Wednesday, 2 May 2007

My Artistic Side..............

My dear Annelisa has challenged me to to do a JacksonPollock pic because, she says, I'm up for a challenge!

How could I not take up the challenge when I achieved 'O' level success in Art in the year dot. All my class thought I excelled at Lino Printing and the examiner had particularly commented on the peculiar shades of red in my prints. These were, in fact, bloodstains from the chunks I had taken out of my hand with the gouging tool, but thankfully my tutor didn't let on! The examiner also said my painting of a child enjoying a day at the beach was "a significant piece, depicting the starving in Africa"? So, Salvador Dali move over please.

Now it took me a long little time to get used to the medium I was using, to really get control the feel you understand, but then there was no stopping me. As predicted, not being much cop on a computer technically minded I had to enlist MWM to show me how to save the paintings into Paint, but the art work is all mine. So I proudly present my load of old Pollocks......

An idea for some wallpaper.

A contemporary vase with spring flowers, ignore the full stop that is not the end....

And the Pièce de résistance

Blogosphere flowers.

Now to help my victims chosen blogger friends who I think would enjoy a little artistic interlude, I have copied Annelisa's instructions below which were very helpful. I have added number 5 because I found this invaluable.

1. The paint starts dripping from the 'paintbrush' (your cursor) the moment it touches the paper. The way to start afresh is to reload the page.

2. The paint comes in black to begin, and each time you left-click it changes colour - you don't have a choice which colour it goes to, but you can click again and see if you like that colour better. Sometimes the colour doesn't show until you move the cursor a bit.

3. I found I liked to do it 'full screen' - by pressing F11 at the top of the keyboard - just to have more space to play with. Then press F11 again once you've saved.

4. The only way I could see to save was to do the 'Print screen' (Prt Sc somewhere to the right of the main keyboard (usually between the main typing area and the numerical keypad on the right). Then you could paste in a program such as 'Paint', but you'd need to cut the edges off...

5. When painting, if you right click this will allow you to take your cursor to another point and start painting again without dragging colour across the page.

Now to choose some victims friends who I think may be up for the challenge.

The first person to spring to mind is Cream, because he is very artistic and I think he could do with a change from the doodles.

Then there's Early Bird, who is really creative with her ATCs.

Maybe Catch would like to take up the challenge, she's always game.

What about Denise, she has some great photos, perhaps she's like to do a bit of painting instead of photography.

Of course if any other readers would care to take up the challenge, it's entirely up to you.


Oh yes, I should also mention that the originator of this meme was Anthony at The Lives and Times...of Anthony McCune, and he'd quite like you to write a comment when you've done the meme, just saying so.

My knee
Wednesday 2nd May
Feeling much stronger today, but then I seem to keep taking one step forward and two steps back - literally!


Elween said...

hey i have use the ClustrMaps which you are using now coz i think it is cool! i hope you don't mind :) thx!

Akelamalu said...

Feel free, that's how I got it!

Cream said...

Thank you for cornering me! I shall try and do it justice.

Akelamalu said...

I look forward to seeing what you come up with, I'm sure it will mine to shame! :)

Queenie said...

Well done my little Van Gogh, now leave your ears alone!!!

Akelamalu said...

Are you having a go?

Akelamalu said...

Maryam at My Marrakesh emailed and asked that I post this:

I can't get your blog to upload my comments with your butterfly cursor:-(
I tried yesterday, too. Could you upload this one:

I am absolutely adoring your first pollack and I would like it on a print
for fabric with which I would decorate my guesthouse. If only we could
figure out a way to do that!!!


Akelamalu said...

I am reallly flattered!

I have emailed you and tried to attached the said pollack, please use it with my blessing.

Annelisa said...

Oh, Akelamalu, I knew I could count on you to come up with something good! Excellent artwork, my dear - I especially love the flowers in a vase, and am still wondering how you managed to control the splodges so well!!

And well done you, for finding a way to stop the splodges (the right-clicking thing) - I'll have to try that... it could make all the difference... hey, it might even change my life!! :-D

I got the little gadget for my son's laptop in the post this morning, so am hoping that it will work, and I'll get the computer back tonight... after taking the kids swimming, that is...

Akelamalu said...

I enjoyed it really.

I have to say I'm amazed that people like what I've done! I posted this all very tongue in cheek, really taking the mickey out of myself!

Hope you get the laptop working - fingers crossed. :)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

so okay i am totally doing this. will send credits your way. thanks!

smiles, bee

Anthony said...

This is great! Thank you very much for joining in the game.

You're blog is rich with joy! So pleased that Annelisa brought you into the game.

Thank you for adding your link to my original game post.

Akelamalu said...

Oh great, I'll stop by to see what you come up with.

Akelamalu said...

My pleasure! :)

"Early Bird" said...

This sounds like a really creative meme...I may try it later ;)

Akelamalu said...

early bird
Oh go on, have a go you'll love it!

la bellina mammina said...

that's cool Akelamalu!! and can't wait to see Cream's masterpiece too.

Miss Understood said...

I should have commented on this yesterday, but I clicked your link and then suddenly 2 hours had passed! Great pictures...far better than my efforts, lol.

Akelamalu said...

la bellina mammina
Glad you like it hon, are you going to try it out too?

Akelamalu said...

miss u
I'm flattered that the rubbish I write could keep you occupied for 2 hours! I'll check out your efforts later, I'm sure they're just as good. :)

la bellina mammina said...

hmmm...rain check? but definitely will try it - sometime!

CG said...

Love the blogosphere flowers. It looks fun to do!

Queenie said...


Akelamalu said...

la bellina mammina
You will get hooked - I keep going back to it!

Great fun - have a go!

I'll hold you to it. :)

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