Tag: process

not so fast

Some days I have such a strong urge to work quickly, and create as much art as possible. This often happens after a long walk, when I gathered…

Scarcity

When I was a kid, scarcity was part of the music experience. We’d scour used record bins in the backs of stores for quirky or interesting albums. We’d…

Time to discover

This is one of those photographs that takes time to discover. I had to live with it for over a year and a half to really begin to…

the darkroom vs computer

In a way, a darkroom is just rough industrial age computer, one that uses chemicals instead of code. Both are machines, tools that let us resolve and visualize…

new art from a new camera

I created this photograph by staring straight down into the heart of a tightly curled leaf. I love the pattern of circles draws you in closer and closer,…

how I name my artwork

The names I choose for my art all follow a certain style: short names of no more than two or three words, that are metaphorical, not literal descriptions.…

my job is absurd

My job is absurd. When I stop to think about it, what I do for a living is simply, utterly absurd. Today I spent hours staring at the…

organized chaos

After a day of work, my huge crazy pile of the detritus of nature that I collected last summer and fall has been sifted, edited, and organized. Every…

home from Miraval

I returned home last Saturday from my week-long artist-in-residence program at the Miraval Arizona Resort. It was quite the trip, and something I am still processing, so you…

slow art

I’ve never been very prolific. My pace is slow, almost glacial. One photograph can represent days or even weeks of work… preparation, shooting, editing, revising, thinking. My photographs…

new photographs from this week

I’ve been trying to buckle down and focus more energy on creating new art, and I managed to do a pretty good job of it this week. I…

shut up and make art

Every once and a while I need to remind myself of something important. That the primary job of an artist is… to create art. It’s not marketing, social…

revisiting old photographs

I’ve been spending some time this morning revisiting some older photographs of mine. I had stumbled across one from a couple years ago, and my first reaction was…

Making art every day

It has now been around ten days that I have been trying to make some art every day. And so far, it has been a success: you can…

An hour of art a day

There is a factoid that contrary to popular opinion, an artist will only spend 20% of their time actually making art, that the rest of their time is…

Working in a DIY photo studio

Photography can be a very expensive artform. Each gadget and tool often comes with a hefty pricetag. And sometimes, the price is worth it. But other times, whew,…

refining, editing and polishing

In my last post, Angela was curious about how I carefully refine and polish the photographs I take, as opposed to just trying to capture the ‘decisive moment‘…

spring cleaning

I have been working diligently for the past month on improving my website, making sure that all of the photographs I show on my site are ones I…

making it better, part 2

I wanted to show an alterate version of the photograph of the Japanese maple leaf I had in my last post. This version shares the same balance between…

making it better

I love it when I revisit an old photograph, and suddenly I see how to make it better. It always amazes me when this happens. A photograph that…

quest for brown, revisited

Once again I have found myself spending an inordinate amount of time seeking out the perfect shade of brown. The brown of dried leaves, of old wood, of…

macro photography ain’t for whiners

Anyone who does macro photography knows that it can be a pretty physical experience. A long photo shoot can really take a toll on your body. Leaning over…

the importance of the edge of the photograph

In his blog today, Mark Graf was wondering “why a completely random leaf pile can be so peaceful” in real life, yet feel chaotic when photographed. I’ve experienced…

Mask – abstract of a fallen leaf

What is your best work? That’s a tough question for any artist. Your opinion of your own work changes every day. As Ted Orland discusses in Art and…

the infrastructure of a creative life

I believe that the most creative act an artist can do is figuring out a way to give themselves the opportunity to create. It seems that the majority…

The perfect shade of brown

I am now on day 3 of my quest for the perfect shade of brown. Yes, the life of an artist is a glamorous one. 🙂 The color…

The MEA-17M attaches to the DK-17M…

Sometimes, you find a product that is perfectly designed to meet a specific, but important need. I found that with the MEA-17M. Here’s the story. I do a…