Abstract art is so alluring, but also daunting. The greats make it look easy (Diebenkorn, Rothko, Mitchell), but the reality is that it is so much easier to make a lot of crap. Yet I keep getting drawn to making it. Not sure why.
Lately I’ve been making these digitized brushstroke collages. It started out about six years ago when I discovered James Nares. When I find art that I really like, the impulse is to replicate it. What is the process? How did they do it? It’s like solving a puzzle. Read more
On to the process. I start off with a simple object. In this case I photographed some ribbons, and made them into PNGs with a transparent background. I use the procreate app for all of my processing and design.
I’ve recently been inspired to start adding some printable art to my etsy store. It’s been a slow going process (like – really slow – I started in 2018!) I changed my process to start creating digital art that can be printed at higher resolutions, and I thought this would be great for the shop. The above Fuschia Gladiolus image is for sale and can be printed as big as 28 by 14 inches at 300 dpi. Here’s a sample of what it might look like as wall art: Read more
I don’t typically like to spend a lot of money on tech. I actually got my first iPhone in 2007 by winning an online contest. I usually stick with a phone for a long time before upgrading. Until recently, I was still using an iPhone 6s. But 2 things happened: My iPhone 6s battery started die, and Apple released the iPhone 11 pro. It was time to ask, “Is upgrading to the iPhone 11 Pro worth it?”
The smart phone has changed our lives in so many ways. I think that’s obvious by now. I try to be judicious in my iPhone use. I strongly dislike the ball and chain aspect of constantly checking my social media apps (with the exception of instagram!). But the thing I have always loved most about the iPhone is the quality of the camera, and the ability to take great pictures, all the time. Read more
Thinking of vacationing in Costa Rica with kids? Consider Esterillos Este. When we decided to plan a trip to Costa Rica with our 3 children, all our research led to this wonderful destination. It is a small (very small) beach town on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Puntarenas province. To the north is Jaco and Playa Hermosa. To the south is Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park.