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Golden Results

“Don’t let yourself feel worthless; often through life you will really be at your worst when you seem to think best of yourself; and don’t worry about losing your ‘personality,’ as you persist in calling it; at fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon, and when you are my age you will give out, as I do, the genial golden warmth of 4 P.M.” – F. Scott

Sorry for the delay in posting! I felt so guilty all day today.  This week we have my neighbor Laura as well as my old friend Coral participating for the first time.

  • Liesa sent me a shot of her and John at the State Fair in Sacramento with a gigantic golden bear.

  • Laura says that when she saw the “Golden” prompt, she was reminded of her Europe trip last summer, as Europeans “can be extravagant and love the gold”.  Isn’t that the truth!  She put together a collage of a few public restroom signs (as well as a shot of some tasty looking beer).  Apparently she was met with some strange looks while photographing the restroom doors, though!

  • Mariel is back with yet another lovely visual – a quote from her friend Jason.  She says, “I don’t remember what I said to him that made him so happy, but I definitely remember his response.”

  • Coral sent me a photo she took of her Golden Retriever, Lodi, adventuring somewhere with Coral’s mom.  What a sweetheart; he was one of my favorite dogs ever!

  • Erin M is back this week with another unconventional yet really well-done project.  “The premise my project is to take a box I found and reconstruct the whole thing in this gold cardstock board.”  She hand-etched all the lettering on the gold cardstock herself!

Gold cardstock:

Original box:

Our next theme is called “Contrast”.  What’s your take?

Deadline: Saturday, February 13th by the end of the day (feel free to e-mail me if you need a little more time).  I’m moving next weekend and I know things will be crazy, hence the two-week period.

  • Remember, there are no restrictions so don’t feel that you are required to use any particular material!
  • Send your completed projects (and questions) to erin.conger@gmail.com.
  • If you’re feeling lost, have a look at the About post.
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“Maps” Results

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great weekend!  Yet again, I was really surprised by the variety of submissions.  I thought a somewhat straightforward prompt like “Maps” might produce straightforward results. Nope!

  • Pat says, “Maps show us the way, but you have to step off from someplace.”

  • Mariel gives us an amusing glimpse of her thoughts, via a map of her mind.

    • Taylore says, “Woke up this morning to find my window covered in condensation. I did my best attempt at drawing the state of California.”  I think it’s perfect how she framed her photograph to include the palm trees in the distance.

    • Matt asked me if he could submit this – he didn’t want to make a mockery of the blog, he said.  Then I reminded him how I made a pizza for our first project.  Anything goes!  Plus I thought this was funny and clever. 
    • Erin M submitted some scans from an Artist Book containing all the places she’s lived in the last 8 years – 12 places total.  These are just some of the pages.  It seems like a huge undertaking, but how great will this project be later in life when your memories aren’t as sharp?

    • I’ll let  Natasja describe her image this week.  She thought it might be too technical, but I think it’s super interesting!

    “This was my first picture from a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) that I’m currently learning to use. It maps the surface of some sample with a beam of electrons and uses the signals from these electrons and atoms on the surface to create a topographic image of the sample.  It allows for magnification that isn’t possible with a normal optical microscope.

    The above is a picture of an unidentified squished bug at 1200x magnification (we think a Tick). All we can assume is it must have fed on human blood as the biconcave discs shown in the picture are identifies as red blood cells. The cavities and ridges seen here are parts of the shell. This particular picture took me 45 minutes to obtain and in the worlds of Physics and Chemistry, use of this machine is more of an art than science.”

    Next week’s project is called “Golden”.  What’s your take?

    Deadline: Saturday, January 31st by the end of the day (we all know that’s somewhat negotiable by now).

    • Remember, there are no restrictions so don’t feel that you are required to use any particular material!
    • Send your completed projects (and questions) to erin.conger@gmail.com.
    • If you’re feeling lost, have a look at the About post.

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    Portrait of the Artist Results

    This morning I was a little worried because I only had one item to post aside from my own; however as the afternoon went on, more and more submissions trickled in.  Whew!  Rounded out with images from first-timers Graemme, Leanora and Erin K, we have another great week of diverse projects.

    Click through for images you can actually see.

    • Jeff created his image this week using his 5d, an iPhone camera, and some 430ex strobes.  I really like how his post-processing gives the photo an aged feel.

    Jeff’s accompanying text:

    Prideful or prided?
    The man or his instrument?
    The lens or the eye?

    • Graemme submitted a hand-drawn illustration of himself, using graphite and pen.  It’s great to have an illustrator among us.

    • I created my image this week using an enlarged photocopy and typewritten text.  I made it at work – can you tell?

    • Lea (a photographer friend of mine and fellow instant-film enthusiast) submitted this image which I really enjoy. She said she shot this on her point and shoot one night after work. “I have a series of my feet and where they go and this is one of them.”

    • Erin K (jokingly?) asked if she could submit a photo of herself with a bag over her head, complete with a creepy hand-drawn face. I took her up on her offer!  Contribute again soon, E!

    • Azlynn is back this week with another photograph, this time from Death Valley.  While she and her friends were photographing the Charcoal Kilns at dawn, she turned and noticed her friend’s shadow against the snow.

