Dissatisfied with last night's angel, I took another shot and am reworking.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Photograph by Elisabeth Bacon 2008 -- All Rights Reserved
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
My "special find" arrived yesterday from the Smithsonian.
Meditation is an important component in my creative process, as it helps me maintain emotional balance. Often I listen to sessions from a Buddhist retreat. The facilitator suggests sitting in a quiet, relaxing place and listening intently to the sound of a gong, or bell. Focus. Stay with the sound as the resonance trails off. The result is peace in the moment. The past is gone, the future is a mystery...all we have is the now...the Present--a time of giving and receiving.
Today, refreshed, I open the holiday box of ornaments and family treasures. A snow globe, the small Christmas tree, Mr. and Mrs. Claus purchased during my parent's first year of marriage (when they had no money), a musical wooden horse barn and my antique decoy ducks (wearing red velvet bows) perk up the decor.
Soon Bob and I will bake cookies. Several tins and a large glass apothecary jar are washed and waiting for sugary treats.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Photographs by Elisabeth Bacon 2008--All Rights Reserved
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Card by Elisabeth Bacon 2008--All Rights Reserved
And... I must say:
I wish you the happiest holiday ever and the very best in 2009. May all your dreams come true.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT
Card and Photograph by Elisabeth Bacon 2008--All Rights Reserved
This, too, may change.
This shot is a perfect example of shooting when sick. Don't do it folks...the image will always be less than your best. Perhaps I will retake this card image and replace, as soon as I am up to shooting again.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Photograph by Elisabeth Bacon 2008--All Rights Reserved
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Photograph by Elisabeth Bacon 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Elisabeth Bacon 2008
All Rights Reserved
At times, it is fun being BOLD.
For Today: Play!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Written in remembrance of walking away.Why do some folks stay in abusive relationships? Some are afraid to leave, some don't want to admit to making a mistake and some actually derive a hidden pleasure from being the underdog. The victim often gets approval and pity from friends and family. They become important through negative instead of positive attention. Some actually believe they don't deserve better.
However, a bully can only continue being a bully if his, or her, behavior is accepted and endured. The only way to fight back is to decide not to put up with this negativity. Mental and emotional abuse is as detrimental as physical mistreatment and can have long-lasting effects. Get smart. Walk away. Get away and stay away.
It has been said, "If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem." So, if you aren't happy, then only you can choose to change. Develop a legitimate plan, then follow through. Only you are responsible for you. This is true in all areas of a person's life. No one is responsible for you, but you. If you don't take care of yourself, who will?
The lesson learned from close proximity to abuse is one learns the telltale signs. When confronted in the future, a red flag goes up in your head. Pay attention to that red flag. It means, DANGER. Listen. Run. You don't need it. You don't want it. No promise is worth selling your soul.
One way to combat negativity is: Say "Stop It" to yourself, or out loud if necessary, when dealing with negative thoughts and behavior. Instead, surround yourself with people of like mind. We have a choice. We are in charge. We are alive. We are here and we have a right to be here. We are worthy of success, health and happiness.
One more thing...The myth that an artist must be unhappy to be creative is not true. One can be creative and happy. In fact, the most creative people I know are happy and have the freedom to create anytime anywhere.
My wish and prayer for the New Year is that the abused will realize their worth, stand tall, and walk into a world of creative good.
Remember: Be Good, Do Good and then Strive to be Better.
Believe in Yourself. Be Creative. Be Grateful. Love life. Life is good.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Challenge 2: Working with images in Photoshop is more fun than working directly in a bound journal. Am considering doing pages in PS and pasting them in journal.
Journal Page 1 with Type:
Photograph, Layout and Design Created by Elisabeth Bacon 2008
IlShakeFest Font ©1995 Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Note to Self: Permission Requests Required
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
DETAIL FROM ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL PAGE (In Process)
This is original art work done with Renaissance tapestries in mind. Now that I am painting again, it is hard to stop.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Am studying light again (still...always). As the sun set last night, these images popped out inside the cabin...light and shadow on an old cupboard door and an antique corner chair.
