Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
It was great visiting with my mother and being able to see the Warriors up close. Perhaps just as interesting since it was unexpected was the hotel(Marriott Marquis). Here is some fun info about the hotel that I found interesting. From Wikipedia:
When you watch the videos, click on HQ to see it in a higher quality
The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is a Marriott hotel and the 14th tallest skyscraper in Atlanta, Georgia. Designed by Atlanta architect John Portman, It is probably one of the most well-recognized buildings in the city. Because of its noticeable bulging base, it is often referred to as the "pregnant building". Construction was completed on the building in 1985.
One of the defining features of the Marriott Marquis is its large atrium. It was the largest in the world upon its completion in 1985, at 470 feet (143 m) high. The atrium spans the entire height of the building and consists of two vertical chambers divided by elevator shafts and bridges. The record was later broken by the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai.
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
I Have a new Etsy Store! I've been doing all this printing so I decided to open up a new shop!! My store is called TheBlues and features all of my cyanotype creations. Ive already been featured in one blog so I'm hoping people like my prints. Don't know what a cyanotype is?? Watch my how to video. Just make sure you click HQ for high quality:)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sometimes I find myself asking: "How come I never took the time to do this before?" Going down to see the launch, my jaw dropping, I could not think of a reason that would warrant missing a launch of the shuttle ever again. I watched from Titusville, the closest you can get without paying tons of money or knowing someone in NASA. Titusville is about 12 miles from the pad. It looks way closer in person then my $10 Ebay camera could capture.
I regret two things about going to the launch:
1. Bringing a camera. Next time I'll just sit back in awe.
2. Not going to a launch before.
Make sure you click the little HQ (high Quality) button when you watch my video so you can see the boosters fall off
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Nervous as can be(but unsure why) I crossed the Matthews Bridge into downtown in a thick fog on my way to the River Run. All and all it was a fun time running through 15k of Jacksonville in a thick thick thick thick fog. My favorite part of the race was winding through the beautiful neighborhoods seeing everyone out on their lawns cheering. Special thanks to the woman who hosed me down with her garden hose. It definitely was refreshing. Next year I think I'll run faster in the beginning because I had plenty of energy left at the finish line. My goal was to finish under 1:35 Here are my times.....
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I've been thinking about running the 15K River Run ever since I heard of it last year. Something about seeing the marathon runners going past my house this morning sparked me into action. Ten minutes later I was registered. I'm not really that interested in the race part all that much, my goal is to finish under 1:35 minutes. I am looking forward to running over the Hart and Main Street Bridges and being with 18,000+ people all interested in the same thing. I find it a bit interesting that on March 14th 5 years ago I was Starting my hike of the Appalachian Trail. Time sure does fly........ Come out and join me, or just wish me good luck on March 14th.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I recently received some UV yellowed ink jet transparency film. The first image was made with a transparency at a 5 min exposure. The second was made with a copy paper negative exposed for 35 mins. I really like the quickness and detail of the transparency film, but for some reason the copy paper's softness wins my vote. I love how some of the texture and pulp variations actually show up in the final print. I also seem to be getting better mid range values with the copy paper(see the log) I'm still working on ways to get the mid range values to come out better. Ive been searching the net and you tube but everybody seems to be using negatives from a 4x5 camera. I want to keep it simple.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
As I washed the excess sensitiser of my cheep drawing paper and watched this image appear today, I felt that same surge of excitement going through my blood that I felt the first time I developed my own black and white photo. Sure it's not perfect-the cheap paper ripped, there is not a strong dark value, and its slightly out of focus, but it is a cyanotype. The real success remains that it is something that I can repeat in a classroom setting on a shoe-string budget. My kind of project! For a negative I used a photo of my shadow on Mt. Rainier printed on cheap copy paper. The exposure here was 25 mins at around 9 this morning so it was not getting full sun. I can't wait to do this with the kids!!!!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I know its only January, but soon it will be 2015 as time does fly. I'm getting so excited for the weather to warm and the adventures to begin. Above is some old school photos of my friends and I in the Boundary Waters. It will not be long from now when my Mother and I return 10 years from when I was there last........ Who knew that my love of the outdoors would grow so much from one single trip?????????
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I find it more than a bit funny that our kiln is sooo enormous, it holds so much stuff, it takes so much energy to fire, it can hold a million big pots, and my favorite is this tiny little scoop. I'll never be able to sell this little guy its to tiny for to sell for what it is worth and its worth to much to me to sell. Yet It means nothing at all to me if I keep it, for pottery is meant to be shared. The final step in my creative process is to hand over the ownership to someone else. Visual, tactile communication. Along with the scoop, I had many pots that I was more than pleased with the results. Here is a tiny sample.
Friday, January 2, 2009
The pots are all in the studio, the wood pile is gone, and now we can start all over again. A little reflection.......... It's always the smallest pieces I like the best, this time was no exception. My little scoops were such a delight to take from the kiln(Pictures of pots coming soon). Next time I plan to make more stacking bowls that are slightly thicker, and use more clear glaze. Pictures of pots coming soon, here is the full video of the firing for u to enjoy:)
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I think it was the dry wood....................... But whatever it was, it was good. Need I say more? Watch the video and look forward for some new pots comming soon!
Thank You's go out to:
Renee, Glenna, Seth, Sean, Diana, and Bob. You are the best:)