Creating digital art via touch

November 29, 2009

Touch screens aren’t the only way of doing this. Shillito is leading a team that has developed software that allows artists to receive physical feedback when designing virtual 3D objects.

The team’s approach uses a haptic device called Falcon, which vibrates and moves to allow users to “feel” virtual objects. Originally developed for 3D gaming, Falcon is a cross between a joystick and a mouse. As the user moves the controller in three dimensions, its movements are mirrored by a cursor on the computer screen. When the cursor interacts with objects in its 3D virtual environment, the tiny motors in the device provide resistance and small vibrations to give feedback about various properties of the virtual object being designed, such as its weight, texture and shape. “What we have is the sensation of touch, and because this is so natural to our way of interacting in the real world, it means you can tap into the tacit knowledge we have of 3D objects,” Shillito says.

Very interesting article about art and technology.

3D modeling using a webcam

November 26, 2009

Pretty cool….

on nurturing creativity

August 25, 2009

Three cheers for this ted talk.

New art, new writings, podcasts & video — it’s moonshine

February 13, 2009

The latest issue of moonshine, a magazine of the southern arts is available online (& free) at

A game of words — a game of chance? What is love? Inspiration? Creativity? A reflection of ourselves? Our best selves? Our worst selves? This month we explore the many dimensions of being human from complex family dynamics to first love to the love of beauty and art… inspiration and creativity. The tie that binds — Writings, music, paintings, photography… perhaps, by the light of the moon. Take a moment to find some inspiration in the work of Southern writers & artists.

Jasmine Rizer’s Little Miss Straight-Edge Goes on Vacation (pt. 1) — or is it? You can be the judge of that one! Lisa R. Taylor reflects on her family and shares Lies from my Grandmother (essay). Savannah writer Hunter Dasten presents 3 poems: A Ballerina’s Dance (For Krysten Marie) (poetry); The Perfect Word; and Tightrope Walkers. Lost at Sea (poem) by Brenda Basham explores the depth of humanity, as does John S Moon who tells us about My True Love (poem). Georgia writer Niles Reddick shares Lead me Home (a novel excerpt), which focuses on the day-to-day, work relationships, and more. Despina Panagakos Yeargin asks The Questions of love, while McCabe Coolidge continues his series, Seven Questions with this question: Who do you think your guardian angel is? Thoughtful poetry from Russell Lee Hale I (a pair:Kiss Me Goodnight; Words Without), Sandy Vanderbleek (bite lip) and an enchanting tale of a roadtrip, Christopher Kupcho’s Watermelon & Beer.


Studio views features Sandra Babb’s essay Powdered Pastels Demonstration (you’ll never believe where she is painting now!!) and Jill Kettle interviews painter Durand Seay.

Brenda Basham Dothage is having some Psychological Ponderings: Self-Esteem while Dorothy Birch explores A Season of Love — I bet you will be surprised and delighted by this article, too — but then, I’m not going to give away the secret!

Donna Rosser aka the Barefoot Photographer shares her Digital photography basics while Robin Fay shares videos that she and her niece have made while exploring the latest underwater video cameras in Photography and Video to the Extreme.

Our music review is a podcast by Hannah Leatherbury with Terrance Simien, music & more (podcast). Terrance performs his zydeco music and also reflects on his music and advice for other artists. Book reviews for February/March are Big Box Reuse by Julia Christensen, (book review by Jasmine Rizer), which explores what happens to the land and buildings after a bigbox retail store moves out.All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Friends by Ken Upright (book review by Rachel Anders) focuses on southern stories by regional storyteller, Ken Upright. Why I Came West: A Memoir by Rick Bass (book review by Heather Kline) is a memoir of travelling to the West. Andrew Shupling reviews the graphic novel Good as Lily by Derek Kirk Kim.

