Prints on Wood Blog

  • App Review: Ghost Lens+

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    It’s finally October and you know what that means……HALLOWEEN! My personal favorite time of the year, when the weather starts getting chilly and everything Pumpkin flavored starts making its way into stores. For this reason, this week’s app review will focus on an awesome Halloween themed app “Ghost Lens + Clone and Ghost Photo ”, where users can spook up their images and turn themselves into ghosts. Lets see how it did!

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    Once you download the app you’ll get a screen full of various options such as Video, Photo, and Photo + Video. Because it’s free you’ll notice a lot of ads, but you are given the choice to purchase the app for $1.99 to unlock all layers and filters.

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    I wanted to stick to the ghost effect, which comes free with the app so I didn’t have to make any additional purchases. I liked the fact that the app gives you a tutorial right on the screen when you first choose your ghost option.

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    Once you take the picture and are satisfied with your ghost effect, you’ll be taken to another screen with various options: filter, fuzzy, refresh, and next. Up on the top you’ll have a normal picture option and the square option, which will allow you to add a color to the sides of your photo.

    Going back to the filter option, the app will choose one of the photos for you to work on one at a time. The filters are also the same ones you find on Instagram. The second little trick we are given to work with is “fuzzy”, where you can choose to better blend your ghostly figures. I hit “refresh” after just to try it out, but it didn’t do anything, maybe a glitch?

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    You can also use the built in photo editor by clicking directly on your photo, which will bring it up from a pop up menu. Here you have more options to choose from: enhance, effects, frames, stickers, sharpen, text and more. All of these categories have free options to choose from, as well as ones you can purchase.

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    Once you’re completely done with your pictures, you can then hit next on the right hand corner and save to your camera roll or open with social media apps like Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    For my final photo, I decided to lie on the ground and pretend I was sleeping to then be able to take a picture of myself “waking up” from my body like I had just gone through a near death experience. You can choose whatever position you want to start from and go from there. Using the app, I had a friend take the picture of me laying down on the floor and what the app will do on its own is take the first picture, save it in the background, and wait for you to take the next picture of whatever you want your ghost to be doing. In the case for me, my second photo was taken while I was sitting in an upright position.

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    Overall, I really liked this app. It was easy to use and had some great customization options considering it’s a free app. My only complaint was that the app itself was really laggy and would freeze at times. I would still give it a wood rating of 4.RATING

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    For more information on Ghost Lens+ please visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ghost-lens+

  • SurfExpo 2014 - Wake Awards

    Have you ever been to SURFEXPO?  Yeah.. us either, but a few weeks ago some prints on wood were there!  Those lucky wood planks became a cherished prize at the Wake Awards that was held in conjunction with SURFEXPO 2014.   For those of us who weren't fortunate enough to attend, SurfExpo, is the largest industry only trade show held twice a year, every January and September, in Orlando, Florida.

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    The expo showcases everything and anything related to board sports, i.e, wake, surf, and skate. The expo also holds demo days, fashion shows, seminars, and the Wake Awards, an award that showcases the best in wake over the past year, put on by WAKEBOARDING magazine.

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    The Wake Awards have been held every September for the past 11 years, with awards going to the best athletes in the sport. Most winners are determined by select industry voting, while others, such as the Indmar Trick of the Year, are selected from videos submitted by the riders throughout the year.

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    For this year’s award, we were excited to collaborate with WAKEBOARDING magazine to design a trophy as unique as the sport and athletes themselves. This year’s design was inspired by 50’s era television test cards with a modern twist that also incorporated the 2015 Wake Awards branding, along with a distressed version of vintage color bars to add color to the natural wood grain.

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    We couldn't have been happier with the way they printed on wood, maybe next year we will get to join the wood prints at SurfExpo!

    For more information on SurfExpo, visit http://www.surfexpo.com/

    For more information on WAKEBOARDING Magazine, visit http://www.wakeboardingmag.com/

  • Chopping Block: Lou Patrou

    A self-taught artist and native New Yorker, Lou Patrou's career has spanned nearly four decades.  You can understand our excitement when we got a chance to hear the inside scoop of his creative process, inspirations and what he does when he's not painting.

