Thursday, April 29, 2010

shiny object alert - digital photography

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

charm inspiration and idea generation

In almost every artist statement I've written, I try to answer "where do my ideas come from?" And the answer seems almost a bit trite, something like "from nature, my experiences, my daughter and many talented people in the artist community I'm lucky to know" and even though this sounds a bit broad, it is true. It was evident in my creation of the charm I'm creating for the EMC team charm swap. And instead of spoiling the surprise for the 22 recipients on the final design or process - I thought is would be fun to share with you my inspiration - just as a little tease.
I'm the type of creator that gathers, gathers, gathers and then finally it all comes together. So here are some of my random gatherings...
an istockphoto image a marquee-like image while searching on trying to develop designs for a website.
a stamp by tim holtz and a curvy hinge from a scrapbook/altered arts convention I visited last weekend

Reading a book that my Mom read to me as a child to my daughter - The Story of Ping by Majorie Flack
A brief glimpse of some interesting mixed-media techniques at the Collage Sisthars meeting this weekend and another technique a few months back.

And with all this gathering and the wonderful online resources of the internet, I'm very intune with the concerns of copying and plagiarism. In fact I was just reading
Pikaland's issue #7 of their Good to Know e-zine on plagiarism. You can get your copy here or read it online on issuu.

Ideas are viral and completely unique ideas are hard to come by. So here are a few things I do to try to make sure my work is a bit different and actually mine.
{ when in doubt, give credit
{ I keep a journal (several in fact) and draw, write, doodle in them all the time. There is something with free form doodling that seems to be the subconscious trying to talk to me. I try to find patterns and purpose in my sketches which often don't reveal themselves long after I've made my entry.
{ I take classes from amazing artists, try to learn their technique. Then I let go for a bit and try again a few days or weeks later. I'll do the technique in different ways trying to incorporate my style with new understanding.
{ and I keep on creating, even if it's not turning out.
This reminds me of a quote I've read "The enemy of the great is often the good."
But the actual original quote is "Better is the enemy of good." -Voltaire
Which would suggest you always are looking for more. Most of the time I have to get the "ugly" out of my head, before I even get to the good, let alone the elusive great.
These are just a few ways I try to make sure it's my "voice" - what suggestions or insights might you have?

Friday, April 16, 2010

challenges - cheaper than therapy

Enter into my therapy session via creating...
Hi, I'm Cherylyn and I'm a perpetual creator... Hi, Cherylyn.
I know I've mentioned quite a bit about this Month of Earrings challenge, but what does 30 one of a kind (OOAK) earrings look like? Done in about 45 days - well like this:
Some ask, why do I take on challenges like this? where do I find the time, why do I create this pressure? Well, partly out of need and partly want. I'm constantly needing to challenge myself to grow as an artist and a person. I know if I don't give myself deadlines and goals, it's likely I'll just flit around aimlessly, which might be easier, but I enjoy the challenge and learn something new every time I push my self. And I want to make a difference even if it's in a small way. What does it feel like? Ahhh. Fulfilling not only do I have the interesting new works to build off of, but six of the thirty have sold and I'll be sending a $150 check to the McKenna Foundation shortly. It's just a little token of love that my creating can have an effect on another family and it feels good. Thanks to all of you that purchased earrings and help make that donation possible.
Another special thank you to Vickie Hallmark, I hope you feel better soon.
Please indulge me, here are a few things I learned:
{ my self diagnosis of adult ADD is quite accurate - oh those shiny objects! I have to keep a handle on my personality traits and reign them in.
{ There is a time and place for everything. I tend to bite off a bit more than I can chew. Why, oh why, would I consider a setting tricky, matching bezel set cabs for this challenge - maybe I just wanted to see if I could do it - but I didn't give myself the time for testing and errors. Well, no they didn't turn out, I felt like I failed and almost gave up. I have to find a better time frame to try a more leisure exploration.
{ I had a lot of fun ideas in my sketchbooks just aching for a chance and came into fruition this month. I love to sketch, but I really need to actually DO too!
{ ironically I thought procrastination was my main obstacle, and although it might be a challenge…
{ honestly, it's the judgment and giving up before I give the idea a chance. If something didn't turn out the way I planned, usually I moved on to another piece. No wonder it seems like I don't have a lot to show - except for many UFOs(unfinished objects) - for all my time in the studio. This challenge made me see my ideas through, especially in the last week. Because if I judged every piece completely, I would not have made all 30 pairs.
I love how Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the book I'm enjoying right now, Eat, Pray, Love talks about creativity in this video on TED.
Do your dance... and if the divine genius does not appear, do your dance anyhow and ole to you none the less - just for having the shear stubbornness to show up.

Oh, I've been working on another fun challenge this month! The EMC Team has another charm swap in the process, wish me luck, they are due at the end of April. I will post process and new pics soon!
I hope you all sanity, self-realization and happiness in your creative endeavors.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

vintage magnolias

My mother has the most beautiful Magnolia tree. I was lucky enough to capture it in full bloom. Here is the original. nice but a bit too saturated for my taste.
Then I created this vintage shot with a little help of some photoshop filters and a grunge brush from this site. Might play with the color a bit more, but think I'd rather work in my garden instead. Hope you are enjoying your Spring.