Sunday, August 18, 2019

LOST IN THE ABSTRACTION

"Lost in the Abstraction" (10-24-18 005v2) was just ever so slightly fussed with in MS Photos. The original and the version I worked with here, are about 10 months old (babies compared to the vast majority of my pix :-D). That title may be a little pompous and also a bit off the mark, but I like it. So there!

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

SUMMER'S LAST HURRAH

"Summer's Last Hurrah" (11-20-18 002[2]) was just morphed from a previous version of a 9-month old pic of mine. Not much else I can say about it. I do kind, sorta like it. But I keep itching to get at it (and just about any photo I've worked on since getting my new computer) with that version of Photoshop I have on my old 'puter. But given the givens of the editing program I do have available, this isn't an awful pic. Just not one I'd write home to mom about. :-)

On a different, if related subject, I've noted an increasing resistance to taking any new pix. Up til now I've pretty much credited that to not have an editing program I'm happy with. However, I think there's more going on. My shift seems to be more and more towards morphing whatever pix I already have (thousands of them). Torturing them into being non-representational, or very close to it. And there may be a connection between that and all the spectacular, very good realistic photos I keep seeing online that are making any of mine look more and more amateurish to me by comparison. Not that I was ever professional, but I had a certain amount of ego denial going on that allowed me to like some [sic: a very few] of my realistic pix. When it comes to non-representational pix, well, maybe I'm fooling myself there also. But I tend to think that overall they're better art than my realistic ones. Uh, well, maybe my newer ones tend to be better. In any case, I enjoy messing with my pix and turning them every which way but up, and morphing the behoositz outta them. Gives this old (and rapidly getting older) lady something to do with her still curious and active mind. Other than record her night dreams and write poems about them, something I still do. (You can Google for "Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm" to see some of those night dream and other sorts of poems of mine.)
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

NATURE'S CROCHET

"Nature's Crochet" (7-30-09 4671v4[3]) was just fudged out of an old version of one of my oldest pix. It's another example of the "meh" work I'm producing these days. I'd like to think, mostly due to the lack of an editing program I can learn without feeling like I'm way down the road to dementia. And that's only partly a joke. In any case, I see a tree in this "abstract" and wanted to somehow include "tree" in the title. But could not find a way to do so without producing a name for this fussy pic that's more like a poem all by itself. Yeah, there's no pleasing me today. LOL...and so I think maybe with good reason. Not everything (or even a rare thing) can be a masterpiece. (BTW, this is one of those pix best viewed in a larger version, so just click on the image if you'd like to see the details of the "crochet.")

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

OUT OF THE CHASM

"Out of the Chasm" (Screenshots-many 2-10-19[20]) was just fudged today out of an already massively fudged with old photo of mine. No surprise, then, that I see some sort of burning creature or disaster, surfacing within its busy shapes and colors. :-) Not all that happy with this pic, but can't do much better by it given all I have is Windows10's very limited Photos program. (I'd do much more with it's focus/clarity.) I continue to miss Photoshop V.11 terribly. And still haven't had (and may never have) the energy and focus to teach myself that really old version of PS I do have, or to struggle with endlessly dense GIMP. Even SUMOPAINT, which I'd begun to develop a working relationship with a couple of years ago, is beyond me now. Sometimes getting really old sucks the big one. Most of what little energy I have these days goes to trying to clean out (and clean up) my rooms. And my inner life ... that chasm of self has gotten awfully crowded with junk and unwelcome stuff over the 11 years I've been here in CA.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

IT STANDS OUT IN MEMORY

The original of this pic I took ("It Stands Out In Memory" 5-14-17 009v2[3]) is over two years old. As I've been mentioning here recently, I've not been able to make the long walks anymore that took me to sights like this one. And I've missed them (the walks and the sights :-D). For a brief time very recently I thought I was building back up to the effort of wending my way with my walker along these sidewalks. I'd even made it a couple of times to within one long block of this tree. But things have deteriorated again. I may be up against accepting that I can only see these sorts of trees and such in memory ... and my many photos.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

MOONLIGHT SONATA

"Moonlight Sonata" (6-27-09 2903[3]) is from one of my oldest pix (over ten years old). Just fussed with today. I kinda, sorta like the fuzzy effect. And the crop, well, it's the best I have so far come up with for a problematic original pic. As to the title: I often wonder if a title from an entirely different artistic effort can legally be used. Anyway, I love Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, and offer this much edited photo of the same name with all due respect to his original music.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

