Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Last Of 2011 Limited Time Discount Print Offers

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Art - My Latest Offerings!

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Here we stand in the middle of this new world with our primitive brain, attuned to the simple cave life, with terrific forces at our disposal, which we are clever enough to release, but whose consequences we cannot comprehend. ~Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. ~William Butler Yeats

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How many people forget the faces of others they spend time with? How many people are into so much fun they forget they leave no lasting impression?

Now just drop over at the link below - pay me a visit and pick up a print for the ones you love this coming festive season!! :)

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Vue 10 Infinite - Worth The Upgrade?

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For many years now I have been slowly learning Vue Infinite, but throughout that learning process I have felt very frustrated at the render times taking over every computer we have in the house. When it came to upgrading my Vue 9 Infinite to version 9.5 I passed by the upgrade and decided until Vue came up with a better renderer or solution that I was calling quits on upgrades.

Until Now.

Vue 10 Infinite and Vue 10 XStream came out with these promises -:

Flexible Rendering Options
The render control panel offers precise control over every single render parameter, giving you the flexibility you need to complete rendering on schedule without sacrificing quality.

360 degrees render
Choose between distributed ray traced or hybrid 2.5D motion blur, fine tune the level of traced reflections, super-sampling, soft shadows, blurred reflections, depth of field, caustics, etc.

Rendering can be performed in any viewport (including orthogonal views). Viewport rendering can be set to its own quality level, different from the main render settings. This lets you instantly switch between draft and production render qualities.

Panoramic and Spherical Rendering
Vue offers both standard and spherical panoramic rendering with an adjustable angle up to 360 degrees.

This is especially useful for creating and exporting environment HDR images and backgrounds.

Camera Aberrations
Because real-life camera lenses are built from optical glass elements (or other refractive materials), it is virtually impossible to create lenses that don't introduce some form of distortion.

For added realism, Vue is able to replicate real-life lens distortions such as barreling and pin cushioning.

The Vue stand-alone renderer saves you a considerable amount of time by rendering images in the background while you continue working on the scene. This is a perfect solution for any single-computer work situation. Since the stand-alone renderer doesn't need to carry the overhead of a visual interface, it is able to dedicate more memory to the rendering.

Batch Rendering Interface
Render jobs can be easily batched from within Vue using the Batch Rendering interface.

HyperVue™ and RenderCows
Vue provides distributed rendering over hybrid (PC/Mac) networks. Dispatching and managing render jobs is done via the HyperVue manager, which controls the RenderCow™ nodes.

Render nodes are automatically updated remotely, if required. In addition, e-on’s SmartCow™ technology lets you turn render nodes on and off while jobs are running.

Vue 10 Infinite ships with 5 RenderCows. You can add more RenderCows if required by purchasing additional RenderCow packs from our online store.

Interactive Network Rendering makes network rendering totally transparent!

When using this mode, rendering in Vue starts normally, without any delay. Then, while Vue is rendering, the Interactive Network Rendering controller silently contacts all the render nodes on your network and puts them to work on your scene. This happens in the background while your main computer continues rendering. As the other computers on your network start pitching in, the rendering accelerates, but you never have to suffer any waiting or slowdown!

Faster Rendering!
Thanks to dramatic changes in the structure of internal scene processing, typical render times are up to 30% faster!

Edge-Based Anti-Aliasing
A new edge-based anti-aliasing algorithm was added to complement the previous color-based anti-aliasing scheme. You can fine tune both anti-aliasing schemes using their respective Quality sliders, and you can also activate both of them independently.

Improved Render Area
Ever wished you could re-render only a small part of your scene and have a simple way of overlaying it on your original render?

If so, you will happily welcome the option that lets you save a render area as a full sized image, so that it can be easily overlayed in post.

When rendering an area in full size, the regions beyond the current render area will be filled in black and made transparent for easier overlaying/compositing.

Is This True? Is Rendering Improved?

If you are a lover of Vue Infinite or Xstream - run and get your copy! For the first time I seriously know that Vue has been truly updated. The render engine which Vue claims is 30% faster is more like 40% for me. I can almost cut the render times in half - not quite, but who is going to quibble over an hour or so?

Examples where each would have taken my computer - a windows 7 64bit with 8GB's of RAM - around and hour each to render at this quality - even at this small size.

Scene Is Copyright To Vue - Render is my own

Scene Is Copyright To Vue - Render is my own

Scene Is Copyright To Vue - Render is my own

I have no affiliations with Vue's Eon software company at the time of writing this and what I have stated is my own opinion and observations.