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    POW: Looking through your works, I see a variety of styles and patterns. How would you describe your art?

    Lou: My descriptions of my art have changed over the years just as my styles have changed. I guess the category would be a mix of pop surrealism, design and contemporary. I do an awful lot of faces and often work designs and patterns into them. I am intrigued with distilling down shapes and forms and puzzling with colors. I don't do illustration jobs, so I have no agenda or deadlines and am completely free to follow my own ideas. I might explore one type of look or I might do a series, I never know.

    POW: You’ve worked in a number of industries, including television and motion pictures, to product design. Did your previous work inspire your current art?

    Lou: Across the years I worked in any creative fields I could find and I have always strived to keep that all separate and clear of my art. Everything a person does influences everything else, whether you are aware of it or not. I notice that I include certain shapes and textures that are implanted in my mind from everyday sights, like subway signs or architectural elements.

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    POW: Do you recall the moment you decided to concentrate on fine art?

    Lou: When I moved to New York in 2000, I decided it was time to start showing all of the work I had done over the years and finally start promoting myself as an artist.

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    POW: I particularly love the Sylvie and Hank Plaid wood prints you collaborated with us on. What was your inspiration for these two characters and how do you go about re-imagining them as frequently as you do?

    Lou: Hank & Sylvie were first imagined as a 1950s salt & pepper shaker style matching set of male / female characters. The original drawings are done in black & white pencil on 50" sheets of paper. I remember being obsessed with making the shapes and gradations very smooth and clean. I incorporated some nice elegant designs into them. They were scanned and colorized for this print and their backgrounds changed. Hank & Sylvie will be made into a collectible ball point pen early next year, limited to 500 pieces. It will be sold in a signed numbered artist case and the metal clip will be a polished silver sculpt of Hank.

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    POW: What has been the most rewarding aspect of being an artist?

    Lou: It has always been about the satisfaction of the creative process for me, coming up with an idea and seeing where it leads.

    POW: When you are not painting, what other activities do you partake in that make you happy and inspire your creativity?

    Lou: I go into Manhattan for a city experience and also like to take a walk through the woods, and then there's always music!

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    For more information on Lou Patrou, please visit http://www.patrou.com/

  • Instagram favorite @xtramoney, ie: Mark Scantlebury

    Let's face it, most of us take the advantage of the accessibility of good photography. What do I mean by that? Well, if you're like most people, the most recent photo you've taken was your lunch at Chiptole, which you then converted into a masterpiece using several settings and the Toaster filter on Instagram.  Taking a step back though, you'll realize that in order to capture feelings, whether it be nostalgia, happiness, or love, you have to go deeper than just adding a filter and a hashtag to a picture.

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    Focus on Mark Scantlebury, known in the Instagram world as @xtramoney, a New York based photographer whose work will not only leave you breathless, it'll leave you with a genuine appreciation for the true art of photography. Mark recently teamed up with us to bring his photography to life by capturing some of his favorite moments on wood.

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    Mark has been photographing since he was small child and would often be the one responsible for capturing moments during family functions. He remained absent from the craft for some time until ironically enough, Instagram came about and inspired him to pick up a camera again and have some fun. As with any art, your surroundings play a huge part in the type of work that you are allowed to do. For Mark, photographing in the New York city landscape is as close to heaven as he can get. Because the streets are always alive with people, all he really has to do is close his eyes and point his camera. There's nothing quite like hopping off a train and immersing yourself in the sights.

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    Because of certain conditions that a good photograph requires, such as lighting and subjects, it's no surprise then that Mark finds his go to angle, candid street photography, as the most difficult to shoot. In one second, that precise magical moment is gone and nothing can be done about it. That's why Mark continues to live by his mantra of staying vigilant and exploring the city and the rest of his surroundings as much as possible.

