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Experience the 80’s: Here’s Your Chance!

"Time Stamp: Back to the 80's" (short story series by Brenna Pierson). Retro fiction.

It’s time for an 80’s-themed short story series! The first couple of parts are taking us to:

  • Jelly shoes and jelly bracelets
  • Patterned bedsheets
  • 80’s heartthrob posters
  • Record players
  • and more!

Read it here—and don’t forget to subscribe for future installments!

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Retro Storytime…Continued

"Time Stamp: Back to the 80's" (short story series by Brenna Pierson). Retro fiction.

Parts three and four of “Time Stamp: Back to the 80’s” features important life-or-death issues from the 80’s, including:

  • Which boy will Jennifer get in MASH?
  • Aerosol hairspray to keep bangs up will keep you from breathing—but who needs to breathe, anyway?
  • Are the big 80’s TVs too big?

So let’s keep the fun going with “Part Three: MASHin’ at the Mall” and “Part Four: A Grody Curfew“!

Or start out with Part One here!

 

Cropping Art Really Can Make a Difference

"Cropping Art Really Can Make a Difference" by Brenna Pierson | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com

At times, it is tough to crop a drawing or painting if the vision was to have an image as a whole. After all, the initial scene is what prompted the piece for the artist, at least in many cases.

Sometimes, though, when a final piece just does not look “right,” it really can help to crop it. That was the case with a recent palette knife painting. The painting was done in acrylics with mainly a palette knife — a great look for something more impressionistic.

This acrylic painting was done from a photo taken at the seashore and depicts a lady and either her daughter or granddaughter standing at the edge of the sea, gazing out at its waves.

Copying the scene as closely as possible to its original became a bit of a challenge because the water stretched all the way from the sand to the top of the photo — there was no horizon or sky shown in the original photograph. So when translated into a painting, it’s a bit unclear when analyzing it whether the top area is the sky with clouds or sea foam on more waves.

"Art the Seashore" (acrylic on canvas) | Featured in the Blog "Cropping Art Really Can Make a Difference" by Brenna Pierson | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com(The image before it was cropped)

That, of course, was a bit of a bummer — especially because we expect to see some skyline above the ocean. Luckily, cropping the image lessens the awkward effect.

"Art the Seashore" (acrylic on canvas) | Featured in the Blog "Cropping Art Really Can Make a Difference" by Brenna Pierson | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com(“At the Seashore,” acrylic on canvas: final version)

So though this one didn’t turn out perfectly, cropping did make a difference so that it wasn’t a complete loss. It does look more abstract than intended — but there’s always a lesson to learn, isn’t there?

 

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