Prior to Vue 10 this image took me close on 24hrs to render, and I would hardly call it complicated.

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Vue 10 IS an upgrade!

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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Abstract Expressionism and Letting Go Of Hyper Realism

I am still struggling with letting go of the hyper-realistic style of art that I was taught and have spent hours upon hours trying to loosen up my way of expressing myself via my art.

For a long time I had no faith I could do this and thought I was "stuck" in a mode of "forever realism".

Not so, and whilst I may not always like the results, there is definitely a real change in my art work of late.

Some I have dabbled with fractals, and others are mixed media with oils and digital combined - which appears to be a style that is rather uniquely mine - for better or worse, I am unsure - and aren't we artists often unsure of ourselves? I am, and am not afraid to admit it - artistic growth is a difficult and often confusing path to walk, and yet it's a walk each of us must take.

I hope my readers like some of these new artworks - particularly the mixed media, although the others are a medium I have used before, the style is different.

The fight to emerge is ongoing!


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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Free Textures For Commercial Use

A gift for my readers and fellow artists.

High quality print ready textures for use in your art projects. On some of the dark textures with scratches, try with the blending mode set to "difference" - it creates a very lovely effect.

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Sunday, 25 September 2011

What Is Art? But Is It Art?

What Is Art? But Is It Art?
Visit any art forum and at some time you will find rather extensive and sometimes often heated discussions on the subject of “what is art” or the more pointed “is it art”.
My opinion as to what constitutes art and “is it art” is rather simplistic for me the viewer, but not so simple for me the creator of a work.
As a viewer I immediately and seemingly innately know if a work I view is art or not.
What sets my criteria?
I’m unsure for the most part, but there are certain events that occur on a deep level when viewing a work that has the immediate effect of telling me “this is art”.
1. Emotional Impact.
2. Composition
3. Tonal Balance
4. Color
5. Technique Used
Notice how “Technique” came in last? I don’t really care how a work was created to make what I deem as good art but I do notice it after the other criteria have fulfilled my senses.
Almost all of the other criteria could be placed under “emotional impact”. All of us are affected by color, composition and tonal balance to differing degrees. But the emotional impact that first tells me a work is “art” is when I feel something emanate from the image that speaks to an unknown sense within – it says quite loudly – “this is beauty”, “this is art”.
Was the work “art” to the creator? I presume that 99% of the time it is or why would the creator allow the work to be seen. Don’t we creators of images throw away works we deem as failures? Would Monet or Renoir have shown images to the world had they believed the works were not art?
Therefore, there is creator and viewer. I as the viewer felt the work within, looked at the work further and knew the work was “art”. The creator presented the work knowing it would resonate somewhere with someone – or at the very least hoped someone else would feel similar to what he/she did on completing the work.
Creator plus Viewer both deemed the work as art and thus it became so. Perhaps the viewer purchased the work, or a print of said work – reinforcing the issue that the work is “art”.
In far simpler terms, and terms I think most people would relate to I believe art is subjective upon the viewer “feeling” the work as “art” and the creator knowing the work is “art”. The two meet – oft times sight unseen of the other, and yet a shared sequence has taken place.
If someone purchases a print of your artwork what does it tell you? That the viewer saw and felt your work as “art”- saw and felt the work as you did when you created it. But is when “art” becomes “art”? Not necessarily, in my opinion. Much dwells upon the creator and what he/she feels at the end of the creative process – and most artists know. Many may change their minds about a particular work and hit delete; throw it in the garbage, or otherwise dispose of it from their sight – but rid themselves of the work they do! Many times I have been set to delete a work from a Print site only to discover the next day that someone purchased a print. It’s a sinking feeling to know you came close to ridding yourself of something someone else said “this is art” to!!
Art – Art is subjective in my opinion. The dictionary lays out subjective as -:
a. Proceeding from or taking place in a person's mind rather than the external world: a subjective decision.
b. Particular to a given person; personal: subjective experience.
2. Moodily introspective.
3. Existing only in the mind; illusory.
4. Psychology Existing only within the experiencer's mind.
5. Medicine Of, relating to, or designating a symptom or condition perceived by the patient and not by the examiner.
6. Expressing or bringing into prominence the individuality of the artist or author.
7. Grammar Relating to or being the nominative case.
8. Relating to the real nature of something; essential.

Art is dependent on the creator.
To a lesser degree art is dependent on the viewer/buyer.
The beauty of art is when both metaphorically come together.

What is “real art” to you?

