Sunday…Weekly Snaps

August 21, 2016

Filed Under : Art - colour - moving stills - My Home - short poem films - Summer - texture - trips - Weekly Snaps

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I’ve got slightly out of sync with my Weekly Snaps, but here’s a selection from the last 10 days…Photo 12-08-2016, 11 05 15 Photo 13-08-2016, 11 46 16 Photo 14-08-2016, 08 04 43 Photo 14-08-2016, 09 37 37 Photo 16-08-2016, 08 43 01 Photo 16-08-2016, 15 45 32 Photo 16-08-2016, 20 12 27 Photo 18-08-2016, 10 08 39 Photo 18-08-2016, 13 07 23 Photo 19-08-2016, 09 41 05 Photo 20-08-2016, 12 22 47 Photo 20-08-2016, 22 32 55 Photo 20-08-2016, 22 35 40 Photo 21-08-2016, 18 26 33Photo 18-08-2016, 18 24 10 Photo 14-08-2016, 11 40 07 (1)Photo 20-08-2016, 18 21 46

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Photo 21-08-2016, 15 57 12 my son rigged up a slide projector in the bathroom…Photo 21-08-2016, 15 12 31 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 56 26 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 11 27 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 19 11 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 06 33 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 52 12 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 42 58 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 05 24

…and also a bit of Super 8

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Saturday…textures

August 20, 2016

Filed Under : Art - texture

Photo 20-08-2016, 12 22 47 Sometimes abstract textures are all that my head wants…they’re simple, and for me very connected to feelings; looking at texture compositions is like an emotional injection rather than a slow release tablet…I’m inspired hugely by texture and strive to incorporate elements of my collected textures within my paintings…( I have another instagram account @outsidesense which is purely texture and more like my photographic sketchbook for my paintings )Photo 19-08-2016, 09 21 09 Photo 17-08-2016, 16 57 34 Photo 07-08-2016, 08 48 30 Photo 20-08-2016, 17 20 42 Photo 17-08-2016, 17 03 52 Photo 20-08-2016, 12 22 36 Photo 07-08-2016, 09 00 49 Photo 07-08-2016, 07 38 24 Photo 07-08-2016, 08 16 37 Photo 06-08-2016, 08 51 17 Photo 06-08-2016, 08 28 14 Photo 07-08-2016, 08 30 16 Photo 01-08-2016, 06 46 10 Photo 07-08-2016, 08 38 46 Photo 01-08-2016, 06 45 47 Photo 01-08-2016, 06 45 37 Photo 20-08-2016, 17 22 14Photo 20-08-2016, 18 15 19

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Saturday…with Moving Stillness

August 13, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Art - moving stills - short poem films - Summer - workshops

Photo 13-08-2016, 11 46 16For a while now I’ve been playing around with movement within a still image…I had been inspired by an absolutely incredible Instagram account @ncour where he combines collage and extraordinary movement.

I’ve always been a massive collage fan and whenever I have a bit of a creative block, collage always helps as the images always dictate the composition, rather than relying on an initial idea from me…and they are invariably funny and slightly suggestive so I usually end up being really silly with them which helps…as you can see below! 

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I also saw this post here on the @lockhatters Instagram account, which I completely fell in love with.

So…I endeavoured to find a way of working to create moving stills…

I spent days and hours googling and testing and trying to find ways of making it work which was really hardcore computer slog. I was surprised that there didn’t actually seem to be an app out there which was exactly what I wanted…it seemed like complicated photoshop methods on YouTube were the only way I was going to achieve what was in my head, and I’m not that skilled in photoshop and don’t have the time to spend going on a course, ( although it is tempting when you have visual ambitions! ).

Then when I fiddled around with a very simple app I found, I felt like I had found some sort of magic; like a ceramicist who’d suddenly developed a unique glaze…hence my ‘magic circle’ type silence on the situation!

