If you’re following this blog, you know I’m participating in the ‘30 Days of Truth‘ project I’ve seen on other blogs. It’s helping me commit to posting every single day, since I’m also taking part in The Daily Post project.
Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on
People have often complimented me on my humor and/or wit. I guess I am pretty quick with a snappy quip. Is that a talent? Perhaps it is; although I’m not sure I’ve put it to the best use over the years. Like many things, I can’t force it – guess that’s why I probably wouldn’t want to be a comedy writer or comedian (the pressure).
I’ve also gotten compliments on my art and photography (fyi, I did not take the photo above – click on it to see more tilt shift images). I have had no formal art or photography training. I’ve drawn since I was about 2 years old, and I guess I had a natural affinity for photography from a fairly young age. I used to carry those Fun Saver cameras with me everywhere.
I actually would like to take a digital photography class – something non-credit where I could learn tips & tricks to better my craft. But I’ve been told I have a good eye for things. That makes me feel pretty good. 🙂 And I’ve learned some interesting digital processing techniques through friends and just messing around with various programs and websites such as Photoshop, GIMP, Pixlr, etc. I’ve also learned some cool tricks from the wife. She took digital photography and editing classes in college.
I got into painting last year. I really took to it after my first piece. I decided I’d like to try something on canvas. For many years, though I was pretty adept at drawing, painting intimidated me. I was afraid to try it. Mind you, I am no Picaso, but I think I have been able to successfully translate my inspiration and vision onto the canvas. My work leans toward pop art, with major inspriations/themes running the gambit from Mexican cultural and/or religious iconography, fantasy art, rockabilly, vintage, retro, and so forth. Although I’m atheist, I must confess I have a sweet spot for Mexican Catholic iconography – the Virgin of Guadalupe is a personal favorite.
I’ve been photographing a lot outdoors lately. I moved to a loft in South Dallas the weekend of Halloween, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned previously somewhere. I love my neighborhood. I feel very at home, and I’m discovering more about this part of the city every day. I’d never ventured down here much at all – it was verboten, as it’s “that part of town” that nobody from the North Side ever goes to. I’m glad they don’t – that saves it as the treasure it is. Although some development and services on the whole are badly needed for the residents of South Dallas, many of whom are among the poorest in the entire city. Anyway, I’m working on a photography book about my neighborhood. I’ve gotten what I think are some pretty great shots, and while there’s a lot of information online and in books about South Dallas as a whole, including Oak Cliff, I am fairly certain there’s yet to be a book (and certainly a photography book) about The Cedars (my neighborhood).
Here’s a shot I thought I’d share: