Timeline Was Created

 Posted by on September 3, 2015
Sep 032015
 

Timeline

(an art blog)

A true artist is always thinking, learning, and creating – but a majority of that work never surfaces. Timeline is a blog about my ongoing practice as an artist. Unlike most other blogs, I designed this one to allow me to post to the present or into the past. The idea of digging up old ideas, memories and experiences at the same time as creating new ones feels like a good way to progress and evolve as an artist… Use the navigation to the right to explore. Enjoy.

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Inspire: Nick Brandt

 Posted by on May 9, 2017
May 092017
 

Nick Brandt, “Wasteland With Elephant”, 2015

Brandt is an English photographer who photographs exclusively in the African continent. In “Inherit the Dust” (available in book form) he has set up gigantic photographs of animals that should be roaming that specific area, but are no longer due to human activity. The panoramas containing pictures inside of them serve as a reminder of the powerful impact we have on our surroundings. See more at http://www.nickbrandt.com/

Setting Up The Scene

 Posted by on May 6, 2017
May 062017
 

Most of my recent work consists of setting up a scene, lighting it, and then photographing it. A while back I had the idea to hang a bunch of dead nature items from the ceiling. I had a collection of flowers, leafs, cacti, and so on ready to go… After the first shoot, I was unhappy with the background. After the second shoot I was unhappy with my poses. Finally, after two weeks, a few different set ups, and multiple shoots I finally got the image I imagined. The hardest thing about being an artist is when you are unhappy with he outcome, so you need to push harder… To me it speaks of life, death, before, and after.

Quotes: Dalai Lama

 Posted by on April 28, 2017
Apr 282017
 

Sunset Quotes: Dalai Lama

“If you want OTHERS to be happy, practice compassion. If YOU want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Any personal practice is difficult to achieve day to day, be it meditation or healthy eating or exercise, but having one is surely a step in the right direction. Although you might slip, compassion is (in my opinion at least) really easy. Just be mindful… Best of all, everyone around us – friends, strangers, animals – all benefit from even the littlest amount that we radiate into the world.

The Doorway

 Posted by on April 23, 2017
Apr 232017
 

I saw a dollhouse door at the craft store and had to buy it. First I built a “wall” around the outside of it and photographed my fingers and face coming through. Looked nice but didn’t have the emotion I was looking for. I then painted a rectangle black, taped it to the inside of the door, and then taped the door to my own back. The side lighting really brings out texture in my back, but most of all I like how the black of the inner door feels like a portal going through my body. Definitely some inspiration from Jerry Uelsmann in this piece.

The Musical Instrument

 Posted by on April 18, 2017
Apr 182017
 

I like to tackle a theme by trying to think of the least obvious idea, because this would be among the most interesting to encounter as a viewer. The theme here was “Musical Instruments” and so I could photograph a cello, or violin, or piano, or drum – but what if the instrument was the human body? Randomly one night, I had a vision of a person strung and playing themselves like a harp. In the studio I tied strings from my arms to my legs and clicked the shutter release a few dozen times. This was the result.

Quotes: Neil deGrasse Tyson

 Posted by on April 10, 2017
Apr 102017
 

Sunset Quotes: Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Any time scientists disagree, it’s because we have insufficient data. Then we can agree on what kind of data to get; we get the data; and the data solves the problem. Either I’m right, or you’re right, or we’re both wrong. And we move on. That kind of conflict resolution does not exist in politics or religion.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of my favorite entertainers. He is an astrophysicist, cosmologist, and host of the radio podcast Star Talk (highly recommended). Neil also continued the famous Cosmos TV series originally by Carl Sagon. Nothing is more mind blowing than science.

Face Shadow

 Posted by on April 9, 2017
Apr 092017
 

The goal was to explore and think about shadow as subject. I have been painting a lot lately and had a large canvas with many cracks on the surface. I hung this on the wall hoping to catch the textures, but soon realized how interesting a stretched out shadow of my face looked. I stood with my nose against the canvas and opened the shutter.

Stuck Inside

 Posted by on March 28, 2017
Mar 282017
 

I began with the idea of a “bubble” – but felt that word had too many silly connotations tied to that word. I wanted something darker. I then reduced or simplified the term “bubble” into being a thin semipermeable layer that divides space… In my studio a large thin plastic sheet was hung from wall to wall and I began making photographs of myself coming through. In this image I pushed a little too hard and the plastic began to fall down, but the contrast of the wrinkles along with my body posture really struck me as something worth keeping.

Symmetry Painting 1

 Posted by on March 24, 2017
Mar 242017
 

I have been working on a bunch of new paintings the past few months. I wanted to find something that allowed me to use my hands more in the work, which definitely lacks in photography or digital art… I am exploring chance, mistakes and happy accidents. Perception, vision, abstraction. Many of them (like this one) are semi-symmetric with many layers of rectangles over one another, different colors, different textures, creating depth and transparency. I stare into the center of them.

Quotes: Alan Watts

 Posted by on March 23, 2017
Mar 232017
 

Sunset Quotes: Alan Watts

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – It is such a simple lesson, so easily understood, but so very incredibly hard to apply to our lives. The main goal of Buddhism is to lessen suffering, and much of this suffering is brought on by our clinging to ideas, people, or things. I do this all the time… It is very difficult, but sometimes you do have to just have faith that things will work out. Of course it is not a bad idea to move around a little, and tread that water.

The Dreaming State