At this resolution the piece does read a bit differently, nicely I must say. I hope you intend to work a lot bigger, and reduce the files for wherever you need them.
With careful examination, I'm also noticing a lot of sneaky, subtle things in the colors.
Bigger is better; this rocks!
2011-02-01 03:02 pm (UTC)
desaturating & other stuff
i'm learning ever more that i prefer desaturated colors. i remember discussing my greens with you several years back when i didn't have a useable one in my palette & began to tumble onto the saturation/desaturation of colors. i have a long way yet to go til i'm even roughly satisfied with my colors but i'm learning all the time, plateau to plateau. for example, the comparison of saturation between the colors of a localized shadow & it's immediate surroundings: my shadows need be less satted than the surrounding lighter color, etc. i'm carrying this into my HTML color picks too, with rewarding results; whereas the background color distracts less from a presented image file, & so on. gradients of saturation come to mind too as used here.
rezz-wise, i've gone to 75% reduction from drawn size. working toward 720pxx960px 'pages' (15"x20" pages), generally 4 360pxx480px panels per. i used to work same-size: 10"x15" (640pxx960px). the switch from a 640 format to 720 originally was done for the sake of not wasting screen real estate in the horizontal dimension, but i later found that amenable to 75% reduction for lettering sake. it's somewhat of an awkward shift back to the old days of drawing for reduction & it's interesting. brushes are more useable as tools for me again for one thing, now that i'm not drawing hairline thin lines. between that & desaturating my colors, brushes really come to the forefront again. (years ago there were many long phases of brushes practically being the only tool i inked with at all.) tonight i immersed myself in my frazetta directory, soaking up those beautiful strokes of his (and his drawing in general, of course, particularly his linework philosophy). i'm hot to do some wash drawings... -and wish i still had my dr. maarten dye set of radient water colors. -and decent brushes. next week i'm going to get some. -i like to actually have them in my hand before i buy them -but with the incredibly poor choices available locally, i may to have to buy them online... windsor & newton #3 is what i used to prefer for feathered strokes (which almost all of mine were) but i'm beginning to learn about lining brushes as well.
this piece posted here was exercise, getting the feel back. it's frustrating as hell not to be able to draw as much as i need to to really keep a higher level of facility up... the horrid line quality in blacksky.htm was galling, simply too much. gotta get back to pushing my envelope instead of poking holes in it, heh.matron_elder011b.png
i recolored this some months ago. i'd do it even more differently now.Edited at 2011-04-12 11:10 am (UTC)
2011-02-07 10:49 pm (UTC)
I Hear Ya, Doc
2011-02-19 05:39 pm (UTC)
online art store
I know this matter is not related, but I'm searching for an online shop system, that support.
multiple categories and hold many more features, something similar to this fine art store (http://www.gayaartprints.com).
can someone tell me where can I get this script? .
2011-02-19 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: online art store
well Danny, try Google...
or write to someone who uses such...
myself, i haven't a clue.
(& how the heck did you wind up here of all places?)
2011-02-19 10:18 pm (UTC)
Re: online art store
It's called OS Commerce.
2011-02-19 10:43 pm (UTC)
Re: online art store
strange he would ask about it here. whoever he is.
anyway, hi, hope you're coming along in settling in. i received my new comp table today & am dreading building it and setting up. the dismantling of my old clutter is what i'm dreading. but yeah, i'm that much closer to revising life, the universe & everything here in general. drag!
turned me onto a new artist i like a lot:http://www.jonstrongbow.com/
maybe not your cup of tea but i find him interesting...
2011-03-12 06:57 am (UTC)
i always dug the beat poets, and all those even tangentally related, like Diane DiPrima and Leroi Jones or Gary Snyder or Gregory Corso, etc.
decades ago, i had an anthology of beat stuff, probably edited by Ann Charters, that had gobs of Leroi Jones stuff in it that i dug. he's gone by Amiri Baraka since 1967. i scoped out his site today. great stuff. one could consider this mp3 of his to have been a better link to the post's image:http://www.amiribaraka.com/media.htmlhttp://www.amiribaraka.com/Somebody.mp3
i downloaded all his mp3s. there was a video as well but my hard drive's getting full...
2011-03-21 05:43 am (UTC)
good morning !
i am seeing a link to a site employing th' term "scientific dictatorship." it is not wholly unknown to me, but - as per usual - i am running far, far behind on the Information Front: only a hundred pages *in* to The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship. it is, perhaps, that it is so information rich that i had to put it down for a while .. play "catch.up," so to speak.
many approaches to craphounding the Victorian Myth of Progress. one of them which caught my fancy early on was the bewildering Greatest Story Never Told, a self-published "biohistory" of yumanity by a lady name of Lana C. Cantrell (who comes across like some love-child of Velikovsky and Adelle Davis). interesting, i suppose, for those who take the Zechariah Sitchin stuff as their point of departure ..
