2021 did its best to destroy me and 2022 isn’t shy about trying, either, but I’m still here. So far.
New posts soon.
Prints of “Immutable” are available. Click through to my Redbubble shop.
The 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!!!
EDITED: So what’s the test? It was 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. When I originally created this WordPress post it included an Instagram post. It was visible – the test was successful. But tonight I deactivated my Instagram account and the linked post went away. So…I uploaded the face to WordPress.
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.
“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
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!!
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:
Ahhh…the artist’s whiny inner voice. Maybe you don’t have one? I do. It’s the foot-stamping, tantrum-instigating voice of lunacy that tells us the current work we’re doing is nothing less than genius and deserves to be in a museum RIGHT NOW, in spite of the obvious fact that it’s lukewarm crap.
The face above is my latest “masterpiece.” It’s still sitting in the Sketchbook app on my iPad. I know it’s objectively not great, probably not good, maybe bad, and certainly not worth being seen in public. But I can’t trash it. Can’t force myself, at least while the whining’s at peak volume.
There’s something about it that might be worth saving; it’s not all bad. But each time I change it I un-change it. It’s still too precious, this masterpiece, to fiddle with (according to that pesky inner voice).
So it sits, clogging the workspace of the app.
I’m done for the day. The face gets to stay overnight. Maybe I’ll save it to use as a template for something else. A painting? Or – better yet – a cut paper assembly or a collage. Another masterpiece!
Or maybe I’m just trying to avoid trashing it…