Daily prompt: Time

Every day I am working towards my exhibition deadline. Every day I get inspiration from other artists. I might have an idea in mind so I do a quick trawl of my favourite sites to see how others are representing similar subjects.

I was looking at Vimeo this morning—their staff picks are always impressive. This one caught my eye, not because the artist is dealing with similar themes to me, but because I love time lapse photography, and this video combines that with painting. Artist Jeff Frost is also looking to raise money to complete the film through Kickstarter, another one of my favourite sites.

Modern Ruin: Black Hole from Jeff Frost on Vimeo.

You can view Jeff Frost’s Kickstarter project and pledge a small amount or a large amount to see the video completed. My favourite is (#4) “MEMORABILIA” – For a $25 pledge you can own ‘a banged up, paint-stained, bedraggled paintbrush, paint marker, roller or other painting supply used to death by [Jeff Frost] during the creation of Modern Ruin. Each piece will be signed with paint marker.’

Why I love Pinterest

Why I love Pinterest

I’m too visual and verbose for Twitter. I don’t think anyone is that interested in where I am and what I’m doing or liking, to be large in the Facebook space. Facebook is great for keeping up with friends, but I don’t really want to communicate with people I don’t know through FB.

But Pinterest has captured me because it is visual and is a space where I can organise ideas visually – for artistic inspiration, or for ‘lifestyle’ interests, or just for fun. And I can engage (or not engage) with people I don’t know as it suits me. I’m following some interesting visual collators, who have ‘like’ ideas, and get regular updates on how others are using the images I have pinned. I can pin other people’s images, or upload my own. Further down the track I can set up boards with my own work.

The interface is too too simple and so fast – you can pin on the run – and your pins are immediately organised and look great.

What I really love about Pinterest is the capacity to place images together, which speaks to a particular aesthetic, or what I’m thinking or feeling at the time. It’s great incubation for ideas, which is essential to innovation! It’s an ideal digital visual diary. And you can pin video as well, but I haven’t tried that yet.

So what have I been pinning?

I have boards for my CURRENT OBSESSIONS like OrbsContraptionsPatinaFish and Beetles.

I have a board for general INSPIRATION

Pinterest board 'inspiration'

I have a board to explore colour – EXTREME COLOURS (colour combinations that are alive and inspire).

Pinterest board 'Exttreme colour'

There are some boards that I’m building for Dancing Capital as well – choreographic stimulus.

Like all social media, this site is collecting my data, but it’s data I’m willing to share. I’m also willing to accept the inevitable marketing that will come, hoping that it is better targeted at what I am interested in!

BTW the featured image for this post is the a snapshot of the Green Jelly Man from the Cambridge Festival in NZ, pinned to my Extreme Colours board.