Wednesday, June 29, 2011

midsummer night

Here's a photo I took on my i-phone around eight or so last night. While the original is far different looking than this one, it is equally beautiful. Still, for Illustration Friday, I wanted to go for a more dreamlike, nocturnal feel. That's where a simple filter through Instagram came in, followed by some careful altering of color and contrast via Picnik. All of this makes me think of what is it that determines a photograph, as opposed to art, and art as opposed to an illustration, and can they all converge on occasion as one and the same?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

sunday morning walk

Early today I went on a stroll around town, something I'm trying to do on a daily basis now, in the morning instead of at night.  Where I live is not far from a charming historic area, housing architecture and trees nearly two-hundred years old. It's a beautiful town, worthy of photographs, and has been photographed, drawn and painted many times by many people. Still I tend to notice the more seemingly mundane things - things I sometimes pass on by without much notice at all. Much of it reminds me of abstract paintings, sculptures and installation works you might see in a gallery or in a museum. Once again, these shots were taken through Instagram on the i-phone.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

instagram sky show

With the weather getting so hot, I've been trying to get my evening walks in later, when things cool down. I usually walk around my town, Leesburg, VA for a little over an hour, getting about four miles in each time. It's my main form of exercise, and it definitely beats going to any gym. I've been trying to get my wife to come along with me, but for her, it wakes her up before her bedtime, which makes perfect sense, since the blood gets going again and the heart rate rises. For me though, I find it as a way to unwind and not think about all the things I have to do, etc. I think we think too much sometimes, or we do things to blunt our thinking, like watch lots of TV or drink too much. So, in a way, these walks are kind of like self-therapy. The bonus is when you get a good sky in the evening. A couple of days ago I got caught in a heavy rain but was lucky to find shelter under a nearby gazebo. Like most of the rain storms we get this way, they fall hard, then after about ten minutes or so, they're done. Usually the aftermath is a spectacular sky. After last week's rainfall, we got a couple of rainbows over Leesburg that started out very faint then got real bright and vivid, almost electric-looking. It reminded me of a visit to Trinidad a couple of years ago around Christmas, where almost every day, usually in the morning, if you got up early enough, you would see a rainbow or two. The ones over Leesburg didn't last long however, one of which came and went within about a minute, while the other for about ten, fading into the expanding, multiplying clouds above. Once again I was glad I had my i-phone to capture some of it, and then present it through the Instagram app, through several different filters. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

imaginary animal species sculptures

It's nice having an i-phone to document some of my student art work. While the 2-D work didn't show so good when shot from the phone, I had lots of luck with the sculptures. Above are some sculptures by my soon-to-be former fifth-grade art students. We spent a while creating imaginary animals based on the skulls of actual animal species. It's been a unit I've taught for a while now, but with each year it changes some more. The sculpture part is the final phase of the lesson, if they even get to that point in the unit. I'm really pleased with how some of them turned out this year.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

carpaccio guide to emerging illustrators, photographers & artists vol 5 has arrived!

The Carpaccio Guide to emerging illustrators, photographers & artists Vol. 5 has arrived in my mailbox from Spain today! As usual, Atem Books have done an excellent job with this guide, and this time around, I'm really loving the photography more than ever. I got a couple of my Splotch Monsters roaming around in the book as well, representing Leesburg, VA. It's a beautiful book, so please check it out! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

may splotch monster roundup

Yes, June has finally arrived! I've got a couple more hurdles to jump early this month, but I feel a little weight lifted off my shoulders, after so much work going on last April and May. It's been a busy school year in general - tough but fun, at the same time. I feel like I got some real quality work from a lot of my students this year. Just wish I was better at documenting it before sending it all home. Anyhow, above are my five faves from May. I'm always happy if I can at least get five real good ones every month, so here they are, in all their paint-splotchy glory. Enjoy!