“Tap Dancing in Space”

In honor of the asteroid that’s supposed to pass by Earth today I posted “Tap Dancing in Space” for sale on Redbubble. It’s from a couple of years ago and is a “digital mashup” of an acrylic painting, an acrylic ink sketch, and a fractal image (digital). It’s also the first time I did any asemic writing on a piece for sale. Like so many of the digitally compiled modern mixed media things I do it began from nowhere, wandered around in confusion for a few minutes, and then suddenly transformed itself into what you see above. Is that good luck? Or art magic? 🙃

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Here’s info about that asteroid, if you’re wondering: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/05/31/nasa-warns-asteroid-expecting-pass-earth-june-1/5281064001/

Also, asemic writing: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asemic_writing

Masks

 

©️Robin King
Self-Portrait, 2014 – my old avatar (©️Robin King)

We’ve always worn masks. That’s what we do. Some are truly reflective of our emotions and our identities. Some aren’t. 

One reason I make faces is because of those masks. When we roam through our worlds we rarely see our own masks – we’re too busy trying to understand the ones other humans wear. 

My particular pleasure comes from creating and cataloging the masks I see. Sometimes, when I’m lucky, I recognize the ones I’ve worn. 

Take Your Name Off It and I’ll Buy a Print

Several years ago my work was being “stolen” (ripped off, infringed upon, misappropriated, orphaned, and then sold by others) with such frequency that I nearly stopped making anything new. Then I had the “brilliant” idea of incorporating my name into the work. The image above is an early example. Can’t miss that name! But why is it there? Because I considered it an organic watermark, so fundamental to the composition that it would destroy the work if removed. I’d solved the problem!

Bwahahah! Wrong

The faces I made that way were immediate failures. “Why’s your name there? Take it out and maybe I’ll buy it!” – that was what I heard from one potential customer. “Get famous, then I’ll want to look at your name.”  – another comment.

My name didn’t do well as a copyright identifier, either. “Where’s the copyright symbol? Either it’s a copyright mark or it isn’t. This way’s just stupid.”  Yes, OK. Got it.

I still struggle with copyright issues but I’ve given up on this particular idea. Someday I may try to rework the images but until then they act as salient reminders of how very ridiculous some ideas can be when implemented by the wrong people. I couldn’t pull it off. The work was – simply – not strong enough. 

Live and learn? Every day. :)

Pixelmator Pro: Quick Look

EDITED VERSION (©️Robin King)
Original (©️Robin King)

Three days ago I downloaded a 15-day free trial of Pixelmator Pro. Because of a leg injury I can’t sit at a computer for more than a few minutes at a time, so I’ve been trying to explore (and learn how to use) Pixelmator Pro fast.  

My first quickety-split discovery was how to resize an image for web use. Excellent! 

The second thing I found – and figured out how to use – was a set of editing tools that included the usual curves and slides. What surprised me was the fascinating array of presets that can also be adjusted. It’s this set of tools that enabled me to make the first photo, above, from the second. Quick clicks, easy slides: big changes.

Even though Pixelmator Pro isn’t Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (which I’ve used for years) I’m loving it so far. But I need it to work well when I create digital mixed media multi-layered images, so tomorrow I’ll try to make and edit layers.

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Here’s the Pixelmator Pro site: https://www.pixelmator.com/pro/