Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

watercolor olivia and juniAnd now, to catch up in Weekly Challenge Land, “The Kiss” challenge! Along with the myriad of other “challenges” that have been occurring lately has been the situation with my new computer. You may recall my “old” computer was so ridiculously slow it made me very unhappy at times. So: Yea! I bought a new one. Boo! F^(&!#g Photoshop DOES NOT WORK on the new fangled imac. Nor does it even have a spot to insert discs. Seriously. Also, good information to know (ahead of time). Someday I might be wise enough to look before I leap. Some people think it is charming, this “devil-may-care” attitude/personality disorder that I have. ;-* BUT, in the spirit of all things good, this has inspired me to *gasp* abandon said Photoshop and try new things. I am now armed with a totally free and extremely cool program called Gimp. I used Gimp to make the above image today. I studied a youtube video by a very talented guy named Chris Fiedler and used some of his direction to create this “watercolor” photo above. I am also trying Pixelmator (made by Apple). Gimp is more like Photoshop (except it is FREE! ha ha ha ha ha). I also have Aperture and Colorstrokes. It is hard to get used to different programs. Everything is done in a different way. But like anything, trying new things can have significant benefits. It is either that, or try tech support for who knows how long, possibly spend $1000 (yes, that is what the new Photoshop costs) and still have problems. From what I have read, there are a lot of severe incompatibility problems (even though they say not) with all versions of Photoshop and the new Mountain Leopard, Mountain Lion, whatever, format. Why are all their systems named after big cats? Who can remember which. Why can’t they just use the number? They have one, but that is not what is used. Silly. “How old are you?” “Oh, I am Tyrannosaurus Rex.” “Ah, I see. Ok. Whatever that means.” Can you imagine? Funny. (Or, perhaps, I am just showing my real age, I sound like my Dad used to).  Live and Learn, right? At least I am doing both.

And another: I had to add Angelo and Juni. Gotta be fair. I like it, but I think the first one lends itself better to the beauty of the “watercolor”.
watercolor angelo and juni

8 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

  1. Very coool image AB. I must say I like the exploratory aspect of new and different programs. They each take you in a different direction. Then it is good to cross-combine, using aspects you really like to complete a piece.

  2. Love love love the picture!!! Very fun. I read recently or did I hear on NPR? in any case, the more we learn and challenge our brains ~ the more connections, new connections and healthier our little brains become! So, new programs, I figure, are a lot like learning new languages which really makes great new connections brainwise! Hooray! 🙂 Cheers! xoxox

  3. I share your opinion about the naming of different operative systems, there is no logic. What will happen after Mountain lion? The Saber-toothed tiger, perhaps? I also find the cost of Photoshop too high, but still, I use it. I’m looking forward to see your exploration of Gimp and Colorstrokes. Good luck!

    • Lol! Yes! The saber-toothed tiger. Funny! Thanks. I am so used to Photoshop, I fully admit being frustrated trying to adapt to Gimp. I have yet to find “shape”. Maybe I can’t even add a shape…. grr. 😉 she said like a “lion-ess”.

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