One of my kiddos brought me a big splashy flower this week. I just happened to have my camera with me. School work can wait! Girls line up for a hula girl picture! Boys too if you want! This type of break in the routine does not make for consistent horse training. But can I help it if I’m constantly making pictures in my mind? Am I really to blame if I get a good idea every now and then that cannot be reshelved for later. I am not a Later person. I am a Now person.
Also the mosaic thing. It’s becoming a problem. I can’t help that either. I did that one above in IPhoto. It’s not nearly as cool as Big Huge Labs, but it’s awfully fast!
I had not smoked any reefer, had any cocktails, been in the vicinity of any meth labs, or even sniffed any paint before I made this mosaic. I just acquired Photoshop last week and as my sister pointed out, fiddling around with it is like getting stuck in quicksand. I had that very sensation as I digitally cut each of these ill-fitting photos out and pasted them into a document the size of Texas. There were gaps, there were rough edges, there were very very very many pixels. They were like flys swarming around my head. I went for the flyswatter but accidently clicked on the brushes instead. Oh Muchachos it was a real *&$#ing (insert bad word here) MESS. I know I can’t be the only knucklehead learning Photoshop. I did this for YOU! I bet you feel like a real smarty pants now huh?
*AFter a night of sleep it was clear the original mosaic had to be replaced by this new one, with only 6 photos instead of 36. Trust me. If you had seen it you would have had nightmares too. Until I get Photoshop for Morons & Imbeciles I hereby suspend all mosaic activities made in this way.
After that digital debacle I did the only thing I could do. I took all my newly cut stencils and masks and headed outside and started spraying and didn’t stop until I had made a brand new mess. Go ahead. You can say it…But listen, I really did try not to use ALL OF THEM on the same paper. After a while I gave up and gave in. I couldn’t help that either. Some days a person has to just bow down to all the wild beckonings and rash decisions the world has to offer.
This week was good for mail. First the absolutely STUNNING art work I ordered from SWALLOWFIELD arrived. If you’re a fool for patterns and doodling as much as I am there’s plenty more where this came from! Jen’s Etsy shop is chockful of drop-dead gorgeous work.
Then my clever sister sent me this mailart with a new martini recipe on it. Who doesn’t need one of those I’d like to know?
Then as if that wasn’t good enough dear Suzanne sent me this mailart with a lovely letter enclosed.
Creativity must run in the family huh? so much good in one post, almost (almost!) too much!
I am loving all of these images…artists…really needing this this morning!!
Girl, don’t give up on Photoshop. There is just so much it can do and unless you want to become a professional, you’ll probably never figure it all out! Everything I know, which is admittedly not much, I learned by just playing around. (Hey I wonder what this does? What will happen if I do this? ugh, that looks terrible–undo!)This type of inquiry is, actually, great for you, don’t ya think?? I just have a feeling you are a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl 😉 It is frustrating when you know what you want to do but can’t figure out how to do it, but I promise, if you keep playing you’ll be creating masterpieces in no time. I despise reading directions, I’d rather it take me 2 days longer and figure it out myself, but there are a few tutorials and hints you can search in the program. One word of advice. I would’t venture off to the website too quickly or you will get a major headach just trying to figure out how to find what you need–talk about being overwhelmed! Just sit and play and try not to get frustrated. Oh, and remember the Undo button! You will love it!
Hi MA! I’m learning Photoshop too but am doing it with a cd I got from http://www.cre8it.com…she offers 3 or 4 cd tutorials and the great thing is they are made especially for artists, not graghic peeps, so the focus is on doing the kinds of things we like to do! Check it out!
I have photo shop for morons and am still scared!! I want someone to come over her and SHOW me how. I need to SEE how to do it, not read how to do it.
LOVE all the stencils and the mail art. and your new purchases are great.
oh Mary Ann…
hamsa, hamsa, hamsa…
those journal pages
I am in love
xox – eb.
Hey! stop it! I just went back to look at the 36 photo mosaic and it had morphed into but a shadow of it’s former self. I liked that big, wild, crazy, reefer smoking, 36 photo mosaic. Put it back! I need to check it out more.
LOVE that mosaic!!!!
I got photoshop installed a few months ago,and I love it too, completely addictive. At first i was absolutely terrified of it,being a technically challenged person, but once i started playing around there was no going back, and now all I want to do is teach myself how to use more and more of it. Have fun 🙂
visuals + mail art (oh please Mary Ann send these folks my address) + writing = WOW.
did you hear me?
WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
xox – eb.