If you’ve wondered what can be accomplished with video effects, especially if you’re a performance artist… well, this video ranks high on my list of clever effects. At Vimeo, the creators of this video said (in 2010): It’s done with a Quartz Composer patch we have developed that will be public in two or three month. The idea is very simple : the first line of the video is realtime, the second line is late of 1/60s, the third is late of 2/60s, etc.It’s like a very long rolling shutter At YouTube, the description includes this: It was filmed with a Canon 7D at 60fps… it was recorded as a funny pause while working on the performance “Cinematique” (vimeo.com/9234516)… but this short dance is actually not in the show. It’s made with a custom Quartz Composer plug-in that transform a video stream in a 3D texture. So, if you’re interested [More]
I love this video. It’s a TED talk.  In it, author Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat, Pray, Love”) talks about being a strong artist, dealing with ego and fear, and how to protect your creative genius. Be sure to listen to the part that starts around 10:10 in the video, where she talks about the creative process of poet Ruth Stone.  It’s an extraordinary story, but I think you may recognize that elusive muse that she’s describing. Then, continue to listen as she talks about musician Tom Waits, and how he separated himself from the burden of the creative process. When you’re creating art, are you lit from within?  Look for that glimmer.  Fan the flames.  Become — in that moment of creation — absolutely fearless. As Gilbert says, Olé to you… just keep showing up.  Keep creating your art. That’s important.
See a painting created, from start to finish, and hear great advice about accepting art commissions.  In this video, painter Scott Naismith explains how he works on commission, and shares some of the most useful tips I’ve heard about dealing with clients. For me, some of the useful take-aways are: 1. Scott Naismith finds out what the client likes about Naismith’s work.  It’s not just one painting the client likes, but about six different paintings.  That way, Naismith isn’t trying to replicate just one painting to please the client. In my opinion, derivative works — even derivatives of your own, past work — never have the vital energy of a wholly original work that highlights your best, spontaneous, creative expressions in art.  It’s like the difference between a live concert and a studio recording; the studio tweaks may result in a more professional, polished work, but the energy is never [More]
Now and then, I see a video — like this one as well as Banana Cat — that I just stare at and blink.  (This one is a 15-second imaginary interview between the Prince of Wales and a fish.) Then, I realize that art — the process as well as the finished product — must come from a place of “Why not?” more than “Why? At some point in the process, art has to be frivolous. It has to be something original. This video was actually by director Barry L. Young, who may be best-known for his zany commercials in the movie, Crazy People. It was a fairly relentless (and sometimes overdone) parody of the advertising business. Young also directs magnificent, serious, and elegant videos and commercials, especially for the European market.  His commercial work is often an interesting contrast with jaw-droppingly weird videos like this. The point is: Don’t [More]
This video — in which artist Emily McPhie explains the stories behind some of her paintings — is a wonderful example of how artists think.  She talks about what inspired individual works, and they provide insights you’d never know without those behind-the-scenes insights. Emily McPhie is one of two artist-daughters of artist and illustrator James C. Christensen, whose work has always impressed me. What I especially like about this video is how she talks about the elements of each picture, without feeling the need to justify the juxtapositions.  It’s that glorious right-brained connect-the-dots way so many of us work.  There just an innate, inexplicable sense to it, and when someone really gets our work… they get it.  It makes as much sense to them as it does to us. Another video that I wanted to share is this one: Arunas Zilys’ artwork is also reminiscent of James C. Christensen’s and [More]
Never underestimate what you can do with a couple of pencils, some string, two rubber bands, and some M&Ms.  You don’t need to watch the entire video to get the idea, but… wow, what a fun activity for a lunch break, when you need a complete change of pace! Next time I teach a class, I think I’m going to include this at about the 3 PM point, where  people are starting to fade.  This might just renew the energy of people who need to shift gears and do something that balances both side of the brain.  (Having to use both hands, at one time, can do exactly that.)
I won’t pretend that I understand plasma globes. Frankly, I probably know just enough to be dangerous with them. That said, they fascinate me. This video shows all kinds of weird effects that — for me, anyway — could inspire other art. Here’s what I said, months ago, when I first posted about plasma globes and steampunk art: This morning, I’m thinking about plasma globes.  You know, those cool toys from Spencer Gifts, etc., with electricity inside the globe, and you put your hand on the globe the the light/current is attracted to it…? This started out as an idea for an experiment.  Frankly, that’s how some of my best art projects start out: As “what if” questions about science. Then, I started finding projects that could be part of fascinating art: Steampunk things. Art shrine things. Mad scientist things. Anyway, here are some cool project ideas, resources, and information, [More]
I can’t begin to tell you how cool this looks to me. I’m not sure which I like more: The yellow windows so it’s always sunny*, the mirrored surfaces so everything looks bigger, or the absolute luxury of having everything included in a very small space. I’ve always loved gypsy wagons, and the idea of compact living spaces.  This design goes beyond any apartment I’ve ever envisioned. Huge thanks to my friend (and brilliant architect) David Locicero (The Opinionated Wine Guide) for recommending this! *The yellow windows remind me of a friend, musician Jaime Brockett.  I remember Jaime wearing yellow sunglasses — long before “blu blocker” glasses were available — when he drove his VW bus. The sunglasses made the world look sunnier. (I remember writing him notes on yellow origami paper, hoping to achieve the same “happy” effect.  It was a fun time in my life, when I was [More]
The banana cat… what can I say? This story began when my husband was looking for the old-school dancing banana, to use as wallpaper on his computer monitor. While looking for “banana gif” — a search one should only conduct in “safe search” mode — he found the strangest animated gif of a cat eating a banana. Well, first there’s the hat.  Then there’s that tablecloth/scarf/cape thing.  And really… what is on that cat’s back…?  (If the image isn’t moving, click on it to see the animated gif.) After some research, Todd (my husband) found the original video… it’s the one at the top of this page. Apparently, you’re looking at a Halloween costume.  The cat is being a banana split.  His hat is a banana, the tablecloth is exactly what it looks like, and he has little ice cream & toppings thingies on the back. So… what does this [More]