I find that in pretty much everything I do there is a “suck to good” ratio in play. When I’m learning something new the “suck” part of the ratio hovers in the high 90s. The ratio of “good” increases as I put in more practice time.
You may remember me telling you about my photography class with Marlaina of Grin Gallery. Her first assignment to us was to take 100 crappy photos every day.
Not 100 great shots. Not 100 interesting shots. Not 100 creative shots.
100 crappy shots
That assignment took the pressure of trying to producing good results before I had worked through my suck factor. Taking 100 photos each day was surprisingly easy. Since they didn’t have to be works of art, I didn’t stress about the subject matter. I just started experimenting with the camera settings. At first, I had around 5 good shots to 95 bad ones. As I learned how to better predict what changes I needed to make to the settings in different lighting conditions, the “suck to good” ratio started to even out. I’m looking forward to keeping the progress going.
Shooting with my camera on auto isn’t going to cut it anymore. Yet, when I read articles about f-stop, shutter speed, ISO etc. I might as well be reading Latin.
I knew that I had to have a live person teach me. One of our local camera shops periodically offers lessons, and I was “this close” to signing up when I talked to some friends who gave them so-so reviews. I kinda put the idea of photography class on the back burner until about a week before my birthday in March. I had taken a day off from my “day job” to work on things around the house. I flipped on the television for some background noise and photographer Marlaina Pacifico Wills of Grin Gallery Photography was on a local segment giving some pointers and pitching her upcoming class at the Mimosa Bed and Breakfast in Hollidaysburg.
That’s a sign, right? I was home at a time that I normally wouldn’t be home to see a promo for a class right by my house that was starting in just a couple weeks. Marlaina seemed fun and funky in the interview so I went ahead and registered.
That’s part of the reason that I’ve been a little light on posting here. Every Thursday evening in April, I went to class and in between I had homework assignments. It was a blast!!! On May 3 we are finishing out the course with a “gallery” showing of our work at the Mimosa.
I feel like this post is getting a little long, plus I haven’t eaten anything for dinner yet, so I’ll save the details for another post. In the meantime, check out Marlaina’s envy-inducing portfolio site: http://www.gringallery.com/ and her Facebook page: Grin Gallery Photography by Marlaina Pacifico Wills.
I covered my first egg shell with polymer clay as part of an egg swap through the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy about three years ago. That was a gateway egg for my new addiction. I really don’t need any special occasion to create a decorative egg, but Easter certainly provides a nice excuse.
I’ve started creating special eggs as Easter gifts for my family. This year I designed bud vases for the ladies and crazy rabbits for the kids. Do you have a family Easter tradition?
This fanciful owl ornament gushes with personality! He started life as a floral-patterned egg (photo below) before being magically transformed into an owl ornament with steampunk flair. I sculpted the details from Premo polymer clay over a hollowed chicken egg shell. For this piece, I wanted to play with contrast and pattern. I pictured the smooth floral pattern peeking out on one side of the bird with a more 3-dimentional textured finish on top.
The cobalt flowers are made from polymer clay canes that I sliced and smoothed onto a robin’s egg blue background layer. The coppery brown side has a the feel of old leather. Want to take him home? Check out the listing in my online store: https://www.etsy.com/listing/186327374/magical-owl-fantasy-ornament-eggshell?ref=shop_home_active_1
The entries in this month’s Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy challenge are AWESOME! The theme was containers and it really let the creativity shine. Please go vote before April 7 and you could win a prize from one of the sponsor shops: http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2014/03/april-challenge-containers.html