Inspiration and the creative process comes in many shapes and forms. There are many parts involved and it is definitely not a straight line that I follow, many ideas come in short brief aha-moments when I’m present in the moment. It can be a beautiful beam of light or a shiny surface reflection that catches my eye, who creates the most fantastic ideas or inspiration. These are the moments that I collect and sort through before a photography session or start a new series of work.
I have notebooks with text and sketches laying around that I can go back to when I feel I’m running out of ideas or need to reflect over how to move forward with a project.
The images below indicates my love to photograph outdoors in nature. It’s freeing and very relaxed, at times I have to patiently wait for the light or moment to “be just right”. The light is the key for my imagery, how it falls and shapes the object is what creates a photograph.
Every so often there are very little photo editing involved. This is where my vision and the image comes together at the same time as I click the shutter. On the other hand some series need additional work before my original idea is captured. This is when I take a seat in front of my computer to start the second part of the creative process, photo editing.
When I feel it all looks right it is time to select what paper or material to print the photograph on. This is as crucial and important as any of the other parts of my creative process. I love to experiment and try new ways to display my work. The print process can also be a bit tricky as you move from idea, to captured image through the camera, to the computer and finally to ink.
I drove up north to visit friends in Santa Rosa over the weekend and stoped by Sugarloaf Ridge State Park for a hike. It’s gorgeous up here with choices of hikes past waterfalls or to walk up the mountain. Obviously there was no water in the falls this time of the year.. but I can imagine how beautiful it is during early spring. This time I chose to hike up the Bald Mountain walking through fire ravaged landscape with surviving trees. When I finally made it to the top I found the 360˚ view spectacular and as you can see on the photograph below.. at the horizon you can see as far as to San Francisco. An amazing hike and a wonderful state park to visit.
Thank you so much for coming out celebrating spring with us!
Our Open Studio was fantastic thanks to you! Personally I had a lot of fun talking about art for two full days and to see both familiar faces as well as new. Stay in contact and check out my blog for updates during the year. Here I post small adventures, in-process work and new artwork that I create.
We at Hunterspoint Shipyard Artists are preparing for our annual Spring Open Studio. This year it happens during the weekend of April 30th and May 1st,2022. We are open this Saturday and Sunday between 11am to 6pm.
Come out and support us, check out our new work and perhaps gift yourself with a beautiful piece or art. There are a lot of different mediums and artists out here and well worth a visit! We are around 300 artists working here and this is one of the biggest art colonies in the USA.
This weekend you will find 110 artists’ opening their doors to the public. You will find local food vendors from the shipyard serving food and drinks between 11-4pm.
Find me in Building 101, Studio 1117!
During the weekend we also have an art auction that will benefit the people from Ukraine. Come and support the good cause. The organizers are: Nova Ukraine, MesArt, STAR and Gooddler. Art donations by Bay Area Artists.
For a long time I had this vision to have magnetic walls in my studio where I could just easily hang up new prints or use as a vision board. Didn’t know if I wanted to commit to a real wall with metal sheets though and suddenly I realized that my shelf unit – that really was ugly – would be a perfect place to build walls on.
Here are a few images from that project where I’m sanding, glueing metal sheets on to sliding walls and at last spray paint on to the final surface.
Yay! I’m so excited over this and building it myself was fun!