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ArtPlay Homework

I have gotten a little behind with the lessons from A Year of ArtPlay 2017, but I found some time over the holiday weekend to tackle the June class that Anna released a week ago. I like to call my pages following classes my homework assignments, as I have found that when I apply the concepts soon after watching the class videos, I am much more likely to consistently incorporate Anna’s techniques into my own artily.

As a retired teacher, I also know the value of applying new information in my own unique way. I literally practice applying what is presented in a class, but I try to change or adapt the lesson content to my own prior learning. Simply put, practice the skills taught and then try to use them in a different way.

After viewing June’s lesson, which entails three videos each just over 20 minutes long, I went in search of a photo that I could use. Although Anna provided her layout and photo, I chose not to use those tools because I prefer to practice with my own photos. So my layout does not look like Anna’s. Using a different photo pushes me to adapt and apply what I viewed in class videos.

I’m not going to explain in depth specifically what I did on this page as Anna does a far better job in the three videos. Rather I hope these screen shots will encourage you to take a look at A Year of ArtPlay 2017.

First I blended a photo and sketch together.

Second, I worked with an artsy paper and transfers. I tried at least a half dozen papers before making my decision to blend an artsy paper with a solid from ArtPlay Palette Parasio and transfers from Artsy Transfers Parasio. Note: the idea for the glow in the background was taken from a completely different ArtPlay artsy paper.

The last steps involved something Anna calls “puzzle blending”, working with several brush techniques, embellishing and creating a title.

I am always pleased after finishing one of Anna’s lessons from A Year of ArtPlay 2017, pleased with my art homework and pleased with the new ideas I learn from class.



Photographing Cyclamen

This is my favorite capture of the Cyclamen blooming at Lauritzen Gardens this morning. I don’t know if it is the leading line running from lower left to upper right, the pink and white color or the soft background blur of the photograph that appeals to me. I captured this with my 60mm f/2.4 macro lens.

The instructor, Will Fields, wanted us to work with a longer lens today in order take advantage of the compression in longer lenses that contributes to blurring the background. My 60mm f/2.4 macro lens was the longest lens I had with me.

In California, Cyclamen were a winter flower for me. I used to put them in pots on my front porch.

The photo below is probably my second favorite because of the leading lines in the photo and the repetition of the pink on a small Magnolia tree in the background.

The blooms on that Magnolia were just coming into full bloom. I used to have a Star Magnolia until it died following a recent cold Nebraska winter. Thank goodness I have a place to go to photograph a few favorites during the long, cold winters here.

I worked in manual mode today, first with my 35mm f/2.0 lens and then my 60mm f/2.4 macro lens. My work with a course specific to my Fuji X-T2 a few weeks back, recommended by Adryane, really paid off today. I knew my buttons and dials.

My instructor suggested that I look at the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson when I mentioned how much I preferred working with my 35mm single focal length lens, equivalent to a 50mm lens, rather than the 18-135mm zoom that I have. Following a quick search, I’ve already learned that Cartier-Bresson, a French photo journalist, photographed with a 35mm Leica in black and white. When needed, he used a 90mm lens. Will recommended that I research Cartier-Bresson as well as some other famous photographers. So in addition to practicing with my camera, I also have some on line homework.

It’s important to me that I develop my skills both in photography and Photoshop simultaneously this year. I am currently enrolled in two scrapbooking classes with Anna Aspnes. In an effort to continue improving my photography skills, I’m going to enroll in another upcoming photography class on Monday to be offered at the Gardens. I’m loving this dual focus this year.

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