2011-03-21 08:58 am (UTC)
chariots of the tramps
sitchin, yeah, i came across him a lot recently researching mckenna's views on any extraterrestrial origin of psilocybin spores (w/ them as an odd form of extraterrestrial intelligence.
i remember when erich von daniken's book 'chariots of the gods' came out, making roughly the same claim as sitchin's.
...which reminds me of the original 'Stargate' movie... which i rather liked. had a touch of perversity to it, novel to see in a scifi flick. (the TV series smelled up the joint for me as far as the stargate material goes -but that's the way it goes with fiction as a malleable franchisable commodity these days...)
i never was interested in such theories that had nothing at hand that remained to the here & now. the notion of such alien visitations back then left me subconsciously thinking they were some dumb aliens to come all this way. i mean, why? could they return? to what point? -their civilization would be eons older than when they left for earth. why not send a probe? etc etc. it was poor & cheesy 1950's era science fiction, fit only for the likes of l. ron hubbard as best. heh.
but this link loses me: http://www.mega.nu/ampp/"Since the time of Rousseau, utopianism — particularly, of the socialist variety — has been eroding and undermining Western civilization like so many angry ocean waves. Utopian socialism — by which I mean chiefly the idea that human welfare can be divorced from economic and biological reality — has for so long been a part of the political landscape of the West that most people have accepted it as the cultural embodiment of an idea that is fundamental to the world. In fact, it is just so much inherited wishful thinking and confabulated flapdoodle, sewn together from fragments of ancient mythology, chiefly those relating to the Eden of the Hebrew Bible and its antecedents and descendants. While its roots are ancient, a program that recognizably constitutes a form of modern socialism was first assembled by the Sozzinis of sixteenth century Italy, whose ethic became known as "Socinianism" and set the stage for the utopian aspects of the Enlightenment."
...as that's a little out there. a lot of presumed givens...
but still, yeah, some fundamental stuff is covered:The Epistemological Cartel
In The Architecture of Modern Political Power, Daniel Pouzzner outlines the tactics employed by the elite to maintain their dominance. Among them is: 'Ostensible control over the knowable, by marketing institutionally accredited science as the only path to true understanding' (Pouzzner, 75). Thus, the ruling class endeavors to discourage independent reason while exercising illusory power over human knowledge. This tactic of control through knowledge suppression and selective dissemination is reiterated in the anonymously authored document Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars:
"Energy is recognized as the key to all activity on earth. Natural science is the study of the sources and control of natural energy, and social science, theoretically expressed as economics, is the study of the sources and control of social energy. Both are bookkeeping systems. Mathematics is the primary energy science. And the bookkeeper can be king if the public can be kept ignorant of the methodology of the bookkeeping. All science is merely a means to an end. The means is knowledge. The end is control."
- Keith, Secret and Suppressed, 203
2011-03-21 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: chariots of the tramps
yeah, yeah, i can only do so.much with von Daniken/Sitchin. Charles Fort's personal wiseacrings - from, what?, a century ago - had considerably more style. entertaining the concept of "visitors," he wrote:
How would an Eskimo explain a vessel, sending ashore for coal, which is plentiful upon some Arctic beaches, though of unknown use to the natives, then sailing away, with no interest in the natives?
one could also think of the Pharaohs of old - or David Rockefeller *today* - as mere "middle management" (whether they are aware of this .. arrangement or not, i couldn't pretend to guess). .. but i like that concept of Epistemological Dominance / links up nicely with Burroughs' material on the Mayan priesthood's jealously guarded calendar gimmick.
why was Bruno executed by the Holy Roman Church some 400 years ago? was it his perceived "blasphemies" against Christianity or that he dared to question Aristotle (who'd been thoroughly appropriated by the Church by way of Aquinas and others)?
2011-03-21 08:59 am (UTC)
chariots of the tramps, part 2
about scientific reductionism, mckenna continues to influence me, trailblazer that he was (or tried to be). here, via a film he starred in.
-i have my own issues with the RealitySandwich crowd (as commodifiers, see evolver.net's TOS, th crass bastids) but lacking a good wiki link to a film on Frederick V of Bohemia:http://www.realitysandwich.com/alchemical_dreamAccording to McKenna, the group of European alchemists who centered around John Dee and the British court of Queen Elizabeth I in the late 1500's believed that the spiritual philosophy of alchemy was so profound and full of potential that it should be embraced as the popular religious paradigm of the day. The Christian preacher Martin Luther had started a Protestant reformation in 1517 with the 95 Theses and now, a century later, Dee felt that the world was ready for an alchemical reformation. With this idea of a religious reformation in mind, Dee and a group of court alchemists traveled to the palace of King Frederick V of Bohemia in 1618 with the intention of establishing a new alchemical kingdom.
