12.06.2013

A little back story:

If you’ve read my about page you’ll know I’ve been whining over losing my work for awhile now.  What you don’t know is that I had basically given up on art completely.  It had been the second time I had lost everything and I figured I needed to get the hint.  I dabbled, but I didn’t take anything very seriously.

Then, one day, while messing around in podcasts on my new (to me) iPhone 3 (or 3s, I can’t remember which) I came across a podcast called Tiny Shutter.  I thought it was a regular photo podcast and started listening.  Come to find out, Marc and the gang were talking about iPhone photography.  I think I listened to about 10 that day.  I’m not sure I’ve ever looked back.  (And I still to this day credit Marc with being the boot in my derriere to start working again, for better or for worse…thanks so much buddy!)

If you haven’t explored what’s going on in the mobile world of photography and art, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.  It’s not all selfies in the bathroom mirror and  half eaten food, I promise.  There is already (I say already, I’m fairly sure it’s been happening since the onslaught, but I’m just starting to see it) a fair amount of disgust from photographers, and even iPhone or mobile photographers with the use of apps, making pieces that look more like paintings or collage instead of photographs.  Especially if there’s notoriety involved.  (See comments in the last “faved iPhone photos” from LifeInLofi)  I’m not judging, I just like to make art.

Check out iPhoneArt for a wonderful gallery full of amazing mobile work.  5112 pages at this moment.  It’s worth it if you’re interested at all.  (They’re also doing a Kickstarter Campaign if you’re into helping the arts!)

Here’s one of my latest iPhone pieces.  It was a  park shot, put through a battery of apps on both the iPad and the iPhone. (There’s a second iphoto over on the other blog now if you’d like to check it out.  You can see it here.)

foggy autumn morning… (best seen here, later tonight)

I had hopes of having time to wander through the interwebs looking for people to add to a list of links for you all to see.  I haven’t been able to.  Scott did happen upon a very, very cool blog from Richard Gray.  He isn’t only doing wonderful stuff with his phone, he’s also teaching you all about it on his blog Iphoggy-bloggy!  Definitely worth some time!

I think I’m going to plan another iPhone post next week, only I will be more prepared.  I’m still working out the kinks, I hope you’ll bear with me?

Tonight on the Fourcrows Blog version, I’ll be adding another shot.  It’s added here!

Have a wonderful Friday everyone, and a safe and happy weekend.  Wishing you all the best, thank you for coming by!!

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12.06.2013 – An extra thank you!

I am not sure I fully comprehend how artists do all this themselves…or maybe how they do it and not do anything else!  Eeesh, life is hectic.  I want to say thank you to everyone that’s stopping by these days…I want to come by and explore all your blogs, and I’m just not finding enough minutes in the day.  Please forgive me until after the holidays, or until I can find a rhythm to all this and gain some sanity in it all.

Last week I had two milestones for people who have liked my posts.  Two in one week.  I’m completely humbled by that…thanks so much!!

Here is one of my pieces for our iPhoneography day…

I’m putting together another post.  So see you in a bit!

xo

12.05.2013

Holy cow, today has been busy!  I have a so many emails to write, comments and Facebook stuff to handle, and then there’s the stuff that’s not in the virtual world.

Okay.  iPhoneography today and tomorrow.  Tomorrow (I say with great hope that I have time) I’d like to link you to some great iPhone (read mobile I suppose?) communities and artists.  I don’t know how many of you play in this medium, but it’s pretty astounding what comes out of those little devices.  If you’d like me to dedicate a day a week, or at least a couple of days a month talking about it, I think that would be fun?  This is one of my recent pieces from the iPhone/iPad.

12.04.2013

So the new site is launched.  And happily, we’ve gotten some really great feedback.  Now that it’s down to actually having to post a blog post over there, I’m not sure on some of the steps.  (It’s totally different than here.)

So for now, I’m going to post here, and have Scott fix it later.  I have to sit down and figure out everything when I’m not running in four directions.  Maybe a tall order before the holidays.

Here’s a piece for today…

the kingdom… (best seen hereand eventually here) ugh.