Check in with a Short Girl comix, book reviews, work from the Southerncreativity gallery (@ Flickr), art announcements & calls for entries.

new writings, art, & podcasts

December 8, 2008

I hate being sick … but here ya go, it’s the latest issue of moonshine.

The latest issue of moonshine, a magazine of the southern arts is available online (& free) in its entirety at
If you would like to contribute to moonshine or have art events for the art listings, please drop us a line at

v.2 no. 3

All shopped out? Too harried, too tired to think? Too stressed? Take a moment to enjoy a few free gifts of the season — new writings, new art, artist interviews, podcasts, writings from the studio, inspiration, new art, photography, new reads, & more — all from the wonderful crew at moonshine!

Step back, feed your mind and soul, and raise a toast to a new year.

Nikki Estes discusses Finding and Securing Public Art Commissions (podcast), while Rachel Andres explores the Max Tharpe Exhibit Opening at Iredell Museum; Despina Panagakos Yeargin’s
Recipe for the Holidays: Jake’s Eggnog by the Fire is a treat (complete with recipe!), while Hannah Leatherbury shares colleague Allen Bell’s interviews with filmmaker, Scott Chamberlin-Hoy.

Are you feeling Merry ? Jasmine Rizer offers us a new story for the season; while McCabe Coolidge continues forward in his honest yet inspirational series, Seven Questions. Thoughtful poetry from Brenda L Basham (Breathless; Footsteps; Unknown Forces), Russell Lee Hale I (two new poems: December’s Issue; Southern Comfort ), Hunter Dasten (The Dance; That Little Girl With Her Hands To The Sky ; When The Storm Comes Around), John S Moon (Beautiful Lady) , Sandy Vanderbleek (worlds) and Free-Form Friday: The Large Internal Stage and A Song of AEthelstan both by Gilbert Head.

Studio views features Sandra Babb’s essay on the Little Green Schoolhouse; Jill Kettles explores the Full Circle of Life – R. Sidney Henderson’s Color Pencil Work; Hannah Leatherbury’s audio interview (a podcast) with Phyllis Lear, mixed media artist and instructor explores the world of this multiple talented artist including how she was able to preserve some of her work prior to the arrival of Hurricane Gustav.

Donna Rosser finds the Gifts for the Photographer on Your List while robin fay explores the social networking phenom, twitter in Tweets, Twitter, and Twitpix — U understand?

Hannah Leatherbury shares colleague Allen Bell’s interviews with filmmakers, Aprill Winney, filmmaker (podcast) and Ben Russell: photographer, curator, filmmaker (podcast); while Dorothy Birch provides some creative tips for Warming Up the Muse in Winter!

Book reviews for December are Kokopelli: The Magic, Mirth, and Mischief of an Ancient Symbol by Dennis Slifer by Heather Kline, an in-depth exploration of the symbol of the flute-player in rock art in the prehistoric southwestern United States and the symbolic importance of flute as one of the most prevalent images in rock art around the world; Wacky Packages by The Topps Company by Andrew Shuping, a peek into the world of advertising, product development, and an usual product, Wacky Packages, spoof cards/stickers of real products.

Happy Holidays from Short Girl (Short Girl comix), book reviews, work from the Southerncreativity gallery (@ Flickr), art announcements & calls for entries.

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seeking writers, artists & more

November 23, 2008

moonshine arts magazine is seeking creative writing pieces, artist interviews, writings from the studio by artists, music and literature reviews, as well as other art related topics. Writers for moonshine are a diverse bunch: graphic artists, music appreciators, painters, poets, photographers, novelists, essayists, librarians, computer geeks, art professors & more. We seek authentic and interesting Southern voices to contribute creative writing pieces or writings about the artistic experience — “from the studio”. We are also seeking writers to write about art — any genre of art, any time period (contemporary to 18th century to everything in between).

The deadline for December’s issue is Dec. 1, 2008. To see the latest issue of moonshine (and the archived issues), please visit

We also sponsor a regional arts list hosted @ blogger — drop me a line if you are interested in contributing.

