Sunday, January 2, 2005

For the Fun of it

I've been inspired by so many different people in so many different creative areas over the last year and a half.  Today's venture (by pure happenstance) involved paintbrushes -- rather, mouse-brushes.  Gigi's been raving about how fun it is to draw and paint on the computer.  I've tried it.  I tried it a few times again.  I stopped trying.  Till today.


OK, so I could never actually draw anything freehand...but I seem to have picked up on tracing.  The most difficult parts were first, finding the function that would basically outline the original picture -- and second, tracing and coloring with my right hand.  I'm left-handed.  It's one thing to get used to using the mouse with this stuff.  It's a whole 'nother thing to do it with the wrong hand.  Unlike Gigi who whips up her fabulous creations in MS Paint, I discovered this in the photo editing program I've been using.  Who knew it had all these other functions?  [perhaps everyone except me.  now I'm in the know.]  I started my day in the Help menu, looking for ... I can't remember what.  Instead I played with paintbrushes.  Yep, another day down and gone.

I did take a few breaks throughout the day.  I cleaned and vacuumed my room.  I took Hunny for a few spurts of walks (it's raining -- again).  I spent over an hour in the kitchen cleaning and cooking.  Yes, actually cooking.  Nothing big.  But, other than warming leftovers or opening a can of soup, it's the first time I've cooked in ... since ... um ... six months?   I had all four burners going at once.  Scrambled eggs, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, basmati rice and mashed potatoes.  It wasn't all for one sitting.  I figured it would be better to have that stuff hanging around, ready and available to snack on.  Ha.  It didn't stop me from having a mini double chocolate bundt cake tonight, but it did encourage me to freeze the last two.

Tomorrow I plan on checking out Bally's Total Fitness.  I'd much rather spend the money on an iPod and hike with the dogs, but this is the time of year when everyone joins a gym, goes fortwo weeks and continues to pay for three years.  Hm.  On second thought....

26 comments:

babyshark28 said...

Freee!  that is really, really great! wow, I am soo impressed.  Great job!
I work with MS Paint when I don't have psp on my computer, I like it both.
keep up the great job freee, keep being inspired. :)

coy1234787 said...

    It' is amazing how time flies when you sit behind the computer. I have a feeling that most of us here in J-Land may be guilty of spending just a little to much time there every now and then.
    Good job with the paint program and with the big decision. Hmmm ...  Bally's or an ipod .... Bally's or and ipod .... Bally's or an ipod ....

                                      *** Coy ***  

sunflowerkat321 said...

OK Free...what's the program and what's the function??  This is WAY cool!!

geminiwilder said...

totally cute.    :)    phinney

andreakingme said...

Hee! Too cute. (You look like a mouse in the photo! I don't know why, you just do.) That's such a cool function, innit? I usually work in Macromedia Freehand and while it's a powerful program, it can't match ... Adobe PhotoShop when it comes to the photograph editing capabilities. Of course, I don't venture into PhotoShop except when I HAVE to because I don't KNOW it that well.

Swanky. I'll have to find out how you did this. Yep. I'm thinking a cartoon Andrea for my Journal is a good way to go. Um, someday. (I'm so bored with my sidebar. Puh.)

krobbie67 said...

That picture is adorable! My next gadget is a Wacom pad so I can use a stylus and try drawing. I'll never be Gigi level though. You cooked! Umm...I'll be over once the downpour stops. This is yucky!

Hey, I belong to Bally's. We could go together some if you wanted???

Happy New Years!!! :-) ---Robbie

johnn60504 said...

My advice: Forgo the Bally's and buy the I-Pod!  Bally's will be TOTALLY crowded the first month of the year, then everyone (including, possibly, you!) will stop going and keep paying, as you noted.  So you'll have crowds and bad experiences for a month, then several years of bills.  Much better to get the I-Pod and do the hikes with your dogs and your music.

Think:  Crowded Bally's, or hiking with the dogs while listening to Jason Mraz.....that should help you make your choice!

John Needham
john@needhamfamily.net

viviansullinwank said...

I love it {{{{{Freee}}}}}...hey, you're an artist....so now you're branching out from music to art...way cool....

Happy New Year my friend....may this be the year that all of J-Land attends a concert starring {{{{{YOU}}}}}!

Vivian

freeepeace said...

PHINNEY - :D  Happy New Year!

ANDREA - What a great idea, a cartoony you for your sidebar.  Personally, I like real pictures.  But it'd be fun to play around with.  I have PhotoShop Limited Edition.  It's difficult and not so 'non-pro-user-friendly'.  Let's see some of your Macromedia Freehand stuff.

