing for reproducing artwork.

Some show news to tell you about too today.

For starters, I found out that I was accepted into the Texas Photographic Society's "Your Best Shot" competition, which was jurored by Fraction Magazine's David Bram. You can see the gallery here.

Next up, I'm participating in a holiday show over at Pigoata Studios. It will be held on December 18th and I'll have work there along with a lot of the folks from the Texas Wax organization. Please stop by if you are in the neighborhood and need some last minute holiday gift items. It's over on Bolm Road, next to Big Medium.

Finally, a word about why I have not been blogging so much. I've gotten a large commercial client who wanted to use some of my work for some upcoming corporate demonstrations, so I've been up to my elbows in getting that together. Not how I always want my work to get out there but it's getting out there nevertheless, so I'm happy with it. Commercial clients are always nice, since they pay me this stuff called "money" and, I'm told, it makes the world go 'round so it can't be all that bad, right?

Well, so long as you don't run out of it, I guess, it's not the end of the world. I mean, somebody had to go and paint all of those dead presidents so, in some small way, it really is all about supporting the arts this holiday season, right?

Until next time...

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Drunken Buildings

Ok, who let the skyscrapers into the liquor cabinet again?!?



Until next time...

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Sunday, December 05, 2010

This is my Last Sober Building for a while now


CleanLines, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
This is my last sober building for a while now. Earlier today, I was in the studio, playing around with some pastels, and I decided that I wanted to draw myself some "drunken buildings." I tried to explain it to somebody else too, I said, "I have this burning desire to create drunken buildings-you know, buildings that look like parenthesis?" She didn't know what I was talking about. Then, I drew one and she said, "oh! Right! Like Doctor Seuss!" Yeah, just like that.

Then I did a big pastel of these "drunken buildings" and I realized that, tonight anyway, I might have found my true calling. I felt like a kid again. It was fun. It's fun to draw drunken buildings. The entire world should be drunk all the time. The entire world should never have to conform to things like horizon lines, levels, and plumbs. Even the word plumb, well, I take exception to that. A plumb is a nice tasting fruit and I refuse to grow up. It's never to late to enjoy a misspent childhood. In fact, when I was a kid, I used to draw straight lines, lines with rulers. Now? Not so much. Make them all shaped like big giant "C's" I say. There's enough serious in the world, let's have some fun, shall we? Drunken buildings for one and all.

I did a big pastel of these drunken buildings and, while I was doing it, I realized something. It's kind of hard to do this. I mean, it's kind of hard to figure out what color to use for them. Nothing normal here-I made the sky a bright yellow, a lot of the buildings purple, the people sort of dark reddish. But, it's hard to do. The urge to mass in some kind of realistic like color really hit me-I had to fight it and fight it very hard. I mean, how do you come up with a color scheme for a world that doesn't exist? Eh, lime green, purple, anything crazy will do, I suppose.

In the end, I'm almost happy with my drunken buildings. I want to do more. I feel empowered by these drunken, leaning, circular spectacles. No more straight buildings for me. Maria even said to me, "this is what you are supposed to be doing." It's like I've found my true calling. They are so *me* in oh so many ways, these drunken buildings are.

So tonight, I have to say, this might be my last sober building for a while. I may never draw one again, in fact. I like them all drunk, like Dr. Seuss. Drunk like Gaudi. Leaning over, tilted, jilted, crooked, crumpled, creviced, or otherwise messed up in some little way. Drunken, purple and lime green crooked buildings, yup, that's me. I mean, crap, why be normal?

This is my last sober building for a while now. It may be my last sober building ever. I've found a new way, a better way, a drunken building way. And, frankly, I can't wait to show it to you. I want you to see what kind of a drunken building stupor I've worked myself up into-I want to share my new little drunken building world with everybody I see.

Is it lime green in your world tonight? Or are you still a plain beige kind of a person today? Go on, loosen your buildings and see what it does for your perspective.

Until next time...