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Why I Hate ‘Work of Art’ (and why I watch it)

Fingerprint of Inspiration

If you’re not familiar, ‘Work of Art’ is a reality TV show on Bravo about artists, in the same vein as Project Runway. Artists with different styles and backgrounds compete against each other toward one last battle, the prize being money and an official show in a fancy art place, displaying all the crap they made over the course of the season.

Each episode presents a new “challenge,” or theme, to inspire the artists to make a piece of art that will be judged against all the rest, after a time limit of one day in which to conceptualize, create, and finish their art. It has to be unique, innovative, something that passes the approval of “qualified” judges, and must never be too reminiscent of their own style or in any way similar to what they made last week.

It’s not much different than pulling in ten random people off the street, throwing them into a craft store for 20 minutes, and then demanding they produce genius art in a day.

This is not a venue in which these artists are allowed to display their lifetime of creativity, the progress in their own careers, or their unique fingerprint of inspiration. It’s a pressure-filled war zone where they are emotionally blindfolded, dropped off in the middle of nowhere, and told to build epic cathedrals out of popsicle sticks. Their reward is a harsh critique from some dude who owns a gallery in New York and the possibility that maybe, just maybe, Sarah Jessica Parker will grace them with her presence. Continue reading

If you are new to Google Buzz may I suggest…

…reading back in my Buzz stream and reading back in the Buzz streams of the people listed below and commenting on the Buzz post that you learn from or liking it as that action will bump the Buzz post to the top again allowing new Buzz users to see it and learn from it to.

I’ve been on Google Buzz for close to a month now and find it both invigorating and challenging at the same time. It’s taken me out of the safety zone of both Facebook and Twitter and thrust me into a new world where everyone with whom adopted the technology around the same time that I did, have become my Buzz friends. We communicate and share ideas. We argue, we learn and grow together. We made the rules.

These folks will teach you a lot about Google Buzz

Clicking their name will take you to their Buzz Stream while the second link will take you to their blog if they have one

  • Thomas Hawkphotographer extraoridinaire and a man who understands how things work from a user perspective
  • Andy Beardvoice of reason for all things internet… points out fallacy and backs it up with fact.
  • Louis Gray – Reads likely as much about technology if not more than Robert Scoble and offers educated opinions on what he reads and shares on Buzz
  • Mashableenough said!
  • Dirk Talamasca – for the lively and happy conversation within my own Buzz stream and on others. He is the first person I’ve met who really lives in Second Life.
  • Kurt Starneshighly recommend for great conversation and to learn the little nuances of posting to Buzz
  • Robert Scoble – Reads likely as much about technology if not more than Louis Gray and offers educated opinions on what he reads and shares on Buzz
  • Stephanie Wanamaker – Buzzes the best questions of the day
  • Jody Swaney – not afraid to speak up for what he believes in. This Grandfather also won the first giveaway I hosted on Buzz
  • Chaotic Neurons – most excellent sense of humour
  • M. Farber – His Buzz stream is a treasure trove of visually stimulating Google Reader items. He also authors a blog
  • Linda Lawrey – Most helpful in solving problems and for being most neutral in discussions. Sees both sides of the picture!
  • Chris Messina – Google employee and open web standards advocate
  • Angel Leon – He burst onto Google Buzz creating the Mooooooooar Follower rage. If you weren’t there when it happened… well… that content has since been removed. His stream is colourful with opinions on technology and this father to be shares his every day life to.
  • Chris Loft – very first person to ReBuzz my content. He is an artist and musician and finds and shares some of the best and lesser known visually stimulating content on the web.
  • Masha Du Toit – one of the first artists I met on Buzz (YAY!) who is actively using it to. Her Buzz stream is most pleasing to the eye.
  • And definitely follow the Google Buzz Team to keep up with it all!

I tend not to follow people who import their Twitter streams, BipFM streams, MyBlogLog posts or FriendFeed streams or who are simply echo chambers of content already published on the web who do not offer an additional insight on what they are regurgitating.

I follow people who have something original to say.

From what I gather I am one of the few visual artists actively using Buzz today.

I began an are you an artist actively using Buzz thread… if you are one to please add your name to the list.

I would never have met any of these people if it weren’t for Buzz. Keep that in mind when you begin using Buzz and your time their will be most enjoyable. Buzz is about conversation. It is about learning. It is about sharing and discussing hot topics. It is about breaking away from the norm and not being afraid to do it. It is about open web standards. It is about blogging. It is about business. It is about being yourself.

It is about the future of the web and it’s happening right now in real-time.

You can follow me on Buzz here and follow the discussion happening about this blog post in real-time on Buzz.

Artist Tip #22 – Just Doodle

Sometime last year I updated my Facebook account saying something along the lines that I couldn’t draw and wasn’t finding any inspiration in life. A cousin of mine, Marc, commented on that Facebook update by simply stating “Doodle”. This is one of those times when I wish Facebook had an internal update search engine as I can’t and will not go back through hundreds of Facebook updates to find Marc’s comment. That word though, and comment have stuck with me when I feel overwhelmed and can’t seem to be productive.

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Review – Epson R2880 – Part 2 – testing the Canvas Roll

This is the second part of my Espon R2880 Review. You can read the first part here.

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Set up is straightforward

Do not rip the plastic off the canvas like I did pictured above. The white plastic holders do come off and it is much easier to remove the plastic and paper coverings when they are off! Place the dark grey roll attachments on the canvass roll and then attach this to the back of the printer. Feed the canvas in until it is grabbed by the printer.

Gorgeous prints but why the waste?

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Why it pops out roughly 6 inches of canvas before it starts printing I do not know. It did this all three times I printed. The first two times I thought it was because i changed my page orientation when printing. The third time I left it horizontal, gave the canvas roll three inches of slack and it printed out that blasted 6 inches first before starting to print the actual document.

The Epson does print a fine line after your print to cut along to remove the print. Simply press the roll button on the printer to release canvass and once cut press the same button and it will suck it back in again. A cutter would be a nice addition as it does not release the canvass out past the paper tray. You need to use scissors to cut it and cannot use a ruler with Xacto blade to trim.

I printed Hope pictured above and below first.

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Secondly I printed We Flourish

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and lastly, Do You Love Me

do-you-love-me-illustration - epson r2880 canvas

As I use this printer more I find the best setting for printing my original artwork created via traditional means such as watercolour or with pen is printing using the Colorsync option within the print dialogue box. Using the Adobe Gamma or Epson Gamma produces prints that are too vivid, oversaturated and posterized in appearance. In theory Colorsync prints what you are seeing on screen.

I hope to find a solution to the excess canvass that must be trimmed from prints after printing. If you know why this is happening please let me know. I can’t wait to introduce these prints to the shop!

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this printer and supplies (ink and paper) from Epson to test. If I liked it, I got to keep it and the supplies. I was not asked to write either a positive or negative review; only an honest review using my own words which I believe I did. In the end, I did decide to keep the printer and supplies .

Cheers!

Review – Epson R2880 Printer

A few weeks ago I got an Epson R2880 printer. Ever since, learning to operate this fascinating piece of equipment has ensued…

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Set Up

After a false start first using *metal saw horses to make a table with, I purchased a folding plastic/metal table from Canadian Tire for $39.95. If you buy this printer you will need a dedicated space just for the printer and print-outs it produces. And as the ink takes 48 hours to cure you will need a place to lay the prints flat on or to hang them dry from.

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