It usually starts out innocently enough- I suppose. In this case, I am sharing what should perhaps be kept under a rock- or wraps. I think I’ve explained the process a few times here and there- so I will spare the details here- except for some new juicy bits.
J.B. #1- Ambition is Deadly.
In this case, I decided to go to another level- and work on a diptych – a format I have used before, basically because the loom I was using was narrower than the thing I wanted to make. Here- I actually was thinking even further than that. I was thinking it would be interesting to create separate but linked images. Not just a too big piece for one loom. Logic tells you that you should work on the piece as one and THEN split them. This keeps colors consistent and aligned. Somehow- logic failed me…at first. SO I had to start again. I learned this lesson once before – but I suppose that was just too much to ask that it stay with me for a while.
The image you start with is the image you will be living with, sleeping with, eating with, showering with, walking with, banging your head on the wall with. It is what it is. In my case, I was, “Damn the Torpedoes! FULL SPEED AHEAD!”
Why? Because me. I could see with the eyes that are in my head, presumably, that my starting image was overexposed…but I also liked that.
So….I deal and dealt with issues of color and color separation interminably. I even decided to split my 2 brocade areas into 3 which I have done before- but you know- it really has to be worth it – because that is really challenging. It was really hard!!! And eventually I realized…I was giving myself fits – for why?
Here’s the truth. I was getting high on the complexity. Some people brag about how simple they like to make things. They even intimate that you are somehow deficient if you work too hard on a thing.
Whatev’s honey- find your bliss.
Some people like to brag about how awesome they are that they can do hard things. It’s probably easier to be annoyed about that- but still. Rock on. I tend to complicate things. it’s just part of my process. I go all crazy until I see the simple truth. Sometimes the truth is pretty complex. My files are probably not very simple. The trick for me is staying with the complexity- because that is what is required- without artificially complexifying it. (wow….just let that ride.)
J.B. #3 If a thing is TOO hard- it is probably wrong. Complex is not the same as hard.
Start over- again. Suddenly….it wasn’t so hard. Still complex of course, but now I could trace the path of my multi shuttles. Which was totally impossible before.
Why? Let’s make a theory.
- I think it was because I just really know this file inside out now- and that is why.
- (Can you see me looking earnest and are you suppressing a patronizing smirk? I am.)
- I had cleared my head (wall banging) and so now I could think clearly.
- I had already made every other confusing choice and decision and learned from that. (result: confusion not clarity. FYI)
- Mars moved out of regression
- (? Not even sure what I just typed. Is that even right?)
Use folders for layer groups. (that is your tech tip for today.)
J.B. #4 Ambition is deadly. Part Deux.
I have learned this week that my iMac has insufficient VRAM (VRAM…OMG.) to run Photoshop CC on the file sizes I am now making. Granted- the file size in pixels is consistent. Width is fixed. Height varies by 1- 2,000 pixels. But it turns out I have more layers- because more colors, because 2 warps. At least that is the theory this week. I am not really buying it- but how can I refute this?
I have been dealing with slow response times- which can cause devastating misalignments of layers and loads of confusions about whether I did something or not. This has caused me to fork out some lettuce for more RAM. Which I installed myself.
(It wasn’t hard- but DUDE! WHY do I have to become such a freaking WIZARD!!!!! I just want to weave.)
So, I moved onto my laptop- which was sufficient for all of the complexity I could throw at it all last year…but, now that is maxed out. It has enough VRAM..(VRAM….pht!) but may have been suffering from insufficient RAM (only 8GB), so I figured out how to partition a new scratch disk and optimize the system and it is marginally, MARGINALLY better. Only 8GB…I gotta crack a smile about that one. Latest recommendation is to go to 16 GB.
AGAIN. seriously? None of this is hard. The info is on the internet, it was the path to awareness that took so long, not the task itself…and yet. I am almost boiling over with resentment that rooms in my artist brain castle have been occupied. I want my vague and airy/ish/kinda/you know/sortof ways back.
I now know things that I would rather not. well…at least until dinner. (see JB #1).
So – how do I end a post that reads like a baby whine crank post -in a nice positive way?
Well- in the midst of all this I went to Chicago and saved the day – correcting some issues on the looms there. AND – I have been torn away from my work this week preparing to go off to India for a trade show with the TC-2. (if my Visa arrives in time).
Putting the application together for that was amusing also BTW.
The process included the use of a selfie stick.