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Photography :: Thinking outside of the viewfinder

21 Feb

I’m in love with photographs that go the extra step. It’s hard for me to like point and shoot photography that gives off a sickly aura of an artist that didn’t think about cropping the image, the exposure setting, did I take a black and white photo with d-max black, does it portray content thats never been seen before, etc. Suffice to say, I have a very critical eye when it comes to reviewing photo submissions.

As photo artists we have to set the mood for our contemporary culture. We need to create photos that show skill and an expertise.

Dan Mountford is a 19 year old Graphic Design student who has the “outside of the viewfinder” mentality. His double exposure photographs are modern and beautiful. There isn’t a point and shoot aura that radiates from them. You may be thinking, “He probably did all of this in photoshop.” You would be completely wrong. Dan creates his double exposure photographs in the dark room. The labor alone of creating these images is astounding!

The next time you’re thinking of going out in nature and taking photos, think to yourself, “What can I do with this photograph that no one else has ever thought of before?”

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An inspirational Love letter…

9 Feb

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up next week, I thought some of you might enjoy some love letter inspiration from one of my favorites of all time. This is a letter, The Third Letter to be exact, from Ludwig van Beethoven addressed to an unknown lover–Immortal Beloved. Enjoy!

Immortal Beloved, The Third Letter

Good morning, on July 7
Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us – I can live only wholly with you or not at all – Yes, I am resolved to wander so long away from you until I can fly to your arms and say that I am really at home with you, and can send my soul enwrapped in you into the land of spirits – Yes, unhappily it must be so – You will be the more contained since you know my fidelity to you. No one else can ever possess my heart – never – never – Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves. And yet my life in V is now a wretched life – Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men – At my age I need a steady, quiet life – can that be so in our connection? My angel, I have just been told that the mailcoach goes every day – therefore I must close at once so that you may receive the letter at once – Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together – Be calm – love me – today – yesterday – what tearful longings for you – you – you – my life – my all – farewell. Oh continue to love me – never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.
ever thine
ever mine
ever ours


Have a Love-Filled Valentine’s, PEELers!


The Artist Workspace

7 Feb

Sometimes I feel sorry for my lovely fiance Sage having to put up with living with an artist. We artists, depending on the workload/personality, are sometimes quite messy and very fickle about how we want our “workspace” organized and layed out. For me, the whole apartment is my studio, except for our 2 bedrooms. I have drawing papers on the coffee table, my drawing desk is covered with different mark making implements, there is stacks upon stacks of magazines I go to for inspiration near my bookcase, a collection of sorts of random books I buy, etc. Suffice to say, some may think our apartment is a little cluttered. My goal, whenever we move out and find a new abode, is to make sure I have a room set aside for my work needs or a little building. A girl can dream, right?

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On another note, please submit your artwork, poetry, and/or prose to We’d love to see what you create 🙂

Updates on The PEEL

31 Jan

Hello PEELers! It’s that time of year again to let you all know the deadline dates.  The media board is currently seeking applicants for the Editor in Chief position. If you’re interested in applying you may pick up a copy of the application from David Freeman in the Student Publications office in the Student Union, or you can email him at requesting an application. The deadline to apply is February 15th at 5pm. If you also have any questions regarding that position please email

Our other deadline is for the print publication, which is March 6th, at midnight.  Your submission may consist of art, poetry, and/or prose. To submit your pieces please attach the work to an email to In the subject line put what type of submission you’re submitting. In the body of the email please state your name, contact information (phone number), and the title of your piece.

I hope you all submit something of your creation 🙂

As Always,
Your devoted Editor

Graphic Designers: Collectors of sorts

24 Jan

I love print and web design. If you looked on my internet browsers saved links you might be overwhelmed (8,000 in total.) Collecting websites via stumble is one of my favorite down time activities. I also save all the magazines I buy. Every. Single. One of them.  There is one magazine in particular that really totes my goats.  Flaunt Magazine is a beautiful mixture of art, music, fashion, and the strange. The graphic design is beyond speechless.  Today I bought the most recent issue and I think I fell in love. Actually, I know I fell in love, because I can’t help gazing at it with loving eyes. I think its safe to say many designers/artists are collectors of sorts when it comes to their creative need for having something beautiful (and cheap.) Like The PEEL Literary Arts print magazine 😉

I find it refreshing being one of the many graphic designer hoarders. I have cheap art on a beer budget. And all the magazines serve some creative purpose for me.

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Eco-art? More like resourceful.

18 Jan

If anyone is friends with an art major you know how much money we hemorrhage for art supplies.  Such as that awesome paper that we have to have for our next drawing assignment, archival markers for our next project (because you know that in a hundred years it will be hanging in a gallery), or chiseling tools we’ll use for that one class but we convince ourselves we’ll use them again.

I’ve been sitting on the idea of creating artwork using the books I’ve collected over the years at the abandoned book section at the library. So far they’ve just made a nice little tower in the corner of my living room, but thankfully the most I’ve spent on them has been a total of $6.

San Francisco-based Alexis Mackenzie creates meticulously abstract collages from a variety of found books.  Her works are absolutely refreshing to view and just makes me realize all the possibilities that surround me with these dust collecting books.

So while I try to save up for my wedding, I’ll be coming up with resourceful/earth friendly ways I can make art for my classes without spending too much “dolla bills y’all.”

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“Body” Art

20 Nov

Art is such a flexible, beautiful thing. The boundaries are limitless and not all art has to be done in the traditional forms such as painting, drawing, ceramics, and/or sculpture.  Liu Bolin takes his Art an extra 100 steps forward by becoming apart of the scene which he wants to capture.  It isn’t a pretty story, but a sad one.

“Liu said he wanted to show how city surroundings affected people living in them.

He added that the inspiration behind his work was a sense of not fitting in to modern society and was a silent protest against the persecution of artists.

He said: ‘Some people call me the invisible man, but for me it’s what is not seen in a picture which is really what tells the story.

‘After graduating from school I couldn’t find suitable work and I felt there was no place for me in society.

‘I experienced the dark side of society, without social relations, and had a feeling that no one cared about me, I felt myself unnecessary in this world.

‘From that time, my attitude turned from dependence into revolting against the system.’  ”

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