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As any aspiring and establish artist likely knows, if you are working with human subjects, posing is always a key part of the process. While some may have poses picked out right from the beginning, others may need some help or be looking for something different.

Whether you are working with drawing, painting, photography or even sculpture, a posing guide can be helpful. And while there are many posing guides available, it’s not always easy to have to carry them around or find a place in your studio to store them with the gazillions of other things you have in that area.

That’s when a digital posing guide, one in e-book format, can really come in handy. One such option that I highly recommend is the collection of guides by Justin R. Martin from the “Pose Muse” series. There is a bundle of volumes 1-4 available with a special 10% promo code for readers of this blog. Order from the link below and use the code gumroad10off for the deal price.

As the author’s website states:

“Over 500 creative references in the Poses for Artists Book Set! Dynamic, sitting, standing, fighting, couples, and various other poses. Immediate pdf delivery today plus access to our free weekly figure drawing poses. https://gum.co/4EbookSet

Check it out. It’s well worth the investment.

I wanted to share this very cool article that show yet another way a photographer is using his creativity to color the world.

Photos courtesy of Stephen Orlando.

The Motions of Kayaking and Canoeing Recorded through Light Painting on Canadian Waterways

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This time of year is often associated with a busy schedule and frantic attempt to get things done before December 25 when we should be taking the time to enjoy the season. Decorating can play a big role in that self-generated chaos.

Whether it be the cost of store bought decorations, which can be very expensive, or the ability to find something that will fit your own unique style, it can sometimes be quite a task.

Well, let me give you a tip for a simple type of decoration that not only won’t break the bank but won’t even endanger that cute little piglet holding your spare change.

Two things that pretty much everybody has laying around their home is either toilet paper or paper towels. And, what do these two things have in common? If you guessed that the come on a cardboard roll, you’re on the right track.

Save your cardboard rolls, or even collect them from friends and family. Cut the large paper towel version in half as needed. Wrap the roll with any old wrapping paper, or even a colored cello wrap. Leave a couple of inches on the ends and either use tape or some string to tie the ends closed. In less than a minute, you’ve got yourself a Do It Yourself ornament that looks like a classic piece of candy.

Have fun and enjoy this special time of year.

The Shore (A Poem)

My latest piece, hope you like it.

The Shore

I’ve been to many places

But this is where I have to be

I’ve encountered many faces

But yours is the only one I need to see

There’s a desperation in this world

That needs healing at its core

So may you be its soothing ocean

As it rolls gently to the shore

 

 

It’s been around for years and has a bit of an old-school reputation but as a person who recently signed up with Reddit, I can tell you that it has a lot of communities to benefit artists. You should check it out.

While I enjoy working with photography, graphic design and literature, there are some artistic ventures that I stay away from other than for the purposes of silly fun. One of those is drawing.

That being the case, I have a real appreciation for anyone who has a true talent in this skill. That’s why when I recently learned about the work of Heather Crawford, I was so impressed that I got a commissioned piece done and will likely request more as gifts and for home decor projects.

Please take a moment to check out her work on both her Facebook Page and official site. You’ll be glad you did.

A little more than a year and a half ago, I relocated to North Carolina. Once summer rolled around, my family and I a met another family. The lady of the house was a young woman by the name of Amber.

It wasn’t until after the sad day in which my dog took the trip to the “Rainbow Bridge” that I found out how talented of an artist she is.

Amber gave us a tile she decorated with in amazing and beautiful design done as a decal on white tile. Since then, I’ve learned that she has a Facebook page she calls “A Southern Thing Decals” and makes wonderful pieces that are both pretty and practical.  She adds her designs to everything from t-shirts to water bottles to large wooden boards and more.

Check out her work below and visit the Facebook page for more info on items and commission requests.

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