Painted birdhouse

Hey everyone,

I decided to work on painting a bird house and give it to my mother-in-law as a birthday gift to her. I think it came out pretty nice!

Originally I was going to paint some folk art all over it and then as I moved along, I started wanting to paint a landscape instead. Then, a seascape emerged in my inspiration so I did my best N.C. Wyeth seascape impression.

What was fun and cool about it was that it got me motivated to get back into painting again!  Once I had a project to work on, and a deadline, and knowing it was going to a loved one, it really got me thinking about it and working away to accomplish this task.

I’m looking forward now to creating more paintings for our home. Our walls are very bare and I’d love to contribute to making them look nicer and giving some character.

All my best to you with whatever inspires you to create!!!

 

Time off

Hey there,

I was so excited about getting time off about a month and a half ago, because I could finally have time to do all of the things I want to do, versus the things I have to do.

Well… I’ve spent most of that time enjoying sleeping in and when my husband also got the same time off, instead of going on vacation together we stayed home to work on projects. We also joined CrossFit together, which has proven to me to be a really really great thing and I know I want to stick with it- to get as fit and healthy as I possibly can.

Now, after all those weeks off so far, I am finally getting to working on some art. And once I got the ball rolling, I’m obsessed with it at this point, yay!

I want to share an excellent book, if you are a creative type who tends to procrastinate. Or, just someone who is looking for some inspiration with whatever you dream about making/creating/doing.  It’s called “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. I finished it a couple of days ago, and it’s inspired me tremendously!  Here is a picture:

I’ve also been working on painting a birdhouse, which is pretty fun!  I originally bought the unpainted birdhouse from Michael’s arts and crafts store, thinking I would paint it and put it up in our backyard. Then, as my lovely mother-in-law’s birthday is approaching, I decided she would love something like this as a present. I am really getting into working on this! I started applying things that I learned from the book such as: designing what I paint on it myself, from my heart/inspiration (as opposed to what I think she might like) which is fueling my creativity.  And, knowing that I’m doing this for someone I love, really inspires me to keep going with it and not stop until I think it is finished. So here is my WIP of this so far:

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Take care, everyone! Happy Summer to you, keep creating!

 

Diligence

Hey there,

At one point a few posts ago, I said I will be writing a new blog every day. Wow, I do admire those who stick to that task!  Some blog writers admit that they have nothing to say when they sit down to write sometimes, and some how the words just flow eventually.

I read a book about 20 yrs ago called, “If You Can Talk, You Can Write” and I still believe in the philosophy.  The book said, that you should just sit and write whatever is on your mind and would illustrate the following: “blah, blah, blah, blah… Gold!”  Meaning, eventually you will meander to an interesting story and then just focus upon that, and write about it.

What I have basically learned is, a writer is a storyteller. That’s all, nothing intimidating about that. What’s really intimidating (at least, to me) is that what you write and publish, is there forever in print. So you start thinking more seriously on what it is you want to share… thinking of your audience.  I like to do this for myself, to see my own progress but I have to admit that if you have anyone else reading you start to feel accountable and set goals to put something out there, consistently.

Which I think is a good thing, if you want to see any progress. So in other words, I do see the benefit in sticking with this blog- writing.

I thought about also including some stories about my past adventures, just for fun. Just to get them out there.  My rule for myself is that they have to be interesting or funny stories. That’s all.

Alright, with that said, I’m going back to my main theme of posting artistic and creative progress.

Here, I have a clip from the movie “Her”, where I was told to remove all of the Chinese writing on the buildings, since they shot this particular scene in Shanghai.  I asked if I could replace the sign on the left with the words “Rose”. I was given permission to do this, to my excitement. My usual job in visual effects is to remove things that the filmmaker doesn’t want shown, such as removing wires from stuntmen’s bodies, etc., and someone else replaces it if necessary to the shot.  I was thrilled I had a chance to replace it with something I created! “ROSE” is mine, yay!! The visual effects supervisor had me add the extra flair to the plain block letters I originally created.

I was working at Digital Domain and then, the facility was about to move from the Venice location to Playa Vista, CA. I thought “Rose” was fitting because it was located on Rose Ave. at that time.

Rough first attempt

Hi again,

I have been going back over some of my lessons on matte painting, taught by someone from fxPhd, a few years ago.  I had previously needed to stop attending my online class because I realized I was totally lost when it came to using Photoshop.

Then, I bought an online remedial Photoshop training class that I never had time to finish all the way through.

About a year ago or so, I decided I wanted to do a projection of a sky using photos that I took of the sky near my house, then stitched together using PTGui. Then I brought it into Nuke and attached it to a sphere, to simulate the dome of a sky appearance. But I never put it into a scene, so that idea also had been put aside when I got busier at work.

Fast forward to now, where I do have some time off again. I have all these ambitious dreams of creating 5 really awesome, spectacular matte paintings so I finally got started today to resume my matte paint class.  I now feel like I am right back at square one again! I still can’t easily perform well in Photoshop so I will need to get back to that remedial PS class again, sigh.  It’s frustrating when you have ideas in your head, and know what you want to do, but the tools are not working for you.

Well, as with anything, you need to know the basics before advancing onto greater things!

I did at least go back today and try to finish that sky replacement piece I started in Nuke. That was going okay until I realized there is a technical issue with that technique as well, and needed to put that aside too.

Which leaves me to… my rough simple matte painting that I projected onto a card and then rotoscoped buildings and other objects over top of it. Voila … this is (sort of) my first attempt at a matte painting, put inside a moving sequence!  I am using the non-commercial license for Nuke so they won’t allow me to key anything so I rotoscoped everything in front – so time consuming.  It’s not perfect, but I wanted to demonstrate my simplest first step into matte painting. I will progress from here, for sure. I guess I also cannot submit the entire sequence I did, so I will post a few photos from it instead:

 

Here is a pic from the original footage:

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It’s not spectacular, but at least I got something to show here on my progress so far. I was busy last week doing personal stuff and now I’m dedicating more time on advancing my skills.

Thanks for reading!

 

A Few of my recent Landscape Paintings

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Hey there,

I’m making a point of it to write here every day, at least every day that I am not working my long hours. Maybe this will become a habit and I’ll want to write every day anyway. Or at least a few days a week.

So, a few months ago (maybe it’s been a year already! Time sure does fly..!) I created 3 little landscape paintings and then I framed them and put them up on a wall inside my home. I have felt inspired for a while now, to fill up my blank walls with paintings that I made.

Today, I plan on continuing with my matte painting online class. Soon, I will have something to show here… always a work in progress!

Keep painting and creating!