Wednesday, 16 June 2010

All Change

Life itself is all about change, but when it comes to computer programmes, the word change takes on a whole new meaning.

Some time ago, I was revelling in the possibilities that my (then) Windows XP version of Paint allowed, and  I created an imaginary scene. I was exploring how to use a mouse to do so, as opposed to my usual, pen, pencil or brush.

The resultant image remained in a folder, going nowhere, but I felt unable to simply delete it, after the time it had taken to create. Yesterday I opened it with Arcsoft, and played with editing options.

The fairytale woodland path you see here was the outcome. I had no idea how it would translate to a blogpage, but translate it did, with a quality all its own.

I think sometimes in our own lives, when changes happen, and we have no idea of the eventual outcome, there is a similar, surprise element as things unfold. Perhaps at such times, we have to allow the Universe to have it's say, and merely follow where it leads. Being open to new possibilities is one of the best gifts change can give us.

25 comments:

  1. Wow, what a creation, it's hard to believe it's not paint. Beautifully done.

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  2. Bad surprises. Good surprises. It's that life thing. Keep your windows open, Jinksy.

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  3. OK, first of all, your painting is beautiful!! Enchanting, actually.

    I agree with you completely that it's our duty to pay attention, be responsible, and go with the flow. What's that quote? "Improvisation is the only talent worth cultivating." Here, here!

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  4. I love that picture. It does look like a fairyland pathway.
    Your "Being open to new possibilities is one of the best gifts change can give us" is wise, wise.

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  5. Argh Jinksy you are far cleverer than me with all tis technology malarky!!

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  6. Beautifully, beautifully done! And so very true about following unexpected paths -- my life has been a series of those interesting forks in the road.

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  7. That is superb. One of the great wonders of computer graphics is the beauty of the accidental. It's not entirely accidental, of course, it needs the gut instincts of the operator to guide it and the eye of the operator to see the possibilities. Knowing the technical "how" is not required, though. Hearty congrats! I shall now repeat myself: superb!

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  8. Jinksy, you never fail to delight -- and surprise. I think your new blog makeover is inspiring you to take your writing even further than your poetry. I am sensing introspection here. ; )

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  9. What a delightful piece and how exciting that a software application can bring serendipity.

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  10. Nice message.
    I believe in taking life the way it comes and I love that surprise element. :) Great post.

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  11. Beautiful picture, Jinksy. You're one cool gal!

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  12. I love the fact that you experimented...and, thankfully, didn't discard the painting. The words you penned to accompany this are creative, also.
    Beautiful!
    Love,
    Jackie

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  13. Wow, that's a brilliant picture. Well done for mastering the technology and making it work for you. I wouldn't have the first idea what to do.

    This reminds me a little of a lyric in a Billy Joel song I was listening to yesterday, something along the lines of "We can't stop the rain from falling". Some things will happen regardless of our actions, we just have to get on with it.

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  14. We all seem to dislike change, no one likes to come away from their comfort zone but when we have to and we do we all adjust and go back to enjoying life....it is what it is and the surprise is that life is still good.
    Very creative picture my friend, I have played around with this program as well but didn't quite succeed as you have......:-) Hugs

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  15. You are full of surprises, good surprises.

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  16. Wise words. And a gorgeous woodland scene. I'm amazed you can do that with just using a mouse. Very clever.

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  17. I love your creation, Pen and I do so agree with your view on life. I made a complete U turn when i married the farmer seventeen years ago - but I have never for one minute regretted it.

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  18. Jinksy, you are an inspiring woman.

    At this point, three things that I would not have done at one time in my life...have now enriched it greatly! Change is good.

    Love your creation!

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  19. Change is the one constant, so we might as well embrace it and look for the best in it. A whole lot of people are resistant reactionaries though.

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  20. Enjoyed you enjoying yourself!

    Here are a couple more that will help you (and any of your visitors) while away the time ...

    FotoSketcher - FREE, and easy to use!

    GIMP - also Free, but HEAVY. It gives the £600-800 Photoshop a run for its money. The Linux geeks swear by it, and so do I.

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  21. What beautiful thoughts and image, dear Jinks...and so very, very true...I'm glad that you have the wisdom to follow the unexpected or unpredictable paths...you inspire us and bring us much beauty!! Love you, Janine XO

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  22. I love it. I believe you have found a new avocation as a digital artist to illustrate your well-know poetic talents.

    I am exploring a new photo editing program, Adobe PhotoShop Elements also. I am impatiently plodding through a DIY Classroom in a Book which dwells in length about Organizing. I know it is important, but I want to get to the editing, creating, etc. I know is to come in later chapters.

    How do I know? Because I have played with the program on-my-own, as well as have had similar less complicated editing programs.

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  23. I think, for me, the great attraction of Paint is that it still lets me rely for the most part on my own creativity, with only a smigin of the digital wizardry needed to achieve a result that pleases me. Some programmes allow a more technological route to achieve a finished project, whereas I feel paint allows the artistic bit to take precedence- but perhaps I'm being a bit of an arty snob here? :)

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  24. Regarding your last paragraph: Indeed, indeed!

    Your manipulated artwork is lovely!

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