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    Mark's approach to his own photography is something that he says any aspiring photographer can take with them. "Let the art be your passion and not just a venue to make a profit. Be creative and always stay true to yourself."

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    For more on Mark Scantelbury, please visit:  http://instagram.com/xtramoney

     

  • Chopping Block: Greg "Craola" Simkins

    This week, we release our first print with Greg "Craola" Simkins, called "Still I'm Grateful", a partnership we are really excited about!  A few days ago we were able to catch up with the California native to find out more about his creative process, musical influences, and latest project, a stop motion animation film!

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    POW: When I first look at your art, I become lost in the different directions and characters of the piece, but at the same time it pulls me in deeper where I find a connection that would have otherwise been missed.  How do you go about creating such surreal pieces of art?

    Craola: I start with an element, a bird, an old couch, a book. I then look through my sketchbook at all the places my mind has been going. I keep a pretty current sketchbook full of notes and thumbnail drawings of ideas that I want to paint. I flip through the book and look for the most interesting content and then start adding them together in the attempt of composing a dynamic image filled with outlandish things that wouldn't really exist together. To say that I 100% know what I am doing when designing the next piece to paint is a lie. What I do know is that there is a place where these things exist, and there is a story unfolding, I am just creating the next snapshot in that place trying to capture everything that is going on. I call that place "The Outside" and I attempt to escape to it every time I paint. Most recently, the 8'x6' piece "Good Knight" had me locked in that world for many months. It was hard putting down the brush and leaving it when it was done. I need to do more pieces like that. It's where I can truly get lost.

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    POW: I was looking around and stumbled upon your “Be Street” play list, which I was jamming out to by the way! Such a diverse mix of genres. Does music affect your art in a way or is it just a means to escape while working?

    Craola: A lot of pieces and ideas have jumped from the lyrics of musical artists. I look at all the mixed mash of genres as a historical timeline of growing up. The more classical, Jazz, big band, oldies stuff is what my parents and Grandparents would listen too when I was young. I have great memories of listening to my Grandpa sing Perry Como songs. The kids songs and folks songs are from the old cartoons I enjoyed as a kid and still do. The old hip hop was from my obsession with late 80's and early 90's rap. From there on I was deeply influenced with Punk rock and most my life was spent seeing shows and being involved with bands and had my toe in that world out here in the South Bay of Los Angeles. I designed show fliers, band merch and album covers for many of the bands that came out of our area. I was always into rock bands like the Cure, the Smiths, Nirvana, Violent Femmes, Sonic Youth, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles and anything that they influenced as well so I guess you can say I am completely all over the place with my musical interests. There is too much good stuff to listen to to lock yourself to one genre because you are trying to identify yourself with a subculture.

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    POW: You recently made a stop motion animation film titled “I’M SCARED”. Can you tell us a little bit more about the movie? Where can we view it?

    Craola: We are actually still working on the Short and it is about to go to animation. The sets, puppets and props are all finished and I am excited to see what will become of this little piece of film we are making. The team involved has all been top notch and I am beyond humbled and appreciative of all there hard work.

    POW: Personally, I am in love with your graffiti work above all your other stuff, but that is just my personal taste. Is your creative process different for each medium? (Paintings, Illustrations, Graffiti)

    Craola: Definitely. My approach changes for each medium, but especially with my graffiti work. If I am doing letters, I really don't need a sketch, Although I do them and bring one to the wall, I generally just start with the 'R' or the 'A' and then throw the sketch away and try to make the piece flow with the wall. It is good that all these outlets fulfill a different need. It's like an itch that needs scratching. When I am painting a canvas, I want to paint a wall, When I am painting a wall, I want to ink some cartoon inspired tattoo flash, when I am doing that, I want to do some finely rendered pencil or charcoal drawings, and when I am doing that, I want to design logos and vector art in the computer. Each is satisfying in a different way but comes together in the end under the envelope of this same world I like to create.