Today: Food, food, food...grocery shopping, cooking and giving thanks.
Time to get some journal supplies for offline play. Consider giving handcrafted items to family and friends. Make handcrafted journals/books? Dust off sewing machine?
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
The Arte y Pico Award was created originally "to be given to bloggers who inspire others with their creative energy and their talents, be it writing or artwork in all medias" and is given to bloggers who merit recognition for their creative efforts. The Arte y Pico Award originated here.
This is the first time I have received this type of award. It is my understanding that a recipient may pass it along to five bloggers deserving of recognition. I also understand that passing the award forward (to other creative bloggers) is not mandatory. So...rather than presenting this award hastily, I have decided to wait and give this presenting matter serious thought and consideration before choosing recipients. I wonder...Can this award be presented to one person at a time? :-) And...is there a time limit on choosing recipients?
Again, thank you very much, Judith, for this award. I am honored.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Write out your questions. Make a list. Then, look for answers.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Supplies are important. Back when I was studying with Jack Flynn (a watercolorist), he stressed the importance of supplies. If your paper and/or paints are inferior the results will most likely poor as well. That advice stayed with me.
As a photographer, "good glass" is primary. A good lens will last a lifetime if treated well.
The pen I bought back in the 70s still feels good in my hand. The Hasselblad I saved for and finally got during the 1990s changed my life. Having good equipment makes a person work harder to live up to the equipment's standards.
Of course, when starting out, I was thrilled to be taking pictures. However, as you progress keep in mind...garbage in, garbage out and think twice about what supplies and equipment you want to invest in to enhance your talent.
Getting the best you can afford is worth the wait.
P.S. Also, remember...a good photograph is the result of the person holding the camera.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Lately I have been reading some schizophrenic-like art journal books...just kidding (sort of). Yet...some of the work I am seeing called 'art' has me puzzled. Am I missing something? Today I may throw some similar journal pages together. Letting go for the heck of it can be lots of fun. One idea gleaned from this reading binge is: create more original digital brushes. Am warming up the scanner.
Also, I must bring home my old IBM computer to burn a CD of contest entries. The laptops have decided not to cooperate...don't you love it when these things happen? Often I consider these roadblocks "mystical" and heed their warnings, but not this time. I have wanted to enter this contest for two years and put it off until now...Now is the time...the images are ready to go and go they will.
Today: Research Photoshop brushes and PLAY...HAVE SOME FUN WITH IMAGES and TYPE.
Remember: Be Good, Do Good and then Strive to Be Better!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
ANCESTORS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Suddenly, the hawk Bob (Eaglesbrother) is in love with, flew up from the brush and landed in the tree. I moved closer. CLICK...
Tomorrow is another day.
Friday, November 14, 2008
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I digress...to get back to my "ah-ha" moment this morning. After reading this post at the Bloggers Community Photo Challenge: Photography Basics 101 Ü (which is excellent, by the way), I began thinking about the other Levels of Photography and how some of these other Levels are seldom shared.
Reasons for this may be:
1. These Levels automatically evolve over time and become intuitive.
2. Professional photographers (ones who do exceptional work) keep some of these Levels secret.
3. When some of these Levels and Principles are explained, folks don't get it.
Things To Do Today:
1. Define Level 2 and Level 3 in an understandable manner.
2. Explain the use of light, movement and mood (Level 2).
3. Share various unusual lead-in lines. (Not all lead-in lines are as obvious as the classic "S" curve.)
4. Research and contemplate: Seeing that goes beyond seeing--an occurrence evolving after years of shooting (Level 3).
Note to Self: Reading about these Levels is not enough. One has to experience them.
Solutions: Shoot, shoot, shoot...edit and refine...become a detached editor. Learn the difference between a good photograph and a bad one using the Basic Rules of Photography.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008