Thursday, February 3, 2011

day 24 ~ on paper

"My aim is to put down on paper 
what I see and what I feel 
in the best and simplest way.

~ Ernest Hemingway

music ~ The Verve "Bittersweet Symphony" (piano & violin version)
image ~ misha


  1. That is a noble and worthy aim, and your treatment of this day's tree is very nice... Oui possibilities for a rectangle piece. Yes possibilities.

  2. I adore this quote (and your gorgeous image of course)!

  3. Stunning! I really am interested in your process! Awesome song btw, one of my favorites. It was even mentioned in the last book I read, "The Room," by Emma Donahue. (great book, too!)

  4. I sometimes aim for the same thing. Although apparently the gun sights are off and the paper is left in shreds....

  5. Thanks, all! Your support is very much appreciated.

    (grumbly aside: I sure wish Blogger would add the individual reply button feature. Replying to the group in one big lump, or out of sequence individually, isn't exactly ideal.)


    I do believe Hemingway achieved his aim, even amidst such endless possibilities.

    Rick, Oui possibilities? OUI!

    Heather ~:) you pack some good vibes, sister.

    Amy, I love this song in a very big way and am always looking for good books. Thanks for the tip. I've made a note.

    As far as my process is concerned, let's call it: Misha Flies By The Seat of Her Pants. Yep. That sounds about right.

    I use both Arcsoft Photo Studio and Photoshop, but rely more heavily on the former because I've been working with it longer and find it much less intimidating. Primarily, I create a lot of composites and make the decision on what to do next by just listening to my intuitive nudges and playing around until the piece is finished. (if there is such a thing as finished) I also enjoy using the filters, cloning and layering. I, basically, use all that Arcsoft has to offer in an endless array of combinations, and .000000008% of what PS brings to the table.

    My seven year old daughter was just asking me about this tonight. She wanted to know when I knew when a piece was finished. Because I don't usually start out with a concrete idea of the final version, it's all intuitive, but I explained it to my girl by saying that the piece tells me and I just have to try and listen, which pretty much sums it up. It's my decompression chamber of sorts. I play and get wowed a bit.

    If there is anything you are specifically wondering about, message me on FB and I'll do my best to try and remember what I did.

    Hank, put the gun down. Go brainstorm about bridges. Remember those? :)