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    POW: You mention in your bio that you were inspired by Hawaii’s pristine natural settings to create several of your worlds, so to speak. What other locations do you channel through your art?

    Craola: It's funny, that last trip to Hawaii made sense of a lot of what I do. It's all about habitats and the creatures who live there. But I want those creatures to journey into other places. Places that I haven't even been. Maybe it's my own desire to travel and see the world more. I definitely have the ocean town I live in when I create, even when you down't see the water, its just out in the periphery. Forests and cliff sides, caves and wells, trees and open places. That's where my head goes whether its not always conveyed.

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    POW: Out of all the murals you have done, do you have a favorite? Where are some of the places I could go to see one of your murals?

    Craola: I don't think I have a favorite. I always enjoy the time spent with my friends at each wall so it is hard to choose one. Anytime I get to paint with Dabs Myla and Witnes is a good time and this last wall we did together in Long Beach was a lot of fun. I just painted a wall on Washington near USC with my WAI & CBS crew members and that was a lot of fun. Painting walls has taken me to some interesting places. All up and down the coast to every corner of California, some pretty shady spots in the earlier years before marriage and kids, spots that we weren't always sure we would get out of intact. To some invitations to  great locations like Miami art Basel and similar. The furthest I have gone was to Croatia for a graffiti Jam a few years ago. It is a highlight for me as I got to hang out with many graffiti artists who I have respected for many years growing up and beyond stoked to have gotten to paint with Sub and Ces, two of my all time heroes in the scene. I have become great friends with Sub and have learned a lot from his vast knowledge of all types of art. He is the true multi-talented renaissance man in this art world of ours, go look at his work or just google Tony Curanaj. Your mind will be blown. If you want to see some local walls, I have a few running around Los Angeles and Orange County. A new large one is on the side of Graphaids in Culver City which I am stoked on especially since they are my favorite art store by far. Go check it out and dip inside and get some supplies, they have everything!

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    For more information on Greg "Craola" Simkins, please visit http://www.imscared.com/

  • App Review: Giant Square

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    A question that comes up every so often is: "How do I split my photo into three different wood prints?"  We do not currently offer an option for creating a tryptic wood print from one image but we did find an app that promises to split your photo into multiple images with ease.  Giant Square can not only cut up your image, but can create picture collages and creates custom banner images for your Facebook and Twitter cover photos.

    An important note, although the app itself is free, in-app purchases are required in order to remove photo watermarks. I recommend doing this before starting on your project or you will end up with a "Created with GIANT SQUARE" in large beautiful letters on your photo.

    When you open the app the first screen is very plane and to the point showing three social media icons, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. At the bottom is is two icons, one is the app message board and the other shows examples and helpful tips.

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    I clicked on the first icon, Facebook.  This took me to a screen with two options, Giant Cover and Collage Cover.  These options allow you to customize your Facebook cover photo.  Pretty cool too, but not what I am looking for right now.

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    Under the Instagram and Twitter icon, you’ll find a “Giant Square” option and a “Collage” option.  I chose the “Giant Square” option under the Instagram icon and got to work.

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    Once I chose "Giant Square", I was taken to a screen full of little squares. From here on, all you have to do is choose the number of squares you want to appear (you’ll notice the check marks turn green).

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    I went with a cross like design and headed to my camera roll by choosing the stacked photos icon at the bottom left hand corner.  The middle camera icon would have opened up the camera and the "“X” on the bottom right corner allows you to delete a square if needed.  I picked a photo from one of my favorite beaches.  Once the image in placed inside your design, you can scale it to fit your needs.

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    On the top of the screen, a little block says "1 of 3." If selected this will number the blocks 1 of 5, 2 of 5, 3 of 5.. and so on.  This will stay on the image when saved to the camera roll.  I choose not to include it in my pictures.  The "?" next to it goes to a quick tutorial and examples page.  It included very helpful information laid out in a simple, straight forward way.

    I selected the “Export” button at the top right corner which saved the 5 square images to my Camera Roll!  In my camera roll, the photo is now cut into 5 different squares, which is exactly what we wanted to do here.

