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Hipstamatic on iPhone – Chunky lens and Big up film

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Hedy Lamarr: Inkpad and ArtRage on IPad

Hedy Lamarr

A portrait of the actress Hedy Lamarr using Inkpad on the iPad. I was experimenting with the new Blend Mode that was in the newest Inkpad update. I’m not really sure how it works yet, you can work with transparencies and layers to create new textures.

On a completely different note, I can’t but help thinking of Blazing Saddles whenever I hear the name Hedy Lamarr and it brings a smile to my face.

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Hipstamatic 225 and Wicker Park HipstaPak

Lucas ab2 test shot

Yesterday there was a Hipstamatic update and the release of the new Wicker Park Hipstapak.

The description of the pak from the Hipstamatic site is:

“Ride the Loop into your abandoned creative factory with the Wicker Park Hipstapak. This pak is perfect for those nights out clinking glasses at dimly lit, independently owned establishments. With a distinctly urban feel, the golden glow of the Lucas AB2 lens is like looking at the world through a tall glass of PBR. It’s golden tones and slight desaturation will produce warm, rich prints rich up until last call. The Jolly Rainbo 2X Flash lights up even the dimmest of padded booths, and even compliment the glow of that swanky neon light above your head. Complete with reclaimed wood paneling from the Chicago Transit Authority, the Damen Camera Case catches the eye of even the sleepiest Blue Line commuter as you pull it from your fanny pack to capture the world in Wicker Park.

Included in the Pak:
Lucas AB2 Lens
Dunked in a fine golden brown glow, the Lucas AB2 produces amazingly rich prints.

Jolly Rainbo 2X Flash
Take Great shots even in the darkest light with this jovial strobe

Damen Camera Case
Whip out your Hipsta as you ride the Blue Line. Includes reclaimed wood paneling from the CTA.”

I will have to be sure I use this pack next time I visit a darkened bar to see how it works. I took some quick test shots in my studio of a still life just to get a feel for the colors. I will post more shots as I test out the lens with different films.

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Things I Love Thursday: Imelda May

Imelda May

Last week I was driving home and heard this great rockabilly version of “Tainted Love”. I wasn’t sure who was singing so I looked it up when I got home. It turns out it was by Imelda May off her brand new album “Mayhem”. I had seen Imelda May on a tv special with Jeff Beck a while back, but I had never heard her on the radio before. I love her kitchy, burlesque inspired look. She looks like she might have been in John Water’s “Crybaby”. I can’t wait to hear the rest of Mayhem and I will keep an eye out for when she tours around here again.

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Portrait of Cia: ArtRage on iPad

Cia For JKPP

This is a portrait of Cia from the Julia Kay Portrait Party on Flickr. I am way behind on my portraits since vacation but I’m hoping to paint some new members soon. I am trying to get a more expressionist feel with my latest portraits. My one wish for the ArtRage app would be to be able to drip the paint.

On a sort of related note – the de Kooning exhibit just opened at the Museum of Modern Art. I’m really excited about seeing so many de Koonings under one roof. There is a great web site just for the exhibit which is very informative and a good way to get an intro to the work being shown.

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Retro Destination: The Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, New Jersey

Palm trees at the Caribbean Motel

In August we stayed at the wonderfully retro Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, New Jersey. This was our second stay there and we enjoyed ourselves almost more than the first time. Our reservations coincided with the Hurricane, but luckily we were able to reschedule and go a few days later. We were unsure of the condition of the area after the storm but everything was up and running when we arrived on Monday afternoon.

I think I had mentioned in an earlier post that staying at The Caribbean Motel is like taking a journey back in time. It reminded me of my childhood vacations where we would stay at roadside motels. They even play music of the 50’s out by the pool. I was thinking that there is no way you can be in a bad mood while listening to songs like “Lollipop lollipop” and “Monster Mash” while splashing around in the pool. One of the fun extras was a poolside hot dog roast with baked beans and lemonade.

The retro theme continues inside the rooms. I love the lamps and the color scheme of yellow and green. You can also hang out in the Cabana with the leopard patterned couches.

The Cabana

I love the pool at night as the lights shimmer on the water. The pool is heated so we would try to get one last swim in at night after a trip to the Boardwalk.

The outside of the Cabana at night. You can get a great view of the neon lit hotels on the strip from the elevated ramp in front of the Cabana.

Views of their classic neon sign.

The Caribbean is about a block from the beach and a short walk to the Boardwalk. I really like that the area by the motel is pretty quiet but you are still within walking distance from some of the attractions and restaurants. I’m looking forward to (hopefully) a longer stay next summer.

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I’ll Tumbl(r) For Ya!

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I just joined Tumblr recently after debating whether I should use another microblogging platform. It seems to me that Tumblr is very visual with a constant flow of art, illustration and photos. I decided to just post my own artwork on this Tumblr, even though some people “curate” different themes. I like to follow a lot of people who have comic and/or art themes. There are also some people posting some wonderful vintage pictures of old movie stars which is great for me because I’m discovering people I’ve never heard of before. It’s a great way to find inspiration and see all of the art and memes out there in internet land. I also like to look up my favorite musicians like David Bowie and Iggy Pop. There seems to be a never ending stream of David Bowie pictures, especially from the movie Labrynth.

If you have a Tumblr, or any favorite Tumblrs you follow, please post the link in the comments.

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