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A week in creativity (all)

Hi everyone!

Even allowing for it being a short working week, I’m quite pleased with the amount of creativity that has occurred.  I was fortunate that last weekend was a lovely day and I was able to get outside for some toy photography.  Additionally, I was able to make myself wait for things like the ink to dry on the paper – making it far easier to remove the pencil marks without smudging.

Anyways, onwards with the creations!

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day 10: flora
street
day 11: street. These three all use gas lamps!
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day 12: fauna. Designation: soft kitty, warm kitty
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day 13: story – to a happy life
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day 14: lights
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day 15: (creature) comfort
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day 16: egg

This week’s Instagram #wheresyawienerwednesday almost didn’t happen; however, I managed to remember in time and it also coincided with the viral video of the news reporter getting caught out on screen

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As well as the image for day 13 “Story” I also managed a two part drawing, “Home” and “Away”. They are a little Burton-esque but I’m pleased with their quirky nature:

 

And as it’s Easter, my Naughty Rabbits had to make an appearance.  I was quite fortunate that in a trip to a garden centre recently I found an artificial grass sample – perfect for bringing the outside in!

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I can’t eat another thing!
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We walked all this way for that? I don’t get it

I’ve included this last one because it has been bouncing around in my head for a little while now – and I think it was worth including to reflect the nature of creativity.  Around the world, people will be walking up hundreds of steps to look at something that is culturally important or significant – mostly because they are in that country and the guide book tells them that it is culturally important.  And I suspect that this sentiment will be echoed many times round the world.  Does it work as a creative image?  Probably not, but this is when creativity and art become that scenario when the idea is there, the image is mostly there (I know I need to crop and edit a little) but somehow you know it doesn’t quite work.

And yet “Easter Island” came to me in a flash.  Go figure.

 

 

So have a good Easter.  I’m not sure if I’ll post next week as I’m on leave, so perhaps it may be late… or I may save it all for a bumper catch up.  Have fun!

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A week in creativity (PG WARNING!!)

Hello everyone!  OK, let me start by pointing out the PG warning – there’s a reference in here to something that may be a little “adult” in one of the photo-a-day challenges.

So a new week – and a new approach to postcard art, partly inspired if I’m honest with that lovely picture I shared last week.  The technique is not new and in truth it’s pretty obvious; it’s LETTING THE INK DRY. I know – crazy right?  In pretty much every drawing I’ve done I’ve drawn it first in pencil, then used black ink and then added the colours. In between the black in and colouring is the “rubbing the visible pencil lines out” and it is here that the slow dawning of reality has finally caught up with me… often the black ink will not have dried, so I’ll either get a smudge, a streak… or the colours will be blurred at the edges.  Although this is a really obvious thing, I also recognise that it has a downside – I can’t just lose myself in several hours of one piece of art as I have to stop.  But I think the results have been good, especially for this week’s art which makes use of a lot of lettering.

Anyways, onwards!

I rather enjoyed my drawing this week – with the exception of “PURR” they have been used for blog posts in The Black Crane.

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Out on a walk around London’s Knightsbridge area this week I found this piece of art called “Unfurl”.  When I first saw it I was struck by its location – there isn’t an art gallery nearby, it just seemed to be be there.  I later found out the name of the piece but also that it had been purchased by donations from locals!

The Photo a day challenge went well, although there are a couple where I wasn’t happy with the subject matter – I felt that I had met the brief but with the minimum amount of effort possible.  But there will be days like that I guess.

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Happened this weekend: we had a visitor
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Many
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Frame(d): someone had painted over Joker’s Mum’s favourite picture and frame… but was it Joker?
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Magazine
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Letterbox (screen capture from my Instagram Account)
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Postcard
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Nooo! The word of the day is FORK!

Somehow just taking a picture of a fork seemed less… fun…

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Macro

 

Ok, that’s me for this week, have a great one and I’ll see you next time!

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Adventures in Normal (all)

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I have an idea on the tip of my tongue
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If you leave these lying around, I’m going to take a fence
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Batty: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.” – Bladerunner
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A week in creativity (all)

Hello everyone!

It’s been quite a fun week; some of the photo a day challenges have certainly allowed me to stretch the creative thinking and go in the non-standard direction! Additionally, for one of the images I definitely broke the “rules” of photography and I’ll explain why later.

But I’ll start with the inspirations this week – some direct, some not so.  I feel fortunate that I now live in Somerset, which is the home to the small town of Glastonbury (the small music gathering is nearby) and the Somerset Levels.  In Glastonbury there is a small man-made hill called the “Tor”; no-one really knows why it is there and there are some really wonderful myths and tales about it.  For me, it’s along some lovely country roads….