    Next I uploaded each image as an individual print and ordered five 6x6 wood prints through the Create Your Own page.

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    They turned out pretty good, my only complaint is the resolution of the images were a bit low.  If you don't mind a bit of pixelation and stick with small prints, this app is a great option to create a collage of prints with one image.

    Considering this app has other great applications, the ease of navigating through the different screens, the helpful examples and tutorials, I think it deserves a rating of 3.

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    For more information on Giant Square, please visit: http://thegiantsquare.com/

  • Chopping Block: Pako Pablos

    For this week's artist interview, we grouped up with Mexican artist Pako Pablos, who is internationally known for his detailed and culturally driven portraits of high profile celebrities. We talked about his surprising beginnings as a basketball player, what inspires him, and his charity work.

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    POW: You grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico where you participated in several interests such as playing basketball for the Mexican national team and even runway modeling. What was your motivation for finally deciding on art as your lifelong career?

    Pako: Though I’ve been interested in art since my childhood, I’ve always thought that you should use all the tools that you have, so I guess that’s what I was doing back then -  testing my skills and gifts and seeing how I could best use them.  I’m 6’7”, and being that tall helped a lot in both basketball and modeling, but after a while I realized my real passion would always be art, so that’s what I started to focus on and eventually dedicated myself to developing my skills and finding my style.

    POW: You’re known for your extensive work of celebrity portraits. Which portrait was your favorite to work on?

    Pako: All of my pieces have been a favorite at one time or another and all of them are an extension of myself.  Until recently, the Walter White portrait stuck with me most.  I think its depth and dimension makes it really appealing.  But now that I’ve completed the third portrait in the “tech giants” series, I’m really loving it.  The OG Jobs is probably my favorite because it feels like I was able to capture a truer element of who he was by representing him as an original gansta.

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    POW: At what age did you become aware of your artistic abilities? Did you ever receive formal artistic training or are you completely self-taught?

    Pako: I’ve had a pencil in my hand since I can remember.  I was always getting into trouble for drawing cartoons of the teachers when I was a kid in school.  In high school, I started working on little projects like comic characters and then started to experiment with different mediums like acrylics and pastels, even some digital artwork.  I then went to college and received my degree in fine art and graphic design, which is where I got my more formal training, which helped me to smooth out my rough edges and understand artistry and technique better.

    POW: Your bio states that you are now living and working in La Jolla, CA, with a studio overlooking La Jolla Cove. With such a beautiful backdrop do you find it hard to focus on painting or does it inspire you to paint more often?

    Pako: Funny you ask that - I just recently left La Jolla and that that was one of the reasons I had to go.  I’m the type of artist who likes to “feel” what I’m doing and I need to get lost in the process.  With so much traffic and the crowds of people there – not to mention the noisy seals and sea lions just outside the door - it was kind of hard to get my groove going.  Now I’ve got a home on top of a mountain in the California desert just outside of San Diego with a great view, beautiful sunsets and a lot of quiet.  I also have a show room and much larger studio space, which lets me focus 100% on the pieces I’m doing.  Loving it there so far.

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    POW: You’ve worked with several organizations that provide the means for children in the U.S and Mexico to pursue their artistic ventures and educations. Can you tell us a little bit more about these charities and what they mean to you as an artist?

    Pako: I’ve worked with a variety of organizations, particularly in Mexico to help promote the arts with young people and with developing artists.  One of the reasons I came to the US was because of the limited opportunity for growth and exposure for artists south of the boarder.  It took sacrifice and hard work, but I feel so fortunate to have achieved a level of success here that I want to share it with others.  Let them know anything is possible and that there is someone out there who will support their efforts and look out for them.

    That’s one of the reasons I moved to the mountains, too.  The property I just bought includes 10 acres and it’s my intention to develop part of the land into an artistic retreat.  My goal is to create an inspirational place for select artists to come stay and work for a few weeks or months. I am working on the logistics of sponsoring emerging artists who are visiting the US and who may not normally have the chance or the space to produce works here.