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Romanovna Romance – The Romance Of Life

Not to be confused with romantic love (only). My new Zazzle Store is filled with my love of life, nature, birds, animals and flowers - and so much more, so drop by and see if you like it. Uploads are still in progress so there is still a very long way to go, but I will get there.

Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Love In Every Petal

Many people may have noticed that recently I do a lot of works with flowers as a main theme. There is a reason why, but here is not the place to tell it. I just want my readers to know that love is often times one of the most difficult, or most impossible emotion to show from a distance, but this is my way. It is not romantic love that motivates me, but a love that lived way before we were old enough for romantic love, and even if or when romantic love dies, this love within every petal lives on forever.

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Saturday, 9 July 2011

Emergency Image Enlargement

Many of us have received an email stating "Your file cannot be printed at the size requested by the customer as the image is degraded". Or words to that effect.

Can you get yourself out of this? Sometimes, and sometimes not.

Note : This is written for beginners to adavnced. Advanced users please clean your image in the usual manner and do your own thing. :)

1. Open your image in your editing program.

2. Auto Tone

3. Auto Contrast

4. Auto Color - If you don't like the result of this step then skip it.

5. Image -> Double the size of your "original" image

6. Noise - Despeckle - run this filter twice.

7. Double the size of your image again - yes it looks terrible.

8. Filter ->Stylize->Diffuse->Anisotropic->click OK

9. Downsize the Image by half.

10. Sharpen details that have been lost as best you can. [highly recommend Topaz Detail]

11. Clean skies - remain on the soft side is safer. [highly recommend Topaz denoise]

12. Downsize the image once more so that it is 1,000px larger than when you started. That means if you had an image that was 1900x1500px it will now be 2900x2500px

This method works far better on artwork on canvas or digital art, but in the hands of someone who practices a lot, this should help a lot of artists.

This is not to be used to upsize your images all the time as it does not produce great images, but most times a decent passable] print can come out of it - please be judicious and do not abuse a method to get bigger prints.

Result -:

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Saturday, 2 July 2011

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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Color Selection Made Easy - For Artist's and Graphic Designers

Ever had something you want to paint staring you in the face but you just cannot work out what color to paint it?

Do you have another image where you love the colors and tones and want to lay out your colors fast?

Here's a way to translate a tiny image into a color palette with either a vivid color selection, or a muted color selection.

I have this picture - a mixed media work but I want to paint another scene with oils, or on the computer, with the same colors.

The Image - Poppies from Heaven

Take a small image of your own. Please own the rights to it, don't go stealing art.

Go to this link and upload your image Color Hunter

Poppies From Heaven Produced Two Color Palette Selections



Many artists and designers spend a lot of time and effort to find the right colors for the work at hand, but sometimes the artistic muse lays quiet, and for those times, I hope color hunter will not only help you in your artistic efforts, but will also inspire you to try things you might not have thought of.

Have fun Color Hunting!

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Featured Artist Vivian Anderson

This week I am presenting a well respected Australian artist, Vivian Anderson.

Vivian has a very diverse style in her art and yet for me it is her Abstract works that resonate with me on a deep level.

Vivian's specialties are paintings, drawings and photography, whilst at the very same time her life has encompassed the intense studies of violin, piano and literature.

An interesting and sometimes controversial woman, Vivian has a deep love of her family which encompasses raising pets, gardening and volunteer work.

In featuring Vivian Anderson's work I would like to add that if I had to say something about Vivian that draws me not only to her work, but also to her, it's that she lives life to the fullest.
Hers is what I would call a life worth living. She doesn't pull the punches; not in her artwork or her opinions, and she has an open honesty that is refreshing. Her artwork speaks for itself and gives an even greater insight into her dynamic world.

Vivian Anderson's Fine Art can be found at links below, or by clicking on the featured images.

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I would like to thank Vivian for giving me permission to feature her. It has certainly been a pleasure for me, and I am sure my viewers will enjoy the myriad of works.

- Zeana Romanovna

All Images Are Copyright : All Rights Reserved : Vivian Anderson 2011. Reproduction of these images in any form whatsoever without the permission of Vivian Anderson is strictly prohibited and punishable by law.

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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Fractals Fractals Fractals

I remember saying I would never do any fractal work again, but suddenly found myself wanting to dabble in the mathematical side of things. Whilst painting two commission works I had time to spare between layers of drying paint and this is how I spent that time. A couple are from way back, and I seemed to have changed a fair amount in presentation.

I still question whether fractals are fine art, but I think they look so enticing to so many people that part of me has to accept that they are starting to be accepted into the mainstream of fine art.

Isn't all art math? I think so.

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