But I’ve been asked such a lot now about how I create them, that it sort of feels churlish not to share some of what I’ve found, and with the rise of ‘Stories’ on Instagram, I’m enjoying the shake up it’s rattled inside me, and has reminded me that Instagram has always been my virtual art class where I started, early on, with some really wonderful and inspiring visual voices; to name just a few  @famapa, @kbasta @sandrajuto @elf_girl @passeggiatayu @msuze @pardalote and @piccolotakesall…these were my class mates in the early days. @kbasta for example was one of the original single tree photographers on IG and always seems to combine a Mark Rothko-esque composition within beautiful natural contexts from Chicago, @passeggiatayu was one of the people who opened the door to Japanese photographic aesthetics, @famapa just has the best and unobtrusive contemporary eye on everyday life and @sandrajuto has always seemed to me to quite simply be the template for every creative lifestyle account I see.

What I would say is that being inspired is always a double edged sword…it invites a degree of plagiarism which is often quite frustrating and difficult to handle, but which, in this digital and always ‘positive’ virtual world, we must process silently…the world of image and idea sharing opens you up to all this and when those big brands do it to small designers it always makes me feel sick…and I think the only way to combat it in a creative way is to keep moving creatively, keep looking and discovering and as soon as you feel like you’ve ‘got it’, move on, even in tiny steps ( this is advice to myself as well by the way! ), so what I would say, is take some of my still movement tips here but play around loads with it; make it your own…make it unique!

I’ve never been very good with hashtags but I thought maybe I could for this so we can all share the ‘art class’ and feel like we’re all connected…so I thought perhaps #gentlemoving_stillness could work, so please do use it if you decide to create one of these #moving_stills ( there’s another hashtag! )

 

So, finally… the apps I use are: GifX, Flixel and more recently Lumyer. I won’t give a tutorial because I think playing around with an app in your own way is the best way to discover your own style…

GifX: this is a really simple app but you have to be prepared to be creative with both the gifs and the masks they provide you with and I would also recommend getting the in-app purchases. Don’t just look at the gifs on face value; manipulate them to within an inch of their giffness! The steam in the moving still below for example was made from a circle of moving feet!

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  2. Flixel: This is a very sophisticated app which I haven’t explored enough yet. To get the most benefit from it you have to use a tripod and get the Pro version, but I sort of think it’s an investment into the future of my moving stills.
  3. Lumyer: I’ve only recently started using this app, but it’s brilliant, so I would suggest if you wanted to start playing with moving still, this is the app for you!

And that’s it really, although I also like to use sound as well, so you can add that after you’ve created your moving still.

Here are a few more of mine so you can look at how I’ve played around:

 

So the order of the day is be creative, mix it up, app-mash it up and find your own way!

Also a couple of other accounts to look at who use this sort of thing are as I mentioned before @n_cour, and also @this_is_the_house and @me_and_orla and @finelittleday You can follow @flixelphotos on Instagram too, for  lots of inspiration, and if you want to work more with making films generally, the Instagram queen of time capsules and boomerangs is @Xantheb who runs great online courses.

Happy stillness folks! 

( if you think a workshop on all this would be useful, just drop me an email at 5ftinf@gmail.com )

 

 

Friday…with Casa Guidi in Florence

August 12, 2016

Filed Under : Summer - trips

Photo 06-08-2016, 13 38 30Back in March this year I was lucky enough to stay at one of the Landmark Trust Properties in the Lake District called ‘Howthwaite’ which was absolutely wonderful ( you can read the blog post about it here ). So when we decided that we wanted to visit Tuscany this Summer and spend some of the days in Florence, we also decided to book Casa Gudi, the former home of Robert and Elizabeth Browning and one of the 6 Landmark Trust properties in Italy… and it was the most amazing apartment and sanctuary for the 3 days we were there.

