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Saturday, June 30, 2012

cuppa love


Here is this week's challenge in Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers year-long class. It's my very own milk mug from when I was a little girl...as I finished my milk the little character inside the cup magically appeared! Each of us four kids had our own mug. On the side of the mug are images of Humpty Dumpty, the Three Little Bears, the Old Woman in the Shoe and others, and this: "Guess who is at the bottom of your mug?" What a clever way to encourage a kid to "finish your milk."

I shot it with my Canon Rebel T3i + my Lensbaby plastic optic. Then a bit of photoediting in CS6, following one of Kim's amazing tutorials with a couple of her wonderful textures. Clearly I am having too much fun!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

if a tree falls in a forest...?


This is the first assignment for a new online class I am taking: Reflection of You: Behind the Scenes, taught by Kim Klassen and Xanthe Berkeley. 
Why do you love to blog? Why do you like to share?…ask yourself whatever WHY question comes to you…
So I often find myself asking, "What’s the point of making art, making a statement, if no one else sees it?"  True, I make art because I enjoy the process, but unless I share my art with others, it seems kind of pointless. Empty.  As in "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

I have enjoyed visiting the blogs of other artists for the past few years. Initially, it was a way for me to see and be inspired by their artwork. Stephanie Lee, Rebecca Sower, Ali Edwards, Nina Bagley, Deryn Mentock, Judy Wilkenfeld…whomever I happen to be following at the time. My favorite blogs are a work of art in their own right. I found that I also enjoy reading what these artists write…the who, what, when, where and why behind their creative endeavors. I can relate to much of what they have shared. Their art is inextricably linked to their life….and so it is with me: make art about what you know and love. And then share it with people.

My hope is that this blog will enable me to share my creative passion with family and friends...and maybe some kindred spirits out there, too.