    • Mariel sent me a very detailed image that she drew with Sharpie.  I have to say that I really appreciate how she isn’t afraid to experiment with different mediums – good to have you back, Mariel!

    • Natasja submitted a beautiful image that she created in Illustrator.  I know you’re very busy with school, but I always really enjoy your submissions, T!

    Next week’s project is called “Maps”.  What’s your take?

    Deadline: Saturday, January 23rd by the end of the day (we all know that’s somewhat negotiable by now).

    • Remember, there are no restrictions so don’t feel that you are required to use any particular material!
    • Send your completed projects (and questions) to erin.conger@gmail.com.
    • If you’re feeling lost, have a look at the About post.

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    Circular Results

    Hey everyone!  We’re already at our third installment of Art Takes results, and as in the past, our participants have used quite a wide variety of methods.  Don’t forget to click to enlarge each image for better viewing.

    Contributing for a second time, Kristin created a wreath from peppermint candy.  Cute and edible!

    Mariel submitted a wintery snowflake cutout, made from silver tissue paper and mounted on her window.  She then photographed the setup on instant film.  Beautiful finished result.

    Dan created this image using his Nikon D50 and a 40 second exposure.  He’s the master of long exposures – how cool is this!

    In her first wintery submission, Erin M. shows us a snowman that she drew on wall decals and placed in her living room.

    I took a photo of some blue holiday lights with my 35mm SLR.  I purposely didn’t focus on the lights, creating somewhat abstract blue orbs.

    Thanks to everyone for a really strong showing this week.  Next week’s theme is “Nighttime”, as suggested by Kristin. What’s your take?

    Due to holiday madness coming up, I’ve decided it’d be better to have the time period for our next project be two weeks rather than one. Deadline: Saturday, January 2nd by the end of the day.

    • Remember, there are no restrictions so don’t feel that you are required to use any particular material!
    • Send your completed projects (and questions) to erin.conger@gmail.com.
    • If you’re feeling lost, have a look at the About post.

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    Slightly Dangerous Results

    • Liesa submitted this photo and accompanying text – poor Liesa!

    “Gas to get up to Mountain High=$20

    Day pass at Mountain High=$45

    Getting crashed into at Mountain High = Slightly Dangerous

    (End result: knocked out tooth and broken finger tip.)”

    • Mariel submitted a piece called “In Paris”, a beautiful shot of the Champs-Élysées.  Be sure to click to enlarge her image to read the wonderful text.
    • Elyse submitted a hilarious piece which she made using construction paper.  She said it popped into her head as soon as she read the theme for this week.
    • Mike submitted a satirical product that he constructed himself – including the packaging!  He says, “In the movie, Neo damages his eyes and has to wear a gray blindfold. Later he defies reality by seeing his attackers in digital form even through the bandage. I imagined this ridiculous product sold to kids with the idiotic words THE MATRIX, making it stand out from any ole’ regular gray scrap of fabric you might have at home.” Mike’s product description follows.

    From The Matrix: Revolutions comes the new fun filled toy, Neo Blindfold. Emblazoned with machine stitched lettering spelling out “THE MATRIX,” your new blindfold will provide you with hours and hours of classic fun. Imagine the joy you will have running around the cul de sac “seeing” every obstacle in your path. Just let Mr. Smith try and stop you now, Neo!! (Warning: Slightly Dangerous)

    • I made this  Lion print in my screen printing class. The image is from a photo in a National Geographic from the 60’s.  It’s called “Routine”.

    Thanks so much to everyone who participated in week 2!  Next week’s project is called “Circular”.

    What’s your take?

    Deadline: Saturday, December 19th by the end of the day.

    • Remember, there are no restrictions so don’t feel that you are required to use any particular material!
    • Send your completed projects (and questions) to erin.conger@gmail.com.
    • If you’re feeling lost, have a look at the About post.

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    Results from Bills & Banknotes

    Please click individual images to enlarge.

    • Mariel produced this beautiful image, titled “Father’s Debt”.  She used original text and a photo she shot with her Lomo LC-A.

      • Kristin created a mobile for her daughter Katelyn. She used currency from France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Vietnam and the US to represent Katelyn’s heritage.

    • I made $ pizza using a halved ciabatta loaf, pesto, basil, mushrooms, kalamata olives, and goat cheese. The cooked version looks pretty frightening, however.

    • Mike‘s work is titled “In Gus We Trust”.  It’s an encaustic transfer, which is a toner transfer onto beeswax. He has a play money background layered with clothing pattern paper.  Cute, and very interesting technique.

    • Liesa craftily folded dollar bills into hearts.  Hers is titled “Does Money Buy You Love?”.  Not according to the Beatles..

    • Matt used Illustrator to make this really awesome Scrooge! Very fitting.

    Thank you so much to everyone who participated so creatively in this first project. I really love how diverse the methods and mediums were. And hopefully the number of participants will only continue to grow as the weeks go on.

    Next week’s project is called “Slightly Dangerous”.  What’s your take?

    Deadline: Saturday, December 12th by the end of the day.

    • Remember, there are no restrictions so don’t feel that you are required to use any particular material!
    • Send your completed projects (and questions) to erin.conger@gmail.com.
    • If you’re feeling lost, have a look at the About post.

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