Monday, April 23, 2012
Technology has had me miffed for a few weeks. My laptops motherboard quit, but I had enough warning to subscribe to Carbonite, so my new laptop has all my old photos! Then my old camera's memory sticks are too old for the new laptop. and Sony does not make a driver for my camera to hook up with Windows 7. I did not want to buy another camera, so I hunted around cyberspace until I found a way to work around the problem. It is not perfect, but it works.
The whole camera issue made me long for my old film camera. I have a huge telephote lens, which would be awesme for my digital. They do make some digital cameras that take the old standard lenses, but of course, not for my model. I don't think I can go back to film, but I can't quite say goodbye either, so it hangs in a bag and collects dust. I like being able to manipulate my reference photos easily. I finally got comfortable using Picnic, and that went away last week. Now I will have to use some program with monkey in its name. I guess I will have to stop getting used to things and keep embracing change, because everything certainly does and frequently. A new week ahead and I will try to fill it with ART!
Friday, April 20, 2012
We are on the verge of a week of much needed rain. The weekend is hours away, and I hope to find something more to do than clean the fridge, necessary as that is. Perhaps a series of still lifes are in order...that usually gets me going.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Hopefully this is the last Winter scene for a while. My lilac bushes are half way leafed out, the grass almost needs to be mowed and my daffodils are blooming away....
One of my "issues" is still that I am "wasting" materials. I don't know why I can't get past that. This pastel of a local barn was done on Wallis paper, a very precious surface. The next two days I did small gouache paintings on postcard size paper, and I am pleased. They serve two purposes, I can do one per day, and they make great color studies for larger pieces. I will post them tomorrow.
I wrote to Dick Blick for samples of the new product from Canson, the Touch paper. They sent me samples of all the colors, and while the surface is not as gritty as the Wallis, I think I might like it. So, back to work!