Sunday, May 10, 2009

Photography Workshop

"Art Lesson" photo by Lewis Jones, Anacortes WA

When I was 12 years old, I was asked if I wanted to paint a sign. Yes, my first art commission!

The sign was straightforward: 'MOTEL'.
The size was to be 8' x 16'.
The background was white.
The letters to be red.

It all sounds very simple. The lumberyard delivered four 4' x 8' sheets of plywood with a quart of red, white, and primer, all oil-based paint. Immediately I jumped into it and within four days, it was finished. I stepped back, arms folded, what a nice looking sign!

"Mom, come to the garage and look at my sign!" I proudly said. Then the crushing blow as Mom told me that the correct spelling was MOTEL not MOTL. I had put one letter per sheet of plywood.

Having said that, two very important things in my life are "spellcheck" and "auto focus/auto exposure" cameras. My experience with cameras is not unlike my experience with spelling.

Not having taught in over ten years, the Skagit Valley Camera Club has asked me to be part of a creative workshop for a group of mostly professional photographers at the end of May. (For more info click here: Unleash Your Creative Spirit). The last time I talked to a group of photographers on art, Lewis Jones documented it with the above polaroid transfer at the American Camp, San Juan Island.

Wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. We look forward to Al's class at our creative workshop. His experience and his talent will make every moment we spend with him worth it. We are big fans of Al and his work.


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