Hill Digital Quilt Project
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Hill Digital Quilt collaborative project
I like viewers to have a say in some of my artistic decisions, to be an active part of the creative process. So a very big "Thank you" to all the participating viewers who chose the winning photos from the dozens of candidates. These winners were transformed into the final panels, then printed, framed and installed in the Quilt Matrix located at the Hill Center on Capitol Hill.
Of course the project took longer to finish than anticipated, but I am very pleased by both the process and the outcome. It was quite interesting to see which images gathered the most votes - not always the ones I would have expected. My favorite transformed panel was always the one I had just finished, so the final few panels are my final favorites.
This project was also a prototype for future collaborative art projects. I've been working with the concept of evolution for many years now, how images can morph into other images, or start whole families with generations and siblings and cousins. In the past I always had to provide the forces that transformed the images, as well as determine which would surrive to the next generation. With the internet, this survival-of-the-fittest decision can be crowd-sourced, providing a more natural force to work with. This project proved the concept to be viable.
So again, many thanks to you all. I have many ideas for future projects, and hope you will participate again.
I usually take multiple photos of whatever catches my eye, as I am not always so steady, and often the smallest change of angle or tilt can dramatically alter the composition. When I am lucky enough to have a photo shoot that goes for several days, I also tend to revisit some especially fruitful situations. The light changes or I think of a different approach or I see something new. This can produce hundreds of pictures. In the case of the trip to the river, there were over 500 photos to contend with.
To organize them all and start to sort out the winners, I begin by putting them all in a single file. Then I divide them into as many sub-files as necessary to make sense of them, the files named as descriptively as possible . The river series produced twelve categories, including such groups as "the Thin Red LIne", "Stems and Bowls", and "Stack o' Crystal Balls"
There are always a few that defy categorization, or that are one-of-a-kind. Here are a few from the "Cool Things" category.
Interview for The Art League Blog
Q: How did you decide on the domain name?
Of all the many, many decisions involved in constructing the website, the domain name was the most difficult and frustrating. I wanted something pithy, memorable, distinctive and informative, but not too long. Dozens and dozens of clever ideas were considered and rejected before I resigned myself to the simple but descriptive Nancy Freeman Studio. I actually own three domain names now, because we decided on one, then switched to another, then another.
Q: How do you like Weebly, and what made you pick it?
I've been a computer artist for over a quarter century, and it became a source of professional embarrassment that I didn’t have a website. But now the software is so user-friendly there’s just no excuse. My computer-whiz daughter found the Weebly system, which has a graphic drag-and-drop interface. It’s free for most (simpler)
This is a new member of the Neon Swirl family, descended from the one in the previous post. I wanted a longer composition, with more directional movement. A swoosh. It's been made into a 10 X 16 archival print. It's always very satisfying to see one of these digital images "cross over" into the real world. I guess that's the painter in me, I want to see it on the wall.
"Primordial" from the Elements series
It's interesting how often there is an almost spontaneous evolution of images into something else. Some images have spawned whole family lines. Many more would like to.
The Contenders vote page is up.
I like the idea of crowd-sourcing the survival-of-the-fittest decisions. I like viewers to be an active part of the creative process. The most direct way for you to influence this process right now is to vote, to pass judgement on the "contenders." You get to be the decider.
Every week the contender with the most votes will move up to the Winners page. The lowest ranked will be removed and new contenders will be added, somewhat like a tournament.
The Winners page will be the selection pool for competitions, exhibitions, demos, paintings, and future evolution and explorations. So the more you vote, the more you influence the process and the more it helps me. Join the creative process. Vote!
The Contenders: Click here to vote
Painted Pot Dreams
I've taken about 800 photos of an antique painted jardineire that sits in a south-facing bay where I often come to enjoy the sun. Its colors and patterns, and the play of light on its surface, have provided an endless source of images, from representational to very abstract. This series also shows off some of the powerful digital tools that are available now for image manipulation.
Click here to see the series.
This was my first layered photographic painting, done early in my art-apps obsession, to test out my ideas and theories and some artist apps capabilities. I used four photos, four or five apps and probably seven or eight layers. The inspiration is from some photos taken of a struggling houseplant, whose drooping leaves were beginning to turn gold.
I was so pleased with the process and the results that I am now (and probably forever) hooked.
"Layered photographic painting" is very long. "Paintograph" or "Artograph" is shorter but could have any number of other meanings. "Manipulated photograph" doesn't really catch the painting side of it.
Any other good ideas?
Nancy Freeman is a native of California who lives now in Washington, DC. A lifelong artist, she paints portraits and other commissions for a living, which keeps her traditional skills tuned and supports her decades-old obsession with computer art, and pastel painting.
She is currently using her 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th computers, but remembers
when Dick Tracy had to make do with a two-way wrist radio.