So I tried to log in to my block site on my computer and for some reason it wouldn’t accept my password which is weird because it’s the same one I use on my mobile device which is what I am blogging on now.
I’m doing this voice to text so if there’s any weirdness or awkward pacing then I’m going to blame it on that and be done with it lol.
So today I launched my NFT collection Twillingate Explored and while it’s gained a lot of activity on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook there haven’t been any sales. I would be more discouraged if it weren’t for the stories of other photographers that I’ve been reading that waited a long time for their collections to move as well.
Look I knew this wasn’t going to be a Is get rich quick scheme or anything like that. I knew it wasn’t going to be as easy as posting a bunch of photos and having people spend their hard earned money on them. It’s going to take time to build an audience and to get people engaged in what I’m doing.
I still very much believe in the platform and the idea of NFTS.
Tomorrow morning though I am getting up and visiting one of my favorite places and doing some much needed photo therapy.
Until tomorrow have a great evening and we will speak soon.
I’ve been encouraged from multiple sources to try minting an NFT.
I’ve done a moderate amount of research on this, and have a basic grasp of the idea, enough that I was comfortable enough to mint my first.
For my first NFT I decided to offer up the recent mosaic I created featuring my work collected during my tenure as an Artist in Residence for the Twillingate Digital Art Festival this past June and July.
I feel its fitting that for my first venture into this new digital frontier that I offer up work created while being involved in a digital arts residency.
Here is the photo, as well as a detail shot…
A detail of the area at the top of the photo showing the building blocks from other photographs, 200+ were used…
If you came to this page from the NFT auction on Opensea, thank you…
If you are interested in taking part in the auction, you can find it here.
What does the Art Residency mean to me? Well, it gives me a unique opportunity to work on ideas without reservation.
I am a photographer first. Of that there is no doubt, but through my exploration of my craft here in Twillingate I am discovering a affinity for video work, for writing, for painting… and I am exploring all of those mediums with joy and throwing caution to the wind.
I really want to explore more video work. I very much enjoy the process of editing, of layering, cutting, trimming, figuring out which audio works, transitions, POV’s… everything about it appeals to me. Sadly, as with most things, funding holds me back from exploring it to deeply. I really needs a gimbal, a good desktop or high powered laptop for more demanding processes such as stabilization, a good external mic and the dream would be a drone as well.
I will 100% continue to work with what I have on hand however, being limited forces us to be more creative and think of ways to tell our story within the bounds of our capability.
My theme would remain as is, the heritage structures of the province, the abandoned places, those forgotten areas left behind. It would just be amazing to get steady shots, with good processing and some truly unique POV’s.
Who knows, perhaps coming out of this experience I find myself better situated to explore options.
I also really enjoy highlighting the work of artists working in other mediums by utilizing there work in mine. The video I produced today features an absolutely haunting version of Spencil Hill performed by the talented Jordan Harnum…
Again, if I had a gimbal a large part of the camera shake you seen in this video would be gone, and what wasn’t completely removed I could further clean in up in post is I had a computer capable of doing it. That’s not to say I would want to remove all of it, I think the jitter works in a small amount, but it would be nice to have the choice.
The other thing I am exploring is an old theme of mine, and an old form I had worked with many times during my NSCAD ( Nova Scotia College of Art and Design ) days. That of a boats keel. I love the form, it has so many different translations or impressions. I have been told it calls to mind a shield, a rib cage, a split fish, even a moth. I LOVE work that allows a viewer to get lost in the form and come to their own conclusions. Here’s a couple of digital paintings I have worked on over the past couple of days…
I’ll continue to explore the form, I am going to attempt to do at least ONE of these a day during my time here in Twillingate.
And of course, I did indeed take a few photos today as well… lol…
Here’s todays photos.
I’m missing the family today and it looks like it came out in my photos lol… art reflects life!
Folks, a very sincere thanks for all the support over the past couple weeks since my Residency began, and for many of you, the support you have given me for several years now as I take this journey towards becoming a career artist. Over the past couple of days there has been an outpouring of messages, comments and well wishes.
There has also been an humbling number of you who have purchased me a coffee or two through my Buy me a Coffee site. I have enjoyed the warmth of your support and want to once again thank you all so very much.
What an amazing place, historic, peaceful, scenic. Food and music to sooth your soul.
So, short blog tonight but wanted to get a couple of items out there and share a few photos from todays excursion.
First, what a fantastic response to last nights blog featuring the culinary stylings of Crystal Anstey at Experience Twillingate, by far the most activity ANY post of mine has garnered and with very good reason, it was a simply amazing experience and one I am sure many others would love to take part in. Contact Crystal at Experience Twillingate and she’ll look after you.
I have one more thing to share with you all from last night and that’s a Youtube video of the happening and I am excited to say the musical stylings of Jordan Harnum, performing this summer at the Anchor Inn, is the soundtrack to which this is played. It’s not a crisp production, I am 100% an amateur when it comes to video work, but I think it does an adequate job of showing the vibe of the experience!
Hope you enjoy!
What a time!
In other news, I today starting working on a digital painting. I’ve been dabbling in it for a while as some of you may know. I figure now is a great time to flesh out some of those ideas and concepts. When I graduated form NSCAD my graduation show featured a series of paintings of stylized boats. It’s a theme that keeps drawing me in so here I go, diving back into that subject in a digital medium. Nothing to share yet, but there will be. Here’s a couple of my digital paintings from earlier this year while I played with the medium.
I look forward to seeing where the new work goes.
Lastly, as always, here is a series of photos from todays excursions around town! Enjoy!
Thanks for joining me on this journey!
Don’t forget, if you love the work, think about purchasing a piece or buying a coffee I have lots of klicks to cover this summer, and your support was never more appreciated.