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Artist in Residence

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Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence. This is something that never even occurred to me , until I started visiting National Park a few years ago. My family was always a bit of a home buddy kind of people so the furthest we ever made it out was Lake of the Ozarks and while it was beautiful there I never noticed the art or art of the area. When we visited Yellowstone National Park a few years ago I was hooked and now realize I need to spend more time in our national parks. I don’t care what your politics are but whatever part of my taxes that goes into our National Parks is worth every penny.

Buffalo Bill Historical Center

But really what made me start thinking about being an Artist in Residence was my experience at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. They have one of the best collections of American landscape art I’ve ever seen. And most of them on a scale that’s will engulf your imagination. Many of these artists were commissioned by Congress to illustrate the beauty of the West to help encourage national support for turning these areas into reserves.

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Standing in front of these paintings you can almost imagine being one of the first or very few people who had seen it. It’s inspiring and it makes you want to pick up a brush, pencil or pen whatever your tool of choice might be.

You can see some samples here. But please go see them for yourself. You really must stand in front of these paintings and let them in.

Artist in Residence Short List

So I read a story in the Chicago Tribune about Artist In Residence program that the National Parks put on. I thought I make a little list of the available programs since they didn’t do it. As I find more I’ll add to this list.

The Federal Art Project
National Parks Travelers Artist in Residence List
Arches National Park Utah
Weir Farm National Historic Site Connecticut
Denali National Park and Preserve, Artist in Residence Program
Alaska Geographic Artist in Residence Program

Meteor Crater

Here’s a little video I made about our trip there.

This is a glimpse of our trip to Yellowstone National Park. The video was shot with a Kodak Zi6 the Zi8 hadn’t come out yet. But the 6 still does some nice stuff. Well I like it.

Edited with Adobe Premiere

The music is by The Penguin Cafe Orchestra-Telephone and Rubber Band The music makes it feel old fashion and super 8ish…

Artists on Vacation

I want to do an artist vacation where get artists together much like Urban Sketchers, that want to hang out in nature and spend a week once a year sketching, painting, writing, making videos or taking pictures. We don’t need to follow each other around but we can get together and talk about our projects and inspirations for the day. I’d even be happy to donate any work that came out of to the National Parks if they thought they were worthy. Okay I don’t have it all figured out. Might even start closer to home or try to get a Urban Sketchers group started in Lombard. If you know any locals that want get artsy drop me a line. All I know is I want to get back there and be inspired.

I plan on going back with my Canon 7D and a sketch book!

Anyone want to go with me?

Rated R

Opportunity Lost

Brands are missing a massive opportunity at movie theaters.

The worst part about seeing a movie is the advertisements and electronic slide shows that barely entertain or inform. You’ve really got me for the next 15 to 20 minutes. Depending on how early my wife is willing to get to the theater.

It just so happens that most of the movies I see are PG or R and all the commercials I see before my show starts are G and they are all the same ads I can and do see on TV.

Stop showing me the the stuff I’ve already seen a million times on TV. Here’s your chance to change your message and do something daring.  Like actually make an R Rated commercial! I’m in a place where there shouldn’t be any kids but that’s a different post. It means your ad buyers might have to pay more attention than just the shotgun approach to where they are placing your next message to me. Brands, you keep having the same old generic message and it’s boring and is just a neucence while I’m waiting for the movie to start.

Here’s 3 things you should do.

  1. Entertain me. I mean really entertain me. I just paid 30 bucks to sit here you have my nearly undivided attention. GO!
  2. Talk to me. You have more time to show me something interesting than you do on TV way more time. Make the best of it.
  3. Do you want to play a Game? YES! Look spend the next 10 or 15 minutes making me and the whole theater particpate in something fun that earn points, win prizes or makes me bookmark your website. Now’s a good time for us to really use our phones before the movie starts.

If brands started doing something far more engaging I wonder if people would start showing up earlier?

Okay now sit back and enjoy the show but please turn your cell phones off.

