The 365 Project is officially complete. I am a bit stunned by this reality. An ending seemed inconceivable. Has it really been an entire year? There's a lot to process here. By the time you are reading this I will be on the road to Savannah, GA. Heading back to where this project started. There have been so many lessons learned and I will share those with you upon my return. On to the edits!
For the final week of the project I solicited feedback from the community. Anyone could share any ideas they had for edits. I would then implement them in some manner. The tricky part about week 52 is that there are 8 days to finish out the year. I got a nice list of suggestions from people, and had to incorporate an idea of my own into the mix. Here they are in the order received, along with the edit number and my process.
- Tom McKercher: Incorporate a self-portrait. I thought it would be good to end the project with the self-portrait in #365. A nice way to introduce the artist into the imagery and practice my self-portrait skills. Tom is an artist of many talents with a background in photography.
- Peter Senesac: Incorporate a map of Savannah, the place where it all started. I had saved the map from the trip last year that is so worn it has some holes in it. Our Airbnb hostess circled a number of places that we should go, and we added some notes of our own. I used the historic district of the map since that's where most of the magic for this project took place. You can find this idea used in #364. Peter is another multi-talented artist and has been a major support person throughout the 365 Project. Visit his website here.
- Vicki Santello: Incorporate the use of the "Blend If" feature in Photoshop. This one got more technical and I had to do a little research to understand it better. Rather than explain it all here I will direct you to an older blog post from Adobe which sums up the process nicely. I thought it would be fun to use one of my Cade Museum cloud fusion images for this process in #361. I found I liked the flaming sky approach and kept with that theme. Vicki is a talented and accomplished woman on many levels. I wrote about her at length in week 35.
- Blake Harrison: Quoted here: "wow... all I can think of is 'the end, as the beginning...' A Palindromic thought or action, where it starts where it ends... a vortex looped on itself... 'a new beginning, as the end is honored.' It's the first thing which popped up... I'm sure there's more..." I incorporated his idea into #365 by taking a self-portrait of myself on the day before my 31st birthday. The last day of 30. On to year 31. Blake is a Gainesville based artist who has done numerous murals throughout the community, with Tom Petty being the subject of his latest mural. You can learn more about his work here.
- Gerard Walen: Brewery tanks. It's no surprise that Gerard would suggest this idea as a beer blogger and writer, and lover of all things beer. I went to First Magnitude Brewing Company, grabbed a small pour, and headed to the tanks. There were some little orange lights that happened to cast a reflection in the tanks. The curve of the tanks added another dimension and of course I had to abstract the whole thing in #358. Gerard runs beerinflorida.com, is the author of Florida Breweries (2014), and leads brewery tours at Marker 48 Brewing on the weekend. By day he is a copy editor for the Gainesville Sun.
- Tim Malles: Anything space themed. Tim is the king of space art (and oil painting in general), creating incredible paintings that seem to pop off the canvas. Not surprising that he would suggest a space theme for edits. I used an image from an Atlantic beach dance party on the night of Studio Tour day 1 for #360. Sometimes a little dancing with friends can shake off the blues and stress. The lights and fog machine gave a space disco feel and I immediately thought of him. Tim was an early supporter of my work at my second art festival. He has continued to be supportive and inspire me to new levels. See his beautiful work here.
- Edward Cowles: Incorporate the use of interesting reflections. Edward sent some samples he took with his iphone to illustrate the point. They were all incredible! I was super impressed by his ability to distort the perspective. What am I looking at and where does the outside begin and the inside end? I took some interesting reflection shots at the GFAA Gallery during the Studio Tour. I was able to use one of them for #358. I shot the image through two panes of glass at the front corner of the building. An artist's stained glass happened to be hanging in the window to create another layer. The traffic cones in the background gave some pop in the distance. Edward is a lifelong social activist and talented poet. You can find his book at the Bull in Gainesville.
- Self: I needed more ideas and the thought of using my cat in an edit really struck a chord with me. I took an image of her on a brand new rug that incorporates a lot of circles in its pattern. She is particularly fond of a large circle on the rug and I found her laying there with her head in a star burst circle. She looked like Saint io of Gainesville. This cat has been with me for 11 years now. My longest relationship yet outside of family. She's the (mostly) quiet emotional support that has gotten me through many projects over the years. It seemed appropriate that she be incorporated into the 365 Project for #362 & #363.
That's it. The end. Fin.
If you care to leave your feedback in the comments below I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. What did you like about the project? What would you have liked to see? Tune in next week as I process this project in Savannah, GA. The place where it all started. Thank you again for your support over the past year. I look forward to sharing more art with all of you!