Monday, August 13, 2018

ELEPHANT ROW

"Elephant Row" (4-13-18 008v2) was just finished (from a fairly recent original pic of mine). Yeah, and it's of those fabulous tree roots I so enjoy taking pix of. Didn't do much to it but a big crop and some texture and color contrast work. I actually see elephant's trunks reaching down toward water. But there's nothing suggesting water in this pic and when I tried coloring a bit of the lower portion of the pic a watery blue, it didn't work at all ... obvious and distracting! I also see a baby elephant sort of standing on its hind legs on the right of this pic. But, that, too just could not bear any attempt to bring that out without messing with the overall balance and feeling of the photo. So I've left it all largely as is.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

TAKING THE LEAP

"Taking the Leap" (4-13-18 012v2e) was just fussed out of an older version of a fairly recent pic. Not much else to say except to complain (yet again) about how largely unhappy I am with my pix these days. Today's post is at least the sixth or seventh I've tortured endlessly today. There is a feel about "Taking the Leap" that I do like. But execution also counts and I'm just not sure it's all here. Hell, I'm not sure I'm all here these days, so what can I expect? A miracle? Yeah, actually. A minuscule one, such as a few hours in one day in which I feel at least close to the person I used to be. I.e., familiar to myself again. But that is probably too much to ask when one is within throwing distance of 75 years of age. The leap is just too big for this old, tired, and cranky lady. The only leaps I have been able to take in years are in my (so-called) art and even there I now feel I fall short just about all the time ...

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Friday, August 10, 2018

CLAMOR AT THE GATE

"Clamor at the Gate" (5-13-18 034v2) is one of those pix of mine I really like. Even though I wish I could do something with those white gate/bars in the background. I've tried a number of things but found making them some other more subtle color actually made the canna leaves less compelling visually. Again and again I learn from working on pictures what's true throughout life: everything's connected in some way. In any case, I do find this pic pleasant to look at. It's on my computer desktop at present.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

ROSE IN BLOOM

"Rose in Bloom" (11-26-14 011v2a) was just tortured out of an old version of a very old original pic of mine. Not over the moon about it, but what's unusual about that? Am I overly critical or (as I often say) just a vastly mediocre "artist." No matter. I still enjoy taking pix and fussing at them on my computer. Gives this old brain something to do other than complain about arthritis pain or other things in life that aren't going her way ... you'd think (and I certainly do!) that she'd have gotten it by now that life's not about getting what you want, but living the life you have. And I have over 12,000 pix in my "garden" to play around with. :-)

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

"houseplants, too ..."

"houseplants, too..." (HAIGA folder, "houseplants too") has been posted here before (six years ago) and also back then to my dreams&poetry blog. But it really "begged" for re-posting today. I think what draws me is the reminder that morning does come again, no matter how grey (and even totally lightless) things may seem. BTW, this is what is called a "haiga." That is, a haiku on an image. Not necessarily an illustration, though in this case the image just happened to illustrate the haiku when I was looking for a pic to go with it. Usually the image simply highlights something in or suggested by the haiku, or even contrasts to it or something in it. (The haiga, and the component photo and haiku are by me.)

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

RETURN OF THE SALAMANDER

"Return of the Salamander" (4-13-18 009v2) is from a version of an original pic of mine that's only a few months old (for a change). Not sure what I like about it, other than that vague, somewhat red salamander shape in the upper middle-ish right. Better leave off here, it's a bad day (especially arthritis pain-wise) and it's coloring everything I'm doing and trying to do. Even as I keep climbing, like that kinda, sorta salamander in this pic.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

ANTICIPATING THE SUN

"Anticipating the Sun" (7-16-09 3792v3) was just fussed out of a very old original pic of mine. I must have tried this particular crop a few dozen times over the years and was never all that jazzed by it. But I always knew to hold on to the original and today I like this tall/narrow crop. Who knows how I'll feel tomorrow? :-) BTW, other ways of cropping it (and it does very much need cropping) have been even less satisfying over the nine years since I took it. And that center unfolding petal always tends to unbalance the pic as it's so eye-catching. As a matter of fact, even today as I cleaned this crop up and worked on focus, I found that the central petal would occasionally jump out a bit too much at me. But, hey, as I've said here many, many times before, nothing's perfect. And I do like this pic a great deal despite that little flaw.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

