attention alphabets

I enjoy making digital crops of scans of painted/collaged papers. They are almost always more intriguing than the full pieces I have worked over. There’s a captivating randomness for how those small elements ended up next to each other, which is always a surprise. Sometimes I crop different areas of the same piece, but find there is always one that seems most pleasing. This is a kind of attention.

g's rising

g’s rising

a pile of O's

a pile of o’s

cloud of s's

cloud of s’s

crop of PRIVACY

a piece of PRIVACY

VAC is recurring. Vacation. Vache. Voice. Vacuuming. From Wikipedia:

Vāk or Vāc (stem vāc-, nominative vāk) is the Sanskrit word for “speech”, from a verbal root vac- “speak, tell, utter”.

Personified, Vāk is a goddess; in the Veda she is also represented as created by Prajapati and married to him; in other places she is called the “mother of the Vedas” and wife of Indra. In Hinduism, she is identified with Bharati or Sarasvati.

More on Vac

reverse sgraffito

Print from sgraffito, made with the tool you use to open a paint can

Digital editing allows me to flip it so it’s readable (sort of)

hidden poignancy

hidden poignancy

leaves leaving

Adding a layer of leaf photo on top of a digital composition of corners on top of a scan of a paper/paint collage.

I like working this way. There is a lot of trial and error, but it is so quick on the computer.

Layers, leaf photo on top of corners

Layers, leaf photo on top of corners

learning curve

GIMP Seagull Outline

Crude, right?

But this represents:

  1. my first image created in GIMP – it’s about time!
  2. use of scissors tool to select a recognizable bird shape out of a very fuzzy photo
  3. demonstration of ability to copy shape into a separate image
  4. use of stroke tool to create a white outline – a technique I have wanted to learn for a long time
  5. an export to PNG

A lot of learning. I wanted to make a seagull brush, but that is a task for another day in GIMP.

my house will have a roof

Eluard as quoted by Bachelard:

Quand les cimes de notre ciel se rejoindront
Ma maison aura un toit.

(When the peaks of our sky come together
My house will have a roof.)

__Paul Eluard, Dignes de vivre, Julliard, Paris


Four photos from the neighborhood, blended into each other.

brutal whimsy


Not totally happy about the font, but I needed one where the letters didn’t fight with each other too much across the lines. It would have been nice if the verticals on the letters lined up, but they don’t in this phrase. A non-proportional font was one option, but I ended up with this. The blocky serifs seemed to help integrate them. Then I learned how to use the Layer Style to adjust the bevel(?) direction. Although there is no bevel. The bevel setting is pushed to the maximum.

The y is a separate type layer because I didn’t want the hanging descender. So the y is resized to fit the line. Also adjusted the bevel direction on the y to help it fit the flow. It’s got a little too much light coming from the right side, but that seemed the best of possible options.

As far as Hue, I could have made this a green background with red lights on it, but it looked inescapably like a crime scene. Too much for me. Orange on blue seemed more peaceful.