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    POW: Your take on Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs are awesome!  They are in fact the “Original Ganster’s” of the tech industry. How did you come up with the idea for these pieces?

    Pako: Well…I’d done a number of portraits of ganstas and rappers previously.  When I saw a documentary about Steve Jobs and found that he was ruthless and scary to the people around him, it struck me that he was just another gansta. No black sweater could hide that!  So I decided to merge the two genres and see what came up and the OG Jobs piece is the result.  After that piece, I thought to myself that he wasn’t the only one, so started to look at Bill Gates, then Mark Zuckerberg and found that they had similar reputations – single minded and ruthless, focused only on getting the job done no matter what it cost them or others. So I did portraits of them, too.

    Each is different and represents a specific aspect of the person’s character – like Jobs has a certain hard yet intimate quality about him.  Gates has a crown like the famous Notorious BIG picture, and he’s the undeniable leader in old school tech, but he doesn’t quite pull off the same “cool factor” that Jobs does.  And then there’s Zuckerberg, who may be ruthless and successful in business but is still sort of a dorky young dude.

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    For more information on Pako Pablos, visit http://pakopablos.com/

  • Peace Project helps victims of Typhoon Haiyan

    Helping people, organizations, children, education, life, survival, that is what we are called to do at our core.  Truly care for one another not with just our words but even more importantly, our actions.   A few weeks ago we visited a festival in Los Angeles doing just that, Affair of the Arts.

    Affair of the Arts produced by the Whole 9 Gallery and the Peace Project who donate a portion of the money raised at the festival to fund the construction of 200 homes for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.   A donation of $500 not only builds a house in the devastated areas of the Philippines but helps a family and community begin to rebuild their lives.

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    At the festival, the Whole 9 Gallery debuted the 2014 Peace Project art selection.  A traveling exhibit of the 100 chosen artist visions of peace from over 700 submissions.  This year the selections are printed on 12 x 12 wood prints.

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    The next stop for the traveling exhibit is in New York at the Whole 9 Gallery East located at the Landmark Arts Building on West 27th Street.  An event on Thursday, October 16th from 6 pm - 10 pm will celebrate the use of art to change lives through the joining of 500 artists from 30 countries on 6 continents with one message of peace.

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    If you don't happen to be in New York, you can still participate, each piece is available for sale through The Whole 9 online gallery "Peace Shop" priced at $100 each.

    To find out more information about the Peace Project or how you can help build a house for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, please visit: http://www.thepeaceproject.com/

  • A weekend at Baby Tattooville

    What is Baby Tattooville??  I pondered this question myself for many years, 7 years in fact.  But this weekend, during the 8th annual Baby Tattooville, we not only found out what it was, we were lucky enough to experience it.   Unlike the name sounds, it was not a convention about babies with tattoos, it was an immersion into the pop-surrealist art world with twelve of the top pop-surrealist artists in the world.

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    Created, produced and curated by Bob Self of Baby Tattoo Books (sound familiar?) and his crew of miracle working staff, Baby Tattooville is a one of kind experience for a small group of art collectors and fans.  Limited to 40 tickets, set in the historic and enchanted Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside, CA over a three day weekend, the event uncovers the magical process of creating all types of art right before your eyes.

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    Each of the twelve artists produce a unique "gift" for each of the attendees that is included in a gift bag received the final day of the event.  We were select by Brandi Milne to create a special print on wood of her piece titled "Autsch" from her recent show at the Corey Helford Gallery.  This limited edition, signed print is only available to the attendees of Baby Tattooville 2014.

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    Tara McPherson hand silk screened a new print for each attendee with help from Andy at Diesel Fuel Prints who flew down his silk screen equipment from Portland.

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    Other artists created original pieces for each attendee, such as Jeff Soto who created 40 individual 3"x3" sketches and Joe Sorren who created 40 painting sketches.

