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The other day we decided to declutter some of the 'stuff' that has failed to sell on eBay and isn't good enough for a proper auction house. So we gathered our boxes. Brian-next-door added two old cabinets (one with a drawer missing) and the little blue car was loaded up.
There was just enough room for it all and the three of us. We set off to the next village.
To the village hall.Where we booked our things in.
There was quite a lot of miscellaneous 'stuff'' there already. Some of it even made our humble offerings look tempting.
The next night we set forth again, to see if anything would sell. To be honest, the only thing I held any hope for was the old top box from Andy's motor bike. Brian was tempted by a few things, but I did have to remind him of what Jean would say if he came home with another drill, even if the battery on his other one is flat.
So there we were with our bits and bobs. A box of old cameras and film things, probably not working...
Noddy and the Flintstones...
...a box of Happy Meal toys, collected from charity shops over the years...
...and the bedside cabinets, the motorbike top box and a bound set of old National Geographic magazines from the 1940s. People began shuffling to the main hall for the auction. I think a lot of the room was filled with locals having an night out. Which was pretty much what it was for us too.
I think we were there for nearly three hours as the various bits of bric-a-brac were sold. Or not sold. The Happy Meals toys came home with us, as did the two bedside cabinets. The top-box nearly sold but was just under the £10 reserve. So it has gone back into the next auction.
In the end we made (after fees) the princely sum of £7. But looking on the bright side, that pays for a couple of loaves of bread and some milk. And we've got more space.
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Andrew Wyeth, Maine Door, watercolor on paper, 1970, Private Collection
There is something about the fall season that makes for appealing art. I love a good pumpkin painting or an autumn tree. I've gathered some paintings, mostly watercolors, that depict the season. Let's start with a few works by the incredibly skilled and talented Andrew Wyeth from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Happy fall!
Andrew Wyeth, Picking Apples, watercolor and charcoal on paper on board, 1945
Andrew Wyeth, Pumpkin Hill, watercolor and drybrush on paper on board, 1977, Private Collection
Theses spooky scenes, by Andrew Wyeth, are perfect for Halloween.
Andrew Wyeth, Bert's Cabin, watercolor and ink on paper, 1947, Private Collection
Andrew Wyeth, After Lunch, watercolor, drybrush and pencil on paper, c.1991, Private Collection
Wyeth may or may not shown fall in the painting below. It definitely captures what it can look like after an autumn rainstorm. Isn't the texture lovely?
Andrew Wyeth, Waldboro Woods, watercolor and gouache on paper, 1947, Private Collection
Andrew Wyeth, Carrying Corn, watercolor and pencil on paper, 1933
Pierre Daura, Corn Shocks and Jump Mountain, 1950
Pierre Daura(1896 -1976), Autumn Trees, possibly Rockbridge County, Virginia
AJ Casson (1898 -1992), a Canadian and part of the group of seven, created these next works of art, some in oils, others in watercolor. Their graphic quality is similar to that of other artists from the group of seven, artists who worked to capture the beauty of the Canadian landscape. His simplified forms and color palette remind me of Georgia O'Keeffe fall paintings.
AJ Casson, Road at Yantha Lake
Does anyone else think these clouds are pretty spectacular?
AJ Casson, October Storm
Can you believe all the color in this nearly monochromatic painting?
AJ Casson, Autumn on the York River
AJ Casson, Near Nobel
AJ Casson, Morning Mist- Rouge River
AJ Casson, Tea Lake, Algonquin Park
AJ Casson, Hazy October Morning
Prints of the AJ Casson artworks are available for purchase here. I am not affiliated with the site or have any experience ordering through it, just thought the images looked interesting.
Hope you enjoyed the fall images. I've collected a few more-
Another Canadian who worked with the group of seven-
Can you tell I like fall? I hope you do too.
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Sometimes people ask me if I'll ever write a book about storyboarding. I would never want to do that...I enjoy sharing what little I know for free, and I've always felt that the whole point of having knowledge is to share it with others. So I'm glad people have found my posts helpful over the years. It's been very gratifying and you have all been a great audience.