This alchemical dream lasted for about a year before the Austrian dynasty of the Hapsburg family got wind of the reformation plan and disapproved of Frederick's kingship, quickly dispatching an army to lay siege to the kingdom of Bohemia and Frederick's court. After a brief period of fighting Frederick was defeated at the Battle of the White Mountain on November 8th, 1620, and the Bohemian hopes of establishing an alchemical religious state were destroyed. While the bulk of alchemical knowledge was lost to Western civilization after this time, the intellectual threads of this esoteric philosophy can still be found in the modern world.
As McKenna points out, this attempted reformation was not entirely dissimilar to what happened in the social climate of America in the 1960's with the re-introduction of sacred plants into Western culture and the social upheaval that occurred simultaneously. McKenna describes the drug revival of the 60's as a sort of “failed alchemy” whose ideal was to transform the human spirit, but wound up as a splintered and marginalized movement, similar to alchemy. However, although alchemy was lost to Western civilization for a few centuries, some of the basic ideas can still be found scattered here and there in some esoteric religious practices, mystical writings, transpersonal psychology and art history books: themes of creativity, diversity, synchronicity, unions of opposites, and personal psycho-spiritual exploration which were all an essential part of the alchemical endeavor.
So while the dream of European alchemy may have apparently died in the 16th century, the underlying motivation of the alchemists – a desire for innovative and genuine spiritual experience – is a fundamental human characteristic that can be traced through many different cultures and time periods. As an example of this, at the end of The Alchemical Dream, McKenna makes an interesting historical footnote about a young solider named Rene Descartes who was part of the invading Hapsburg army which defeated the Bohemian kingdom. Shortly after this time, Descartes was visited in a dream by an angelic apparition who instructed him with a piece of advice which would fundamentally alter our world. The angel said to him, "The conquest of nature is to be achieved through measures and numbers." Descartes would go on to become one of the most influential scientists and philosophers of his day. For McKenna, this is a perfect example of how the spirit of alchemy (the spirit of inner human creativity) will continuously reappear at opportune moments and direct the course of human events in mysterious ways which we can only begin to understand.
a better link would be:http://www.sacredmysteries.com/sacredmysteries/AlchemicalDreamDVD.htm
...oddly though, Descartes' Angel (measure&proportion) is ever important to mckenna, sounding very science-centric...
2011-03-21 07:54 pm (UTC)
Re: chariots of the tramps, part 2
my McKenna awareness is woefully small, usually mediated by commentators (R.A. Wilson) or his own commentary on *others* (pkDick). i should be able to locate some of his talks on Youtube.
Descartes @ Siege
to me this makes poetic sense, tho' not because Descartes was a sort of "carrier" for the Alchemical Spirit. "The conquest of nature is to be achieved through measures and number"? he is representing as some kinda .. Cromwell of Ontology.
as for the significance of Descartes' Angel to McKenna, i'm not going to second-guess what another uses as "food." tho' i find Descartes non-nutritious (i.e., base metal), it wouldn't surprise me if someone of rare imagination managed to convert his Thought, internally, to gold.
2011-03-21 08:58 pm (UTC)
McKenna archives (& others as well, but mostly TM)
Lorenzo, at his Psychedelic Salon site, has extensively gathered all the many TM talks as possible over the years. i can't recommend his site more.http://www.matrixmasters.net/salon/
2011-04-07 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: McKenna archives (& others as well, but mostly TM)
i listened to/enjoyed one of these shortly after you posted the link. have been long out of circulation (work, trips to the dentist, other tedium, bleah!). thanks !
2011-04-07 08:27 am (UTC)
life without a break, yeah
Lozo's last 2 were by Bruce Damer, calling this period a Crescendo time, and he may have something there.
we've had 40 years of psychology
focusing more and more on the physiological aspect of mind, rather than freudian et al... at the same time, Big Pharma has come to dominate everything
. and meanwhile, what we've learned about how the brain works just continued to grow, almost exponentially. what drove what, i don't know. but a lot of it is coming together now very very much like a crescendo
there's a lot of depression across the land now, seeped into everything. i was talking to my wife Lisa about that tonight and ended up Googling MDMA to see what was said about it in with regard to clinical depression. the wiki i was reading went on to discuss MDMA as 'recreational' drug, saying such was outside it's 'therapeutic' origins... thanks to Lorenzo's posts on Sasha Shulgin
, i know any such label to his work misses the point: he's purely an explorer. a creator researching for it's own sake. for the chemistry involved as much as the physiology (if not more). things get so spun these days, wikis certainly are resources to be taken with many grains of salt...