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    While the days were filled with painting, silk screening and sketching, the night was filled with food, giant margaritas and great conversation.   With busy schedules it is rare to get a few hours to chat and catch up, but at Baby Tattooville, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to share a few laughs together over dinner.

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    The real miracle of the event is the transformation of a blank canvas on Friday afternoon to a completed masterpiece by Saturday at 10:00 pm.  The first brush of paint on the blank canvas begins the art jam on Friday afternoon.

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    From that point all twelve of the attending artists collaborate together over the next 36 hours to create a final work of art.  This culminates at the final art jam Saturday night where in the last hour each artists squeezes in to make their final touches on the piece.

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    Once the clock strikes 10:00 pm, the painting is whisked away to be photographed then on to Prints on Wood.  We then print 75 copies of the final art jam piece that arrive back at the Mission Inn Sunday morning just before Sunday bunch is finished.  Each artist then signs the prints and each attendee goes home with a piece of history they watched unfold before their eyes.  The magic and memories of the event sealed in the characters and aspects of the final Baby Tattooville 2014 Art Jam print.

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    If you want to be apart of Baby Tattooville, you will have one last chance.  Bob Self announced Baby Tattooville 2015 will be the last but also the biggest, most bizarre one to date.  With the artists he has already confirmed to the 2015 event, it will surely be one not to miss!  The artist roster includes: Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Camille Rose Garcia to name a few, while the tickets are $2500 each, with that line up, they will surely not last.

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    For more information on Baby Tattooville please visit:  http://www.babytattooville.com/

  • app review: Line Camera

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    Line Camera is an interesting app. Think a decent photo editing app interspersed with odd looking cartoon animals offering various tips. Actually, Line Camera is one of those catch-all photo apps that lets you take great pictures or edit the ones you already have. There’s a ton of great features that let you mess around with your photo to your heart’s content.... and sometimes that can be a bit too much.  Watch out for the sneaky "saturation", you may end up with a bit more color (orange) then you want when printing on wood.

    Now, I chose a picture of my lovely roommate taken with my regular iPhone camera app. What she’s posing with is the Penn State Nittany Lion, which is currently battling with the Liberty Bell as the most photographed thing in Pennsylvania. Now you know.

    Anyway, while Alex is lovely, the lighting is not, so the first thing I’m going to do is to brighten the picture a little, and while I’m there, I always end up messing around with the saturation and contrast.  Beware of adding too much saturation, this is where your photo on wood can go a bit sideways!   Too much saturation adds an orange tint to the photo which is accentuated when printing on wood.

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    Next, I flipped through some of the token photo retouching options, like smoothing, cropping, etc. before finding this.

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    Well then. That’s. . . straightforward. Now, I didn’t use these (didn’t need to!) but if you do, then be careful. The person you’re fixing does not want to look like a clown (or Betty Boop.) Resist the temptation.

    There’s plenty of great filters on this app, which I did use, and then that’s pretty much it for the free portion of the app. One of the things that this app offers that many other editing apps don’t is the option to add frames, text, paint, or clip art things to the edited photo. Adding text and paint are free (again, NO CLOWNS) but many of the frames are in app purchases. My photo didn’t need any of that, but there are some pretty cool options should you choose to use them.

    Which leaves the finished product:

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    You know, I like this app. It’s got some really good editing features, some of which I only scratched the surface of. Though larger and perhaps a little clunkier than some other similar apps, Line Camera has more options for customization, especially for a free app.

    Overall, I’d give this app a 3 out of 4.

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    Now let's check out how my photo looks printed on wood... uh oh, too much saturation!   Don't make this same mistake, be careful adding saturation to your photo, the yellow of the wood mixed with the saturation = orange skin.

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    If I would have left off the saturation, this would have printed completely different, something to keep in mind when printing skin tones on wood.  If you love the look of saturation and want to print on wood, choose Bright White finish and the image will print just as it looks on your camera or phone.

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    For more information on Line Camera please visit: http://camera.line.me/en

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