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How to FLOAT like a Pro!

How can something as simple as a floating jellyfish improve your life as an artistic person?  Well, after spending quality time in my super-secretive mad scientist photo lab I came upon the idea of FLOAT and how we as artists use this in creating our work.

Floating JellyfishIn order to FLOAT we must:


Function as an artist.  Artists are creators.  We delve deep into our souls and transfer that ethereal realm of thought to canvas, clay or even photograph.  While every artist is different in our methods, our philosophies, and yes even our madness, we all create.  Painters dabble in paints; sculptors in clay and photographers use a perspective as seen through the lens of a camera as our tools to place our feelings of wonderment and awe of the universe in tangible visible form.  To be a successful artist you must create!  Function like an artist makes good art.

Locate places with similar people like yourself.  Artists are people too.  That sounds like a bad bumper sticker doesn’t it?   But the truth is that there are other artists who have the same kind of personality you do.   Find them.  A quick search on Google will yield all kinds of fellow artists to communicate with.  It might be in a downtown nightclub, maybe at certain art fairs, or, as I hope, even this blog.   Discover each other and make an effort to make friends among them.  You can share ideas, philosophies and even business advice, whatever you want.  Locating other artists is a must for a FLOATing artist.

Observe what they do.  This is perhaps the most difficult part of being a FLOATer.  Once you have met other artists; watch them.   No, I don’t mean become a weird stalker or anything illegal.  Just pay attention to the work and attitudes your fellow artists keep up.  After a time, it will become clear who the leaders in your art community are, and who are the followers.  Observing these successful leaders allow you to learn through their experience also.  Don’t exist in a bubble.  Observe!


Assess what artistic techniques work and those that do not for what you want to do.  Concentrate on the techniques that work. One key element overlooked in the proper assessment of the effectiveness of a technique is its relationship to your own personal goals.   If you want to become a successful wildlife photographer but find yourself constantly chatting it up with wedding photographers, you will learn new techniques, but your growth as a wildlife photographer will not advance very quickly.  Assess what works!


Try new things.  To grow as an artist you must try new things.  This is the hardest part of the FLOAT system.   Why?  Failure.  People hate to fail.  What is the number one reason for failure?  People hate trying new things and making a mistake in their technique.  The trick to successfully trying new things is by understanding that failure in technique will happen.  Failures are an opportunity to learn and refine the proper technique for next time.  Never take yourself so seriously that you can’t laugh at yourself.  Try new things and have fun doing it!  Your confidence will grow and so will your art.  Try it!

So FLOAT your way to success as a creative artist.  Most of all have fun doing it!

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Lava Lamp of Nature – A Dance of The Deep

The black light at the top of the water illuminated the undulating white shapes slowly swimming through the murky blackness of the deep.  Slowly swimming with strange ethereal motions to the surface, these strange otherworldly shapes would drift and float with the currents to forever search for their next meal.


Each jellyfish appeared as a blob of floating paraffin in nature’s oldest copy of the modern-day lava lamp.   Yet these blobs contained living shapes of real creatures that share the dark and murky depths each night.  No simple blobs of wax, these jellyfish danced as their ancestors had millions of years ago.

Lava Lamp of Nature

As each jellyfish appeared at the surface it would for some mysterious reason start a slow dance towards the gloomy obscurity of the bottom.  In time the twisting and turning allowed them to swim silently sideways or even seem to do silent loops in time to some strange rhythmic orchestra that only a jelly could hear.


As a visitor to their nocturnal wanderings, a person can only stare in amazement at the motions and glowing movement of the jellies.  It is amazing how a simple yet elegant creature can have so much grace and beauty floating in calming silence. It is almost hypnotic in retrospect.  The same form of impression one gets from watching a lava lamp breaking into and recombining small globules of wax suspended in mineral oil floating silently as the currents push them to and fro in a enthralling light.


Snapping the picture to share this tranquil scene, I remind myself that every night in the black cold pressing depths of the sea that same dance occurs unseen by human eyes.  Instead, meant for an unseen audience with dark colorless eyes quietly keeping time to unheard music while watching from the murky black of the sea.

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The Serene Blue Screen of Death

Serene Blue is an example of how color in a work of art can set up a particular mood.  Blue is such a calming color to begin with.  But light glowing ethereal blues surrounded by dark deep blacks and greys offer a quiet almost serene emotion.  When you discover a jellyfish on the beach after a violent thunderstorm, you see a clear jelly like substance from which the jellyfish gets its name.  They are not however the blue shade you see in the photograph.


A low-level blue light hung just at the surface of the water obtains the Serene Blue light seen in the photograph.  The deep blue light gives it a calming and satisfying blue hue with a deep black background.


The miracle of the seductive jellyfish is found in its strange undulation motion that allows the animal to swim with the current.  This is provides a delightfully calming effect when combined with the wondrous dark waters and beautifies this humble killer of the dark.


Looking closely at the sides of the jellyfish you notice the floating remains of fish scales and tiny bits of its last meal floating towards the murky depths waiting hungrily below.  In an aquatic environment the jellyfish is a majestic animal floating and swimming trying to satisfy its hunger for its next meal.


That is exactly the point.  Nature is about enchantment and imagination when it comes to some of its most prolific and yet simple predators.  The jellyfish is yet another holistic example of how arousing beauty and enthralling motion can captivate our eye and yet belong to a voracious deadly hunter of the dark.  Is it not interesting how beauty and hypnotic charm in nature so often results in a painful death?


For make no mistake, the jellyfish is dangerous.  The hanging long tentacles sway in the current and rhythmic motion of the jellyfish.  Thus providing a blue screen of death to small prey.


For us, the good news for us is that this happy jellyfish would not be capable of putting enough toxins in our body to kill us.  That provides very little comfort to the voracious painful stings that it is capable of giving or, for that matter, the flagrant impartialness  it shows when it delivers those stings.

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