Friday, January 29, 2010

TiltShift, ToyCamera, CameraBag ooolala!

I love the camera Apps on my Iphone. I was browsing LK Ludwig's blog, The Poetic Eye, the other day and stumbled across her excited blogs about a bunch of Iphone camera apps. TiltShift, ToyCamera, and CameraBag are the ones I latched onto.

I stayed up WAY too late taking pictures around my dimmly let bedroom and pulling existing photos to tweak. I LOVE IT! My Iphone has just taken on a new dimension for me. I often do strange lighting, vignettes, and filters in photoshop on my desk top, but that process is removed because it is often days before I download the picts from one of the cameras. This is instant and fun! I can immediately email them to the people I am snapping.

A note about LK Ludwig. I took her 2-day class at Art and Soul Retreat a few years ago. She is magnificent teacher. On top of being an talented artist you can hear her academia background coming through. I have enjoyed her books immensely but nothing replaces taking a class from her. I learned so many basic yet flexible techniques that I could incorporate into my tool box. It looks like she is now teaching classes over the web...could be interesting. I think I might try one and report back.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

On the Desk

I am working on some new Bedouins. I am attempting to do an assembly line method of constructing three at once. However, I seem to have stalled. Maybe I should give up the ghost and just finish up the hare before moving onto the wolf and the raven.

Mom gave me some detail brushes for Christmas. I cracked them open last night and OOOOlala! I have to say that if one is considering what art supplies to spend money on- brushes! For me I prefer a short handled 1-1.5" synthetic and the tiniest detail brush I can get my hands on, also synthetic. I use a big brush for most every thing. Mr. Hicks taught me long ago that if you learn to manipulate the brush CORRECTLY you can paint anything with a nice fat 1.5" brush. His mantra was "the fewer brushstrokes the better".

Over time I have come to appreciate a good detail brush for a good reason. I often want to write or draw on my work with a pen, but all of the layers make it VERY difficult. Often time I just end up ruining a good pen because it picks up paint off of the piece. So a detail brush allows me to create fine, yet dense lines that somewhat mimic pen lines

Friday, January 8, 2010

Artist Statement

Sugar Skulls for my Office Day of the Dead Alter 2009

Here is a stab at my artist statement. I am going to revisit it this weekend so feel free to comment.

Artist Statement

Taska Sanford

My aesthetic is a defense mechanism. Places and objects that are clean, crisp, and brand new make me crazy because they appear empty to me. These pristine things drive me to crumble the edges; rub dirt, paint, wax, and oil into their corners; tear them to pieces; rearrange; and reassemble. I feel the need to fill every inch of space with color, symbols, words, and mystery. I am compelled by a burning need deep inside me to transform the objects that come into my grasp and the spaces I occupy.
Currently I am exploring two themes in my work, my relations ship with myself and with animals. I create art about myself in an attempt to explore the surprise, anger, frustration, and disappointment I feel when examining my lack of control over my life and my body. In turn I create art that reveals my relationships with animals, and how I hold them sacred. They act as my guardians offering comfort and guidance when I am at most vulnerable, examining myself. From this body of work also comes the crossover pieces that reconcile the division I experience as I swing from one state of emotion to another and back again.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What Rizo is Up To

Rizo doesn't work at Timbuk2 anymore. He got a job in the East Bay. Good for him. Sad for me. I miss him terribly. Here is is out having fun at Tahoe. Photo courtesy of May, his mommy.

And here is the bear he danced with at the Christmas party.....

Look to the trees #posttaska #distressedfx

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