Archive | July, 2013

The Helping Hands Project – Artists Unite!

26 Jul
Help Others

Help Others (Photo credit: Keoki Seu)

Please allow me a moment if you would, to introduce you to a fellow artist.

Born in Iceland in 1969, Artis considers himself a ‘visual artist’ and I would have to agree.  His photography is certainly a visual delight.  He’s spent a lifetime developing his personal style, which he calls ‘No-Rule Art’, about which he says, “I simply make my own path without any particular rules or guidelines. In that way I feel free in my creation of my work.”  As a producer of high quality photo art from Scandinavia and Europe, his love for not only his art medium, but for his subjects is made obvious in both the words he writes, and his work on display.

What differentiates Artis from the thousands of other blogs on the internet? you may ask.  His difference is in the way he has approached the dilemma we bloggers/artists face; that of being one of a million faces in a crowd.  I ran across his blog by seeing a post he had written, calling artists- whether you create your art with a camera, a paintbrush, or a typewriter- to come together and help one another.  To reach out a hand to others, and help promote and share our work as a united group, using our blogs to help spread exposure for one another; to share with our readers a glimpse of art/artists that they otherwise may not have run across in this enormous world of the internet. Continue reading

Coming Soon: Shout-Outs, FYI’s and (maybe) A Give-Away!

25 Jul

Blog Art Coming Soon

 

Just a quick post to let you guys know what’s coming up.

I won’t be making a ‘regular’ post until Saturday.  Quality time with the better half takes priority, but when I return, I’ve got several things lined up to post about.  Firstly, I’ll be posting about a great blog (Artis, the link is already in the right sidebar if you want a sneak peek), as well as a post about Artwork and Certificates of Authenticity so if you’re an artist, you may want to check that one out!  Also, I’m coming up on 100 followers for my blog, and I’m considering a give-away to celebrate.  I can’t promise that it’s going to be something full of awesomeness, but I’ll be letting you guys know more soon!

See you soon!

~A

The eBay Paradox

24 Jul
Image representing eBay as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

Edited to add: Two more listings to Ebay, links located at bottom of article

So, last night, I made an account on eBay.  I know, I know… I’m behind the times, but I’d never had a reason to have an account.  One should have money before one creates an account on a website that sells things, right?  Well, last night, I decided it was time;  not to buy things, but to sell.

I’ve (obviously) never sold anything on eBay before, but I decided to give it a shot because I had some really interesting and/or pretty prints to sell.  So far, I’ve only made one listing (which can be found here).  It took forever for me to write a description of the piece that I was happy with (several hours, in fact), because I wanted to be as open and honest as possible, while still sounding professional, which brings me to my first eBay paradox. Continue reading

Extraordinary Tuesday (Photography Challenge Photos)

23 Jul

So, earlier today, I challenged you guys, and myself, to go out and take pictures of everyday things, and different angles.  I’m not sure how well I did with the challenge, I guess I’ll let you all be the judge of that.  Be sure to click the ‘Continue Reading’ link to see all the photos!

Falling Upstairs

Falling Upstairs

Journey

Journey

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Photography Challenge For Everyone (and me)!

23 Jul
Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of ph...

Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of photography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We didn’t actually make it over to my parent’s house the other day for me to take some pictures.  This blog post reminded me that we don’t always need great scenery or spectacular events to see beauty, and that the challenge of photography isn’t in capturing the extraordinary, but in capturing the ordinary, in an extraordinary way.

I’ve challenged myself to take my camera out today and take pictures
of ‘ordinary’ things, that I either don’t usually ‘see’, or things I see
all the time, but viewed in a different way, and I offer the same challenge to whoever reads this post… pull out your camera and look at the world differently, post your image(s), and leave me a comment with the link or a pingback.  I will do my best to comment on all of them, and will post links for as many as I can.

I hope you all take me up on it! I’ll be posting my pictures later today!

More Photography…

22 Jul

Apparently pictures really are worth a thousand words.  Pictures and posts about weight loss.  After reviewing my ‘Likes’ on posts I’ve made, the top two topics are my photos/photography posts, and my posts about weight loss.  Since weight loss is a hit or miss subject with me, I’ll make another post sharing some of my lens work.

I don’t proclaim to be a great shutterbug, but I have been told I have a natural eye.  So, here are a few more of my pictures, and I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed snapping them!

Post edited to add:  Only the second and third photo have been edited.  The first and last are exactly as I shot them, no ‘doctoring’.

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Soul Shells (A Short, Dark Story)

22 Jul
Crab Hides In Gastropod Shell

Crab Hides In Gastropod Shell (Photo credit: Maitri)

He was dead.

I knew it.  Deep in my bones, where you know things.  He was dead and I knew it.  I still couldn’t believe it, because sometimes the mind cannot accept what the bones just seem to know, but my brain accepting it or not didn’t change the facts.

I didn’t want to look, but I couldn’t seem to help myself.  I’d never seen a corpse before, outside of a funeral parlor, and a morbid curiosity I hadn’t known I possessed seemed to draw me closer.  Closer, and closer still.  The whole time I was inching forward, I watched him.  Looking , searching for something.  What, I’m not sure.  Perhaps a shallow rise and fall of his back, or a whisper of breath, enough to move the scraggly hair that had fallen over his face.  Something, anything my disbelieving brain could use to tell my bones that they didn’t know quite as much as they claimed.  I hoped for a sign of life.  I would have prayed for it if I still believed in God, but I did hope.    Once, I thought I did see something, but my mind recognized the illusion for what it was.

When I was close enough to touch the body I stopped, unsure.  I’d seen enough crime dramas to know you weren’t supposed to disturb a crime scene, and I had the type of luck that I could be pretty sure that right about the time I touched something, someone would come along, and I’d end up taking the rap for killing the guy myself. Continue reading

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