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Archive for October, 2017

Poor Man’s Copyright

If you have checked into getting any of your art or writing as being your copyright under the Library of Congress, you have probably notice that it can be expensive to do so. While technically, the moment you put pen to paper or make your work accessible in any tangible form, it is your property, it is not always so easy to prove it in court. So, what are your alternatives? Poor man’s copyright.

This technique, although not as official as the Library of Congress registration method, can help if you find yourself in a legal bind.

For written or physical materials:

Print a copy of your content and place it in an envelope or some other form of package and send it to yourself my postal mail. When it comes back to you, don’t open it unless needed in a legal battle as that the postmark on the package or envelop will indicate a date that will work as proof of copyright.

For digital materials:

While I’m not totally sure if this one applies, I assume it would make sense based on the aforementioned method.

Keep a record of your files and be able to show the creation date in your properties. Sure, the date modified will change but this will remain the same so long as you retain the original.

 

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The Artistry of Kim Tucker’s Dream Catchers

I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with Native American culture. And of course, one of the most recognized things from this is the wonderfully designed dream catchers. Artist and craft enthusiast Kim Tucker has come up with some colorful and creative ones of her own and I had to share. She adds a new take on the style and it works out for a cool result. Check out some of them at the end of the post.

You can order her items, along with wire wrapping work, though her Etsy account called ZantiKamala today.

Fine Line Between Editing and Excess

Every person who is passionate about his or her photos will undoubtedly want o make them the best they can. This typically involves some photography editing. However, we can run the risk of over-editing if we are not careful.

The sample here has the real edit on the right and an exaggerated spin on it on the left to prove the point. The second shot is more natural and real while the first is over-saturated and doesn’t see nearly as genuine.

overdone

Here are a few things you can avoid to help prevent excess edits:

1 . Keep saturation as low as you can while still adding that vibrancy.

2 . Keep small imperfections so the subject doesn’t look fake.

3. Don’t do anything to adjust weight that distorts the people in the shot.

4. Be careful if you change a background.

 

Kurtis Sinclair and Transitory Art

Do you remember when you where young and doodled in the pages of your notebook during class? Or perhaps you even do it as an adult when in a rather mundane conference or the like. Well, artist Kurtis Sinclair takes this concept to a new level with what he calls transitory art.

Check out these examples:

According to Sinclair, he leaves index card drawings all over the city like an Easter bunny hides eggs.

And he sees his work as the kind of juvenile distraction you find in the margin of a math textbook.

He doesn’t claim to be the best artist but that’s not necessarily his purpose. The goal is to offer a sense of creative entertainment.

You can see some of his stuff on the Transitory Art Instagram page and visit the official site at transitory.ca.

 

Ongoing Battle – A Poem

Ongoing Battle

At one moment split
At another I’m whole
While an ongoing battle
Rages in my soul

Is this too much for me?
I sometimes think so
But at others the fight in me
Screams out “hell no”

It’s a torture of sorts
A test, this is sure
But one I must face
For relief to secure

Now knowing all this
What do I do from here?
I do not run from the world
But rather destroy my fear

 

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