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What’s This Saturday Night Thing?

Yesterday I mentioned that I’m adding a new feature of sorts to my blog called “Saturday Night Surf”. I also claimed this name would probably change. And it has. But then I changed it again while writing this. So before Saturday night becomes Sunday morning, I’ll leave it nameless for now.

So what is it and why am I doing it?

Last week, Eric and I were talking about how we are really lacking in some culture since we moved to middle Tennessee. So I thought about simulating an “art walk” of sorts, but online. Which is most likely defined as “digital content curation.” Which is simply the collecting and sorting of content.

I do this almost on a daily basis. As an art director and graphic artist, I’m always researching trends and ideas and creating inspiration boards for my work. And I thought I should share some of these on my blog but in a fun way. So out of my many images I’ve gathered, I’m planning on randomly choosing several images that inspire me at this present moment and then see if I could extract a common theme, of sorts, from the images gathered. Then maybe I could add in an image or two that clearly represents the theme. We’ll see how it goes. I’m aiming for every other Saturday.

So tonight, that’s what I did. After I had my collection, I let Mr. Basketmaker identify the “common theme” that he saw. In seconds he said, I see it…”Growth Rings.” I think I will ask him every week since I was having a hard time summarizing all my imagery!

Now of course, I need to add, that since I’m the basketmaker’s wife, I will include weaving and basketry in the mix too (so don’t worry all you basket makers out there). As an artist and craftsman, you never know where inspiration will strike. Exploring all platforms inspires creativity in all of us!

So here we go! Tonight’s Saturday Night “Art Walk” is curated by me, the basketmaker’s wife. It is now titled “Growth Rings” but as it is with any curation, it is also left up to the audience in what they see from the gathering.

All I ask now is for you to put on some ‘chill’ music, get a glass of wine, put your feet up and see what I’ve come up with for our first online art walk!

And, in case you are wondering, a few of the artists I have in my current Pandora playlist: Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler and The Wailin’ Jennys.

The wine I would be drinking tonight if I wasn’t on antibiotics (lol): A Malbec from Argentina (next time I promise I’ll have a drink with y’all!)

Growth Rings:

Most of you know I like abstracts and textures. So my first image is a print from Alicia Ludwig. I liked this image because it was simple… textured background with a silhouette of a tree knocked out.

saturday-surf-alicia-ludwig-aurora-silhouette-iiiTitle: “Aurora Silhouette III” by Alicia Ludwig and prints can be found on art.com

I love the concept of these next two images….

paper mache bowls

paper mache bowl

I love text, mixed media, decoupage and shapes… these papier-mâché bowls are right up my alley! Images from the user: Urtica on Flickr.com  (also click on the image to go the source site.)

I’m impressed with mixed media artists who can use “scribbles” as a technique and create a beautiful piece. Here’s a sample of one of those such artists…

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The artist is Sandi FitzGerald and this piece is titled “Somewhere In Between.” It has been sold but you can see more at her Flickr page by clicking the image.


Next image is “Suzy’s Basket” by artist Mary Tucker. So sweet…

Suzy's Basket

Hopefully next time I will be more organized and post much closer to dinner time so y’all can join me with that glass of wine!!

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Five Questions Friday: What Color is that Viral Dress?

Q: This afternoon you were listening to your Boston sports radio station and I heard them talking about some dress image that went viral? What’s up with that?
Eric: I really don’t know the whole story except that people are in disagreement of what color it is. But in a huge way like if it’s black or gold or green or blue. I guess it’s some kind of color that tricks the mind depending on who you are. You should look it up right now.

Q: That’s a good idea. I looked it up and here’s the image (posted by swiked on Tumblr). I don’t know why this image went viral and what the hubub was all about. What colors do you think the dress is?

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Eric: I clearly see black and blue. How could anyone see white or even gold! They better not be talking about this stupid dress tomorrow. You are right… why did this, of all things, go viral? I don’t get it.
(Me too.)

Q: I see lilac and bronze/brown. From my quick research, I guess a lot of people saw it as white and black, white and gold or blue and green. But my main question is why was your manly sports radio station spending a half hour on this dress image?
Eric: Half hour? They talked about it all day practically. Everybody was discussing this today. I couldn’t get away from it. DJ’s kept saying people were calling in asking about it. And then they kept talking about it because people were calling in telling them they were stupid that the dress was clearly white and black or blue and brown and a whole bunch of other know-it-alls causing this big debate about a dumb dress. And then they were yelling and fighting about it. I wasn’t happy. I wanted to listen about sports, not the color of some dumb dress going viral on dumb Twitter.

Q: Okay, calm down. On a hopefully fun note, I’m adding a new feature on my blog called “Saturday Night Surf”. Well, that’s what I named it as of today. It may change again tomorrow when I launch it. What do you think it’s about?
Eric: Ah, Uhm… must be something about surfing the internet, but I don’t know how that would relate. Guess I will have to wait, if you get it up tomorrow. You’ve been really slacking lately.

QWhat aggravated you this week?
Eric: Ah, I can’t think of anything. Let me think… well it wasn’t necessarily aggravating but more like frustrating. It was your new vertical windows I’ve been trying to install in your office so you can have some more light. The way they put the studs in, it was not evenly balanced so it’s causing me triple the work I had planned.
I’m sorry. But it’s going to look so good! And be much brighter which will make me a lot happier… I’d say it will be all worth it when you are done.

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The Cottage Girls 2015 Calendar: February

Almost forgot to share the month of February from the Cottage Girls 2015 calendar!

If you missed January’s post, I was hired to photograph and design a calendar for the “Cottage Girls” of Georgia. You can find more info about that project here if you missed it last month.

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One of the issues that I needed to solve for the calendar was how to feature everyone’s basket when there were more ‘girls’ than months.

Previously, they simply added pages at the end of the calendar to place photos that were not chosen for any of the months. It was a good solution, but these ladies are all so talented that ALL their baskets should be treated special.

So I decided to use the month of February as a sort of “We Love Baskets” page and feature a group of photos. But how to do that?

Outside of Suzanne’s Cottage is a little sign, “Basket Lovers Gather Here.” I thought that would be perfect for the February page, however I needed to figure out how to utilize it and incorporate several other photos.

And then it came to me…

Most of these ladies are also obsessed with quilts. Why not make a collage of sorts on a quilt background?

Initially, it wasn’t working as I envisioned in my head and then the answer popped in my head…

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Create Polaroids of all the photos, including the Basket Lovers sign and “pin” them using an image of quilt pins! Perfect!

In addition, it was a great solution for the baskets I was not able to shoot at a specific size, thereby not having the images in high enough resolution or sized properly in the layout. For those images, I could put it in one of the polaroid squares and still have the same importance given to these basketmakers as all the others.

I also liked this month’s date page because of Suzanne’s folk art Abe Lincoln. A little difficult to photograph but it looks great on the page! Breaks the white space nicely.

I will try hard not to be so late with sharing March’s pages!

Note: Jane and Gwen provided their own pictures. I photographed Diana and Hannah’s baskets.

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February 23, 2015 · 10:59 pm