“It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps at the door. I am deep in the machinery of my wits. Reluctantly I rise, I answer the phone or I open the door. And the thought which I had in hand, or almost in hand, is gone. Creative work needs solitude. It needs concentration, without interruptions. It needs the whole sky to fly in, and no eye watching until it comes to that certainty which it aspires to, but does not necessarily have at once. Privacy, then. A place apart — to pace, to chew pencils, to scribble and erase and scribble again.
According to the stats here on WordPress, hardly anyone clicks my photos, whether I make thumbnails or bigger. Especially if I make “nice” photos, like my garden galleries or the Photoshop paint effects, I think they look best at their largest size of 800 px or up – but I’m wondering if it’s really a waste of space?
If you don’t click – why and does it have something to do with your screen size, or isn’t it tempting enough?
If you do click – I wonder why it doesn’t show? It’s not that I’m hunting viewers per se, it’s just interesting to find out what people like the most and what motivates you.
I would really appreciate it if you’d comment or vote – and everyone please click the enclosed photo, tell me that you did, so I can check if it registers. Thanks!
Ifølge statistikken her på bloggen, er der næsten ikke nogen som klikker på mine billeder for at se dem i fuld størrelse, heller ikke hvis det er små thumbnails. Især hvis jeg synes jeg har lavet noget pænt, som fx. mine havegallerier eller de Photoshoppede falske malerier, så synes jeg de vinder ved at blive forstørret, men måske er det spild af plads?
Hvis du ikke klikker – hvorfor og har det noget med din skærmstørrelse at gøre eller er det bare ikke fristende?
Hvis du klikker – er det jo sært at jeg ikke kan se det. Det er ikke fordi jeg jagter point, det er bare sjovt at vide hvad der motiverer folk og hvad de synes bedst om. Så jeg vil sætte pris på hvis du gider kommentere eller stemme. Hvis du også gider klikke på billedet og fortælle at du har gjort det, så jeg kan se om det bliver registreret, så bliver jeg rigtig glad.
Trying today to incorporate my logo without getting a huge watermark, and testing it on various backgrounds.
As well as sneaking up on my intent for my homeschooling, loafing around in Photoshop, while not exactly studying it. But I will. Equal measures of play and reading is a good mix I think.
MotherOwl says the font is quite how she sees me as a person, so perhaps I’ll stick with it. But I suddenly began to wonder why I’d made the first C a capital letter, since it’s a URL. So now I’ll have to go check whether it looks better all lowercase.
-or How to pick a personal font?
I wish this was a really cool tutorial about creating your online persona with a perfect logo and brand, but I’m just little old me fiddling with a new watermark for my photos.
Because yes, I do think some of them are good enough that I want the credit, and because I want to use a Photoshop action rather than the usual brush made from my logo.
I love my logo, I’ve used it since 1999, but a. the brush is very small and easy to overlook or erase, b. it does not clue anybody in to where the image originated and c. I seem to not always be able to make a crisp, steady click with my brush, whether cats in my lap or not.
There are a multitude of issues involved in watermarking. I personally dislike the gigantic copyright messages obscuring most of the photo. I’ve done it, and well, as you’ve seen I stopped quite a long time ago. Instead of doing the brush click in a corner, I’ve done it all over the photo, finding a critical place that didn’t look too bad with a symbol on it but also visible and harder to crop out. (I won’t go into details about being “invited” to sporting events to take photos for the participants, only to have everybody print out the watermarked samples instead, let’s just say I don’t do those “jobs” anymore).
And fonts. I used to have a font that I used for everything, letterheads, website etc. And well, I just don’t like it all that much now, but I’m having a really hard time picking a new one! Newspaper fonts are too boring, but I also don’t want to use one that resembles the Comic sans style. Not too many flourishes, it’s not a wedding cake blog after all. Do I really have to make my own font? There’s like a million out there for grabs!
It’s not that I can’t find cool fonts. The question is: which one is really “me”? I like simple, I like grunge, I like calligraphic styles. A watermark for marketing purposes needs to be easy to read, so away with the fantasy fonts.