Simple, Clean and Easy

I found this motion graphics project other day looking through a bunch of old files I can’t believe I’ve never posted it anywhere besides the Ning group we had started.

Simple, Clean and Easy. Sometimes I think we as designers can get caught up in making something look really cool when sometimes simple would be much better. I animated this logo for a group we had started in Chicago. Fausto Fernós designed it and I was really impressed by it simplicity yet it had a lot of potential to do something creative with it. It would be easy to go overboard and go all 3D on it but that would have been overkill.

To me the logo design represented all the points we were trying to make with our new media group. Blogging, Video, Twitter you know all the new media stuff. So once I saw the logo Fausto had designed the above idea just popped in my head of how we should use this graphic in video.

CREDITS:
Logo Design: Fausto Fernós, Find him @ Feast of Fun

Interest in Pinterest

If you’re creative you’ll love using Pinterest, if you’re not you’ll love using Pinterest because it will make you feel creative.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Pinterest by now if not just ask your web crawling nerd friends they’ll tell you all about it.

1 minute into using Pinterest

1 minute into using Pinterest and seeing shots from all around the world I was was drawn into the beautiful photography.  I look at a lot of stock photo sites and Flickr.  But some of these images are just stunning, for some reason I’ve never seen anything like these photos.  These photos are not just images of great looking places but products, and DYI projects I’ve never seen before.

Okay I’m off track, that will happen a LOT when you start using Pinterest.

1 minute into using Pinterest I was mesmerized by the amazing photography of far away places. Then I saw this thing that I thought I could do that.  I have one of those things if I just get a some paint and glue I could…  sorry

1 minute into using Pinterest I was mesmerized by the amazing photography of far away places.  I kept thinking I want to go to there and there and there….

PICK – CLICK – TRIP

Then I thought this would make a GREAT travel website!  Here’s how it would work.

  1. Pick the PICs of far away places.
  2. CLICK the Buy Button
  3. GO!

The website does the rest.

Other possible features:

  • Running Total ( but that might scare people )
  • Distance You’ll Travel Meter
  • How many stamps you’ll get on your passport
  • Path Designer so you can see where your trek will take you.
  • Comfort Level Meter, in case you’re a timid person and don’t want to go to far off the reservation.
  • Bucket List, you know for future trips.

Plane ticket, lodging, passports reminders, tours, mail holding and stopping the Sunday paper. Whatever it takes to get you going to make that an experience of a lifetime the site would just take care of it. It could happen within 3 click or 5 at the worst. Then you go in and noodle it if you really want too. Plus every picture you take while on that trip. Right! Ends up on Pinterest to sell more trips.

Stick that in your board Pinterest.

Thanks Dianna for sharing this site with me!

Phone Concepts

Here are some phone ideas I came up with for a contest a while back.

 

The Butterfly

The Butterfly opened up well like a butter fly with a seamless screen.  It’s another take on the flip out phone.  designed to stay small in your pocket but almost unfolds to become a mini tablet.

 

The Flex

With flexible screen this phone becomes a fashion statement.  Just think the screen savers could be any favorite watch or design you like could even match your outfit.  It flexes around your wrist to become a bracelet so you don’t forget the unwraps to become a low profile message system.  With a split graphic keyboard so your hands don’t cover the text area.

These were some designs I did for a contest a while back.  I can’t for the life of me remember how I took those pictures.

Kinect Hacks and Crime Scenes

I think I’m looking at a future tool for Detectives. No this isn’t something new and these hack videos have been around since 2010 but I know when I first saw this video guess what came to mind besides building MODS for game engines? Crime scenes. Yeah crime scenes.

With a little more work this, or something like this could be a very useful tool in recording crime scenes.

Just think once a careful walk through had been done and a few key measurements made not only could your recreate the crime scene. You could then easily lay out the geometry of gun fights, mark evidence and leave interactive notes. Even years later after a building might have been destroyed, you could walk through scene again and again combing over evidence that might have once been over looked.

I hope someone is working on this…

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