NOTES FROM THE BEGINNING (MOVING ON – PART 2)
After I had done lots of happy little clouds and mountains covered with snow in the Bob Ross style I decided it was time to have a go at a subject matter that was closer to home (No snow covered mountains here in Cheshire).
So I branched out and started to try and capture a more familiar landscape. I was still enjoying painting but was still struggling to achieve a standard that I was happy with – I was still a very frustrated “artist”
This was my first country side landscape
NOTES FROM THE OBVIOUSLY NOT OBVIOUS
I have been looking back through some old external hard drives and came across this picture.
I think it demonstrates that sometimes, as a creative photographer, your mind works a little differently than other peoples minds (especially judges). I will elaborate…
I put this image together in 2013 and it’s called the Fish Wife.
I thought that it would be obvious to all that she was holding a round bellied fish prior to ironing it and turning it into a flat fish – see them hanging on the line behind her. Round fish … ironed to flat fish …. Well I thought it was quite obvious and humorous anyway.
Well guess what – only a few people (judges) got it.
Unfortunately, in the 3 seconds that the judge has to view the picture, understand what the “story” is all about and give it a score, it never did very well in comps. I therefore learned a valuable lesson…… make the picture and story more obvious.
I cover this sort of stuff in my new Tutorial/Workshop called Getting More Creative which I have just announced will take place on Thursday 19th March.
You can find more details on my website Butterflysmind I can’t add the www before butterflysmind ’cause WordPress won’t let me 😦
NOTES FROM THE INSPIRED
I had the pleasure of being one of the judges at last weekend’s PAGB GB Cup comp.
I was truly inspired by a number of fabulous still life images and also some stunning portraits.
I have been doing studio portraits for a while now for comps and will continue to do that this year – I’ve got lots of ideas. Also, for a number of years (along with my studio work and painting) I have been producing still life images for my own personal use – cards, prints etc for various craft markets or gifts for friends and family (the attached are a couple I did last year – not for competition)
However, looking at some exquisite still life images this weekend I have decided to go through my many external hard drives to see what is hiding there. I can honestly say that those hard drives are full off “stuff” I’ve photographed over the years, so I think I will revisit this genre and maybe enter a comp or two to see how they go.
I was so filled with eager enthusiasm whilst judging last weekend I couldn’t wait to get home to start planning what I
was going to do – so thank you to those people who entered the comps and inspired me.
The first Cre8ing Images Workshop for 2020 has now been released…… not photography based, but I promise you it could be just as addictive.
If you don’t think you have any artistic ability then this workshop will change your mind – it will be lots of fun and VERY VERY messy.
The image I have attached uses one of the acrylic pouring techniques as it’s background…… a very nice texture I hope you would agree.
Limited to 2 people per session – one morning one afternoon session.
Saturday 15th February 2020 – Fee £35 pp (pay via Paypal) . All materials included in fee – you also get to keep your painting too
Please type butterflys mind into your search engine – you will find my website there (unfortunately WordPress won’t allow the link) – click onto the Workshops/Tutorials tab and register your interest.
Or if you can’t find the website – just get in touch using the contact form on this site.
BTW – There is also info about the new GETTING MORE CREATIVE Tutorial/Workshop in March….. date to be confirmed (but you can still register)