ROBBIE - Yay!  You're back.  I thought of you while struggling with the mouse yesterday.  You mentioned that Wacom thing before.  Hmm...I dreamed I was using a stylus for some kind of something last night.  Interesting.  Send me the info if you can, k?  Yeah, the rain is messy.  I don't mind when I can stay in, but today's a work day for me.  Would you come to my side of town for Bally's?  The only reason I'm considering it is because it's right here.  And they have a pool.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

freeepeace said...

SHARKY - Hey, wow, thanks girl.  That's a high compliment coming from you.  I was inspired to try Paint a while back because of your Halloweeny paintings.  Me and a blank screen don't mix well when it comes to drawing.  Now I know. :D

COY - Last year at this time all I could do was read, comment and post in journals.  This year it's a different form of art.  I wonder what I'll have my nose in next year.  Ooooh, video!! Heehee...

KAT - Hey girl!  Let's see.  I use Adobe Photo Deluxe 3.0 Home Edition.  It's a program that came with a scanner almost 5 years ago.  I never used it till I got my digital camera.  Even then, I don't know how it came about.  The function is ... um ... hold on ... lemme check ... Effects/Stylize/Find Edges.  I have NO IDEA what that means in terms of actual Pro Photo Editing.  This program makes everything simple.  It's almost to the point where it's too simple -- I can't do certain things.  But I *can* keep learning and playing!

freeepeace said...

JOHN - Happy New Year my friend.  Hope all is well with you and the fam.  I hear you about the iPod vs. Bally's.  I'll take it all into consideration when I hear how much the membership is.  I'll only join if I don't have to put anything down -- and if I can pay under 20 bucks a month.  Ha.  Guess I'm saving for that iPod afterall.

VIVIAN - Aww...Wow, what a fun thought - A concert with me as the headliner?  Let's hope I get some recording done this year...with good folks and good energy!  Happy New Year!

luckyaugustgirl said...

Wow talk about LOTS of new beginnings for you. I love the artwork, and so proud of you for putting the pedal to the metal in experiencing new things :) Happy New Year Free~

Sarah

deabvt said...

Ah! An i-pod!!
You don`t need the Gym, with all the pups!
Happy New Year!
V

sonensmilinmon said...

The artwork looks fun!  I'm still trying to learn everything you can do with the programs around here. Have a great day and of course New Year!

Monica
http://journals.aol.com/sonensmilinmon/SmilinMonsAdventures/

txsguinan said...

I SO LOVE this self-portrait, and I think you're a genius!  And I can't believe you did this on your first try out.  And I am so jealous ~ I'm swiping your technique, just like any real artist would do.  

And I love your monkey, and the "Tiara Face!"  Let's see it in the sidebar ~ 'All About me..'  :)

diannevan said...

How very, very cool.  

msyahtzee said...

How fabulous!  Great pic- love the tiara- every girl should have one!  I find it a miracle that I actually bought a gym membership and use it regularly- and have for a year now.  First time ever!  Good for you with the cooking- it is easier to have things on hand that are already prepared.  Happy painting!  -Kari

ann7inflorida said...

Love what you did with the pic!!! Stick with the Ipod & hikes with the dogs! lol ~Ann: D

bridgetteleigh75 said...

LOL ~ isn't that the truth about gyms?  I did that very thing myself while I was still living in West Virginia.  

You've been a very busy girl this holiday season.  It took me awhile to get all caught up!  <grin>  I'm happy though, that it seems you've had such a wonderful times with friends you love.  That's what Christmas is all about, is it not?  

There was something else I wanted to write here, but now I've forgotten...

Oh well.  LOL

Love,
Bridgett

ryanagi said...

Now that turned out really cool!

judithheartsong said...

cool painting!!! I love basmati rice........... you can get a huge bag at price clubs for tiny $$. Would you like to know how persians make it so there are nice crunchies on the bottom of the pan? judi

hempenhomespun said...

Your painting turned out great!  I just discovered a photo program on my computer this week and have been messing around with digital photos trying to create a cool logo thingy for my About Me section.  If I wasn't stuck home "resting" anyway, it would be an amazing method of procrastination!

derossetfamily said...

aw, I love the painting! You look sooo cute! :D
~Mary

aims814 said...

WOW! Your artwork is really good! If you're this good with your first try, I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do in the future with it!

Mmm, yum. Your dinner sounds awesome! All four burners at once? That's serious.

Love ya!

indigosunmoon said...

I think your painting cute!!!
But the original, well...it's fabulous!
Lovish!
Connie

grassriver said...

I love the painting!
And the gym thing is SOOOOOOO true! Get the iPod.
XOXO...Kelli