Over the past six years I have been working on a book, however...I've been writing and drawing a graphic novel that i'm planning on releasing next year, and now I need your help (don't worry, it's easy). In a shameless and transparent ploy to seem relevant and like I have an audience, I'm trying to get followers on social media. So if you wouldn't mind following me on Twitter, Tumblr and/or Instagram, I'd really, really appreciate it. I'm going to start posting a bunch of artwork from my graphic novel as well as other stuff I've done, so I promise to make it interesting.
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Stephani Stilwell is a US based designer who studied for a BFA in Illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Steph works as a freelancer and creates illustrations for editorial to narrative, hand-lettering and food illustration. But her true passion is for pattern design. She likes to inject jokes and humour into her work and previous clients have included American Greetings.
When a futurist traveler’s electric car runs out of batteries, she ventures out across a barren desert in search of more power.
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Day 15 of #Inktober2016. Last night's sketchbook while half-watching the telly.
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Mark Dippé and Steve ‘Spaz’ Williams, who created groundbreaking vfx work on "Jurassic Park," "T2," and "The Abyss," talk about what's different about the vfx industry today.
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I love the sheer joy of Parov Stelar dancing in his living room - Just Some Motion. I dare you not to join him. Click the image to dance along.
There really are no "trees" in the Arctic. For this #inktober2016 prompt during #worldclimateweek, a small berry bush will have to do! #polarbear #arcticfox #wearethearctic
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I often talk about how creating distinct and interesting characters with unique personalities is one of the most important parts of our trade. I'm warning you now, this is another one of those posts!
Raymond Chandler was a writer of detective novels and the creator of the iconic hard boiled detective Philip Marlowe. Towards the end of his career, he sat down for an interview with Ian Fleming, the writer of the James Bond novels.
If you Google something like "Raymond Chandler Ian Fleming interviews", you'll be able to find transcriptions and youtube excerpts so you can read it, or listen to it, or both. The entire thing is in a SoundCloud file that can be heard here.
Here's the passage that I thought was the most interesting and relevant to this particular topic:Ian Fleming:
I wonder what the basic ingredients of a good thriller really are. Of course, you should have pace; it should start on the first page and carry you straight through. And I think you've got to have violence, I think you've got to have a certain amount of sex, you've got to have a basic plot, people have got to want to know what's going to happen by the end of it.Raymond Chandler:
Yes, I agree. There has to be an element of mystery, in fact there has to be a mysterious situation. The detective doesn't know what it's all about, he knows that there's something strange about it, but he doesn't know just what it's all about. It seems to me that the real mystery is not who killed Sir John in his study, but what the situation really was, what the people were after, what sort of people they were.
That's exactly what you write about, of course - you develop your characters very much more than I do, and the thriller element it seems to me in your books is in the people, the character building, and to a considerable extent in the dialogue, which of course I think is some of the finest dialogue written in any prose today.
The part I found the most interesting was this one:It seems to me that the real mystery is not who killed Sir John in his study, but what the situation really was, what the people were after, what sort of people they were.
I think there's a lot of truth in this sentence and shows what made Chandler such a popular writer. I think many people are convinced that the elements that make a good mystery story are things like an intricate plot, twists and turns and startling surprises.
Similarly, I also think that many people--when they're writing about a movie or a TV show that they like--will focus on the most tangible and obvious elements to judge whether a story works or fails. They will point to things like clever foreshadowing or visuals that contain powerful symbolism. I read so many articles online that focus on these things to explain why a film is powerful and why it appeals to a wide audience.
I think these elements can really benefit a film and give a film depth and emotional resonance, but without great, well developed characters at the heart of a story, that story will ultimately fall short.
Characters are important because they're our avatars in the movie. The way we watch movies is by relating to the characters and projecting ourselves onto them and experiencing the stories through their shoes. So as Chandler is saying here, I think the most important aspect of any story is who the characters are, what they want, and why they are doing what they are doing.
I've seen articles online where people talk about stories like "Harry Potter", "Lord of the Rings" or "Game of Thrones", and these articles tend to focus on what wonderful worlds those authors have created. People marvel at the imagination of J. K. Rowling and how she's thought through every nuance of the world that Harry Potter lives in.
That's undoubtable true, but it's not why those stories speak to people, in my opinion. I think Rowling is actually really good at writing characters that we can relate to. Her characters are so wonderfully universal and yet feel specific and not at all generic. We've all met the kinds of students she describes when we were in school. We've all had teachers like the ones she describes. They may be wizards but they are full of real human qualities, both good and bad. They're very rich characters. And Rowling does a really good job of always letting us know why
they're doing what they're doing. Some are motivated by greed, some by fear, some by good intentions, some by guilt, etc.
