Sunday, May 31, 2009
I never cry at movies. With that said, I must admit this afternoon's movie really got under my skin, and I needed a few tissues after watching Wendy and Lucy. It is a small quite movie that will make you think about how easy it is to become homeless. It is also a movie about love and sacrifice. If you are a fan of independent movies with a slower and often quieter pace then this is a movie for you. There is very little dialogue and nothing blows up, but still a great movie.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
My muse murmurs a word in the dark,
a bug in my ear, caught crawling
through pages, or snatched
from the airwaves, scribbled on scrap,
an atomic surprise just lying in wait.
She's saved it for a stormy night,
or a morning like this,
where the black blood of gods
runs roughshod through gutters,
out to the garden,
down the windows in rivers,
over-topping the birdbath,
to quench the parched maples.
Later, after sunrise, I'll be tempted, I know,
to walk barefoot and shirtless,
take a roll through the grass
while steaming from the cup
that I leave on the porch,
a redolent french roast,
plays counterpoint perfume
to a mushrooming
petrichor mélange.© 2009 Dan Collins
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Lisa e-mailed me this info about her sweet new puppy:
"Our new golden girl was born on Jan. 5th and came home with us for good at the end of February. Continuing with the ursine theme, we named her Nita, which means “little bear” in the Choctaw Indian language. As you might guess, she is a little bundle of energy, curiosity and mischief, and has been keeping me quite busy lately. It took big brother Bear a while to adjust to losing his “only child” status, but now he is on-board and is doing really well."
Monday, May 18, 2009
Look at the eyes on this Chihuahua!
The text above is exquisite. Love the grey spots on the coat too.
From Sun Dog Mosaics over at Flickr
Turning that 2nd "o" into a halo is very clever. Great Boston Terrier art!
I think the Basset Hound above is one of her best pieces, the movement in the fabric is so stunning. The eyes are amazing too. She even got the pink on the droopy under the eye part just right. This amount of detail in mosaics is always fun to see.
I love this gal's artwork. Her domain seems to be expired for some reason, but I was able to view her site via the wayback machine and discovered that this talented woman is Donna Van Hooser, and she worked for 20 years at Hallmark designing cards for kids. Donna is an animal lover that has been making mosaics for the past 18 years. Check Sun Dog Mosaics out at Flickr!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This pretty American Bulldog was named after Wendy from Peter Pan. I enjoyed playing with this lovely sweet girl today. I don't know why, but for some reason I wanted to use some purple on her portrait.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
About The Art:
I rotated Kara slightly in the frame to give her a playful expression. The client requested that I change the bandanna color as pink was a favorite for Kara. The proofs above have colorful highlighting around Kara, and I also proofed her with a more subdued coat option. I loved her eyes in this portrait and their intensity is one reason I chose this photograph to work with. I also loved the fun negative space her ear creates to the left. When you think about composition the negative space is just as important as the space your subject occupies.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 09, 2009
It really got me thinking about several things, generosity of course and also the entire concept of the "mission statement" or "manifesto". I have always wanted to craft a really good mission statement. Here I am eleven years into my business and I never tried to write one, and now they seem sort of 90's. A manifesto sounds like a cool idea, but so very serious, like I am ready to start an art revolution or something. I think all my qualms about approaching either writing project has more to do with fear than the concept. I am afraid my writing skills may not be good enough and afraid I may not be able to dig deep enough to come up with brilliant bullet points. Are there areas in your life where fear is keeping you from doing something for your business that you really should tackle?
Well next week I am going to sit down and try to do a little writing. I am not going to start with a mission statement however I do want to explore the subject of generosity a bit in relation to the web. We will see where it all goes.
Friday, May 08, 2009
I have been working on a new portfolio site, "rebeccacollins.com". I still have a few kinks to work out in the menu and I need to add more animal art, but the mosaic gallery is looking good. My pet portrait site Art Paw is also due for a makeover, but that will have to wait awhile. I decided it was time to work on my personal site because I am going to be showing my mosaics this month and it has been a long time since I have given that domain any love. I really should try harder to keep it fresh and make sure it reflects what I am working on in my non-commercial art life.
The mosaic below is going to be in an upcoming show at the Dallas Bath House. The show is called "EXQUISITE CREATURES: The Mermaid and Octopus Show ". The opening reception is tomorrow night from 7-9. It is a group show and I am really looking forward to seeing all of the other sea creatures. It should be a fun night.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Kathy Weller has been playing with video and you can check out her painting process videos on her youtube channel.
My pal Bob has created a video with a pooch in it for a competition where he might win a computer. You can check out his rather silly and fun video by clicking here. Be sure and leave a comment and vote for him.
Jamie over at Cowbelly has been writing actual content for her blog ... imagine that! So many of us artists rely on our images alone to fill our posts. Go check out her article on competition and today's post on starting a photography business.
Bernie from A Place To Bark is starting a vlog.
Tomorrow I will post one of my mosaics and a reminder about my upcoming show.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Today I just proofed Jack & Lady, the adorable Sheepdogs I used last week in a video about process. In the video I mentioned that Sheepdogs just don't have eyes that are going to show up in a photograph. That got me thinking about an old cartoon I remembered as a child with a working sheepdog. I got on yoytube and found a version of that Merrie Melodies Warner Brothers Cartoon. The date on this is 1962 ... the year I was born. They just don't make them like this anymore. Enjoy Sam The Sheep Dog below.
Monday, May 04, 2009
Life Size Scottie from Raquel Stanek at Etsy
from kokomosaico/ Flickr
If you are in Dallas please try to come by a show I will be in at the Dallas Bath House Cultural Center. The show is Exquisite Creatures, The Mermaid and Octopus Show, curated by Katrina Doran. It opens on May 9th and will have many terrific works by local artists. There will be mosaics, paintings and even a quilt. I can't wait to see all of the different Octopus & Mermaids! I will post a reminder on Friday about this along with one of the pieces I am showing.
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Today I am posting an in progress painting video of Jack & Lady. I sound a little like Donnie Hoyle in it, there is some goofy frustration in my voice as I explain things. What can I tell you, it was late in the day and I was tired I guess. I don't really mean to sound like such a snot. I am having fun with this project and I look forward to finalizing a colorful set of proofs. Sheepdogs are so fun. They are a lot like Bulldogs in that people can not help responding with a smile when they see one out in the world.
For those of you that are not aware of Donnie, you have to check out his You Suck At Photoshop Videos. I stopped following him back at video #10, I thought he was done. I just discovered that he is back and just as funny as ever. Parents be aware he is a little pg-13 in his humor.