Tuesday, October 27, 2009

How I used to pick up boys in college...

I was going through old emails today and came accross this hilarious conversation I had with my mother on AIM on Friday, January 30, 2004, Enjoy!!

ME: i have a movie date er something on saturday lol
MY MOTHER: so how was your day?
MY MOTHER: uh-oh
ME: pretty ok i guess
ME: urs?
MY MOTHER: with whom
ME: with a guy from my tv broadcast class named justin
ME: hes a junior.. hes pretty cute
ME: bad taste in music tho and hes really into sports
MY MOTHER: give me all the details
ME: those were the details lol
ME: hes in my class but not in my group
ME: and today he came into the room i was in with a notebook
MY MOTHER: how did the date happen
ME: and i was bored so im like.. gimme ur notebook so i can draw all over it
MY MOTHER: and what did you draw
ME: lol... a squirrel frozen in a block of ice
MY MOTHER: and that impressed him?
ME: and then i drew his name in block letters, an ice cream cone, uhm a multiple choice sentence about the class.. and i included my sn
MY MOTHER: sneaky...ky....ky....ky....ky....ky...ky
ME: JUSTIN: I was impressed by the wayward squirrel in my notebook, that was cute.
MY MOTHER: hahaha
ME: lol
MY MOTHER: it was the squirrel!
ME: squirrels work every time lol
ME: O:-)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Buy four prints and SAVE $20!!

*NEW* in my etsy shop: The Beach Treasures collection.

This set includes four fine art prints:

1. Seaglass and Driftwood
2. Sand Dollar, Starfish and Feather
3. Seashells and Scallop Shells
4. Horseshoe Crab and Coral

You save $20 buy ordering a set of four prints!!

All prints measure 5x5 OR 10x10 inches with polaroid edges. Perfect wall art for your beach house or any house you wish were by the sea.

Like all of my polaroid fine art prints, these images are UNEDITED.

Printed on archival matte paper with top notch professional printers. I send ALL my images to a professional printing press to be printed when you order one.

LARGER sizes (20x20 and 30x30) are available, please let me know what size you would like and i will gladly create a custom order listing for you.

All images Copyright Jena Ardell. All rights reserved.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Truly Inspiring: Michael Wolf

German-born author and artist Michael Wolf was raised and educated in the United States and has been living in Hong Kong for 15 years, a decade of which he has spent as a photographer. Wolf's work focuses on vernacular culture, particularly Chinese culture. His projects range from thought-provoking portraits to grand-scale gallery installments that beckon the introspection of society as a whole.

What first caught my eye was Wolf's 100x100 collection. For this project, Wolf photographed residents living in Hong Kong's oldest housing project, Shep Kip Mei, where each living space measured 10 x 10 feet. I was eager to peer into each room to see how individuality played a role in conceptualizing the limited space. After viewing a handful of photographs, I was left speechless. Instead of mind-numbingly satisfying my voyeuristic eye, I was left wondering: What personal possessions would I [be able to] keep if I only had 100 square feet?

Other projects by Wolf serve a similar slice humble pie. One such installment titled The Real Toy Story, consists of 16 images of Chinese toy factory workers surrounded by 16,000 plastic toys. The result: a powerful juxtaposition of imagery that invokes morality.

For this exhibit, Wolf scoured thrift shops in California for toys (all of which were made in China); sanded the back of each toy; glued several magnets to each toy back (45,000 magnets total); installed 30 large panels of sheet metal to a gallery wall; and covered the wall with the toys. It took three people working 10 hours daily for three days to attach all of the toys to the walls.

What impresses me most about Wolf's work is the level of dedication to his craft. Both projects were simple ideas which he took to a impressively higher realm. Seeing projects of this magnitude inspire me to conjure grand-scale ideas of my own which I hope will one day impact others as much as Wolf's work has impacted me.

More information about Wolf and his work can be found in this interview or on his website.

Friday, October 9, 2009

10 Truths

I haven't posted a blog in awhile so I thought this would be a good icebreaker and give me the opportunity (or obligation, hehe) to start blogging again.

I was tagged by Mr. Joel Alexander. Now it's my turn...

I must name 10 different HONEST things about myself. If I tag you, then you can do the same!!

1. My goals in life are to own a beach house and swim with manatees. (And become a successful photographer, of course).

2. I have an Associate's degree in French but I'm too self conscious to speak French in front of people... so I'm hoping to finally change that.

3. I secretly like getting poison ivy blisters.

4. I misinterpret song lyrics all the time but I usually like my version better, so I'll refuse to learn the correct lyrics in fear it will ruin my perception of the song.

5. I've always loathed bats and now I have every reason to continue loathing bats. If you know me, you'll know why... let's just say rabies shots + insane medical bill. :(

6. I own over 300 Archie comic books. I stopped collecting in 1997 or 1998, but I'll still buy pre-1970s issues if I happen to stumble across them.

7. I used to be anti-FarmVille (you know, the virtual farm application on facebook) and now I play it all the time. In fact, I'm probably harvesting my crops as you read this.

8. I have ALWAYS wanted to be a Roxy model.

9. I'm addicted to Pinkberry. There, I said it. Medium original with pineapple + strawberries + blueberries... that's my usual. :)

10. I have three tattoos and I want more. One will probably be an anchor.

Now I'm tagging...

Megs: http://wrapstar.us
Aaron: http://feaverishphotography.com/blog
Addison: http://loveaddsphotography.blogspot.com
Kate: http://flapperdoodle.blogspot.com

Have a great weekend, can't wait to read your responses!!