A Test and Some Fun

 


The very large face up there isn’t the test. It’s the fun! I make faces when I want to enjoy myself without restraint or reservation.

ABOUT THE FACE: It’s a digital collage. One of the layers is an abstract I made using this website: http://jacksonpollock.org. You draw on your screen, take a screenshot. Try it!

Artist/designer/photographer Phil Perkins – https://perkinsdesigns.com – shared that Jackson Pollock link with me. Thank you, Phil!! It’s terrific!!!

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So what’s the test? It’s the presence of the face. I know we can post social media links here that display and I wanted to try one from Instagram. Several months ago I tried a Twitter post and, although it was visible on my “actual” site, it wasn’t in the WordPress Reader. Not good! I deleted it. Maybe Instagram will work. Hoping!

 

Adobe Photoshop Elements/Mac Monterey Temporary Workaround and FlamingPear Freebies

“Floating Rose Pink Squares” ©️Robin King

After a couple of days of trying things I figured out that Adobe Photoshop Elements will function normally on my Mac (Monterey) exactly one time per computer startup. In other words, if I start the Mac and open PSE (Photoshop Elements) it works fine. If I close PSE and then reopen it (without restarting the computer), PSE won’t open. So…if I do open it I have to leave it open until I’m ready to shut off the computer. PSE will start again and run fine following another computer startup. Weird, but there it is. 

Note: I posted about this problem earlier: https://robinkingfaces.com/2021/11/26/adobes-announcement-about-photoshop-elements-mac-monterey/

Here’s some fun news: Years and years ago (2006?) I first downloaded the “Freebies” pack of Adobe Photoshop Elements plug-ins from FlamingPear. So useful! So easy work with! Over the years, each time I got a new version of PSE I downloaded and installed the Freebies. Today I was happy to see that the Freebies work with my new PSE! Here’s a link if you’re interested: http://www.flamingpear.com/freebies.html

They really are free and are simple to install. I edited “Floating Rose Pink Squares” (above) using the “Kyoto Color” filters.

I made the image itself using Image Tricks Lite (Belight Software). It’s also free: https://www.belightsoft.com/products/imagetricks/

If you don’t see me here for a couple of days it’s because I’m playing with my “new” digital toys – including Affinity Photo and Pixelmator Pro.

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“Floating Rose Pink Squares” is now available in my Redbubble Shop: https://www.redbubble.com/i/throw-blanket/Floating-Rose-Pink-Squares-by-artbyrobinking/95412338.NZ8A6

An Affinity for Lines

Diagonal lines – nice. But I want something else…
THIS is what I want!

Yesterday I posted a request for advice about either Affinity Photo or Pixelmator Pro. You can see the specifics in this post: https://robinkingfaces.com/2021/11/25/do-you-use-affinity-photo-pixelmator-pro-is-this-possible-thats-all-i-need-to-know/

Thanks to Phil Perkins – Perkins Designs – I was able to do exactly what I wanted, using Affinity Photo. Thank you, Phil!! And thank you, also, to Ed Ritchie – eRitchieart – for letting me know that I can do the same thing using Pixelmator Pro. I haven’t had an opportunity to try that yet but I’m sure it’ll go well. Thank you, Ed Ritchie!!

Adobe’s Announcement About Photoshop Elements & Mac Monterey

If you have a new version of Adobe Photoshop Elements on a Mac with Monterey, you may have been having a difficult time opening/using Elements. I certainly have! Well, there’s some news:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-elements-discussions/does-photoshop-elements-2022-work-with-macos-monterey/td-p/12545025

(You don’t need to sign in to Adobe to read the announcement.)

Upshot? They’re working on it – with Apple. Yay!

What’s the Rule of Thirds for Flowers?

“Rule of Thirds for Flowers” ©️Robin King

There’s a “rule” of visual art composition called “The Rule of Thirds.” It’s about dividing an image into thirds to create a “pleasing” image. The first time I heard about a Rule of Thirds in the context of art I was when I read a book about photography many years ago. I remember laughing because my experience with a Rule of Thirds was through music. In so-called Western music, harmony is built on thirds to avoid the perceived “dissonance” of fourths and and sevenths. That’s a parochial view, of course, developed long before the world’s glorious variety of music was available to the entire world.

But it’s a “rule.”

Because my experience with composition originally came from music I think that by the time I picked up a camera I’d had my fill of “rules of composition” and have ignored them ever since. That’s probably a failing of mine; I don’t recommend it.

But I do recommend this abstract image. It’s a closeup of a lily. What an amazing structure! This one has a pistil trio that reminds me of piano keys.

To view “Rule of Thirds For Flowers” in my Redbubble Shop (as prints and on products) click here or on the images above: https://www.redbubble.com/i/art-board-print/Rule-of-Thirds-for-Flowers-by-artbyrobinking/95069737.5E8EA

“All the News”

“All the News” (©️Robin King)

Several weeks ago – before my most recent (and unexpected) absence from art & the internet – I uploaded “All the News” to my Redbubble Shop.

There’s so much news! Some is good; most isn’t. Some is objectively important to how we navigate our days; most isn’t. But it arrives, wave after wave of words and images. There are times when it threatens to overwhelm, to swallow us in the information maelstrom.

When I composed this piece I deliberately restricted the news aspect of it and allowed the face to be prominent. Yes, the effects of the “tide” are there but they don’t overwhelm, not entirely. The image is a digital collage that incorporates three photographs and one layer of digital painting. If you think you see a paint palette in there (with acrylic paint smeared on it), you’re right.

“All the News” is available as open edition prints and stickers. Here’s a direct link: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/93859197

Still Alive


Everything’s an unexpected mess for me right now.

The details won’t be interesting to anyone so I’ll just leave it at that except for the most recent mini-mess: the heater isn’t functioning this morning and it’s 59 degrees (F) in the house. Today was supposed to be a get-caught-up-online day but, instead, it’s a shivering-while-waiting-for-the-heater-tech-to-arrive day. I’ll reply to your lovely comments and be around to say “Hello!” to everyone as soon as I can.

The faces above are small sketches I made while testing the iPastels app on my iPad. The app is free, has a tiny footprint, and wonderful tools. There’s a desktop version, too. I’m sure that my goofy faces aren’t displaying the full power of the app so if you’re interested in checking it out for yourself, here:

https://www.ipastels.com