Presenting PixMuse

PixMuse is an iPhone / iPod touch app I put together for all you stock and microstock photographers out there.

PixMuse generates a random photo shoot idea by presenting you with a theme, a subject and a mood. The three elements represent the overall concept, the central element and feel of the suggested photo. Simply hit the button or shake your device to generate a new photo concept.

PixMuse is made for inspiration and fun. There is no guarantee that the photo concepts generated by PixMuse will have any commercial value, though all the elements included were picked specifically because they rank among the most popular and widely used genres and concepts in stock photography. So even though it’s random and silly, there is a useful side to PixMuse as well.

Use PixMuse as a tool for brainstorming. Some of the combinations will fit any portfolio, and you will see elements combined in ways you hadn’t thought of before, which might just spark your imagination. And did I mention it’s free?

Link: Download PixMuse from the iTunes App Store – FREE!

The Man of Steel

This is about the absolutely greatest influence on my life, as a person and an artist. Though we do completely different things, this guy taught me many of the fundamentals of what it means to live for your art. For good and bad. The man I’m talking about is my father.

Gert Rasmussen is his name, and these days he works mainly as a blacksmith, using his long time artist name Grasart. It’s a return to the roots for him. As a teenager, he was a blacksmith’s apprentice for a while, before being lured away by working with glass, painting, sculpting with clay and porcelain and working with precious stones and metals. You might say he has come full circle. You might say he has come home. Continue reading “The Man of Steel”

Kill the Jack of All Trades

Jack of all trades, king of none. I hate that saying because I used to believe it, and it was a curse on my self-perception for years. I seriously thought, that because I love writing, making music, taking pictures and pretty much anything else that involves creative thinking, and am completely incapable of limiting myself to one, that I was doomed to fail in all of them. Now, I declare war on this antiquated saying and way of thinking.

The saying implies that you have to specialize in something, or you will never find your full potential. It’s the hidden threat and slight air of superiority that appeals to my never-sleeping inner rebel. Continue reading “Kill the Jack of All Trades”