For now it’s a work in progress, starting with a fairly neutral and boring signature until I get myself sorted. I’d very much appreciate it, if you guys would stop me in my tracks if you see that I’ve found the perfect match but not yet noticed it myself!
To be continued…
Do I feel a slight hint of spring on the frosty breeze? When the sun is out, I can almost imagine…. So I put the laundry outside on the line! Aaah, yes, I’m definitely ready.
I’ve been working on a few things this week that I thought I was going to blog about, but none of them are quite done yet. I did finish my dry leaves printing experiment and I’m not very impressed, so that project post got archived vertically as we say here. As in, I’m not even going to bother scanning the results for you. Cochineal prints lovely on paper though, but it also pokes a lot of holes, LOL.
Knitting and spinning progress = 0
I’ve been thinking a lot about my painting etc. which normally is a really bad sign, and probably is in this case too, but I seem to be all over the place and that’s not very constructive either. To improve your skills it really works best to pick a theme and make multiple versions. You rarely fix all your mistakes in one go.
One minute I’m into intuitive abstracts, the next I’m trying for the impressionistic turneresque landscapes in my mind which on canvas then looks more like a naive illustration for a childrens’ book. Which I kinda dig too, in fact it could be a very good way to warm up for a picture book which title has been floating in my head for 7-8 years about my horse Charlie. Problem is, I have the format in place, but the actual plot is missing. Would be a great tribute now that he’s gone. I also had wanted to do a series of cartoons around the critters, probably for 10-12 years, but made TWO crummy attempts. Now we have Fergus who is everything I wanted to do exactly, and I’m not jealous, I LOVE Fergus, but I’m not going to copy any of it when he’s obviously so much better than anything I can output at this time. 😉 However, my brain has produced a couple of cartoon sketches this week, nothing original, but I may just work on them anyway – for the practice.
So it’s a lovely day out today, and even though I’d really like to work on my mandalas and one of my wip paintings, I should go be outside. I’m sure I’ll feel all the better for it. Dog to be walked, firewood to be stacked, maybe I should actually go riding on the old silly? And all the frozen horsepoop in the paddock is probably going to unfreeze real soon. It’ll be so good for my back and biceps….
And, well, spring on the way also means photo weather, if my old Canon 20D is still willing (shutter has passed the average number of exposures for this model). Not that it’s impossible in winter, I just don’t like being outside in the cold wind and the batteries die to quick. Anyone want to sponsor me a 7D house?! I promise I’ll do at least one excursion every week to a new location. 😀
It’s all the rage on creative blogs – a post a day, a collage a day, a journal page a day, a photo a day, a heart a day, 365 days challenges.
And it makes sense, if you want to keep the flow, get in the groove. You need to show up every day and do your thing. For a long long time I didn’t, I let life run me over, I was exhausted and kept saving my ideas for tomorrow. “It’ll soon get better, and then…” turned into years… But I’ve learned recently, if I want to get it done, I need to get started. No matter what life looks like today.
Being me, I do know however that a fixed project commitment every day doesn’t work for me. Making it a duty, heck, that’s why I became self-employed so I wouldn’t have to show up on time for somebody else’s gig, you know, the sun is shining, perfect time to go riding at 11 am! (or paint – don’t get many hours in winter).
Besides, once I begin thinking about it, I can suddenly imagine doing a doodle a day, a written something a day, a painting excercise a day, a yarn a day, a photo a day, a knit-one-row-a-day project, a cartoon character a day, an index card sketch a day, a horse a day….. (see, I’m making lists again!)
I also have a list of things I’d like to study, artsy as well as “bookish”. Schedule a day where that’s what I’m doing for xx hours a week. But I need to take it slow because I know what happens if I don’t. Multitasking is poison to the soul!
So I’m not going to commit to any one particular thing a day, because suddenly life happens and I’m off in another direction for a while. But, starting with my converted book I’ll try to show up every day and do “something”, not just gab or think about it (which I’m really good at as you’ve gathered). I have plenty of little things I want to do that are not art in themselves but preparations to make art, such as stencils for use on book pages and elsewhere. Font research. Great for days when art scares you, but you still want to feel some accomplishment.