As Chandler says, in Rowling's stories we always know "what the people were after".
Knowing what drives a character and how far they will go to get what they want is as much a part of their personality as anything else. We're all driven by different wants and needs at different times and we can relate to characters who are driven by similar wants and needs. Once we can relate to characters, then you can really get an audience to feel empathy for a character and worry about them, or feel full of dread for them, or feel sorry for them or feel happy for that character.
If we create characters that feel false, then the viewer can never really relate to them and it becomes impossible to get the audience to feel anything for that character. We've all seen movies where something terrible happens to the hero, and we should feel awful about it, but instead we're sneaking a peek at our phone to see how much longer until the movie's over.
Yes, the magical world Rowling created is amazing, but imagine if, instead of writing the Harry potter novels, Rowling had simply written a book describing the world of Hogwarts as though it were a catalog for prospective students. Or if she had written a book describing all the locales in Harry's world as though it were an Encyclopedia for wizards. There's no way that book would have ever become as popular as her novels. So the world itself--no matter how interesting--is not the core of the story. An imaginative world is not enough to enthrall an audience. Great characters are key.
The Star Wars universe is another example. There are many, many books describing all the planets and aliens of the Star Wars universe. I'm sure they're imaginative and interesting. But they aren't read an enjoyed nearly as much as the films are watched and enjoyed by audiences. Because the atlases and alien encyclopedias don't have the compelling characters that the films do.
Creating a fascinating world with lots of imagination is a great way to appeal to the intellect of an audience. The audience says to themselves "wow, that's clever." They can admire how interesting the world is, but they're not feeling anything yet. Once you create characters and give them human traits and foibles and problems, then you can appeal to the emotions of an audience, and that's when you can truly get them to invest in your movie and get them to feel joy or despair.
To sum up...don't get me wrong, great characters aren't the only thing that a story needs. Of course a great world for the story to take place in is important. A plot that makes sense is important as well. I just find that--in my opinion--many critics, bloggers and online posters focus too much on plot mechanics and visuals when they're judging a film. I think this happens because those are the most obvious and tangible elements when you're watching a film. Character is deeper and more difficult to talk about, and when it's done well, it can seem so natural that it seems effortless and obvious. But it's not.
Part of why I discuss this stuff all the time is because of my personal experience. People who write films and work in story tend to fall into the trap of focusing too much on plot and the mechanics of the story. We're guilty of the same thing that many critics and bloggers fall into. Plot elements are very tangible and easy to talk about. There's a logic and a concrete nature to the plot events of a story that make them easier to wrestle with and define than character.
Creating unique and interesting characters and digging deep into the psychology of those characters and figuring out why they are driven to do what they do is much, much more challenging. Creating characters that feel real and that are doing things out of real motivation is much harder than just creating a plot and manipulating characters into doing what they need to do to service the plot.
Chandler's plots don't always make a lot of sense (at least as I remember them). On his Wikipedia page, there's an excerpt from a reviewer that described his work as "rambling at best and incoherent at worst". That's about how I remember his books. But his well-defined characters and wonderful sense of atmosphere outshine the weakness of his plots and have kept his work popular with readers.
I can't say for sure if polar bears get "scared"... We, I guess, can do that for them. #inktober2016 #worldclimateweek #wearethearctic
An inspiring DIY project for anyone who creates digital art on a tablet.
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I love Fall!
The chill in the air, the vivid colors, celebrations and cool weather!
Vintage and Mid Century store Winter's Moon have introduced a new range of wrapping and craft papers. The FSC matte paper is the perfect weight for wrapping gifts and is printed in the UK. They are also of archiving quality and made use eco-friendly 100% vegetable based inks. The lovely pattern papers are available in two colour sets : either 'Pink & Orange' or 'Green, Mustard & Blue' and can
I suppose it's an American thing to do leisurely Sunday gatherings too, but it's truly become part of our lives since moving to Edinburgh. Uni keeps me extremely busy, but I usually try to give myself one play-day per weekend, so I really value these gatherings.
Karin's (Romania) and Antti's (Finland) flat was a warm and happy place, filled with treasures, where we all relaxed.
