Thursday, July 31, 2014

August Thoughts

Here comes August 2014 and I am resolved to continue blogging as I work through my projects and goals list. Along the way I will continue to share little things I am trying out with my iPad.
The watercolors below are from photos I snapped with my iPad camera. The second step, by using Waterlogue App, the images have been magically converted to watercolors. I find this rather addictive but it is so much fun to see what will happen to my photos.
Two BIG decisions:
1.I have decided not to apply to Art Starts for the fall art with kids programs.
2. I am also pulling away from the Biennale program involvement. It was great working with the children and the teacher.
Do I seem a little tired?
The good things about working with those kids?
1. To see the children move into self confidence and freedom of expression and joy.
2. I have compiled a ton of information for building lesson plans.
3. I experimented with my iPad and discovered many wonderful art making apps.
4. I can now post to this experimentation in more depth on this blog to share with anyone out there who might be interested.
5. I researched books fitting the interests of the children in comic making and animation so I put my toe back into the waters of old interests of mine. ANIMATION and CHARACTER DESIGN. Yes!
6. I think I have built the makings of a how to do book about story making and making of a comic book.

7. I got to spend time with some beautiful children who are smarter and wiser than the system tells them they are. I believe they are all artistic creative types and maybe this is part of the reason why they don't fit into the regular class system. They all deserve to be taken seriously and cared for in the way they deserve. Great kids. All of them.
I made this little video using iPad's iMovie template. Easy, fast and it looks great. I think.

Now, this fall, I will put my time into art and writing.

Next January I will again be involved with art making as an Artist In Residence with the Vancouver School Board. I love working with VSB children and teachers. I can devote my time to them again when the time arrives.

I want to take my own work seriously for the fall months. So, this week I am working with my finished manuscript and developing characters and backgrounds for that book I have been working on with my dear cousin John who lives in Ireland In the meantime I am beginning to think this just might develop into something wonderful and fun. Back I go into the 1930's.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday Stuff

Another great book to study if one would like to learn wisdom about creativity is Twyla Tharpe's book, The Creative Habit, Learn it and Use it for Life. A friend suggested it a few years ago and I found it so helpful at that time in my life. So after doing a Google search for books on creativity and seeing it listed at the top, I booked it out of the library. For two weeks now, each morning after breakfast, I have been treating the book as if it is a course, taking notes and doing the exercises. Now it is overdue but I am determined to get through the entire book in the next two days and it will be worth the fine.
I had a little time to fool around with my iPad trying to create a decent selfie head shot to update my blog. I tried adjusting some head shots using Adobe PhotoShop Express APP and I find it rather satisfying to use the dream feature which smooths out my face and makes me sort of shiny looking. Better than the real me.
I emailed the image to my computer and with Adobe Photoshop Elements, I superimposed my face over a clip from the UNICEF card I designed that won for the Hallmark contest last year. The top of my head is flat and maybe I will fix it next week. But for now this is  a start of adding new information to my blog.

Friday, July 04, 2014

July Thoughts

I had the company of my beautiful grandson the other day. He asked me if I always talked out loud to myself. That made me laugh because he was right. I talk to myself all the time. LOL!
My dog has not mentioned it, but she is a great listener.
It seems to me my total focus was with the projects with students since January. Now I am trying to get back into productivity for my own stuff and I am finding it hard to get into the routine again.
Looking for inspiration, I checked out a few books on creativity. I have found that reading about how others create has always been a sort of back-up plan to inspire me when my energy gets low. After reading over a book by Austin Kleon, 'Show Your Work' I thought maybe blogging the process of getting things done might force me to post more often so I can start moving in the direction of trying to organize and get things rolling again.
My new goals are
1. To apply to Vancouver Art Starts because I would love to continue working with kids this fall.
2. To create three sample illustrations to go with a 1500 words manuscript submission I have been working on.
3. To create a layout and plan for a little picture book idea I have. The 500 word manuscript is done. Now the art part.
4. To revise a story I wrote a few years ago for middle grades. It is 10,000 words at the moment.
5. To do something with a 450 word picture book idea.

So I really do have a lot of projects in the works. I just need to FINISH them and MAIL them out.
And I am going to document the process here on the blog. Can I do this? Do you think?