I saw this post at Art Cake where Christi shared her experience going to see Beauty is Embarrassing: The Wayne White Story, and hear him speak afterward as well. I’ve been wanting to see it, but figured it was going to be one of those movies that I would have to wait a year or more before it was finally on DVD. Turns out, even though it is still touring, you can download it for $7.99 and watch it at home! Awesome. I bought it immediately, downloaded it and streamed it to our TV.
If you aren’t familiar, Wayne White is an artist most known for his work on shows like PeeWee’s Playhouse, Beakman’s World (both shows I loved), music videos like Peter Gabriel’s Big time and Smashing Pumpkin’s Tonight, Tonight, and most recently his type-based pieces painted over thrift store artwork, like the ones pictured above.
I’d really recommend you buy the movie. At $7.99 that’s close to a movie theater ticket, and way cheaper than buying a brand new movie on DVD. And unless I missed something I think when you buy it, you are really buying it, it’s not like a $24 hour rental, and we were able to move the file to our server to stream to the nice, big TV.
I watched the movie with my sketchbook on my lap and remote control nearby so that I could pause it and write down quotes to remember later. Yes, it was that good. One of the things I love about Wayne and his artwork is that it is all over the place. He allows the creativity to just come out everyday and in every part of his life. He plays instruments, makes puppets, comics, illustrates and paints, he does it all. He said “I want to try everything” and that sentiment is so familiar to the way I work. I pretty much say a variation of that everyday and that is “I want to do everything“.
FYI, the movie has a lot of language, so you want to make sure that the kiddies are in bed.
Also, for all my teacher friends out there, there is a really touching teacher story in the movie. I got teary.
Another mosaic of my most recent instagrams. Other mosaics from instagram can be seen here.
My instagram obsession has been going on now for two years in December. It really kicked into full force a little over one year ago and NOW I can proudly say that I have posted daily on instagram for over a year! Yes, I have finally finished a 365 project, but note that I never committed to it, because if I did, it would have gone the way of my 365 little book pages, my 365 self portrait, and my 365 mailart project. That is to say, it would have been abandoned. After posting about all the great people she was following, I started “hounding” Anika (from aisforanika) about composing a post about creative people she follows on instagram. I’m always looking for new talented folks. Then I realized I too could create my very own post about instagrammers to follow.
Instagram has really taken place of the social network image sharing site that flickr once held. I begrudgingly renewed my prime account a few days ago because I’m locked in after hosting my blog images there for years. People still use it to house their images, but no one really comments or interacts there anymore and it’s sad. That was a HUGE part of the appeal of flickr and now it’s gone. I stand by the idea that if they could just get a REALLY swanky free app people would be using it again. People don’t want to be limited to square format and have to see vintage filtered pics forever. The truth is, not everyone is at their computer 24/7, but they do have their ipods and phones with them all the time and they want to be able to upload pictures on a whim. What is flickr waiting for? End rant.
Okay, so here are 10 great instagrammers. I’m a big fan of all of these fabulous ladies.
edit: Katie’s comment reminded me of a way I’ve tracked down artists on instagram. Although instagram allows you to find contacts via facebook and your email, and they allow you to upload pictures directly from instagram to flickr and facebook, they don’t allow you to search for contacts via flickr. A way I found to get around this was by going to flickr, signing in and typing in “instagram” in the search field. When you do that a drop down window pops up and asks if you’d like to search “everyone’s photos” or “other search options”. If you select other search options one of those options is “your contacts’ photos”. When people upload pictures to flickr via instagram it automatically tags them with the word “instagram”. This way you can find pictures that your flickr contacts have uploaded from instagram and it will help you track down other artists.
Ever since I’ve worked in an office I’ve always had plenty of scratch paper around. Paper that would normally get recycled or thrown out I collect and then cut down into quarters for scratch paper. I have a thing for this paper. Even though I pretty much carry a sketchbook or cahier with me everywhere, I still find myself hoarding this scrap paper like it’s some hot commodity. On any given day you can probably find several of these pieces of paper randomly in my purse. I write notes to myself and compose to-do lists on scraps. I also like making little staple books and fill the pages with drawings, sketches and doodles and random quick artwork. I realized I haven’t done that in a while so a few weeks ago I figured if I drew one page every day I’d have a nice little book when it was done.
While doodling I started thinking about Danny Gregory and how he advocates drawing every day. I hadn’t thought about it for a while, but there’s a long list of things to draw everyday, inspired by his book Everyday matters. You can see the list here, and #1 is to draw a shoe. Naturally one of the pages in my little scratchbook is my shoe.
This last weekend was the 10th annual Renegade craft fair in Chicago. I think my sister and I went to their second year and have gone to every one after that. We’ve seen it all, from rain, crazy winds, to intense heat, but I think I can safely say the weather this weekend was PERFECT. There were clear skies, and it was in the comfortable 70s.
Here’s an instagram of my terrarium necklace. It isn’t a real terrarium and just contains hobby moss, but it’s still beautiful. The comments on instagram reminded me of when I was a freshman in college I bought some miniature bottles from American Science Surplus and I had an aquarium that was being taken over by snails. I had the brilliant idea to fill a little bottle with aquarium water and a tiny baby snail and wear the bottle on a necklace. By the time I got to school the snail seemed to have died from the heat of my body, and by the time I got home for the day the water was murky and gross. I had unintentionally cooked that little guy :(
haha, Friday Favorites re-run (from just last week) because somehow this post got deleted.
