Eureka! I Have Made my First Gif (from my Patreon page)

The steps in painting Rodeo


OMG, I love Gimp 2.8 even more now.  I found out that the gif I wanted to create of the progress in painting “Rodeo” could be done using Gimp as compared to the frustration I was having in Shotcut.  What I could not achieve in an hour and a half, I did in ten minutes with gimp and it looks great.  Look for more of these as I get time because I like to save the painting files under different names so that I can reopen from there if I go in a bad direction as I explore ideas.  This means I always have a progression of steps saved in the process of making a painting.

New $3 Reward – Linear Thinkers in a Non-Linear Universe (from my Patreon page)

I uploaded a jpeg version of Linear Thinkers in a Non-Linear Universe for my $3 a month patrons (my Patreon page ).  Here is what I wrote:


“Here is the planet, nebula, moon, and spaceship painting in a downloadable jpeg format.  This was supposed to be just a quick speed paint of a planet that took on a life of its own.  It should make a pretty good wallpaper.”

New $1 Reward – Dragon Dreams: Currents of the World Ch. 7 (from my Patreon page)

I have added the final chapter in the second Dragon Dreams story arc to my Patreon rewards (PDF and RTF files).  Here is what I wrote:


“Sorry, I have been a bit lax uploading rewards with all the turmoil going on in my life.  Anyway, here it is, the conclusion of the second arc of the Dragon Dreams saga.  Jason once again is face to face with the blue Dragon that not only haunts his dreams, but also directs them.  The resulting confrontation will change his life.  Next time we will start the final arc, which will throw everything you have read up to this point on its head.  I hope you will join me for the conclusion of the entire series with Dragon Dreams: Embers in the Sky.”

Shotcut – Disappointing Tool (from my Patreon page)

I have posted before that I have very limited resources for creating quality videos to promote my artistic endeavors.  The video editing program I have is an old windows 7 version that does not support the higher quality video of newer versions.  With it I created the video that is now part of my Patreon and Kickstarter page.  However, I still hope to find something better.

To that end, I downloaded Shotcut, which is supposedly an open source full featured editing program to work with video the way Gimp 2.8 works as a graphics manipulation program.  Unfortunately, unlike Gimp 2.8, I found the program to be incredibly frustrating for creating the same type of video that I made with the older program.  Basically I create a slideshow of jpeg copies of my artwork with transitions to morph from one image to another.  I had high hopes for being able to add commentary to the video since it would be done on the newer computer, but I found that just creating a few seconds of video from jpegs was excruciatingly painful.

I was excited to try making a video progression of my latest painting “Rodeo” that would show the image changing as I added more and more detail.  However, just loading five jpeg images of the different stages into Shotcut took almost a half hour.  I probably worked for another hour putting them on and taking them off of the video timeline trying to achieve what I did in five to ten minutes with the old program.  Granted, some of this time was spent figuring out how the program functioned compared to the older one, but for everything I moved or changed there was at least a minute of wait time when the program quit responding to input.  In addition, Shotcut was nowhere as intuitive as Ulead Videostudio was.  So, as far as I am concerned, this has been a complete bust, my search continues.

Let’s Hustle Now!!!

Okay people, you know I can be a little impatient so here is the deal.  I am so dang close to making a thousand views for this year and I need your help to cross that threshold by this weekend.  So here is what I will do.  I have added a poll of story elements that I will use to create a 500 word story, view this post by 10/22/17 and chose an element and I will write a story based on the most popular answer by Saturday 10/28/17. 

Rodeo Painting Finished (from my Patreon page)


Here they are.  The first picture is so you can see all the detail, while the second image contains the story I wrote to go along with the image and I can finally make as one creation.  The final image is the original acrylic painting I did that I was never quite happy with.  I made the story and painting for my friend Dan who had moved to Texas at the time.  Ironically, he had moved back to Pennsylvania by the time I had finished it.  Now, of course, he is now living back in Texas and I will have to email him a copy of the new painting.  Definitely look at this larger because I put tons of detail in.  I will upload both digital paintings to my Patreon page next weekend.