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Abstract Art: Intersecting Circles.

Simple and calm, restful. For a week with a timechange.

The wash effect over this is pretty good. Could be better, but if you ignore the bad parts the good parts are great. Probably a lesson in that, about optimism, looking on the bright side, that kind of thing.

I keep saying to myself I want to make a simple image, and I keep failing. I always want to add more. It’s hard to do minimalism, partly because it feels like the effort isn’t enough if you don’t have to tweak and add and replace a lot.

The simplest to do would be a single-color canvas. That feels like there’s not even an image. It’s just whatever color. It still has some level of meaning, but it’s not very much unless there’s some context to it, like coinciding with a calendar day (say St. Patrick’s) and being a related color (green).

But mostly I try to tell some kind of story with my images, even if it’s a vague story or you have to do most of the work like imagining this image above is on a wall somewhere, what wall, what year, that kind of thing.

Art: Weird Yellow Thing.

The world needed at least one more weird yellow thing.

What is it? A robotic space lemon? Some kind of crystal?

It’s difficult to decide what the reality of this shape is—what its other sides look like. The nose looks like it’s kind of bending away, like it cannot be symmetrical along that long axis, but perhaps it can be? We don’t have enough information. And the lighting seems at least a little off, but we don’t know if it really is, or if the facet colors differ slightly or there’s internal reflection at work.

I wonder if and when the energy-slurping AI systems get good enough, how would they extrapolate this image? Would they present a range of options, possibly marked by the constraints (e.g., the underside can’t be too convex or we’d see a protrusion in the image). I mean, if I try I can imagine that the second and third side panels are forming a concave, rather than the whole side being convex.

But in terms of liking this image, I like the colors, the muddy cloudy background, and I like the subject, this strange yellow thing sitting in this kind of soupy void. Maybe it’s a lifeform, maybe it’s on its way to get a new musical note for its sky or whatever such a being would do.

Abstract art: Rainbow splotches on their way to a party.

Just felt like something colorful and simple.

Rainbows and gradients are fairly easy to make, and they look nice and colorful. I also like the natural drift from the relatively straight origin.

Today’s a leap day. You can approximate the number of leap days you’ve seen by dividing your age by four. This method is more accurate the longer you live. But they are rare events, with a person of 80 only having seen about 20 of them. So nobody has 10 000 hours in practicing leap days. We’re all inexperienced with these rare extra days. But a day’s a day, mostly, so we don’t know if there’s something a person living 1700 years (or seeing more than 417 leap days, or 10 000 hours worth of leap days) would be able to tell us about how to act on these days that we don’t know.

Anyway, you’ve got four years to plan for the next one, in case you think there’s something to it.