I purchased this painting by Emily Rickard and it arrived this week. I’m in love, it just makes me so happy to look at.
Check out this public art installation where little sculptural bronze hands were posted all over central Wellington, offering little gifts to whomever sees them. I really wish the makers of this would start selling those little hands. I’d buy a bunch and put them up all over DeKalb. Check out the link for more pictures and a video.
Yesterday we drove out to Kishwaukee Community College to buy some artwork! Yes, I purchased 3 original pieces from the artomat machine, outside of the library and it was a stacked pack with work from (L-R) John Gall, Circe Dunnell, and Pascale Hulin. If you haven’t visited the machine, it is treasure for this area, and I’d encourage you to check it out.
I love this picture from Chau’s Houston hand drawn windows. My nephew has some crayons or markers that are meant for coloring on windows and I thought it would be fun to get some. But after seeing this white only picture, I HAVE to find some window markers, STAT!
Both links feature a really cool video of his work being produced.
Then, last week I came upon this post at Anthology Magazine about artist Pernille Snedker Hansen of Snedker°Studio who creates these beautiful marbled wood floors. What caught my eye though, were the preliminary “sketches” she creates to work up to the wood floor panels, seen below.
The wood panels and sketches are done in a combination of suminagashi as well as western marbling techniques, where pigments are floated on the surface of water. There is another great video here of her working as well.
I did some paper marbling for a book arts class I took in college, but after seeing these images I REALLY want to do it again.
At any rate, I was really inspired by the super thin lines of concentric circles as well as the color combinations of both Rower and Hansen’s works. I’m finally, finally, finally at a place this year where I am not overwhelmed with other work and can create some artwork that I want to do, just for fun. Right now that means getting back to my third Artomat series I started earlier this year. I just finished creating three pieces that were inspired by these artists to add to my series. Since my paintings are just that, I wanted to add that they are painted in the style of poured paint and marbling, and not actually poured paint or marbling. I don’t think I will be creating any more in this style, but it was fun to get out that inspiration.
and just a reminder, these are actual miniature canvases that I built that will be sold in Artomat machines. You can click on any of the pictures in this post to take you to the original sources.
Here’s a heads up for those of you who loved and miss Picnik, photo editing. There is now a great replacement for jazzing up your photos and it’s called Picmonkey. High Five to Smallest Forest for tipping me off on this.
I’ve been wanting to run a 5K for only about a bajillion years, okay, maybe only since 2007. Check out this video for the Color Run. It would have been such an amazing experience for a first run. I hope they decide to do it every year.
I HIGHLY recommend checking out the new podcast After the Jump, by Grace of Design Sponge. The first episode is an interview with Todd Oldham, and there have been 5 episodes so far.
I’ve really been enjoying everyone’s coverage of the National Stationery Show, but by far the most complete I’ve seen is with Oh So Beautiful Paper with 12 posts. If you follow this link it will take you to all of them.
After seeing this image on flickr and then googling “washi tape keyboard” I had to take my own go at it (seen below).
I decorated my keyboard at work.
Now, if only I had a cuter keyboard at home to decorate. My keyboard at home has black keys and the washi tape is semi transparent so it wouldn’t work out as well.
Here are some links for decorating your keyboard 1, 2, 3
I liked the image that I first linked to at the top of the post with fewer taped keys and rough shapes, rather than trying to perfect each key. I have been wanting to get my own washi tapes for a while. For my birthday my sister got me a few that look like old newspaper and I bought a couple on etsy, BUT Heidi Kenney just posted that Target has a small line of tapes, 4 for $5. This is a huge savings, since you could probably spend that much on just one small roll online. I just more than quadrupled my collection. I’ve been wondering when American markets would catch onto this mostly Japanese trend and start offering their own lines.
We made it to Friday and the weekend is just about here. I’ve got a bunch of great links I wanted to share, so here I go:
After seeing this on Happiness Is… I bought one of these butterfly jars from ThinkGeek (with a monarch) and it is awesome. I bought it to take to work and make me happy, but it actually has ended up entertaining our cat and so it hasn’t made it to work yet.
For all the mailart peeps out there, have you seen this tutorial by Hanna for making a book binder to house all your collected mailart?Why didn’t I think of that? The majority of my mailart was just hanging out in a card catalog and I had to file through it to enjoy, but now I can put it in a book to properly display. Also, don’t forget to sign up for the mailart postcard swap over on her site. You have until TODAY (Friday) to get in. The deadline was extended because her site was unexpectedly down for a few days.
The other day I was stopped in my tracks while at Target when I thought I saw a pair of converse shoes that were black and white striped. Turns out it was just the lining that was striped on a solid gray pair of shoes. BUT, this tutorial on converting converse into slip ons has also caught my attention if only because they used striped elastic. Can you tell I’ve had striped shoes on the brain?
Lastly, don’t forget that next Tuesday is the second Tuesday of the month and that means FOUND ART TUESDAY! It’s a perfect weekend to make art and then stealthily leave it behind and brighten someone’s day.