Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Here's a recipe for making these kinds of Photoshop Christmas Tree ornaments. Start with a 5 by 5 inch RGB square, say, optionally at twice the resolution you intend to end up with (see final comment below); Do a colorful circular gradient WITH DITHER OFF (very important); Do 5 Sharpen Mores (Filter/Sharpen) or about twice as many regular Sharpens -- you can try different numbers; Do an interpolated de-interlace (Filter/Video); rotate 90 degrees clockwise; repeat the de-interlace filter.

If you want a result that doesn't become washed out when viewed at the wrong size or resolution follow the option of beginning with twice the intended resolution, then at the end use Image Size to halve it. So for these I started with 144 pixels/inch and at the end I switched it to the more web normal 72 pixels/inch.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Friday, February 16, 2007

Sit, Pixels

I like painting in Photoshop. Real paints give me headaches. Electronic paints are brighter and stay where you put them.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Flyer Doodles

These flyers were all over the place at a poetry reading I attended. So I had something somewhat artlike to do between readings.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Notepad Images

Death of Maui

Maui died inside Death. To end Death's curse on life, he entered her while she was asleep. But she woke up and crushed him in her innards.

Haole/Hanai Mandala

The Jumping Off Tree

This painting resides in my room. It tells of Jumping Off Places. When you die, your soul goes wandering, looking for a Jumping Off Place. It might be a tree or a cliff. Once, though I was not then dead yet, it was a jungle gym, for me. You know you've found a Jumping Off Place when you've seen the spirits of dead children around it. The childrens' spirits will try to get you to jump the wrong way, for the fun of it. There will also be the broken souls of other dead people who were tricked by the childrens' spirits into jumping the wrong way. If you jump off the Jumping Off Place in the right direction, the Earth will open up for you and you will fall into your own personal heaven. If you jump the wrong way, your soul will shatter, and you will wish you were alive. Good luck.