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The other inspiration this week came from a run.  The day challenge was “floating” and I was heading down a route of working out how I could draw a cloud and make it look like a Lego figure was floating – without the use of photo editing.  I’d also decided to go for a run and set off to Paddington (in case you were wondering I work in London during the week) and joined the Grand Union Canal with the intention of running up to Little Venice (a lovely location for photos etc) then following the canal to Regents Park where I would finish my jog at Baker Street Station.  As soon as I got to the Paddington Basin, I had the “ah-ha!” moment when I realised floating could be water-based!  As it was, on my run I was checking where I needed to go (just along from Little Venice the canal goes into a tunnel and there is no footpath, so I had to follow the roads) and I noticed that I wasn’t too far from the famous Abbey Road Recording studios – and the infamous crossing on the Beatles record cover.

Of course, it is worth noting to any visitors to London that the zebra crossing that you will photograph isn’t the one from the album cover – the council moved it a few hundred feet up the road.  But it’s good for the “I was there” photos!

So onto this week’s challenge images.

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A quiet moment
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Sharp
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Floating
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Starts with P…
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Numbers
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Starts with T… breakfast!
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Happened this weekend – we had a visitor

Of the images, I felt that the “Quiet Moment” was probably the most interesting – and the one that in my book broke photography rules.  To be clear, these “rules” are more guidelines to framing your picture in a more pleasing and natural way (for example, getting the principle people on the “thirds” lines of an image, or being at the right height – so getting down to a child’s height to get the better picture angle).  In this case I shot downwards, at an angle and not on the Thirds line.  But it made the overall image just a little different to normal.

But I also managed some non-challenge art and images this week… so enjoy…

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There were birthdays this week
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a few birthdays…
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Hugs were given
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Rapty enjoying the Dinosaur bits in King Kong
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#wheresyawienerwednesday
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He was going to keep an eye on these plants
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My Lego calendar for April 🙂

 

Finally, I HAVE to say a HUGE THANK YOU to my good friend Lori (who has a wonderful blog incidentallearner.wordpress.com) who sent me this fantastic painting that she completed whilst being snowbound earlier this year.  It’s of my wife and I and Lori has used a photo that was taken a few years ago when went to the Goth Weekend at Whitby.   I’m working on getting a frame for it and it will be hung with pride in the office!  Thank you!

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(c) Lorelei Walsh

 

Have a great week!

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A week in creativity (all)

Hello everyone!

This week, I took a moment to consider what creativity actually is.  For many, we think of it as something we have to create, make or produce without just taking it from the box. A creative person is someone who can take a blank canvas and make something; a non-creative person needs the lines to colour in between. This is only 50% true – in both cases the people are creative (but perhaps one might be considered more creative… but then you’re heading into the worlds of perception and objective opinion 🙂 )

But I also discovered another facet – creativity as an expression.  This week, I decided to use the Eldredge knot to tie my tie…

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and I realised that this in itself is creativity as an expression.  Not only is it a creative pattern for a tie knot, it also is an expression for the person wearing it.  Subtle, but very different from the norm.  (I used Google to find the instructions…. I’d also suggest setting time aside to practice!)

OK, onto the week’s Photo a Day Challenges. At the end I’ve explained a few of them and the process to get to them.  Enjoy!

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20: wall (and WALL-E)
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21: button. If there was a magic wishes button, how many times a day would you press it?
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22: stripes
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23: Anything (so… here’s a THING!)
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24: Starts with N…. Nanna-Nanna Batman!
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25: Half: My Lego Freeny homage
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26: Aroma. Going through the perfume counters

 

Day 21’s theme was “button” and looking at the keyboard, I saw the “escape” button…

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So I had my two figures pressing the escape button for somewhere sunny…. but amused me until I realised that firstly it wasn’t clear that the figure on the left was pressing the escape button, but also that these aren’t buttons… they’re keys (you know, keyboard, not button board…) But it was fun setting this one up.

For Sunday 26th’s photo challenge “aroma” I had decided that I would use the posable figure to be sniffing something (I didn’t want to take a photo of bread, or freshly mown grass… mainly because that would have meant Doing Something First).

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It was only when I put the figure down and realised that his hand was covering his nose that inspiration struck.

The figure for “Half” on the 25th came to me after I had just built the Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar Lego Brick Headz figures.  Jason Freeny is a sculptor/artist specialising in semi-dissected figures, such as Lego Men, Chocolate Bunnies, Balloon Dogs and his work has inspired at least one custom build of mine.  So this was to be a fun challenge – and I think I got it.  No instructions, this was built from the ground up using whatever spare parts I had.  So hopefully the pictures below may inspire you to work out how I did it 🙂

Oh, and these are the two new Brick Headz figures…

 

Have a good week!