You know that expression”you learn something new everyday”? Well today I’ve learned about 20! The most interesting has got to be this technique to create a really nice bokeh effect. Bokeh is the term for those bubbles of color that appear in photos when the background is super out of focus and their surprisingly easy to duplicate. Here’s the background I’ve been working on, and it only took me about 10 minutes (most of that was just creating the new brush tool)

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I’m considering whipping up a quick “how to” for this. It’s so cool, and way easier than it looks!


Murals and Artists

I’ve had to take some time off from this blog since I started switching over my computers. It was one of those times when just about everything that could go wrong did. I’ve got it all just about worked out now and I’m finally back to work but still playing a whole lot of catch up.

I’ve also been a little distracted lately. Festival Anonymous is in full swing and some really amazing artists have been flying in. I’ve had the chance to paint with a couple of them and it’s only whet my appetite! I found out today that there’s a chance I may even get my own sponsored wall to paint by the end of this week!! Hmmmm I’m thinking corn… lots and lots of corn. Ooh and a big huge swirly sun! Yah, I’m excited.

Ah, one more bad thing: I can’t find my camera anywhere. I’m sure it’s around somewhere, but until I find it or replace it that means I can’t update with any photos. I’ll just have to do more screenshots from my computer.

New System

After Christmas is always the best time to shop for used tech. Everybody gets their brand new whatsit on Christmas, then they need to sell that semi new whatsit they had before. Since everyone is doing the same thing, prices get super low and you can find some great deals! I took advantage and grabbed myself a late 2012 13″ Macbook Pro. 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM. Compare that to my old 20″ iMac 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with only 3 GB RAM (maxed out) and you can see why I’m SO excited! I haven’t lost much screen space since I still have my enormous monitor to hook up to, but I gained an enormous amount of portability and security since I can hide away the laptop and it’s not as much of a target as the giant desktop.


Unfortunately it’s not all moonlight and roses… I’ve had a few minor hiccups and one major one… but we’re working it out. It means I’m still not back to work though and it’s tripping me out. It also means I don’t have anything to update with yet. BUT! When I do finally get running, I’m going to go on a arting BINGE and do nothing else for days!! I have the most amazing new toy to play with =D