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Overcast (A Poem)

While overcast skies may not inspire
Or be your cup of tea
Nature has mysterious ways
Of showcasing her beauty

For when the clouds float by
We appreciate the clear days more
And always have a unique canvas
Never seen before

And when the morning dawns
Or the sun settles into sleep
The pastel creations before our eyes
Are artworks truly deep

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The Multi-Talented Sydney A

While some artists stick to one type of art, on occasion, we find people who work in several forms. Sydney A is such a person.

I first came across her work with ink and color drawings and I can assure you that her talent is impressive. The detail, color and style she displays in her work is something special.

Here are some samples:

As she states it in her own words:

“I’ve been practicing since I was little, and I took some art classes in junior high and high school. After I found out I was allergic to the paints I preferred to use, I switched over to black and white ink, and now I use colored ink as my preferred medium. While I will also do pencil crayon drawings upon request, they aren’t as good as the ink ones and tend to take longer.”

But her skill set doesn’t stop with drawing. She also has a talent for photography and tends to focus her skills on nature and wildlife.

I encourage you to check out her work for yourself.

 

Quality Dictation App for Avid Writers

While writing has long been a passion of mine, there are times when due to any number of circumstances, I may not be able to sit down at my keyboard and type.

For some writers, it can be a matter of carpal tunnel syndrome, for others, too much staring at a screen and for still more writers, it can be that inspiration strikes at an inopportune moment. This type of thing is why dication apps can be so handy for us.

As an Android user, I recently tried out an app from the Google Play Store and think it might be helpful for others in this field. I’d urge you to check out Speechnotes and see if it is beneficial to you.

 

 

The Special Attributes of the Color Gray

I’d be willing to guess that when you think of the color gray, it brings up ideas of groom, boredom and other rather negative concepts. But, if you stop and thing about the color itself for a moment, you might be surprised and intrigued.

Let’s break it down from a creative perspective.

What is gray in its essence? It is a basic combination of two colors, white and black. Sure, everybody knows that. But, did you ever ponder what happens when you combine those two?

White = The presence of all colors in one.

Black = The absence of all color.

In combining these two, gray has the unusual quality of being both all colors and no colors at once!

What do you think of that?

Unique Ideas for Photoshoots

Now that the temperatures are getting milder and the weather is more compliant, there are a lot more options to do model and portrait photography outdoors. But sometimes, you will still want to utilize an indoor location. If you don’t have one of your own, and don’t have the resources to pay to rent a fully set-up location, here are a few creative ideas that might work.

Stores

While you will always want to be sure to ask management, many stores will allow you to shoot photos as long as you aren’t a disruption for customers. I know someone who recently shot a model at major craft retailer Michael’s. I’ve also come across some shots done in a Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.

Libraries

These areas can allow for a sophisticated and intellectual feel in your shots and so long as you aren’t doing anything inappropriate or making a lot of noise, there are usually a lot of empty areas  that nobody will mind if you use.

Stations

Subway Stations, Bus Stations, Train Stations, oh my. These spaces can give you a candid vibe and often have interesting (but sometimes challenging) lighting.

Laundromats

Easy to access most of the time, free to hang around, often empty.

When Artists Need A Bit of Legal Help

At some time or another during their career, quite a few artists may encounter a situation in which they may end up involved in legal battles. It may be an issue of copyright or contract disputes or really any sort of thing that can occur regarding your work or a buyer.

Basically, it’s beneficial to prepare for any problems that may come around by doing some research into such things and possibly even looking for an experienced lawyer.

Dana Miller, one such lawyer, is offering a course designed to help artists learn some of the basics. The trianing is called “Empowered IP” and you can read the details of this intellectual property course on the official website. The class is scheduled to have the first session on May 2 and will be available online.

It’s always nice to know the most you possibly can about how to protect your creative works.

Street Art Photography Book Showcases The Emerald City

As the majority of us would concur, there are many forms of art. Some are traditional and others are not. Some are looked at with respect, others with a bit of disdaine. And on occasion, some have both fans and critics on both side. That is surely the case with street art.

Personally, I like it and think that fans as well as those who dismiss right away do might benefit from giving it a shot. That’s where publications like A. Tarantino’s “Seattle Street Art” (volumes 1 though 3) come in.

The photography and stories behind these books, available in both paperback and e-book, is really something to admire.

You can find out more at the official seattlesreetart.com.

 

 

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