Monday, January 30, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
I took this during my very last event in 2016, which was at Five Monkeys, Inc Gallery here in Des Moines. It's the panorama setting on my Iphone - just goofing off.
It's amazing how far technology keeps going. 5 years ago you couldn't do this with a phone.... 10 years ago you maybe could do with a digital camera - a really fancy shmancy one. Now you do it on your phone. I have to wonder how camera sells are nowadays.. unless you are a really serious about photography, you just use your phone. I imagine really high end ones are doing middlin' OK, but the mass consumer market has to be dead dead dead.
We have cut up a few old cameras in search of parts for jewelry, but most of them have very little in the way of moving parts... heck, the old box cameras are mostly air and mirrors.
And now it's all computer chips.
We bought a video camera back in 1996 with the birth of our child. The thing had to weigh 10 lbs or more, and was the size of a Nike shoe box.
Now you can do more with your phone than we could with that video camera.
That old video camera BTW, got taken apart and recycled into jewelry a couple of years ago.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Five Monkeys Inc here in Des Moines, A few are on the gallery website even! I'll have them back to the store by Friday.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
|I saw this back in August at a antique store and I still dream about it... over 7 ft of dreamy turn of the century storage... drooooollllll|
January is also the time of sales tax payments, end of year inventories, and making sure all my computer stuff is properly backed up. I clean out my photo files and start up new ones for the year as well. job. I like to sort my jewelry pics into some sort of order before I archive them.. that's actually tonight's job.
What sort of *fun*, once a year chores do you have?
Monday, January 9, 2017
The 2 story, entire side of the building mural is fantastic, and this is just 2 little pieces of it. Here's an article that tells some about this specific piece and several others in downtown Des Moines. The article is a couple of years old, so I bet there is even more if you look.
Des Moines is a great city, you just have to look alittle harder for all the good stuff, and it's worth the effort!
Friday, January 6, 2017
|I found these vintage painted Cabs in Colorado on my family vacation last summer.. I immediately started working on a project using them and then... lost my artistic vision...|
Second, I clean my house. OK, I clean slightly better than I do in the summer, because I have actual chunks of time, instead of 5 seconds here and there. But that's not what I really want to do or talk about. Ever.
So Winter is time to recharge batteries, acquire new skills, brush up old ones, work on new designs, investigate art shows and new gallery opportunities, source materials, reorganize one's studio or just simply put away things you didn't have time to put away since July, and maybe, just maybe, finish a couple of UFO's. (Unfinished Objects d'art)
Every artist has them... you start something, all enthusiastically, and somewhere you loose your creative energy, or you don't have exactly what you need, or just just don't have time to do it justice. Or maybe it doesn't work right, and you just can't figure out what is next.
|The plan is to put the Cab in this vintage locket that looks like a pocket watch. The left shows the raw brass, and the right shows it after I've added some patina.|
Other things to think about this month: taxes, end of year paperwork, and getting new jury photos done. I'm hoping to have them in the next 2 weeks and then it's going to be applying to art shows. Jerry and I will be doing a reduced schedule again this year since last year it worked out so well. I suspect actually this is the "new" normal. ( isn't that just a terrible phrase? ) Doing 20 + shows a year is just frankly exhausting! Last year we did 12, and this year I'm thinking 10 at minimum, but no more than 15. 12 seems like a lovely number frankly.