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Visual Inspirations

A project to create and inspire a body of work over the next 12 months.

I've Moved

Friday, May 26, 2006
Thanks for stopping by but I've moved. Come check it out at invisuals.net

Cris

Story Book Dreams

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Here's a kind of dark piece, a bit too much red for my taste. I was playing around with some of my sons books he's been asking me to read to him over the last few days and well I started taking some photos. It started quite differently and I'm not sure how I feel about it. In all honestly I usually love about 10% of all the images I create, tough critic I guess. What I was seeing in my head isn't exactly what I'm presenting here but that may or may not be a good thing. I do enjoy how part of the image seems to be blurry or on fire, an interesting effect. I have noticed an interesting phenomena that a lot of my work lately has been based around my son and his toys and other items that all tie right back to him. I suppose my life is really based around his life and his wants and needs. I imagine all parents can relate to that. When you sit down and look around your life is somehow engulfed by "Little People" and "Noggin" at least for the parents of toddlers. Well enough ranting, here's a new piece to pick apart, remember comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Cris

National Language

Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Now this is far from my usual topics on this blog but I have been very interested on the outcome of this vote. I'm a native born Puerto Rican and even though I left the island when I was 13 years old I still have family there and it's my home and very dear to my heart. I speak, write and understand Spanish and English very well and wouldn't have it any other way. I'm a little disappointed on the decision to make English the "National Language", it would seem they've forgotten Puerto Rico once again.

I received this email today from family in Puerto Rico I thought I'd share it with you and I'll leave it at that.

NOTE: The below email and link are not meant to represent facts on the subject of a National Language but an interesting observation.


Subject: Senate Votes to Set English as National Language


WASHINGTON, May 18 — The Senate voted on Thursday to designate English as the national language. In a charged debate, Republican backers of the proposal, which was added to the Senate's immigration measure on a 63-to-34 vote, said that it was equivalent to establishing a formal national anthem or motto and that it would simply affirm the pre-eminence of English.

"We're free to say what we want, speak what we want, but it is our national language," said Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee. The amendment was proposed by Senator James M. Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma.

ATTENTION: ADVERTENCIA: ALERTA: ALARMA:

Residents of Puerto Rico......effective on January 1, 2007, the
language of Spanish will be eliminated. All violators will be dealt
with according to each individual circumstance but all will be
processed for deportation procedures either to Mexico, Dominican or Republic or Spain...W-2 Income Statement will be taken into consideration for the processing procedure...

Television shows such as La Comay, Sabado Gigante, No Te Duermas will be translated to the English Language before viewing...La Primera Hora and El Nuevo Dia will be appropriately changed to The First Hour and A New Day...

December 31, 2006 will be your last opportunity to talk and converse with your loved ones, your family, and your boy and girl friends in your own language before the change over.

Have a great future Puerto Rico......This message has been approved by the PNP Party of Puerto Rico, the Don't Push It.Com Website of Pedro Rossello and Luis Fortuno's Web Site....What Me Worry.Com...


You Forgot Puerto Rico!

Cris

Favorite Teacher

Monday, May 22, 2006

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Another Week, Another Monday. . . Here's an image I shot of a cute little flower my wife got from some of her students after I accidentally killed it.(oops, sorry) I killed it on accident I swear, reaching over it to get something I somehow broke the stem in half. Well here's my attempt at trying to save it . . . hope you like it. Comments are always welcome.

Cris

How Fun!

Friday, May 19, 2006

I decided to make some notecards/postcards out of some of the prints I've been doing recently. They turned out a lot better than I thought they would. I posted a few on my Etsy Store, go check them out and let me know what you think. They aren't really postcards as in they aren't printed on a heavyweight paper but they are on archival paper so it would work for framing the piece is one was so inclined. I did include a nice white wove envelope with the cards to help incase anyone wanted to mail them. I even printed the title of each piece on the corresponding envelope. I'm proud of my little project, hope someone likes them. Comments are always welcome, so comment away.

Cris

The Lost Bunny

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Well I gave this image a shot and it turned out a bit dark. I tried to just tackle this piece without much thought other than create an image that was visually pleasing to me. I kind of like it, in some aspects. The colors are mild and not too wild and there's some texture to the image that I like. Overall I don't think it matters what it is but it's a step in the direction I want to go. The image is actually made up of about 4 or 5 total images. Some I used for color and textures, if you look closely you might be able to make some of the other images out. I hope to have some more simple concept images to post in the coming days. As always your comments are always welcome, feedback is very useful.

Art and Fear

Wednesday, May 17, 2006




"Art & Fear" (David Bayles, Ted Orland)



Still working on the bunny, but I wanted to drop a quick line about this book. I was looking for my wife's old pregnancy books since she's getting her motherly urges now that she's pregnant again, anyway back on point, I found this book called Art and Fear that I had bought when I was in college. It was actually recommended to me by my old life-drawing professor. It's a quick read only about 120 pages and full of really interesting content on the types of things that hold most of us back from really going out and being artists. It has helped me through some tough times and it's funny that I ran into it today as things in my creative life are in my opinion looking better than they have in quite a while. Here's a quick little excerpt from the book that I find quite amusing - " Talent is a snare and a delusion. In the end, the practical questions about talent come down to these. Who cares? Who would know? and What difference would it make? An the practical answers are: Nobody, Nobody and None." - Art & Fear p.28


Cris