I decided to walk myself through the steps of making “Twilight” New York City and perhaps it’ll benefit anyone trying to walk their own creative path. One pattern for me in trying to develop my own aesthetic (as well as skills) with this encaustic medium is clearly to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. I have done enough of them now that I am deciding my aesthetic may be more akin to going to the animal shelter and picking out a rescue animal. An abandoned or abused animal is in the shelter (my failed photo transfer or encaustic painting) and then is rescued by a sympathetic soul (me and Photoshop) and starts a new life.
This is only the latest example of taking what I feel to be an unsuccessful encaustic endeavor and turning it, through Photoshop, into a more successful (to me) image. For another example of this same “rescue” process see this post titled, Forget Tuna Melt, Try a Boston Encaustic Melt.
For this video, I narrate the different stages with some candid aesthetic commentary like “Wow. This is God Awful.”
It’s St. Patrick’s Day. I have nothing green in my wardrobe so I bought a green cabbage. Except that I hate cabbage or, at least, thought I did. I made the Cabbage and Onion torte recipe from the NYTimes and now, thanks to Pepperidge Farms Flaky Crust and Melissa Clark, I am a cabbage lover.
You can teach an old dog as long as it has a flaky crust.
I finally and I mean FINALLY figured out how to add a blogroll to a photo blog template and one that allows me to post my videos directly. I plan to post more videos of collage making in the future if I can figure out a way of filming that doesn’t involve galactic swear words.
The blogroll is at the bottom but at long last it’s there!
(The “Help” in the video is while going over the Bourne Bridge to Cape Cod. I hate that bridge.)
I also think going to visit Mary and Bob would be like visiting Bonnie and her husband in St. Croix. Every where I looked, there was another animal.
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So, here is the link to this video.
I truly am single for a reason. Fear not loyal readers. I’m not going to name a video blog (if I do one at all) “Blogging from Bed” but it did make me laugh out loud this morning when it occurred to me while LIVE on camera.
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