Doodles, sketches, Pixels, iPads, Computers and a human.

What makes a drawing? What makes Art?  The ‘tools of the trade’ and changing as fast as the art world always has…..In doing some internet digging here are some interring words.

 “Art Authority, one of the top apps for viewing artworks, has already upgraded its resolution to match that of the new iPad. The app claims that with retina display, seeing art on the iPad is “as good as in a museum.” That, of course, is questionable since no app can truly replace a museum experience, and in our quest for high definition, one often forgets that life itself is free of pixels. We do not need an iPad to see the world, let alone artworks. Nevertheless, the increased resolution can only serve to improve the quality of apps such as Art Authority.

With more and more app developers upgrading to the newer resolution, the digital world of the iPad will surely emerge as sharper, clearer, and more inviting. But let’s hope we won’t lose ourselves, along withour sense of sight, in its stunning display, and will remember to look up at the world, at real life, from time to time. Maybe give our retinas a glimpse of the horizon or better yet, a piece of art! ” -http://www.technologyinthearts.org/2012/03/ipad-retina-display-and-art-apps/#more-4425

That is all about the VIEWING… what about the CREATING?

There is Art made on paper and then one way or another put into a digital form to show up on-line… there is “live performance Art” – taped and put on-line to share with the world… there is art totally created with digital computer tools, their is sculptural art, and jewelry art and on it goes on and on, mind boggling….a never ending fuzzy and wonderfully drawn line (to be corny) drawn in the sands of art time. Who else has read Harold and his purple crayon?  This purple line goes on and on….just like art…

I find the iPad an incredible freeing and fantastic creative tool…It is part of my Digital Art. Below is a drawing that sums up what I feel about “digital art” right now, this day, this minuet and will probably change in five minuets.  A funny mix of styles, even the traditional is not traditional anymore. In this case the most traditional tool is Photography. (Today some folks still question whether photography is an art. For the record, I am clear that it is.) In this piece it’s the background image, a travel photo of a rocky coast.. Export it into SketchBook Pro (IiPad app) and Brushes (another iPad app) …recreate…. add a cartoon like sketch made on the iPad.  Enhanced by exporting it to Photoshop on my desktop…. then take it all back to the iPad and PSTouch (Photoshop for the iPad – it’s amazing!), add another photo, this time taken with the iPad camera of what was actually a table edge right in front of me (can you find it?) Back to “big brother Photoshop” on the desktop…. add a few more adjustments and lighting needs. Doing it on the desktop just because it is bigger and I have ever tool possible to me there. This is what I end up….. A mixed media, modern art work? Marty (the fish) looks TOTTALY out of place and yet there is also something fascinating about the juxtaposition. All these tools/devices/skills/modes of creativity are all mixed up together, not fighting each other, just hanging out toghter waiting for use. Is that what you feel about digital art? At the very least it is an intriguing process to pursue.

As it was stated above- “…one often forgets that life itself is free of pixels. We do not need an iPad to see the world, let alone artworks… remember to look up at the world, at real life, from time to time. Maybe give our retinas a glimpse of the horizon or better yet, a piece of art!”

World Water Day!

Every Drop matters!

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. -http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about.html

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Moe - World Water Day
World Water Day - please do you part today and everyday.

 

The Gang at BBB3 like this – Elderly Gorilla and Rabbit Become Friends!

Thanks to care2 make a differance  for this one!  Kindness abounds….if a bunny and a gorilla can be buds, surely we can be kind to one another too.  Give a friend an extra “scratch under the chin” today! *** 

They’re an odd couple, but Samantha the gorilla and Panda the rabbit are making the relationship work. The two were introduced by Erie Zoo officials who felt the elderly gorilla needed a companion.

Samantha, a 47 year-old western lowland gorilla has lived without a buddy since the death of her mate Rudy, in 2005. Officials at the Pennsylvania zoo were concerned that Samantha was lonely, but worried she was too old and fragile to be paired with another gorilla. So last month they introduced her to a Dutch rabbit, named Panda.

Reports from the zoo indicate that Samantha and Panda are getting along famously. Samantha has been seen gently scratching under the bunny’s chin ***, sharing her food and reaching out to softly touch Panda.

Samantha, who was hand-raised by humans, has always had a gentle nature.

“To have something sharing their space that they can observe and interact with is always going to be beneficial,” said Zoo Director Cindy Kreider.

Still zookeepers were a little nervous when the two were first introduced. They began slowly by moving Panda into an area close to Samantha’s habitat. Then workers held the rabbit up for the gorilla to inspect. Finally the pair was allowed to meet face to face, although an escape hatch had been built for Panda, just in case.

“Right off the bat, they hit it off,” said Kreider.

Scott Mitchell, the zoo’s Chief Executive is especially amazed at the successful match. He recounted how one day Panda fearlessly hopped up to a beloved stuffed toy gorilla that belongs to Samantha. Typically this would have spelled trouble, but Mitchell said, “Samantha pushed the baby out of the way so Panda could go by.”

Mitchell said the reaction from the public has been very supportive, as well. “People are intrigued by it. They like the fact that she has a companion.”

As for Panda’s response to this new friendship, he is taking it in stride. He hops around the gorilla/rabbit exhibit munching on rabbit food and then returns to Samantha’s corner, to sit with his new best bud.

Gorilla and Bunny
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/elderly-gorilla-and-rabbit-become-friends.html#ixzz1oqLXcUz0

Tuesday is the new Monday….

Wanted to let you all know – we are shifting gears and trying out a new modus operandi of posting/blogging on Tuesdays and Thursdays from now on. We will post on the weekend as well  if we have something we can’t wait to tell you! Perhaps you will be (hopefully) delighted to see some Botanical Beauties and Beasties favorite artworks and/or creations on the weekends. With a little less blogging we will be making the flip to a stronger commitment to “other social media channels” such as Twitter, FaceBook, Pinterest and Instagram. Below Birdelini are the address for those media sources. Don’t forget that Birdelin has her very own Twitter and Facebook reality!

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Hats are chic and Tuesday is the new Monday!

 

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