This week has been an exercise in patience.From the never ending grey skies…to the
lingering cough from my cold…to my slow moving and painfully slow transition
into digital media.So I’m patiently
waiting and optimistic that all these things will get better.Spring will appear, my cold will disappear,
and I will learn this new medium.
On a more happier note...
…it is supposed to be in the upper
50’s next week, time for some lens action.
now working on digital painting.
The above was my digital painting...it's a beginning.
It is also a challenge for me but I think that in the
long run, learning this technique will open new doors of creative endeavors.In other words…I think it’s kewler than
kewl.Currently, it would be quicker to
paint the piece but in the future, who knows.What it does do is makes me think and consider the artistic nature of
the work.It also makes me work with the
graphics tablet…which is a huge learning curve for me.
Yay! Yay! Yay!
My town, Danville, has a coffee shop. The Beehive Market is more than that…it’s a combo between a mini farmer’s
market and a café with out of this world coffee.
I was there yesterday…a small group of artists got
together for a chat and coffee. To have
a place to meet, in a small town, is wonderful.
The business’ hours impressed me, they are open M-F 7a to 9p and S&S
9a to 9p. They are easily seen by the
street, the location is 55 East Main Street, Danville, Indiana 46122. They also have GREAT parking.
Whenever possible, local ingredients are used.Which impressed me.The syrups, that go into the coffees, are handcrafted by Beehive. The menu is fabulous and seasonal…right now its handmade soups, sandwiches, salads, frozen yogurt, and bakery items.
The big one…they have WiFi. For some folks that might not be a big
deal. For me, when I’m out and about
having some lens action, it’s a place that I can stop and look though my photos
via iPad. It’s a place that I can have
something to eat, have a coffee, and finish up my day. It’s a place that a couple of friends can
meet, eat, and play with our apps. I can power up my laptop while I'm waiting for someone. The seating
is comfortable, the entire physical location is inviting, and lots of natural
light. It’s an easy meeting place
too. The way the windows and parking is,
it’s easy to take a seat and wait because you can spot your friend/s coming in the front or back.
The café is both convenient and
comfortable. I ordered a double Nutella Latte and a sour cream coffee cake
muffin. Yum…and more yum. I felt a little bit of Austin, Texas moved
into Danville, Indiana. All that was
missing was the warmer weather.
I was introduced to the owner, Betsy Bassett. Here again, I was impressed.
You can also catch them on Facebook for the soups of the day and events.
All-in-all…the highest praise I can give is that I will
This is my favorite of the week...Peace Trees. It's a mix of photography, digital, and a dash of drawing on the graphics tablet. I'm feeling much better about my move to visual art and the digital direction I seem to be moving in. It's been hard...it's been frustrating...it's been interesting. I've only touched upon the tip of the iceberg but it's holding my attention. The pieces of the puzzle are beginning to come together. Anyway, I'm off to work on packing up the garage. Well, I'm packing up my lampwork studio mostly by bits everyday. It's just freezing out there... Later Gators, ~Moon
Since the whole ‘privacy’ policy came out, I had to
re-evaluate why I was there. The new policy starts on January 19th,
Instagram has a new info share program with Facebook and with advertisers. Then I heard they won’t and then again, they
will, then back to a firm no. I was using it more for a photo holding area,
I didn’t use the software that often, and I really didn’t hang with the
community. Great folks but I really didn’t
have the time and was a bit late to the party.
I also got tired of looking at all the fuzzy-wuzzy colors of cats,
puppies, food, and feet.
For those that don’t use Instagram…it’s a photo-based
social network. It’s really very easy to
use, has filters, and works well with Facebook.
Facebook also owns it…now. It
also limits the photo image to 600x600.
Plus it’s a free app for smart phones. Here’s what they do: Click here for the FAQ.
Where I’m at is EyeEm and Flickr. I’ve been on Flickr so long, I can’t see
myself moving. Flickr, for me, more an
online resource. Where EyeEm is a new,
fresh face in the photo social media gang…not to be confused with eyeMe, which
is another photo social media app. The
EyeEm’s app is very friendly with an interface that wonderful to work
with. It has a small learning curve,
that’s fine, most apps do. I’m still trying to figure my way around so
give me a month or so…BUT one of the features that psych me is a Discover
Feed. The other is the network isn’t
based on friends but shared interests.
