The Relaxing Art of Faking It

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As part of my plan to get more sleep, I’m forcing myself to stay up until at least 23:30 each night. The other part of the plan is not  to lounge in bed watching the same movie on HBO for the twentieth time. I realised that I had failed the second part of the plan this evening when I caught myself staring mesmerised near the end of Dr. Strangelove  at about the point where Slim Pikins was mounting the hydrogen bomb with his cowboy hat on. There is nothing at all wrong with Dr. Strangelove.  It’s an excellent flick. However, it might be considered excessive to have viewed it as many times as I have. I have most of the dialogue memorised.

So, here it is at 23:07 already and I’m just getting around to writing. I did, however manage the time this evening, since I cooked yesterday evening (boiled cabbage, steamed pumpkin, broccoli, pasta with tomato and mushroom sauce) to download some new free Photoshop filters.  When I cook, I cook frantically – several dishes at a time. I had the entire stove going yesterday. It was as hot as the hubs of Hades in the kitchen.

So, I’m celebrating a little free time this evening by engaging in my most relaxing hobby – Fake Art. Some reasons why I find it relaxing are that nobody is telling me how to do it and I have absolutely no constraints. I’m pleasing only myself and, contrary to popular opinion, I’m quite easy to please.

So, let’s get on with it.

Oh, before I forget . . . Stupid Mistake #987 (I start counting all over again on each January 1st). I didn’t think of survivors benefit’s.  Well, I sort of thought of it, but not effectively. When I noticed that Eunie’s Social Security money was no longer showing up in the bank account along with mine I reckoned that I just wouldn’t be getting any. Then a friend (a Canadian,  for pity’s sake!) said to me yesterday that she thought that I should be getting survivor’s benefits and maybe I would have to apply. Apply? APPLY?? Why didn’t I think of that? I don’t think that I’m a danger to others, but I’m certainly a danger to myself.

So, I got on the web site for the SSA and discovered that it may be true. I may not be as impoverished as I thought. Not quite. Wish me luck as I try to figure out how to apply without appearing at the nearest SSA office, as that seems to be the only way to go.

Now, let’s get on with it.

Here is That Flower which I can never remember the name of:

There is a big vine full of them right outside my front door alongside the Night Blooming Jasmine, which I can’t smell any more (interesting story there if you can find it on MPBM). The filter I used is a nice outliner. I’m going  to try it for cartooning.

Here are some of my orchids harassed by the Bad Dream filter:

I still can’t decide if I like the effect or not.

Regulars here will recognise my favourite orange lily:

This filter is a pretty good posteriser. Posterisation is simply the reduction of the number of colours in an image. This one I do like.

I can’t remember the name of the filter which I used for this image. I call the resulting image Coleus on Acid:

It is dramatic enough.

And this is one of my many, many Bird of Paradise plants:

This one has been chewing magic mushrooms since late last night. Its consciousness has now fully expanded.

A yellow flower with dew drops. How prosaic. The filter also is likewise subtle, but insistent:

This one may be my favourite. I can’t decide.

No, I could  decide, but I’m not making any more decisions today.

It’s 23:35 and I’m going to try to go to sleep.

Wish me luck with that, eh?

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9 Responses to “The Relaxing Art of Faking It”

  1. CarolBeth Says:

    My favorite (or, if you wish, favourite) is the yellow flower with dew drops. It is wonderful…I hope you slept well.

  2. Munster Says:

    your pictures are lovely…

  3. MadDog Says:

    As you have noticed, CB, I use an Australian spelling dictionary. My theory is that Australians are very touchy about spelling and most Americans don’t notice the difference. (Or maybe they think that I’m just being pretentious.)

    The more I look at the yellow flower, the better I like it. It was the most difficult one to get right. The others more or less popped right up.

    I got to sleep about an hour after I quit writing. I woke up twice, but still got about five hours of sleep. That’s about normal these days. At least I’m not waking up in a cold sweat breathing like a locomotive any more. I hope that’s in the past.

  4. ZydecoDoug Says:

    Really neat stuff, Jan. You’re so fortunate to have such a vast canvas from which to view the things in nature we humans see as beauty. You capture the images outright with a true lensman’s eye, but then you filter in the creativity to lure out the surreal with your Photoshop skills.

    Again, your Fake Art belongs in magazines and in nicely matted frames on people’s walls. There’s got to be a market for your work somewhere. I’ve got to believe that your art holds some intriguing promise in your future.

    Anyone out there have a crystal ball?

  5. kristy Says:

    I am still thinking that selling through Flickr or something like that would work? Or do they not send checks to PNG?

  6. kristy Says:

    What about putting a photo or two into Nat Geos photo of the day or their 2010 photo contest?

  7. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Doug. Today’s world isn’t as bright as it was a few months ago, so it’s important for me to remind myself of all that I still have. I am very fortunate, or as I prefer, blessed, by being able to live in such a beautiful and exciting place. I sometimes take it for granted, which is a shame.

    I’d like to think that I have a creative future, Doug, but I’m never going to be able to realise it until I get out of Madang to some place where I can set myself up. Therein lies the paradox, eh?

  8. MadDog Says:

    Kristy, I’ve checked into just about every way of selling images. The ones where the money is (like Getty) have ridiculous requirements. I can’t even afford the camera equipment which they demand. The others pay chicken feed. I’m open to suggestions.

  9. MadDog Says:

    Kristy, I have submitted images to NatGeo daily. If I had the time to do it regularly, something might come of it. The problem is that there’s no money in it. I have to concentrate most of my time on making a living.