Sunday, January 5, 2014

Crazy-Fun Artistic Frenzy - 30 in January 2014

                                                             Acrylic with Palette Knife, 9x12"

Last night I went to town with the palette knife.  Crazy fun!  It reminded me of a time my very special someone came home and found me in an "artistic frenzy" with oil pastels.  I think he was ok with the scraping and layering, but a little concerned to see the matches!

This is my Crazy-Fun Artistic Frenzied version of Autumn in the mountains.  I know it's different than my usual style, but I couldn't resist.  I was trying to take my mind off something last night, and artistic frenzies can be perfect for such occasions.  I'll tell you in about a week what I was trying to take my mind off--can't tell just yet! 

I wish I could show you what this painting really looks like.  Please bear with me as I learn to use my Photoshop Elements.  Those of you who have followed my blog know that sometimes I think the image looks better than the painting, and sometimes I think the painting looks better.  This is one of those occasions where the painting looks better.

The sun is out!  Time to walk dogs...and then paint!

Here I go, back on my soapbox.  The following is copied and pasted from my last year's 30 in 30 posts, so some of you may need to skip this part:

One of the the very best things I have ever done for my blog readers was to figure out how to get rid of that "prove you're not a robot" thingy for when readers want to leave a comment.  I would encourage all bloggers to do the same.  The tests to see if someone is a robot are getting smaller and blurrier and harder to pass.  I did find the other day that if you fail about three times in a row, they throw one at you with larger, clearer print.  Yes, you have to REALLY want to leave a comment on someone else's blog to try to prove you're not a robot four times!

Bloggers, you can still have good control over the comments on your blog if you enable moderation.  That way, all comments go to your email and you have to approve them prior to their posting on your blog.  So, you use your own brain to decide if someone is a robot or not.  Actually, Blogger does a good job of catching most of the spam comments and not even sending them to your email.

Of course, we all have a choice how to handle comments on our own blogs....but I know the feedback I've had from my followers about not having to prove themselves not robots is..."what a relief!" 

Feel free to email me for instructions on how to make this change to your own blog, and Happy Painting!


Mary Schiros said...

A lot of energy in that painting!

carol edan said...

Very interesting the top part best... what size knife? Get a bigger one!!!

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, Mary and Carol. Not sure what knife size. I like the plastic one best so far, and I don't think they come in many sizes!

Sharon L. Graves said...

Meredith, I love this. Frenzy, colors, subject, all of it. Super. I totally agree with you on the prove your not a robot thingy. I tried to post on someone's blog the other day and there were about 15 numbers that were mostly unrecognizable. I just emailed them my comment, but I probably won't comment in the future.

Meredith Adler said...

Thank you Sharon...maybe you'll give the knife a whirl during the challenge, too. I do hope to influence some bloggers to stop making us prove we're not robots. Last 30 in 30, a couple of them did write me and removed it, so we'll see.

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