I loved the sheer amount of space above our heads, the furnishings, the floors, the balcony the light and basically the whole atmosphere…Photo 05-08-2016, 18 17 34Photo 07-08-2016, 14 20 10Photo 06-08-2016, 12 00 45

It sort of felt like we were looking after a special treasure for a few days and when we were out, I found knowing that we had Casa Guidi to go back to was so exciting; you step back in time and also completely out of the mad Florence tourist throng …

Photo 07-08-2016, 13 20 40 (1) Photo 05-08-2016, 16 25 52Photo 07-08-2016, 13 22 46Photo 05-08-2016, 15 21 08 Photo 05-08-2016, 21 45 58 Photo 07-08-2016, 14 24 20 There are so many wonderful paintings around, and I was particularly fascinated by the one of the living room itself commissioned by Robert Browning after his wife Elizabeth had died as it was her work space, and it’s the picture which has been the image worked with to recreate the room…Photo 07-08-2016, 14 23 39 this was my favourite door in the whole place…it was like an entrance to backstage which leads to the bathroom and a room with bunk beds up a spiral staircase…a thoroughfare for those needing to keep out of sight!Photo 07-08-2016, 14 23 10

Photo 05-08-2016, 16 21 38It basically leads through this little lobby of the bathroom to a similar door in the bedroom…Photo 05-08-2016, 16 42 10Photo 07-08-2016, 14 27 17Photo 07-08-2016, 14 27 46 Photo 07-08-2016, 14 28 18Photo 05-08-2016, 15 24 51I absolutely loved the original tile and mosaic floors as well as the collection of rugs…Photo 05-08-2016, 18 25 41 Photo 07-08-2016, 14 31 27 Photo 05-08-2016, 18 12 17 Photo 05-08-2016, 16 25 08 Photo 05-08-2016, 16 40 47 Photo 05-08-2016, 16 41 03 Photo 07-08-2016, 11 52 19Photo 05-08-2016, 18 11 27 Photo 05-08-2016, 16 22 49 Photo 06-08-2016, 13 41 47 Photo 08-08-2016, 08 04 31I thought this Victorian print of ‘The Doctor’  in the kitchen completely summed up the age the two poets lived in…
Photo 07-08-2016, 16 01 06and the light felt like I’d stepped into an old painting…Photo 06-08-2016, 09 48 52The balcony is also great and was apparently where their son had kept rabbits in the 1850’s…
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Thursday…with Tuscan Doors

Filed Under : colour - Summer - texture - trips

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My absence from the blog has been because I’ve been away in Tuscany in Italy over the last couple of weeks…while I was there I fell in love with the intrinsic sense of wabi sabi within the streets; the sense of history, time passing and its beautiful decay…the doors, the windows, the textures seem to be woven completely into what Italy is, and the doors, windows and textures defined my whole holiday…so there will be a few textural Tuscan stories coming up over the next week!

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Weekly Snaps…

July 24, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Art - Brighton - collaborations - colour - exhibitions - London - Summer - trips - Weekly Snaps

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Thursday…Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick

July 21, 2016

Filed Under : Art - exhibitions - London - Summer

Photo 21-07-2016, 11 19 23 My 15 year old son is a real film geek; all things from the original Japanese ‘Godzilla’ to Ben Wheatley’s ‘A Field in England’, ‘Close Encounters’ and ‘Dune’ to ‘Rebecca’ and ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’, and he is also a massive Stanley Kubrick fan and has, over the past couple of years, opened up a much broader love of film for me too, and particularly the combination of those artist filmmakers. So as we’ve been in London this week for his work experience, we couldn’t miss ‘Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick’ at Somerset House; an exhibition of artist’s work inspired by the film work of Kubrick, and I have to say it is AMAZING!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen my son quite as inspired at any other exhibition, and we’ve been to a fair few. And what’s more, hanging out round the fountains in Somerset House in the sun is so relaxing!

So below are some highlights; a taster, but really you should go and experience it for yourself if you can!
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