Tuesday, 30 June 2009

error with Blogger blogs, using IE8

I have noted several times on the last few posts that I have been having trouble with Blogger ever since I downloaded and installed IE8. I have just noticed this on the Blogger help forum....

I found this on the blogger list of known problems...
Some users are seeing an 'Operation Aborted' error message when trying to load their blogs from Internet Explorer. We're looking into this and will update this message when we have a fix.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Update (May 26): We are still working on resolving this bug. This only affects viewers using IE to view the blog; for right now, blog owners can either move the Followers gadget lower in their sidebar, or remove it altogether. Either action will eliminate the pop-up dialog box in IE.

It actually seems to work, I know of at least one friend who has tried it, and it seems to work for both of us. It is a poor substitute for a fix since you would normally have the follower gadget near the top ( I would think) and not at the bottom. But needs must.... I hope to be able to resume normal service as soon as possible.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

watercolour aceo paintings

I have been trying to get back into watercolour painting; since starting to collage I have been neglecting my painting and more especially my drawing. This video shows some of the paintings I have been doing over the past six months. It is another very quick posting I am afraid, real life is still interfering with my blogging. Apologies . I hope normal service will be resumed shortly.

Another thing... has anyone loaded IE 8. It is playing havoc with my ability to view Blogger web sites.

see you soon - I hope

Sunday, 7 June 2009

My journey into digital art

another quickie today; I have just uploaded this video of some of my digital artwork. From the early days of playing with digital "art" programs and getting a wireless tablet so that I could draw without having to use the mouse, to creating digital abstracts.

All the software has been free to download, art programs such as ArtWeaver, Artrage and Project Dogwaffle - there are others but three to play with seemed sufficient. I also use Photoplus (Serif) for most of the digital collage work and manipulating photos. It is probably not as "good" as the industry standard, in that it does not have the same support and vast range of on-line brushes and tutorials but It is quite similar once you get used to the teminology.

More next time.

Friday, 5 June 2009

exercises in abstract art

It has been several days since my last post, this is because of two factors. The first is that I have just loaded IE8 as my browser, it appears to have a problem with Blogger and I ( and many others) keep getting error messages when trying to load blogs. It is really frustrating and all that the techs can say is "leave it with us". this is one reason why I have been making fewer posts recently.

The second reason why this week I am so late is that I have been away for a midweek break. I did manage to do a few exercises in a new book which I have just bought, called "Learn to Paint abstracts" by Laura Reiter. A simple little book and I was amused to find that she discusses the principles of composition and how to use these to effect in painting an abstract. I have always realised this but without proper training in art I don't always find it easy to remember to plan when to use these. But starting from the bottom, I decided to simply follow some of her examples and create some simple, small paintings to get into the abstract frame (no pun intended) of mind. I actually did about 13 I think over the two nights so you can see how simple and small they were.

diagonal elements imply movement

harmonious colours imply tranquility

repetition guides the eye of the viewer

contrasting colours create an exciting image

interweaving shapes creates unity

a grid format

gradation of tone or colour also guides the eye of the viewer

horizontal strata implies a landscape and/or creates stability in the painting

another version of a grid format

a less geometrical interlocking pattern

small coloured shapes catch the eye

more interlocking shapes with repetition

using text to break up an image by extending lines.

I am not claiming any great artistic merit in these sketches but they do offer a starting point(s). When I tried to get my fellow art group members interested in painting abstracts, one of their main concerns was, " where do I start?" Another was, "what colours do I use?" These simple exercises do at least help to answer some of those concerns. Like me most of the members have had little formal training in ART, and have learned to paint what they see. Even trying to get them to "loosen up" is difficult so I never pushed them too much. I did give them a model for starting which included much of the advice from Ms Reiter, and I will perhaps include that in a future post.

I have used it myself since but of course formulaic methodologies tend to produce fairly staid results. However , I have a kind of hankering to be able to paint good, exciting abstracts so I will persevere with this thro' the near future and see where it takes me