Some have asked me about making the videos that I sometimes post on this blog. I wish I had one way as I keep trying to experiment with ways of doing it. Sometimes I use IMOVIE, or ScreenFlow, or Lightroom. Or combinations of the audio from Audition with the video sequences. I have made them more complicated than need be on many a occasion. My latest is to try making an animated gif from a file of photos. It took me a full four hours! of experimenting to produce this one of Provincetown Poppies in Photoshop.
I had googled “how to” do it and got the most extraordinary range of conflicting videos that I basically had to take a little bit from one, apply it, then take a little bit from another to apply it.
I think after I do about ten of them, I’ll make my own video on how to do it so folks, like me, can at least find one video that takes them from start to finish.
But, still, learning something new is always fun. And, I used parts of Photoshop that I didn’t know existed and I’ve been a user for years. Years and years. I just threw out some of the original CDs of earlier versions. The Adobe Cloud has made that whole “installation” process a whole lot easier as I remember dreading having to install a new version as the “key” process would always get screwed up and I’d end up on the phone with Adobe.
Greetings! I’m baaack with a short video on what I did to my favorite September flower: the dahlia. A famous midwestern newspaperman in the 40’s said “Women should raise more hell and fewer dahlias” but, honestly, I think they are worth the time and effort!
And, speaking of “hell”, it took me forever to get comfortable with podcasting for my other blog, Art of the Diet. But, finally, I’m into a weekly rhythm and no longer scare the neighbors with shrieking or require an ambulance and an EMT available outside my studio.
I’ve photographed all summer but this is the first photography tutorial I’ve done since June!
At any rate, it’s fitting that I return with a dahlia because next to double sugar tulips (they even look like dahlias) they are one of my favorites to photograph.
Hope your creative juices are flowing and do not require an ambulance on standby!
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I know most artists have a goal to exhibit their work. I’m happy with making a gift of it at this point in my life, and encaustic photography has been my choice of late.
My best friend turns 71 tomorrow. She has lived in a locked floor of an assisted living “memory” unit for the past four years. She no longer knows me but I am hoping she might have a shard of memory left of her younger, very athletic self. She was the best water skier and I know because I was the worst.
I began with a bit of graphite pigment on a warm encaustic 4 X 4 in board. Added some white oil stick as well as white encaustic paint and then did the photo transfer. Final stages used oil sticks, pan pastels and oil pastels. If I could have used the kitchen sink, I would have thrown that in too. I put her name in India Ink on the finished piece and shall take it to her today along with an African Violet plant. She used to have an African Violet plant on her hallway table. PS. I had to use some background music on this one, as it was just killin’ me to look at the photos and hear the silence all at the same time.