Friday, October 21, 2011

Anxiety Series - Water Colour

This is a small series I am doing just for fun to get back into the habit of making water colours on a regular basis. In the series I show how my anxiety has impacted my life. In some of the water colours I give my anxiety a form, a hideous orange monster-like form, in drawing Anxiety this way I am able to visualize it better and it helps to overcome it. I use a comical style to take the edge off the subject matter and again to help to over come the real anxiety I face.

1. Anxiety-Don't Hesitate - Water Colour, 2011
Should be pretty self-explanatory but basically you have a representation of me playing chess against the personification of my anxiety, an angel-winged orange monster that is constantly questioning every move I make. Anxiety (the creature) used to have bat-like wings but I decided to change them to angel wings to represent hope. He has also shrunk a little since his last appearance and lost his tail.

2. Anxiety-Chipping Away - Water Colour, 2011
This one really did not scan well at all because I used very subtle colours but you get the idea I hope. The Anxiety creature is sealed away behind these concrete walls but you can see its orange essence kind of seeping through which has resulted in a very vague representation of my wife becoming suspicious and attempting to see what I have hidden away from her and myself. Our dogs and a squirrel look on in surprise.

3. Anxiety-Riddled with Anxiety, Water Colour, 2011
In seeing some of the bacteria riddled fish at Lake Vermillion in Northern Minnesota, I kind of related to them. It was really how I felt about my anxiety and I thought it was a great way to express visually the anxiety which in the past has consumed me. In the scene, I am represented by the blue fish and my wife the pink fish. She has come to wake me up only to find that my entire body has succumb to the Anxiety represented by orange spots.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Photography - San Diego Locations

From top to bottom:
1. Coronado Bridge, Sunrise from Coronado Island
2. Downtown San Diego, early morning (Sunrise) from Coronado Island
3. Downtown San Diego, after sunset from Harbour Island
4. Coronado Island Military Base/Point Loma, Sunset from Harbour Island
5. Aircraft Carrier San Diego Harbour, Early Morning (Sunrise) from Coronado Island
6-8. Surfers by Pacific Beach Pier, Afternoon

We invested in a new camera and I have been playing around with it trying to learn how to get more control over the photos I take. The above images are the results of the first few attempts. Some of the pics have been edited in Photoshop to clean them up and the one of the Aircraft Carrier I was just playing around with trying to make it look vintage. I have lots of locations I want to go and explore while practicing photography so more to come.