Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Making videos - Not your Grandma's Video camera!

... well, at least not MY grandma's camera.  We're having so much fun editing the footage I took at the wedding, and Will has already cleaned up and added sparkle to some of the dark, wobbly pictures I took at the reception.  It was a fun, fun event, and even though we are still recovering, it was so very worth it. 

I really am enjoying the graphic quality Will brings out, and I'm already trying some of the effects on some of the stills I took. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pictures, pictures, woo hoo!

I got a video camera for my birthday last month, and used it some at my daughter's wedding last week... now I'm learning a complex program that will let me do many things... many, many, many things!!! to the video and photographs.  Maybe a dvd for Yuletide would be fun?  If so, what do I want to include?

I'm finding this fun, and think I'll enjoy learning more about the process.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Inspiration all around me

I take so much for granted, that did not exist when I was growing up 50 years ago - I've been watching Hubble telescope footage, a show about the biography of the earth - with lots of subtle and realistic computer graphics that help to explain complex ideas. 

How can I complain about lack of ideas to start up my own creativity?  It is easier to become discouraged by the volume of other people's past creativity, and question the worth of your own ideas.  I have amazing access to so many images and ideas, from all of history and nature, information from many cultures other than the one I grew up in... wow!  How easy it is to become numb to the bombardment of information, and how difficult it can be to see that one's own creativity is a contribution to something, rather than just a re-iteration of what has already been done.  Even the commercials are so complex, artistic in many ways, and culturally revealing.  How do you start, when you feel like what you may have to say is insignificant?

My own answer is probably different than everyone else's... but also much the same?  You make something that comes out of yourself, or helps you understand something new.  It's your own view on the world, or something that just feels good to your inside self, or a reaction to events you are watching around you.

I don't know why I'm drawn to a number of different methods of creativity, but I seem to have a hard time resisting something new that intrigues me.  I know that some of my beadwork is really a form of meditation, with repetition, color, and tactile factors.  I know that some of my painting and drawing is a way of expressing emotions that I don't seem to be able to vent as well in any other way.  I used to use singing for healing, and I find myself doing that again, even though I'm no longer singing in public at all. 

I love the tactile nature of quilting, and the results are useful, usually, and color and form allow a lot of self expression.  I used to enjoy short story writing, and I still like to write if I have something I want to say in a clear or careful way.  I find fabric dye and paint a joyful medium, and later I get to cut it up and use it in something wonderful.  It can be hard to make myself cut some pieces up, though, because I like them too much.  I'll admit to a weakness for costuming (playing dress up for adults! lol!), and I sometimes don't know when to stop with the beading.

So, what to do with all this?  How do I prioritize, choose what I'll enjoy doing the most, or what I'll be happy with when I have a result?  I need this place to work out my journey, maybe a bit at a time is the best way to approach it all.

I just need to be cognitive and patient.  NOT my best talents, but that's part of my process, it seems.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Playing with new toys!

We took some photos and video at the wedding last weekend, and now I'm learning to play with them, I mean, clean them up and make them fun to look at... not in the same way as Will, just a basic program to start with.  I'm hoping to collect other people's photos and have lots to enjoy learning this new skill.  It is related to other artistic skills I continue to try to develop, so maybe I'll learn lots from it.

Any of you who have photos, either of this event or other family photos or video, please send them to me!!!  

Pretty please?  With sugar on top?

Such a beautiful day today, it makes me want to go to the beach or the little duck lake, and make more videos to play with... but we're both too much in recovery state to go out and do it.  Yet!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Maybe I should Blog more?

We are recuperating from a trip to Walnut Cr. for Susie's wedding, and we are both pretty tired. The trip went very well, we planned and took what we needed, and were pretty organized, but hauling ourselves and our luggage all over two airports, meeting lots of new and old friends, participating in rehearsal and wedding, too much fun for us!

I was delighted that my clothes were a good match for the wedding site in a garden, and that it was not super hot. Everything went exceptionally well, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, and Will and I even danced a bit - so we are still recovering. I thought that Susie's friends were great - but I always liked them, so no surprise there. Nik's wonderful family were so nice, I wish there had been more time with them, but I enjoyed meeting extended family and friends that were family, really.

Merrie liked her jewelry, the quilt arrived at Nik's work, Susie's friends liked their matching earrings, also the pearl and crystal sets, so all was really smooth, on my small efforts towards the event.

We took some photos and videos, and I'm really hoping to get photos from some of the other camera wielding guests, as well as the professional who seemed to be doing a great job. Most of my photos came out pretty dark, but I can play with them and make them better. Both of the evening events were not bright enough without my flash, but I didn't want to be distracting.

The good news is that Quan Yin's tumor is not the big "C", it's a lipoma, so no problem. I know she's getting older, at least 14 I think, with lots of grey in her orange eyebrows, but she seems pretty well except for some arthritis.

We will be much more rested shortly, and will be out and about on more adventures in the big world, as well as time staying at home being creative, playing all kinds of music, doing computer "things" like playing with our new video camera and the results, some art, quilting, beading, cooking, swimming, taking a class or two at OLLI and generally enjoying life!

I'm pretty sure that I should be Blogging my creativity results, at least. I was looking at my photos and videos and finding myself freshly inspired to paint and draw, and also to learn more about the computer applications for art. I guess the reason I want to blog about it, is to share the journey, and keep moving along. Besides, it's probably good for me, nobody has to read it, unless they feel like it!