Here is our lovely hostess, Karin (photo by Nadee).
Catherine (Chile), Me (US), Antti and Karin.
Nadee (Thailand) and Antti.
Boris (Taiwan) and his adorable new wife, Vicki (Taiwan).
Remember I said Boris saw seals on his trip up? He had to show us what they looked like, striking a pose in stripey socks.
Then the food came out - oh my! Antti spent two days cooking.
The centerpiece was lamb stew (called Sultan's Delight
) served over mashed aubergines (eggplant), surrounded by tabouli, tadziki sauce, a roasted red pepper dip, a greens and garbanzo beans dish (which I also need to get the recipe for), and hearty bread. You'll also notice Nadee's spring rolls. (She created a cookbook last year for her MFA1, so we were dying to try some of her creations.)
And Vicki brought mushrooms all the way from Taiwan to add to noodles.
OMG - YUM!!! We ate SO MUCH!!!!
The reason I mention everybody's home countries (including ours - the US) is because we counted up, and between us and the dishes, we had no less than 17 nationalities represented. I absolutely adore how international our lives have become here! It's such an easy and comfortable thing that I wish more people in the world would get to experience.
When it was finally time to leave, we all meandered slowly to the train station, taking some last group shots.
We got silly waiting for the train as we realized how many of us wore glasses. We traded them all around to compare how blind we were.
But really, when you see the world through other people's eyes, you are anything but blind. We are all just people, and we are friends.
I was stumped what to share with you today, dear readers, because I have been laid up in bed sick for most of this week. PAH! But no worries, this is Edinburgh. Sometimes, the wonder of this town comes to you. I started to feel a little better so had moved to the couch. After dinner, we heard an odd noise outside. And then again, and again.
"That sounds like fireworks?"
Indeed it was.
Turns out the end of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival was being celebrated with a Virgin Money Fireworks Concert on Calton Hill...which is right up the hill from our flat. This was our view. We got to see the whole thing. The ball of light on the left side of 'our tree' is the moon. The ball of light on the right is the fireworks show getting going.
The show got bigger and higher - we really did get to see the whole thing from our living room window. But this shot with the moon was the coolest of them all! In all the nearby flats we could see our neighbors enjoying the show too. Any excuse to celebrate - that's Edinburgh. I love it here. :)
Today, for once, I am going to travel light. I'm going monotone so all I need is a black pen. Maybe two.
I'll take one sketchbook. Two black pens, one fine nib fountain pen, one brush pen and the obligatory bulldog clip.
I will need to take refills for the fountain pen. I might take my dip pen, just in case, too.
Mustn't forget my glasses. But, I'm really impressed with how light I'm travelling.
I'm thinking, though, that I might as well take one or two fine liners. I'm going to take a paint brush too because I'll probably want to put a wash over whatever it is I draw. Might just take my back up fountain pen and back up brush pen too. That's all though.
But then if I'm taking a paint brush I'll need some water. I'll take a jar with diluted black ink in. Then I could take a water brush with clean water in. Yes, I'll do that. I might take two jars of water with two different inky-water mixes in. And one white pen.
I think what I'll do is take another sketchbook so I have a choice in paper size/format. I don't want to get there and not have the right shaped paper. So that's all I'm going to take. Hold on...
There's no point in taking a dip pen if I haven't got a bottle of ink. One bottle of black ink. That's all I need. I think I'll take my 'Little Reference Book of Noses' too. That's always useful. In fact, it's essential.
Thing is, what if I need a bit of colour? Just a little splash of colour. I regretted it the last time I didn't take any and needed some red. I'll put the ink box in. I could always leave it in the car when I get there. Just because I'm putting it in the car doesn't mean I'll be carrying it all over town. That's a good idea. A good back up plan.
And, if that's the case I might as well take a few bottles of coloured inks. Back up. Sod it I'll take a bag full of them. You never know which colour you'll need.
And that is why I make a rubbish urban sketcher.
A weathered sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget.
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Print & Pattern has a new sponsor this week in the shape of Lu West Fine Art Prints. Many of you will know Lu's work from her previous shop 'Mengsel'. Lu is now concentrating on limited edition silkscreen prints (plus continuing her freelance illustration work). Here are some examples of Lu's lovely prints. including her well known bigger boat design at the bottom of the post. Lu also has an
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