The blog image was captured at a local heritage site in a one room school house that I worked this past Spring. It is as I found it, complete and untouched except for the addition of one more baseball bat from my prop collection. It is another reminder that our world is full of found still life collections, just waiting for us to recognise them and collect them, whether in our memories or as subjects of art.
I spend a fair amount of time looking at other art media whether in a magazine or museum or gallery. When I work at the A Piece Of Work gallery in my town of Spirit Lake I am fortunate that there is a collection of art magazines for patrons to take or borrow and in down time I will usually scan or read one of the magazines. I enjoy not only looking at other mediums and reading of the process, but also seeing what sorts of subjects inspire other artists and how they develop them for viewers.
As many of you are aware I love doing still life work and take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself when I'm out. Most times I develop a scene on site with some of the prop items I have with me and they're not too high end. I'll look for old books, my childrens sports items, trinkets and clothing items and sometimes I'll even find items at the site. Sometimes I'll get into the still life mode just to fill days when weather or other conditions aren't favorable for photographic work. Whatever the case it is an opportunity to create, produce and learn.
The point is that we should take any opportunity to learn from others whether it be technique, vision, design or approach. Type of medium should not be a constraint nor tools used. As a matter of fact, when you think about it, most of life is a still life or with a camera, it will become one. Just look around and let your creative spirit loose.
Go Baylor...Sic 'Em Bears
For more views of my work visit;
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org