For more information, please drop me (robin fay) a line at


new art, new writings, new music — it’s moonshine

October 8, 2008

The latest issue of moonshine is up. Whew, that was tough work! The stylesheet has changed to dark with light text for the cover; not sure if I will keep it, but it seemed aprops for the time of year. It almost seems a little too much “me” which I suppose is okay, but I’m going to try to do something completely different with December’s issue. Part of the problem is that most of the webwork I do is very institutional looking, so when I get a chance, I really try to break out of that mold.

I’m also never sure if I am happy with my graphics work by the time I finish. This design is no different. I liked my pumpkin and bones okay to begin with, but welll…
Artistically speaking, I usually hate whatever I am working on by this point — yet I somehow feel that it is done. I don’t know how to explain that — you either get it or you don’t. πŸ˜‰

However, writing wise, this issue is really solid. I love the podcasts, too!

Also, if you want to get the issue online complete with images, drop me a line. As always, always, always looking for writers.

I would love some feedback.

These days and nights, the winds of culture, politics, and everything else seem to change at the drop of the hat. So what do artists do in such unpredictable times? Sometimes change can be an unforeseen catalyst, whipping up all sorts of artistic delights — Writings, music, paintings, photography… perhaps, by the light of the moon. Take a moment to find some inspiration in the work of Southern writers & artists.

Jasmine Rizer’s lively serial, “Keeping it in the Family” concludes; Part 1 is available at “Keeping it in the Family“; Karen Hennessee finds the maroon while Brenda Basham reflects on the Greatest Romantic Story ; Sandra Jones Cropsey answers, Who’s there? , while McCabe Coolidge continues his series, Seven Questions with this question: How did your Robin die? Thoughtful poetry from Brenda L Basham (Images) , Russell Lee Hale I (a pair: I Know Not, The Mask; The Mask ), John S Moon (Lonely Soldier) , Sandy Vanderbleek (he) and a collection of Haikus by Gilbert Head.


Studio views features Sandra Babb’s essay on Politely Painting the Preacher Lady; Despina Panagakos Yeargin thinks vibrant and funky painter, Jeffrey Callaham is in Love — check out her interview and his work to see for yourself! Photographer Frank Hamrick reflects on the goodness of growing your food and finds inspiring subjects for photography, too. Hannah Leatherbury’s audio interview (a podcast) with fiber sculpture artist Justine Dennis delves into this quirky artist’s mind. Allen Bell and Hannah Leatherbury also encourage you to Steal this Idea! (courtesy of the Southern Arts Federation).

robin fay continues to explore Creativity (pt. 6 in a series, focusing on the role of artists in society) while Rachel Anders explores the art and music in her neighborhood in The Arts in Iredell County. Hannah Leatherbury shares colleague Allen Bell’s interviews with participants in the Southern Circuit Tour, a tour of independent films, in Southern Circuit Tour, interview with filmmaker, Jed Riffe and Southern Circuit Tour interviews with filmmaker, Muhammad Naqvi ; both are podcasts with Muhammad Naqvi’s article including a video clip of the trailer for his film Shame. Regular contributor Brenda Basham reflects on Psychological Ponderings: Quality Equality; while Dorothy Birch offers us some tips for Stoking Your Creative Fires This Fall. as well as some colorful seasonal photos.

Donna Rosser aka the Barefoot Photographer shares her Fall Photo Opportunities and enchanting photographs with us.

Book reviews for October are Enclosure by Andy Goldsworthy reviewed by Andrew Shupling, a book of work by ephemeral artist, Andy Goldsworthy, who works with items in nature, such as rocks, leaves, snow, and even the rain as it falls on the ground;

Three Shadows reviewed by Andrew Shupling, a graphic novel by Cyril Pedrosa (a former Disney illustrator) and Dali & I: The Surreal Story by Stan Lauryssens reviewed by Heather Kline, an interesting insight into both the contemporary art market and the creation of the DalΓ­ persona. Music matters features a review of Down the Road I’ll Go, by Curt Bouterse, “fret-less oldtime music”; while Hannah Leatherbury talks with Reuben Hoch of the Chassidic Jazz Project, a group who fills voids in both the Jazz and World music genres. (courtesy of the Southern Arts Federation).

