This year I have pushed the boat out and have created not one, but three calendars for 2011.
The first design is 'To The Sea', those of you who bought the 2010 calendar will recognise this one. It has exactly the same photos as the 2010 edition, and has been made available for 2011 by popular demand, for people to buy as gifts for friends and family who have admired their 2010 calendar this year.
I hope that there is a calendar here to please everyone :)
See below the images for info about the outlets where you can purchase the calendars......
You can purchase the calendar from one of my online shops.
The soundtrack to my early twenties were the hauntingly beautiful melodies of the melancholic Englishman, Nick Drake. His music still stops me in my tracks for a moment of quiet contemplation and his lyrics often run through my mind when I am working creatively.
The song "I was made to Love Magic" has some beautiful lines in it...
I was born to use my eyes
Dream with the sun and the skies
To float away in a lifelong song
In the mist where melody flies.
I was made to love magic...
I was born to sail away
Into a land of forever
Happy Friday folks, I hope your weekend is full of sunshine and smiles!!
'The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the sky over the water, then blurring, then etching again and he knew no man was ever alone on the sea.'
The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway was first published on this day, the 8th September, in 1952. The above excerpt is one of my favourite lines from the book, one that considers man versus nature.
"The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty, and joy as the year's increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvellous thing: it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life."
Today's quote is from Henry Walpole, it is all about celebrating the wonder of lasting love. The reason for this post is that I want to send huge congratulations to my Mum and Step-Dad for reaching their 20th wedding anniversary, they have clearly been lucky enough to have had that often elusive divine accident and I wish them both many many more years of the inner progressiveness of love that will nourish them both as they travel through life together.
Thought you might like to know about a little project I am involved in, where a digital copy of one of my meteorite photograms + a photo of me with my artwork will be launched into space onboard the final NASA space shuttle mission.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-134) will launch at 8:47pm BST on Friday 29th April 2011. Here is a bit about the project.....
The Fluxface Exhibition Poster by Angela Ferrara
The "Fluxface in Space" exhibition is a commemorative project around the fact that the Space Shuttle program is coming to an end after this flight. The exhibition is to be launched into orbit on the last Endeavour Space Shuttle mission in April 2011, this final mission will include a rendezvous with the International Space Station.
The 127 participating artists (from 26 nations) each created an original postcard sized work of art, in various media, interpreting the themes of Space Exploration & the Arts, the Shuttle Program, Outer Space, Rockets, Astronauts and Astronomy.
As my darkroom (photogram) art is made using meteorites, it seems only right that at some point it should go to space, as that's where it all originates from, well, you could say that about all of us too. The organisers are heralding this as an historic exhibition as apparently this is the first international group art exhibition in space. The exhibit is expected to travel around the surface of the world as well, while the digitised versions are touring space on board the Space Shuttle, the actual artworks will be exhibited in a touring exhibition here on earth. In October 2010 the touring show kicks off at the Kennedy Space Station in Florida where the Launch will occur, after that it's next stop is at the Fort Worth Art Center in Texas, it will continue to tour the world and it is expected to be seen by many thousands in art centers, museums and other art gallery environments.
You can read more about my space themed photogram and cliché verre artwork made with meteorites over on my website... www.jobradford.com
The week has flown by - today I will be busying myself with the following...
Writing the text for my piece for Catalogue Of The Night, I may post the finished images and text here next week, but it may give you nightmares so don't say I didn't warn you!
The final stages of uploading my NASA artwork submission.
While I work, I am listening to Mulatu Astatke, just loving those sounds of Ethiopiques Volume 4
And at lunchtime I am looking forward to reading the last chapter of my current book, Cat's Cradle. What's not to love about my beloved Mr Vonnegut's writings? I already know the end as I have read it before, but I can't resist revisiting him from time to time :)
Toughest task of all today though, is not to shake, prod and generally feel, the pile of packages in the lounge after the postman just did his rounds..... I will patiently wait till the morning to check out my birthday stash, promise!
See you tomorrow for Day 6, the penultimate day in my series Last Light
It has been a fun week for the Poppytalk Gang as we celebrate summer colours week. I have had a great time making new work especially for the occasion and including a few recent pictures from my back catalogue too. Halcyon Days was a quick something I knocked up for Mondays Pink theme. It has turned out to be something of an unexpected hit as it was selected to be an Utata Front Page this week. What a lovely surprise :)
I hope that you have some fun and relaxing plans for your weekend..... mine is going to be all about walking dogs, making pictures and hanging out at the beach, long may this glorious sunshine continue :)
I always love to be featured in Etsy treasuries......
I thought I would mention this one which made it to the Front Page of Etsy yesterday, because I just love the colours in it, not to mention al the lovely things featured to add to my burgeoning wishlist....... well done to Amanda from the delightful MilkandHoneyHandbags for the Front Page Treasury and thanks for featuring my photo "Sunday Morning (9am)"
I have decided to make my photo card range (notelets or greeting cards by another name) available online. Up until now these art cards have only been for sale in a select few bricks & mortar galleries and gift shops across the UK. However, due to popular demand, I have decided to offer them for sale to my collectors outside the UK too, so as of today, all 14 designs are now available to buy in my Etsy and Dawanda stores.
As you can see the card is large enough to be framed as a gift, and the photograph is full frame to the front of the folded card. Printed on high quality acid free 290gsm card stock by a professional printer whose other clients include such luminaries of the art world as the Tate Art Gallery, St. Ives, the paper card is bright white. The rear of the card is titled and bears my name.
The card is blank inside for your own message, comes with a white envelope and is packed in a clear cellophane sleeve for protection.
Oh and before I forget, I am offering free shipping if bought with another item!!
p.s. I hope that you will like the new look of the blog, it was very much in need of a facelift and I am pretty pleased with the results. But please do let me know if anything is not working properly for you on your screen / browser combo... I can tell that it looks pretty sexy on my Mac, but how does it look from your place?