Friday, April 20, 2012

Move Over David Hockney


Miss Aster's Asters pushed way over the top with  iPad's Brushes

Miss Aster's Asters; my first
doodle with  iPad Brushes
I had a hell of a time just trying to figure out how to draw a line. It took me some some minutes--felt like an hour. I felt like an old Samsonite Luggage commercial where a baboon is banging a piece of luggage around his cage and it still won't do what he wants it to: open. The I finally got a line. Then I figured out the color--whatever tint  of shade you can dream up. I spent the whole evening  learning the ins and outs of the program. You'll notice I really liked the dot, dot, dot tool and got carried away like some kid. As we were turning out the lights for the night, I spotted a picture that suggested photos could be brought into the mix...first thing this morning I got my new toy and tried that out. I imported the three previous
iPad drawings I did and incorporated them into Miss Aster's space. Then fooled
around some more to blend them in. Of course the picture is way over the top.
But over doing is just the thing to do when learning something new. It gives
you ideas for future figure paintings as Brushes calls it.

Some women my age knit. Some play table games. Many belong to book clubs. I fool around with whatever has to do with making a mark. And there's lots of fun marks to be made-- and  easy sketching practice with no mess to be had with this new age device. It's well worth trading a painting.  The app was about eight dollars--less than a movie--or a good glass of chardonnay. I now have three sketching app. I can probably drop one, but not till I'm as good at it as David Hockney.

17 comments:

  1. I think the steep part of the learning curve can be the most fun. Looks like you think so too. Keep having fun and sharing the learning.

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    1. It's just fun Jean. As a carry around sketch pad it's great!

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  2. Call me a simpleton if you will, but I think it's totally brilliant - I can see the earlier pieces you have pulled in to it. Makes me smile, particularly when I read the narrative that goes with it - suitcase wise :0)

    You get the bit between your teeth, Linda and you're away!! You reminded me of the IBM Guru (forgot his name) who wrote 'The Mythical Man Month'. He compared messing around with 'computers' to poetry, and then to bears stuck in a tar-pit: You get an idea of what you want to do (happiness) then you try to do it - get stuck in the tar-pit (unhappy) ... then you break free and write the program/poem/picture (happy)

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    1. An architectural drawing might be a challenge full of fun John. I can just image the language that would come out of my mouth! LOL.

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  3. I think David Hockney is overrated Linda, so you go for it and have fun. Can't wait to see what else you produce with these magic tools.

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    1. Me too Ann! I do like his simplicity though--I am far from simplistic.

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  4. oooooooooo I like it a lot! I love how you incorporated the other drawings into this one!

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    1. Being able to import photographs of drawings, paintings and photographs of whatever you shot into this space opens up a lot of possibilities. I think I love this app Celeste--and the other two I downloaded as well. While Brushes may have the most "play" I suspect, the others seems to have value as well--especially when you can combine them. My mind is just ticking, ticking, ticking.

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  5. Linda I really like the creativity in this, keep having fun , you are doing great stuff !

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    1. No creativity here Jane, just fooling around and seeing how this app works. I do think there's a place in our tool boxes for this device--and that this app that allows you to move photographs of other drawings, paintings and photographs of whatever into this space and add to them graphically is something to explore. I'm fascinated by it. But it will never replace scooping out the paints and going at the canvas while BB King wails on his guitar. That physical exertion is the ultimate high.

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  6. So glad you have found the Brushes app - you are clearly having loads of fun. Sometimes we get so serious about art we forget to have fun.

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    1. Carol, art is fun, but not always the laughter, giggle kind like I had here. The fun is more the satisfaction I feel when I've expressed what I wanted to. The fun is going at the canvas with a dripping brush and throwing my whole body into it. The best exercise ever. It really gets my endorphins charged. Art is a an opiate without any drugs.

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  7. Linda, I love your "play" with your new toy! What a happy and expressive piece. I say "Keep playing!"
    And I love your comment about the gorilla and the luggage; that's one of my favorite techniques when trying to figure things out. :)

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    1. I've settled down with it over the weekend, Kathryn. I have one more art app to download and explore. It has no colors; the drawings look like charcoal. Most people play games and surf the net. I think the pad is perfect for drawing/painting when you just don't feel like cleaning one more palette, mixing one more batch of "my special black," or tending to the brushes. It exercises my drawing arm in any room of my house--and whatever waiting room I find myself waiting in.

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  8. I just discovered you blog and I love it! You art is extraordinary!
    Thank you for sharing it with the world.
    Take care.
    Your newest follower.
    Michael

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    1. Well hello Michael. I'm glad you did. And thank you for your kind words. I'll be stopping by your place to see what you're up to. I will be happy to reciprocate your vote of confidence.

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  9. lot of marks there linda ! can see you're enjoying exploring the apps ... these are great ...i'm dwg with just my fingers at the moment ...i'd love to try one of the pen or brushes.

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