I’ve also added a Facebook brand page.  I’ll be sharing links and art that’s not anywhere else over there.  I’m thinking of a Follow Friday? Posting out other artist’s websites and pages.  I’ve already been told it’s silly to point people in the direction of other artists, but I’m all about community.  So if you’re interested, come on over…I’m Here.  Let me know what your page is, we can figure it out.

Okay, have a great day guys…I hope the weather is being good to you, and that everything is wonderful!

xo

12.01.2103

Rabbit, Rabbit, White Rabbit!

Hi everyone! It’s December 1st! The year is racing to an end, and there is so much looming in the next few weeks that I don’t even want to think about it.

That said, I have something wonderful and exciting to share with you. Late last night, Scott’s impatience won out over his perfectionism and he made the new website live. He has been working on it diligently in his off hours for so long that I think he’s as excited about it as I am. The new Facebook “brand” page is live as well, because we might as well, right?

And there’s more! I’m also going to experiment with hosting my blog on the new site. I’ll be posting to both locations for awhile to see how it goes. I’m so grateful for all of you who follow me here. I’d be honored if you’d pop over to www.fourcrows.com/blog going forward. I’d also love to hear what you think about Disqus, the new commenting system that Scott has setup there.

Wait, I have work…sorry! Here’s something for you to look at here…

ghosts… If you don’t usually click to read, today would be an awesome day to do that. I’ve got giant news, and I’d be so excited to tell you about it!  – Click the image for a better view…

I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend, The sun came out today for just a bit…that was pretty wonderful!

xo

11.29.2013

Happy Black Friday!  -.-  I’m not shopping.

I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday…it was quiet here, and Scott and I ended up doing nothing but playing with the website and cleaning house.  Not seeing family was strange for both of us, but not all together bad, because they were  all off doing things they loved, so we were good with that.

Here is a piece I did earlier this month but never posted.  Sorry,  it’s another barn…but I’m in the Midwest.  We have barns.  They aren’t amazing urban architectural pieces,   but they can be beautiful in their own right.

tug-o-war… (click image for zoom)

Have a safe and happy Friday., I’ll probably see you tomorrow!

xo

11.27.2013

Yesterday was a big day, and not entirely a good one.  I had my twitter account hacked, and had hundreds of bad posts added in just a day or so, not to mention hundreds of new people I was following…most of them unsavory.  Yay.  Then, in the afternoon I found out that a once close friend from Serbia had died.  I was dumbfounded to say the least.  I plan on doing a memorial post to him…he was an astounding photographer, and a dear friend.

This is probably one of the last character only paints I’ll do.  I’m feeling pretty confident with people at this point.  I’d like to start integrating more into the image…environment and other elements.  We’ll see…I look forward to your feedback.

Cecelia… (best seen here)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the states.  I don’t know how crazy it will be, but I’ll try to stop in with some work.  I hope you all have a wonderful day, and a safe weekend.  Everything is covered in a fluffy white blanket today, it’s actually pretty beautiful.

xo

11.27.2013 – extra

I’m posting two today.  Just something different than the people I’ve been doing, I haven’t been posting as much as I’ve been painting.

red umbrella… (best seen here)

I did this a few months ago.  It fits in with the story, strangely enough.  I’ll take that!

11.25.2013

Happy Monday everyone!  This will be short…and it’s likely to be a busy week, so please forgive any hit or miss posting.  I’ll do my best.  It’s my work, I want to keep working!

Today’s painting is another character.  He’s my Dark One.  I’m trying to find a character style, and am thinking seriously about the writing now as well.  The more I work on these pieces, especially the characters, the more I can see them speaking and moving.  I know it sounds a little mad, but it just makes sense in my visual mind.

Sinister… (best seen here)

Wishing you all a wonderful week, whether it’s a holiday week where you are, or if it’s not. I appreciate you sharing a moment out of your day with me!

xo

11.23.2013

Today, winter winds are blowing in and it’s snowing.  I want to be excited, I really do, and I am grateful the sun is shining through all the flurries, but autumn is leaving us too quickly…at least for my taste.

Here’s today’s piece.  This is another character I envision in the story I told you about earlier.  He’s the always necessary wise old man, blind and full of truth.  I think I’m happy with this one, though seeing it on flickr, I’m seeing some flaws I’d like to fix.

I hope you’re all having a safe and happy weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  The site is almost done, I can’t wait to show you!

xo