Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Burning Man 2013 - Arty Bits

More from Burning Man 2013.

I was talking with someone today who was describing the experiences that scents can bring back, memories that sometimes you didn't even know you had. Burning Man has a great deal of those for me. I can't smell bacon, especially the strong smell that comes from cooking way more than a few slices that you get from a restaurant early in the morning, without near instantly going back to Burning Man. When combined with a clear morning with perfect temperatures and the special morning light, that's one of those things that once you experience, you really can't erase. Suddenly my shirt is splattered with the grease that comes from cooking 8lbs of bacons on a camping stove and I'm not biking to work, but instead into the open playa to go experience wonderful art for a while.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Coyote Light

So I have been not so great about posting recently, but it doesn't mean I haven't been busy! Some of the biggest distractions have been making cards and working on stop motion collage paper things. At some point, they should make an appearance, but for now I just have a photo from Burning Man last year. It's getting to be that time of the year again and although I have tickets and vacation time, I'm still trying to figure out what to do about this year. I know I would love to go again, which is always in the back of my mind, but there are always details and specifics to get worked out. In the meantime, I was reminded of how much fun I had shooting film in my Holga at Burning Man last year and that I still haven't posted all my photos from last year!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Full Visible Spectrum

How shall I spend a day of American Independence? Drawing a rainbow eye and listening to Danish music, of course!

colored pencil & acrylic paint on bristol paper, 14x17inches

Sometimes I seem to forget that I'm more productive in some ways artistically not putting on random tv shows in the background (it takes a lot for me to sit in front of the computer or a tv and passively watch) or even specifically "arty" ones, but instead just putting on some music and going. Oops. Just leaving this here as a reminder for myself. That was easier to remember before netflix and youtube and when I was a DJ and made a more regular habit of listening to music in an uninterrupted manner. It was also while I was a DJ at KTRU where I was encourage to explore non-pop music, which lead me to world music where I realized that I actually enjoyed listening to music in languages I didn't speak. The voices and words became more musical to me and less distracting, even when it comes to singing along.

I started this drawing late last night and hours passed without me even realizing it was nearly 2am, but I knew I needed to sleep because I never sleep in too particularly late. I woke up this morning and jumped back into it. Right now I'm in another pausing stage, still not sure if it's done or not, which means I prop it up and keep staring at it. I both very much enjoy and hate having to be my own judge of when I'm done because there's some things I could very well tweak forever. I don't necessarily have a preconceived idea about what the end product should be when I start, just some ideas I've worked though mentally and visions that need to come to fruition for later evaluation. Weee!