It has topic boxes.
Like Instagram, EyeEm can pull in any photo from your
camera roll. Which is wonderful for me
because I use an app called Camera+ for my photo taking pleasures. If I only had on photo app, I’d haveCamera+.
It works with my iPad as well plus it has a feature called Lightbox Sync. This sync enables me to shoot on my iPhone
and then edit/process my workflow on my iPad.
Just flip the iCloud Lightbox Sync to ON… easy peasy. Camera+ also works with a grid to align photo
shots, has lots of effects, a stabilizer, and you can share the photos to
social media. The best of all, it’s faster
than Apple’s camera app.
BTW...I don't make any bucks from any of these apps and Camera+ is on sale for $.99 the last time I checked.
What I'm doing this week...I’m
in the process of learning how to use my Wacom Bamboo Create. Playing around was fun but I know it does so much more.
A Wacom Bamboo Create is a graphics tablet, it takes the place of a mouse. It can take the place of brushes or pens if painting in any of the digital software that is out there. Right now my focus is on Autodesk Sketchbook, Photoshop, Corel Painter, and Nik Color Efex.
Wacom Bamboo Create has a larger digital canvas that is needed; which is wonderful for digital art like
illustration and digital painting. Now
the hard part…the learning curve. The
pen works just like a brush because it has pressure sensitivity. It works like a mouse...it works like a pen...if all else fails, I can use the touch option so it works with my fingers. It's a lower end graphics tablet to see if can figure it out.
Now the hard part is teaching myself though tutorials and some books. I haven't found a lot of local resources...let me re-phase that, I haven't found any local resources.
This is a not so wordless Wednesday post....this is also part of 'Sincerely, Paula' blog hop. If you get a chance, stop by...it's a lovely blog!!! This is more of a show and how. The above photo is a sunflower (duh) that I bought for a 'I hate winter' day. I grabbed on to the sunflower like it was sunshine. Anyway, the photo was shot in studio lights and a white background; with a Nikon D5100 and a AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G prime lens. I even had the auto focus on. The only major photoshop processing was sizing, and watermark. That's it, easy peasy. I know a lot of folks say that it's the photographer that makes the photo. I think that decent equipment helps. So much for wordless Wednesday...geez... Later Gators, ~Moon
There are all types of projects that artists, bloggers, and photographers do.One of the best known is the “365 Photo a Day”.There is also “Shadow Shot Sunday” or “Fine Art Friday” and even “Week-End Reflection.”This year I picked “Wordless Wednesday” and “Project 52.”
Project 52 concept is a yearlong commitment that I will post
on my blog a piece of art. This is not a
commitment to the blog reader, it’s a commitment to me by me. Now as one of my blog readers, you get to
see weekly art so there is some benefit to you.
I had some of the greatest intentions of starting the project last week but Blogger and I aren't getting along. Just to let you know, that Blogger has a glitch right now with IE. For some reason, I can't up load photos...boo hiss.
So drum roll...my first Project 52 posts...
The above is a all digital via various software and programs. It's one of my favorites so far. I'm really only touching the bits and pieces of digital art. The potential is unbelievable of the creative work I can do. I'm learning one drop at a time. The below is part of my 'Conjoined Cat' Series. The subject is Mouse, my grey tortie gal.
That's it for now. I'm taking the rest of the evening off to read Jim Butcher's "Cold Days" and to elevate my knee. Right now I'm limping around like an old lady, I jacked my knee trying to avoid stepping on a cat while on stairs. It's just been one of 'THOSE' weeks.
In my mind's eye, the above is what a new day on a new year is supposed to look like. Weeeelllllll, it's grey here. This is an iPhone photo from this summer that I cleaned up in Photoshop.
Attitude is sometimes the best change one can make. Habits are another...most people try to rid themselves of those pesky things. I, want to add a few. I'm working on my schedule today, as you see blogging takes place in the morning, over my coffee.
The other habits...
You know that tiny voice
in your head that says ‘don’t do that!’Well, I’ve decided to listen in 2013. I've also decided to try Mischief Management
instead of being the Jackass Whisperer (moon-ism) There comes a time that I don’t mind
saying ‘I blinked first.’
I'm off to figure out Autodesk SketchBook Pro 6...there's no time like the present.