Archive for February, 2010

Disaster Averted

Realizing that I had limited myself greatly within my image, I had to make some drastic changes.  My original “near reality” image contained a very neat knot garden.  I really liked this element, but I didn’t have the complete knot, so it filled nearly a third of the landscape.  I could not wrap anything around the side of the knot like a path or a waterway, so I felt very limited in what I could do with.  Starting almost from scratch, I decided to use multiple hedges from many garden scenes to recreate my own unique “Alice” garden.

This project has also made me realize what a wonderful resource I have at the library.  The internet is a great tool, but when it comes to finding quality images, nothing compares to photographs.

Also, I did a photo shoot with a friend who posed as Alice for me.  She was great.  We decided to have her pose in ways that little girls might as they run around a new, exciting place.  We curled her hair and put her in a great little frock that was not exactly an Alice replica, but close enough to hint at that idea.  We had her sit cross legged, she had bad posture, and was very whimsical and lackadaisical.  I photographed her in front of a white background in order to be able to cut her out easier.  I do not plan on making her the dominant subject within the image.  I almost want it to be a “Where’s Waldo” feel.  She is going to pop up in random places throughout the image, as if she is searching for something.  I am really excited for how this is going to turn out, but I still have a very long way to go.

I Am Higher Education

Hi Everyone,
Our education is at risk.  Colorado is officially 50th in the nation when it comes to
funding for Higher Education.  At the end of the 2010 Fiscal year,
federal funding for higher education will cease.  Colorado is
considering cutting our funding even more to make up for this
shortfall.  This could mean the end of the Colorado Opportunity Fund, a
lack of financial aid, and a serious raise in tuition.  Many professors
could be out of jobs, and hundreds might have to drop out of school
because they cannot afford it.

Please join “I Am Higher Education” on Wednesday March 3, 2010 in a
march on the Capitol.  They have a Facebook page and a web site with
all of the dates, places, and times.

www.IAmHigherEducation.com
Facebook:  I Am Higher Education

Fight for your education!  We are the future of Colorado.  Make them
hear us.

Thank you for your attention,
Karla Dayhoff

On a lighter note, I am really excited about this next project “Near reality”.  The only thing I am worried about is getting everything in perspective.  It is an “Alice in Wonderland” type of concept, but not exactly replicating Alice in Wonderland drawings.

I used this image for inspiration


Reading Response: What is Art?

Digital techniques have shaped how many artists create their work.  The digital technique such as morphing was utilized by police forces initially for aging potential victims (29).  It spread to artists who made portraits out of many faces combining them into one.  This created a whole new way to portray beauty.  Artists like Man Ray used overlapping negatives to create surreal images before advanced programs like Photoshop ever existed.  These techniques were more subtle and simple than later technologies employed.

As more tools became available to artists, the world of art began to rapidly change.  Many artists use digital imaging to create an image that they then use classic techniques to create the final product.  They might create some type of impossible reality that they then paint onto canvas.  Others artists switch that process around.  They will paint an image, and then scan it into a computer.  Sometimes they will manipulate it, repeat it, and make many replicas of it.  Many take their work as far as creating a three-dimensional object and scanning that in, or making something two-dimensional into a three-dimensional object.

It seems the art community is strongly divided on whether many of these new advances are art or not.  On one hand, some say photographic manipulation does not “record reality” (48).  People feel that the integrity of true-life records is being tampered with.  Others could argue however that photography has never been completely pure.  Everything is subject to the photographers’ point of view and what they choose portray.

Some methods completely separate the artist manually from their work.  They let a program create the art for them.  Often this is construed as a lack of creativity, and the artists’ “mark” is lost (57).  However, the artists’ involvement is still present within the work because it still “has the aesthetic signature of an artist” (60).

No one will ever win this debate because it is an opinion.  Some people find certain pieces of art amazing, and other find them to be trash.  It’s impossible to say who is right.  When acrylic paint started replacing oil, the same debate arose on whether acrylic paintings were art or not.  Maybe instead of calling many of these works “art,” it would be a better description to call them “visual social experiments”.  People who experiment with human features, or translate intangible ideas into tangible experiences cross out of the realm of art and into human science.

Writers Block…More Like Photoshop Block

I love my theme “Things I Have Touched”.  I scan in something I have touched at least once in that day ranging from vitamins to food to clothing.  It is a lot of fun, but I am starting to run out of things I can actually scan.  I told my husband I would have to shove his head in the scanner, he seemed none too pleased with that  responding “My head is attached!”

I also checked out some of my classmates blogs and images and I am really starting to feel inadequate with photoshop.  People are doing amazing things that I am not sure I can even hold a candle to.  Although, some of these images are definitely inspiring.  Thanks folks for being awesome.

14 Days 14 Images Slideshow