Jellyfish carving

The carving is complete.

BRC says this one is really good and the octopus. The octopus is good. The other jellyfish not good. [I think he means it’s not easy to read – it’s hard to tell what it is.] The elephant also thumbs down. The reason this one and the octopus are good is because of the detail. The elephant doesn’t have enough elephant details and it has stripes. Stripes like a zebra or tiger.

I thanked him for his opinion and his honesty.

So excited to try the “dry run” – tomorrow, perhaps. For now, goodnight. May your dreams be happy when next you sleep.

Jellyfish no.2

Sketch/drawing
j.cuyler 1-20-20

This photo is one stage in the process I am using to create a lino print.

I made one jellyfish linocut and it’s been pretty well received in my private circle of friends and family. However, I had really hoped for something that I could like a little better.

So, I sketched a quick jellyfish on some lined paper that I found to be very likable. But, I wanted to do more with it.

I got a light tablet that I can use on my lap in the living room and it just tucks easily away when I’m not using it. After making a couple of tracings and adding details, I’m liking this piece pretty well, so far.

Looking forward to sharing my progress.

Photo learning

forced Canon M50 to take this…my first reasonable shot of the moon.
j.cuyler 1-5-2020

I have loved playing with cameras since – well – Polaroid. I never ended up finishing a photography class to learn how to really use my film camera. But, that didn’t stop me from taking some fun shots. For a while I had a Canon PowerShot. I loved that little camera. I tried a Canon Rebel EOS. It is very heavy and they came out with a version with video the next year. No big deal, except I wanted to take videos, too.

Soon, I got a phone with a pretty good camera for taking snap shots – my first smart phone was a Samsung. There were some pretty cool features for playing with photos on that phone. I’ve had several iPhones and pretty much switched over to taking photos primarily with my phone.

Then, I started using the Canon M50. I have barely any idea what I am doing. But, I love it so much. Taking photos is just so fun for me. If you would like to see what I’m up to now, click here to see some of my favorites from the 300+ images I shot today.

keeper of chronicles

elephant lino print- j.cuyler
December 2019

Even when I really want to, I don’t always make the time to have even a single creative experiment that I feel like sharing. It feels like I haven’t been creative at all.

I had a great day with my kid. And that means a lot. I took some selfies of us. We played a little.

Luckily, I have some fun projects to share from the past. Enjoy this little cutie linocut from this past holiday season. I’m loving the dollar store shadow box style frames.

Playing – snap shots

Phone photos

Yesterday, played with settings I’ve never tried while making phone photos.

Today, I played with a Canon M50 camera, just for 10 minutes. In the house, trying out manual settings. Digital photography is still a mystery to me.

Everyday, a little creative treat to keep me going. Sometimes, I even get an hour or more to play and have fun.

Practice – sketching

Practicing octopus suction cups.

Because I love the look of the lino print suction cups and on the second octopus, I didn’t get to put in that detail. So, I’m working on scratching that suction cup itch.

Also, in the works is a second jellyfish.

First Post

Lino Print – j.cuyler & b.r.cuyler
December 2019

Oh my goodness! I am so excited. My first post! I have been day dreaming about getting a blog going for a very long time.

I have so much I want to share. So many categories! So many ideas!

For now, my goal is to post every day and share some of what I’m up to. At first, I may use only photos. But, I plan to drop in videos, as well.