Theme Number Four - The Inspiration

This months inspiration is the phrase "Hot Summer Day"
Deadline: July 11, 2010
Paint it, shoot it, record it, print it, sew it, eat it... Create it, then submit it!  Remember, anything goes.  If the theme fits for you that is all that matters.  Questions?  Click on the "Submit here" button on the left sidebar and that will send me an email.  Hope to see you in the lab!

Theme Three Submissions

Wow, this inspiration brought forth all sorts of new talent and the most diverse range of entries thus far.  It's exciting.  Thank you to everyone who participated!  Enjoy!  Here are the entries in order of submission.

The Inspiration-  Title  "This Pattern is Perfect for ________________"

This Pattern Is Perfect for Success
Digital Painting
by Tobias

This Pattern is Perfect for Showing the World That You Are A Well-Rounded Dork
Crochet Pattern

This Pattern Is For Real
Photography (3 Images)
by Deborah

This Pattern is for Compulsive/Obsessive
by Ego

This Pattern Is Perfect For Causing a Seizure‏
Music and Video
by John

This Pattern Reminds Me
by Doug
This Pattern Remin...

This Pattern is Perfect for Interpretation
Photography,drawing,digital art (10 Images, 4 shown here and the rest are on Anika's Artist Page)
by Anika


Well, there ya go!  Thanks again to all participants.  I will be posting the next inspiration soon.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list (or removed from the list) just let me know by using the "Submit Here" link to the left. If you are interested in learning more about any of the above entries or about a particular artist click on their artist page.  (Links for artist pages are located to the left.) Thanks for visiting the Artists Collaborative Laboratory!

Artist Page - John

The ACoLab is proud to have John aboard.  John is a skilled musician specializing in ambient compositions.  He has been a part of numerous bands including The French Broads, The Elements, and The Westside Daredevils, and also has released his own albums Ohm (one of my favorite albums to listen to) and Rainbrella which I also highly recommend.  Actually, you can download the whole album for free!  John is also a founding member of the Knoxville Ambient group. You can download a sampler album which also features a track by fellow ACoLab members Anika and Doug.   Besides creating music, John also has a great eye for photography and video.  Lately he has been creating music to go along with abstracted video.  

Inspiration #32 {Going With the Flow}

{Click the title to listen to the song.  It's beautiful, please do take a listen.}

We could fight but I don't know
if being right's worth coming to blows
We could ruin tonight going toe to toe
I think I might just go with the flow

We both can't be wrong
We both can't be right
But who in this song on this Thanksgiving Night could really be worth all the sorrow we'll surely be feeling tomorrow

It feels like giving in oh but it's not
it all depends on your pattern of thought taking into account the battle fought and the amount we spent for naught


Inspiration #30 {Haunted}

Theme twenty-seven inspiration: Perfect Timing
Collaboration with Anika.  John wrote and recorded the soundtrack.

Theme twenty-four inspiration:  Drama
"Drama Queen"
A song by John

1. You've got a need
to use the skills you were given
to manipulate
We're agreed
that the life you're living
may not be that great

(prechorus) But you can't see
anybody else's problems but yours
and sympathy
doesn't come so easy anymore
the novelty
of making problems bigger than they were before you could be a nominee for some kind of Academy Award
You're such a drama queen
and everybody knows exactly
what I mean
when you make the world stop
and pay attention to you
while you make your scene
but it's never as bad as you make it seem no it's never as sad as you want to believe

2.You've got a plan
to get everybody's heart
into putting out your fire
down to the man
you can get it started
but in the end everyone's tired

3. And so you run
folks off faster
there's no one left to play
so you move on
to greener pastures
in time for the matinee

Theme six inspiration: "Shadow"
It was a beautiful sunset and I took a bunch of photos around our house. This is the fading light reflecting off our recycling bin.

