Inspired from my trip to Gatlinburg and Moebius. 

Forest Discussion & Night time Travels

Surprisingly, I really like how these turned out. So I’ll do more gouache and pen studies. 

I had the privilege, while going to school at MCA, with knowing and in some cases being in class with Erica and I’m really impressed with how she’s grown as an artist.

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Who’s got her first commission?

This lady.  This lady right here.

"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through."

Ira Glass

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This hits home for me right now.

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Body paint artist Emma Fay transforms models into stunningly realistic animals. Here, we look at how she did it

Photos: Emma Fay/Barcroft Media


Today has been a whole lot of crazy, but the most recent crazy thing that’s happened is that I got a call from my hairstylist asking if I would be willing to take some pictures of her and her brother as adults to pair with some photos of them when they were younger.  This is all as a surprise gift for their parents who are moving away.  I was honest with her in that I haven’t photographed people much - I used to photograph my son on the daily when he was little, but since I’ve picked up the practice I’ve only been photographing inanimate objects (for the most part).  She’s totally fine with that.  She’s willing to still pay me for my time and energy, too!

I’m really excited about this.  Recently, I’ve felt very conflicted about photography because so many photographers produce THE SAME WORK. And I 100% don’t want to be like that.  If it came to that, I’d rather do other things. 

So I’m going to be researching sibling photo ideas and I’ll be posting them as I come across them.  We’re going to get together for coffee or something after I’ve gotten some ideas together and we’ll talk it out.  And because the work is going to be in a digital format already it’ll be so much easier to post progress shots!


while this is mostly about facts, there are a lot of opinions in this tutorial (namely my distrust on several brands marketing strategies, and my opinion that’s better to start with cheap student quality stuff. LOTS of people disagree on that point) as well that you should take as what they are: personal opinions.

here is slightly more readable than on tumblr

this is the result of several years of research on creating a cheap but high quality palette that would help me.

other things to be aware of: pigments are generally more resistant in oil and acrylics than they are in watercolor. but there are a couple of pigments that work well in watercolor but really badly in oil.

pigments through the ages
a comprehensive guide to watercolor pigments and a lot of tests on popular brands
about van gogh’s bedroom
Blue and Yellow don’t make green by Michael Wilcox

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Can you collect the entire rainbow in one photo?


Can you collect the entire rainbow in one photo?

A word on multi-tasking important things…

It’s difficult.  I’m trying to buy a house this summer, clear up/dispute some items on my credit report, find a new camera for my fall class, move (hopefully), and work on my portfolio.  Needless to say, the art stuff has not yet been worked into that schedule.  Because I’m not taking classes over the summer, I don’t have access to the lab building on weekends which is when I’m accustomed to making time for printing.  Work has been so crazy that leaving work on time is not reliable (i.e., if I can’t make it to a doctor’s appointment that’s been scheduled for 3 weeks then what makes me think I can make it to the lab).  It’s annoying.

This is not to say that I won’t, at some point, actually get to make it into the lab.  I am sincerely hoping that this happens soon, but if all else fails I’ll just resume shooting during weekends.  I could use it as an opportunity to either get excited about my last project, resume shooting my previous In Between project, or find something new (hopefully with people).

In the meantime, I’m doing research on contemporary photographers.  If you have any suggestions for folks to take a look at, please let me know.  My tastes are pretty open.

Also, if you’re in the Memphis area and you know how to sew 3-dimensional things and would be willing to show me, please let me know.  I’m not the best at sewing in general but would like to learn.


10 Commandments for Makers by Adam Savage of ‘MythBusters’

I find it a lot easier to view myself as a maker than an artist. A maker makes things and that is very broad, but an artist makes art and that’s open to interpretation. I make photos, with an interest in making more sculptural items as well.