Category Archives: Art

Make Art – July 03rd

Sounds. Convert them to graphics, then fiddle with the display. Suddenly they look like Mandelbrot fractal diagrams.

Sounds can be the most annoying in the world or a way to transform a mood, a day, a week. Music will do it. (This link in particular will reduce me to a joyous puddle every single time.) A voice mail with good news. (You got that job? You’re going to be a grandparent?) A raucous mockingbird going off. (Like the one across the street from us.)

One of my college art teachers said that I was fixated on bright colors at the expense of subtlety. 40+ years later, nothing much has changed.

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My Own Micro “Urban Light”

An art exhibit at the LA County Museum of Art which I’ve always wanted to see but haven’t ever yet motivated my butt to do so is Chris Burden’s “Urban Light”. While out walking this last Saturday I noticed my own micro version.

I had walked from Here to There on a Quest. It was along some busy, wide streets and I had strangers ignoring my attempts to help them. On the way back from There to Here I saw this side street running parallel to the Big Wide Boulevard and decided to take it just for the variety.

The first two street lights on either side of the street were these wonderful, ornate, cast iron (probably?) street lights that are probably 100 years old. It’s not a LACMA exhibit by a favorite performance artist – but it will do for now.

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Random Old Photos – June 24th

I’ve probably seen more garish things in an office – probably. Maybe?

This wasn’t hung in a gallery or someone’s home – it was in a reasonably small office. And trust me, it was freakin’ HUGE. I’m guessing 3+ feet tall, probably four, four and a half feet wide? And heavy as crap, the frame probably weighed 30+ pounds.

Is the painting valuable? Famous? Maybe, but if I had to guess I would bet it was a cheap knockoff or something mass produced and bought online for $79.99. It would have fit in with everything else…

The things you find when you go diving blindly into the old photos files…

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Panorama Playtime – March 27th

If you follow the instructions, move your iPhone in a slow, steady pace, keep it in the vertical plane, better yet use a tripod, then you’ll get a nice, wide, perfect panorama.

If you don’t give a crap about the rules…

(Click to enlarge to full size!)

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Art – March 08th

I’ve come up with nothing to share tonight, at least at first. No great thoughts, not deep insights, no rants against the stupidity and horrors we see around us. At least, none that I feel comfortable sharing right at the moment. So just when I was about to drop back ten and punt, I remembered that at this point the proper course is to create. To make art. (Which almost certainly will be crap, but art exists for its own sake, so let’s see what happens. Sometimes we need crap.)

So take some random photo – use Photoshop or another program as a blender, a high explosive, or a paintbrush – MAKE ART.

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Art – February 19th

Given what I started with and what I ended up with, I’m reminded of Bare Naked Ladies’ “Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel.”

I like the effect – maybe one of these times I should keep track of which filters and effects and settings I used so that I can more or less replicate it at some point in the future instead of just stumbling blind from scratch every time.

Maybe.

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Art – January 25th

Too cold for real world scuba diving in LA today, so with the help of Photoshop, we’ll go there virtually.

Sort of.

Deadlines have been met. Accomplishments have been recorded. Credit has been bestowed.

Damn, I’m tired.

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Maybe It’s Art – Maybe It’s Just 23:52

Brain cells at minimum power, one of those days when I feel like I left about 99% of it on the field…

…I’ll have to try harder tomorrow, I guess.

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No Comment – September 03rd

Because if you can’t say anything nice, STFU, and I’ve been sitting here for an hour and I can’t find anything nice to say.

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No Context For You – September 02nd

On sale?

The world, like this image, is overflowing with contrasts these days. I’m not saying it should all be shades of beige and grey, but maybe we could dial it back just a little bit, please? Someplace more in the middle might have less wear and tear on my nerves.

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