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Safety theme creative project

1 Mar

Alright, so it’s officially been a week. I bet you’re anxiously waiting for my response to the safety-theme. Well, sorry to disappoint already, but I haven’t finished it. There are plenty of reasons for this; I got terribly sick and lay straight on the sofa for two days and spent two days recovering, which takes away four possible days of work. Even though I could have worked on my recovering days. And my plan was to make a stop-motion animation, and I got started right away. However, it hit me that I didn’t know how to put all the many pictures together in what is a little faster than slide-show paste where each picture has a total of three seconds each. That wouldn’t make a movie. That would make a very boring slide show. And then there is of course the laziness, and all the other stupid excuses that shouldn’t be there. Anyway, I have been working really hard on drawing the pictures that I am going to use, and I’ve spent a lot of time on that. I have also spent a lot of time figuring out how to put the pictures together.

So, since I have already broken my promise, I will compensate with telling you my entire idea, before you will see the final product. If you want to be spoiled. : P

So, first thing that popped into my mind when I read “safety” was cars, driving and car accidents and seat belts. Surprisingly, during the whole time that I have planned and thought about this project, nothing like fire trucks or ambulances or life jackets or fire extinguishers or anything popped into my mind. It was always the driving and the seat belts. However, just drawing or painting a picture much like the “Husk Setebelte” commercial we have in Norway, I wanted to be a little more creative. But I really couldn’t think of anything. Writing a poem about wearing your seat belt? I don’t think so. Writing a short story of a girl getting really hurt because she was not paying attention to the road? Boring. Cheesy. So I decided to make a stop motion animation since I just had a big English project on The Magic World of Animation. So I decided I would draw a mouse, driving in a cheese car. (Cheesy! – no pun intended?).  I would have the mouse driving drunk in his cheesy car on a road, perfectly fine, like you sometimes are even though you had a glass of wine. He would then not see the tree that is in the middle of the road, not that there would ever be a tree smack in the middle of a road, and he would crash. Pretty simple really, but I thought it would be sort of creative and fun to create a stop-motion animation. I was however, not planning on drawing one image, and then another image slightly different. I have drawn a drunk mouse, a cheese car, a comic strip like “CRASH” you know with the lightning and bolts and car parts and stuff, little dots and stars to create the drunk-effect, and several versions of the tree in the road. I haven’t decided about what sort of tree it will be yet, I’m still working on it. I also drew some stars for after the crash and stuff. I also still need to draw the road. I would then steal the idea of Emile Cohl – create a paper cut-out animation. I would then only have to reposition the paper-cut out, instead of drawing an entirely new drawing for each frame. And it is still a stop-motion animation. I also thought about using clay and creating everything in clay and it would be all 3D and stuff, but I don’t think I own any clay anymore. And if I did, it would be all dried out since I was little. So I went for the paper cut-out.

Bilbelteskilt Ungt Par

But really, the hardest, and most time-consuming part is yet to come: the photographing. And then putting the pictures in order, and creating the animation. I have found the iMovie thing on the iMac, and I’ve played around with it a little to see what it can do for me, and there is even a place I can adjust the amounts of pictures per second up to 30. There is 24,25 and 30 I don’t know which one is best to use, but I’ll find out. However, I don’t know if I can just upload a bunch of pictures and it would play as a movie, I don’t know if I can only use film strips from movie camera. if anyone knows this, nudge nudge, please let me know!! If iMovie doesn’t work, I don’t know what will work  XP. Maybe I’ll only make a comic strip. That, frankly, isn’t funny. We’ll see. I’ll work on it very soon. I don’t think I knew how big of a project this animation would be when I decided on it ^^”

But, I will not only post my result, I will post a step by step on how I did it too, in case anyone else wants to be inspired by it. : )


Creativity Project

22 Feb

Alright, people. I’m starting a new creative project. I really need it. So, I figured I could use my blog as a little help (to be honest it was my aunt‘s idea).

So I’d like for it to work something like this: You comment in the comments section and give me either a theme or a title.  Then I have a week to do something creative about that title or theme. I’ll paint, draw, take a picture, write a poem, write a short story, or anything else creative with whatever the theme or title it was you gave me. Say for example you gave me “storm” as either a theme or a topic. Then I would paint, say a tornado, or a grey horse on his hind legs with a wild look in his eyes and a storm going on around him. Or something. And if I get more than one request each week, I will choose the first one (as long as it isn’t the same one or a similar one to the one that was the previous week) and then I’ll save the others for a week with no requests.

Please note: I am no professional, but I like to do this as a hobby, and recently I have been slacking out, so I need some boosting. I’m doing this as a push to be creative and get inspiration and practice. And also, if you did something creative yourself with the theme of the week, feel free to comment and leave a link or something to your blog and show us! :) Or email me a picture of your work, or your text. I would appreciate if you decide to leave it as a comment, leave it in the post where I show you my completed task. That way it will be more structured.

