Life is Hip: Spontaneous Art photography

One of the things I like to think I excel at is capturing spontaneous art moments in the everyday, mundane vortex of “stuff” that surrounds us.

(Nothing like starting off with a fantastically pompous statement, eh?)

Seriously, though. I really do have a knack for Catching little moments of life using my cell phone camera, and most of the time, the result is a photo I am pleased with. (And before you get all preachy on me that a cell phone can’t create real photography, just calm down. I realize the limitations of my phone in regards to quality.) I have enjoyed this challenge (of catching fleeting life moments) so much that I even have 3 albums on Facebook dedicated to just such photos.

Today I had the pleasure of taking a tour of Pittsburgh Here is some of what I saw today: just a fun slice of life, spontaneously captured in fleeting seconds.

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Inspiration Station: Hong Yi coffee-stain portrait

I am a huge fan of Etsy, and follow them on Facebook, particularly because their updates often bring me stories of artists that inspire me.

Today’s art comes from Hong Yi, a Malaysian artist who uses normal, mundane objects to create art that exemplifies “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Coffee stains.  Seriously.  This portrait was created with coffee stains. Talk about getting inspired by the little things.

If you’d like to watch a time-lapse video of this project, click here.  I also recommend visiting Hong Yi’s blog and see her other great creations.

Classes: Painting to Music

I find myself surrounded by music every day. Pandora is installed on my iPhone, and everyday I select whatever genre suits my mood and happily listen the day away while I process mundane tasks like laundry, dishes, cleaning, or work.

Often, while I’m listening to music (and more likley than not, singing along with said music at the top of my lungs) I see pictures in my head.  Sometimes they’re colors, sometimes they’re random pictures, sometimes it’s an entire storyline.  It just depends on the music and my mood.

I used this to my advantage the other day when I played the song “Vincent,” by Don McLean for my iPad class.  I wanted to see what they saw when listening to an iconic song about a famous artist.  I participated to, and here’s out results.