"Bits of My Past, Pieces of the Future"
"Hot Summer Day"

Hot Summer Day  
It's a hot summer day and I think I lost a beat 
I'm not thinking straight because of the heat 
If I evaporate it would be bittersweet chocolate melting away on hot concrete 
there's gotta be a way for me to cheat 
everything I say is incomplete 
On This Hot Summer Day  
Back in the cold I couldn't believe 
the heat would get old enough to relieve 
inside the household that I never leave 
And if you had told me on Christmas Eve 
in my overcoat, under my sleeves 
I'd call a misquote, no chance of misery 
On this hot summer day  
But here I stand covered in sweat 
hopelessly fanned and wringing wet 
a desperate man never forgets 
to meet the demand, losing a bet 
we should've planned but don't get upset 
get in command of your best etiquette 
on this hot summer day  
I have to believe the heat's gonna break 
one of these days and it'll be great
 until then we'll just sit and bake 
and play guitar 
cuz that's who you are 
so play it 
it's hot...

Theme Three:  Title "This Pattern is Perfect For_______" (Theme Three blog post) 
This Pattern Is Perfect For Causing a Seizure‏ 
Music and Video

Artist Page - Deborah Julian

Deborah Julian is a talented photographer who has a unique eye for graphic details.  I find the her use of contrast and lighting particularly interesting.  In the wide world of photographers she sets herself apart with her own unique style.
You can view or buy her cards and prints by clicking here.
Listings in order from newest submission to the oldest.

Theme Five Inspiration: The phrase "Bits of the Past, Pieces of the Future"
"Brighton Beach Subway" and "Subway Shadows"
I took these photos a few weeks ago in Brighton Beach Brooklyn, an interesting old Russian neighborhood near Coney Island. At first look this neighborhood seems a throwback to the past with its old shops and markets. It is one of the few New York City neighborhoods that still has an elevated subway train which creates beautiful shadows on the street below. But many young people also live in the area, such as the woman on the subway platform.

Theme Three:  Title "This Pattern is Perfect For_______" (Theme Three blog post) 
This Pattern Is For Real 
I always have an eye for geometric patterns when I am shooting and I love to contrast nature with man made elements.  Norwegian Trees and Geometric Landscape were taken in Norway. Twilight was shot in Reykjavik Iceland.
"Twilight  (Street Scene)"
 "Norwegian Trees" 

"Geometric Landscape"

Theme Three Update

Wow!  Theme number three has brought forth the best variety yet!  I am so excited to share the new submissions.  There are also a few new artists to introduce.  I am thinking that Tuesday I should have the post up and ready to view.  I will send out an email to all participants.  Speaking of which, I am going to  start a mailing list for these kind of notifications.  Should you prefer not to get emails just let me know and I will remove your email from the list.  Also, if you would like to be added to the mailing list just contact me via the "Submit Here" link to the left of the page.
Happy Sunday everyone!

Theme Three

This inspiration will not only serve as the inspiration but will also be the title of your work.  You will fill in the blank to suit your needs.  Remember, anything goes! 

Inspiration:  The Title  

"This Pattern is Perfect for ________________"

Deadline: Sunday June 20th

Theme Two Submissions

Theme Two:  Your Bedside Table
This one was a bit more broad.  It was my hope that it would be so broad that the different interpretations would be even more varied than the first round of work.  It was challenging though...  Should you like to read about an individual piece, get the back story, or find out more about a particular artist visit their artist page.  Thanks to everyone who participated!  Without further ado, here are the submissions.

Whatever Satisfies the Soul is Truth 
Digital collage

by Ego
Banana Oat Pancakes
Cooking & Digital collage
by Stephanie

You Turkey! Oh wait, um . . . . I mean “You Chicken”!
Cooking & Story
(See artists page for accompanying story or you can visit Andrea's blog)
by Andrea

Theme Two Deadline

Hi everyone!  To all of you who have contacted me to let me know you need another day or so thank you!  Anyone else who would like to submit please do so.  Deadline is extended out.  Sorry, I didn't realize it was a holiday when I set the date.  I am going to try and put the entries up in another day or so, maybe tomorrow.  But if you want to submit something before next Saturday I will post it up with the others.  Thanks and have a great week!