Check in with a Short Girl comix, book reviews, work from the Southerncreativity gallery (@ Flickr), art announcements & calls for entries.

Find the sublime by the light of the moon.

new art, new writings, new music — it’s moonshine!

August 5, 2008

Lots of new writings, new art, new music. I’m finishing up my art interviews with artists (the creativity series) and a short (!) book review.
Oh, and of course, the cover graphic is mine. πŸ˜‰

These are the dog days of summer, is it any wonder that everything seems to droop a little? Stay inside in the cool and check out the latest writings, music, paintings, photography… Moonshine celebrates a milestone, which would not be possible without the wonderful artists and writers who share their thoughts, writings, and art. Read, see, and listen!

Part 1 of Jasmine Rizer’s serial, “Keeping it in the Family“; Fab Irony’s “Oz Redux”, and McCabe Coolidge continues his series, Seven Questions with
“Don’t you Miss the Farm?” Thoughtful poetry from Brenda L Basham (Bloodshed of the Holocaust; Imagination; and Unlock the Power ), Russell Lee Hale I (Knobby Knees; Memories ), John S Moon (World ) and Sandy Vanderbleek (life flow ).

Studio views features Sandra Babb’s essay on improvisation, Rolling with the Punch Bowl and Hannah Leatherbury’s audio interview (a podcast) with multi-media artist Sherry Lynn Wood about her latest project to collect mantras via her Mantra Trailer. (courtesy of the Southern Arts Federation).

robin fay continues to explore Creativity (pt. 5 in a series, focusing on the artistic process) while DrΓ©k Davis explores his own Confessions of a Wayward Artist. Amber Moore jumps into the playful and educational world of the Children’s Museum of the Shoals in Look and DO Touch: Children Learn with Hands-On Activities in Florence, Alabama.

Lori Lejeune gets creative with 3D digital art in From the Studio: An Exposition on 3-d Digital Artistry and Donna Rosser aka The Barefoot Photographer shows us how to take our photos to the next level with Lensbaby in Getting Creative: Your Photography and a Lensbaby.

Book reviews for August are Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place by Suyde Cauthen, a memoir of growing up in the South, and Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, a magical novel set in North Carolina. Music matters features a review of The Rest of the Year , the new CD from the Georgia folk trio, the Solstice Sisters. Hannah Leatherbury talks with Charles “Wsir” Johnson about the necessity of knowing how to repair and create his own instruments while living in a rural community as well as his experience getting commissioned by Chuck D. (from Hannah Leatherbury, courtesy of the Southern Arts Federation).

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cool non-flickr image stuff found along — agony, aviary, photoshop express, mr. picassohead

July 29, 2008

Most of you know about flickr, the online service to host images and photos. Now that Yahoo owns it, it replaces Yahoo photos. If you used Yahoo photos (as I did) Yahoo just migrated your photos for you right on over to flickr. πŸ˜‰ If you have a Yahoo account now, but never signed up for a flickr account, you now have a flickr account via your Yahoo login (I think Yahoo needs to promote that more). In addition to simple image (and now video!) hosting, there are all sorts of tools and add-ons to extend flickr. Cool enough, right?

Google came into the mix with picasa, a similar service to flickr. Picasa has a download component and one day, I will give it a try. I already have good image editing stuff (GIMP, Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDraw, and a bunch of other stuff that came with my tablet that I never use!), plus, I kind of like Flickr, so Picasa has just never really interested me. If Picasa could somehow be EMBEDDED into blogger to make image editing easier there, well, then I would definitely use it!

