Balloons go Bang!

Put enough geeks together with balloons and a lot of hi-tech equipment, and they’ll find a way to get photos of them popping – spectacular.


(Thanks to BoingBoing.)

Oh, and the guy in the picture? Ward Cunningham – best known for inventing the Wiki – thanks, Ward!

Drawing for Trees Week – Battered by The Elements

Here’s my contribution to this week’s picture theme, and we thought it might be fun to photograph the picture as it was being made. My source of inspiration was a photo of a decaying tree against a dark and moody sky, so the first step was to build up the sky. I decided to use pastels on Daler Rowney Textura Paper because pastels are easy to blend and produce nice effects, particularly on the Textura paper.

Here’s the sky, a mixture of whites, greys and blues:

Sky background

This Little PigPog Went to Market

We’ve decided to have a stall at Rufford Craft Centre’s Christmas Market this year, selling photographic prints, art and various other creative bits and bobs from the lovely people who will be joining us. Keep an eye on the blog and the wiki for updates on how we’re doing preparing for this, and for any tips we happen to pick up on the way. Got any tips for us? Let us know by leaving a comment or joining in on the wiki.

The last time we tried anything like this was the Lowdham Book Fair in 2003, where we attempted to sell print copies of my then pride and joy, The MBLM Files.

What Makes Me Creative?

An excellent essay on creativity by Bruce DeBoer.

“My 8 year old son is so creative he’s going to be an artist.” How many times have you heard that? Naïve art – young children are natural at it. It’s the first rain in the desert, new run-off paths are spontaneously created; the water forges streams where there were none. An 8 year old discovers crayons uninhibited by life experience, ego, and deadlines. Nearly every connection is a new one. She hasn’t yet learned how not to be creative.

Etsy – Buy and Sell Handmade Goods

If you make craft stuff of your own, now you can sell it online through Etsy – you can open up an online shop to sell anything handmade – they won’t list anything mass-produced. Interesting idea.