Mannequins in Mexico

On March 21, 2010, in Mannequins, Travel Photography, by brendajohima

I thoroughly enjoy travel photography, and I usually never travel now, with less than at least a couple of different cameras. Whenever I do travel, I find the mannequins in store displays fascinating, and love the vibrant color combinations and contrasting colors used in this one in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico:

– Brenda Johima –

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

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What a great way to practice wildlife photography, at Xcaret, Mexico. It was a joy to be this close to jaguar, for the first time in my life.

I would much prefer to see them in the wild, where they belong, but having never seen a jaguar before at all in real life, it was a very special day trip, for sure.

The patterns on the fur, are stunning, and the strength, the power, the muscle, of these animals is incredible.

Enjoy.

– Brenda Johima –

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Why Not to Title Your Art Piece

On March 19, 2010, in Ink, by brendajohima

If I had titled this piece, when it was for sale in a public art show, it may not have sold. We will never know that for sure, of course.

I was at home, and a woman phoned me asking the price of one of my paintings during an art show. She said, “you know, the one with the fish in it” … “the one with the fish in the middle of the painting.” Honestly, out of 24 paintings at that show, I had absolutely no clue which painting she was speaking of. I told her I would give her a call back, hopped in my car, and zipped over to the venue.

What do you know? I had painted a “fish painting” and I never even saw it!

The creative process travels a unique journey each time, and during my creative process for this piece, I used Yupo paper and an acrylic ink, and always, as it is with Yupo, it was an amazing process to see it come together right before my very eyes. Those who paint with ink on Yupo know, that yes, you can control the flow of the ink if you choose, but it is a heck of a lot more fun and creative to be in the unknown, and let the ink flow where it would like to go, and to not control the ink.

So the story is, sadly, the woman’s husband had been a commercial fisherman, and he died in a tragic fishing accident.

She purchased my painting as memory of him, and it now hangs proudly, on a prominent wall in her living room. I am touched that I have made a difference in her life with my art, and I learned a lesson, I, in general, do NOT title my art pieces, despite what experts have told me to, which is to title every piece. In this situation, I am glad I trusted my own intuition and my own beliefs, and to not title the piece.

My goal with my art, is that the meaning comes from the viewer. I have done my job well as an artist, if each individual person creates meaning for themselves with each piece, each viewer will see something different, and that, to me, is creativity in action, and is art, which makes people think, to dream, and to see in new ways.

This piece, now might be titled, “A Fisherman’s Friend” but for me, it remains untitled, and with love.

– Brenda Johima –

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Painting With Light

On March 18, 2010, in Painting With Light, by brendajohima

Painting with Light is one of my favorite techniques, and one of my favorite things to do. If you Google “painting with light” you will find lots of tips on a huge variety of techniques you too, can use with your camera. Loads of fun, and beautiful results once you get the hang of it.

Of course, I love the abstract in so many art forms, so it suits my passion for it well. Here is an example, taken at night, on Granville Island, in Vancouver, and I have titled it “Crystal Rain.”

~Brenda Johima~

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Shutter Priority on a Canon 50D

On March 17, 2010, in Abstract Photography, by brendajohima

So I had a little fun with Shutter Priority on my Mayan Rivera 2010 Mexican Vacation:

~Brenda Johima~

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

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I am really really very good at SEO (search engine optimization) and Internet Marketing and Online Marketing. (Oh yes, this is me, solo entrepreneur, Brenda Johima, Vancouver Island (Comox Valley) based photographer, painter and mixed media artist.)

And, I just completely wiped out and deleted three of my own websites and blogs. Three years of writings and paintings and photography on one of the blogs, and the sites have been up for about 8 years.

So?

Most web designers and developers and SEO experts would advise against that. I would have advised my clients for JOHIMA Designs to never do that.

And you know what? So what. I want to start over to be happier and to simplify my life and business. I want more time off of the computer and outdoors and walking around, and spending time with people I love, and in meeting new people.

It’s about living the truth, and it’s about being honest with me, and it just feels great to wipe the slate clean, not care what others think, and let’s see what evolves on this blank canvas now.

Try it, you might like it.

Brenda Johima

* Don’t worry, if you are good at SEO, the search engines will find you again anyway! They are looking for you.

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