Honey, did you eat something from the garden?
You don’t look too good. I think you better stay in bed today.
Pikazo, the new app for Apple iphones and ipads is selling like hot cakes. Not surprising. It’s really fun to play with. You, too, can be an artist and paint in the style of a famous painter or make up your own style. Here I used two photographs of mine, one of a friend and the other one of apple blossoms from the garden. Part of the fun is waiting to see what Pikazo comes up with after you choose your pictures. Every single Pikazo image requires about 3,000,000,000,000,000 calculations. Is it worth $3.00? Yes! It’s a lot of fun.
And what to do now?????? Just saw what you are seeing and the color is way off. Delete post? Leave it up and try to correct it? Pikazo knows how to do it right, but man, I can sure mess up it up. So I tried correcting my mistakes but the color is still not like my painitngs. You know what? Go to Pikazo and you’ll see the true color of these things. If I want to post on the internet any of my art work, I’d better try using white paint on a black piece of paper. Maybe that will work for me.
Karl Stiefvater, the app’s St. Louis-based inventor and his business partner, Noah Rosenberg asked a group of friends to beta test a new app. Lisa, wife and behind the scenes worker bee invited me to join the secret group. We weren’t given much instruction – just jump in and see what the app can do. This app is amazing. I started out with a picture of one of my self portraits, then paired it with the style of a preset artist. I tapped the paint ! button and waited and soon Pikazo sent me a painting based on the information from my two choices. But there is more! Under style there is a custom button. You can put in your own image, any kind of image from your photos or the internet. I put in one of my paintings. You are not limited to selfies in picture. Try anything, Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. That’s the fun of it. The app eggs you on to make just one more picture. The results are fantastic. Go over to the Apple app store and pick it up. It’s really fun.
Pikazo’s painting using my sketch and my abstract painting
The possibilities are endless.
(ahh this is better color)
Sometimes it’s good to throw out your education. Instead of drawing with your accustomed hand, draw with your unaccustomed hand. Instead of following the rules in order to make a good photograph, go out and take a lot of ugly shots. We get all hung up on trying to make a good painting, a good photograph, or maybe we are trying to write a poem other people will like. Sometimes, it’s good to throw out all that stuff and make a mess. You never know, you might get something you like. The idea of taking ugly shots came from Otto von Munchow’s challenge, Go out and photograph something ugly. https://munchow.wordpress.com/
Cody is an English Cream Golden Retriever who lives in England with my daughter and her family. For three weeks I stayed at their home and babysat this cute puppy. Wondering what I was going to do with myself while I took care of him, I gave myself an assignment: Learn how to draw a dog. Besides sketching, I wrote some prose and a few poems. Maybe there is an Artists’ book in the making. I have the images and the words. The next step is figuring out a structural form for a book. Then, do it!
Yesterday I went to Bouquets to Art with my friend, Pat Friday who has a private flower studio in Napa Valley. Every year she and a group of Bay Area floral designers are invited to pick an art piece from the museum’s collection and create their interpretation of it. Pat chose a piece from the American art section and created a cool snowy ice fishing scene where you can look down into two glassy, blue. ice fishing holes. She really got the feeling of being out in the cold. The show is up through the weekend. The variation of plants, flowers and materials used by the artists is really interesting. Bouquets to Art is organized by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums.
Baby steps to a better digital interpretation of a sketch on white paper using an iphone camera.
After years of being away I went back to Photoshop Elements 6 and tried to remember what to do.
To all of you who came to my rescue last time. Thank you. I’ve just started trying out your suggestions.
Here is a first jab at it. The image above this text shows how the phone adjusted the image. The other two were edited in Photoshop.