December 31st, 2010 | Comments Off on A Year End Review in Twelve Photos

I decided to go through my 2010 flickr archive and select one photo from each month of the year, while avoiding selecting any artwork. This is what I came away with. It’s mostly nature themed, except for the coffee cup that says “fart”.


Blood Oranges are beautiful

Into the blue


MacGillivray's Warbler

Collecting materials - Assorted


Sunrise on Quadra Island

Line up at the bird feeder

It's hard to clean the fish bowl when there's a lovebird in the way.

Ariane's birthday brunch

Elephant in the garden

Goodbye 2010. Hello 2011. I plan to be EVEN MORE creative, productive, and dedicated in the year to come.

Posted in Good things, Photos
December 22nd, 2010 | Comments Off on Yuletide Christmas Gif

I wanted to shoot a fun portrait of Boris and myself to send out as a digital Christmas card. We finally got around to doing this the other evening but I wasn’t quite happy with the results. The portrait wasn’t creative or fun enough to suit me so I decided to take seven photos from the series and make them into an animated gif. I’ve never done this before but It was really fun figuring out how to put it together in photoshop. It was relatively simple too. And now you can watch Boris and I kiss over and over and over…

The tutorial I used is for Photoshop CS3, if you want to make your own animated gif.

December 19th, 2010 | Comments Off on Collage: Birds of a Feather

This particular cradle frame panel has been hanging around unfinished or half-started (depending on your perspective) for a couple of years. I did a gel medium transfer of an ink jet print of one of my photos and overlay this with a semi-transparent spiral patterned Japanese paper. That’s as far as I got with the thing two years ago. I found the long dimensions of 12″ x 24″ challenging to work with at the time.

bird collage

I picked it up again this week and decided to follow the same theme of birds, book pages, and thread from the previous two collages. I broke up the background image with pieces of book pages and tried to treat both as texture. The thread and bits of scrap paper add a bit more colour and give the collage some flow from one bird to another.

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This is the largest collage I’ve ever created. It’s challenging to work larger and I think I prefer making smaller pieces because most of the materials I have to work with are small scale.

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Materials used: scrap book pages, red thread, paper birds, rubber stamp & ink, origami paper, and gel medium.

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