I spent most of the last three days taking a Photoshop class, and I learned enough to make my head spin.
I took a ton of notes and saved a bunch of examples of techniques that I hope to incorporate into my Photoshop repertoire.
But WOW was it a lot of information!
I’ve been experimenting with masks and filters on my own; however, the class gave me much better (and faster) tools for working in Photoshop.
I can’t wait to try out some of the cool things I learned.
I’ve been spending more and more time with photography and learning everything I can.
I started out with the LOTD posts for fun (and to clean up my crazy inventory!), but it’s become something I really love doing.
I get stuck sometimes, though, because there is a fine line between showing an outfit to you ‘as is’ so you know what it looks like, versus some of the heavy ‘post-processing’ I want to do on some of the photos.
So, I’ve decided to kind of shift some of my focus to photography.
I want to spend some more time taking ‘travel’ photos in SL.
I spend way too much time alone on my platform – it’ll be good for me to get out and about and explore and work on my photography skills at the same time. 😀
I will still be doing the LOTD posts – I do enjoy them, and I’m getting a kick out of coming up with little stories to tell with them.
As I said before, I am always learning.
Yesterday Becky published a post on SEO and blogging.
I’ve used both WordPress.org and WordPress.com, and I’m familiar with many of the concepts she mentions.
However, I have been kind of lax about paying attention to that sort of thing with my blog, so it was a good reminder.
I knew I could change the slugs on my posts, but I wasn’t really paying much attention to them before.
I will be making some small changes here and there to see if I can increase my traffic.
(I don’t want to say what changes I’ll be making, since I read an article the other day that said if you share your goals/intentions with others, you’re less likely to accomplish them.)
It’s another area where there is a lot of information to digest, so I’ll be referring back to the article, I’m sure.
Along with the changes here on the blog, I am trying to educate myself further about social media.
I often am reluctant to share what little I know (mostly because I assume everyone knows it), but after doing some research, many of my questions have yet to yield any easy answers.
When using social media, I am usually left with the feeling that I don’t know enough about the platform to make good use of it.
I decided to do some research on the various platforms I use to see what I could learn.
I started with Twitter, since that seemed like the simplest platform.
As I learn and I discover, I hope to share with you any helpful tips and tricks I come across.
If you have any, feel free to send them my way! 😛
I think ‘networking’ is one of those topics that everyone would like to know more about.
Over the last month or so, I was debating whether I wanted (or needed) to take a hiatus from SL and blogging to recharge my batteries.
I found myself struggling with writer’s block and despairing over finding my ‘muse’ again.
And then – serendipity. 🙂
Ailsa announced her weekly ‘theme’ exhibitions, I took a few classes, read a few blog posts, and now I am feeling energized and inspired.
It could also just be that school is out next week and my children’s joy is infectious. 😛
Either way, I’m looking forward to learning and creating.
This is a topic I think about a lot. As a performer, I am always trying to come up with ideas for routines. Sometimes inspiration strikes right away and sometimes it takes a while.
Sometimes you know exactly what you want to do, but it takes time for all the various pieces to fall into place. Recently, for example, I performed a routine that I have had in mind for probably over a year. I heard a song that I just loved (still do, even though I listened to it 9 million times while choreographing!) and I knew instantly what I wanted to do with it. But the timing was just never right for me to perform the routine.
Other times inspiration seems to elude me. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to come up with some ideas for routines themed with the upcoming holidays. I still have no idea what I’m going to do. In the meantime, I’ve come up with a couple of other ideas (not holiday themed) that I am going to begin working on.
Maybe working on those will lead to some sort of inspiration down the holiday road.
What about you? Where do you find your inspiration? When you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, what do you do to recharge your creativity?
Each month, the Elysium dancers are given a challenge. They create dances/performances based on the challenge.
This month, they were challenged to create performances inspired by the artwork of Toysoldier Thor. (His artwork is truly inspiring – please check it out if you have the chance!)
6 dancers performed in ‘Creation Begats Creation’ at the Elysium Amphitheatre. I took a lot of photos, but am just posting one per number for the sake of space. (I could post them to Facebook, so if you’d like me to do that, let me know.)
First to perform was LilAngels Resident. Her dance was inspired by a work titled ‘Frost Forest.’ It was a beautiful, lovely, lyrical dance.
The icy color palette was lovely.
Next up was Bevin and her dance, inspired by ‘The Princess and the Goblin.’
This, too, was a lovely, lyrical dance, albeit with a warmer feel than Lil’s.
After Bevin was Jilley, inspired by ‘Spiritual Grandeur.’
The sets for all of the dances were simply amazing. (I’m not a great builder, so I admire those who can!)
Winnie came next. Her dance was inspired by a piece called ‘Love’s Crush.’ She danced to “Who Wants to Live Forever’ (one of my favorite songs) and did a beautiful lyrical dance, complete with a story about her own real life battle with cancer. It was very moving.
After Winnie’s emotional dance, Georgie took the stage, inspired by a work called ‘Killing Field.’ It was another emotional tale, her graceful dance set amidst a field of war. She had a very cool effect with a scene change, from the field to a cemetery with old soldier’s ghosts fading in and out, but my old computer didn’t render the textures fast enough to get a good pic. 😦
Everything was amazingly detailed, and I loved her costume, complete with dirt smudges on her face.
Last but not least was Babypea with a dance inspired by ‘Hillbilly Airways.’ She had a number of set changes, starting with a phonograph encircled by goats, a giant dragonfly, a hobbit-like house, and more. It was definitely a hillbilly spectacle! Complete with yodeling and lederhosen, done as only Babypea could:
I love the idea of challenging others to create, and the idea of using someone’s art as inspiration is wonderful. If you missed this show, be sure to watch for next month’s challenge. I can’t wait to see what these amazingly talented people come up with next!