To achieve this effect in the art, I told Roxanne that would need to "gloom up" the outside of the shelter to make the inside seem warmer and more inviting. Roxanne thought that might be the saddest description of her wedding, ever.
But first, the lines. The table arrangement inside the shelter was a bit tricky. If you notice in the photograph above, the angle is such that each of the tables offers only a sliver of color; hardly enough space to show candles, vases of flowers, and contrasting table runners. Also, when you remove all the people, you're left with large empty aisles between the three clusters of tables. So, I made the tables bigger and changed the angle a bit.
Also, many of the paper lanterns are hidden behind other paper lanterns, and the twinkle lights are all but invisible, so I draped the lights down a bit lower, and moved some lanterns to more visible locations.
It's raining today. Fall is coming. Dead leaves... crows... Halloween! This year's theme in the
every-party-must-have-a-theme household is "Which Witch, Wizard or Warlock are you?"
Mostly, I'm excited about not being uncomfortably hot. I had long sleeves on for half of yesterday. It was wonderful. Though it's raining today, I went for a walk, and I'm still in shorts and a t-shirt, with all the windows and doors open in hopes that it cools off a bit (I recognize that my temperature comfort zone is abnormal).
This afternoon, I'm repairing my waterproof shoes for the fall. Repairing how, you ask? Well, it's a secret for now, but if it works, rest assured I'll be posting the snot out of the possibly snot-like substance I'm using. I have high hopes for this stuff. It looks amazing.
Some friends have recently been looking at my art, deciding which ones they would someday like to have on their walls. One friend's list included several photographs that were taken while she was standing next to me, but she hadn't realized it.
Another pair of friends chose several that, though they look very different, they were all taken on the same day at the same spot (as long as the "spot" can have about a 300 foot radius). Their choices: Decade's Dawn, Somber Waves of Green, and Still Light.
Their list reminded me of this little gem, also taken from that same spot on that same day:
Click the picture above for a free download of my paint chip effect template and instructions.
Every student's set of 4 photographs are displayed below, as well as a description of the project, and an homage to the masterwork, The Gates in Central Park by Christo and Jean-Claude. Click on any picture below to launch a slide show. Larger versions of the photographs by each student are available on JacksonArtfulLearning.tumblr.com.
The students worked long and hard. Thousands of Q-tips met their demise. Nearly 400 squares with upwards of half a million dots grace the final piece. Many students never want to see another dot as long as they live. (Click any image in this post to view larger.)
Stand close, and you get a unique perspective of layers of dots—coat of paint upon coat of paint.
Stand back a little, and borders between colors begin to become apparent across multiple squares.
Another step back, and the picture begins to take shape.
But, if you stand all the way on the other side of the library...
Remember what we started with?
This mural will live permanently above a bank of computers in the library. When I say permanently, I mean permanently. Those sheets of plywood have been affixed to the wall with both a pneumatic staple gun and liquid nails. That sucker is never coming down. They'll either have to paint over it or remove chunks of the wall. Luckily, it's a pretty nice piece. The students are proud of it, too.