The End of an Era

Since 2012, when I made my WWII series (see the red car image below), I’ve been using the same, Crayola water color streaked paper for my blue skies. It’s come with me on the move from apartment to house to another apartment and has definitely served it’s purpose well. With my latest penguin images, it served it’s last – paper and water color and a tub of water just don’t mix. Here are just some of the images this paper has been used for.

Do you have anything you’ve used over and over for your art?


Day 4, ‘5 photos, 5 stories.’ The challenge rules: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days, and tell a story about each photo.  The story can be truth or fiction, poetry or prose.  Each day one must also nominate a fellow blogger to participate in the challenge.” See all my posts for this challenge here. Today I nominate Sabina Ayne of Orange Marmalade Press. I love seeing your illustrations, and think this challenge suits you perfectly.

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  1. I am always amazed by your work-stunning. I have used my black, glass stove top for the back ground of a few shots. It has a nice reflection and with a black cloth over the knob/clock, it is like a mini studio for small things:)

  2. Yes, the worlds you create are simply captivating, though there’s sometimes a hint of menace, something I can’t put my finger on but makes the top of my spine tingle. Adds to the fascination, and their depth of course. What a pain about the paper. Maybe some school has a forgotten stockpile.

  3. I love the way you setup a scene, create a world and then frame that.The results are often quite powerful, evocative… jarring in that way that requires the viewer to re-orient themselves in their own world in order to see into yours.

    I don’t shoot that way. I find a frame in the world, find a way to place the lens so it sees the world in a frame worthy of a photograph.

    That’s usually sufficient, but there are often several images hidden within the one the camera collects. Often, these are completely unexpected. I love the journey of finding them.

    So… something I re-use…

    I suppose this doesn’t really count, but: Photoshop.

    Yes, to balance colour and exposure, of course.

    But I often use it to find the image within the image, or to transform a photograph into… something else. “The saddest eye I have ever known,” which I posted yesterday, was run through the Smart Sharpen filter twice, at max settings, to get an impressionistic feel from the unfocused original.

    Back in the days of the B&W darkroom, I often tweaked processes to get different effects. Or painted onto negatives, or sandwiched something between a neg and a clear cell, then enlarged through that.
    I don’t miss the darkroom at all, or mucking with negatives and enlargers. Photoshop is so much more powerful.

    1. Thank you so so much. And Photoshop definitely counts, especially in the creative way in which you use it. I would love to see the work you created in the dark room. I used to love the darkroom as well, but the images I’ve come to produce digitally come from a much more passionate place.

      1. First tune in Vegas, I stayed at Luxor. In middle of morning I stacked four ND lenses and magically no traffic on Las Vegas Blvd. But it took cracking a CP to use it regularly outdoors.

          1. I have added you to a list of nominees for some awards. Creative Blogger, versatile blogger and one lovely blog. I have loved the images and comments

  4. What a beautiful gallery! Your artwork is so special and intriguing, I always thoroughly enjoy it. Love the little clip of the burning house too.
    And for me :colorpencils, of all colors, texture and shapes….cheers, Johanna

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