In fact I think I may have so much fun with it that I started on its partner. I even looked for the part 5+6 that I knew I’d seen, but I’ve thrown out quite a few books over the last years, both my own, to make more room on my shelves, since I’ve reached the limit for more shelves, as well as my MIL stash that lived in the loft for a while. The stash, not the MIL. So they were gone, and recently too as I recall, when deciding I couldn’t be bothered reading them. A whole stack, same size, different designs, would have been cool though! Maybe.
The covers are a work in progress. The pages I either slather with gesso, making the old paper more sturdy as well as preventing markers from bleeding through to the other side. It contains chalk, so it dries quickly and also makes a porous surface suitable for inks and watercolors. Or I sometimes use leftover paint from something else to make a little background that I can later use for collage or paint something else on top. If you add a lot of medium you allow the text to be seen through the colour, you can even use matt acrylic medium to get the same effect as gesso but keep the text. I pull out every 4-5 pages so it doesn’t get monster thick when I add all those things, the spine being the width it is.
The thing about this project is no pressure. I don’t need to get an idea to work on it, I just mindlessly add a bit of paint and maybe something likeable comes out of it. I haven’t wasted expensive paper if it doesn’t, but maybe it’ll keep me in or get me into that flow. It feels like it’s now or else – having wasted all that precious time already. So this is my way of reminding myself over and over that a new software is being installed. I’m going to drag my resistant twin kicking and screaming into the century of the fruitbat.
Maybe eventually I’ll come up with something that I’d actually like to document and collect every day, for now I’m publishing my intentions so feel free to check up on me and keep me to it. 😉
In return I promise not to actually pester you with my antics daily. Maybe just a special doodle once in a blue moon?
But just to make it harder on myself, I’d like to hear your ideas for “something a day”. Do you think it’s a good idea/routine/challenge and why?
I’ve got soo many old photos, mainly negatives, that I really still quite like. And never really done anything with after clicking and developing. Yes, I have some harebrained assumption that I’ll one day scan them all in super dooper quality all ready to use, show off, play with, manipulate in Photoshop.. I also have some old 3D images that I might like to revamp (haven’t done any 3d graphics for years), old notes keep surfacing with sketches and ideas. I even have a roll of old, half finished paintings somewhere (the garage probably).
So I’m wondering if it would be fun to mix and match, use oldies but goodies in new contexts, print out photos and sample them onto paintings or fabric, use 3D art as background for masked photos – or should I let bygones be bygones? Always look ahead for/at fresh ideas, let old horses have their rest and ride the young ones?
I’d like to hear from people, apart from recycling actual materials, do you ever revamp old finished or unfinished pieces? (I have an ulterior motive for asking – I think my camera is close to going on the blink. Exposures seem to be happening at random, so the shutter could be suffering from the over 30.000 exposures that I’ve seen as the first likely breakpoint on the Canon 20D. I’d love to get a new one, but that means $$ have to happen…)
And speaking of old canvasses, my acrylic paints survived 10 years in an uninsulated garage, the oil paints did not. I do however have some very nice quality canvasses that are either halfdone or I don’t like the motif, colours are great to build on. I know I can’t use my acrylics on top, so what, apart from investing in oil paints (which is ridiculous in a tiny house like this unless we want a perpetual headache and cat hair built into the paintings), can I do to salvage these? I hate to just throw away perfectly good materials…
Jeg har længe haft en ambition om at scanne alle mine mangemange negativer ind, fordi jeg aldrig rigtig har fået brugt mine billeder inden det blev digitalt og mange af dem er jeg egentlig stadig glad for. Der er sikkert også mange som er kandidater til Photoshop collager eller andet lir, man kunne printe dem og sample (har vi et dansk ord for sampling?) på malerier eller stof, blande dem med (gammel) 3D grafik osv.
Jeg finder også tit gamle noter omkring billed- eller farveideer jeg har haft og nogen giver mig stadig billeder på nethinden.
Det kunne være sjovt at høre fra andre, uanset om vi taler strik eller billedkunst, om I genbruger jeres gamle ting eller om I kun ser fremad. Ideer får man jo nok af… Og hvordan genbruger I det så? Det kunne være fedt med noget inspiration…
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