UN NOCHE EN VERANO

"Un Noche En Verano" (5-13-18 034v2a) was just finished (or as finished as any pic of mine ever is :-D). It was taken just a month or so ago, and had been hanging around in an earlier version, awaiting my full attention. Every time I'd come across it I'd think, yeah, get this one ready for posting. Well, honestly, I'm not even sure now that it's ready. It's one of those that the longer I work on it, the more I find I simply must fuss at and "fix" in some way. I had to restrain myself just now or I'd still be at the poor thing. My perfectionism (just another way to say intense anxiety) has really been out and over active recently. At better times, I think of it as how I try to "develop my craft." But in recent days, it just feels like a habit of self-denigration. Yikes! That was a bit of a wandering from this pic. BTW, I clearly used the "glowing lines" function in Photoshop on this. But I also did a great deal more to it, especially in clarifying and smoothing the lines, and then getting them to be colors that were at least vaguely similar to the natural ones of this canna stand.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

NIGHT'S PAINT BRUSH

"Night's Paint Brush" (5-18-15 044v2f) was just tortured from an old version of a very old pic of mine. I now have several other versions, one just in different colors from this one. But, so far, I like this one the most. I've been "stuck" in this same old folder of pix for some time now. Mostly I'd say because I'm not snapping new pix. But the full moon ("Buck Moon") is in today so maybe I'll feel like taking new pix again soon. Even came quite close to digging out my camera on my long walk earlier today, but was still just too low energy. Mananging the walker and putting one foot in front of the other, while still enjoying the view along the way, was about all I was up to. And it was actually a nicer walk than I've had recently.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

JACARANDA BOUQUET

"Jacaranda Bouquet" (5-18-15 026v3a) was just further fudged out of an already heavily morphed version of an old photo of mine (not of jacaranda blossoms). BTW, jacaranda blooming season is just about completely over now. I missed the best tree displays (didn't make it for long walks in that direction and distance). And the only one near us has been having some sort of trouble for years. It blooms but not as fully and the blossoms fall extremely quickly even for jacarandas. I was tempted one day to take a single wide angle pic of the lawn, sidewalk, car and street, all heavily sprinkled with lavender, and call it "Purple Rain" if it came out decently. But I was headed home and very achy, so I just laughed at that punning reference to the famous Prince song and moved on without hauling out my camera.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

DRAWING A BEAD ON THE MOON

"Drawing A Bead On The Moon" (2-08a-14 003v3a) was recently fudged out of an old version of a very old pic of mine. I have another earlier version very much like this one, but like the sort of painting-like effect of this one. BTW, those sunset colored streaks were exactly as they appear here. They're one of the few things not fussed at in some way. :-)

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

"The Trees Keep An Eye Out" (10-27-16 021v2a) was just fudged from an old original pic of mine. It's essentially the same, just cropped, diffused, and sharpened, with some slight color and contrast work done. This pic was taken looking up from those roots of which I so often take pix. This particular pic always makes me wonder at the that "98" carved way in the lower left. Did some UCSB couple leave it there, all those years ago? (This tree, and several others, are right in the heart of Isla Vista, the University of CA at Santa Barbara's "college town.")

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Friday, July 20, 2018

NAME HER CORDYLINE

"Name Her Cordyline" (12-09-16 003v2) is an old fudging of an old pic of mine. I've always really liked the color of this plant (the cordyline is pretty much this color live) and was delighted to see how this crop makes the leaves look almost as if they'd been neatly combed. I've also always liked the sound of the plant's name "COR-duh-lynee;" that it would make a lovely name for a girl.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

THE WASHER AT THE FORD

"The Washer at the Ford" (10-18-17 018v2h) is an old morph of an almost year old pic of mine. (The original is of those fabulous tree roots of which I so enjoy taking pix.) The mythological character referenced by the title is the the bean nighe, a form of the better known bean sidhe (or banshee) in Celtic myth. The bean nighe (Scottish Gaelic for "washerwoman" or "laundress") is a female spirit in Scottish folklore, regarded as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld.

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