We used to say 'Seeing is believing'. Now it's more like 'Believing is seeing'. We see what we expect to see. Look again and who knows. Does it really match what's actually there? ...I've always been fascinated by how our minds work. As a writer and artist, I'm particularly interested in new research into how we perceive this extraordinary world we live in, where things are not always what they seem.
The Cloud to the rescue. I do like to store my photos and paintings somewhere off site in case my house burns down. Where better than The Cloud?
Trouble is, there are many Clouds and I can never remember which cloud I’ve put things on.
Another thing. After a limited number of gigabytes, the guardians of Cloud storage start to charge you or cut down the size of your images. Flickr – aka Yahoo – offers the best deal I’ve found, with a terabyte of free storage.
The new Notes in iOs 9 on my iPhone now sports two dozen colours, 3 brushes, an eraser and a ruler, in place of bald black and white text.
Granted, using Notes as a painting kit instead of a colour coded shopping list is destined to be a minority occupation. Nevertheless I found this new version of the app quite handy for a finger scribble.
An oval in a rectangle. What could that be but a portrait?
Well, it could be… But no. It’s a portrait. A portrait of whoever you like, expressing whatever emotion you choose.
To let you into a secret, the above incitement to pareidolia(seeing faces everywhere) began as a filled scribble.
One of my favourite occupations is dragging the Current Colour circle in Procreate digital painting app on my iPad to fill a closed shape I’ve just scribbled. I’m sure the excellent Procreate User’s Guide must mention this addictive process somewhere, but I haven’t found it.