Hipstamatic – Big Up Film and Watts Lens
Monthly Archives: July 2011
If you haven’t gotten the new Hipstamatic Cowboys and Aliens Freepak now is the time to do it! The movie opens today so I decided to take some hipsta pics using the Marty ALN and Libatique 73 lenses. I really love the way the Marty lens creates a halo effect around the figure. I also like the way the reds come out in this picture.
The Libatique 73 lens gives the still life a more vintage, dreamlike quality. Since getting the lenses I’ve been experimenting with how they interact with different films. I really like using them with the Dali Dream Canvas and Ina’s 1969.
There is also an update today which fixes some bugs. They have added a Family Album function but I haven’t really explored that yet. More on that to come when I’ve tried it out a little more.
The Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, ArtRage on iPad
I recently read an article about how the Jersey Shore reality show has helped out the economy in Seaside Heights this summer. I hope that people who go to the shore get to discover other parts of the towns and beaches as well because each one has it’s own unique personality. I was reminiscing about all the different beaches in New Jersey that I’ve visited, and how the places I’ve visited have changed as I’ve gone through different stages of my life. This is a partial list of places and ages:
Sandy Hook – I went to Sandy Hook with camp as a child because it was a free beach and it was pretty low key
Asbury Park – I went there as a teen around the same time the Clash were playing at the convention hall and saw punks play mini golf
Seaside Heights – In college I went to Seaside because they had great bars and a fun boardwalk
Point Pleasant – Another fun boardwalk with Martell’s Tiki Bar where we used to get the best steamed crab legs
Avon – A very quiet beach that has quaint bed & breakfasts
Wildwood – Wildwood is where we have vacationed the last several years. One of the things I love about Wildwood is the Doo Wop architecture. You feel like you have stepped back in time as you drive by the neon lit retro motels that line the main strip. The Boardwalk is very family oriented and has a lot of the rides we remember from when we were kids. Last summer I took a lot of Hipstamatic photos of the motels and boardwalk and created some paintings on my iPad. Last summer we stayed at the Caribbean Motel and I loved the retro look. It had a magical, nostalgic feeling that reminded me of vacations I took as a child.
I’m sending out a big thank you to Moo for featuring my #CityStickers entry in their newsletter and and including it in their blog post. Their contest challenged people to put their round Moo stickers on something that represents what they like about their city. I had just received my order of Moo stickers in the mail and decided to give it a try. I was trying to think of something that’s not really a New Jersey cliche, but represents my own personal view of where I live. Luckily I didn’t have to travel beyond my backyard to find this pink flamingo.
Here is a screen shot from the email newsletter:
I’m looking forward to seeing other entries from around the world.
Very sad news about Amy Winehouse’s passing this weekend. Russell Brand wrote this very touching blog post about her which I thought is a very beautiful tribute to her.
I had this great picture of Amy Winehouse from the New York Post of her vacuuming in her apartment. I liked the photo because it looked like an old painting I had done, and I was thinking of making a painting or drawing from it. I’ve misplaced the photo (I’m sure it’s somewhere in my studio) but I wanted to do portrait of her with her signature beehive. I found an old video of her from SXSW and used that as an inspiration for this picture.
About a month ago I wrote a post about creating a QR code and how it was a lot easier than I had suspected. My next step was where to put this QR code so that it would be most effective in getting more exposure to my blog. I made up a round Moo sticker, but if I randomly placed it in different places would people scan it?
I decided to create a self portrait for use on a postcard that I could give out to people interested in my art. I’m planning on going to the Mobile Art Con in NYC in October and I’m already trying to think of ideas for business cards to give out. It was suggested to me on Flickr that I should print this out on canvas for an interactive artwork. I was thinking it would be neat to have a group show with artwork that incorporates QR codes. QR codes can be used for all types of links, such as videos, poetry, short stories or other artwork, so the artists could link so many different things to the artwork to enhance the experience. If you have any other ideas for QR codes please leave them in the comments.