Filtered by Time

I wanted to pop in and share my latest image – made with a blend of Illustrator and Photoshop. I’ve been trying to figure out how to make illustrations look a tad less cartoonish… so I did the outlines in Illustrator and then moved them to Photoshop to use them as a guide and paint in the colors using various watercolor brushes.

Seriously, I wanted to write a haiku to accompany it… but my mind completely shut down ‘on the writing front’ a few days ago. I’ve been enjoying the time off though! It’s been very relaxing.

I used the Daily Spur’s Word Prompt: Filter to come up with the title. My sons tease me now and then because – apparently – I dress like a hippy sometimes (yes, I still wear tie-dyed clothes). The watercolor brushes created a bit of a faux tie-dye look – so this illustration is kind of like a self-portrait… filtered by time. Perhaps the 70s.

Anyway, that’s about all for now. I had a good time creating this one, so I’ll probably be doing a few more to get a better handle on the brushes.

I hope you enjoy!

Until later,
Peace & Love!

Pink Noise

Never let the noise of the world overpower the stillness of your soul.

Merriam-Webster has a cool little tool called Time Traveler where you can find the words that were first seen in print in the year you were born (or in any year for that matter). I picked a couple from my birth year to get an idea for my featured image: Pink Noise and Lip-synch.

It’s more literal than abstract, obviously, and in more ways than one. The lyrics that are being sung (or should I say lip-synched) are actually the first verse of Pink’s song, What About Us. La-da-da-da-da, la-da-da-da-da, Da-da-da. Who knew? If I had to guess I would have said it was De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da, by Sting. Ha!

I didn’t know what pink noise was so I had to google it. Sometimes I’m amazed at the number of things that I’ve never heard of. Honestly, I think that one of the best things about getting older is the fact that life seems to slow down… and we finally have the time (or maybe it’s patience) to stop and explore our weird curiosities.

I found out that I love pink noise. While white noise is the sound of a whirring fan, a hissing radio, a humming air conditioner, or the static on a radio or television, pink noise can be found in nature—like the beautiful sound of wind, steady rain, rustling leaves, or even the beat of a heart. And pink noise is a good sleep aid. I imagine I’m preaching to the choir though, and you’ve probably already heard of pink noise, since it was first seen in print in 1961. Wow, look who’s finally catching up?

I had to ponder whether or not any of this was post-worthy, because it all seems a little silly and frivolous, but I decided YES, yes it is. Life is all about balance, and there’s a lot of angry and scary noise in the world right now. Sometimes we need to be silent, sometimes we should whisper, and sometimes we want to scream. But, every now and then, we just need a little pink noise… to soothe our soul… and help us dream.

Amen to that.

Anyway, that’s about all for now. Thank you for reading! I hope you found something enjoyable or noteworthy here.

Until next time…
Sweet dreams.

Coloring: Day 2

I’ve never been able to help the fact that I’m easily amused. I’m extremely grateful for this fact—especially during these past few days (or weeks, or months)—when it’s so easy to be moody.

I know that my coloring projects aren’t “originals” but they are dear to me nonetheless, so I’m going to share them damn it! 🙂

I’m tempted to print some and color them for real, with colored pencils or maybe I’ll even whip out my paints that I bought back at Christmas and never used (shame on me). This new hobby is SO RELAXING! And it’s so hard to get excited these days—when we’re still so restricted—so I will take what I can get.

This particular page (that I’ve edited just a tad) comes from Judy Clement Wall, who is an artist, illustrator, and author, so click on the link if you feel like joining in. She has even added a quarantine selection which I just discovered, so I’ll be visiting her pages again.

That’s all for now. I just wanted to share my “Cool Cats.”

There Are Two Means Of Refuge From The Miseries Of Life: Music And Cats.

Albert Schweitzer

Have a wonderful day!

Word of the Day Challenge: Moody