Anyhow, there are lots of other choices out on the internet for image editing and hosting, besides flickr and picasa. One choice is the new Photoshop Express which now works with Flickr and Imagebucket. Photoshop Express, has some built in editing tools, galleries, and the ability to share images. My photoshop express gallery is here.

Aviary is a little different. Aviary is a collection of online tools from traditional image editing to video to music to 3d model rendering.

All of our tools are based right in your browser or as downloadable AIR applications. Our tools all communicate and relate to each other. To illustrate an example: You can import a swatch from Toucan into Phoenix, while doing complex bitmap processing of a 3D object developed in Hummingbird. Finally, you can take your finished artwork and lay it out in Owl as the DVD artwork for a music CD you and your friends put together in Roc and Myna and offer it for sale in our marketplace, Hawk.

If those are half as good as they sound, I think I might have died and gone to heaven. πŸ˜‰

Of course, considering some of the competition (gimp, photoshop, corel’s suite, finalcutpro for video), I will be interested to see how it all stacks up (psst… send me an invite to hummingbird and starling…) The image editor, phoenix, looks good for a completely online editor (will it be free after beta?) — it feels like a real piece of image editing software. It comes with the all of the standards: image sizing, auto color correction, a few basic filters, layers, the ability to draw and add text. I’ve only started to play with it, but the first thing I noticed (considering my raw pix are 10.2m, is that resizing doesn’t tell you what the dpi or ppi is — just dimensions.

All in all, though I’m impressed and I can’t wait to give all of the other tools a whirl. If a.viary stays free, I can definitely see this being my favorite solution for image and video editing. I often move from computer to computer (work, desktop, laptop) and none of them have the same graphics software. Being able to use something like a.viary would be a life saver.

agony, is just a fun little piece of a software which creates spiragraphic images. Fireworks can do this sort of think using tweening, but wow, is this fun. Agony has a whole flickr gallery of submitted works.

..and for fun creativity on ‘net, can you really beat mr.picassohead?

Tables + CSS (and captioning an image)

June 16, 2008

For those of you who use CSS in web design (or have been following its evolution), you may remember the battle cry of “tables are dead” from a few years ago, which was soon followed by rallying cry “Long live tables!”

According to the thinking (and gurus) at the time, EVERYTHING that could be done with a table could be done with div layout and a little creativity. In spite of the fact that tables can easily resolve some very tricky problems and can be styled with CSS, tables are still kind of a dirty word in web design.

I’ve had a few attempts to go tableless; some very successful, some not so successful. My least successful tableless adventure, happened in 2005. As part of a class project, I decided to create a tableless and very graphics heavy website. The tableless part was easy until I decided to embed flash. Without a table to control the size output, there was no way to force IE and firefox to render the flash movie the same. Believe me, I searched high and low. Nope, not doable. Because the “lesson” or project challenge that I was supposed to be learning was tableless layout, I was stuck with a website that doesn’t render perfectly in IE and firefox (although to be honest, most people couldn’t see the problem).

A table would have been the easy answer. Although I shy away from tables, I do find they still have value in web design, as I re-discovered just recently.
For the magazine (and the pacercms dev group), I’ve been working on the rss feed output. The original feed outputted the summary (the first feed image), but my goal is to output the whole magazine in a readable format, including images, links, and proper line breaks.

The easiest way to fold the images into a rss feed is through an embedded image (as in my new version of the feed). However, with an embedded image, there is no easy way to caption it. Sure, alt tags and names can provide popup and additional info, but I need to be able to easily and visibly include copyright info, author info, etc. AND have it show up in the feed in context, not at the bottom or top of each item.

Tables to the rescue! Using the caption tag, I am able to add both a caption and locate it below the text (actually, in my case, an image). I am also able to style the table so that it renders the same in each article: the placement will be the same, the padding will be the same, etc.

I can’t believe how easy this is and I also can’t believe that I had forgotten how useful tables are.

the always wonderful, alistapart.