Social media procrastination die

For indecisive procrastinators, yesterday I created this papercraft social media die:

Social Media Die 1 Social Media Die 1

 

If you were to use an online tool to randomly choose a social media website to go to, you would save time. But procrastination is not about saving time. Using this manual tool makes your procrastination more effective. First you need to step away from the computer, roll the die (perhaps several times), then manually go to the social media website. Each step provides an opportunity for distraction and further procrastination.

Features logos for:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Tumblr
  • Pinterest
  • Google+
  • YouTube

 

Waiting for creation

I occasionally try to imagine what it would have been like before everything. Prior to creation, there was no time, no space, no matter. No light. No dark. No past. But all of the future. It is hard to get my head around it. Even harder to express in a work of art.

What was it like waiting for the first sunrise?

I have black wooden desk where I spend most of my time.

It provides a lot of reflection.

It is waiting for creation.

Desk reflections - waiting for creation
Desk reflections – waiting for creation, digital photograph.

 

Horror vacui

Horror vacui (physics) : Nature abhors a vacuum.

Horror vacui (art) : The fear of empty space.

Horror vacui, digital image.
Horror vacui, digital image.

Like a sculptor who sees the statue in a block of stone or the potter who sees the pot in the lump of clay, artists see the potential. Their fear of empty space and abhorrence of a vacuum compels them to create and turn their imagination into reality. Motivation to overcome procrastination.

A social media presence is essential and Theo has recently joined a few social networks. Most of them allow for customization of the profile. Often the color scheme, background images and sometimes fonts are changeable to suit the personality of user.

Because Theo has not created a volume of work yet, we needed to produce something quickly for the cover photo on the Facebook page. By default, Facebook has this image for cover photos:

Facebook default cover photo
Facebook default cover photo

It is rather dull and grey. It cries out “replace me with anything colorful!”.

Producing Horror vacui to answer this cry was rather quick and simple:

  1. Create an image 851 by 315 pixels in GIMP (OpenSource photo editing software).
  2. Capture an image of pencils and a paintbrush with my Macbook FaceTime HD camera and Photo Booth.

    Original image for Horror vacui
    Original image for Horror vacui
  3. Import the photo into GIMP and use various tools and effects to produce the art.
    1. Select the objects and move them to a new layer.
    2. Select the natural highlights and shadows of the background and render clouds/plasma and apply canvas and weave filters.
    3. Add a filters for coffee stain and torn border

This work, Horror vacui, represents what the artist sees when they look at a blank canvas. The image hidden deep within the fabric is trying to break through the canvas and become visible.

Horror vacui is representative of theme of potential in Theo’s Prospective collection – art which is prophetic or predictive in nature and hints at what could be. Due to the urgency and speed of its creation, this work is not necessarily representative of the quality of the rest of the collection.