Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous Cards’ category

Today’s Experiment with Subtle Cybele

August 29, 2017

I am having a day where I have not gotten washed or dressed. Oh well, I did discover how to tile a background in Pixelmator, and I also discovered a web site called Subtle Patterns where they have PNG format tiles that you can download for free.

CYBELE – FERTILITY

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Yeah, we don’t need no showers, we can soar through the sky with Cybele fertilizing ideas and colours by using that Memphis Colorful tile from Subtle Patterns for her background. The controls in Pixelmator using the Affine tiling thingy aren’t bad. I just did a regular old tile on the page at about 90% size.

However, it’s not Gliftex. Alas, Gliftex does not come in a Mac version, so I make do. I can of course fire up the ancient Compaq laptop and use Gliftex there, but it keeps wanting to eat me, like an antediluvian creature from the swamp.

Cybele heralds a period of growth and renewal. Powerful forces are released after a period of withdrawal and hibernation. Okay, so tomorrow should be a cracker of a day, right Big C?

She waves her sceptre and jets off.

 

 

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It’s Art, It’s Cards, It’s Creativity, It’s Fabulous

August 27, 2017

Not that I was browsing or anything, but I like to keep my eye on new playing card decks or similar quirky card decks. Many of these are only available from Kickstarter or private sites that I don’t like to buy from. These caught my eye because the cards feature three of my favourite things, illustrations/caricatures of real people, art history, and quotes. It is available at Book Depository and Amazon in the States as well as the publisher’s site, Laurence King Publishing. Well done Mr. King for instigating a wonderful project and making it available to us. I ordered it immediately.

Art Oracles: Creative & Life Inspiration from Great Artists is written by Katya Tylevich and illustrated by Mikkel Sommer and the 50-card deck was just published in August 2017. This is supposed to be a tarot-inspired game, and I’m not sure how that works but even single cards can be inspiring. Here is an example of a card featuring Piet Mondrian with a few choice words.

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I spot Jean-Michel Basquiat on the cover, I’ll have to haul out my copy of Gray’s Anatomy and show him I bought his favourite book. Then I can show him that patella and poem inspired by a tiny illustration in the book. Inspiration lies everywhere!

What I also liked is that the author chose people who were unique artists and did work that was fresh and different. That’s a good quality for igniting and firing up the creativity of others. I often speak of creativity here and on my other blogs because it lives in my mind constantly, and I like a good card deck that fuels creativity and causes me to learn and look things up.

Thank you Katya and Mikkel for stimulating us all with your work; I look forward to exploring your deck. This is an understatement given my joy in discovering this deck.

Oh, they’ve got Charles and Ray Eames too and William Blake naked in his garden…! You guys!!!!

 

 

Hey Kids, Look at That Card Up Close!

August 6, 2017

I keep forgetting capitalization rules in titles. Is “that” supposed to be capitalized or not, or “at”? I used to have a bookmark for this.

‘”At” is a preposition so is not capitalized. Unless it is the first or last word of course. “That” is a subordinating conjunction so it is capitalized.  I had to look it up because I must be perfect. I also know I will forget this. I had no idea there was such a thing as a subordinating conjunction.

I was never taught grammar in school. Can you believe that, thirteen years of education plus a few college courses and I had to find out the basics on my own and even then it gets confusing. I often see that people who are good at languages know grammar well. I bought a book once about English grammar for students of Latin. When I was trying to learn Latin I used to get so confused because I’d mix up the grammar.

“Conjunction junction what’s your function, picking up words and phrases and clauses.”

A nod to Bob Dorough who wrote this song for Schoolhouse Rock on TV, and Jack Sheldon who sang it so well I’ve always remembered it.

No card just yet today because I am trying to work up an Okanagan Oracle colour montage in Pixelmator. This will be the ultimate test of functionality because I do a lot of card montages with added text.

I have another jigsaw to share though. Everybody groans, BUT the detail of the rather small artwork in the 72 Names Cards is amazing when seen on a 21.5-inch screen. You can’t see it here because it’s not full size, but seeing cards up close is very meaningful if you find a card puzzling. The easiest way to see it is to scan it in and let the computer light it from behind.

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Happy Sunday!

