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The Fabric of Life

A vague glimpse of a visual idea wandered through my aging skull this morning, so I acted on it. Most times, such fleeting ideas don't result in a positive outcome. Occasionally, they do. The trick is not to judge the idea before you get started. When I experiment like this, I don't feel in control—and I don't find that worrying. Quite the contrary. I see my hand moving the computer mouse but it feels more like I'm watching someone else moving the cursor on my behalf. I guess it's what's meant by 'letting it happen.' Although I've never bothered taking a survey, I'm quite sure this is common for most who create. When someone asks me 'Where do you get your ideas?,' my unspoken reaction has always been a mix of frustration (I don't have a good answer for them) and confusion (why are they even asking such a thing?). Certainly, there's no particular process involved. It only seems to matter to others. Mind you, I think everyone has such a capability but, for one reason or another, they suppress the urge. And, that's what it is, an urge. It's the acting upon it that makes it concrete. It's the acting upon it which results in something someone can see. If you don't act upon it, you have nothing. Many just talk themselves out of that urge to act, thinking they're not up to the task. If only they'd follow through, they'd soon learn there's nothing metaphysical about it. In fact, it's very much physical. It's all in the doing.

So, here are a few experiments done this morning which is simply the result of acting upon an urge. For those who enjoy knowing a bit about how something is done: I chose old remnants of fabric we had, folded them into various bundles, and laid them on my scanner (not a photo—just a scan). Then, within Photoshop, I trim the bundle shapes out so they can be placed against a blank background (color to be added later). Selecting various sections of these fabric bundles, I blurred them in various directions. I copied certain sections and placed them on top of the original image and colorized that section, feathering the edge so as to appear part of the lower, original image. So, alot of selective blurring, feathering, and colorizing (including the final background).

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