AT THE END OF MEMORY LANE

"At The End Of Memory Lane" (screenshots 5-13-19 [3]) may have been posted here a long time ago. I just fudged with it this morning a tiny bit (very minor cropping and a wee bit of color work). It's a very old pic, none of what appears in it exists in this garden anymore. I miss this lush scene, but recognize the necessity for a drought tolerant garden. Though I never did learn what happened to that lovely maiden bird bath. If I remember correctly, it got moved briefly (in a broken condition) to the outside perimeter of one of the gardens in the back of our grounds. Who knew why? Or why they'd not say when questioned? I have my suspicions and won't go into them here. The way this area looks now is fine and mostly quite sunny. However, I'm happy to have this photo (and some others) to recall its previous incarnation.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

SHOOTING STARS

"Shooting Stars" (7-14-19[2] in screenshots 2) was just tortured today out of a very old pic of mine that has already been heavily fudged with many times over the years. I'll leave it at that. At least I don't feel terribly uncomfortable posting this version. Maybe I should make a wish on it. :-)

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

TUMBLING MOON

"Tumbling Moon" (9-28-18 001v14[2]) is, as was yesterday's pic, a response to an earthquake. The second big one -- this one 7.1 -- in two days, near Ridgecrest (CA). It's said it's been 20 years since southern CA's had quakes of this magnitude, and also that it's not unusual for them to occur in a series. Sigh. This old, New York City native is learning more about quakes (and wildfires and droughts and floods) than she'd ever have believed she'd need to. I find the quakes the most nerve wracking of all as I've actually felt them directly. This second one went on much longer and was quite a bit stronger. I can't imagine what the folk nearest it all are going through. Though I must say most of my neighbors in the retirement community I live in are long time (if not native) Californians and take it all differently than I do. But, then again, I've always taken life's turbulences differently from other folk. Not that I'm panicking. I just need to process it all, to openly acknowledge my upset, and gather lots of info. I was still living and working in New York City on 9/11. My roommate at that time thought me exceedingly strange as I sat in front of our T.V. for hours on end, absorbing all the info I could, before I'd finally had enough and felt I could watch something else or even turn it off. I also took notes for poems, and I think she found that oddest of all. Ah well, so be it. She had her oddities (to my understanding), too, in other areas of life.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

"6.4 at the epicenter ...."

"6.4 at the epicenter ...." (9-28-18 001v5b) is several months old. When I ran across it this morning it reminded me of my feelings during those few seconds of the earthquake yesterday. Of course, it was much worse nearer the inland epicenter than just the strong shaking we got here in Goleta. I hasten to add that yesterday's epicenter was in the high desert (near Ridgecrest). So this pic's strong watery aspect might have more appropriately represented that quake off the Channel Islands of a few years ago. Then again, this non-representational pic stirs the memory of my inner experience yesterday, so I guess all the "water" is OK then. :-)

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

"WAVE BYE-BYE..."

"Wave Bye-Bye..." (11-24-17 004v3[2]) is almost two years old. I just slightly cropped it today at its bottom edge and that's it. It'll probably be just another couple weeks (at the most) and I'll be making it to these well-manicured front gardens once again on my resumed long walks. It's a challenge not only to hear but to respect the clues I get about how far I can reasonably walk. On my last walk (the day before yesterday) I had some hesitation about going that one block further so I could sit under my favorite old willow for the first time in over a year. So, rather than respect that hesitation, I pushed and regretted it -- lotsa right knee pain the next day. Well, as the cliche goes, live and learn (and I'll add, learn again and again and again ... :-D).

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

WELCOME TO D-BUILDING

"Welcome to D-Building" (8-15-09 5522e[2]) was somewhat re-cropped. It's a very old pic and to this day reminds me of how I sometimes feel when approaching the D-Building of the retirement community in which I live. Especially after a long walk. Which reminds me. I keep mentioning the long walks I used to take (see previous post, e.g.). Well, I took one a week ago and one yesterday! Yay! They were quite a challenge, especially yesterday's. But also a great joy. I have every hope/intention of building up to walking several times a week again, and much longer walks than these two I just did. Hope my walker wheels can handle it all until I either get replacements, or a new walker altogether.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

STILL NOT FITTING IN

"Still Not Fitting In" (5-14-17 004v2c[2]) was just slightly edited (mostly just cropping). It's a two year old pic, but somehow feels older. Probably means I took shots of this same tree many years ago and have since deleted or morphed them all out of recognition. I do know I always stopped at this lawn and checked out this heavily pruned tree and shadows, etc. Although the chances of taking more long walks to see it get less with each passing day, I may yet be able to. If not, as I've said here a few times before, I'm grateful for the all the photos I took on those two years or so of longs walks.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

GRATEFUL FOR THE MEMORY

"Grateful for the Memory" (4-15-13 1259ev3[2]) was just slightly edited to fix some little issues I've always had with this old pic. Think I've finally dealt with them decently. Of course, who knows what I'll think when I come across it in another few years. :-) Anyway, the title says it all. We used to get these sweet orchids in our community's promenade garden. But there haven't been any in many seasons. I suppose whoever cared for them is no longer living here.

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