Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Addition to Day 2

I suppose I could have just waited and cheated on tomorrow and nobody would have known. But I just had to take a pic of this onion skin. It looked so pretty. Almost like a petal of a flower. Reminded me of the veining in an iris.

f 1.8, 1/125, 800 ISO (and one of those really, really cheap screw on close ups lenses)

Art, Day 2

I am taking creative license already. Day 2 and I'm altering the rules... although I don't think I ever stated any rules to begin with. So anyhoo, today I'm posting 2 images right off the bat.

It is a snowy, windy, gray day yet again. True to form, March was in like a lamb and out like a lion. Pulling out of the garage today I noticed the snow on the hood of the van. Nothing spectacular with snow on a hood, but something about the crispy little new snow pellets and the liquid form of the melted snow caught my eye. Plus, the blue background of the van sort of went with the whole water theme.

Then, just as I was leaving I see our beautiful dog Deuce sitting on his pillow in the lights from the van. He was just too good looking not to take the photo. His fur is such a nice warm color, and lights from the van gave him a nice little glow. We love our Deucer.

So my rule broken is this: I may do more than one piece of art in a day. I can do whatever suits my fancy. Because this is my blog, and I can do what I want to. {To be sung to the tune of "It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To.} Enjoy.

Car Hood: f 2.8, 1/180, ISO 200 (High Pass filter, plus some Hue/Sat adjustments)
Deucer: f 1.8, 1/125, ISO 800 (I did adjust exposure up a bit on this in RAW converter. Burned the edges a bit with Curves.)

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Premier Post

So this is my premier post at Art Each Day.

First I need to give a little background. I am an Art Director by profession (and a mother and wife by sheer grace). I design two regional publications. The company I work for also functions as a mini ad agency, so I get my fill of websites, logos, brochures, etc. as well. I love the work I do. But lately I have found that although I design and produce great work, I feel a little empty inside at the end of the day. I took a photography workshop this last weekend, and was re-inspired. But not to reinvigorate my work "at work," but rather to do a few art-based things for myself. So that's where this blog is stemming from. I will not claim to be the greatest writer, so come here to look at the art! BUT [disclaimer ahead] I may bust out a few lines, if it strikes me as that kind of art day. Since, after all, writing is a high form of art in my book. You may like what you see, you may not. I am an artist at heart, and have had a lot of creative criticism, so go ahead and give me your thoughts. Thanks for coming by, and I hope you can be inspired to do something, anything, you love to do each day.

Without further ado, my first post on a gray, cloudy, cold day in March. I call this one simply, "Crusty Rake." Because, well, it's a crusty old rake. Sitting outside the door at work, about 8 a.m.

Lots of Photoshop adjustment layers. Hue/Sat, Curves, Levels, etc. General data: shot with my "nifty 50" 50mm 1.8 Canon lens, RAW format, f 2.8, 1/250, ISO 200.