Wednesday, 19 May 2010

It’s been exciting so far. And very creative.

I quit my job to work for myself. My last day in my old job was 2 weeks ago today. So tomorrow will mark the start of my third week (eek time flies!) working for myself.

In that short space of time I have had creative opportunities that have staggered and inspired so I am delighted with that.

I have also been applying conscious effort to work more productively and efficiently in order to maximise the time I have available. I am sure it is something we all need to dedicate conscious effort to repeatedly.

For me one of my biggest failings is my emotional response to hurdles or hindrances and putting time aside to practice calm and positive responses instead of adopting a scared rabbit or hedgehog approach will be helpful not only for me but for my family, business success and clients.

I haven’t had any time to paint and draw in the last week – or should I say I haven’t put aside time to paint and draw – however as I said I think my creative side is skipping with joy with many of my work related tasks. Indeed there is a LOT of 3D work scheduled as one of my clients projects and I am thrilled.

So to share my hope I’d like to share a sunrise. I’d like to make each new day a new start with fresh hopes and enthusiasm. xx

A new hope each morning

Saturday, 17 April 2010

A little bit of brain training to boost creativity

Scientific Brain Training: Improve Attention, Memory and Processing Speed with Lumosity. Free Trial.

My brain had been a little but frazzled lately which has meant I’ve struggled sleeping and maintaining concentration. That is why I am spending time studying and practising method to improve my cognitive whirring.

Lumosity is proving to be fun and there is plenty to do.

Get that brain working and be creative

Brain Games

Saturday, 13 March 2010

I need to send some old work to deviantART

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New Super Group created at deviantART – dedicated to works of art using Filter Forge

I have the pleasure today of announcing that last night saw the full opening of a new super group in deviantART #Filter_Forge-Frenzy.

Work is being submitted to the group as I type and it will be sorted. Why not pay a visit or if you use deviantART then pop in and say hello and join the group as a member.

This site will collaborate with the feeds and work collections of art will be posted on a regular basis.

A new group at deviantART

New Art Group created at ArtZone dedicated to Filter Forge

It was my pleasure today to begin a new blog, discussion forum and art submission at Artzone.

I’ll be looking forward in the next week in finding members to frequent it.

Take a look now

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Thursday, 11 March 2010

Devilishly good having Vue back

I had forgotten how much joy there was using Vue – and it has been really good to have it reinstalled after computer mayhem. It has been put to good use at where I have being working a lot with Filter Forge and Vue to get some content together and to generally enjoy and recreate.
Devilishly good

Sunday, 28 February 2010

A 3D day dawning. Reunited with Vue.

I have had a few glitches with my PC over the last few weeks which has meant an Operating System rebuild which was sort of therapeutic. But it did involve losing a lot of my installs until I could track down the right backups. Vue was one of those bit of kit them but last night it was reinstalled and we were reunited.(I haven't had chance to play yet but that is something I hope to do soon. I am also hoping to combine that with a bit of creative flux in Filter Forge which I could include over at
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Sunday, 21 February 2010

The snow sculptures are back in Yorkshire

The last time Blurt and Blue did a non traditional type snow figurine was in Easter 2008 when it snowed on Easter Sunday. I blogged about it being the Easter Bunny.
Today they scampered off with fresh snow on the ground and the digital camera. They came back wet and cold but with this great picture on the camera.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Filter Forge Frenzy

Blue Chicago Skyline
I made a decision this week to start a new blog dedicated to one of my passions. That being Filter Forge. A year ago (not that long ago in my blog timeline but significant in the normal passage of time), I started a rather lengthy post that started like this.
"I’m taking time out today from creating and giving free stencils for Artrage to talk about Filter Forge. I have mentioned it a lot while creating the filters and when I have made up example work. I was introduced to Filter Forge in a very round about way. I am a fan of and I put in request for some training to use Mapzone which is a free filter making tool which is very powerful but has a steep learning curve – so steep in fact that I never really got off the ground with – I may yet push on with that – I don’t like to be beat!"
And that post went on for a significant period (a verbose post because I was excited) with some follow ups. I still use Filter Forge consistently and still with mad enthusiasm. So from now on Filter Forge ramblings will have a special place and I will introduce that tomorrow.
Blue Chicago Skyline was created from a photo using Filter Forge

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Well I hope you are enjoying those you love today

It was funny yesterday morning. Blurt and I were just returning in the car from the swimming pool with the radio on. Jonathan Ross was playing tunes and chatting with who ever it is - the producer or whatever.
Anyway grumpy colleague pipes up in regards to Valentines Day. "Commercial Rubbish!", he says. Blurt was very indignant at this and came back with the "The Commercial is not rubbish!"
The commercial is one of the public houses here and I am quite sure this 4 going on 5 year old should not really have opinions on what public house is good or not.
Anyway Happy Valentines Day!

Saturday, 6 February 2010

The ebb and flow of time

Rendering of human brain.Image via Wikipedia

I am again left quite perplexed regarding the ebb and flow of time because ebb and flow it does -- well more surge and slow really. I have had probably a year of surge in other area and I have accomplished thing artistic wise very little. I try not to get despondent when this occurs but accept that there is a time for things. Perhaps scripture helps remind us of just that.
Clearly I haven't sat doing nothing all that time and what I have accomplished in my other brain is not to be sniffed at. It is just that I miss the creativity that can be accomplished when actually working on an art project.
Anyway today I am clearing my desk which may be a sign that I'm ready to get back to work on my projects. I'll truly celebrate if it happens. Ok then -- on with desk clearing and finding some breakfast.