So, anyone care to be the first to suggest a topic, theme or title? : )

Kunstverkstedet Den Sorte Katt

10 Nov

The Black Cat. It’s a art gallery/workplace where my moms friend, Anita Hanch-Hansen Fjeldhaug, and my mom make their art. My mom makes porcelain bowls and cups, really pretty, Anita makes everything else; jewelry, angels, clowns, paintings, you name it. You can see for yourself the beautiful art in the slide show. They make great gifts : ) (Just a little Xmas tip:P)

For de av dere som skulle lese dette og bo i Norge, sjekk ut facebooksiden, og ta gjerne kontakt med Anita gjennom facebooksiden, eller for all kontakt meg i kommentarfeltet eller på mail. Hun har åpent galleri hver dag, og til jul skal hun ha jule.. hva heter det for noe.. edit: julegalleri? Juleåpent? Julemarked. Det er en samling av forskjellige kunstnere som kommer til Anita og setter opp boder i hagen hennes til jul. Litt sånn messe aktig. Kjempekoselig iallefall, så bor du i nærheten, gå ikke glipp av det! Gå ikke glipp av det uansett hvor du bor ;P (this was just some info you have no need of knowing unless you live in Norway really, but if you really want to know what it says, there’s always google translate. :P )

Lots of great art, just check it out!

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Things I’d forgotten about home

5 Aug

I have always wanted to move. Move away from Norway, so I fell on France and Italy, but I didn’t want to live in America. Until we were there again. I remembered how cheap arts and crafts stuff from Michaels and JoAnns were, and how insanely expensive they are here. I found everything was so much cheaper and that I would really be able to do what I wanted there. I had failed to see that last time I lived there. Mom had obviously realized quite long ago, because our “hobby room” is FULL of paint, patches of um.. fabric, and all sorts of things. Never did she use it, but she had it. I would use it.

Anyway, but when I came back home and like we were about to land and stuff and it was only like 60 degrees and I was like wrinkling my nose. Like that is cold! But once I stepped off of the bus in our little town – its not even a town its too small, id say village – I recognized that familiar smell, the freshness of the air, the cool air with the sun warming through it, the slight breeze. When I came home, I walked my dog, remembering the dew on the grass, even at 4 o’clock. The slight wind carrying the ocean scents. And now this morning the Seagulls. Oh how I love this place!

So I quickly changed my plans of moving about. I would settle down here, somewhere in Norway. Somewhere like the place I live now where everyone knows everyone. And I would go on vacations to places like that. I would go for a month at a time, 3 weeks, two months. Longer periods of time, and multiple times thru the year. I would bring empty suitcases and just shop there, what is too expensive here. And you are probably thinking, Kittie, how are you going to do that? It costs money traveling, and you won’t have a job that gives you that much release off of work. So unless I end up owning my own company and just assign managers, I won’t be able to have a normal job, obviously. And I won’t! That’s the genius part! But I will have to work, obviously, and I will do so. I will take on part-time jobs, I will work one time jobs, summer jobs, I’ll be doing what I love most too! I’ll be working in like make-up stores, or something. Baby sit ;P. Obviously, I have to take on jobs I don’t like also. And probably when I’m home there will be periods where I work a lot more. But I’ll do it. And I will continue making my cards, doing other creative stuff, and sell. Mom does that too. There was like this wave a few years ago you see, that hit us here in our neighbourhood where we all started making cards. We all got together in one house, placed a bunch of tables together, covered them in paper and got to work. borrowed stamps and ink of each other, and sometimes we had some more experienced people come in and teach us. We all did this, but now only a few still proceeds with it. I think 3. I mean I think we all make our own cards for birthdays and stuff, but not many make a whole bunch just for fun and to sell anymore, and it’s more individual. Also, making bracelets have become some sort of hobby at least among a few. I mean, making cars is probably not going to make me rich ; P but it’s a slight income right? I’ll be a pastry chef! How cool wouldn’t that be! Its a hobby, but as work!

And if I am good and blog, maybe I will have someone wanting me to either test out products or have a commercial. Thats a little to right? A lot of people make money from their blog. Although that is not why I blog because I will probably never get that many reader haha : P

But I’ll make it work. The only problem will be when kids start school, and getting a boyfriend or husband into my lifestyle. Cause i dont like traveling alone, they’d have to come with me, and that would mean he wouldnt be able to have regular work either.. ha, poor whoever ends up living with me! : P About the kids, I can do homeschool or just hire a teacher to tag along. I want my kdis to be exposed and able to adapt and stuff, so I want them to come on our vacations and maybe 1-year living periods of time, however I also don’t want to drag them around on a move like every year. I have a friend whose parents move all the time, and he says its fun, its interesting, but it hurts. And I will rather have my kids grow u and go to school in a safe known area, than always move. But adapt them by have them tag along! Perfect!

I don’t know if it will actually turn out this way, but I hope. Cause I really love Norway, and I really love America, and I want to go so many places. I’m going to grow so sick of plane rides, but it should be worth it.

So yeah, come to Norway. You’ll love it.

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