Saturday, July 04, 2009


Three ACEOs
Traveling 3
Traveling 2
Traveling 1
32, 33 & 34/100 in 100 Creative Challenge, 6/3/09
Golden Fluid Acrylic on linen finish paper, 2.5"x3.5"

And with these ACEO's I'm caught up with the challenge! Hurrah. But I don't fool myself that I won't be skipping days here and there.

I like the smudgy darkness. The suggestions of trees and hills and roads. And then, when I added the blur of the light the interplay between the indistinct dark blue and the bright sharp white made it come alive. And the pop of orange? Zoom! It came to life. I imagine movement and stillness... at the same time. Serenity and time passing. Power and passivity.

I really like these. Throughout my time with Flying Girl, I have still loved landscapes. I still love abstract art. I was surprised at finding myself using these ACEO's almost like thumbnail paintings. Planning. Exploration. A place to try new things that have been rooting around in the back of my head. Like these pictures I took almost a year ago.
This is another of my roadtrip series that I rediscovered while cleaning out my photo files. I love them. They have captured my imagination, just like they did when I took them. I suspected then that it was just my own eccentricity that was drawn to the underexposed, blurred, smudgy, ruined photo. But I don't care!

Let me tell you. I know I know nothing about exposures and lighting. I know my pictures are often blurry and grainy. I don't know if I printed them out if they would be anything at all. I know there are many photographers who would toss these images out in the trash, or who wouldn't have taken them at all, but I love them.

I think that because I don't have the training of a "real" photographer, I am free to explore anything I want. I don't know what is correct and what is not, so I can just go with what feels right.

We all know there are benefits to being trained and expert in a thing, but perhaps we take for granted the benefits to be found in being a beginner.


tekeal said...

i love them too... paintings and photograph. would love to see more!

Karen Salva said...

I so love not knowing what I am doing with the camera. The element of suprise in captures makes me squeal. I guess if I were to really know it all there could be a chance of dissapointment and that I would not care for. I have a hard time hitting that delete button, even though I have 20 more vary similar shots :)

I thought these were photos at firs until I read it and saw the actual photo. I like them too!

eb said...

love LOVE L O V E
these roadtrip images
can you see them as big
- B I G -

xox - eb.

Rowena said...

I have to admit, I could see these as large paintings. I don't know if I quite have the space or time to paint big... but I could feel this on the large scale. I think they'd look great on a wall.

I'm using these ACEOs as a way to explore what I could do. How does the blue mix with the brown, how sheer to make the paint, how blurred the lines, when to use thicker paint, how will drips and featherings work within the painting, do I have to add black for the deeper shades or can it go without, or can I just mix the blue and brown. How bright to make the streaks, how large, etc etc.

I could get a little bored doing basically the same image over and over again... but not yet.

It's also interesting to wonder where the experimentations will lead. I mean, this is really the instigating image... how far can I push it?

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