It is funny how things sometimes turn out differently from what you thought they would, isn't it? But after looking at the diptych that I posted a few weeks ago - without really thinking specifically about it - I knew that something was niggling at the back of my brain, telling me that something wasn't quite right; and suddenly I realized what it was: I discovered that I liked it better as two individual paintings instead of one! Both sides were quite strong and seemed to fight each other a bit - and I really liked the first one (pictured above) on its own! The other side of the diptych doesn't work quite as well by itself, but with only a few changes still to come it will also be happier alone - I think that the two of them were just too different to work really well as one painting. I presented the problem to my two best artist-friends and fiercest critics at our meeting last night and they tended to agree with me: that although they could work together, they were actually better apart, as this one especially tended to loose out to the stronger side.
I'm no computer "techie" and have spent hours lately trying to get used to Apple's way of doing things, and that is not easy! When you have used Windows for at least 20 years or maybe more, as I have, it has been a steep learning curve - and I have only scratched the surface of what my new iPad can do. I had thought of getting one for a while so that I could take photos of my work with me to show around, and also so I wouldn't be so tied down to my desk top PC. The decision to get one was made when I read about the benefit of having my work on Instagram - and how many great artists use it to show and promote their work - and how easy it would be to discover and follow other artists from around the globe who I might find interesting. But I couldn't use my PC for that, it had to be a mobile device.
I was facing a problem though in that I really wanted to be able to still use my PC and Photoshop to adjust the photos and get them as close to the original as possible - and to continue to use my good camera and photo set-up to have better control of exposure, lighting and so on. But everyone I asked said, that I couldn't do that!
Now, I wasn't going to just accept that, and I also really thought that surely there had to be a way - in this day and age it didn't seem reasonable that it would be impossible. So after many hours and much frustration I found a solution (thank you Google): send the photos to DropBox and from there you can get them onto your iPad - and I managed to do the DropBox part of it. But the iPad part totally defeated me so I signed up for a workshop at the Apple store; and I was very lucky in that I was the only one who showed up - it was pouring rain - so I got one hour of personal tuition and help from a very sweet and helpful young girl, who by the way also started by saying that she didn't think it could be done! But when I mentioned the DropBox solution, she quickly realized how that would work and helped set me up for that - I took notes or would never have been able to remember all the different steps! She showed me all kinds of other things - most of which I can't remember. So I will have to go back and I am extremely glad that these free workshops are available - and I also realize what a good method of promoting their products it is. So now I am a fan!
And I am happy to say that I am now on Instagram! It works like a charm and I love it!