Archive for July, 2013

Painting pines

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 at 10:53 am

One of the national forest images, set to custom oil painting parameters.  The detail is in the full size image, but some of the painting effect is visible here.  I made this my new desktop.   (Still in Elgin.)



Sunless to sunset

Posted on Sunday, July 28th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Another photo mutilation, Photoshop, Perfect Photo Suite, and Shine were the culprits.

Before and after…







Mexican Hats

Posted on Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 9:08 am

Mexican Hat daisies, from the side of the road in the national forest.



House sitting

Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

In Elgin, have air conditioning for the next  three and a half days.  Not going to fuss about that.  Feed the cat, backwash the pool filter, water the garden, those are big ones.  I should be able to burn backup DVDs (20, maybe?  A bunch, to be sure.)  Access to the storage shed is easy.


Things are much nicer this evening than this morning.  Got a submersion in selling antiques to dealers today.  Also came away with a check, but for something else.  So relaxing a bit tonight, with AC and internet and lots of good food.


Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Another photo enhancement from the Welch Park batch, framed and matted.



Fading red

Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2013 at 9:41 am

Well, my head is still red, but my arms are coming around, finally.  I should be back on the road today.  I need to head west and grab some items in storage to sell.


A doctored photo of the forest minutes before I got soaked.




Posted on Sunday, July 21st, 2013 at 7:39 am

Made this image for a challenge at Hivewire, using the green and black of their logo.



Wanderlust satisfied

Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2013 at 9:43 am

Well, it was an interesting trip.  It didn’t start out as well as I had hoped.  I got to the national forest and found things much changed since my last visit. Roads and trails were blocked off far more than they used to be, plants growing up profusely between the tire tracks.  Access to the lake was almost totally overgrown and impossible to penetrate.  And almost all the trees showed signs of a fire, bark singed, undergrowth stunted.  Looks like maybe 2011, but maybe 2009.


I went around to the far side of the lake and found things no better.  Denied access, fee areas, and the like.  And when I finally got access to the lake, the water was hot, body temperature or warmer.  I went further on and got into the civilized area around the lake and found that Houston had already engulfed Willis, and all the old favored landmarks were either gone or changed beyond recognition.  Money, money, money…..  It was horrid, so I went back to where I had started.


I was thinking about waiting until morning to make the hike to Camp Letcher Pond, but I had enough time before dark, so I hiked the mile plus in.  Right before I got there, it rained heavily, and I got soaked.  I managed to keep my wallet and the camera dry, but that’s about it.  When it let up, I went to the lake and I was totally disheartened.  The lake had dried up to about a foot deep, very little of the area had water.  What water was there was choked with duck weed.  The shores were choked with underbrush, and the dam had fallen trees every twenty feet or so.  It was quite difficult to hike the length of the dam.  It was a horrible experience.  And it rained again on the hike back to the truck.


Despite the urge to vacate, I spent the night at a little spot on the side of a side road.  I can’t say that it was much fun, but I managed to get through the night without further trauma.


In the morning I headed east and set down at Washington on the Brazos.  I spent a few hours under the giant pecan trees, decompressing.  A group of trustees from the Navasota prison unit showed up to clean the park.  I watched as one of them pulled a very large opossum from a trash can.  It did not enjoy being carried by the tail to the river bank where it was released.  I ate a bit there, then pushed on to Lake Somerville.


I stayed a day and a half at Welch Park, where I had first piloted a boat solo.  I managed to sit out the heavy rain under a picnic cover until it let up.  I watched the few people there the first day, but mostly I sat and watched the water and enjoyed the cool breeze.  It was quite comfortable.  The second day had more people, as the weather turned sunny, and it was nearing the weekend.  It looked like they were going to have an event there.  I waved to many people who drove by where I was hunkered down in the shade of the trees.


It was pretty trashy, not the big stuff, but lots of beer bottle caps, items about an inch or two that were considered too small to pick up.  I found about two dollars in coins there, mostly dimes.  I called it an overgrown sofa.  I was able to grab some AC power that night and charged everything.  There was no WIFI in town, so I wasn’t able to look up Pam’s phone number.  I did make contact with Tom in Brenham, but I never heard back from him.  So last night, I ended up coming back to Doug’s in Bryan, where I am now.


I am definitely on the toasted side.  My face is reddest, but my left arm (no AC in the car left arm sunburn) is the deepest.  It’s not that painful, but it is enough to keep me out of the sun today.  But I have power and internet, so I’ll survive, even if it gets hot.



Camping in the rain, not

Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Well, got snagged in Bryan by the rain.  Not so much as for driving in the rain, but as for moving possession taken out of the truck for security reasons back into the truck.  I just didn’t want computer bags and guitar cases getting soaked.  It rained for several hours this morning and early afternoon.


As it turns out, the campgrounds where I was headed are getting a good downpour at the current time.  So the delay is probably for the good.  There will be less chance of wildfire there.  It should have soaked up fairly well by the time I get there tomorrow.  And I’m not on a strict time schedule.  Things should go as well tomorrow as today.  I have learned not to be in a hurry when drifting, take things as they come.

Hard drive repairs

Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Well, got snagged up in repairing the directory of the internal hard drive on the laptop.  I tried to use a repair DVD, but that was a no go, so I copied over a copy of the hard drive contents to the only firewire drive I have large enough to hold the 90G, using Carbon Copy Cloner.  I woke up and shut everything down a little after midnight.  I got up this morning and did the actual repair and post-repair work.  Took a while longer than usual, but at least I have a backup system for the Mactel now, if it’s ever needed again.  So all is well again, and my preparations to depart are set back a day or two.  Life happens.


It interrupted my installation of Corel Painter 12 plus downloads.  But that’s okay.  I was a little late getting it on the hard drive because I didn’t miss it all that much.  Not that it doesn’t have its uses…..




Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Getting ready to depart Austin.  Not that this hasn’t been a nice place to gather myself, but my chores are done, and I’m about to wander out into the world of summer with no AC.  I’m thinking water, a place to take a dip when body temp goes critical.  Finances are covered for bills, but I need a boost for expenses.  And I know of several places to collect.


Getting things ready, clothes washed, things gathered and packed.  It won’t be immediate, but the time is drawing nigh to get out of the city and away from the constant blast and roar of street construction.

Mother’s Oats

Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 9:53 am

This morning, I have been duly considering the differences between the frobbish and the frobish.  (The Doings of Dealer McDope, Mother’s Oats Comix #1, circa 1969)

HDRI test

Posted on Sunday, July 7th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

A simple copper mirrored capsule (pill) which has an advantage of reflecting a scene for 180° in two axes with minimal distortion.  It makes a good lens cover in scifi modeling for that reason.  Hence, the use for the test.


HDRI spherical (2X1-360X180), control room.  Loaded into environment and GI applied.




Posted on Saturday, July 6th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Been going over things in modo that I haven’t done in a while, getting myself back to speed.  I created this fur in 12 minutes, which counts for Photoshop too.  I rather like it. A nice break from delving into HDR Light Studio interfacing with modo.




Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Got 58 freebie plants from xfrog, and felt the need to do something with them, and I have been making vases……  Amaryllis and ginger.




Okay, one more

Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at 7:38 am

Woke up this morning and I had to make another one, a round vase.  Not sure why.  Again, everything is from scratch.


2400pX version  vase4-24X24.jpg