 

 

 

Another Card of Something or Other

July 20, 2017

I’m babbling, so tired after painting today. I spent an hour looking at reviews of art supplies. Strathmore have a new heavyweight toned paper for mixed media that they’ve just released in a pad. It might be just the thing for a watercolour of a sandpiper I am planning. Do you think I can find it in Canada? Nope. I can find a regular journal with toned grey or tan paper that I already have but not the heavy one they just released. I’ll probably have to wait for months for it to show up in this country.

That will give me time to start my acrylic abstract diptych for over the living room fireplace. Once I get the other half of my tree completed.

PROCESS – I INVENT CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO EVERY PROBLEM

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I creatively used the pen tool to make a selection of this card, thus avoiding pixelated raggedy edges. It worked okay but I miss Photoshop. Blah. Hey Photoshop user try Affinity Photo and see what happens. You’ll be sitting there for five hours fiddling with selection tolerance when you could be painting a tree in your foyer or trying to track down a particular Strathmore paper in Canada.

So there you go, today’s interesting World Of Judith. Hey Jude, why don’t you trying painting a sandpiper on toned paper? I would but there seems to be a logistical problem in my procurement department. It’s called “Let’s ignore distribution in Canada, that big blob north of us yet again.”

A bit punchy after falling asleep in the chair while watching a YouTube review.

Can ya tell?

Oh Those Raggedy Pixels and Details

July 19, 2017

Still can’t figure out how to select my background out from the card in Affinity Photo. Every time I try with their magic wand selection, all the pixels on the edge are all raggedy. Maybe I need a black paper on the scanner? I reset the tolerance higher and have Contiguous checked, and it selects from inside the card which it shouldn’t do. Very frustrating because Photoshop does it in an instant.

So, it looks like in one or two days, a contractor will come and build my front steps and porch. I have had no porch or steps there for three weeks short of a year. I am desperately hoping it looks good and everything goes to plan so I don’t have to niggle and try to get what I want. These guys are very experienced though, and they liked my tree in the foyer. Always a bonus.

NURTURE – I SUPPORT AND PROTECT THOSE I CARE ABOUT

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This card is about supporting others. I am supposed to be a strong, powerful castle of support for others, as are they for me so we can all feel safe and heal.

I’m having one of those weeks where I think “Why can’t anyone support me?” I wish I was married to one of those men who took care of the details. I have become the detail person, the one who remembers to ask, to check, in our marriage. I’m so well organized I guess it simply falls that way, especially as he gets older, and he’s older than I. Blah.

The only thing I take from this is that the spouse might appreciate that I’m the one who takes care of the details.

Inseparable Inspiration

July 17, 2017

While waiting for the spouse to finish sanding, I am posting a card I drew from The Healing Deck by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber.

INSPIRATION – I FEEL MY INSEPARABLE CONNECTION TO ALL THERE IS

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Still struggling with selecting the background from the card in Affinity Photo. It was so easy in Photoshop but it’s a bit odd in Affinity. Next time I shall try a colour selection and see if that works better.

The back of this card says that prayer and meditation bring a feeling of connection to higher forces, which will make you feel inspired and inspiring.

I’ve got the entire first coat on after adding two finer snippets of branches last night. This is the final tree, I must beat down the inspiration to add more as I go in for a second coat.

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I have to go to the dentist tomorrow. What is worse, painting tree branches at the top of your mural as the sweat pours down your face, or getting your teeth cleaned?

 

 

Affliction, Shadow-self, and the Dog in the Car

June 16, 2017

PAGE OF WANDS
K’OUEN – L’AFFLICTION – I Ching 47 – Exhausting (Huang translation)
SHADOW – I face my shadow-self bravely

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This Page is so young, so bursting with enthusiasm. James Ricklef refers to this enthusiasm as living life like a dog in a car. That tail wagging, ready-to-go, hanging your head out the window to see what’s coming up kind of feeling.

Which is not something I’ve felt for a while since being undermined by health problems, but the Yi King card (which is in French) refers to solitude and patience as a way out of affliction. When you are exhausted sometimes the best thing is to do nothing, to be patient.

The card from The Healing Deck mentions anxiety and self-doubt that poisons relationships and weakens our resolve, hardly things this Page would feel or think. Allow your light side to triumph, but allow time, bide your time, be patient. Reflection, interior solitude, let the faiblesse, the weakness and dimness pass.

This Page wears a mask, cut from a lion apparently whose dead legs hang down from his costume. Perhaps a way of feeling good is to put on the mask and act as if you felt well, as if you were strong, and then wait in your solitude for your light side to triumph.