then there's that too, the dissonance between what we do know and whatever's currently held as publicly 'true'...
it's funny, we know our own minds better than ever, but the advertising con has never been more refined. the intellectual assault we take daily has never been greater...
that's where Lorenzo really shines, in avoiding the hucksterism of the cottage industries around his subjects. money, as ever, clearly delineates things.
and controls things.
i've a lot of tangents, and links, in this relatively long reply, too many to do more than just touch upon, while meanwhile life's more immediate details certainly preoccupy us all more and more, yes. i do though want to highlight one particular podcast of Lorenzo's, as it clarified for me what if anything on the mind is my own central interest: it's sheer liberty. (before we're all meanwhile driven nuts...)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_libertyhttp://www.cognitiveliberty.org/http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/news/neofiles_wrye.htmlhttp://www.matrixmasters.net/salon/?p=197#more-197http://matrixmasters.net/archive/Various/163-Sententia-MSIV.mp3
2011-03-21 09:21 am (UTC)
chariots of the tramps, part 3
the [ludicrous] image of alien visitation is something i constantly refer to or illustrate -yet devoutly wish for. i think i give in to mckenna's premises so much (such as shrooms having originated in meteorites)(because experiencing them enough elicits a common experience of Other-ness: extra-personal presences (if not intelligences per se'...)) because i cannot disqualify them * mostly cause i simply *want* to...
...what i would wish of them is not Counterforce, but Antiforce... materially speking anyway. call it another face of a greater wisdom.
2011-03-21 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: chariots of the tramps, part 3
i keep returning to Bruno (mainly 'cause i can only manage to remember the book i'm presently reading !). i don't think he believed in spacedudes - or, really, transcendent anything. he allows for Weirdness, though, but it's all HERE, not elsewhere, part of the All we're thoroughly enmeshed in. hard to say when he's speaking metaphorically, but there's stuff like this (think of the figure of the Trickster):
There are other, wiser demons which reside in pure air, which is a simple substance. They are affected by no cult, no religious practice and no prayers. Rather, they freely distort all these things and play with humans by counterfeiting illusions of fear, anger, religion and such things. They understand languages and the sciences, but never make any firm assertions. And so these hateful demons introduce confusion and doubt into the human mind and senses.
2011-03-21 09:34 am (UTC)
tarots of the champs
ye gods, you've had me go back through pages & pages of past posts in *both* LJs hunting for stuff! which i like, having brought stuff up to the top so to speak.
so i've replied tons, & laid out gobs of verbiage & links. as usual, i might add. brief & clear i ain't. (heraclitus wasn't the only one obscure, heh.)
but if any of it were to be underscored & promoted, i definitely recommend the DVD:http://www.sacredmysteries.com/sacredmysteries/AlchemicalDreamDVD.htm
there aren't any good summaries that i've found.
mckenna sums up an assertion of his that had never been as clear: that the human world lost a lot when it turned so sharply & empirically to science, but that the seeds as ever remained in earth. -even this is a sucky summation in that the 'lot' that was lost was quite detailed & pertinent...
netflix has the DVD if you do netflix.
2011-03-21 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: tarots of the champs
your art, by the way, is Extraordinary. i look forward to its inevitable seeping into my day an' nighttime head !
2011-03-21 09:19 pm (UTC)
lines & color rule (words are just paint & filigrees)!
when i don't draw regularly, it does seep into my own head, wanting out. i think that, more than anything, is the art's biggest prod.
thanks for the compliment, but i am but a flea upon the shoulders of giants. one in particular at least, jean giraud aka moebius. (i also am a big jeff jones fan).
my buddy mavinga
turned me onto this new moebius fan site that hit with a bang this year, with gobs of moebius art. 100+ posts, all pretty huge image files:http://theairtightgarage.tumblr.com
it's called Quenched Consciousness and took it's name from this moebius talk:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=501zclIUQBQ
a page or two back at Quenched Consciousness is a post on a huge moebius art exhibit, Trans Forme, that just happened in paris. it's stunning.
also, a movie was made from Blueberry, a western strip m. drew for years, that i recommend. here in the states it's 'Renegade', but in europe & elsewhere it goes by 'Blueberry'.http://peyote.com/renegade-blueberry.htmlhttp://peyote.com/renegade-blueberry.mp4
and here's an audio clip from the movie:http://zuma.vip.warped.com/ayahuasca.mp3Edited at 2011-03-21 09:21 pm (UTC)